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April 2015
Five Missteps of First-Year ESL Teachers
by Crissy Smith
New to English language teaching? Learn from someone who's been there: the five mistakes often made by beginning ESL/EFL educators—and how to avoid them. Read More
Tips for Writing a Successful Convention Proposal
by Diane Carter
Read the tips and advice from 10 convention chairs—past, current, and future—to ensure you put forth your best possible convention proposal.
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Tell Me About the Personality of Your Word
by Patrick T. Randolph
What if every word had a personal identity? Try out this innovative, creative way of teaching vocabulary to your more advanced students.
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Lesson Plan: Using Poetry to Engage and Empower Students
by Brittany Ober

April is National Poetry Month in the United States! Poetry is a vehicle for cross-cultural learning and discussion, and it offers authentic means to practice a number of skills, including pronunciation and identifying thought groups. Use this lesson plan to teach your adult English language learners a way to concretely comprehend poetry. Read More

Quick Tip: 3 Tips for Personalizing Feedback
by Brooke Eddington

Providing effective feedback can be difficult and time consuming, especially for English language learners, who depend heavily on teacher comments. Learn several ways to give personalized feedback to your students, which can help improve student-teacher rapport as well as increase student motivation.  Read More

Association News
TESOL 2016 Call for Participation: You are invited to present at the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, 5–8 April 2016, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Proposals are due Monday, 1 June 2015.
TESOL 2015 Keynote Livestreams: Can’t make it to Toronto? TESOL will be live streaming four keynote sessions from the 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo.
TESOL Professional Development:
Article: The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Collection of Papers: Innovation in English Language Teacher Education
Online Tool: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers of English
Blog: Ideas for E.L.L.s: Teaching and Learning About Animals
Blog: What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing
Infographics: 25 Maps That Explain the English Language
Blog: The Importance of Transforming Adult Learning

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Member Updates
Dr. James E. Alatis, one of TESOL's founders and its first executive director, passed away on 28 February 2015. For more about his life and work, go to TESOL's website, or share your memories of him on the TESOL Blog.

TESOL charter member and MATSOL Founding President Robert Saitz passed away in the presence of family on 12 March 2015. Read the full obituary.


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