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December 2015
Rubrics: How To and How Not To
by Marcella A. Farina and Nicole Hammond Carrasquel
Understanding, creating, and applying rubrics effectively continues to be challenging for both novice and experienced teachers. Read More
Grammatically Speaking
by Michelle Jackson
Michelle Jackson covers how to teach count and noncount nouns with a classroom activity that provides your students with authentic context they provide themselves. Read More
Mix It Up: Culture, Creativity, and Fiction
by Sarah C. Kassas
These three fun classroom activities, easily adapted to all levels, combine creative thinking and culture with language instruction.
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Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Boost Collaboration in Your Class
by Olena Zastezhko

Student collaboration stimulates learner autonomy and turns students into active participants in the learning process. It is an integral part of active learning. Try out these classroom activities—covering writing, self-assessment, and independent learning— aimed at improving student collaboration.  Read More

A Free Activity From TESOL's Newest Book: Wordless Books: So Much to Say!
Gilda Martinez-Alba and Judith Cruzado-Guerrero, Editors

Wordless books help to develop oral language, listening, vocabulary, and more. This free activity uses the popular book The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs, to guide learners of any level in creating a snow creature and an original narrative using newly acquired vocabulary. The lesson plans in Wordless Books are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and with the TESOL Pre-K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards.  Read More

Association News
Wordless Books: So Much to Say! New from TESOL Press. Enable your students to be successful regardless of their literacy level.
TESOL 2016 Convention & English Language Expo
TESOL Introduces New Standards for Certificate Programs: Assess and align your short-term TEFL/TESL certificate program using TESOL's new set of standards.
TESOL Professional Development: Take advantage of all TESOL has to offer for your professional growth; sign up for one of these courses or events today!
Lesson Plan: Lessons on Acceptance and Forgiveness: A Tale of Two Americas (American Immigration Council)
Blog: The Reasons for the Seasons: Making Holiday Activities for ELLS (TESOL)
Toolkit: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education for Immigrant Students; Resources on State Campaigns for Tuition Equity, Scholarships, and Financial Aid (National Immigration Law Center)
Blog: Can We Really “Teach Peace”? (TESOL)
Fact Sheet (PDF): Information on the Rights of Unaccompanied Children to Enroll in School and Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Programs (U.S. Departments of  Education, Justice, and Health & Human Services)
Blog: Study Offers Snapshot of Global English-Language-Learner Trends (EdWeek)
Blog: ELL Programs Often Focus on Basic Skills, Not Higher-Order Thinking, Study Finds (EdWeek)
Video: For Young Newcomers, School Offers a Stepping Stone to Life in America (PBS)

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