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February 2016
You've Flipped Your Class and...
by John Graney
So you flipped your class. Now what? Learn to move beyond the first stage of flipping and address the three biggest challenges facing the flipped learning teacher. Read More
Vocabulary in Context: A Systematic Approach
by Anna Venishnick Shomsky
Context matters. Teach your ELLs the seven contexts for vocabulary to give them a strong foundation for deducing meaning. Read More
Lesson Plan: Altered Stories for Language Production
by Eva A. Combs
Having your ELLs alter stories they already know fosters creative thinking skills, and it's motivating, empowering, and fun. Read More
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Quick Tip: Introducing Introductions: Tips for Composition Teachers
by Michelle Overholt

Many introductions in academic writing are formed using a basic formula ("hook, connect, thesis"), but it takes more than a three-word prescription to help students write an introduction that will truly grab and hold the reader's attention. Try these ideas with your ELLs, and they will create introductions that will serve them well beyond composition class. Read More

Free TESOL Journal Article: Developing Idiomatic Competence in the ESOL Classroom: A Pragmatic Account
John I. Liontas

This article advances an integrated theoretical and methodological framework for developing idiomatic competence in ESOL. The author presents a framework of theory and pedagogy to advocate for learning idioms in an explicit and systematic way befitting natural use in comprehending and producing idioms effectively and appropriately in actual context-sensitive social situations. Read More

Association News
Happy 50th Birthday TESOL! Join the celebration and share a birthday message with TESOL on social media using #TESOL50th
TESOL 2016 Convention & English Language Expo
New From TESOL Press: Teaching English at Colleges and Universities in China
TESOL Online Course: Training of Trainers. Learn how to build or transform a continuing professional development program (13 April–24 May)
Article: Five Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Learning for ELLs in the New Year (Colorín Colorado)
Report: What Works: English-Language Learning in America (Manhattan Institute)
Fact Sheet: A Profile of U.S. Children with Unauthorized Immigrant Parents (Migration Policy Institute)
Blog: Survey finds community colleges are investing in immigrant students, but more remains to be done (National Skills Coalition)
Report: Giving English Language Learners the Time They Need to Succeed (National Center on Time & Learning)
FAQs (PDF): Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education)

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