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April 2016
Fostering High-Leverage Family Engagement
by Teresita Galarza and Sheldon Watson
Learn about a project and some strategies to help build family literacy at the pre-K–5 level, which improves students' oral language ability and literacy levels. Read More
Tips for Testing Speaking
by Carla Schnitzler Hall and Amelia Kreitzer Hope
Use these guidelines and suggestions to help make the job of assessing speaking less challenging and time consuming. Sample speaking prompts, pictures, and rubrics provided. Read More
Raising Awareness of English Varieties in EFL
by Trey Erwin
As English learners come into increasing contact with multiple varieties of English, it's more important than ever to raise their awareness of English varieties. Read More
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Quick Tip: Teaching Idioms—Let the Picture Tell the Story
by Bo Reum Jeong

There are a number of reasons EFL students have a hard time understanding idioms: In part, language learners find it difficult to guess the meaning of expressions that may not follow traditional grammar rules and that don't add up to the sum of their parts. Try this classroom activity to help your EFL students attain idiomatic comprehension and proficiency. Read More

Free TESOL Quarterly Article: "Second Language Comprehensibility Revisited: Investigating the Effects of Learner Background"
by Dustin Crowther, Pavel Trofimovich, Kazuya Saito, and Talia Isaacs

The study discussed in this article investigated first language effects on listener judgment of comprehensibility in second language speech. Findings show that comprehensibility was associated with several linguistic variables, and that accentedness was linked to pronunciation. Download the full article and results here. Read More

Association News
TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit: Washington, DC. Learn. Share. Shape the Future. (19–21 June)
Teaching as a Top Education Policy Priority: In this TESOL blog post, Luciana de Oliveira explains why now is a prime time to value English language teachers more than ever and help them lead and grow professionally.
Call for Contributors: TESOL is seeking contributors with lesson plan ideas for using creative writing in the classroom.
TESOL Supports DACA and DAPA: TESOL International Association cosigns an amicus brief in support of the proposed expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) in the United States.
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!
  • TESOL Core Certificate Program is Back! Newly aligned to TESOL's short-term certificate program standards. (Applications due 17 April)
  • TESOL Online Course: Foundations of Online Teaching. Learn the skills and techniques necessary to teach in an online or blended environment. (Multiple course dates available)
  • Virtual Seminar: Extensive Reading and Language Learning. Free for TESOL members, US$50 for nonmembers. (27 April 2016)
  • TESOL Online Course: Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar Online: Learn how to enrich your online teaching plans and create materials for students of all levels. (30 May–26 June)
  • TESOL Online Course: Blended Learning: Learn how to use the latest tools and resources to create interactive lessons. (30 May–26 June)
  • TESOL Online Course: Teaching Listening Online: Learn how to create and customize effective web-based listening lessons. (30 May–26 June)
  • TESOL Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability. Explore assessment, intervention, and identification techniques in this TESOL Online Course. (Mulitple course dates available)
Article: Seven Ways to Scaffold Instruction for English Learners (ASCD)
Report: Providing a Head Start: Improving Access to Early Childhood Education for Refugees (Migration Policy Institute)
Article: What to Make of the OECD’s New Report on Teacher Professionalism (EdCentral)
Article: DACA at Year Three: Challenges and Opportunities in Accessing Higher Education and Employment (American Immigration Council)
Report: New Report Calls on States to Shift Teacher Evaluation Toward Support (EdCentral)

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