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December 2016
Connecting Authentic Texts to Authentic Tasks
by Autumn Westphal
Try these methods for making authentic texts more accessible to your ELs. Pair the texts with tasks that bring the real world into your classroom for receptive skill development. Read More
Grammatically Speaking
by Michelle Jackson
The present progressive is a flexible tense in terms of what it can express, which makes it sometimes difficult to teach to language learners. Michelle Jackson shares an interactive present progressive tense classroom activity. Read More
Teaching Shakespeare to Language Learners on All Stages
by Lisa Peter
How can you make Shakespeare interesting to 21st-century students who are learning the English language? Try these activities and downloadable worksheets. Read More
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Quick Tip: Creating Student Online Communities of Practice
by Lilia Savova

Lilia Savova defines communities of practice (CoPs) in comparison to small groups and offers an example of an electronic poster project that could be completed in a CoP. She also provides examples of adaptations of this project for different audiences, educational goals, and contexts.  Read More

Free TESOL Journal Article: "Augmenting Classroom Practices With QR Codes"
by Tristan Thorne

Quick response (QR) codes allow students to easily engage with online materials, including videos, podcasts, images, and more. Students become more accountable for their own learning by applying their language skills to a wide variety of English stimuli using their personal devices. This article introduces practical resources for creating and scanning QR codes, outlines a multipart lesson, and provides a variety of ideas for integrating them into collaborative and communicative lessons.  Read More

Association News
A Letter to President-Elect Trump: TESOL cosigns letter calling on the president-elect to denounce hate-fueled acts.
myTESOL: Your ELT World—Connected. Collaborate with colleagues, share resources, discuss hot topics, and build your professional network.
ESSA Resource Kit: TESOL Press has released a free resource kit to help TESOL professionals navigate the new law as it relates to English language learning and teaching.
From TESOL Press: Two new books:
TESOL Professional Development: Take advantage of all TESOL has to offer for your professional growth; sign up for one of these online courses today!
TESOL Convention 2017: Registration is open for the 2017 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Seattle, Washington USA. Check out these professional development opportunities:
  • Pre- and Postconvention Institutes: In-depth workshops on content-based instruction, literacy development, pronunciation, writing, and more.
  • TESOL PreK–12 Day: A 1-day specialized program for mainstream and ESL teachers and administrators. Registration discounts end 1 February.
Resource Kit: After the Election: Ideas for Teachers of ELLs (Colorín Colorado)
Article: Language Diversity and English Proficiency in the United States (Migration Policy Institute)
Free Publication: Discerning — and Fostering — What English Learners Can Do With Language: Guidance on Gathering and Interpreting Complementary Evidence of Classroom Language Uses for Reclassification Decisions (WestEd)
Resource Kit: Including the Excluded: Promoting Multilingual Education (MTB/MLE/UNESCO)
Report: Serving Immigrant Families Through Two-Generation Programs: Identifying Family Needs and Responsive Program Approaches (Migration Policy Institute)
Report: Global Education Monitoring Report: Education for people and Planet (UNESCO)
Guide: Early Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (U.S. Department of Education)

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