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TESOL Top Content: 2016

Here is some of the most-read content from TESOL for 2016. Some of the content is new and innovative, some is time tested and reliable. What did you miss this year that you can use in your classroom, your teaching, or your professional development in 2017?

TESOL Connections

TESOL Connections publishes useful, practical articles for classroom teachers, resources for English language educators, and news affecting the association.

1. 9 Listening Strategies That Develop Active Listeners
by Rebecca Palmer

2. Lesson Plan on Slang: Speaking Legit English
by Eugene S. Lee

3. Formative vs. Summative Assessment: Does It Matter?
by Deena Boraie

4. Pragmatics: When the Unwritten Rules of Language Break Down
by Kerry Louw and Yuji Abe

5. 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective EF/SL Teachers
by Christine Coombe

6.  Working the Weather: A Lesson Plan on Small Talk
by Martha Wilson

7. Teaching Coherence and Cohesion in Writing
by Belinda Braunstein

8. Writing Strategy: Dialogue Journals
by Elena Andrei

9. Introducing Shannon Tanghe: 2016 TESOL Teacher of the Year
Interviewed by Nancy Flores

10. English Language Teaching With TED Talks
by Tara Arntsen


The TESOL Blog is written by TESOL professionals and association leaders; it provides readers with news, information, and updates on the latest research, effective classroom practices, and peer-to-peer advice on classroom technology, lesson plans, and other practical topics in the field of English language education.

1. 8 Current Trends in Teaching and Learning EFL/ESL
by Deena Boraie

2. Role-Playing the Present Perfect: A Speaking Activity
by Alexandra Lowe

3. Pull-Out vs Push-In ESL Programs in Elementary Schools
by Judie Haynes

4. 6 Websites for Learning English Idioms
by Elena Shvidko

5. Great Grammar Websites for Adult ELLs
by Alexandra Lowe

6. 8 Major Trends in the Global ELT Field
by Yilin Sun

7. 4 Strategies for Scaffolding Instruction for ELs
by Judie Haynes

8. ESL Games: What Is My Occupation?
by Marc Anderson

9. Six Strategies for Teaching ELLs Across the Content Areas
by Judie Haynes

10. Why We Still Won’t Teach the 5-Paragraph Essay
by Nigel Caplan and Luciana de Oliveira

English Language Bulletin

The ELB is a weekly update of news from all over the world that affects English language teaching

1. Where are quality instructional materials for English language learners?

2. Common Core writing and ELLs

3. Obama launches English for All
Language Magazine

4. How will ESSA rules change education for English language learners?
Education Week

5. Improve your English by practicing effectively
Voice of America

6. New K-12 law holds promise for ELLs, advocate says, but questions remain
Education Week

7. America has teacher shortage and it could get worse, study finds
Chicago Tribune

8. How the burden of testing hits English language learners hard

9. Gifted, but still learning English, many bright students get overlooked

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