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July 2017
A TED Talk Lesson Plan: Change Is Not a Four-Letter Word
by Emily J. Clark
This enlightening classroom activity uses a TED Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper to practice listening, speaking, reading, note-taking, writing, and civic engagement. 
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A Genre-Based Approach to L2 Writing Instruction in K–12
by Luciana C. de Oliveira
Learn to use the Teaching–Learning Cycle to emphasize the role of interaction and guidance in learning to read and write texts in a range of disciplines. Read More
A Voice for Refugees: Developing Essential Language Skills
by Sarah C. Kassas
Culture and language differences create barriers for refugees in accessing resources to meet their needs. Learn how to help them overcome some of these barriers. Read More
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Quick Tip: Sentence Variety and Zombies
by Terry McLean

Proficient writers need to craft their messages, and this involves—among other elements, of course—employing sentence variety. Developing a piece of writing with a pleasing mix of sentence variety is challenging; try providing examples for your students with interesting subjects. This article uses zombies as an example. This activity allows you to see whether students can actually produce target forms and involves a series of short sentence-writing exercises. Read More

Free TESOL Journal Article: "Preparing Culturally and Linguistically Competent Teachers for English as an International Language Education"
by Guofang Li

This article outlines major developments in English as an interntational language (EIL) and their implications for teacher competence and discusses the ideological challenges in integrating EIL in teacher education. It concludes with a detailed description of a three-step EIL-oriented pedagogy for TESOL teacher education courses and programs that aims to foster teachers’ linguistic self-respect, build their pedagogical competence for plurilingual teaching, and transform their classrooms. Download the full article here. Read More

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Apply for a TESOL Award: Now accepting applications for travel grants, scholarships, and awards for excellence and service.
Teaching English to Chinese Learners: New from TESOL Press. Help your Chinese learners succeed in U.S. college settings.
TESOL Journal Call for Submissions: 2018 Special Issue of TESOL Journal, "Creativity in Pre K-12 Classrooms and Contexts." (Deadline: 30 September 2017)
2018 Teacher of the Year Award: TESOL is now accepting applications for the 2018 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. (Deadline 19 July)
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Guide: Best Practices for Serving English Language Learners and Their Families (Teaching Tolerance)
Webinar: Exploiting Digital Video for Language Development (British Council)
Resources Archive: Advocacy for ELLs (Colorín Colorado)
Free Online Workshop: Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K–12 and Adult Educators (The Immigrant Learning Center)
Guide: Extending and Enhancing Literacy Learning in Afterschool Programs: A Practice Guide (Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy)
Report (United States): The National K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment Survey Report (American Councils for International Education)
Research Brief: The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on English Learner Students (American Institutes for Research)
Policy Paper: Reducing Global Poverty Through Universal Primary and Secondary Education (UNESCO)

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