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July 2020
Cultural Allusions as Vocabulary Lessons
by Claire Fisher
"The red pill or the blue pill?" Here's how to teach your English learners words and phrases from popular fiction that have become idioms. 
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Creating an Interculturally Competent Classroom
by Heather Smyser
Learn how to design and implement a learning environment that is more responsive to and inclusive of learners’ needs. Read More
Minimizing Cultural Dissonance for SLIFE
by Helaine W. Marshall
Students with limited or interrupted formal education face challenges just being in school. Learn how to be aware and how to help. 
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Teaching About the Nobel Peace Prize in ELT
by Kip Cates

The Nobel Peace Prize offers an excellent opportunity to teach English learners about real-world themes and inspire them with stories of people who have worked for a better future—all while practicing English language skills. These classroom activities are for all ages, involve a variety of language learning tasks, and promote social responsibility. Read More

From the President: Advocacy in a Time of Crisis
by Deborah J. Short

TESOL President Deborah J. Short reflects on the COVID-19 crisis and how educators, and TESOL International Association, have risen to the occasion. President Short also discusses the importance of conversation, education, and professional development in the continued fight to advocate for justice and an to end systemic racism, discrimination, and bias. Read More

Association News
TESOL Statement: TESOL Statement on Racial Injustice and Inequality
Race, Identity and English Language Teaching—A Joint TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal Publication: Social justice has walked hand-in-hand with English language teaching for many years, and this curated special collaborative issue offers one way that TESOL can sustain this critical relationship.
TESOL Virtual Convention: Check out the wide range of featured and on-demand sessions at the TESOL 2020 Virtual Convention & English Language Expo, 16–18 July. Register by 12 July!

Call for TESOL Online Professional Learning Instructors: TESOL is seeking experienced online instructors for several certificate and teacher development online courses for summer, fall, and winter sessions in 2020–2021.
Now Accepting Applications: TESOL Teacher of the Year Award: Are you the next TESOL Teacher of the Year? Awardee will receive US$1,000; a 1-year TESOL membership; complimentary registration, round-trip airfare, and accommodations for TESOL 2021, and more! Applications are due 19 July 2020. Apply today!
TESOL: Training for Trainers Online Course: Reflect on your current or would-be program, take action to boost your program's profile, and transform your program using technologies that are suitable for your context’s parameters. (Course begins 15 July)
Apply for TESOL Awards: TESOL is now accepting applications for several different awards and grants. Awards and scholarships are available for

Article: A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators (Edutopia)
Blog: 4 Games to Incorporate Social Justice Into Your Classroom (The TESOL Blog)
Commentary: COVID-19’s Impact on English Learner Students (Policy Analysis for California Education)
Article: Creating and Curating Digital Content for Class (Language Magazine)
Guidance: COVID-19 School Closures: Supporting English Language Learners During the COVID-19 Pandemic (AFT)
Article: Some Ideas and Resources for Your Online Teaching (EFL Magazine)

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