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September 2020
Digital Tools for Online Assessment in ELT
by Rana Khan, Eun-Young Julia Kim, and Kelly McClendon
Three educators share the tools they've discovered for online assessment along with some engaging formative and summative assessment activities. Read More
Creative Writing Activities for the ESL Classroom
by Megan Hansen Connolly
Celebrate your ELs' diverse voices and enhance your literary practices with these creative and explorational writing tasks. Read More
4 Factors to Develop Language Proficiency FAST
by Baburhan Uzum and Alma Contreras-Vanegas
Learn the four critical factors to consider when addressing ELs' language difficulties and helping them to develop proficiency. Read More
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Free Chapter From Pedagogy and Practice for Online English Language Teacher Education

In Pedagogy and Practice for Online English Language Teacher Education, authors Faridah Pawan, Kelly A. Wiechart, Amber N. Warren, and Jaehan Park demonstrate that pedagogy—not technology—drives effective online instruction and show how the online medium offers opportunities to explore new and exciting possibilities in teaching and learning. In this free chapter, "Teaching Presence in Online Teaching," Pawan discusses the conceptualization of teaching presence and provides examples of its implementation from an online program. Read More

From the President: Taking Care
by Deborah J. Short

TESOL President Deborah J. Short considers how educators, who are essential workers, have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic. She reflects on what it means to take care of others while also taking care of ourselves, and she shares what she has been doing to rejuvenate herself during this difficult time. Read More

Association News
Back-to-School Resources: TESOL has curated back-to-school resources to support ELT educators as they navigate this new educational landscape.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Reading Club: This reading group on myTESOL is designed to have focused conversations around a different article each week. The initial articles are drawn from TESOL’s Race, Identity, and English Language Teaching collection, freely available here.
Supporting English Learners With Exceptional Needs Course: Receive the guidance, strategies, and tools you need to support your English learners with exceptional needs (21 September–1 November). Discounted rates for members. Get an extra 10% off with code SUPPORT10 when you register by 15 September.
Call for Volunteers: Serve as an award reviewer: Award reviewers are an integral part of the award selection process. (Deadline: 15 September)
TESOL Statement: TESOL supports English learner and biliteracy policy recommendations sent to U.S. presidential campaigns.
Blog: Assessment for Learning: 4 Tips for Teachers (Cambridge University Press)
Free Webinar: Teaching Through the Covid-19 Pandemic (British Council)
Blog: 3 Innovative Ways to Use Breakout Rooms in ELT (TESOL Blog)
Article: Coronavirus Language Access Act Introduced to Senate (Language Magazine)
Free Resources: TESOL Back-to-School Resources (TESOL International Association)
Blog: When the Kids Come Back: A To-Do List for Reopening During a Pandemic (ASCD Inservice)
Resources: Online ESL Learning Tools (ImmigrantInfo.org)
Article: 25+ Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips—Spring 2020 (We Are Teachers)

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TESOL Award Reviewer Applications Due

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Supporting English Language Learners With Exceptional Needs

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TESOL: Training for Trainers

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TESOL Award Applications Due

21 September 2020
Responses due for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey

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Separating Difference from Disability 

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