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January 2021
Teaching and Learning English in AR-Infused Worlds
by John I. Liontas
Augmented reality (and closely related VR, MR, and XR) is everywhere, and research shows it can be used to teach academic subjects to ELs of all ages. Learn the basics here. Read More
ELT in 2021 and Beyond: Building a Bridge Over Troubled Waters
by Kisha C. Bryan and Kisha Cox
Two ELT experts share their vision of what ELT could look like in 2021 and reimagine the future of varying facets of the field. Read More
Gamification in ELT: Balancing Academic Rigor and Soft Skills
by Katie Welch
Whether you are a gamer yourself or a complete gaming newbie, your classroom can benefit from gamification: Use it to maintain rigor while fostering soft skill development.
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9 Ways to Support ELs in 2021: Privileging Teachers' Voices
by Marisa Ferraro

By heeding the advice of teachers, school leadership can optimize organizational shifts to yield effective pedagogies for dual language learners and empower educational communities. A study of nearly 2,000 teachers' recommendations reveal nine categories that call for a shift in how leadership plans for collaboration and allocates resources. Read More

From the President: A Look Back and A Look Ahead
by Deborah J. Short

TESOL President Deborah J. Short reflects on 2020, sharing five items on her Best of TESOL 2020 list. She also looks toward 2021 and offers several wishes for the upcoming year, focusing on academic changes caused by COVID-19; teacher education; and attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read More

Association News
Potential Compromised Data: TESOL International Association was recently made aware that our customer service firm suffered a malware attack that allowed unauthorized users access to their computer servers and workstations. All indications are that no TESOL member billing information was comprised. Click here for more information.
Join myTESOL Lounge Live! Discussions in January: Get 2021 off to a great start with discussions in myTESOL Lounge Live! Hosts will guide conversations on supporting advanced-level secondary ELs (7 January) and replicating in-person interaction through Zoom using the MR/TR framework (13 January).
TESOL Journal Special Issue: The latest issue of TJ is here! "Exploring the Transformative Potential of English Language Teaching for Social Justice." TESOL members access for free: Log in here.
Register for the TESOL 2021 International Convention: Through an engaging online platform, join our global community of English language professionals for the TESOL 2021 Convention, 24–27 March 2020!

Thank You and Congratulations: TESOL would like to recognize and thank those taking a leadership role, those individuals who finished their term on a TESOL Professional Council or Committee, and those serving as chair of a TESOL Professional Council or Committee.
TESOL Statements and Comments:
  • Comments: TESOL Submits Comments Outlining Concerns Over New U.S. Citizenship Exam
  • Memo: TESOL Joins 13 Organizations in Memo to Biden Transition Team Outlining Priorities
  • Endorsement: TESOL Endorses New Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines
  • Statement: TESOL Statement on WIDA ACCESS for ELLs Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Article: New Year Activities for Students: New Year Resolution Lessons (ESLSpeaking.com)
Article: How Cardona Could Uplift Immigrant Students and English Language Learners as Education Secretary (The 74)
Blog: How Educators Can Cultivate Optimism in the New Year (ASCD Inservice)
Resources Guide: Distance Learning for ELLs: Colorín Colorado Guide (Colorín Colorado)
Blog: 10 Reasons to Put Community Before Content (TESOL Blog)
Article: How a School Puts Culturally Responsive Teaching Into Practice (Edutopia)
Blog: Four Ways to Support ELLs Who Were Absent From Class (LarryFerlazzo.edublogs.org)

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