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February 2021
"Arguing to Learn": 4 Activities to Build Complex Arguments
by Susanne Rizzo, Mariah Fairley, and Alissa Nostas
To develop your students' critical thinking skills, writing competency, and concept understanding, try the "Arguing to Learn" framework.
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Spotlight on the 2021 TESOL Teacher of the Year: Khanh-Duc Kuttig
Interview by Ahu Moser
Meet Ms. Khanh-Duc Kuttig and learn about her teaching and her thoughts on the current challenges and future trends in ELT. Read More
Teaching Humor in ESL Classrooms: What You Need to Know
by Anna O'Neal
Humor is a major part of culture, but it is rarely taught explicitly in English classes. Learn how to define, dissect, and teach humor to your English learners. Read More
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9 Ways to Support ELs in 2021: How Leadership Enacted Teachers' Recommendations
by Marisa Ferraro

In Part 1 of this series, we learned about a study of nearly 2,000 teachers' recommendations, which revealed nine categories that call for a shift in how leadership plans for collaboration and allocates resources. In this follow-up, we learn how leadership in one district enacted those recommendations, along with what you can do in your own context to "privilege teachers' voices." Read More

Quick Tip: 2 Strategies to Help Content Teachers Embrace the Role of Language Teacher
by Adam V. Agostinelli and Patrick McQuillan

A conversation with Dr. Maria Brisk sheds light on two ways—and several activities—that can help teacher educators show their reticent preservice teacher students that all teachers are language teachers. These strategies help preservice teachers build empathy for multilingual learners and build confidence in their own ability to teach them. Read More

From the President: The Strength of Community
by Deborah J. Short

TESOL President Deborah J. Short considers the definition of community in several different contexts. What is a community? What is a community of practice? She reflects on how over the past year the TESOL community has engaged, supported, and thrived as all members worked toward common goals. Read More

Association News
Call for Bloggers: TESOL is seeking five regular bloggers who share TESOL’s commitment to excellence in education and ELT and who are invested in equity and inclusiveness. We are looking for ELT professionals in the following topics:
  • Educational Technology (monthly)
  • K–12 Second Language Writing (every other month)
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Multicultural Education (monthly)
  • Teaching Reading (monthly)
  • Professional Development (monthly)
Tour the New TESOL Press Bookstore: Enjoy an easier and faster shopping experience with the new TESOL Press Bookstore! You’ll love the clean, mobile-friendly design; more robust search functionality; quicker checkout process; lower cost shipping options (U.S. customers); and excellent customer service. If you’re a TESOL member, you should have received an email regarding your member discount. Shop now!
Congratulations, TESOL 2021 Award Recipients: TESOL offers numerous awards and grants to honor excellence in service to the field and research, and to enable TESOL members to attend the Annual TESOL Convention & English Language Expo.
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!

TESOL Statements and Comments:
  • Letter: TESOL Joins Over 100 Businesses and Associations in Letter to U.S. President Biden Seeking Permanent Protections for Dreamers
  • Statement: TESOL Applauds Executive Orders Issued by U.S. President Biden
  • Statement: TESOL Joins Over 180 Organizations in Call for Bipartisan Immigration Reform in the United States
  • Statement: TESOL Statement on Nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona for U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Statement: TESOL Statement on U.S. Capitol Building Attack
  • Letters: TESOL Signs On to Series of Letters Urging the Postponement of WIDA ACCESS Testing for English Learners
  • Statement: TESOL Statement on the FY 2021 U.S. Federal Budget and COVID-19 Relief Bill
Article: Breaking the Boredom with Properly Planned Projects (Pearson)
Blog: 6 Tips for Successful Online Presentations (TESOL Blog)
Webpage: Scaffolding Instructions for English Language Learners (New York State Education Department)
Free Downloads: One World Posters (Teaching Tolerance)
Policy Brief: At the Starting Gate: The Incoming Biden Administration’s Immigration Plans (Migration Policy Institute)
Article: How Can You Use Coaching in Your ESL Classes (EFL Magazine)

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Upcoming TESOL Dates
6 February 2021
Webinar: Oral History, Odyssey, and Identity in English Language Teaching

8 February 2021
Volunteer Leader Applications Due

14 February 2021
Professional Development Scholarship Applications Due

23–24 March 2021
TESOL 2021 Ticketed Events (Grad Student Forum, Preconvention Institutes, and SWEL Workshop)

24–27 March 2021 (1 March Advance Reg Deadline)
TESOL 2021 Convention & English Language Expo

29 March–25 April 2021
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