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April 2021
Alternatives for Language Practice and Assessment in Online Classes
by Khanh-Duc Kuttig
Language classes thrive on participation. Provide interaction opportunities in an online environment using these activities. Read More
Engaging ELs in Mainstream Classrooms
by Meghan Odsliv Bratkovich and Andrew Paulsen
Learn how to systematically structure classroom communication to promote classroom talk for all students, including English learners.
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Transmediation for Digital Literacy Learning
by Israa Osman
Transmediation allows students to take what they know in one language and represent it in other modalities, encouraging inquiry, critical thinking, and new knowledge. Read More
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Quick Tip: A New Pronunciation Game for Online Classes
by Christopher Walker

As teaching online and distance learning become more normal for educators around the world, we need to shift our attitude toward teaching online from "survive" to "thrive," and this includes creating and utilizing activities intended for online students. This pronunciation activity, designed for online interactions, is simple and gets your students talking and working together. Read More

From the President: What Does TESOL Mean to You?
by Gabriela Kleckova

Many say that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Using a range of images, TESOL President Gabriela Kleckova considers what TESOL means to her now and what it has meant to her over the years. She asks you: If you were to choose your own image to represent what TESOL means to you, what would it look like? Read More

Association News
TESOL Installs New President and Board Members: TESOL International Association recently installed Gabriela Kleckova as its new president, along with four new board members, during the association’s Annual Business Meeting.
TESOL Statement: TESOL condemns global acts of violence and discrimination against Asians.
Call for TESOL Journal Editor Applications: The TESOL Journal editor is responsible for acquiring and publishing material that meets the needs and interests of the TESOL membership. Applications are due 15 April 2021.
Call for Submissions: TESOL Connections seeks feature articles (1,000–1,400 words) that are practical, highlight ELT trends, and/or contain useful, tested classroom practice tips or strategies. Articles related to teaching online will be given priority consideration.
ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program: Now more than ever, educational professionals need strong leadership skills to navigate these challenging times. Learn about effective leadership strategies and leave with an action plan. Course begins 19 April.
2021 TESOL Presidents’ Award: TESOL is pleased to announce that the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Education team will be honored with the 2021 TESOL Presidents’ Award.
TESOL Statement: TESOL joins more than 100 companies and associations in call for passage of Dream Act in U.S. Senate.
Virtual TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit: Registration now open! Become a confident and successful TESOL advocate as you earn more than 16 hours of PD across 3 days. (21–23 June 2021)
Blog: If Equity Is a Priority, UDL is a Must (Cult of Pedagogy)
Article: 10 Great Warmers and Fillers for EFL Teachers (EFL Magazine)
Blog: 4 Activities to Practice Simple Past and Present Perfect (TESOL Blog)
New Resource Database: Ensuring Continuity of Learning and Operations (National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition; NCELA)
Article: Crafting Motivational Narratives (Language Magazine)
Blog: What Does Engaging Digital Content Look Like? (Cambridge University Press)

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