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May 2021
4 Ways to Adapt EL Scaffolds for Content Learning
by Scott E. Grapin
Instructional scaffolds play a key role in ensuring ELs can access academic content; learn how to ensure these supports don't become barriers. 
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Combating Hate via Coalition Building and Continuous Learning
by Elisabeth L. Chan and Kisha C. Bryan
Language teaching doesn't happen in a vacuum. Teachers can provide safe spaces, promote social justice, and advocate for their English learners. Read More
Engaging Online Students and Teachers: Making A YouTube Series
by Diego Boada and Dawn Bikowski
Two TESOL Certificate instructors share how they created a YouTube series to engage their online students. Read More
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From the President: Utilizing The 6 Principles—for Exemplary Leadership
by Gabriela Kleckova

TESOL's 6 Principles provide a basis for effective language instruction that leads to successful language learning outcomes. In this column, TESOL President Gabriela Kleckova experiments with these brilliant, simple, and powerful principles for language teaching to talk about leadership and share what she has learned about it in her diverse formal and informal leadership roles inside and outside TESOL. Read More

Recognizing Excellence: TESOL 2021 Grants and Scholarships Recipients
TESOL celebrates excellence for merits such as service to the field, research, teaching, and leadership. This year, awards were given to outstanding teachers, researchers, and students to acknowledge their work and their efforts. Here are some of this year's award winners. Read More
Association News
Call for Convention Proposals & Reviewers for TESOL 2022: Help shape the TESOL 2022 Convention program! We're looking for ELT professionals who want to share their expertise as a Convention reviewer or presenter! Reviewer apps due 7 May. Proposals due 1 June.
Deadline Extension! 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 May 2021.
Join MyTESOL Lounge Live!: Join these free, online hosted conversations with peers:

  • OER 101: How to Find and Create Open Educational Resources in your ELT Classroom. (5 May 2021, 9 am ET)
  • Extensive Reading: How Can Extensive Reading Work in My Class? (25 May 2021, 1 pm ET) 
Call for Proposals for 2021 China Assembly: This year, the Global English Education China Assembly will be held in Hangzhou, China from 22–25 July 2021. Scholars from around the world are invited to submit a proposal by 15 May 2021 to present.
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.
TESOL: Training for Trainers: Don't miss your chance to kick-start or upgrade your teacher training program! Reflect on your current or would-be program, take action to boost your program's profile, and transform your current program using technologies that are suitable for your context's parameters. Course begins 12 May.
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)
Video: Making Classrooms More Inclusive for Multilingual Learners (Edutopia)
Article: Celebrating Multilingual Learner Identity through Personal Narrative Instruction (Language Magazine)
Lesson Plan: Coronavirus and Racial Disparities; High School (Anti-Defamation League)
Blog: Creating Interactive Stories With Twine (TESOL Blog)
Video: Activity Ideas to Do With a Reading or Listening Text (Teaching English - British Council)
Article: Assessment Strategies for English-Language Learners (EdWeek)

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