Linguistically diverse students need language experiences they can share with their classmates; use singing and art as a culturally respectful starting point for that sharing. 
In the July 2014 Grammatically Speaking column, T. Leo Schmitt explains cleft sentences, or what some students see as "sentences with unnecessary words." Teaching tips and language notes included! 
Effective writing is hard! Use these activities and worksheets to show your English language learners the rules of writing introductions and conclusions—and when to break those rules.  


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Online instruction is becoming more and more common, but not all teachers are equipped to make the most of their online teaching environment. While many of the best practices from face-to-face teaching contexts can be transferred to online instruction, there are a few areas where teachers might have to change their tactics.   

Help TESOL International Association as it begins to develop its next strategic plan. Read about the current plan, about what strategic plans should encompass, and about how you can share your thoughts on the direction of the association. 

Association News
TESOL Connections Call for Submissions: TC is looking for timely, culturally sensitive holiday- and event-specific lesson plans and activities. Have a great lesson for teaching about celebrating the New Year? Halloween? The World Cup? Send it along! Be sure to read the full submission guidelines.
2015 TESOL Teacher of the Year: Now accepting applications for TESOL's 2015 Teacher of the Year Award. Materials due 15 July 2014.
New From TESOL Press: The ELT Files: Common Core Workshops for Content-Area Teachers.
Upcoming TESOL Professional Development: Register today:
  • TESOL Academy: Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea, 26–27 July 2014.
  • TESOL Online Courses: From grammar to training of teachers, check out the summer online course line-up.
Academic Content and Literacy Guidebook: Read the highlights, including recommendations, research base, and connection to the Common Core. From Colorin Colorado.
Free Online Workshop: Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators, from The Immigrant Learning Center. 9 and 10 July 2014.
Report: Critical Choices in Post-Recession California: Investing in the Educational and Career Success of Immigrant Youth.
Volunteers Needed: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is seeking volunteers for field tests.
U.S. Census Bureau Report: Half of New Immigrants Report High English-Language Speaking Ability.
Report: Most U.S. Teacher Preparation Falls Short on Strategies for ELLs.
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Check out June's
top TESOL Blog posts:

4 World Cup Writing Activities, by Elena Shvidko

8 Current Trends in Teaching and Learning EFL/ESL, by Deena Boraie

Six Strategies for Teaching ELLs Across the Content Areas, by Judie Haynes

Questioning Techniques to Engage Students in Critical Thinking, by Yilin Sun

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