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Tongue twisters are a great way to warm up a cold ESL class: They are fun and interactive, and they're also a great motivational tool. Try these activities today. 
Learn three ways to implement insights from metaphor research in the L2 writing classroom, and help learners with idea development and word choice.

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Teaching English language learners how to write "extended definitions"  helps focus and develope student writing, because they are learning to explain, describe, and compare. This type of activity is especially helpful in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classes.   

The 2014 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit had the highest rate of attendance yet as more than 60 TESOL members, affiliate members, and other TESOL professionals gathered in Washington, DC, for 2 days of education, discussion, and advocacy.   

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ELT Files: Common Core Workshops for Content-Area Teachers. Now available from TESOL Press.
TESOL Awards: Now accepting award and grant applications/nominations. Funding for TESOL 2015 available. Deadline 1 November.
Guidelines for Developing EFL Teaching Standards: TESOL Press releases new guidelines for developing teaching standards in EFL contexts. The resource includes theoretical frameworks, organizational formats, and detailed recommendations.
TESOL 2015 Proposals: Did you submit a proposal for TESOL 2015? Acceptance and rejection letters go out the beginning of October.
TESOL Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability, 27 Oct–23 Nov 2014. Register today!
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Article: 10 things every teacher should know how to do with Google Docs.
Common Core Tool: Making curriculum units more accessible for ELs.
Policy: U.S. Department of Education launches "Excellent Educators for All Initiative" to provide all students access to great educators.
Study Guide: All new Study in the States resource launched.
Map: Where Europeans speak English.
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