When the standard textbook dialogues become boring and predictable, use this app and activity to help students write new dialogues, and then illustrate, record, and share them. 
Careful attention to a young ELL's transition to and from your classroom can set the stage for the school year and beyond. These strategies and resources will help.
Help your new international students adjust to U.S. academia with this interactive activity. They'll learn the syllabus and engage in meaingful communication.

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Learn how filming student presentations can help your English language learners with their oral presentations and speaking skills: It can boost their confidence and self-awareness, improve their pronunciation and oral grammar skills, and teach them how to self-evaluate. Use these tips when you begin filming. 

This chapter, "Reading and Writing Academic Texts," from the English Language Teacher Development series, edited by Thomas S. C. Farrell, discusses how academic reading and writing are interconnected processes. The authors explore how varying linguistic ability and vocabulary knowledge, diverse cultural expectations and attitudes toward reading and writing, and student motivations contribute to how students approach reading and writing. 

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Call for Author: Grammar Columnist: TESOL is seeking a quarterly grammar columnist for TESOL Connections. The columnist will address difficult or tricky English grammar and usage issues. Open to all. Deadline: 31 October 2014. 
Call for Proposals: The Master’s Student Forum and Doctoral Research Forum, at the 2015 TESOL Annual Convention, seek submissions by 19 October.
TESOL Awards: Now accepting award and grant applications/nominations. Funding for TESOL 2015 available. Deadline 1 November.
TESOL Seeks Award Reviewers: Become an awards reviewer for one of the TESOL’s 16 Awards. Deadline: 20 September 2014. Apply today!
Get Involved! Serve on a TESOL Standing Committee: Apply to serve on one of TESOL’s standing committees. Deadline: 14 September 2014.
Online Certificate Course: Principles & Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program Foundation Course: Register by 8 October.
TESOL Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability, 27 Oct–23 Nov 2014. Register today!
Resources
Social Media: How the social media mindset can be an asset to your classroom.
Report: Teachers of English learners feel least prepared for Common Core.
The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2013: Linguistically diverse students.
Free Publication: A Framework for Raising Expectations and Instructional Rigor for English Language Learners.
Report: Characteristics and academic outcomes of English language learners in a New England district.
Fact Sheet: Educational services for immigrant children and those recently arrived to the United States. From the U.S. Department of Education.
Report: English as a medium of instruction - the British Council.
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