In T. Leo Schmitt's final column, he discusses the different types of passive voice, and he shares how to change passive to active voice. Language notes and teaching tips included.
Use these proven instructional scaffolds across content areas to help your ELs with reading and speaking. 
The study—and teaching—of idioms has always been challenging. These activities help ELLs develop idiomatic competence. 

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Whether there is a no-cell phone policy in place or not, many teachers are finding it difficult to deter student attention from the screen and into the classroom. While there are many resources available online, it can be difficult to know how to best utilize them. This Quick Tip will introduce teachers to online class chat rooms and provide ideas on how to utilize this resource in a variety of skill areas. 

In this article, "Towards a Plurilingual Approach in English Language Teaching: Softening the Boundaries Between Languages," Jasone Cenoz and Durk Gorter present a critique of the policy of language isolation in TESOL and propose an innovative plurilingual approach to the teaching of English that softens the boundaries between languages. 

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2015 TESOL Convention Registration Now Open
Online registration for the 2015 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 25–28 March, in Toronto Canada is now open. For the best rates, register by 15 January 2015. Visit the convention website for complete details.
Open Call for the 2017 TESOL Annual Convention Program Chair: The convention program chair, who is a member of TESOL, works with the Convention Committee to assemble a dynamic, well-balanced academic program for TESOL’s annual convention.
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.
TESOL Virtual Seminars:

Online Certificate Course: Principles & Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program Foundation Course: Register by 8 October.
Statement from TESOL Executive Director: TESOL supports additional flexibility for state teacher evaluation systems.
TESOL Comments: TESOL submits comments on draft higher education legislation.
Resources
The Five Habits of Creative Teachers: Learn how to harness creativity and become a better teacher.
Free Book: Language Issues in Migration and Integration: Perspectives From Teachers and Learners (British Council).
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Profiles in the United States: Data Hub from MPI.
Report: The Language of Reform: English Learners in California's Shifting Education Landscape.
Report: Investing in English Skills: The Limited English Proficient Workforce in U.S. Metropolitan Areas.
Article: Reclassification Patterns Among Latino English Learner Students in Bilingual, Dual Immersion, and English Immersion Classrooms.
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ESL Teacher (Middle School), Center City Public Charter Schools, Washington, DC, USA

Director of English Learner Programs, San Rafael City Schools, San Rafael, California, USA

Coordinator of Multilingual Learning, Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA


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Online registration for the 2015 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 25–28 March, in Toronto, Canada is now open. For the best rates, register by 15 January 2015. Special discounts for K-12 Dream Day and the new Adult Ed Day are available through 30 November 2014. Visit the convention website for complete details. 

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