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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) is a global education association. TESOL's mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
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Fellow TESOL Members, Please join me in congratulating our newly elected President-Elect, Board Members, and Nominating Committee Members. They are named below. I look forward to serving with them and I know they look forward to serving you. Don't hesitate to tug on our sleeves with questions or suggestions, or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2011 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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Who knew that this would happen? I started this blog entry Wednesday, January 5th. It was not the first time I had thought it, but that day I felt that I had to address how our public discourse has gotten out of control. Republicans were flexing their muscles as they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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The dateline here is Siem Reap, Cambodia, a provincial center about 5 miles from Angkor Wat. I’m just completing a week-long training program for Peace Corps Project Managers and Training Managers from 20 countries across Peace Corps’ EMA (Europe, Middle East, Asia) region. I’m here to explain how Peace Corps’... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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I’ve just paid my registration fee for the 2011 TESOL convention in New Orleans (yes, egalitarian as the TESOL membership is, even officers and board members have to pay. I like the tradition—it’s a matter of putting your money where your mouth is). Have you registered yet? The dates of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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In March 2009 I was invited to attend the MEXTESOL/Central American Caribbean TESOL Convention in Cancun last week (November 4–7, 2010). It was worth the wait. The convention hall was very well designed and we never felt overcrowded, despite an attendance of more than 2,000. Sessions were of uniform high... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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Note: “ə” in various phonetic transcription systems represents the unstressed neutral vowel which has the sound of "a" in comma. “ə” (pronounced “schwa”) is probably the handiest sound in English. I’ve even been guilty of telling students, “when in doubt, all unaccented syllables in English go to ‘ə.’” Of course... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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Back in 2007, when District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) was still somehow getting by with a superintendent and not a chancellor, I was invited to participate in an advisory group concerning culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. The first meeting of the advisory group was presided over by three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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United States: A blog post responding to Oprah's Monday show promoting "Waiting for Superman," was widely read, and sparked a lively discussion. Valerie Pientka, a National Board certified teacher who read the post, shares a letter she wrote to one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at In the News Blog
California: Hundreds of people filled a church near South Los Angeles and spilled out into the streets for an emotional Mass on Wednesday celebrating the life of a popular fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School who committed suicide in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at In the News Blog
California: When California adopted the common core standards last month, it didn't accept the preface material, which includes an introduction and spells out how to apply the standards to English-language learners or students with disabilities. Read the full story Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at In the News Blog
United States: This article discusses the divisive nature of bilingual education in our society—is it the natural representation of the functional and celebrated diversity of America, or is it an insidious wedge guaranteed only to sow rancor? The article covers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at In the News Blog
California: "Speaking in Tongues," the latest documentary by Bay Area filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, sheds light on the cognitive and developmental value of learning in two languages at a young age. The film follows four diverse children as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at In the News Blog
United States: Three civil rights groups contend the U.S. Department of Education failed to give adequate attention to the needs of English-language learners in the $3.4 billion Race to the Top state grant competition and say they plan to hold... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at In the News Blog
Illinois: Naperville Unit District 203 unveiled the Dual Language Learners program in 2008 with one kindergarten and first-grade class at both Beebe and Maplebrook elementary schools. As students advanced to the next grade level, an incoming kindergarten class was added... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at In the News Blog
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Next March may seem like a long time away, but if you have given any thought to attending the 2011 TESOL Convention and Exhibit, now is a good time to start doing some planning. This year’s convention will be particularly special because the convention is being held in New Orleans,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at The TESOL Blog Spot
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South Korea: About one-third the size of Japan, South Korea now outspends its Asian rival by a margin of three to one in English language education, according to unofficial industry estimates. Due to its largely underground nature, estimates as to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at In the News Blog
California: New data released by the California Department of Education show some improvement in transitioning non-English-fluent English-learner students to English fluency. Yet, there’s evidence that this critical transitioning process is being undermined by the policies of local school districts. Read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at In the News Blog
Angola: The vice chief of Staff of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), General Abreu Muengo “Kamorteiro” called Wednesday here for need of teaching of English language within the staff members of the Angolan army. Read the full story Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at In the News Blog
United States: A school principal has described a supplemental computer math program in the publication District Administration as a learning tool that "doesn't require any language at all." The article (posted in April, by the way) dubs the math program... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at In the News Blog
In recent decades, the study of language acquisition and instruction has increasingly focused on “chunking”: how children learn language not so much on a word-by-word basis but in larger “lexical chunks” or meaningful strings of words that are committed to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at In the News Blog
United States: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says he sent a letter to Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell expressing "full support" for passage of the DREAM Act. The proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at In the News Blog
Texas: Mineral Wells ISD board members received a state-required report Tuesday on the district’s bilingual and English as a second language programs, including a three-year action plan toward complying with the state’s bilingual mandate. Read the full story Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at In the News Blog
California: Faye Ireland is being followed into retirement with the painful 'least effective' rating. But 45 years' worth of heartfelt thank-yous attest otherwise and offer comfort. Read the full story Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at In the News Blog
United States, Turkey: The United States government and Turkey's Higher Education Board, or YÖK, are involved in a new joint effort to send scores of U.S. English Teaching Assistants, or ETAs, to dozens of Turkish universities. "The aim of this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at In the News Blog
California: Dozens of San Gabriel Valley and Whittier area educators gathered at the Los Angeles County Office of Education for a summit aimed at boosting literacy through the resources and support of local newspapers. The summit, organized by the San... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2010 at In the News Blog