January 2016 archive

3 Easy Ways to Take Full Advantage of the TESOL Website

by Stephanie N. Brown The TESOL International Association is full of resources for your continued professional development. If you are new to TESOL or NNETESOL, it can be a little overwhelming to find the opportunities that are just right for you. Here is a brief overview of 3 ways to take full advantage of the …

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Apps for English Language Learners – Episode I – Bitsboard

By Meghan Fahey In today’s rush for technology, it’s easy to get bogged down in the latest and greatest apps and programs. It’s also easy to jump on every single free app. I found myself several times in my first few weeks wringing my hands and thinking, “These all sound great, but which ones are …

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ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in Vermont

By Sarah Forbes K-1 ELL Teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary, Winooski, VT   ELL Teachers in WIDA states across the U.S. are busy getting ready to administer the new WIDA ACCESS for ELLS 2.0, a new and improved online version of the annual assessment of English language development for K-12 schools. The testing window …

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Register Today for Electronic Village

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Anyone?

By Mary Lou Donahoe As part of my recent coursework on Inclusive Practices, I was introduced to two exceptionally useful books. The concepts in these books are critical to all teachers because when we plan our lessons keeping UDL principles in mind, we can create engaging lessons for all of the students in our classrooms.  …

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Help Syrian Orphans by Teaching ESL via Skype

There is a special opportunity to play a small part in the Syrian refugee crisis and directly touch the lives of orphans living in an orphanage in Reyhanli, Turkey. The orphanage has a school and internet access and is working hard to educate 120 children, age 2-12, whose parents were killed in the fighting. There …

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