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‘Tis the Season for TESOL and MORE!

Come TESOL with me! Let’s make it a VERB! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m past president of NNETESOL, and I teach in Burlington, Vt. This year, I applied for (and was chosen!) TESOL Ambassador for 2018! My name is even on the website! Click that link above and see! I’M SO …

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ACCESS Testing Season

ACCESS Testing Season By Sarah Forbes This blog post was first published at on 2/7/2018.   This is a hectic time of year for any ELL teachers in states that administer the annual WIDA ACCESS English language assessment. This standardized test, used by states in the WIDA consortium to monitor English language learner (ELL) progress from …

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ESL Parent Teacher Conferences: What Are Your Strategies?

Check out this interesting article about parent teacher conferences with parents who speak little English. What do you think? What are your strategies for working through conferences with parents who speak little English? Please follow and like us:

A Resource for Teaching About DACA

Check out this interesting article that speaks to how schools should work to hold classroom discussions about current events, specifically DACA, and how these discussions can benefit students in addition to the school community. Teaching about DACA as a current event Please follow and like us:

Second Annual Student Conference on Language Teaching at St. Michael’s College

Dear TESOL Colleagues, We are pleased to announce the Second Annual Student Conference on Language Teaching to be held on Saturday, April 14th, 2018 at St. Michael’s College. This conference will be co-hosted with Northern New England TESOL (NNETESOL). We are also happy to announce that our opening plenary speaker will be Shawna Shapiro, an …

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The Power of Two: Co-Teaching to Support ELLs

Written by Sarah Forbes, K-1 ELL Teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary in Winooski, Vermont, and NNETESOL President-Elect.  Sometimes, when I’m co-teaching, I feel like my fellow teachers and I can read each other’s minds. There are times when one of my co-teachers and I actually say the same word or phrase simultaneously. Our students find …

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Explore new resources over break!

The holiday season can be a busy time of year, but it is also a time that gives teachers a break from the classroom. Utilize this break to explore new resources shared by other teachers and experts in the TESOL field. Have a resource to share? Email us! Please follow and like us:

PBL in ELL Pull-Out? Yes, it’s possible!

This post was contributed by Sarah Forbes, K-1 ELL Teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary, Vermont, and NNETESOL President-Elect. For more information, check out her website here. I have long been a proponent of project-based learning (PBL), but have struggled to incorporate it in my limited time with my students in ELL pullout groups. PBL involves framing …

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TESOL Community and Family Toolkit: Developed by TESOL National Association

Working with the families of English learners and building strong communities is one of the biggest challenges that many English language professionals face. Recognizing this, TESOL International Association developed the Community and Family Tool Kit, a resource for English language professionals to use at all levels to connect with families and build strong communities. In addition …

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Looking to gain more lesson planning skills and strategies?

Check out Coursera’s free online class titled “Lesson Planning with the ELL in Mind”. You can either join the class online for free, or pay to receive credit/credentials. For more information, check out these reviews. Please follow and like us:

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