Greetings from eslactivities.com! I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday if you are in the US. For those outside the US, I hope you had a good couple of weeks!
In this edition of our newsletter, I wanted to bring you a recommendation for a book that I have found very helpful in working with new teachers, as well as helpful in reminding me of some of the things I learned in my Masters program that I had forgotten over my years of teaching. I also wanted to let you know about a wonderful professional development opportunity in the TESOL International Association Virtual Convention.
This is one of those books that even experience teachers of English learners will find useful, even if just to be reminded of strategies or activities they haven't used in a while, or to become more aware of research supporting the teaching of English learners. Written by Larry Ferlazzo, a prolific blogger and author in the field of teaching English, this book explains all the acronyms we use in the field, like ESL (English as a Second Language), ELL (English Language Learner), and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). This book offers educators practical strategies for setting up an ESL-friendly classroom, motivating and interacting with students, communicating with parents of English learners, and navigating the challenges inherent in teaching ESL students. This hands-on resource will give all teachers at all levels the information they need to be effective ESL instructors. This is a great text to have near you while lesson-planning, at hand during peer-to-peer / staff committee meetings, a text to revisit frequently.
If you have never attended the annual convention of the TESOL International Association, you are missing out on a wonderful professional development opportunity. The convention was what drew me into the field of teaching and solidified my career choice over 20 years ago, and I've never looked back! Although I love attending the convention in person, the TESOL International Association has done a wonderful job setting up the convention virtually, bringing the most beneficial elements of the in-person convention and making them available to a much wider audience through their virtual convention platform. Last year's virtual convention was a huge success, with several thousand teachers from around the world interacting and sharing ideas online. There were live presentations, pre-recorded presentations, exhibitor sessions, a virtual exhibition hall where you could interact live with exhibitors via video conference, networking rooms and much more! I expect that this year will be even better now that the planners have had much more time to prepare and the experience from last year to inform this year's convention. Registration just opened, so make sure you register!
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