From Student to Master: Learning how to learn

For a good number of reasons, I think it’s important for adults to open themselves up to new learning experiences. Learning boosts both personal and professional growth. Even something that seems completely unrelated to your field can lead to interesting parallels and insights. In the past, I shared my thoughts when I returned to roller-skating…

TESOL 2017 Highlights: The Take Away from the Top

As usual, the convention has been one exciting whirlwind. I attended some very useful talks and took plenty of notes, so it will take a number of posts to share my highlights with you. Let’s start at the top…meaning the keynote speakers. Dudley Reynolds, our 2016-2017 TESOL President, spoke on Professional English Language Teachers in…

TESOL 2016 Highlights: Part 5

TESOL academic sessions sponsored by the Interest Sections can be a test of stamina, since they last one hour and forty-five minutes, but with only three days for the whole convention it’s necessary to make the most of our time. I try to attend a couple of these sessions each year because I value the…

TESOL Highlights 2016: Part 3

When I first started attending the annual TESOL convention, I was so overwhelmed by the number of attendees and the number of sessions. I missed some wonderful keynote addresses because I simply didn’t plan my day well! In the past few years, I’ve done better, and my attendance at these special morning events has meant…

The Future of English and Our Profession

John H. McWhorter published an article earlier this month with lots of food for thought, especially for ELTs. It’s being shared through different sites at this point, but it was originally posted on The Wall Street Journal under the title “What Will the World Speak in 2115?”  I’d encourage you to read the entire post. It’s packed…

The Different Paths We Walk: An ESL Story

Today there are many professional paths for us ESL teachers to take. Some of us walk more than one path at the same time. People have asked about the reasons for the choices I have made, the nature of my online work, and the challenges I face in my different roles. When I meet other…

Being Thankful for Online Collaboration

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I must pause and give thanks for many things. In my professional life, my appreciation for online opportunities continues to grow, and I am ever so grateful that I have come into contact with so many teachers. Each exchange helps me grow and gives me new things to think about. Here…

Opening New Doors in Professional Development

Professional development online is a real possibility, and the opportunities continue to grow. I’ve shared information in the past about video training and webinars. The time has come to talk about MOOCs! No, let’s not merely talk. Massive Open Online Courses are large in nature, so they deserve a big shout-out. I’m excited to be…

MATSOL 2013 Conference Highlights (continued)

On May 3, I was able to attend two academic sessions at the MATSOL Conference. Compared to the annual TESOL convention, this event is on a much smaller scale. Even so, I found the experience of looking at the schedule to be the same: I wanted to be in two places at one time. That’s a very…

MATSOL 2013 Conference Highlights – Keynote Speaker

I attended MATSOL for the first time last week. On Friday, I joined Pamela Vittorio, the lead author for Next Generation Grammar 3, to talk about our work on Pearson’s newest grammar series. I was thankful that I was able to hear one of the keynote speakers and attend a couple of sessions before the…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 3 – Part 4 (Electronic Village)

Integrating Google My Maps and Language Learning: The collaborative creation of virtual tour guides by Brazilian students. I sometimes wish there were two TESOL conventions, one for academic sessions and one for workshops in the Electronic Village. There simply isn’t enough time to visit every presentation you want to hear. I had hoped to spend more…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 3 – Part 3

Smart Use of Smart Phones. Michael Jones packed the room with teachers eager to learn more about using technology in the classroom. Michael is currently teaching at Woosong University in Korea, and he has had much success in using smart phones to deliver content to his students. His presentation introduced practical and engaging uses of…