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…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 3 – Part 2

Identity and Language Learning across Time and Space. On the final day of the convention, our keynote speaker was Bonny Norton. She is an American Educational Research Fellow and is based in Canada at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Norton began by having us consider the extent to which social relations of power, namely…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 3 – Part 1

Criteria to Guide Topic Selection in ELT Materials Development. Deborah Gordon, Laurie Blass, and Jenny Bixby led a session that benefited both the classroom teacher and the full-time materials writer. Whether you are designing in-house materials or working for a publisher, it is important to understand why a purely subjective choice of topics is not…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 2 – Part 2

Subconsciously Held Bias: Exposing the Myth of Racial Colorblindedness. Aram deKoven of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was Friday’s keynote speaker. Dr. deKoven focused on how people, including experienced educators, have biases, many of which are used subconsciously to interpret situations.  A quick vocabulary activity demonstrated how our minds are wired to make associations. Dr….

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 2 – Part 1

Mobile Learning for the 21st Century. At 7:30 bright and early on Friday morning, Susan Gaer of Santa Ana College gave an informative session on how to integrate mobile technology into language learning. She had participants begin with the same activity she uses with students early on in a course. We partnered up and used her…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 1 – Part 2

Creating and Choosing the Best Materials for Speaking and Pronunciation. Before my own 12:00 presentation on Thursday, I was able to sit in on the first half of this wonderful intersection between the Materials Writers and the Listening-Speaking-Pronunciation Interest Groups. Steve Jones, the new MWIS co-chair, organized an amazing panel. I benefitted from two speakers’…

TESOL 2013 Highlights – Day 1 – Part 1

TESOL is off to a great start! Here are some Day 1 highlights. Make Your Own Board Game. At 7:30 bright and early in the morning, Jordan Gusich of University of Arkansas showed an eager group of teachers how to make original board games using Microsoft Publisher. His tutorial demonstrated how easy it was for…

TESOL Convention 2013

Another snowstorm is heading to New England, but weather permitting, I will fly to Dallas, Texas on Tuesday in order to attend the annual TESOL convention. Visit the TESOL site for registration info and access to the online program. If you aren’t able to attend, there will be webcasts for some presentations. As in previous…

Professional Development through Video

With the annual TESOL convention around the corner, many of my thoughts lately have centered around professional development. I’ve already mentioned webinars that can benefit us teachers. This week I’d like to highlight another type of resource. I’ve received a few requests for teacher training videos recently. I’ve only dabbled in that area in the…

Getting a Handle on English as a Foreign Language

Every teacher brings something of value to the classroom, yet all of us teachers have at least one area in which we can improve. I have my own set of goals that I’m working toward. Along the path of professional development, I like to look around and see if there’s some way I can assist…

Professional Development through Webinars

Where do you turn for professional development and support? For me, the annual TESOL convention represents an opportunity to grow professionally and connect with others. Of course, the time and expense of attending does not make the event possible for everyone. Fortunately, we can also find professional development opportunities online.  First, there are the larger…