TESOL 2019 Highlights: Ideas and Questions to Consider

Many TESOL sessions deserve a full summary, but the sheer volume of take-away is too much to capture in the context of this blog. At this point, I’d like to give a shout-out to knowledgeable presenters who made sure attendees walked away with at least one golden nugget to apply to their teaching. I thank…

How to Learn Collocations: Independence from Teachers and Dependence on Resources

Another teacher recently asked about ways to teach collocations to upper level students. The inquiry reminded me of what I took away from a TESOL session in Portland this past March. A team from  Academy of Art University, San Francisco focused on building learner independence. They recommended showing students how to work with COCA and Vocabulary Profiler when reading academic…

Tools at Your Fingertips: Interesting Online Resources

I love a successful session of browsing on the Internet. Let me share two discoveries. Both of the following online resources would be useful during lesson preparation. My search began at a colleague’s site. Ryan Detwiler’s eslvideo.com  offers authentic videos coupled with ESL quizzes. The sources include commercials, news reports, movie clips, and more.  The…