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With Andrea Flores (right) at our 'Using Google Apps to Foster Collaboration' workshop, 2013.

With Andrea Flores (right) at our 'Using Google Apps to Foster Collaboration' workshop, 2013.


Scott Thornbury & Jeremy Harmer - One of the best conversations in TESOL 
CLT: What We Have Gained (And What We Might Have Lost)' a presentation at the New School, New York.


Do your learners approach English with a sense of wonder?
 For all you do to engender that, we thank you (thank a teacher campaign).

50 Things to Do in the First Week of Term
An interesting mix of ideas and food for thought, some of which might apply to the ESOL classroom.  

Starting a new class? Need an icebreaker or a Monday morning warmer?
Check out a number of ideas from around the TESOL blogging community here.

How do you greet your learners?
A lesson from the college classroom on building rapport with students - thanks to Jason Costa for this link!

Some of these 'brain-break' questions from Edutopia might make for interesting 'new class' discussion!
Number 5 and 6 seem particularly relevant but 9 might engender some creative talk.

What is your English language life like? Check out my 'Film Scenes' activity
For a twist on the traditional needs analysis for EAP/ESP learners in TESOL Tips.

How might a simple Venn diagram help learners to build relationships?
Check out this list of 5 getting-to-know-you activities for a writing class by Elena Shvidko. 

Are you a strong guide, helper, colleague, disciplinarian or something in between?
Award-winning ELT blogger and author, Adam Simpson, explores four theories of classroom management.

In my experience, music always works. 
Check out this fantastic article from my colleague, Nico Lorenzutti, on music and song in the EFL classroom.



Looking for ways to monitor learner progress in the classroom? Here are 53 great strategies! 
Some great ideas for formative assessment here via Edutopia.

Are there really only 3 factors that aid intrinsic motivation? 
The psychology of motivation and motivation for language learners by NCLRC - referencing Zoltan Dornyei. 

'Good thinkers are not always fast thinkers'
Check out this interesting post from ELT blogger, Nathan Hall, on 'processing, introversion vs extroversion'.

All language learners experience a turning point at some point in their learning journey.
Scott Thornbury examines this in this insightful blog post.  

What's the relationship between social-emotional learning, cognitive development and performance?


How important is it that we let learners know 'why' they're doing what they're doing?

How do we ‘scaffold’ students’ learning and what does this look like in practice?
Rebecca Alber shares some great examples here - thanks to Heather Swenddal for this link!

Are student questions more important than teacher questions?
An interesting look at 3 tips for sparking imagination in the classroom in this TED Talk

Which one comes first? Critical or anaylitical thinking?
An good read from mainstream education that may resonate with TESOLers too. 

29 statements about lesson planning - which ones do you agree with?
A terrific blog post by ELT blogger, Mike Griffin. 

Keen to explore the potential or limitations of L1 use in the classroom?
Two great links from the British Council including an interactive slideshow and articles debating the pros/cons from Delta blogger, Sue Swift.

A forward, central or backward curriculum design? Which one fits your context?
Applied linguist Jack Richards provides a summary of "Curriculum Approaches in Language Teaching"


Games, Teacher, games!
An interesting perspective on the ‘gamification of education’ from Edudemic.

 ‘Games in the Classroom – pro or con?’
For reflections from our own context, check out RMIT teacher, Mark Hershy’s LSU blog post.


The greatest list of resources on vocabulary instruction from Professor Paul Nation:

H.D. Brown's Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary - see prezi.

An Overview of Vocabulary Learning and TESOL- see prezi

10 Principles for Vocabulary Instruction 
What might be on your Top 10 list when it comes to tips for effective vocabulary instruction? 

Memrise.com - 'vocabulary learning powered by imagination'
Cognitive science and technology pair up in this terrific, interactive online tool for language learners.

Wordle.net is my favourite tool for creating visually interesting keyword clouds with authentic texts. 

Quizlet is a terrific flashcard or quiz making onlilne tool - useful for academic word lists or expressions.

Are you corpus curious? 
ELT blogger, “Lexical Leo”, lists some tools for exploring lexis, collocations, chunks and word patterns. 


What if we deleted "model essay" from our discourse and replaced it with "mentor texts"?
UCLA lecturer Rebecca Alder, thinks we should. Tip: Look out for the Harvard entry essays ideas too!

Writing Rubrics that aid Learner Autonomy
Check out this terrific collection of papers from Cambridge on “Assessment in EAP Programs in Australia”.

The Benefits of Free Writing
A cool printable from Pinterest to aid thinking about responding to an article or just for free writing. 

Have you ever tried 'writing stations'?
Elena Shvidko, presents an interactive activity to engage learners in discussion about audience, purpose, stance, genre and media in academic writing.

Current pedagogy and work by Ken Hyland.


Teaching speaking strategies - the essentials

Looking for a light-hearted warm up to settle your learners' nerves before oral exams?
Check out the 'Lighter Side' series here.

Can learners see, touch and feel what might not be heard?
Tom Randolf suggests they can offering 11 quick multi-sensory techniques for pronunciation instruction.

There's an App for that! Learning the Phonemic Chart
Check out the 'Sounds' App for iphone or Android devices, produced in association with Adrian Underhill.  

Four great resources for Pronunciation Instruction from the British Council:
1) Interactive Phonemic Chart  2) Sounds Right - phonemic chart app 3) BBC Videos showing how to make each sound  and 4) University of Iowa videos and animations to aid articulation.  

“Paa paw poh poo pay pee pie” 
Preparing students for oral presentations? Keen to reduce the fear factor? Check out some of these tips for preparing to present and articulating clearly from WikiHow.  


What do you already Know or Want to know about engaging learners in reading?
Erick Hermann from TESOL.org gives a brief summary of the KWL approach.

How do you know if your students are reading critically?
An interesting perspective on building conversations with texts by Ben Johnson from Edutopia.

The Language Learning benefits of Extensive Reading
An excellent article by leading ER expert, Professor Paul Nation, with more links here on his website.

Extensive Reading for Adolescents
Insight from the British Council resource for teens - Learn English.


English Central.com
One of the best resources for learner self-access to an online YouTube corpus of authentic listening texts. 

Teaching listening strategies - referencing John Field
A helpful summary of strategies for developing listening skill here from NCLRC. 

How important is the use of authentic language in the EFL classroom?
Sheila Thorn provides practical guidance for teachers on using authentic listening texts effectively.

"If speaking is silver, then listening is gold."
High school English teacher, Rebecca Albers, shares these tips for promoting active listening in the classroom. Any takeaways here for the ESL/EFL classroom? 



"Technology is a tool, not a learning outome." 
An ELT blog post on the value of education technology in the EFL classroom. 

Are language teachers leading the way with education technology?
An interesting article from the Guardian UK Education section.

What exactly is a Flipped classroom and is it for you and your learners?
Here are 2 links to explore: a great Infographic by Knewton Adaptive Learning and practical applications from the TESOL.org blog and a brilliant prezi from Lisa Gentry at the Singapore International School. 


Debating Blended Learning - Should we mix it up? 
This collection of papers by the British Council describes the benefits of blended learning environments, with topics like collaborative online reading in EAP and using podcasts and wikis in ESP. 

Journal of Language Teaching and Research
Featuring articles from Japan, Australia, Thailand and more, on topics like blended learning, vocabulary learning strategies, and writing feedback.

Bath, D. & Bourke, J. (2013). Getting started with Blended Learning. Griffiths University: NSW.

Gruba, P., & Hinkelman, D. (2012). Blending Technologies in Second Language Classrooms. Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Garrison, D. R., & Vaughan, N. D. (2008). Blended learning in higher education: Framework, principles, and guidelines. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Kırkgöz, Y. (2011). A blended learning study on implementing video recorded speaking tasks in task-based classroom instruction. Turkish Online Journal of Education, (10)4. 

Tomlinson, B. & Whittaker, C. (2013). Blended Learning in English Language Teaching: Course Design and Implementation. British Council Collection of Papers: Cambridge UP.


Flipped Classroom Checklist
A great checklist for teachers thinking about flipping, plus tools to use for your PC, iPad and video camera.

Want to know how to use Google Apps, Excel, iPads, Blackboard or even tips on flipped classrooms? Lynda.com offers a plethora of video tutorials designed to help educators. Lynda.com is FREE to all RMIT students and staff. Log in and search the “Subject” tab for “Education”. 

25 Ways teachers can integrate social media into their classrooms

Using Facebook in the ESOL classroom

A Teacher's Guide to Using Social Media in the Classroom

What do we know now about online learning in general? 
Watch this Ted Talk by Daphne Koller, the Cofounder of Coursera, to find out more about what is “suddenly possible” and '25 Tips to Make the Most of MOOCS'.

What's on your whiteboard today? 
How do you use your white board? Keen to re-think your approach? Here are two articles offering some ideas '10 Creative ESL Games for the Whiteboard' and an 'Essay on the Value of Chalkboards'.  


Using Google Docs and Voice Comments - Video Tutorials for Teachers
A great tool for giving meaningful/synchronous feedback to learners.

Using Google Hangouts in the ESOL classroom.
An interesting ELT blog post from TESOL org.


Join the Global TESOL Conversation at a TESOL Conference
View the calendar of events updated here.  

Are you a transformational teacher?
Transformational teachers "teach like artists, scientists and essayists". Learn more in this great blog post!

What are the habits of successful teachers? How do we stay happy and successful?
Check out this terrific article on Habits and one on Having the Best Year Ever from Edutopia.

If you could change one thing about your teaching tomorrow, what might it be?
An interesting insight from US mathematics teacher in this reflective blog post

What would your 5 words be (about your classroom)?
A look inside one teacher's reflective online journal. 

English Australia is the peak industry body for the TESOL industry in Australia. 
Current and past issues of their e-journal and tips on PD are now fully accessible online here.

The Australian Institute for Teachers and School Leaders
A terrific resource for professional learning guidelines, standards and toolkits for teachers/leaders.


How do you move from wonder to research? 

True or false: 'All (good) research tells a story.'
Scott Thornbury explores the notion of research and narrative in his most recent blog post.

For all our emerging TESOL scholars out there! Dare to Disagree. 
Thanks to Professor Linda Brennan for sharing this clip with us!


Linguist John McWhorter talks about the impact of texting on language.
An interesting article dispelling the notion that texting is killing our use of the English language.

How is linguistics applied in 'the real world'? 
In this TEDTalk, Professor of Sociolinguistics at Lancaster University, Paul Kerswill, discusses how language is moulded by the societies in which it is spoken. 

You could read *slash* skip over this fascinating article
Insight into how US college students are using "slash" as a conjunctive adverb.