ESP: What you don’t know can help you

Before teaching my first adult ESL class about five years ago, I queried the program director, “Should I ask my students what they want to learn?” “All they’ll say is they want to improve their English,” she replied. “You know what they need to know; just teach it.” Having just completed the English for Specific […]

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From Project to Project-Based

I never anticipated falling into the alphabet soup of academia until I found myself enrolling in a T-E-S-O-L training course. A healthy dose of curiosity and a quick Google search found me a place in an introductory course at U-M-B-C, building my foundation of S-L-A knowledge that led me to an M-A and ultimately a position […]

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Not good enough

Because language is an integral part of a person’s identity, language learning is often emotional.  As such, critical language feedback is neither easy to deliver or to take. Depending on how it is given, it can either be helpful or hurtful, motivating or demotivating. It can bridge gaps in learning or hinder progress completely. As […]

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3 Tips for Teaching English to Working Adults

When you hear the term “working adult,” who is the first person that comes to your mind? What job do they have? What age? What ethnicity? To take things one step further, consider the term “working adult English learner.” Has the profile in your mind changed? Who is the learner you’ve imagined? I have designed […]

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How to get freelance work from ELT publishers

Over the past five years, publishers have come to rely on freelancers like never before. When publishers find someone they like, they send the freelancers more work than they can handle. From the other side, many ELT professionals would love to do some freelance work for a publisher, but have no idea what that work […]

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The World is Your Classroom

I graduated from The New School MATESOL program in 2013, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go into education management, become more of a teacher trainer or even continue teaching English as a Foreign Language with an eye more towards curriculum development. So, I decided to continue teaching EFL in Kyiv, Ukraine where […]

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Reflections on SLRF: Very Pleased with the Plenaries!

I had the opportunity to attend the Second Language Research Forum at Columbia University Teacher’s College this fall. It was the first research-focused conference I had ever attended and I must say, it was well worth the trip! I was only able to attend for one day, so I did my best to maximize the […]

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Moving on to a PhD

So you’ve finished up (or are finishing up) the M.A. in TESOL, and now you’re thinking about doing a PhD? I think you should go for it. Doing a PhD is life-changinglygreat. And it’s also terrible. But it’s still great. From my experience, it is also a very different experience than doing the M.A. in […]

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Bridging the Gap: University Practice for Academic Success

While in the New School MA TESOL program, I developed a firm belief that using student needs to drive classroom and programmatic curricular decisions is of utmost importance. This part of my educational philosophy can be seen in many decisions I made in my time spent as a program director in a third-party intensive English program […]

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Adopting an English Name

If you have worked with Chinese students in the past twenty years, you have probably noticed that their names tend not to fit our phonotactic expectations of a typically Chinese name. “Call me Kenny,”  or “My name is Rachel” would be typical. Not unknown are less typically “American” names like Jellyfish and Sandwich, along with […]

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