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Language or language arts?

At the very end of an intensive summer of methodology and language analysis courses one of my students, who I will call Alice, confessed that it had taken her until that point to realize that TESOL is ‘different.’ “You need to understand that I come from a language arts teaching background,” she told me. “It […]

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Bringing the Best from the Old Career into the New: Why I Plan Fastidiously

In my Methods: Systems course I had great debates with my classmates about the importance of planning for classes. Some of the teachers I admire the most argued for walking into a classroom armed with nothing but knowledge, experience, and a focus on student needs, but as a career changer new to teaching ESOL, I’ll […]

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Connecting and Learning in Online Communities

Working through an MA in TESOL was not an easy feat for me. Reading any given text took me a considerable amount of time, and creating a link between theory and practice was not always intuitive. Also, like many other classmates, I was teaching full-time while taking two courses, which meant that as much as […]

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Takeaways from TESOL

Christopher Collins shares his takeaways from the 2015 TESOL convention. TESOL 2015, in Toronto, was my second TESOL convention. I attended the 2010 conference in Boston, as it coincided with a visit home from Japan. At that time, I was teaching in Japan, with a vague notion of returning to the United States at some […]

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Learning styles: Have we been barking up the wrong tree?

It’s an honour to be writing the first post on this blog–thanks to Lesley Painter-Farrell and Mike Griffin for asking me. Before you read on, take this quick quiz (you don’t have to tell anyone your answers 😉 ) Do you agree or disagree with these statements? We mostly only use 10% of our brain. […]

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Why Uncharted TESOL?

New School MATESOL graduate Roshii Jolly shares her thoughts on the name and background of this blog.  As a bunch of us TESOL-ers brainstormed ideas about the name for a new blog, I was struck by the serendipity of the situation. Here we were at the TESOL 2015 convention, infused with ideas of a single […]

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Hello!

Welcome to Uncharted TESOL, a blog by the New School TESOL community and for all those interested in teaching and learning English. Information on the MATESOL program at the New School can be found here. Information on the name of this blog can be found here.

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