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What’s it Like to Teach English Online?

Online EFL can provide a substantial income supplement, and can be a rewarding experience. I’m going to walk you through what it’s like for me to teach online. I’ll discuss the in-class benefits, and let my conclusions build up until the end.  Let me paint you a picture:    Wake up, feed the coffee machine, button […]

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Curriculum Development: We’re going to do WHAT?!

Many courses in the MATESOL program have challenged me to step WAY outside my comfort zone, but Curriculum Development was another matter entirely. When I learned I would design an entire course for my chosen context during the semester, the prospect of doing this was daunting! But my classmates and I hit the ground running, […]

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ESL: An Ecological Perspective

“With ever greater demand for ESOL classes and a high level of insistence from governments that migrants learn English for purposes of integration, the job of ESOL teachers goes way beyond teaching the forms and structure of the English language.” This quote from The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching was the epigraph for Scott […]

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Don’t Forget to Mind Your Ps

As we all look forward to the amazing information to come from this year’s International TESOL Conference in Atlanta and the many other great conferences still ahead of us in 2019, it’s natural to look back at the scholarly work TESOLers have accomplished. In my own review of past articles and blog posts from fellow […]

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Prioritizing Teacher Reflection

Reflecting on my teaching practice is like pursuing a healthy lifestyle—I know I should do it, but I could stand to do better. I’ve attended and been inspired by my fair share of conferences and webinars but found myself slacking in my growth as a teacher. I learned a lot, but it was hard to […]

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You Look Marvelous!

If you think about it, how do you usually respond to compliments? Do you always say, “Why thank you, you are so kind” or, “That’s very sweet of you”? You may not even notice that instead your reply might be, “What, this old thing?” Or, “Really? It’s been in my closet for ages,” or you […]

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Because Native Speakers

The other day I had an exchange with a student that left me in a quandary of a sort that I didn’t really expect to still have over a decade into my teaching career. It was a sort of fundamental question that I thought I had settled in my mind some time ago, but recent […]

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Kill your wifi

Disaster With a full mug of instant coffee in my left hand, and a blue crate of bulky toys in my right, I kneed the classroom door open, flicked the lights on, clicked my mouse awake, and typed the username/password combo into the company laptop, fingers remembering before mind.   I double clicked the Google […]

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What Happens to ESL Programs When the Money Dries Up?

A Personal Story  This blog entry grew out of my experience of working for a community-based ESL program that closed when its funding was not renewed.  My disappointment that the program, which the students found beneficial and useful, was not continued forced me to examine the shifting priorities in ESL funding. I was alarmed by […]

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Increasing and Preserving Academic Learner Engagement through Enhancing EAP Curricula

In the recent past, I began to notice an eerie phenomenon happening with the learners at the private language institute where I teach. Learners who had been highly motivated, eager participants in ESL classes were rapidly losing steam once they entered the EAP level, to the point where their attendance was flagging, their assignments were […]

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