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Inspiring the Critical Mind: Introducing the One-Point Multiskills Analysis

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published in TESOL’s SLWIS News (February 2016): http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolslwis/issues/2016-02-26/2.html. Modified and reprinted with permission. English language learners (ELLs) often struggle with writing university-level research papers because of a lack of analytical tools and techniques to probe the inner complexities of a topic. This
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Anytune Slows Down Sound Tracks for Language Practice

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By MARSHA J. CHAN —Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published as Chan, M. J. (2017). Anytune slows down sound tracks for language practice. In M. O’Brien & J. Levis (Eds), Proceedings of the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (pp. 191-194). Ames: Iowa State University. This version has
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Have Native Speakers on Campus? Then Get Your ESL Students Out of the Classroom

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By CHRISTINE SO —Whether you are teaching vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, culture, history, or composition, send your students out on campus to approach at least one American student for a quick one-question interview. A positive experience using the target language generates confidence in using it, which in turn creates more motivation to learn it (Clement,
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Introducing a Hybrid ESL Class

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By PAULETTE KOUBEK-YAO —Our Hybrid ESL 33B, which is an advanced reading and writing class, has one face-to-face class per week and one asynchronous online class per week focusing on academic language. The ESL Department at Pasadena City College began offering the Hybrid ESL 33B in the fall semester of 2015. I have taught it
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The Well-Being Room at Work

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —A magical room at Mid City, the site where I work, is increasingly capturing my interest and imagination. Surrounded by walls with no windows, it sits on the first floor of a three-story building. It has been organically, naturally growing through time with kindness and beautiful intentions to become the
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The Vibrant English Verb:
A Review

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By DANIEL HALFORD —I have been teaching ESL for 37 years, first in Germany and now in California at the City College of San Francisco. I try to be creative in finding ways to make grammar, especially verb meaning and usage, comprehensible for my students, and giving them visuals goes a long way to help.
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“The World Is the Classroom: 21st Century Teaching and Learning”

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By ALEJANDRA PULIDO —The CATESOL Annual Conference, Santa Clara, is less than two months away and the Annual Conference Committee keeps the magic coming with new events, speakers, and socials! A limited number of hotel accommodations are still available at the conference site. The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara venue has three restaurants and bars; it’s
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SD Attendee a Proud Member of the CATESOL Community—
A Community That Helps Us Strive and Thrive

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By UNDARMAA MAAMUUJAV —The professional air, positive vibes, and friendly atmosphere of CATESOL regional and annual conferences have always made me feel proud of our thriving field of teaching English. These conferences have helped me to stay abreast of the new developments in research and practice. They have allowed me to sit in a student
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SD Regional Provides a Day
of Inspiration

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By JOYCE CHAN —It was a pleasure to be the recipient of the CATESOL Education Foundation’s Regional Conference Stipend for the San Diego Regional Conference, “Supporting the Journey.” The stipend generously covered the registration fee, lunch, and mileage—even for my drive from Los Angeles for the conference, held on April 22, 2017, at Palomar College
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Northern Regional Conference Rides the Waves of Change

May 17th, 2017 | By

The Steinbeck Chapter, in coordination with the conference chair, Michelle Bagwell, hosted the Northern California Regional Conference in Pacific Grove on April 1. The theme for the conference, “Riding the Waves of Change,” addressed the constantly evolving landscape in the field of ESL. Through time, there have been shifts in student demographics, government funding, and
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