Tag: esl

Experts Not Hopeful on Vietnam’s English Targets

Education experts are expressed concern that the targets set for Vietnam’s foreign language proficiency are set to fail at a recent meeting on English teaching at colleges and universities held by the education ministry, Vietnamnet reports. The goals were set in the 2008-2020 national project, Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages in the...

The ESL Makeover

Danny Brassell gets over himself to make learning fun for all agesWhen I first began teaching elementary school, my principal asked me if I knew any Spanish. After I replied, “Un poquito (a little),” he said, “Good. You’re our new bilingual coordinator!”

Acquiring Academic Literacy from the Inside

Throughout the U.S., there is a sizeable population of international students from mainland China studying at colleges and universities. Among the varied difficulties during the process of adjustment to the host culture, such as homesickness, loneliness, and isolation, as well as financial burden, it is probably academic literacy...

ESL and STEM through CALL

Published by Rowman & Littlefield, Teaching ESL and STEM Content through CALL: A Research-Based Interdisciplinary Critical Pedagogical Approach by Abdelilah Salim Sehlaoui addresses the growing need for effective critical pedagogical competence (CPC), critical technological competence (CTC), and critical cross-cultural communicative competence (C5) in teachers who serve ELs....

Two Teams Share $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

Learning Upgrade's AppXPRIZE, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has announced two grand prize winners of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, a multi-year, multi-phase competition focused on transforming the lives of low-literate adults across the nation.

Bill May Relax AZ English Immersion

2/19/19 UPDATE: Arizona’s House Education Committee has unanimously approved HCR 2026, which would give Arizona voters the opportunity to repeal the state’s English-only instruction law.Arizona’s Senate Education Committee has approved Senate Bill 1014, which would provide schools with more flexibility for English...

Second Edition of New Ways in Teaching Speaking

TESOL Press, the publishing division of TESOL International Association, recently released the much-anticipated second edition of the New Ways in Teaching Speaking. Edited by Julie Vorholt, this latest addition to the popular New Ways series includes more than 100 new activities for all proficiency levels and all ages, with an emphasis on learning how to incorporate technology...

Helpful Resources for Preservice and In-Service Teachers and Academics

Routledge’s books for K–12 world language teachers include The World Language Teacher’s Guide to Active Learning, 2nd Edition: Strategies and Activities for Increasing Student Engagement, by Deborah Blaz (9781138049574; $34.95), as well as Differentiated Instruction, 2nd Edition: A Guide for World Language Teachers, by Deborah Blaz (9781138906181; $35.95). These...

RULES on the Run

Learning, remembering, and using the stress and intonation patterns of North American English can be complicated and cumbersome. The interference of using one’s native-language rhythm patterns can create the potential for misunderstanding, frustration, and miscommunication. RULES on the Run offers a practical solution to the classroom teacher. By learning the stress, intonation, and pronunciation rules that guide American English,...

Global Quality Control for English Learner Programs

British Accreditation Council (BAC) CEO Paul Fear explains the rationale behind the organization’s move into the accreditation of English language providers (ELPs) worldwide Language Magazine: Why was BAC formed, and what sort of organizations are accredited?Paul Fear: BAC was formed as a charity in 1984 by the British Council and UK Department of Education at a time when the British...