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Have you wanted to share what teaching has been like this last year with your ESL students but haven’t found a good forum to discuss your experiences? Have you longed to hear other teacher narratives to reinvigorate and inspire you? Well, we have the place for you: TESOL Narratives.


Each month beginning in March of 2022, we will hold a 40-minute Zoom session where you can share a teaching experience or showcase a moment in your teaching that changed your beliefs and ideologies about ESL teaching and learning. Or if you just want to share with like-minded professionals what it’s been like working in a pandemic or moving ESL students forward in engaging and memorable ways over the last few years, then we’d love to hear your experiences.


Please fill out the form by January 20, 2022.


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PennTESOL-East (Eastern Pennsylvania Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a professional, non-profit association dedicated to the improvement and advancement of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 


We are an affiliate of TESOL International. PTE serves Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and South New Jersey.  We welcome members from NJ TESOL, NYS TESOL, and Three Rivers TESOL, and other TESOLers to our events.





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  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:17 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)
    by Stephanie Johnson | 01/07/2022 7 January 2022 (Alexandria, VA) – TESOL International Association (TESOL) is pleased to announce Meg Eubank as the recipient of the 2022 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award. The award, presented by National Geographic Learning, honors exceptional English language teaching at all levels. Eubank will be recognized in Pittsburgh, PA, during the hybrid 2022 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 22-25 March. Eubank is currently a professor at Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania and a doctoral student at the University of Houston. During the pandemic, as she pivoted to a virtual environment, Eubank continued to focus on respecting the diverse needs of students and creating a community of learners. She continues to encourage other teachers who operate in virtual environments to, “Make sure to present information verbally, visually, written, recorded, and in as many ways as possible for students, and implement UDL (universal design for learning) strategies.” With over a decade of experience as a TESOL teacher, Eubank was initially drawn to the profession by a passion for building community among students from across the globe. “It is important to me to choose a diverse curriculum that reflects people from all backgrounds, races, and cultures that is both representative of my students but also introduces new ideas.” She has taught and assisted several thousand students from over 100 countries. In her work with local nonprofits, she has encouraged her diverse group of students “to advocate for themselves and connect with one another, building community and support.” The recipient of the TESOL Teacher of the Year Award receives a one-year membership in TESOL International Association, a selection of TESOL publications valued at $250, a complimentary registration for the 2022 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, and a cash award of $1,000. The Teacher of the Year award recipient is also offered a session as an invited speaker at the Annual Convention, where Eubank will deliver a presentation titled “Building Community in an Age of Isolation.” For more information on Eubank, please see the Teacher of the Year feature in the January issue of TESOL Connections.
  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 6:52 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2020) – Currently celebrating 25 years as an education reform initiative, Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications now through early 2021 for graduate courses and master's degrees that offer extraordinary experiences through zoos and botanical gardens in the United States and in 15 countries throughout the world. http://ProjectDragonfly.MiamiOH.edu


    Earth Expeditions are study abroad courses that take place online and in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Earth Expeditions courses can be taken as stand-alone graduate credit, or they can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree. The GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, and students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.eduhttp://GFP.MiamiOH.edu

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2021 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided through Master Institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

    Concerned about COVID-19? As a pioneer in multi-faceted online, hybrid, multi-site, and experiential learning, Project Dragonfly implements diverse approaches for engaged education and is fully prepared to adapt courses as needed to maximize safety regardless of the situation in summer 2021 and beyond. For more information, see our FAQ: Can I start and complete this degree with possible travel and in-person restrictions due to COVID?


  • Saturday, October 03, 2020 3:54 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    George Henry of Townsend Press is ready to ship a free "care package," of a few Townsend books to area ESL programs if they contact him at george.henry@townsendpress.com and give them their mailing address and the name of the director or academic director.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2020 7:23 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)
    Teaching advanced listening-speaking on Zoom has been challenging, especially since this class requires a high level of student participation.   

    Here are some strategies I've used in the past few weeks: 

    1. Let family members join the class...within reason. (Who doesn't want to talk to a toddler?)
    2. Use Zoom breakout rooms for small group discussions and projects.
    3. Let students take turns leading parts of the class. (I borrowed this idea from my colleague, Leslie Greenlee.)
    4. Acknowledge that Zoom is not the same as a F2F classroom, but we should all make the most of it.
    5. And even though I don't mind the occasional child crawling onto a mother's lap, I tell students to mute their microphones when listening to others.
    Summer classes begin on May 18, and I'll need a lot more ideas to get my students and me through two L-S classes.  I'd appreciate any ideas!


    Thanks,

    Linda Fellag

    Community College of Philadelphia 

        

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