Letter From the Editor
Since our last publication, the TexTESOL IV has been busy considering what exactly will make the newsletter a viable and valuable commodity for the affiliate. We determined the PDF form to be too unwieldy and cumbersome for online reading and noticed that the articles were difficult to pick up using the online searches. Thus, we immediately began to explore more effective online publication options. This quarter, we have added an assistant editor who is responsible for moving content online and ensuring that search engines are able to pick up the articles. This will prove helpful for those authors seeking to get their ideas out into wider arenas. Additionally, we have added a three member editorial review board to review and edit content, establish rigor to the process, and ensure that the published content is of use to the broader community within the affiliate.
As we work for you, we sincerely appreciate your contributions. If you would like to join the editorial review board, please contact me at, email@example.com. If you have an article that provides practical, innovative ideas for teaching English based on current theory, a resource or book review that focuses on the classroom and describes ways teaching environment affects and shapes learning in the classroom, or a lesson plan, teaching strategy, quick tip, that you would like to offer step-by-step instructions for other teachers to try please do not hesitate to share your knowledge. You can make contributions through the online submissions form at TexTESOLIV.org/publications/newsletter. True growth involves the trying of our knowledge – sharing and discussing thoughts and ideas in a manner that will pull one from the habitual into those higher places of perfection.
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TexTESOL IV Conference News
TexTESOL IV Annual Conference (Get the Details)
TexTESOL IV Annual Conference Call for Proposals — Read More . . .
Description of Presentation Types–Read More . . .
Publisher/Exhibitor Registration Form 2015
Each exhibitor is invited to submit a proposal for one 45 –minute outreach session. Please complete and submit the Call for Proposals form if you would like to make a presentation. See form here.
TexTESOL IV 2015 Regional Conference Participant Registration
See form here.
2015 TexTESOL IV Teacher of the Year Nomination Guidelines
TexTESOL IV seeks nominations to recognize outstanding TESOL educators for the 2014-2015 academic year in the following two areas: K-12 and higher education/adult education. The nominees will be honored at the 2015 TexTESOL IV Regional conference in Houston. See form here.
TexTESOLer of the Year Nomination Guidelines and Form
Every year, one TESOL professional from each of the TexTESOL regional affiliates in Texas is selected to receive the TexTESOLer of the Year Award to be given at the State Conference. See guidelines and form here.
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International Students Cultural Assimilation – Frank Nato
In the 2006/2007 academic year, more than 157,000 international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities according to Institute of International Education, 2008 (Cemalcilar 799). Students are moving to foreign countries looking for better academic opportunities and advanced fields of study; they travel to developed countries to get a better education. Read More . . .
Training in Corpus Research for Advanced Academic Students – James Moore
Corpus linguistics has become increasingly influential in the development of instructional materials for second language learners, and educators have begun using corpus research to assist lesson planning. Although the use of language corpora has primarily been the domain of linguistic researchers and second language instructors, IEP teachers can train students to conduct corpus research and further their understanding of English outside the classroom.
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The Power of Problem-Based Learning – Chien Dong
Today, there are many study methods to help students open a pathway into success when they are studying in higher education. One of the most popular and effective methods is “Problem-Based Learning.” Read More . . .
Enhancing the ESL Classroom with Technology – Stephen White
The ELL classroom is made up of many different levels of proficiencies within the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. For example, consider Mr. Boone’s classroom. Xochilt has just arrived in the United States. When she was given a language proficiency test she scored a 1 in English and a 1 in Spanish based on a scale of 5. Read More . . .
TESOL International Special Interest Groups – Alex Monceaux
Have you ever wondered what an “Interest section (IS)” was, how they worked? ISs are TESOL’s special interest groups and these groups offer a way to provide specific support for specific communities. An IS member gains support in a specific community of practice and is able to share insights or solicit guidance on a variety of every day professional issues. Read More . . .
Using Cartoons in ESL Classrooms – Sedef Smith
When teaching in a highly diverse classroom with students from various linguistic and cultural backgrounds, how can you get inside knowledge about your students’ culture, life experiences and learning history to tailor instruction to meet their unique needs and interests? Having students engage in a cartooning activity might help! Read More . . .
While a lesson plan offers a formal, procedural approach to a classroom session, strategies are often useful as they offer the broad strokes through which a variety of lessons can be approached – they offer the structure that scaffolds the lesson, while the lesson plan fills in the minutia of details for specific content. Read More . . .
Characterization Chart – Purpose: A Characterization Chart is an organizer that helps students analyze the complete nature of a character. Read More . . .
Guided Reading Procedure – Purpose: The Guided Reading Procedure is designed to help students develop some of the processes essential for independent growth in comprehension. Read More . . .
Inside-Outside Circle – Purpose: The Inside-Outside Circle is a kinesthetic activity that involves checking for student understanding by sharing and meeting classmates. Read More . . .
RAFT – Purpose: RAFT teaches the writing components: Role, Audience, Format, and Topic. Read More . . .
Developing a Practice of Productive Talk in the Classroom – Karen Lewis
Strategies for productive talk in the classroom create opportunities for English Language Learners to practice speaking and listening skills in English while engaging with academic content. Read More . . .
Increasing Student Motivation – Alex Monceaux
In Jessica Gross’s May 2015 TED talk blog on “What Motivates Us at Work? More Than Money” (Gross, 2015) she reflects on what drives personal motivation in one’s work. Read More . . .
English for Oil & Gas Class – Carol Williams
A lesson plan for high intermediate to advanced learners majoring in petrochemical engineering that integrates different language modalities, such as reading comprehension, with the use of a graphical organizer, and listening comprehension, with the use of an authentic audiovisual source – YouTube. See plan steps and instructions here.
Speaking Out for Your Profession and Students
The May Board meeting brought on a small change – the previous Advocacy Representative resigned and as this is an important position, President Arleigh Kalinowski sought out a replacement. The board nominated and President Kalinowski approved the appointment of Sedef Smith, Associate Professor at Lamar University. Since then Sedef has begun to review the issues facing Bilingual and ESOL teachers on the floor of the State and Federal legislatures. She has proposed that we begin a process of establishing positions on these issues and beginning an “advocacy” program to address these. To this end, Sedef Smith has submitted a tentative position statement that we would encourage TexTESOLIV members to weigh in on.
Advocacy Issue Position Statement: Ensuring Quality ELL Instruction, Training vs. Certification
Summary: A teacher assigned to a bilingual ed. program that uses dual language immersion model must be appropriately certified for bilingual ed. for the component of the program provided in a language other than English and be certified for Bilingual Ed or ESL for the component of the program provided in English. Read More . . .
Tips for Effective Advocacy: Communicating with Elected Officials
Tips and Suggestions for Communicating with Elected Officials. Read More . . .
Planned Advocacy: Advice from a Lobbyist – Melinda Smith
Wanting to advocate for ELLs and your profession – Here are a few tips from a professional lobbyist. Read More . . .
Fulbright TEFL Award – Teacher Training and Program Development
The Fulbright TEFL award seeks candidates with experience in training teachers of English as a Second Language and a PhD in TEFL, Applied Linguistics or a related field. Read More . . .
Upcoming State & Regional TESOL Affiliate Conferences
Appendix A – Hydrocarbons Activity 4, Student Copy
Appendix B – Hydrocarbons activity 4, Teacher Copy