Monthly Archives: January 2013

Variables Affecting Adult Motivation and Interventions in ESL

Lejla Bilal What is the relationship between motivation and outside variables such as learners’ skill level, age, gender, and first language competency? An increasing enrollment number in adult ELL programs produces a greater need for adult-focused research. One area of … Continue reading

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Tolerance of Ambiguity in English Learners

H. A. Rehm “Intolerance of ambiguity [is] the tendency to perceive ambiguous [i.e., novel, complex, or insoluble] situations as sources of threat” (Budner, 1962). “In second language learning a great amount of apparently contradictory information is encountered…successful language learning necessitates … Continue reading

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Ohio TESOL Conference 2012: Leading Language Learning

Gretchen Stranges The 2012 Ohio TESOL Conference, in conjunction with the Lau Resource Centre and the Ohio Department of Education, was held at The Ohio State University Student Union.  The theme of the conference was “Leading Language Learning.” This two-day event provided opportunities for professional development … Continue reading

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Vilvi Vannak: The Future of Adult Education- Curriculum or Not? And How?

Lejla Bilal Often attendees at the annual Ohio TESOL conference bounce from session to session seeking just the right one. Some gather in the lobby, hoping colleagues will suggest a worthwhile session. Eventually, you find a captivating one. The captivator … Continue reading

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Mairi Wilkins on Adult Classroom Management

H. A. Rehm Mairi Wilkins addressed a topic of particular interest to new teachers of adults at the Ohio TESOL Conference on Friday, November 9th.  She pointed out that classroom management is an issue in adult classes because teachers don’t … Continue reading

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Margaret Martin on Using Drama in the Adult English Language Classroom

Gwendolyn G. DeRosa              Margaret Martin is an ESOL instructor at an IEP (Intensive English Program) at Xavier University.  She gave an insightful and practical session at the Ohio TESOL Conference on Friday, November 9th.  … Continue reading

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A Chat with Dr. Tim Micek

Gwendolyn G. DeRosa Dr. Tim Micek is the director of the MATESOL program at ODU. An Ohio TESOL board member, he recently presented at the Ohio TESOL Conference. Dr. Micek grew up in Westchester County, New York, and he received … Continue reading

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A Chat with Dr. Michele Regalla

Lejla Bilal We know her as Dr. Regalla. She’s as enthusiastic grammarian, and a guiding light to language theories. She herself favors BICS (basic interpersonal communicative skills) and CALP (cognitive academic language proficiency) because Jim Cummins is a personal hero … Continue reading

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