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Reading Textbooks for University ESL Programs

Gwendolyn G. DeRosa In the last post, I discussed online resources for new instructors to teach reading and writing to adults. Now, I want to give some suggestions for quality textbooks that I’ve used in my reading courses at Otterbein … Continue reading

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Online Resources for Teaching Reading & Writing to Adult English Language Learners

Gwendolyn G. DeRosa At the end of my graduate studies in TESOL, I realized that I wasn’t fully prepared to teach reading and writing to adult ELLs. During my three years of teaching adult students in a non-profit environment, an … Continue reading

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The First Annual New American Festival

The First Annual New American Festival was held on September 13, 2014 at the North YMCA off of Karl Road in Columbus, OH. The festival was organized by Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS), as well as other community partners that … Continue reading

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Letter from the Editor: Onward and Upward

Gwendolyn G. DeRosa As I prepare to step down and move on, I’m been thinking about the last three years since I began ODU’s MA in TESOL program.  I have been writing for this blog since the beginning and I … Continue reading

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Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services’s After-School ESL Tutoring Program

Emily Dixon For the past academic year I have been volunteering once a week at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services’ (ETSS) After-School Tutor program. ETSS is a non-profit in Columbus that provides a variety of services for the refugee and immigrant … Continue reading

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2nd Annual Learning Symposium – The World in Words: Teaching and Learning Academic Vocabulary

Stephanie Wilker Once again, Michigan State University and National Geographic Learning collaborated and produced a brilliant learning experience for ESOL educators. Their second annual Learning Symposium was held Saturday, April 12, 2014, on MSU’s main campus in Lansing. Teachers, teacher … Continue reading

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Interview with Dr. Dan Fleck

Ruqiyo Musa The MA in TESOL program at Ohio Dominican University recently recruited Dan Fleck, a distinguished member of the TESOL community in Ohio, as an adjunct professor. We would like to know a little about your background: Are you … Continue reading

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More from TESOL International 2014 in Portland!

Amy Faeth, Gwendolyn DeRosa, and Stephanie Wilker The TESOL International Conference radiates with energy and innovative ideas.  One of the main difficulties is deciding which sessions to attend.  We want to share a just a few sessions that we have … Continue reading

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Live from TESOL International in Portland!

Amy Faeth, Gwendolyn DeRosa, and Stephanie Wilker Hello, Fellow TESOLers!   Representatives of ODU’s MA in TESOL program are in Portland, Oregon this week, attending the annual TESOL International Conference.  TESOLers from every continent are in attendance and the result … Continue reading

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Serving Adult Students with Disabilities in the ESOL Classroom

Stephanie Wilker Learning a second language (or seventh, like some of our students) is undeniably a challenging task. Can you imagine having to learn another language without being able to hear your teacher’s voice, see your textbook, or even find … Continue reading

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