09
NOV
2016
Global Education Conference

Join me for the online Global Education Conference

As the leadership of TESOL and NAFSA have pointed out, In the face of challenging times it is important for us to remember why we do what we do and to live up to our ideals of a global professional community. Our society and our world desperately need people who can bridge...
15
APR
2016
The Wizard of Oz goes to TESOL

The Wizard of Oz: A TESOL Tale

This spring marked the 50th anniversary of the TESOL International Association. The convention in Baltimore was sprinkled with various celebrations of the big event. One such celebration was a musical production, The Wizard of Oz: A TESOL Tale.  In this retelling of the Wizard of...
13
JUL
2015

Thoughts on TESOL Interest Sections

I’ve been appointed to chair a task force for the TESOL International Association to look at how Interest Sections work within the association. I’ve often thought that these special interest groups are part of the heart and soul of how we work as an organization. But there are...
02
JUL
2014

The World Cup: Is it Football or Soccer?

The eyes of many around the world are focused on Brazil for the World Cup. Interest is high, even in the United States, where the sport is not one of the popular big four professional sports (American football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey.) But whenever people from the U.S....
07
MAR
2014

Upcoming Presentations at TESOL in Portland

Will you be at the TESOL Convention in Portland. If, so, I hope to see you there. Come and find me at one of the following presentations.   The Next Generation of Challenges in Authoring Thursday  3/27   1:00pm   CC B113 Christina Cavage, Nick Robinson, Lynn Bonesteel, Sarah...
07
OCT
2013
Student reading

Three principles for teaching reading

In preparing our textbooks in the Q: Skills for Success series, my co-author Jenny Bixby and I have done a lot of research into effective methods of teaching reading. We’ve developed a few conference presentations on the subject. (You can download some slides here, or some...
26
SEP
2011

Class chemistry

Have you ever taught a class that just never seemed to come together? Or one in which the students all worked together really well? Do you think that classes have their own personalities? I first learned about the concept of class chemistry as a student teacher. My master...