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English Speaking and Presenting: How to stop using filler words like ‘um’ and ‘uh’ in your speech — BroadyELT

Running through several practice runs is the best way to eliminate filler words from a presentation, but if you’re someone who suffers from severe performance anxiety, that might not be enough. This topic is relevant for almost all language users, especially when we present and speak in front of groups. […] My additional personal tip: […]

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New Mexico will pass bill requiring TESOL training for teachers

Rebecca Blum Martinez, the director of the bilingual and ESL program at the University of New Mexico, said having every educator qualified to teach English learners makes sense in New Mexico. It’s the same requirement California has because of its large number of immigrant students. What’s more, she believes PED is undercounting the number of […]

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Punctuating “So”

The distinction between “so” to mean “therefore” and “so” to mean “in order that” often goes unmentioned in ESL books, yet the two words require different punctuation. “So” the conjunction that expresses an expected result is a coordinating conjunction (one of the words comprising the mnemonic FANBOYS), and requires a comma to precede it, as […]

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AI Language Partner for L2 Learners

I didn’t make it to this session in Atlanta, but it intrigues, nonetheless. Alelo’s Enskill learning platform automatically evaluates learners’ communication skills and produces performance analytics. As learners engage in conversations with artificially intelligent avatars, Enskill continually monitors their performance and provides feedback to both teachers and learners. Via “Alelo Presents at TESOL Its Solutions […]

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Stay Abreast of Latest Trends in Applied Linguistics with RSS

I tell my students if they want to write research papers, they must consume the academic literature, and one way to go about it is by subscribing to the RSS feeds of the prominent journals. The RSS feeds will not deliver entire articles (one will need to access the journal through an academic institution to […]

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TESOL 2019

I’m in Atlanta this week for the TESOL 2019 international convention. 🎡 Good morning #Atlanta! Looking forward to productive meetings throughout the day before our #TESOL19 Opening Keynote later today at 5:30 pm! #mytesol19 pic.twitter.com/2EOE9y7KT2 — TESOL 2019 (@TESOLConv) March 12, 2019 I arrived this afternoon, got registered, and attended the first keynote of the […]