MEXTESOL 2019: Santiago de Querétaro, Estado de Querétaro, México

MEXTESOL marked my last conference of the 2019 calendar year. Somehow I pulled off three presentations of various mediums in the middle of the fall semester. I chose practical topics this time around--a demonstration on various styles of written corrective feedback, a poster session on computer assisted language teaching (CAPT) with MS Class Notebooks, and…

An informal introduction to American allophonic variation

This makes for a narrative introduction to the North American pronunciation of the intervocalic /ɾ/. she also touches on the difference between the Spanish and English varieties. As I began hearing Beto's name said by a variety of acquaintances and the national media, I noticed that often the pronunciation sounded just slightly off.Read more: What's…

Call for Proposals: Southeast Regional TESOL Conference 2019

Sunshine State TESOL of Florida (SSTESOL), a state affiliate of TESOL International Association, is hosting the Southeast Regional TESOL Conference 2019 in Orlando, Florida on November 5-9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton (across from the Universal Studios).[...]The strands to which the proposals are being submitted are: K-12, adult education/ESL, EAP/IEP, teacher education, technology, advocacy/policy, or…

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. https://youtu.be/P9FBMNOxLHo This topic is relevant for almost all language users, especially when we present and speak in front of groups. [...]My additional personal tip:…

Punctuating “So”

https://www.reddit.com/r/grammar/comments/bc7a2y/should_there_be_a_comma_after_overnight/ 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,…

Examination of Aptitude & Vocabulary on L2 Writing in Chinese College Students Highlights the Importance of Receptive Vocabulary

The article "Exploring the Relationship between Language Aptitude, Vocabulary Size, and EFL Graduate Students' L2 Writing Performance" in TESOL Quarterly by Yingli Yang, Ya Sun et al. of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China examines the relationship between language aptitude and L2 writing performance. The study tested sixty-seven Chinese grad students…