Building Cultural Awareness with CIEs

Critical Incident Exercises (CIEs) are an interesting tool to help build your students’ cultural awareness. Through the analysis of situations in which cultural challenges occur, students can develop a deeper level of empathy and reflect on their own cultural perspectives. CIEs work to put the student in the shoes of another culture in order to introduce…

Upcoming Spring Conference

Interactive Ideas for an Engaging Classroom It is that time of the year again! We have finalized the schedule for Rennert NY TESOL Center’s Spring TESOL Mini Conference and are excited to share the details with you. The conference will take place on Saturday, June 10th from 8:30am to 1:00pm. Here is the flyer: Based…

TESOL 2017: Highlights

I have just returned from an enriching and exciting week at TESOL 2017 in Seattle. Anytime I attend a convention like this, I come home energized with a head full of ideas that I am itching to incorporate into my teaching and training practice. It is also a wonderful opportunity to analyze trends in the…

Using Infographics

Infographics are easy to make and a fun way to spice up your lessons. In the January professional development workshop, we discussed ways to use infographics in the English language classroom and practiced making our own infographics with an easy-to-use website. I will go over some quick and easy tips from this workshop that you…

Planning Authentic Tasks for Authentic Reading and Listening Texts

SIT Certificate Course Alumni Event Free Professional Development Workshop In this workshop, we will explore how to exploit a real-world connection between an authentic text and the tasks that we plan for our students to build receptive skills. Ideas will be presented to develop both reading and listening skills authentically with real-world materials. Please contact…

TESOL Teaching Ideas -Using Theater Games

At times it can be challenging to come up with fun, interesting, motivating and communicative activities for students to practice language. I have found that using theater games (activities typically used in acting classes to warm up the students) is a great way to get students thinking on their feet in a creative way. The…

Korea calling

Originally posted on take a photo and….:
Another great guest blogger, Mike Griffin is based in Seoul and is a key figure behind the blossoming #KELTchat, an ELT chat for teachers in Korea. He’s also got an unmissable, ‘must-read’ blog. I’m so glad he agreed to write for Take a photo and…, particularly as he…

The Inside Scoop: Teaching English in Beijing

We often interview colleagues and graduates of our TESOL program about what life is like abroad. This month for The Inside Scoop we will hear from Mariam about living in Beijing, China. Mariam is an SIT alumni who returned from three years of teaching in Beijing late last year (2013). Here is what she has to…

Hello, again!

Hello to all our followers! The blog has been on hiatus for the past 4 months while I have been on maternity leave. I am back now and will begin posting regularly soon! I am excited to be back and sharing online once again. ~Autumn