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This blog is to share our resources, book reviews, tips and ideas as a community of language professionals.  If you would like to be a regular contributor, please send an email and an example of a blog post to


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The Effects of First Language & the Critical Period on Adult Second Language Learners
March 7, 2013
By Corrina Cameron
Many misconceptions exist when it comes to obstacles facing adult second language learners. What many people believe are ‘logical’ reasons are not necessarily supported by research. I approached my research initially with this uninformed question: Why is it that adults seem to have more difficulty picking up a second language compared to children? What I did not realize was how deep that rabbit hole goes. [READ MORE]

Barriers to Citizenship
March 30, 2012
"Oscar is a refugee who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks, works 60 hours a week to support his family, and struggles to learn English in the evenings. He has been unable to attain the language standard needed to pass the citizenship test." - Learn how language teachers can help people like Oscar overcome these barriers. [READ MORE]

Calling all Bloggers
March 20, 2012
TESL London is looking to our membership for blog contributions.  This blog is to share our resources, book reviews, tips and lesson plans as a community of language professionals.  Please join us as we develop this professional development forum.

Top Five Tips for Teaching Vocabulary
January 22, 2012

What is the most important aspect of learning a language?  That’s right, the big V word – vocabulary.  When I ask students what they think they need to become better at English, the #1 answer I get is learning more vocabulary.  My immediate thought was whether I, as a teacher, could help students learn vocabulary or whether it was something they had to do entirely on their own.  [READ MORE]

Sarnia Christmas Parade
December 16, 2011
Hello friends at TESL London. Several people have expressed interested in our latest community-building event, so I thought I’d also pass this information along to you. [READ MORE]

Join TESL London on Facebook
November 5, 2011

We would like to take this month to encourage our membership to check us out and support us on Facebook. [READ MORE]

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint - Ryan Walmsley
October 11, 2011
Abraham Maslow provided the educational community with two things that have continued to shape our perceptions. The first is his eponymous hierarchy of needs, which has taught us that students will be less motivated to learn if they are starving, or traumatized, or experiencing difficulty forging meaningful relationships. His second gift was his admonition against overusing familiar devices. [READ MORE]

Enjoying the Fruits of Their Labour
September 11, 2011
ESL adults use realia, teamwork and their listening and speaking skills to prepare a salad. [READ MORE]

Community English Language Projects
June 29, 2011

At Advance Consulting for Education INC we are firm believers in making a difference, however small, in the global community.  One of the ways we want to make a small contribution is to help communities in developing countries with English language education initiatives.  To meet this objective we founded a new division of ACE called ACE Community English Language Education Projects.  Projects run through this non-profit division promote English language teaching and learning through small, community-based projects in which either ACE trainers or graduates of ACE English language teacher training courses participate. [READ MORE]

The Use of Electronic Dictionaries
May 31, 2011
I am certainly NO techie. What I know about computers is by trial and error and by asking for help from my kids. That's why I was so intrigued when I first heard about a little device that second language learners have in class that translates for them; language dictionaries. My first thought was, "How cool. I'm sure they wouldn't be a problem in the ESL classroom." Now that I've encountered them, my second thought is, "What a pain these things are!"

Occupation Specific Language Training - By: Adair Meehan
May 2, 2011

I have been teaching a variety of OSLT classes at Fanshawe since August 2009. The objective of Occupation Specific Language Training is to not only work on fluency in the language of a particular workplace, but to deal with the process of transferring skills from one culture to another. For most of my business OSLT students, the focus of their learning has been less about grammar and automaticity, and more about confidence. Accordingly, the exercises we do in class aim to solidify specific sets of communication skills within simulated workplace scenarios. One of the best tools I have been able to apply in my OSLT class  is the Business Case Study. [READ MORE]

Defining Relative Clauses
April 5, 2011
I thought I would share a lesson plan I've recently put together to focus on the grammar target of defining relative clauses. I believe that the level of interaction, the required communication and the topic would be engaging and memorable for students of intermediate levels, and may perhaps work as a fun review for more advanced levels.

Teaching Mixed Levels
March 18, 2011

When you are teaching a class with multiple levels, choose content or a skill to teach that is applicable to all levels, but give variations of tasks or texts that fit your students language levels. For example... [READ MORE]

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