ELAA Connections Archive

You can find archived versions of our monthly newsletter, ELAA Connections, in the links below.


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  • September 2016:  Getting Off to a Great Start
    • Activities to build community
  • October 2016:  How to Get Students Talking
    • Great textbooks for teaching speaking
    • Grouping strategies to get students talking
    • Strategies for increasing student talk time
  • November 2016:  Lesson Planning
    • Webpage with an excellent overview of how to lesson plan
    • Video of classroom strategies for assessment and lesson planning
  • December 2016:  Multilevel Classes
    • A free online class about how to design instruction to accommodate your higher and lower students in each class
    • An article and practical ideas about how to support lower level students and push higher level students
    • A video of these strategies in a real classroom
  • January 2017:  Pronunciation
    • A free video with in-depth information about how to teach pronunciation
    • Practical ideas for integrating pronunciation practice into your lessons
    • Information about a free app that can make your class more interactive and fun
  • February 2017:  Reading
    • A video about effective methods for teaching reading skills
    • Videos of model lessons using the Language Experience Approach with low literacy students
    • Information about how to access AZ-TESOL’s resources for teaching refugees
  • March 2017: Teaching Resources
    • A video with tips for using textbooks to reduce planning time
    • Information about how to access the Literacy Connects lending library from home
    • List of recommended websites that can help streamline lesson planning
  • April 2017: Classroom Management
    • A video describing principles of classroom management
    • Information about managing common behavioral challenges in the classroom
  • May 2017: Listening
    • A video about how to design listening activities
    • Tools to help students practice listening skills outside of class
    • A class in action video demonstrating effective and fun listening activities
  • June 2017: Teaching with Limited Resources
    • A video about the best ways to use your whiteboard
    • Practical tips for teaching ELAA with limited resources
    • Information about upcoming PD opportunities
  • July 2017: Essential and Insane English Vocabulary
    • Why is English SO HARD to learn?
    • Useful ideas for teaching vocabulary in meaningful ways
    • Information about upcoming PD opportunities
  • August 2017: Sing Your Heart Out!
    • Tips for how to use songs in the classroom
    • Ready-made song lessons
    • Learn more about working with refugees in our community
  • September 2017: Getting Started!
    • Recap of our Fall Tutor Kick-Off Event
    • Useful activities for the beginning of the session
    • Information about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities
  • October 2017: Student-Centered Teacher Talk
    • Learn about comprehensible input
    • Videos of real classes in action
    • Information about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities
  • November 2017: How to Get Unstuck
    • Learn about a powerful tool to use when you feel “stuck”
    • Summary of exciting takeaways from AZ-TESOL conference
    • Information about upcoming Continuing Education opportunities and holiday parties