DIESOL Podcast
EdTech in ESL
The DIESOL Podcast covers EdTech in the field of English as a Second or Other Language. The show helps teachers consider best practices for their English Learning students and how to integrate technology into the classroom to help students where they are. DIESOL: Digital Integration in English as a Second or Other Language
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Weina Li is a Visiting Instructor of the MA in TESOL program at Pepperdine University and teaches MA TESOL candidates, MS in Educational Leadership, and Learning Design and Innovation. She has a passion for multilingualism, educational technology,…

What are some of the challenges students face when learning verb tenses? In what order should teachers present the tenses? In this episode, Ixchell & Brent explore what some experts in the field recommend and we offer some practical ideas as to apply…

School has started and we already need something to take our mind off of things! On Fifth Mondays we join up for an informal get-together with the #DIESOLcrew – including you! Join Brent & Ixchell along with Daya, Mark, Denise, Simone, Brian,…

Flipgrid has recently launched a whole new roll-out, just in time for the 2020 school year, when many of us are still working to figure out better online engagement. 

Ixchell & Brent chat with Educator Innovation Lead at Flipgrid, Ann Kozma, and…

Today we celebrate DIESOL’s first birthday! Brent & Ixchell spend time reflecting on the minor and major changes that have happened over the last year. Then they take a look at Adobe Spark and what it can do for your students on their goal to improve…

How can we set up constantly engaging structures for our students to work with, without boring them to death? Jon Corippo joins us to share how Eduprotocols can be used for low/no prep activities with high engagement and quick grading. 

Listen in as…

A lot of teachers aren’t aware that they are struggling to make a good resume or CV, and this is as true in TESOL as it is anywhere. Due to the massive changes happening in education, having a well prepared resumé and digital portfolio can help…

Every once in a while there’s a 5th Monday of the month, so we’ve decided to invite listeners in for some time to kick back and have fun! This is our first ever Drinks with DIESOL featuring educators from across the States! If it sounds like fun,…

In this episode we are not talking about technology in the classroom, but rather looking at how our field is involved with the bigger national conversation around racism, whiteness, and how TESOL teachers are involved with the systematic disparities…

Not an episode, just a plea to listen to the voices of Black Americans right now, and a couple of resources if you don’t know where to start. 

The current job situation is looking bleak for ESL teachers in the states and around the world. This episode focuses on things teachers can do to improve the chances that their resumé gets a deeper look, their portfolio stands out, and they can get…

Ixchell & Brent talk culturally responsive teaching and literature with Dr. Mary Patton, Professor of ESOL at El Centro Community College in Dallas, and President of TEXTESOL V. This discussion covers finding novels that engage students, recognizing…

To avoid Summer Learning Loss, we can encourage our students with some useful ways to keep their language acquisition skills up even when they aren’t in class. This episode covers why this is important, and a number of resources students can use for…

Judie Haynes, co-founder and facilitator of #ELLchat, TESOL columnist, and author of several ESL Books including Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress, joins us to discuss the Social Emotional…

With the shift to distance learning, a lot of teachers are concerned about how to Engage their ESOL students online. Since Brent is teaching via Zoom, and Ixchell is teaching with a combination of telephone and alternative resources, this episode…

Sometimes we just need to take a break and hang out with some friends. This episode is a wide-ranging open conversation with Brent and Ryan & Brian from the Check This Out Podcast, Tom & Mike from TOSAs Talking Tech, and Shukes and Giff from Shukes &…

With the worldwide switch to online teaching due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to bring on Denise Maduli-Williams, a teacher with in-depth experience working with English Language Learners online. 

Denise shares from her wealth of expertise…

Brent & Ixchell explore issues with anxiety around speaking for English Language Learners and share some ideas for best practices in helping students with low stakes opportunities to improve. 

How much does it take to build a brand new game for your class? Brent and Ixchell talk with Cate Tolnai about gamification, game-based learning, and how to use games to make learning more accessible. Then they create a game live on the show for…

Brent & Ixchell dive into a meta-analysis of best practices in teaching grammar, and then transfer those practices into tech to help students improve.

Carol Salva drops in as the first guest on the DIESOL Podcast! This open conversation covers best practices, improving as a teacher, managing our daily lives, and much much more! 

Why is it important for teachers to try new things and explore new tools? Brent & Ixchell discuss why it’s important to move out of your comfort zone, confront confirmation bias, and experiment with new technology.

In the spirit of exploration, we…

Brent and Ixchell break down the research and best practices behind groupwork, and what to do when students are reluctant to work in teams. They then lay out the response to the argument that if kids are working together in class, then they don’t need…

Brent and Ixchell look at some of the research behind writing and engaging students and use that information to discuss how teachers can use message boards to help English Language Learners. 

We also discuss auto-summarizers, a bit of plagiarism, and…

In Episode 4, Brent and Ixchell talk about short-term and long-term motivation for language learners. We discuss how to build it, & how to maintain it, and we also talk about using games as a technique to keep the motivation levels high.

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Conferences are a great way to build your knowledge, understanding, and contacts in the ESL field, but many people don’t know the best way to take advantage of conferences. Brent and Ixchell share best tips for attending TESOL related conferences…

Brent and Ixchell discuss some common myths around vocabulary acquisition, including the idea that students should avoid anything in their mother tongue. This episode looks at ideas from Keith Folse and goes on to share ideas for apps and services…

In this episode, Ixchell & Brent launch the show and discuss the many acronyms involved in the field of English Language Learning. They also take a look at best practices for listening in an ESL class, and offer some advice on getting students to…