Friday, October 19, 2012

A Need to Promote Literacy: The Cold, Hard Facts

Here is an infographic designed by the Marketing Department at my employer, Reading Horizons. The information was derived from a blog post I wrote a while back regarding what the research says about the need for literacy instruction among adolescents and adults. (See the blog post here. See also an adapted post on the Reading Horizons company blog here.) This graphic provides a chilling visual of the great need to promote and provide literacy instruction. These statistics stimulate in me a desire to do more. I have some plans. Stay tuned...

Friday, October 12, 2012

You Have an Education in TESOL. Now What?

Now that you have graduated (or are nearing graduation) in TESOL, now what?

TESOL professionals come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, ranging from desires to serve in the community, to desires to advance through academia at the post-graduate level. This blog post shares ways that seasoned TESOL professionals have used their TESOL education to contribute to their institutions and communities. These ideas can help generate ideas for novice TESOL professionals to assist them in channeling their interests as they embark on their careers. 

The following suggestions are ways for TESOL professionals (from the novice to the seasoned) to use their education and experience inside the classroom, outside the classroom, in the community, and on the Web. (You may notice that some of these ideas are specific to the Utah geographical area as the information has been adapted from a presentation delivered at the Intermountain-TESOL affiliate fall conference; however, the information can be generalized to other geographic locations.)