Small-Group Instruction

Supporting English-Language Learners: Small-Group Instruction


Anna Dearlove, a 2nd grade teacher at Glen Park Elementary School in San Francisco, shares how she prepares English-language learners before a whole-class lesson. During small-group instruction, she reviews vocabulary and provides ELLs with sentence starters so that they are prepared to engage in class discussions.

Teachers need improved training

Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit


“It is obviously most important that what teachers are taught reflects the practices that can actually make a positive difference for student learning. That is, the content of professional development matters, along with its form,” said the report titled “Effective Teachers Professional Development.” Its authors include Linda Darling-Hammond, president of the Learning Policy Institute and chairwoman of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Music and Rhythm + Grammar and Language

Using Music And Rhythm To Help Kids With Grammar And Language

Check out this story via NPR.

“Reyna Gordon was an aspiring opera singer fresh out of college when she began contemplating the questions that would eventually define her career.

“I moved to Italy when I finished my bachelor of music, and I started to take more linguistic classes and to think about language in the brain, and music in the brain,” she says. “What was happening in our brains when we were listening to music, when we were singing? What was happening in my brain when I was singing?”



Job Opportunity

TestBest Mentor

Location: remote

Who we are:

TestBest is a Silicon Valley-based education technology company that offers mobile learning for standardized tests. In cooperation with Kaplan Test Prep, our flagship application is the first digital service of its kind that helps students both prepare for the TOEFL® and receive valuable feedback from certificated U.S. teachers. Through our TestBest online platform, teachers can reach their maximum potential by connecting with and instructing students around the world.

Job information:

We are looking for certificated educators to evaluate student performance on TOEFL® practice tests via the TestBest platform and provide them valuable feedback.

Required Education:

• Bachelor’s or 4-year university degree

• Must be a certificated teacher or

• Hold MA in English, Language arts, Rhetoric, or other pertinent area. Preference will be given to candidates who have:

• A career focus on education.

• Experience teaching/tutoring for the TOEFL® or other standardized tests.

• Experience with international students (Chinese students a plus).

• Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

• High degree of English proficiency

• Fluency in mobile applications and online education platforms.


• Evaluate written and spoken responses to TOEFL® practice exams according to the TestBest rubric.

• Submit evaluations on our TestBest evaluator portal by strict deadlines to ensure students receive timely feedback.

• Regularly communicate with TestBest regarding any questions or progress.

Payment: We pay our Mentors per evaluation, so the amount you earn is dependent on the amount of work you do. Feasibly, teachers have the potential to earn up to $25/hour.

Benefits of working with TestBest:

• Work from anywhere: Our evaluator portal is accessible online, meaning that you can work from anywhere, including from the comfort of your own home. It is imperative that TestBest teachers have access to a reliable computer and stable Internet connection.

• Flexible scheduling: This position will be a part-time commitment. You decide your own schedule, and are paid per evaluation.

• Paid experience: For educators who have just recently joined the industry, this job will give you excellent professional experience, making it a great resume builder.

How to Apply:

• Please follow or copy and paste the following link into your web browser to access our online application:

**If you have any problems accessing the online application, or have questions about the company, please email our recruitment manager, Adysen McNabb, at**

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


Every week or so, we’ll be posting some news and/or resources that might be of interest to you. There’s lots going on locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally in the field of teaching English.

Hopefully this will be helpful!

Let us know!

Annual Meeting + Election Results

NMTESOL is happy to announce the results of our recent election:

  • Vice President: Amy Zhupikov
  • Secretary: Penny Mortier
  • Newsletter Editor: Ruth Cisneros

On February 4th, 2017, NMTESOL held its annual membership meeting to announce these results, share successes from 2016, and discuss plans for the upcoming year with the organization’s membership. Thank you to all of our members who joined us!

Keep your ears to the ground for the next professional development opportunity coming up quick!

Election Time Again!

Dear colleagues:

It is time for the members of NMTESOL to elect three members of the Board of Directors: Vice President, Secretary, and Newsletter Editor. The term of service for these Board members will be 2015-2016.

Before the voting can take place, though, we need your help in finding the best candidates for these positions. Please take a moment to consider whether you or someone you know would be able and willing to serve in one of these capacities.

The Vice President’s primary job is to lead the association during the President’s absence. The Board also assigns special projects to the VP.

The Secretary has responsibility for recording Board meetings and votes, managing Board elections, and keeping the records of the association.

The Newsletter Editor is responsible for generating content, accepting submissions, and editing NMTESOL’s electronic publication. Three issues are published per calendar year.

In addition to being willing to fulfill the basic duties outlined above, the candidates must be:
• members of NMTESOL
• able to serve the duration of their two-year term
• able to take part in monthly meetings, which are usually conducted online using Skype

If you wish to serve on the Board or want to recommend someone else, please send your suggestions to the association’s email address: along with a short introduction of the individual(s). Please send your suggestions ASAP! Voting will be conducted online in January.

On behalf of the entire membership, we appreciate your support of NMTESOL.

Finding us in Santa Fe this morning

From Richards, follow signs for the main entrance. Most of our rooms are in the 200 Wing. It’s easy to find us from the main entrance near the “West Wing” sign.

There is plenty of parking and the blue covers indicate Open Parking .

Look for the conference signs posted around the building – they’ll help you find our sign-in and registration tables.

See you soon!

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