Publications for ESL Teachers

Instructor: Bill Sands
A number of institutions and organizations publish journals full of resources for ESL teachers and researchers. Keep reading for a list of just a few of these offerings.

Journal of Second Language Writing

If you're looking for ways to improve your knowledge and skills in the writing domain, Journal of Second Language Writing is an excellent resource for ESL teachers. The journal is an international publication devoted to providing information about foreign language writing and writing instruction. It covers a wide range of topics relating to the ESL field, including genre pedagogy, corrective feedback, collaborative writing, and computer-mediated communication.

The journal does not have any featured authors and relies on reader submissions, so if you feel like sharing your thoughts and expressing your views, you can send in a paper to contribute to the publication.

TESOL International Association

The TESOL International Association is a coalition of ESL teachers that provides teaching resources, hosts research symposiums, and offers forums for teachers to meet and share their teaching strategies. A major facet of their operation involves a pair of publications: TESOL Journal and TESOL Quarterly, both of which accept submissions from working TESOL professionals and researchers. Teachers may order a subscription for full access to the journals, or they may purchase individual articles.

TESOL Journal

TESOL Journal is digital publication that intends to provide a platform for ESL teachers to share opinions on contemporary research and theory as well as common teaching perspectives and strategies. It also aims to offer a diverse blend of both theory- and practice-based ideas. Each issue typically contains a theme, such as computer-assisted language learning (CALL) or other topics in the ESL field.

TESOL Quarterly

TESOL Quarterly is TESOL International Association's other journal and is designed to foster communication about research findings and the ways in which these discoveries have altered the ESL field. It also features a special issue every September in which concepts are selected by a panel of guest editors.

Journal of English as an International Language

The Journal of English as an International Language provides an international perspective on the teaching of English and focuses on all major components of instruction, from research to teaching to learning. Topics covered in this periodical include the structure of language, the formation of ideas, and the encoding and decoding of meanings.

The journal recognizes that ESL instruction is a dynamic field that incorporates a number of other disciplines, and in response to this trend it accepts submissions from teachers as well as students and academics from several different fields.

Resources for ESL Teachers

If you're an ESL teacher looking for further assistance beyond these journals, you might want to consult the various courses offered by Study.com, all of which contain interactive teaching tools, such as video lessons and self-checking quizzes, designed to help inspire you and your students.

This Resources for Teaching English Language Learners course contains a number of writing prompts, vocabulary tools, and instructional strategies as well as tips for choosing the right assessment and accommodation types, while this Activities for Teaching English Language Learners course contains creative ideas to enhance your students' classroom experience.

Study.com also offers courses related to more specific topics. This Teaching Reading to English Language Learners course, for example, includes more than 50 lessons concerning methods and strategies for teaching your ELL students how to improve their reading comprehension skills.

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