Center for Applied Second Language Studies

Changes to InterCom

We have made some changes to InterCom and will no longer be using Blogger to share content. 

InterCom helps language educators stay up-to-date on issues in language education and locate quality, relevant ideas for the classroom in one weekly customized email digest. Our editor monitors professional online communications such as listservs, blogs, and organizational websites to find the most

Using Student-Made Illustrations To Extend Class Discussion

From http://martinabex.comTeacher Martina Bex writes:“One of my favorite strategies for generating interesting discussions based on new vocabulary is having students draw an illustration for a scenario. For example, have the kids draw a picture of somewhere that they went, something that they saw, what they watch on TV, or what they like. These illustration-based discussions are great for

New Ideas and Tools Each Day

The ellensclass blog is by an English language teacher, and it is full of activities, ideas, and reflections for students and teachers. Associated with the main blog are two others, An Idea a Day and Read. Know. Learn. Go. The first provides a new idea or writing/speaking prompt each day, while the second provides a new description of a tech tool each day.The main blog is available at http://

Internet Resources for Language Teachers and Students

From http://mafla.orgThe Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s website includes a Hot on the Web page, which is frequently updated with websites of interest to language teachers and students. Recent posts include new year’s activities in French, a reading for Día de los Reyes in Spanish, and a Pinterest board with holiday traditions.Browse the page at

ISE Beyond the Classroom: Activities for Study Abroad

From on the 21st Century Skills Map developed through a collaboration spearheaded by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), ACTFL/P21 Skills for World Language Students, ISE has developed this wikispace as a resource to share activities that

Article: Supporting English-Learner Achievement: What States Can Do

From English-Learner Achievement: What States Can DoBy Lesli A. MaxwellDecember 19, 2013English-language learners are in every state, most school districts, and many classrooms. At 10 percent of the nation's public school population and growing, education policymakers in every state need to

Interactive Digital Book of Writing Prompts from MakeBeliefsComix

From presents its new free interactive digital book to encourage writing --Make Beliefs to Spark Your Writing.The intent of Make Beliefs to Spark Your Writing is to let your mind roam to new places and ideas and express all the wonderful things that are within you. For example, make believe someone discovered a note you had

New Issue of Dialogue, Online Newsletter of New York State TESOL, Available

From is the online newsletter of New York State TESOL members. In the December 2013 issue: Dialogue News & AnnouncementsLetter from the EditorUpcoming EventsNYS TESOL Annual Conference ReactionsColumns:Tech Tools: Quizlet: An exciting tool for language study by David ParkerClearly Speaking: Sentence Stress: Content Words, Function Words and

Two Online Tools for Helping with Regional and Colloquial English

From http://www.freetech4teachers.comRichard Byrne recently described two tools that could be of use to English language learners on his Free Technology for Teachers blog.The first is a dictionary of American regional English. Read his description of it and access a link to the site at second is a

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