Summer 2013
Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - Bilingual Education
President's Message
4487_06232012112011.jpgI am honored to serve as ITBE President for the 2013-2014 academic year. We all know the challenges of teaching English Language Learners, and each year we make the choice to embrace those challenges.

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ITBE Goes to Washington!
Read a special report from ITBE Advocacy Chair, Yurimi Grigsby, on her recent participation at TESOL's Advocacy and Policy Summit 2013.

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New Board Members and SIG Chairs
Welcome to our newest board members: Matthew Van Someren, Marie Friesema, Victoria Bilys (Vicki), and Connie Schneider.

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From the Editor
I hope you are all having restful and productive summers. The issue of ITBE Link you have before you is a transitional one. 

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ITBE Members in the News
Paul McPherron and Patrick T. Randolph, recently published an article in TESOL Journal.  

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Writing with English Language Learners: Advice for Training Writing Center Tutors

Monica Vuksanovich, North Central College, Naperville, IL
Karin Duncker-Hoffmann, Loyola University, Chicago, IL

College and university Writing Centers can provide effective support for ELL students in need of assistance with their academic writing. How and when Writing Center tutors are trained can make the difference between success and frustration for ELL students.

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The Rewards of Mentoring

Sherry Rasmussen, DePaul University

Watching an intern grow and develop as a teacher is incredibly rewarding. Mentoring reminds us just how complex teaching is, and also how fortunate we are to work in a field that encourages us to continue educating and stretching ourselves.

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The Magic of Movement: Exercise's Phenomenal Impact on the Language Learner's Brain

Patrick T. Randolph, Western Michigan University

This article is the second in a multi-article series based on What Every Teacher Needs to Know About the Brain, a presentation given at the 2013 ITBE Conference in Lisle, IL.

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Utilizing an Authentic Reading Text as a Supplemental Classroom Tool

Tom Osgood, Pui Tak Center, Chicago

I wanted to present the students with additional in-depth learning opportunities that werent provided in the regular text. I decided to use the book Chinese Immigrants in America: An Interactive History Adventure (Hunsicker, 2008), part of the "You Choose" series by Capstone Press.

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Review: Creating Chants and Songs, Carolyn Graham

Reviewed by Deborah Silver, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

What better way to teach American English than through jazz, the uniquely American form of music that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century? Indeed, jazz is fast becoming a fixture in ESL classrooms, thanks to Jazz Chants (Graham 2011).

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The ITBE Link - Summer 2013