Sarah Hodge is a supervisory ESL instructor at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) English Language Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Since earning her MA TESOL in 2006, she has taught English as a foreign language, English for specific purposes, and English for academic purposes to thousands of international military officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians at DLI's resident campus as well as internationally. She has also developed curriculum, has conducted onboarding and teacher training, and was part of the Peer Coaching Initiative Working Group. A SMART Gold Ambassador and Lumio Certified Trainer, Sarah is passionate about integrating educational technology into the language classroom. Her research interests include bilingualism and language processing disorders.
4 Questions About Professional Learning From TESOL’s 2023–2027 Research Directions
TESOL recently released its 2023–2027 Research Directions, which incorporated over 2,700 data points from 639 TESOL members across the globe. Teacher development emerged as a central priority. Given this priority, what questions should we address in future research?
12 Tips for Classroom Observations in the Digital Age
All TESOL educators can benefit from collaborating with international colleagues through virtual classroom observations. Here are some tips for setting ground rules, suggestions on what to consider during observations, and recommendations for giving effective feedback.
Open Doors, Open Minds: 6 Tips for Effective Peer Coaching
In peer coaching, teachers open their doors and invite a trusted peer to observe their teaching, which helps them polish existing skills, learn new skills, or solve classroom-related problems. TESOL professional development blogger Sarah Hodge shares some tips for how to start an effective peer coaching program.