Boston, MA–February 22, 2007–Thomson ELT, a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world and part of Thomson Learning, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) announced that the TESOL Virtual Seminar "Teaching Vocabulary. Is it a Waste of Time?" by Paul Nation was well-received. TESOL Virtual Seminars are powered by ELT Advantage, a suite of professional development courses, workshops, and print materials that help teachers increase their expertise in English language instruction.
Approximately 300 teachers worldwide registered for the event held on January 30 and 97 percent of seminar participants rated it highly. Ninety-eight percent of participants found the format user-friendly and 94 percent would recommend TESOL online seminars to colleagues.

"The TESOL virtual seminar on teaching vocabulary with Paul Nation was great. We had a group of 12 teachers gathered here at our university and we all enjoyed it. I hope there are more in the future," said Neil J. Anderson, Ph.D. of Brigham Young University.

Mr. Nation discussed the four major tasks of a vocabulary teacher: to plan a well-balanced vocabulary course, to train learners to use vocabulary learning strategies, to test and monitor vocabulary growth, and to teach vocabulary. A play-back version of the event and a PDF of the presentation are now available at www.tesol.org.

About Paul Nation
Paul Nation is a professor of applied linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland, and Japan. His interests include language teaching methodology and vocabulary learning. His latest book is Learning Vocabulary in Another Language, published by Cambridge University Press, and he has a book on vocabulary teaching that will be published this year by Thomson Heinle.

About Thomson Learning and Thomson ELT
Thomson Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as provide measurable learning outcomes to its customers. Thomson Learning´s mission is to shape the future of global learning by delivering consistently better learning solutions for learners, instructors and institutions. Thomson ELT is a leading provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world. It publishes under the brands of Thomson, Thomson ELT, and Thomson Heinle. You can learn more about Thomson Learning and Thomson ELT by visiting us on the web at elt.thomson.com.

About TESOL
Founded in 1966, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), is a global education association with more than 13,500 members and 95 affiliates in over 120 countries. Representing a multifaceted academic discipline and profession, TESOL offers members serial publications, books, and electronic resources on current issues, ideas, and opportunities in the field of English language teaching. TESOL also conducts a variety of workshops and symposia, including an annual convention, regarded as the foremost professional development opportunity for English language educators worldwide. TESOL´s mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages.

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