Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


Date of this Version



Essential Teacher (March 2006) 3(1): 24-26.


Copyright 2006, TESOL. Used by permission.


I offer three principles to guide you as you initiate conversations with content area peers: make it personal, make it positive, and make a connection.

Considering the importance of the relationship between ESOL professionals and content teachers, it is critically important to consider how you engage colleagues in conversation about effective English language learner inclusion. If you open your conversations with content area peers in a positive way, it will set the tone for harmonious, mutually beneficial relationships to follow.