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Welcome to the TESOL Resource Center! Need a lesson plan? An activity? How about ideas for what to do in class tomorrow morning? Well, you've come to the right place. The TESOL Resource Center contains lesson plans, teaching tips, activities, assessment tools, and much more. Can't find what you need? Be sure to check back: New resources are posted frequently.

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  • Teachers' Video Set-Ups
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    By Video and Digital Media Interest Section | 06 Jul 2016
    Resource Description: In this video, veteran video makers from the Video and Digital Media Interest Section (VDMIS) share the equipment they use to make videos.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Pedagogical Effectiveness and Feasibility of Focus on Form vs. Focus in a Reading Class:
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    By Gholam-Reza Abbasian, leila pooshaneh | 24 May 2016
    Resource Description: Many empirical investigations have demonstrated that explicit Focus on Form (FOF) methods are more effective than implicit Focus on Meaning (FOM) methods (Norris & Ortega, 2000), because in FOF instruction learners’ attention is drawn to linguistic form while FOM instruction requires learners' attention to communicate (Ellis, 2001). However, this piece of research focused on both the effectiveness and feasibility study of FOF vs. FOM in reading class. In this quasi- experimental study, 20 adult EFL learners of pre-intermediate level were divided into two experimental groups which received two different types of instruction. During a ten-session treatment, the first group was provided with FOF instruction (Dictoglass task), while the second group was provided with FOM instruction (Discussion task). The results revealed a significant difference between two experimental groups. The FOF group scored significantly higher than the FOM group. Regarding the students and teachers’ perspectives towards feasibility of FOF in reading class, the students believed that FOF was feasible in reading classes, while  the teachers were not unanimous in this regard, but towards feasibility of FOM both groups held positive attitudes. Generally, the data revealed that both FOF and FOM have feasibility in reading classes. In terms of feasibility, both methods are equally well- functioning, but as to developing reading skill FOF proved a bit more effective than FOM.
     
    Key words:  Focus on Form (FOF), Focus on Meaning (FOM), Feasibility of FOF and FOM
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Causal Phrases Against Humanity
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    By Theresa A. Orlovsky | 21 May 2016
    Resource Description:

    This is a card game used to practice the syntax of causal phrases. The game is based on the party game “Cards Against Humanity” and functions in similar way. This activity is meant to put into practice causal phrases taught at the beginning of class, based on those in found in Unit 18 of Business Benchmark textbook (Brook-Hart, 2013, pp.85-86). The activity was originally designed for a Business English class that prepares students for the Cambridge BULATS exam. Hence, the game has a business theme.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • TEIS Webinar: The edTPA in English as an Additional Language
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 19 May 2016
    Resource Description: The edTPA is a student-centered multiple measure assessment of teaching, completed by teacher candidates seeking initial certification in teaching ESOL in several states within the United States. Stanford University faculty and staff at Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) developed edTPA. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Speaking Is Easy
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    By Ron C Lee | 01 May 2016
    Resource Description: Over 250 short, easy conversations under 19 topics with high-quality audio, free for everyone to use. http://www.rong-chang.com/easyspeak/. Topics include school life, jobs, housing, taking the bus, social networking, sports, and foods. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Extensive Reading and Language Learning
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    By Richard Day | 28 Apr 2016
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar concerns extensive reading and how it may be used to help learners not only learn to read but to help them increase their vocabulary knowledge, and improve their writing, speaking and listening abilities. Learners use the books they read as a basis for performing vocabulary, writing, speaking and listening activities. Extensive reading can be blended into any language course and program, regardless of the focus or methodology.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Using Musical Notation to Teach Word Syllables
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    By Anne Ursu | 02 Apr 2016
    Resource Description: This lesson plan coincides with a project I am working on about discourse analysis. For this assignment, we were asked to search through textbooks and analyze the text within a chosen chapter of these books. The textbooks could be ESL-related, or they could be any other type of textbook. If another type of textbook is used, it must be treated as if I am teaching it to a classroom of ESL students as well. The textbook I chose to analyze was World regional geography: People, places, and globalization (2012) by Royal Berglee, with specific focus on Chapter 10: East Asia. To perform my discourse analysis, I utilized James Paul Gee’s How to do discourse analysis: A tool kit (2011). I used two tools listed in this book’s ‘tool kit’, but the one this lesson plan is based on is the ‘Cohesion Tool’. While reading through this high school geography textbook, I came across some vocabulary words that would be difficult for some students to use, if this book were to be taught to an ESL class. So, with my musical background, I decided to teach the pronunciation of these words by using musical rhythmic notations.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Defining and Assessing Intercultural Competence in the Classroom
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    By Darla Deardorff | 24 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: Fluency in a language, and language teaching pedagogy doesn't necessarily mean one is interculturally competent.  Join this webinar to learn more about a research-based framework and definition of intercultural competence and how this framework can be used to develop and assess students' ability to interact successfully with others from many different backgrounds.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Update from TESOL's Interest Section Task Force
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    By Interest Section Task Force | 21 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This webinar provides a summary of the work and findings of TESOL International Association’s Interest Section Task Force.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Silent Spring Guided Reading
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    By Charlotte Hogan | 17 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This resource is a guided reading assignment for the opening chapter of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It includes various types of responses and is designed to make this challenging read more accessible for Advanced English Learners. It can be used as a model for similar guided reading assignments. NOTE: this activity would be best preceded by students reading a biography of Carson's life, and some information about the environmental movement and DDT.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Incorporating Content and Language in Assessment
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    By Charlotte Hogan | 14 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This resources includes assessment models which could be modified for any content area or language proficiency.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Project: My Life
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    By Jeff Dionne | 07 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: A fairly quick and easy presentation assignment for any level of ESL student.  Includes a rubric.  Useful for teaching proper presentation skills.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Participation Rubric
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    By Jeff Dionne | 07 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This is a participation rubric intended for use during class time which allows teachers to properly assess the level of effective and meaningful participation for each student.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Examing Engineering in Our Daily Lives
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    By Eric H. Roth | 29 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: This search and share webquest activity asks students to select, summarize, and lead a small group discussion on an engaging example of engineering in our daily lives. This reproducible one-page worksheet can be used either as a homework or an-inclass research assignment leading to a communicative activity that sheds light on how technology continues to evolve. It can generate authentic discussions on significant contemporary developments, shifts, and issues.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Connecting Wordless Books to Websites, Apps, and other Texts to Create Enthusiasm!
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    By Gilda Martinez-Alba, Judith Cruzado-Guerrero | 24 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: This interactive session will begin by providing a brief overview of research-based information about the various uses of wordless books.  We will then provide a snapshot into highly rated wordless books.  Lessons to go along with the books, including apps and websites to use related to the books will be shared.  In addition, how wordless books might be used for different age and/or language proficiency levels will be discussed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars