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TESOL Resource Center

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.

Latest Resources

  • Sounds IELTS
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    By Geoff Taylor | 23 Jun 2014
    Resource Description:

    “Sounds IELTS” is an iPhone/iPad app for English language learners. It provides interactive pronunciation training for students English as a foreign language at intermediate (B1) level and above. It is based on the Academic Word List (AWL). This version provides British English models.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Creating multimedia annotations while reading a text in order to build vocabulary
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    By Summer Dickinson | 19 May 2014
    Resource Description: Lesson plan for Beginner/Intermediate Language Learners. Students create multimedia annotations while reading a text in order to build vocabulary.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Using Yola to create a website .
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    By Rowaida Yasin Crimly | 16 May 2014
    Resource Description: Create your own website using Yola. you can add whatever you want such as, texts, pictures, videos, Froms, HTML codes and  many other things that may be helpful for your students.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Create a Video using Alice
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    By Maha Ibn jumah | 15 May 2014
    Resource Description:

    Create your own 3D video using Alice. Update whatever you want such as, characters, themes, 3D texts and many other things that may be helpful for your students.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Using Alice to teach the weather
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    By Nauf Alfahad | 15 May 2014
    Resource Description: Alice is a free, easy to use educational 3D programming website. Anyone can create animations for storytelling or interactive gaming. Alice teaches the fundamentals of programming but can also be manipulated into becoming a teaching tool for other areas of study, such as teaching ESL. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Grammar and Adjectives
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    By Randah Albasha | 15 May 2014
    Resource Description:

    This is a grammar lesson plan for 3rd grade students. It focuses on using adjectives and contains a variety of different activities that keep students attentive.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Teaching Writing
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    By Noura AlSaud | 13 May 2014
    Resource Description: That the teacher gives her student the tips of how to write a paper: 1) Type the skills, 2) Search for websites to support your paper, 3) Describe in your own words, and 4) Revise your paper before submitting.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • How to create a video using Alice
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    By Salma AlEdaili | 12 May 2014
    Resource Description: This educational software, named Alice, teaches users computer programming in a 3-D environment. Young people can easily create animations to tell a story, produce an interactive game, or make videos to share on the web. A free teaching tool, Alice introduces fundamental programming concepts in the context of making media.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Deferred Action (DACA) and Higher Education Access for Undocumented Immigrant Students
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    By Camila Bortolleto, Laura Bohórquez | 23 Apr 2014
    Resource Description: This webinar will explore the intersection between the DACA program and higher education for immigrant students. Undocumented students face many challenges in pursuing higher education, even those approved for DACA. In addition, many youth have difficulty meeting DACA’s education requirements.

    This webinar will provide participants with the tools and knowledge to help immigrant youth apply or re-apply for DACA and to help students who are undocumented or who are eligible for DACA navigate the college application process. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • 2014 TESOL International Association Research Agenda
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    By 2014 Research Agenda Task Force | 18 Apr 2014
    Resource Description: The 2014 Research Agenda Task Force welcomes comments about both the content of the draft agenda and ways in which the TESOL International Association can make use of the agenda to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • SPORTS & GAMES IDIOMS
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    By Jean Henry | 17 Apr 2014
    Resource Description: This site contains over 275 idioms derived from terms used in the sports and games played in the United States.  For each sport or game idiom a learner is given the following:  the original meaning of the term and the idiom derived from it.  Each of these has a sentence using, for instance, the idiom "step up to the plate" in a baseball format and in a business or personal format.  "Rolling the dice", a gambling term is again used in its primary sense and in its idiomatic or metaphorical use.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Engage, Support, Connect: Leveraging Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of our Diverse Learners
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    By Jennifer Boyle | 27 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Attendee Handout National TESOL 2014

    Thurs., Mar. 27, 2014

    Session Title: "Closing the Achievement Gap with Technology-Enriched Instruction for Diverse Learners"

    Description:  This resource packet provides websites categorized by language domain to promote technology integration and support especially our English Learners.

    Most of the sites researched are free of charge with registration.

    Session Presenter: Jennifer Boyle
    Director, Technology in Teaching and Learning
    Benchmark Education Company
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Upgrading Downtime in ESL Classrooms
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    By Meghan Moran | 05 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: This teaching tip will demonstrate three fun and motivating activities in which teachers can use sporadic downtime to their advantage.  Teachers will come away with practical and easy ways to promote active engagement of students and academic productivity even during times in which material is not being presented or practiced (e.g., if students finish a test early).  Good for both ESOL and non-ESOL students.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Advocating for English Learners: Sharing the Responsibility and the Joy
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    By Diane Staehr Fenner | 26 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Drawing from her new book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators, Dr. Staehr Fenner will build a case for the urgent need to advocate for English learners’ (ELs') success. She will share practical strategies to help educators build their EL advocacy skills so that they can support ELs’ strong voices in school.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Taiwan Journal of TESOL
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    By Taiwan Journal of TESOL | 20 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Taiwan Journal of TESOL is an international journal dedicated to the publication of research papers on TESOL and welcomes contributions in all areas of the study of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Review articles of books on TESOL and informal book announcements are also welcome. Taiwan Journal of TESOL publishes one volume per year, with a Spring issue and a Fall issue. Contributions may be submitted from all countries and are accepted all year round. The language of publication is English. Manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other publications cannot be accepted. All contributors must sign Taiwan Journal of TESOL Contributor’s Declaration. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, contributors must sign Copyright License Agreement for NCCU Scholarly Journals Online in order for the manuscript to be included in databases designated by Taiwan Journal of TESOL.
    Resource Type: Activities