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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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  • [S]Four “Real Language” Principles for Effective Grammar Teaching
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    By Anne Ediger | 19 Nov 2014
    Resource Description: This is the first of four webinars on issues in teaching and learning grammar for facilitating academic language development. Recent findings from corpus grammar research, research on focus on form in ESL classrooms, and new understandings of how vocabulary and grammar knowledge interrelate have provided important new tools for teaching grammar. Similarly, recent research into novice teachers’ grammar knowledge and explanations has revealed some potential areas of difficulty for teachers.

    This series draws on these research findings to suggest ways to address practical issues that arise in the teaching and learning of grammar in real classrooms. The presenters demystify grammar explanations and make concrete suggestions concerning teaching, learning, and assessment.

    This first presentation offers several fundamental principles for grammar teaching and learning, addressing some ways in which teachers can be more effective in fostering their students’ grammar development. Specific examples and exercises will be provided to demonstrate each principle. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Next Generation Science Standards and English Language Learners: Classroom Implications
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    By Emily Miller | 12 Nov 2014
    Resource Description: The eight science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are language intensive. They require teachers of ELLs to consider ways not only to deepen science learning, but also to plan instruction that will scaffold student engagement with the practices.

    Emily Miller, an elementary ESL/BRT science specialist and writer for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team, presents the ESL case vignette in NGSS Appendix D: All Standards/All Students, which was based on her own classroom. The Earth Science/Life Science unit integrates the three dimensions stressed by the NGSS—science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts—and combines research-based effective teaching strategies to increase language skills for English learners. You will learn how to create and adapt lessons that increase English learners’ access to rigorous science in their own classrooms.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Translanguaging and TESOL
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    By Kate Seltzer | 22 Oct 2014
    Resource Description: This seminar will introduce participants to the theory and practice of translanguaging. The seminar will provide a brief historical background of the concept, setting up the context for its contemporary use in the United States; a discussion of the benefits of translanguaging in general and for TESOL in particular; and specific strategies and ideas for how to implement translanguaging in a TESOL classroom.

    Participants will also discuss how they can use translanguaging in common TESOL scenarios (multiple language groups in one classroom; pressures to teach English; students’ desire to learn English as quickly as possible). Participants will also engage with translanguaging strategies in several activities.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Styles
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    By Tim Micek | 07 Oct 2014
    Resource Description: This is a lesson plan for teaching learning styles; it includesan activity for guiding the sight-impaired.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
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    By Susanna Fawkes | 22 Sep 2014
    Resource Description: This is a warm-up activity for a lesson on environment. It can be adapted for different levels of language proficiency.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Mobile Warming: Melting the Barriers to Language Learning With Mobile Devices
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    By Sandy Wagner | 10 Sep 2014
    Resource Description: Mobile devices offer new possibilities and challenges as language learning transitions to “just in time, just enough and just for me” (Peters, 2007). This webinar focuses on understanding mobile learning, pedagogy that capitalizes on affordances of mobile devices and apps, activities that engage students in knowing how to learn from mobile technologies.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Integrating Language and Content: Issues and Options
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    By Donna Brinton | 20 Aug 2014
    Resource Description: Content-based language teaching (CBLT) has emerged over the past three decades as one of the primary approaches used in teaching second and foreign languages. At its heart is the integration of language and content. This webinar traces the historical and geographical diffusion of CBLT, discusses ways in which the approach is adapted to local needs and contexts, and examines its applicability to a wide variety of second and foreign language teaching contexts.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Providing Enlightened and Effective Corrective Feedback on Language Issues in Student Writing
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    By Dana R. Ferris | 16 Jul 2014
    Resource Description: This seminar will present the whys and hows of providing corrective feedback on language issues in student writing. Teachers will learn about how to work smarter—not just to correct student errors but to help students develop competence and confidence as self-editors.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • 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
  • [S]Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals in the Era of New Standards
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    By Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda K. Kibler, and Aída Walqui | 18 Jun 2014
    Resource Description: This era of new standards will require educators to make deep changes in expertise – including both knowledge and action – to address the needs of English learners. Using vignettes of existing and envisioned teaching, the presenters will discuss diverse conceptions of language, pedagogy, the learner, and educators to show how you can reconsider theoretical stances and pedagogy in light of the new standards.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Bringing Peacebuilding into the English Language Classroom
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    By Alison Milofsky | 04 Jun 2014
    Resource Description: Content-based language instruction (CBLI) opens a space in the English language classroom to engage youth in conversation around peace and conflict and help them
    *develop critical thinking skills
    *develop the ability to manage conflict
    *understand how they can participate in peacebuilding

    In this webinar,participants will be introduced to the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, explore their own understandings of peace and conflict, and engage in skills-based exercises that they can use their own classrooms.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • 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