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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Toolkit
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    By Submitted by Kanista Zuniga | 06 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: The Winter Olympic Toolkit is a free resource with cross-curricular activities for teachers to use in the classroom during the Olympic Games. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Snowball Chatting
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    By Walton Burns | 03 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: A variation of the popular and fun icebreaker "Snowball Fight". This activity gets student energy up as they throw crumpled up paper balls. It combines the interaction and spontaneity of speaking with the processing of time of writing. Students carry out a written conversation with random people in the class and mix up the papers by throwing them around like snowballs. They will beg you to let them play this every day.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]TESOL Unplugged: Back to Basics, a TESOL Symposium in Cairo, Egypt
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    By TESOL | 27 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: This symposium will discuss the tension between media- and technology-rich classroom environments and building on emergent language in a "natural" environment.

    This discussion is especially appropriate in the Egyptian context, where many teachers operate in environments with few resources, large classes, and competing demands of students (jobs, families, etc.). It is also relevant in the broader debate about whether an approach focusing on emergent language with few classroom materials can work in a context like Egypt, where students might have more specific needs and expectations.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • ELD Links App
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    By www.teachingenglishmaterials.com | 24 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: These fun and interactive 15-minute lessons begin with the teacher calling attention to the particular LANGUAGE FRAMES that will be used. Next, the teacher models and then practices with the students. Finally, the essence of the lesson is what we call COLLABORATE, a fun game like activity that encourages students to create new utterances. Thus, the lessons are focused on practicing and producing output.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Speed Reading Activity for a Whole Class
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    By Jana Moore & Dan Ferreira | 23 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: Have you ever wanted to get your students to do some speed reading as a group activity?  If you have ever tried to do that with a timer and a paper-based text, you would quickly realize that some students have different reading speeds than others.  The challenge for teachers is figure out a way to train the "slower" students to work on the skill of reading text in chunks and to push forward until the end of the text in a particular time frame.  Here is an activity that uses some freely available tools on the Internet where we can easily prepare materials to teach speed reading to any level of class.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Increasing Students' Academic Success through Differentiated Instructions
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    By Eva F. Andrianarivo | 20 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: Do you teach English as a foreign or second language to high school students and adult workers? Teachers often find it hard to get students of English as a foreign or a second language stay focused and get involved in the activities which are designed to develop their academic language. Are you looking for ways to make students responsible for their learning?
    The presenter shares tips and strategies used in my own classes to create mini-lessons and assessment tools to increase students’ motivation, address the needs of a class with Multiple Intelligence and different learning styles in order to  tackle the issue of learning difficulty and disability, and therefore improve the academic success of normal students and those with special needs.
     The activities are based on reading. The presenter provides effective strategies to get students engaged in different activities on the same unit. The tasks are designed for students with different learning styles in order to develop their  academic language, linguistic, social and communicative skills. The participants will leave the session with ideas to differentiate their instruction in order to maximize the potential for students’ success.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Better Class Discussions
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    By Nancy Lewis | 06 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: Do you have problems getting your students to engage in class discussions? Are they more interested in finishing the list of discussion questions that you have prepared than actually discussing the questions? Do your students use their native language during discussions because it's easier for them to hurry up and complete the activity? Here are some activity ideas that will engage students and encourage them to use English in class.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Talk to Teddy
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    By Pinar Baser | 30 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: This is a lesson intended for young learners and aims to promote speaking in the present simple.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • An Educator's Guide to the novel, The Good Braider
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    By Thomas Talarico | 27 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: The Good Braider by Terry Farish chronicles the life of a teenage refugee girl from what is now South Sudan to Portland, Maine. The novel depicts the struggles associated with fleeing one's homeland, adjusting to life in a new culture, and the hard earned resilience needed to survive. This ALA Best Book for Young Adults is an important contribution to the genre of literature that documents the lives of refugees around the world. This educator's guide is appropriate for English language learners. It consists of a character list, suggested vocabulary words and a model for teaching them, comprehension questions, and ideas for further exploration. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • The Automated Pronunciation Screening Test
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    By Rita MacAuslan, Ph.D., Linda J. Ferrier-Reid, Ph.D. | 20 Dec 2013
    Resource Description:

    This computer test analyzes digitized speech samples from Non-Native Speakers of English, speaking with a foreign accent, and provides a norm-referenced intelligibility score by reference to the judgments of American English listeners.  

     

    Resource Type: Assessments