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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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  • Teaching English Across the Content Areas: Science -- Newton's Three Laws of Motion, The Third Law
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons and Shannon Browne | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: The unit focuses on Newton's Three Laws of Motion.  This is third lesson in the unit in a twelfth grade physics course.  This lesson focuses on the third law of motion. 
    In previous lessons, students had learned about the first two laws of motion and their importance in physics.  The target population is twelfth grade intermediate English language proficiency.
    Learners/students will be asked to call upon prior knowledge of the previous two Laws of Motion that were introduced in the first and second lessons of this unit. The teacher will explain that today they are going to learn about the Third Law of Motion.
    The teacher will ask two learners/students to come of the front of the class. She will give both learners/students a small medicine ball and ask them to roll the balls toward each other so that the balls can hit each other. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Teaching English Across the Content Areas: The American Constitution (Social Studies)
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    By Shannon Browne and Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This unit plan presents the American Constitution and Political System to learners. It is a 12th-grade Social Studies Lesson about American Government, its political system and the distribution of powers and responsibilities: Legislative, Executive and Judicial. It is the second lesson of the unit.

    In the first lesson, learners/students learned about the philosophy and ideologies of the Enlightenment and Pre-Enlightenment Period. The Enlightenment intellectuals conceptualized the foundations of basic human rights and the importance of representative government which influenced the framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]A Research Symposium: Building an Inclusive, Sustainable Research Community in TESOL
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    By | 13 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: TESOL International Association and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) present their first research symposium. Experienced and novice researchers, as well as ELT practitioners and administrators, are encouraged to attend. Registration will open in November 201​6.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • Introduction to the American Psychological Association (APA) Style: In-text Citations and References
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 10 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson is integrated into a bilingual course on Intercultural Communication = Comunicación Intercultural. The lesson is introduced as learners prepare to cite sources in essays and oral presentations using presentation software like PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Prezi. Learners are former students with interrupted formal education (SIFE), higher education opportunity program (HEOP), or newcomers.  They are enrolled in a three-credit course in a two-year associate's degree program.
    Learning APA style is important in this course and in their entire college experience.  Since APA is very tedious and complex, the lessons are integrated into the course syllabus. Each mini lesson is scaffolded according to the corresponding assignment such as an article analysis, summary and reflection, presentation, etc. Information literacy is important in college.  Therefore, introducing learners to APA style is important.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Coaching Native Russian Speakers in Pronunciation: English for Professional Purposes
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 10 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This is an analysis of a native Russian speaker's audio recording who has minor pronunciation issues.  The learner wishes to improve her pronunciation for professional purposes. 
    The analysis includes an evaluation of the learner's speaking using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).  There are suggestions offered on how the learner can improve her pronunciation in order to develop more confidence in public speaking situations.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Pronunciation Lesson: Differentiating between /v/ and /f/ sounds
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    By Amanda D'Alto and Bernadette M. Lopez-Fitzsimmons | 09 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson plan helps learners pronounce the /v/ and /f/ sounds in English.  The articulation features considered are: /v/ =  labiodental, fricative, and voiced; /f/ = labiodental, fricative, and voiceless. This lesson uses Total Physical Response (TPR), a pair share activity to identity the words pronounced, and tongue twisters.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Using Film to Engage Learners in Mindful Discussions about Intercultural Communication
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 09 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This resource will help ESL instructors teach abstract concepts to students about intercultural communication.  Learners will engage in higher order thinking skills analyzing the metaphors from the film and applying them to Chapter One of the textbook.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Bilingual College Course or Spanish Speakers: Intercultural Communication
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    By Bernadette M. Lopez-Fitzsimmons | 02 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson was taught in a bilingual course, Intercultural Communication, taught in English and Spanish to Spanish-speaking undergraduate students.  This is their first semester in a two-year associate's degree program.  The use of film engaged students in connecting the concepts from the textbook to a true story about three Maori girls in Australia who are abducted by authorities from the department of aboriginals. Students will develop inquiry-based skills, linking the text to the events in the film. They will also connect the concepts to the metaphors used in the film. They will be able to practice their English language skills -- speaking, listening, reading, and writing -- using academic and professional English. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Phonics-Toon, My Fin is Fine
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    By Khidar 'AB' Abdullah | 27 Sep 2017
    Resource Description: Phonics=Toons (PT) is a series aimed at gapping the digital divide. PT work best as an enhancement resource that can be used in/out of the classroom. My Fin is Fine, enriches students use of  CVCe/CVC vowel 'i' words. Attached is the PDF version preview, it lacks many pages due to the limitations of PDF. The toon can be watched on their phones and pads, while they are on the go or at home.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Intellectuals in America
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    By Suzanne Warsinsky | 29 Aug 2017
    Resource Description: This is the introductory lesson for a content unit on intellectualism in America. In this lesson, the students will have pre-read the article “What Happened to America’s Public Intellectuals?” from the July 2017 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine. In pairs and small groups, they will learn about American intellectual history and influence while experiencing the reading skills of scanning, looking for organizational structure and comprehension, and identifying multimodal writing type.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Developing Foundations for Academic Success: Learning to Learn
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    By Suzanne Warsinsky | 29 Aug 2017
    Resource Description: In my EAP reading/writing course, I use the first 4-5 classes to set up my students for long-term academic success by helping them develop broad, foundational areas of knowledge. This particular class assists students in learning to work in groups, on task-based projects, while reading about, sharing, discussing and reflecting upon good learning techniques and traits that can be applied across the academic spectrum and into the job market.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Commands Practice
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    By Sara Toledo | 23 Aug 2017
    Resource Description: An authentic activity for practicing writing and following commands.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • AWL Master
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    By Christina Cavage | 12 Jul 2017
    Resource Description: The AWL Master is an app (on iTunes and Google Play) that helps students learn, practice and master the academic word list.  They work on pronunciation, syllable division, meaning and collocations. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Sound-Alike Words Game: Hear & See
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    By multiple | 05 Jul 2017
    Resource Description: This game, MatchIt, helps students hear and see commonly confused Sound-alike words such as too, to, and two: there, their, and they're, and so on. It is one of the many free games provided by VocabularySpellingCity for ESL worldwide, it works on any device.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Automated NATO Alphabet for Pick and Pack Employees
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    By Christy Schaffner | 09 Jun 2017
    Resource Description: This is an interactive powerpoint presentation that teaches a modifed NATO alphabet typically used with a Talkman system for pick and pack employees.  This in-ear voice system is particularly challenging for ELLs because of the robotic nature of the voice, so this powerpoint seeks to provide additional input and support in this new "language". Presentation of the alphabet with audio and visual support is included with group controlled practices and games at the end. 
    Resource Type: Activities