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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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  • Playground Scavenger Hunt
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    By Anna Kubetin | 19 Jan 2016
    Resource Description: This ​activity focuses on enhancing the content knowledge students have about the kinds of things they can find on a playground.  Students also practice following directions and will understand what a scavenger hunt is.  In lessons before the hunt, you can teach students different types of bugs, birds, clouds, trees, flowers, and rocks as content knowledge and can then tailor the hunt for them to find these specific types of creatures native to your own school-ground.  It also encourages students to use their knowledge of and learn new adjectives (shiny, squishy, round, small, etc).  You can modify the hunt based on your students' abilities and the kind of vocab you've already worked on in class.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Descriptive writing lesson plan for differentiated learning
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    By Divya Pandanda | 11 Jan 2016
    Resource Description: This detailed lesson plan provides teachers with an introductory lesson to the unit on developing descriptive writing skills. it takes into account the fact that different learners learn differently, thus incorporating Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. It also includes the resources that one could use the classroom, at the same time allowing teachers the flexibility to tweak it to cater to the needs of their students.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • 6 Ideas to Make The Most of Your Winter Break
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    By Stephanie N. Brown | 21 Dec 2015
    Resource Description: Are you a new ESL teacher who is winding down from your first semester teaching? Or, are you a seasoned ESL teacher who needs to relax a bit before the semester starts? Here are 6 ideas to make the most of your winter break. These ideas include: reflection, taking walks, organization, goal-setting, having a new experience, and relaxing. These may seem simple...but in the busy life of a teacher these moments are extremely valuable.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • SLWIS: L2 Classroom Writing Assessment
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: This conference call is part of a Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) discussion series. This discussion is facilitated by Deborah Crusan and focuses on the topic of assessing Second Language Writing.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Tell Your Immigration Story
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    By Wende Crow | 26 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: This is a writing activity to generate a three paragraph descriptive essay. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Dialog Journals
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    By Wende Crow | 19 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: The purpose of this activity is three-fold: first, students are expected to maintain a regular writing practice to improve communicative competence and descriptive writing. Second, students can build and improve their vocabulary for describing feelings. And finally, the teacher and students maintain an ongoing dialog throughout the quarter or semester. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Peter's Pragmatic Guide to Idiomatic English
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    By G. Peter Winnington | 10 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: A handbook of rapid solutions for French-speaking students to common difficulties in speaking and writing English.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Reading Lesson : Miguel's Dream
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    By Moises Alcantara Ayre | 09 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: This is an 80-minute reading lesson that focuses on reading for details and on using the information from the text to help students think about their own dreams in life.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • FAMILY LIFE
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    By Oksana Moroz | 07 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: Family Life lesson plan is aimed at students of intermediate level, particularly multilingual students. This lesson is designed and oriented toward the development of Speaking and Listening Skills.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Street Food: Fresh Ideas for Class
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    By Luke Meddings | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Teacher training and course books tend to focus on formal presentation, as if teachers were running a restaurant where every lesson has to be a perfectly structured three-course meal. But sometimes the best teaching is more like street food, where we whip something up in response to student needs and the mood on the day. What ingredients do we need in our teaching 'cupboard' to improvise in this way? And why does the simplest food often taste the best?

    We'll focus on teaching with minimal resources, stocking our mental cupboard each day with new ideas and - of course - using fresh ingredients. Mexican street food is very fashionable in London right now, and this session aims to find out if *antojitos* hold the key to more engaging teaching and learning.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Optimizing Integrated Skills Development: Re-examining Technology and Teacher Roles
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    By Miralynn Faigao Malupa-Kim | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: The continuous presence and involvement of technology in the language classrooms has caused teacher roles to evolve. Identifying teacher roles, as well as technology roles, is essential in creating activities that will help optimize integrated skills development among learners. To re-examine these roles, a matrix called Technology-integration Decision (TiD) Matrix is proposed. This matrix allows teachers to systematically integrate technology into their favorite traditional integrated-skill activities efficiently.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Mexican Students and Updated Methodology: A Perfect Match!
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    By Mario Herrera | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Current ELT methods, particularly those supported by the principles of Assessment for Learning, require an enthusiastic, interactive, socially oriented student… and Mexican students fit the profile perfectly! They are eclectic and open to trying new things.  They are amazed and amused, and not afraid to show it. They are open to expressing their insights, and doubts and stand if front of their peers. The students form a perfect match between methodology and learners.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Teachers Engaging with Research: Why and How?
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    By Deena Boraie | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Although, the relationship between research and teaching is important because teachers need useful and practical knowledge that is empirically based about how students learn and how to help them learn better, yet a gap exists between classroom practice and research. This paper discusses why or why not do teachers engage with research and proposes possible directions to enhance teacher research engagement bridging the divide between teachers and researchers.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Collaborating Locally to Globally: Teacher to Teacher Innovations and Breakthroughs
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    By Mark S. Algren | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Traditional avenues of professional development (PD) –courses, conferences, and printed materials – can be supplemented in creative ways to help English teachers achieve their PD goals.  A professional development plan (PDP) can focus the choice of activities.  Local colleagues working together face-to-face or digitally can build on each other’s strengths.  Likewise, individuals can refine their Internet search skills to locate materials, or use digital platforms to build local to global networks to share innovations and breakthroughs. 
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Better English = Better Teachers?
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    By Higinio Ordonez | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Teaching English in Mexico and in all other countries presents many challenges. It has been taken for granted that English is the lingua franca, and that learning English is a necessity. However, linguistic and communicative competence are among the challenges that any professional encounters before going into teaching and then later in life as a teacher.  

    Language teachers need to speak English, but the best speaker is not always an excellent teacher. It may sound strange, but this is the reality in many parts of the world, not only in Mexico. English language teachers are often not proficient enough in English to teach their classes in the target language. Why? Reasons will be presented in this workshop along with some strategies that public institutions and some state governments have implemented with much success.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources