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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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  • Paddington: A Movie and Discussion Activity
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    By Andrea Rakushin Lee | 01 Jul 2015
    Resource Description: This is a supplementary lesson for students to help them learn more about the experiences of immigrants. It could be used as a supplementary lesson in ESL/EFL speaking or integrated classes. It could also be used in culture and elective classes that address broad issues. Movie days are usually rare. This could be used for a special class day or a substitute teacher day (if applicable).
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • U.S. History Resources
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    By Andrea Rakushin Lee | 26 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: The list provided in this teaching tip is of various resources related to U.S. history. This is not an exhaustive list of resources for every major period of U.S. history. This list was created to help teachers brainstorm ideas for U.S. history lessons. The tips and resources provided are intended for a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) class in U.S. history or for general lessons related to U.S. history in ESL/EFL classes. Adaptations may be needed depending on the students’ level and age. Some of these ideas can be used for other types of history classes or lessons.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TKT CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Exam Resources
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    By Andrea Rakushin Lee | 26 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: This resource provides helpful websites and materials to prepare for the TKT CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Exam.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Sharing Your Knowledge: How to. . . Presentations
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    By Jessica Hunsdon | 25 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: How to Presentations can provide an excellent opportunity for adult learners of English to share their own knowledge and experiences and learn from each other while practicing some very important skills.  This lesson was taught in an informal ESL Conversation Class over the course of two 90 minute classes using a Task-Teach-Task instructional cycle.  

    Task-Teach-Task is a simplified task-based instruction (TBI) framework that focuses on using lead-in tasks (Task 1) to support instructors in diagnosing needs of students and helping learners self-assess their own knowledge.  This formative assessment data is then used by the instructor to provide targeted instruction (Teach) based on the focal language feature(s) elicited by the first task (Task 1) and once again demonstrated in a different task (Task 2).  

    This lesson includes many resources which may be adapted for  different contexts.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Task-Based Instruction: Task-Teach-Task Lesson Plan Template
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    By Jessica Hunsdon | 22 Jun 2015
    Resource Description:

    After attending a Task-Based Instruction (TBI) workshop at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in March 2015, I began to think about ways that I could implement these ideas in my own adult ESL context.  Task-Teach-Task is a simplified TBI framework that focuses on using lead-in tasks (Task 1) to support instructors in diagnosing needs of students and helping learners self-assess their own knowledge.  This formative assessment data is then used by the instructor to provide targeted instruction (Teach) based on the focal language feature(s) elicited by the first task (Task 1) and once again demonstrated in a different task (Task 2).  In this instructional cycle, tasks are strategically developed with a focus on conveying meaning, eliciting language that is used by the learner for a communicative purpose and facilitating interaction and collaboration while utilizing focal language features. Over the course of six-weeks, I specifically practiced implementing Task-Teach-Task with feedback from other ELT Professionals and developed a template and several lessons.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Grammarly
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    By Grammarly | 16 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: Grammarly is a free grammar checker that works anywhere online. Its algorithms check for contextual spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. For each mistake the software flags, it provides explanation cards to help the writer learn English grammar rules through practice and repetition. 
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Phrase Builder – FREE app to build your phrases in ANY LANGUAGES
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    By Phuong Pham | 28 May 2015
    Resource Description: Teachers can use this app with students and guide them to build their own bank of phrases in the language(s) they're learning. The testing feature will enable students to practice the phrases and remember them for use.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • WHAT IS A GRUFFALO?
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    By SANDRA MORANT TARÍN | 20 May 2015
    Resource Description: This lesson plan helps students expand their speech and language patterns by using a children's short story The Gruffalo. If interested in using this lesson, the book or film must be purchased. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subjunctive Lesson Plan
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    By Elizabeth Tatz | 18 May 2015
    Resource Description: This is a lesson plan for teaching the subjunctive in a communicative manner.  Students practice using the construction through giving advice.  This is a lesson plan for 60 minute class.  It has a creative commons code for share and share alike.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Teaching Modals Across the Levels
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    By Colin Ward | 22 Apr 2015
    Resource Description: This is the third of four webinars on issues in teaching and learning grammar for facilitating academic language development. This webinar will deal with teaching modals to all levels of English language learners.

    Key to expressing meaning in English across registers and in a wide range of contexts, modals are also a significant source of difficulty for English language learners, in no small part because of their notorious quirkiness. English modals are a system of systems, whose members pose semantic and pragmatic issues as well as form issues.

    This seminar will consider important aspects of teaching modals, including focus on form and basic language functions for beginning learners and appropriate use of modals for hedging in high-level academic writing. In doing so, it will also show how language learning at each level is scaffolded by, reinforces, and extends language learning at previous levels. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Evidence-Based TESOL: Teaching Through a Multilingual Lens (2015)
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    By Jim Cummins | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This presentation synthesizes the instructional implications of research for K-12 and adult students with respect to the centrality of language and literacy engagement, the relevance of identity investment, and the role of L1 in learning English for communicative and academic purposes.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Building Bridges: Journey to a Better Future for TESOL (2015)
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    By Yilin Sun | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Based on her cross-cultural teaching, learning, and research experience in China, Canada, and the United States, Dr. Sun shares her journey as a TESOLer and addresses major trends in English language teaching. She also discusses the roles and responsibilities of TESOL professionals in our changing global society.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Redefining Communicative Competence and Redesigning ELT in the 21st Century (2015)
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    By Jun Liu, Lourdes Ortega, and Michael Byram | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: The early model of communicative competence as an instrumental approach to ELT no longer captures the breadth and depth of ELT in the 21st century. Focusing on research and observation of failures in ELT based on this model, the panelists challenge both its conceptual framework and pedagogical implication with examples from different angles.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Teachers' Roles in Crossing Borders and Building Bridges (2015)
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    By Sonia Nieto | 25 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This keynote address describes how teachers work to build bridges with students and communities of diverse backgrounds. Using research documented in her two most recent books, Dr. Nieto discusses how teachers enact critical multicultural practices to overcome obstacles of difference, bureaucracy, and the current sociopolitical context of education.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Universal Design in Teaching English Learners: Articulating Evidence-Based New Basics
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    By Jim Cummins | 24 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Universal Design involves designing products and spaces so that they can be used by the widest range of people possible. The presentation will apply this principle to teaching English learners by describing evidence-based instructional principles that are applicable to a wide range of learners (e.g., adults, K-12, refugees, exceptional students).
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources