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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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  • Two Quick Word Games
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    By Akif Okumus | 29 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: As teachers, we usually need games for testing how much our students have progressed as well as motivating students or filling in the remaining time of a class in a meaningful way. You can use these two games with any class level as they will be competing against each others.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Four Ways to Integrate Direct Quotations
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    By Carla Mannix | 27 Nov 2017
    Resource Description:

    This ​handout with worksheet introduces four ways to introduce a direct quotation using a simple signal phrase with a reporting verb and an in-text citation. It includes a memorable template and chart for students to follow.  The selected passage also allows an instructor to address the important first step of actually deciding which sentence in a passage is worthy of quoting. 

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Paraphrase for Academic Honesty
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    By Carla Mannix | 27 Nov 2017
    Resource Description:

    In this unit, international students explore the concept of academic honesty in the USA and then practice paraphrasing in order to avoid plagiarism. The unit can be divided into separate lessons. The notes under each slide describe the focus and activity. Students start by describing their experience and feelings about using expert sources in academic writing. Then students analyze examples of effective and ineffective paraphrases using a checklist. The handout provides ​two kinds of practice.  Part 1 helps ​students recognize effective and ineffective paraphrases. Part 2 provides three advanced passages for students to practice creating original paraphrases.  

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Typely
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    By Typely | 27 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: Typely is a free online proofreading application. Typely is precise. Existing tools for proofreading raise so many false alarms that their advice cannot be trusted. Instead, the writer must carefully consider whether to accept or reject each change.

    We aim for a tool so precise that it becomes possible to unquestioningly adopt its recommendations and still come out ahead — with stronger, tighter prose. Better to be quiet and authoritative than loud and unreliable.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • A Million Years Ago (song)
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    By Élida Moriyasu | 13 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: A song activity by Adelle that rovides practice of verbs in simple past
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Famous Guest Interview
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    By Dr. Phillip Elliott | 13 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: Students act as HOSTS and MYSTERY GUESTS on a TV program. Teacher offers guidance through a HOST worksheet and a MYSTERY GUEST worksheet. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Observing Teachers & Facilitating Their Growth Through Conferences
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    By Christopher Stillwell | 08 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: Observation and conferencing can be extremely effective for promoting the growth of any teacher, from novices to seasoned experts. However, without a principled approach, opportunities for improvement can be lost and damage can be done. This virtual seminar will examine the stages of teacher observation and the principles that make it most effective, from pre-observation conversations to post-observation conferences and beyond.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Creating & Using Videos for English Language Teaching
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    By Suzi Lee and Elke Stappert | 01 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: With the increase of great videos from online sources such as MOOCs, TED, YouTube Channels, and other useful sites, more and more educators and learners of language are relying on video and audio as their main source of language input. Additionally, the development of smartphones and other mobile devices have made taking and sharing good quality videos easier than ever. So through this seminar, the presenter will guide you through some DIY (do-it-yourself) methods to create your own simple but useful videos for your English language teaching environment. These videos could be used for effective instructional purposes, student projects, as well as for your own professional development.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Thinking on Your Feet: A Vocabulary Game
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    By Beverley Woodward | 31 Oct 2017
    Resource Description:

    In intermediate ESL writing courses, students learn a great deal of vocabulary related to writing in English. These vocabulary words and phrases are used throughout their writing courses to discuss how to write paragraphs, essays, and research papers. The vocabulary words will also be used in future ESL writing courses. This lesson is designed to help students review writing vocabulary to prepare for a midterm or final exam. It also challenges them to “think on their feet” as they explain what the vocabulary words mean to their classmates.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Practicing with Adjectives
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    By Beverley Woodward | 31 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Being able to use adjectives correctly in sentences is essential to write well in English. Adjectives add details and description to sentences. This lesson is included in a “parts of speech” unit for a beginning-intermediate ESL writing course. It is a group activity that gives students practice using adjectives in sentences. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Fun with Ambition Idioms!
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description:

    This lesson was originally taught to international students had attained high intermediate proficiency in English. It can also be taught to secondary education English learners and adult learners.

    The lesson is based on SIOP.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Movies
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    By Mayar Ahmed | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: In this lesson, ss read movie synopses to answer gist and specific information. Firstly, ss remember as many types of films as they can, then they match movie posters to the type of movie. T pre-teaches some vocabulary items related to the text then ss read for gist then for specific information. At the end, ss write movie summaries or synopses like the model they have in the reading text. Then they read each other's synopses and vote on the most interesting movie.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Acceptable and unacceptable social behaviour
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    By Mayar Ahmed | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: In this lesson, Ss practice speaking about acceptable and unacceptable social behavior. Firstly, Ss take a quick quiz about social customs to challenge them,  arouse interest and elicit the theme of the topic. Then, ss listen to speakers from different countries about their customs to take notes. Then they speak in pairs about possible problems for foreigners in their country and some tips to help them and eventually role play locals advising foreigners on what (not) to do.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • SLWIS: Supporting ESL Graduate Writers
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Michelle Cox (Cornell University) and Nigel Caplan (University of Delaware) discuss strategies for supporting ESL graduate student writers, advocating for graduate writing services, and working with faculty across the university.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Pronunciation Boot Camp: Practical Ideas for Teaching Pronunciation
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    By Marla Yoshida | 25 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Does pronunciation teaching seem like a mysterious subject requiring extensive theoretical and technical knowledge? This seminar brings pronunciation teaching down to earth with practical tips for introducing and practicing both individual sounds and the musical aspects of pronunciation, such as word stress and intonation. The presenter will discuss setting realistic goals, introducing and practicing pronunciation in multi-sensory ways, and integrating pronunciation into other areas of language teaching.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars