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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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  • Interactive Grammar Navigator
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    By Nick Koretsky | 05 Dec 2016
    Resource Description: This is a teaching aid tool that helps students with navigation across numerous verbs and tenses. I have built it as a practical teaching-aid tool for my classes. I use it on a daily basis with my students. They say that it helps them to see a general picture of English language and to navigate across English grammar smoothly.

    This website is a part of my «Grammar Navigator» concept, which I invented and develop as a project for English language teachers and learners. The site is far from being perfect (and I know it!) but this is the best I can do for the moment. I plan to do improvements on-the-go should this concept be accepted by teaching community. I hope that this tool will help you make your teaching easier and more efficient.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • ITAIS: Forming Your Teaching Identity as an International Teaching Assistant
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    By International Teaching Assistants Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: This presentation was organized by the International Teaching Assistants Interest Section and is recorded a few minutes after the start. A successful teacher is one who knows his or her own strengths and embraces their unique characteristics in the classroom. Alexis Finger and Anne Politz will discuss a reflective project that guides International Teaching Assistants in identifying and forming their teaching persona. Sample reflective activities will be shared.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TEIS: Webinar with Wayne Wright on the TESOL Methods Course
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: ELL Methods Course for Teacher Education Students: An Interactive Conversation.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • SLWIS: Theorizing Your Practice Action Research in L2 Writing
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: Facilitator:  Dr. Betsy Gilliland, Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii

    As writing teachers, we may sometimes feel like published research does not understand the realities of our classrooms. A promising activity reported in a journal article seems impossible to enact under the actual circumstances of our workplaces. At the same time, we don’t feel like we have the time or know-how to conduct research on our own. This is where action research comes into play. In an action research study, teachers ARE the researchers, selecting the focus and methods of a study and analyzing data from their deep knowledge of their own classrooms. Action research can be done within the busy schedules of most writing teachers and can further allow teachers to create their own professional development in ways that meet their actual needs.
    In this online session, I will give a short introduction to the concepts of action research in language teaching and then facilitate an interactive discussion among participants around key questions about action research. We will share ideas for conducting research, forming research groups for peer support, finding research mentors, and sharing research findings, among other topics.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TEIS: TESOL Teacher Education for Candidates’ Roles in IEPs
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: Dr. Gulbahar Beckett discusses how TESOL teacher education prepares candidates for roles in IEPs.  Dr. Beckett is Professor of TESOL at Iowa State and the director of the Intensive English and Orientation Program there.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TED-ASSISTED SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH LESSON
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    By Abram Jones | 22 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: This is a lesson plan appropriate for advanced learners of English and is especially applicable to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classrooms. In this case, the specific purpose is the fields of science and technology, areas in which students engaging with this lesson would be interested. The lesson uses TED talks to stimulate interest in the topic and build student confidence in perception and production of complex scientific words. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]The Critical Role of Perception in Second Language Listening
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    By John Field | 16 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: The methods widely adopted in L2 instruction focus attention on the outcomes of listening rather than tackling the causes of comprehension failure. This presentation aims to enhance understanding of a) the various cognitive processes that contribute to competent listening; and b) the characteristics of natural  English speech that create perceptual  difficulties for L2 listeners. There will be suggestions as to how this information can feed into intensive listening practice that actively assists progress.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Literary YouTube Channel
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    By Michael Sommer | 15 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: SOMMER'S WORLD LITERATURE TO GO is a YouTube channel that provides short and entertaining summaries of the most important works of world literature in a maximum of 10 minutes - with the help of Playmobil figures. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • LBL Lesson Plan for EFL Teachers in STEM
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    By Abram Jones | 09 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: This is a sample lesson plan for teacher training, which focuses on learn before lecture (LBL) methodology. It may be used as a professional development unit for L2 English speaking university professors from a multicultural university environment where the language of instruction is English. The background reading for the unit would be conducted in English as would the PD session and all assigned work for the professor-students. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Basic Academic Process Writing for Adult English Language Learners
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    By Krista Boddy, Sufang Hou, Adele Lonas | 07 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: The resource is a curriculum consisting of eight thematic units, designed to provide specific scaffolded preparation for AELLs to successfully pass the essay portion of the Accuplacer WritePlacer, CCPT and the new GED. It can be adapted for the essay portion of other Community College entrance exams. We have developed the scope and sequence of all eight units, and the lessons for one full unit (Unit 3).
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act: What TESOL Educators Need to Know
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    By Ellen Fern | 01 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: In Decemeber 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA brings sweeping policy changes to the K-12 arena that all educators should be aware of. With a primary focus on the changes to Title I and Title III, this webinar will provide a broad overview of the law and how it affects English learners and TESOL professionals.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Translanguaging Pedagogy in TESOL Classrooms
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    By Tatyana Kleyn, Kate Menken, Maite Sanchez | 19 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: This session will give participants an overview of translanguaging theory – which is the flexible and dynamic use of students’ language repertoires to support learning English and content areas, as well as to develop home language practices in schools.  Examples from K-12 classrooms, along with their impact on teaching and learning in ESL settings will be provided and analyzed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Preparing Mainstream Elementary Pre-Service Teachers to Work with ELLs: Observations from Florida
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 13 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: In this webinar, Dr. de Jong (TESOL President-Elect) shares several innovations she has implemented at her college of education to deepen the knowledge base of mainstream educators about effective ELL instruction in K-12 schools.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Voter Education Guide
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    By NASP | 13 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: This is a Voter Education Guide Related to Mental Health and Education, Natural Disaster Handout, and Social Justice Material shared with TESOL from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Time Saving Tips for Video Editing
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    By Video and Digital Media Interest Section | 07 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: In this video by the Video and Digital Media Interest Section chair, Julie Lopez shares her process for making a film and how she saves time in post-production (editing). Please feel free to leave a comment or question below!
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips