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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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  • Speaking Is Easy
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    By Ron C Lee | 01 May 2016
    Resource Description: Over 250 short, easy conversations under 19 topics with high-quality audio, free for everyone to use. http://www.rong-chang.com/easyspeak/. Topics include school life, jobs, housing, taking the bus, social networking, sports, and foods. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Extensive Reading and Language Learning
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    By Richard Day | 28 Apr 2016
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar concerns extensive reading and how it may be used to help learners not only learn to read but to help them increase their vocabulary knowledge, and improve their writing, speaking and listening abilities. Learners use the books they read as a basis for performing vocabulary, writing, speaking and listening activities. Extensive reading can be blended into any language course and program, regardless of the focus or methodology.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Using Musical Notation to Teach Word Syllables
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    By Anne Ursu | 02 Apr 2016
    Resource Description: This lesson plan coincides with a project I am working on about discourse analysis. For this assignment, we were asked to search through textbooks and analyze the text within a chosen chapter of these books. The textbooks could be ESL-related, or they could be any other type of textbook. If another type of textbook is used, it must be treated as if I am teaching it to a classroom of ESL students as well. The textbook I chose to analyze was World regional geography: People, places, and globalization (2012) by Royal Berglee, with specific focus on Chapter 10: East Asia. To perform my discourse analysis, I utilized James Paul Gee’s How to do discourse analysis: A tool kit (2011). I used two tools listed in this book’s ‘tool kit’, but the one this lesson plan is based on is the ‘Cohesion Tool’. While reading through this high school geography textbook, I came across some vocabulary words that would be difficult for some students to use, if this book were to be taught to an ESL class. So, with my musical background, I decided to teach the pronunciation of these words by using musical rhythmic notations.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Defining and Assessing Intercultural Competence in the Classroom
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    By Darla Deardorff | 24 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: Fluency in a language, and language teaching pedagogy doesn't necessarily mean one is interculturally competent.  Join this webinar to learn more about a research-based framework and definition of intercultural competence and how this framework can be used to develop and assess students' ability to interact successfully with others from many different backgrounds.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Update from TESOL's Interest Section Task Force
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    By Interest Section Task Force | 21 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This webinar provides a summary of the work and findings of TESOL International Association’s Interest Section Task Force.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Silent Spring Guided Reading
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    By Charlotte Hogan | 17 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This resource is a guided reading assignment for the opening chapter of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. It includes various types of responses and is designed to make this challenging read more accessible for Advanced English Learners. It can be used as a model for similar guided reading assignments. NOTE: this activity would be best preceded by students reading a biography of Carson's life, and some information about the environmental movement and DDT.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Incorporating Content and Language in Assessment
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    By Charlotte Hogan | 14 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This resources includes assessment models which could be modified for any content area or language proficiency.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Project: My Life
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    By Jeff Dionne | 07 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: A fairly quick and easy presentation assignment for any level of ESL student.  Includes a rubric.  Useful for teaching proper presentation skills.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Participation Rubric
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    By Jeff Dionne | 07 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This is a participation rubric intended for use during class time which allows teachers to properly assess the level of effective and meaningful participation for each student.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Examing Engineering in Our Daily Lives
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    By Eric H. Roth | 29 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: This search and share webquest activity asks students to select, summarize, and lead a small group discussion on an engaging example of engineering in our daily lives. This reproducible one-page worksheet can be used either as a homework or an-inclass research assignment leading to a communicative activity that sheds light on how technology continues to evolve. It can generate authentic discussions on significant contemporary developments, shifts, and issues.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Connecting Wordless Books to Websites, Apps, and other Texts to Create Enthusiasm!
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    By Gilda Martinez-Alba, Judith Cruzado-Guerrero | 24 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: This interactive session will begin by providing a brief overview of research-based information about the various uses of wordless books.  We will then provide a snapshot into highly rated wordless books.  Lessons to go along with the books, including apps and websites to use related to the books will be shared.  In addition, how wordless books might be used for different age and/or language proficiency levels will be discussed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • TESOL-IATEFL Online Discussion About How ESP Projects Can Create Positive Social Change
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    By TESOL-IATFL | 17 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: Experienced ESP practitioners from the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) groups of IATEFL and TESOL International Association discuss how to enhance ESP program development in English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) contexts and settings. Organized by Kevin Knight and hosted by TESOL International Association.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Weather Forecast
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    By Anna Kubetin | 09 Feb 2016
    Resource Description:

    This activity focuses on enhancing the content knowledge students have about different kinds of weather phenomenon throughout the world.  You can spend a few lessons teaching about different kinds of weather (see worksheet for ideas) and lead up to the students planning their own news weather forecast.  They will use the content terminology and concepts they have learned and will have the chance to practice their own speaking skills.  You can have students focus on local weather, or weather from other countries!  This is a great opportunity for them to be creative too.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • 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
  • [S]Using Formative Assessment in the Classroom to Monitor Student Learning
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    By Lorraine Valdez Pierce | 13 Jan 2016
    Resource Description: The presenter will lead participants in examining how, when, and why they use assessments and propose using formative assessment to monitor and improve student learning.  Teachers use summative assessments at the end of an instructional unit or course of study, to assign a grade, or for annual evaluation of language proficiency.  This webinar addresses what to do in between summative assessments to determine and promote student progress toward learning targets. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars