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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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  • 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
  • Easy World of English (EWE)
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    By Marco Castillo, Gary Barraco | 15 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Easy World of English (EWE)  is a FREE interactive website that was created to help English Language Learners improve their grammar, listening, comprehension, and pronunciation skill, as well as enhance students' vocabulary. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • When Power Fades: A Literature-Based Lesson on Ozymandias
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    By Karizza Piedad Bravo | 05 Mar 2015
    Resource Description:

    Based on a poem written by an English poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, this literature-based lesson plan aims at increasing students’ critical thinking and raising their social awareness through various literary activities.  Considering that the general theme of the poem cuts across time and culture, the lesson plan is crafted in hopes of making students recognize the transitoriness and vanity of political power, and relating the poem to the current practices of political leaders that mirror the issues and concerns raised in the poem.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Teaching English Learners Living with Trauma, Violence, and Stress
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    By Judie Haynes, Debbie Zacarian | 04 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Many English learners (ELs), including those unaccompanied minors who have recently come to the United States, experience trauma, violence, and chronic stress that affect school achievement. Discover how to develop an empathetic approach, a safe and welcoming environment, and instructional practices to support this growing population.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Mr. Bean Sandwich Making: Past Perfect
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    By Josephine E Cox | 20 Feb 2015
    Resource Description: This lesson plan is to introduce or review ordering of events using the past perfect.  It is based on a Mr. Bean comedy routine to bring humor into the classroom.  Along with communicative grammar practice, students will also be able to discuss appropriate and inappropriate social behaviors and participate in a role play on how to react politely to an inappropriate behavior.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Noun Phrases in Academic Language: A Neglected Area of Grammar Learning
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    By Anne Ediger | 20 Feb 2015
    Resource Description: This is the second of four webinars on issues in teaching and learning grammar for facilitating academic language development. This webinar will deal with an often neglected aspect of grammar teaching: noun phrases.

    Until recently, many ESL textbooks have focused on the various verb tenses and aspects, often at the expense of attention to the noun phrase and related structures. Research shows that classroom teachers also tend to neglect the noun phrase, often over-simplifying by focusing only on the nouns in them and essentially ignoring the other constituents that work with nouns to form larger constructions.

    At the same time, corpus research reveals that academic language often uses complex noun phrases in multiple ways, providing strong evidence that students need to know these forms. Similarly, an analysis of errors in writing by ESL students reveals that they face far greater challenges with noun phrases than with the verb system.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Closing the Achievement Gap for Long-Term English Learners
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    By Yvonne Freeman, David Freeman | 28 Jan 2015
    Resource Description: The presenters first describe four types of English learners. Then they discuss the different factors that affect academic achievement for long-term English learners. Next, they describe practices essential for teaching these students effectively and closing the achievement gap. For each practice, the presenters give specific examples showing PowerPoint slides from classrooms of effective teachers.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars