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TESOL Resource Center

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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  • [S]Word Play: Low Prep but High Energy Vocabulary Games
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    By Meg Parker and Alice Lin | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Are vocabulary games frivolous, or do they have real academic value?This energetic workshop briefly demonstrates the research basis for vocabulary games in the classroom, and participants play eight extremely low-prep yet highly interactive games including celebrity, bossy dice, Kahoots quizzes, and password.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Apps for English Language Classrooms
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    By Ann Bouma and Suzy Prenger | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Have you moved beyond chalk?Two old-school ESL instructors crossed the digital border and flipped their classrooms, embracing iPads and use of technology in the classroom. This discussion group allowd participants a chance to share their use of the power of applications in language development and assessment.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Needs Analysis: From Results to Implementation
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    By Nigel Caplan,Scott Stevens, Adrian Wurr, Kay Stremle, Neil Anderson, and Carmela Romano Gillette | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: For IEP and EAP programs, needs analysis is a vital step in planning, revision, and renewal. Speakers in this session describe how needs analyses at their universities have prompted new programs, courses, and curricula to better prepare and support international undergraduate and graduate students.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Cross Battery Cultural Matrix: Identifying ELLs for Special/Gifted Education
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    By Leigh Ann Ranieri, Steven Werner, and Patricia Verbovszky | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This presentation demonstrates the use of a cross battery cultural matrix as part of the identification of an ELL who requires special or gifted education. Participants engage in a hands-on activity using the cross battery cultural matrix and samples of nationally normed assessments.
    Resource Type: Convention General 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]Bridging Troubled Waters: Navigating Cultural Concepts of Cheating and Plagiarism
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    By Kristibeth Kelly Delgado and Jinny Behrens | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Cheating is a reality of the EAP classroom. This workshop considers various aspects of cheating and plagiarism including the methods, reasons, and control of different types of academic dishonesty. Special focus is given to the cultural perspective of cheating and plagiarism and ways of managing this ever-evolving problem.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Exploring Spirituality and ELT in Ourselves, Classrooms, and Teaching Materials
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    By Mary Wong, MaryAnn Christison, Saeed Nazari, Stephanie Vandrick, Carolyn Kristjansson, Deena Boraie | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Spirituality, like language, has the potential to connect us and move us beyond ourselves. In this session, panelists who identify as Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, non-religious, atheist, and other hailing from Egypt, Pakistan, Iran, Canada, the U.S., and elsewhere discuss how their spirituality impacts their identity, classrooms, and teaching materials.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Technology Essentials: Key Strategies for Effective Language Learning
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    By Leonardo Mercado | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This session provides practical insights on the use of technology to address key challenges teachers face with ESL/EFL learners. The speaker presents strategies dealing with reading, vocabulary, TTT vs. STT, MALL, gamification, content vetting, and others. Suggested practices are being cross-referenced with TESOL’s Technology Standards and other benchmarks.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]A Commonly Overlooked Aspect of Teaching Verb Tenses
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    By Cynthia DeRoma and Jelena Runic | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Why are the sentences, “I’ve eaten lunch” and “I’ve been eating lunch” very different, but not “I’ve worked here since 2005” and “I’ve been working here since 2005”? Why is “I’ve met John since 2003” strange? This session explores how lexical aspect can help students better understand English verb tenses.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]ELLs, Reading Disabilities, Differences, and Common Core: Research and Complications
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    By Lía Kamhi-Stein, Luciana C. de Oliveira, Catherine Collier, Esther Geva, and Miao Li | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Presenters describe CCSS expectations in relation to ELLs identified as having reading disabilities, discuss research and practices designed to distinguish reading differences from reading disabilities, present instructional intervention practices, and discuss the role that parents can play in supporting and advocating for their children.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Don't Only Flip — Make the IEP Brain-Friendly
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    By Daniela Wagner-Loera | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Combining reading, writing, and grammar in one class without overwhelming students can present a great challenge to IEP instructors. Learn how a basic understanding of cognitive science can help instructors create a better flow and promote effective learning. These components can be easily and quickly implemented in any classroom.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]How to Hook Your Learners with Screencast and Video Technology
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    By Dawn Kane | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: The flipped classroom is often viewed as a panacea for extending learning beyond school walls; however, it is only successful to the degree that students participate. This session explores strategies for using videos, screencasts, and cell phones in a way that connects to student preferences and provides for accountability.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Finding Grammar Fascinating: A New Edition of The Grammar Book
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    By Diane Larsen-Freeman and Marianne Celce-Murcia | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: One of the best gifts that you can give your students is to show interest in what you are teaching. However, not everyone finds grammar interesting. In this talk, the presenters share the results of recent investigations to demonstrate that grammar is not only interesting; it is fascinating!
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Assessing the Development of Languacultural Competence in ESL/EFL
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    By Katya Nemtchinova and Adriana Diaz | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Competence in a target culture depends on achieving an intermediate level of proficiency in the target language. However, in line with languaculture proficiency, students in the age of globalization need also to grow in intercultural communication competence. This session addresses issues in the assessment of competence in these three dimensions.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]The Role of Multiliteracies in Language Pedagogy and Research
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    By Mario López-Gopar, Bonny Norton, Christian Chun, Saskia Stille, Jim Cummins | 27 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This colloquium illustrates the role of multiliteracies in language education and research, especially now that diverse classrooms are being recognized as the norm and as spaces where different epistemologies and ontologies converge. The panelists connects multiliteracies with language use, literacy development and identity negotiation in diverse schools and societies.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions