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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.

Latest Resources

  • [S]The Latin American English Language Learner in the 21st Century
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    By Marcela Raffo, Brenda Bernaldez, and Julie Harris | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: As the need for global communication in English has grown, the ELL is faced with language, cultural, academic, and technological challenges like never before; for the ELL in Latin America, these challenges have their own "face" that is explored in this panel discussion.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Digital Media as a Catalyst for Second Language Development
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    By Steven L. Thorne | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: This presentation critically examines second language learning in digital environments (e.g. social media, fan fiction, and online games) from linguistic, pragmatic, usage-based, and intercultural perspectives. It describes the benefits of explicitly addressing genre awareness as a core asset in the language learning process.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Marketing for Student Diversity: Internet Tracking, Social Media and More...
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    By Randy Hardwick | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: The presenter shares marketing tips used to attract diverse students to a university IEP. Effective use of social media, tracking links and QR codes in online advertising, enrollment management, selecting key words, and best practices for webpage and communication design are discussed.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Exploring Grammar Across Disciplines for Rapid and Sustained Success
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    By Barbara Russell and Rachel Ramey | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: "Rules: memorize and repeat" is the grammar mantra that has led to a gap between acquisition and production. Make grammar immediately accessible by using the Explore, Define, and Extrapolate model. Participants leave with a variety of proven activities and materials to support their personal implementation in the ESL/EFL classroom.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]The Transformative Educator: Upsetting the Balance
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    By Janet M. Bennett | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Educators have begun to learn how to rebalance the disequilibrium created by intercultural experiences, and foster competency in the face of unsettling interactions. The presenter explores the centrality of balancing challenge and support in teaching and training and confront some of the competing commitments of being interculturally competent professionals.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]What Every ESL Teacher Should Know about Pronunciation
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    By Carol Burrill | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Pronunciation training is essential for enhancing the clarity of your students' communication in English, but teachers often ask, "Where do I start?" This participatory workshop explores some fundamental features of spoken American English and gives participants techniques for teaching the speech elements that have the most impact on overall intelligibility.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Literate Lives: Lessons From a Refugee Women’s Book Club
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    By Amy E. Pelissero | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Little is known about the transitions of refugees after resettlement. Yet, researchers agree that language and literacy learning are fundamental to resettlement in English-speaking, print-oriented communities. The research discussed offers critical insights into the language and literacy practices and learning of refugee women and the impact on everyday lives.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Teaching Humor: Does It Help?
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    By Maria Petkova | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Developing humor competence as part of communicative and pragmatic competence in ESL may often have been neglected, but research in an IEP in Southern California using humorous video clips, vocabulary instruction, discussions, journals, and role play shows that such curriculum is needed and can be successful.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Paper, Pens, and iPads: Writing for Today’s Student
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    By Maggie Sokolik and Peter Vahle | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: The presenters discuss the ways in which iPads can bring more motivation and interest to the writing classroom in pedagogically sound ways. They then look at specific applications that can be used by the instructor and students to improve parts in the writing process.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Better Mousetraps for TESOLers? My "Top Ten" List
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    By H. Douglas Brown | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous misquoted quip about building a better mousetrap notwithstanding, English teachers have - since TESOL's inaugural convention in 1966 - been inventing numerous methodological mousetraps. My "top ten" list, from Agency to ZPD, recounts some of the better mousetraps of our profession…and some that are not.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Beyond the Classroom: Exploring Careers for ELT Professionals
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    By Betsy Buford, Rebecca Meyer, and Kristina Scholz | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: There are many career opportunities for ELT professionals outside the classroom. The jobs of academic program coordinator, test developer, and text book editor will be explores as visible career options for those with TESL experience looking to apply their skills and knowledge in non-classroom positions.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Supporting L2 Development in First-Year Composition
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    By Dana Ferris, Grant Eckstein, & Garrett DeHond | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: The study investigated whether individualized language development activities could effectively provide extra support for L2 writers in a mainstream FYC program. Data - surveys, texts, and interviews - were collected from 300 students in 12 FYC sections. Results suggested that L2 writers in FYC need, want, and benefit from additional language instruction.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Create Your Own Digital Course Pack
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    By Thomas Healy | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: The development of book-building apps enables instructors to create dynamic materials that are more appropriate for the 21st century learner than static handouts or bound paper course packs. The presenter explores the issues of creating digital content and then gives an easy-to-follow guide to building your own digital course pack.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]What Do Faculty Want? Perceptions on Feedback to L2 Writers
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    By Ken Hyland | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Based on interviews with 20 teachers at an English-medium Asian university, the study discussed faculty expectations of L2 student writing, contributing to our understanding of "Writing-to-Learn" rather than "Learning-to-Write" by moving L2 feedback studies beyond the texts produced for writing teachers to how students write themselves into the disciplines.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]iMovie as a Tool for Paced Reading
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    By Luke Coffelt | 26 Mar 2014
    Resource Description: Increasing learners' reading rates and comprehension is a challenging yet essential skill for successful preacademic English training. This teaching tip demonstrates and provides step-by-step instructions on how to use iMovie, a movie-making software program, as a tool to help create a more realistically paced reading experience for any language learner.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions