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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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  • Expressing an Opinion: Marriage or Cohabitation?
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    By Mary Hillis | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: After reading a newspaper article about changes in U.S. households, students will complete a comprehension and critical thinking worksheet. Then, they will prepare for and participate in a debate on whether couples should marry or cohabitate. This lesson plan is designed for advanced students in secondary schools, adult and higher education.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Egypt & Social Media
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    By Sarah Sahr | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Events in Egypt the past months have created some great content to engage students in discussions about social media and its effects on day-to-day living. Arguments have been made that Twitter and Facebook fueled the revolution against Mubarak. This lesson helps students create conversations and tweets about the events in Egypt. For further discussion, teachers can expand the conversation to Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Wisconsin...
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Constructing the Paragraph
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    By Elizabeth Hanson-Smith | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Students will study the formation of various types of typical academic English paragraphs. Five units on various aspects of paragraph development are offered with gradually increasing complexity and recursive instruction. These five aspects include topic sentences, topics and comments (expansion of the thesis), support sentences, using transitions and ordering principles. This activity is designed for intermediate and advanced level students studying in secondary and higher education institutes.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Comics English
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    By Jonathan Pierrel | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This website provide daily comic strips that are explained for EFL/ESL learners. For each comic strip, the website provides: transcript + vocabulary + information to understand the context + other relevant information when necessary.

    Teachers can simply encourage students to regularly visit the website. The can also base various homework assignments on some posts.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Earth Report-Nepal: Crafting a Way
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    By Robert Taferner | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: The attached lesson plan will creatively introduce your students to Nepal.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Culture Shock
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    By Walton Burns | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: “In my culture it’s normal...” This well played out lesson plan embraces the importance of considering other’s culture.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Cultural Heritage Project
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    By Shelley Wong & Nader Ayish | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson plan enables teachers to draw on students’ cultural backgrounds to teach different language skills, as well as the use of on-line search engines. The Cultural Heritage Project follows the LEARN model, which is used by FairFax County Public Schools, in Virginia, USA, to guide teachers in lesson plan development. This model can be adapted to any grade level.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Clock of Partners
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    By Sandy Briggs | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This is my favorite way to put students in pairs quickly. It works for secondary students through adults. Filling out the clocks is a good mixing activity. Once the clocks are filled out, the students should have several easy activities so that they feel comfortable using the clocks. Then they keep them in their notebooks and they are ready to use whenever you need to pair students up.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Cover Your Bases: Rhyming, Ordering, & Recapping
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    By Sarah Sahr | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Summer in the northern hemisphere brings baseball to so many nations: Japan, the United States, Panama, Belgium, and a slew of others. Growing up in the States, baseball was a huge part of my life, as was the great American poem “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. This poem is a great introduction to poetry due to its very clear meter and rhyme. Maybe when the lesson is finished, you could take your class outside and hit a few baseballs…
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Content Lesson Plan with Internet
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    By Chris Roe | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: In groups of two or three students decide on a website to create a lesson plan around. Using the 5-step lesson plan form provided, write out the lesson plan as you would teach it to a class of the grade level you choose.

    Address the special needs and English learner you have as part of the lesson plan. What accommodations will you make for these students? How will it differ from the instruction for the rest of the class? Will there be an alternative assessment? Finally: Share out what you have done (briefly) that will make the content comprehensible for the English learner and special needs student different for the special needs student that students without special needs would do? 

    Each group was given a language level card, based on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) results from Beginning through Advanced. The groups were also given a special needs card representing a student’s need in either reading or writing. The lesson was successful on many points. Students were engaged throughout the activity because of the discussion of their website choices, the lesson plan writing and formulating the accommodations for the English learner and the special needs student.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Coherence and Cohesion in Academic Writing
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    By Lilian Farag Allah | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson focuses on teaching university students or adults studying academic writing about the concepts of coherence and cohesion in academic writing. This lesson is better conducted after students have written their first draft of an essay. They usually have problems with coherence and, mostly, with cohesion. This should give them some practical ideas for what to look for and what to fix for their second drafts. Problem: Students may not be able to detect the problems in the sample texts. Solution: Ask them some questions to draw their attention to the problematic part(s). After eliciting their answers, the teacher explains what this means and why it is a problem.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Climate Change
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    By Sarah Sahr | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Around the world, climate change concerns everyone. Most of your students probably have a good understanding of what it is. If not, this lesson can help give them a solid foundation in the topic.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Beyond Universal Grammar: Endangered Species
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    By Michael Morgan | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation and deliver a persuasive argument about why it is important to save one endangered species they have selected to the class.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Animal Habitats
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    By Linda New Levine | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: A third grade science lesson for a differentiated classroom of ELLs and monolingual English children. The Massachusetts standards are used to determine the science objectives for this lesson.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Bank Robbery
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    By JoAnn Miller | 23 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This activity has been designed to give zero-beginning students an opportunity to use their limited resources to interact and communicate ideas in English, both in realistic and pedagogical activities. This particular activity gives students an opportunity to practice asking for and giving directions and “there is/are” with simple questions and answers. The activity can be used for high school, adult and college level students.
    Resource Type: Activities