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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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  • [S]Differentiated reading schemes
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    By Wendy Arnold | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This resource is part of a presentation offered in 2009 TESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado. The resource includes different parts.
    Part i) Distinguishing between ‘intensive’ and ‘extensive’ reading
    Part ii) Explaining assessment procedure for putting learners into reading levels
    Part iii) Identifying variables at macro level – between cohorts + possible reasons and implications
    Part iv) Identifying variables at class level + possible reasons and implications
    Part v) Examining two low level YL formative and summative results and implications
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Cross-cultural Communication: Listener’s Perspect
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    By Thi Thanh Hoa Le | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Theoretically inspired and empirically based, the author conducted comparative studies of how Australian interlocutors and Vietnamese interlocutors behave as listeners in everyday conversations. The findings showed that listening behaviors are cultural- specific. To avoid misunderstandings possibly caused by differences in listening behaviors between cultures, it is necessary to raise the learner's awareness of how to communicate properly as a listener in cross-cultural communication. The author also offers examples to illustrate how to teach the learner to communicate from the listener's perspective through various activities in the classroom.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Cross-Cultural Adaptation: Firsttime going abroad
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    By Brock Brady | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: An introduction to the issues of cross cultural adaptation, especially for those going abroad for the first time. The article introduces readers to the notion of culture shock and culture fatigue, the effect that cultural fatigue can have on self esteem, skills for enhancing cross cultural adaptation and concludes with practical tips for dealing with cultural fatigue.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Creating a Reading Journal
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    By Sarah Sahr | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: I have created a basic reading journal to help students put to words how they react to different parts of a story. This reading journal is made for students who read fiction. You could try using it with nonfiction, but explaining some of the literary elements might get complicated.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • [S]Considerations when Using RTI with ELL
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    By Janette K. Klingner | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This presentation discusses the Response to Intervention model with English language learners. This presenter focuses on the challenges of this early intervening services and special education identification model and concludes that in order to adopt appropriate and effective methods, the educational, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds of students, as well as the evidence-based instruction, should be more closely examined.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Concordancing in the ESL Classroom
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    By Tony Becker | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: The use of corpus-based materials and techniques, such as concordancing, has entered into mainstream ESL classrooms to identify actual language use. According to Johns (1988), the use of concordancing in the classroom is important for various reasons, most importantly those concerned with the roles of teachers and students. This paper presents a theoretical overview for the potential uses for concordancing in an ESL curriculum: 1) syllabus design, 2) materials development and evaluation, and 3) classroom activities. The paper is intended for those ESL teachers who are interested in incorporating useful activities that reflect descriptive, rather than prescriptive, language use.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Coaching ESL Educators
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    By Margo Williams, Deborah Momo, Ayanna Cooper & Chanda Austin | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: A need for instructional coaches focused on the needs of English language learners is apparent due to the increase of culturally and linguistically diverse students in K – 12 classrooms. This article describes one urban school districts approach to supporting teachers of English language learners. By implementing coaches to work directly with administrators, teachers and stakeholders; professional development, data analysis and increased awareness of English language learners becomes more prevalent within the school community.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Charting Writing Errors to Improve Editing Skills
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    By Laurie Hartwick | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Use color-coded charts to encourage students to self-edit and take responsibility for their writing errors
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Case Studies on Non-Credit ESL Programs
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    By Elizabeth Zachry | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This series of case studies seeks to highlight promising ways that community colleges can serve non-English speaking individuals in their community. The collection includes 4 case studies which are particularly focused on non-credit ESL programs, which tend to be lower cost for students, but also have limited funding for their management and instruction. The audience for these papers includes community college administrators and faculty as well interested researchers and education policy experts. These case studies are intended to provide insights that other ESL programs may use to design and implement strategies to improve instruction and professional development when facing limited resources and staffing. This series of studies examine different aspects of non-credit ESL and ESL related programs in Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Bibliography for Teachers Working With ESL Students
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    By Sandy Briggs | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: A list of useful references for ESOL teachers’ professional development. Each entry includes a short description of the resource.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Analyzing Visual Texts
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    By Robert Jackson | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson plan takes students through a very thorough advertisement analysis. Students will engage their critical thinking and use vocabularies they may not be familiar with. Any advertisement will do, however we do supply an example.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Advancing Women in the Workplace
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    By Minoo Asdjodi | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson is designed to practice problem and solution writing through a discussion of women and employment. The lesson focuses on identifying main ideas and specific information, taking notes, defining words and phrases, verbally summarizing main points and problem and solution writing.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]K–12 Teacher Development and Training: A TESOL Symposium in Yaoundé, Cameroon
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    By TESOL | 12 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This one-day symposium provides a unique opportunity for K–12 English language teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators in Cameroon, Africa, and EFL contexts worldwide to explore effective policies and practices in K–12 teacher development.

    Through interaction with leading international, regional, and national experts, and opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing, this symposium provides participants with practical, research-based ideas, strategies, and tools to help them improve their ELT work.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • Critical Thinking Through Storytelling
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    By Sarah Sahr | 05 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: These six key words help students with critical thinking. Download the poster for visual representation!
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Using Technology to Promote Collaborative Classrooms
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    By Greg Kessler | 10 Jul 2013
    Resource Description: Learn how to utilize technology and collaborative practices to enhance classroom teaching and promote student engagement. Explore how these technology-enhanced collaborative practices promote language learning in ways that individualized activities simply can’t, and discover the benefits of incorporating technology-enhanced collaborative projects and activities into the classroom. Also gain insight on how to adapt conventional practices to make them more collaborative and interactive. Develop an understanding of how all students can be better prepared to participate in collaborative practices and how to address concerns associated with collaborative practices such as assessment, ownership, and equity. Finally, learn skills for identifying those technologies that are most useful and appropriate for your students and goals.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars