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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.

Latest Resources

  • [S]Planning to Teach Intercultural Communicative Competence
    By Michael Byram, Jun Liu, and Lourdes Ortega | 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.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Teachers' Roles in Crossing Borders and Building Bridges (2015)
    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
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • SLWIS: TESOL’s Research Agenda 2014
    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 17 Feb 2015
    Resource Description: This conference call is part of a new Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) discussion series. This discussion focuses on TESOL’s recently updated Research Agenda and features one of the co-chairs of the task force (Dudley Reynolds) that created the Agenda along with a few members of the SLWIS participating in the discussion.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Closing the Achievement Gap for Long-Term English Learners
    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
  • [S]Four “Real Language” Principles for Effective Grammar Teaching
    By Anne Ediger | 19 Nov 2014
    Resource Description: This is the first of four webinars on issues in teaching and learning grammar for facilitating academic language development. Recent findings from corpus grammar research, research on focus on form in ESL classrooms, and new understandings of how vocabulary and grammar knowledge interrelate have provided important new tools for teaching grammar. Similarly, recent research into novice teachers’ grammar knowledge and explanations has revealed some potential areas of difficulty for teachers.

    This series draws on these research findings to suggest ways to address practical issues that arise in the teaching and learning of grammar in real classrooms. The presenters demystify grammar explanations and make concrete suggestions concerning teaching, learning, and assessment.

    This first presentation offers several fundamental principles for grammar teaching and learning, addressing some ways in which teachers can be more effective in fostering their students’ grammar development. Specific examples and exercises will be provided to demonstrate each principle. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Next Generation Science Standards and English Language Learners: Classroom Implications
    By Emily Miller | 12 Nov 2014
    Resource Description: The eight science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are language intensive. They require teachers of ELLs to consider ways not only to deepen science learning, but also to plan instruction that will scaffold student engagement with the practices.

    Emily Miller, an elementary ESL/BRT science specialist and writer for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team, presents the ESL case vignette in NGSS Appendix D: All Standards/All Students, which was based on her own classroom. The Earth Science/Life Science unit integrates the three dimensions stressed by the NGSS—science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts—and combines research-based effective teaching strategies to increase language skills for English learners. You will learn how to create and adapt lessons that increase English learners’ access to rigorous science in their own classrooms.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • M is for Motivation
    By Sarah Sahr | 01 Nov 2014
    Resource Description: Need a quick pick-me-up to get through the day? See if you find something in the motivational teaching tip that might help.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Translanguaging and TESOL
    By Kate Seltzer | 22 Oct 2014
    Resource Description: This seminar will introduce participants to the theory and practice of translanguaging. The seminar will provide a brief historical background of the concept, setting up the context for its contemporary use in the United States; a discussion of the benefits of translanguaging in general and for TESOL in particular; and specific strategies and ideas for how to implement translanguaging in a TESOL classroom.

    Participants will also discuss how they can use translanguaging in common TESOL scenarios (multiple language groups in one classroom; pressures to teach English; students’ desire to learn English as quickly as possible). Participants will also engage with translanguaging strategies in several activities.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Styles
    By Tim Micek | 06 Oct 2014
    Resource Description: This is a lesson plan for teaching learning styles; it includesan activity for guiding the sight-impaired.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans