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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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  • A Primer on Student Presentations
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    By Sarah Sahr | 03 Jun 2013
    Resource Description: I’m sure all of you have been in this situation. You’ve given your students an assignment and they have to present something to a class as a whole. Now, for most people, this means create a PowerPoint, get some poster board, or just stand and deliver! This quick introduction lesson plan is very simple, nothing too arduous, just a class introduction. The fun part comes with the presentation. Students will be required to present themselves via an online platform. What’s great about presenting in this kind of format is that most of the software is free and it forces students to think through a presentation before standing in front of the class. They also have to speak each time a new slide appears. This is the key point!

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Latest Trends in Student Language Assessment
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    By Christine Coombe | 28 May 2013
    Resource Description: Today’s language classrooms are vastly different from those of the middle to late 20th century, and the field of language education is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Traditional notions of language education are giving way to new, more innovative ways about how we think, learn, teach, acquire, and assess language.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Implications and Applications of the CCSs for Effectively Teaching K-6 ELLs: Focus on English and Mathematics
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    By Anita Bright & Ayanna Cooper | 09 May 2013
    Resource Description: With the broad adoption of the Common Core State Standards across the United States, educators of English learners face unique challenges in providing appropriate instruction and accommodations for their students that is aligned to the standards.

    This webinar provides an introductory overview of the key elements of the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics, and focuses on immediately applicable ways to learn more about the nuances of the CCSS and the impact the new standards could have on English learners.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]The Keys to Success in Teaching English to Young Learners
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    By Joan Kang Shin | 24 Apr 2013
    Resource Description: English education is increasingly beginning at the primary level, but starting earlier does not necessarily produce better English speakers. This virtual seminar shows how EFL teachers can take advantage of the flexibility of young minds and the malleability of young tongues to grow better speakers of English. The presenter will explain the keys to success for teaching young learners English as an international language that includes taking a developmentally appropriate approach and building 21st century skills to prepare children for the world they live in.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Hurrah for Poetry!
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    By Sarah Sahr | 01 Apr 2013
    Resource Description: For years, I have enjoyed helping English language learners explore the joys of poetry. And because April is National Poetry Month in the USA, what better time to share the crazy fun students can have with creating poems of their own? Now, I’m not talking about the kind of poems that rhyme, I’m talking about the poems that our students might not recognize right away as poems. For example, have you ever heard of Cinquain Poems? These simple 5-line poems help students to touch base with parts of speech and description. However, we’re going to go a bit further… I like to have students create poems about what they love the most.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Identity and Language Learning Across Time and Space (2013)
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    By Bonny Norton | 23 Mar 2013
    Resource Description: In the plenary, Dr. Norton draws on her TESOL research in the international community to illustrate how both leaner and teacher identities are negotiated in language classrooms. She suggests that if learners have greater ownership over meaning-making, they will have greater investment in the language and cultural practices of their classrooms.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Subconsciously Held Bias: Exposing the Myth of Racial Colorblindness (2013)
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    By Aram deKoven | 22 Mar 2013
    Resource Description: Many well-meaning educators describe themselves as being "colorblind," meaning they don't see racial differences between students. However, humans have biases and many of these biases are subconsciously embedded in the mental tools used for interpreting our environments. This reality can in turn lead to educators' unknowingly perpetuating cycles of oppression.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]The Project of Critical Intercultural Communications (2013)
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    By Thomas Nakayama | 21 Mar 2013
    Resource Description: The history of intercultural communication in the United States has been multidisciplinary since its inception. Despite this background, paradigmatic shifts have taken place over the years to address new issues and challenges. Critical approaches to intercultural communication have recently developed and offer important insights into understanding intercultural interaction.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Solving for X: Critically Thinking and Problem-Solving Essentials (2013)
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    By John Hunter | 20 Mar 2013
    Resource Description: Using real world-inspired problems to teach children to collaborate, engage, and own their learning, John Hunter describes his open-ended approach of the World Peace Games as teaching students to survive and thrive in the unknown with confidence that they can solve most anything with well-developed thinking and communication skills.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]TESOL's ELP Standards and the CCSS: Applications and Implications for Effective Instruction of ELLs
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    By Judith O'Loughlin & Lynore Carnuccio | 20 Feb 2013
    Resource Description: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are recognized as an over-arching guide for language arts and mathematics curriculum, with applications and connections for science, social studies and technical subjects, for instructional planning in public schools throughout the United States. They connect a content focus to a language skill and are designed as broad statements rather than discrete point curriculum. These standards indicate that academic success must be exhibited in various language domains; however, they do not address the specific instructional needs of diverse groups such as English Language Learners in the schools. The instructional challenge for teachers of ELL is determining how this can be accomplished across the domains at various proficiency levels while maintaining rigorous standards-based expectations for their students across all content areas. The TESOL Prek-12 English Language Proficiency Standards (2006) provide the necessary framework that, when blended with CCSS, will delineate instruction targeting academic content while guiding the academic language to appropriately address students’ level of language proficiency.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Stereotypes
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    By Sarah Sahr | 04 Feb 2013
    Resource Description: One of the biggest perks of being a TESOL professional is getting to know people from all around the world. In doing so, whether we like it or not, we sometimes start to generalize characteristics of a certain group of people. If we are not careful, these generalizations can turn into unjustified stereotypes. In creating a classroom dialogue around stereotypes, this lesson helps students look at both the positive and negative connotations found in stereotypes.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Project-Based Learning: Freedom & Excitement in Classroom
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    By Stephen Hoyt | 11 Jan 2013
    Resource Description: This webinar presents the theoretical and practical considerations of PBL and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It also shows how teachers can integrate PBL into their instruction to motivate students. Several examples of successful student work in PBL are presented and resources are provided to assist teachers in developing their own projects.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Standards That Impact English Language Learners
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    By Diane Staehr Fenner & John Segota | 15 Dec 2012
    Resource Description: Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner and John Segota discuss language proficiency and ELLs, and the relationship between different sets of standards and the CCSS.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Creative Writing
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    By Sarah Sahr | 03 Dec 2012
    Resource Description: Creative writing is one of the best ways to get to know your students. Once students are comfortable enough in English to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), a wealth of teaching and learning opens up. However, as we all know, there are challenges. What is the hardest part about writing a story? Getting the first idea? Having enough vocabulary or grammar? Inspiration? The lesson plan here might present a new writing procedure that takes your students beyond the basics.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]A TESOL Symposium: Facilitating Learning Through Student Empowerment
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    By TESOL | 15 Nov 2012
    Resource Description: Worldwide, university graduates are faced with one of the biggest transitions of their lives: leaving the routine of school to face the “real world.”  English language learners (ELLs) tend to confront this challenge with an even greater concern: finding work in an English-speaking context.

    This 1-day symposium guides educators in empowering their university and adult learners. English language educators interact with leading experts in the field and learn about collaborating with colleagues, fostering learner autonomy, and guiding ELLs through the complicated steps to becoming professionals in their chosen fields. Participants learn systemic approaches and a wide variety of practical strategies and techniques to more effectively meet the needs of their students.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources