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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]Advocating for English Learners: Sharing the Responsibility and the Joy
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    By Diane Staehr Fenner | 26 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Drawing from her new book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators, Dr. Staehr Fenner will build a case for the urgent need to advocate for English learners’ (ELs') success. She will share practical strategies to help educators build their EL advocacy skills so that they can support ELs’ strong voices in school.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Taiwan Journal of TESOL
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    By Taiwan Journal of TESOL | 20 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Taiwan Journal of TESOL is an international journal dedicated to the publication of research papers on TESOL and welcomes contributions in all areas of the study of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Review articles of books on TESOL and informal book announcements are also welcome. Taiwan Journal of TESOL publishes one volume per year, with a Spring issue and a Fall issue. Contributions may be submitted from all countries and are accepted all year round. The language of publication is English. Manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other publications cannot be accepted. All contributors must sign Taiwan Journal of TESOL Contributor’s Declaration. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, contributors must sign Copyright License Agreement for NCCU Scholarly Journals Online in order for the manuscript to be included in databases designated by Taiwan Journal of TESOL.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Preparing for Your Place in the Professional World: Cautions, Concerns, and Considerations
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    By Mary Chang | 19 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Have you ever wondered what TESL recruiters are looking for in a potential English language teacher? If you are missing some of the training or experience that recruiters are looking for, what are the best ways to address the gaps? This seminar presents answers to these and other questions about seeking teaching employment, including what information recruiters can request and review; uses of online versus paper resumes; and common pitfalls from potential applicants.

    Participants learn what impresses employers, and what does not; the 5 major points of the compass (interview tip); crucial ways to deal with interview questions; and ways to develop and enhance teaching experience and skill sets.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Toolkit
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    By Submitted by Kanista Zuniga | 06 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: The Winter Olympic Toolkit is a free resource with cross-curricular activities for teachers to use in the classroom during the Olympic Games. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Snowball Chatting
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    By Walton Burns | 03 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: A variation of the popular and fun icebreaker "Snowball Fight". This activity gets student energy up as they throw crumpled up paper balls. It combines the interaction and spontaneity of speaking with the processing of time of writing. Students carry out a written conversation with random people in the class and mix up the papers by throwing them around like snowballs. They will beg you to let them play this every day.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]15 Content-Based Activities for Incorporating Pronunciation Instruction Across the Curriculum
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    By Char Heitman | 29 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: This virtual seminars has been jointly planned by the Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening Interest Section of TESOL International Association (TESOL) and the Pronunciation Special Interest Group of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

    Pronunciation instruction is often assumed to be most appropriate for speaking and listening courses. However, in many programs, students spend considerably more hours in literate skills classes such as reading, writing, and grammar than in speaking and listening courses. Hence, not including pronunciation instruction across the curriculum is a missed opportunity.

    In this session, the presenter will provide a rationale for including pronunciation instruction in literate skills classes and present 15 techniques and activities that can be used to incorporate pronunciation instruction in literate classes and how those activities can be specifically tied to the content of a given unit or theme. She will also give recommendations for programs that wish to integrate pronunciation instruction in a more systematic way and include pronunciation goals in curricular objectives and outcomes.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]TESOL Unplugged: Back to Basics, a TESOL Symposium in Cairo, Egypt
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    By TESOL | 27 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: This symposium will discuss the tension between media- and technology-rich classroom environments and building on emergent language in a "natural" environment.

    This discussion is especially appropriate in the Egyptian context, where many teachers operate in environments with few resources, large classes, and competing demands of students (jobs, families, etc.). It is also relevant in the broader debate about whether an approach focusing on emergent language with few classroom materials can work in a context like Egypt, where students might have more specific needs and expectations.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • ELD Links App
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    By www.teachingenglishmaterials.com | 24 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: These fun and interactive 15-minute lessons begin with the teacher calling attention to the particular LANGUAGE FRAMES that will be used. Next, the teacher models and then practices with the students. Finally, the essence of the lesson is what we call COLLABORATE, a fun game like activity that encourages students to create new utterances. Thus, the lessons are focused on practicing and producing output.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Speed Reading Activity for a Whole Class
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    By Jana Moore & Dan Ferreira | 23 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: Have you ever wanted to get your students to do some speed reading as a group activity?  If you have ever tried to do that with a timer and a paper-based text, you would quickly realize that some students have different reading speeds than others.  The challenge for teachers is figure out a way to train the "slower" students to work on the skill of reading text in chunks and to push forward until the end of the text in a particular time frame.  Here is an activity that uses some freely available tools on the Internet where we can easily prepare materials to teach speed reading to any level of class.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Increasing Students' Academic Success through Differentiated Instructions
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    By Eva F. Andrianarivo | 20 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: Do you teach English as a foreign or second language to high school students and adult workers? Teachers often find it hard to get students of English as a foreign or a second language stay focused and get involved in the activities which are designed to develop their academic language. Are you looking for ways to make students responsible for their learning?
    The presenter shares tips and strategies used in my own classes to create mini-lessons and assessment tools to increase students’ motivation, address the needs of a class with Multiple Intelligence and different learning styles in order to  tackle the issue of learning difficulty and disability, and therefore improve the academic success of normal students and those with special needs.
     The activities are based on reading. The presenter provides effective strategies to get students engaged in different activities on the same unit. The tasks are designed for students with different learning styles in order to develop their  academic language, linguistic, social and communicative skills. The participants will leave the session with ideas to differentiate their instruction in order to maximize the potential for students’ success.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Better Class Discussions
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    By Nancy Lewis | 06 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: Do you have problems getting your students to engage in class discussions? Are they more interested in finishing the list of discussion questions that you have prepared than actually discussing the questions? Do your students use their native language during discussions because it's easier for them to hurry up and complete the activity? Here are some activity ideas that will engage students and encourage them to use English in class.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Talk to Teddy
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    By Pinar Baser | 28 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: This is a lesson intended for young learners and aims to promote speaking in the present simple.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • An Educator's Guide to the novel, The Good Braider
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    By Thomas Talarico | 27 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: The Good Braider by Terry Farish chronicles the life of a teenage refugee girl from what is now South Sudan to Portland, Maine. The novel depicts the struggles associated with fleeing one's homeland, adjusting to life in a new culture, and the hard earned resilience needed to survive. This ALA Best Book for Young Adults is an important contribution to the genre of literature that documents the lives of refugees around the world. This educator's guide is appropriate for English language learners. It consists of a character list, suggested vocabulary words and a model for teaching them, comprehension questions, and ideas for further exploration. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • The Automated Pronunciation Screening Test
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    By Rita MacAuslan, Ph.D., Linda J. Ferrier-Reid, Ph.D. | 20 Dec 2013
    Resource Description:

    This computer test analyzes digitized speech samples from Non-Native Speakers of English, speaking with a foreign accent, and provides a norm-referenced intelligibility score by reference to the judgments of American English listeners.  

     

    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Immigration "Probably Cause" law in Prince William County, Virginia
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    By Karen Gibson | 19 Dec 2013
    Resource Description:

    9500 Liberty - Synopsis

    An immigration law implemented in Prince William County, Virginia sparked a political and vigilant campaign to rid the county of 'illegal' citizens.  Hispanics, both documented and undocumented, were harassed and aggressively pursued vis a vis racial profiled traffic stops.  Additionally, people looking for day jobs at local spots such as Home Depot were detoured by the daily presence of local law enforcement.

    Racial tension and threats of violence erupted.  Supporters of the law rode a wave of hysteria to an election victory. But many reconsidered when the local economy felt the impact of a sudden exodus of workers, consumers, and business owners.

    In 2009, a documentary movie was released about the story that unfolded in Prince William County, Virginia.  This award winning documentary demonstrates how social media combined with advocacy against 'Probable Cause' law led the appeal of this law in only 3 months.  9500 Liberty documents the first time in U.S. history that an Arizona-style immigration law was actually implemented—and the surprising grassroots opposition that led to its repeal.

    Resource Type: Activities