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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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  • 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
  • Englishcentral.com: enhance your English listening, reading and speaking skills
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    By Nermin Ibrahim | 13 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: An interesting website that includes a large number of authentic videos to help improve listening,reading, and speaking skills. The videos are suitable for all levels of non-native speakers of English. Each video includes four parts, that is, watch the video; learn the words;speak the video, then word quiz. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Intercultural Holiday Party Planning
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    By Sarah Sahr | 09 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: Being the culturally sensitive teachers we are, it’s so hard to find a proper holiday lesson plan. Making sure we cover all the holidays all year long can be really challenging. This activity circumvents this issue by letting groups choose their own holiday to celebrate. And, for the sake of neutrality, this lesson plan is an exercise in cultural awareness—so grading is optional.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Talking in Order to Learn: Insights and Practical Strategies on Learner Anxiety and Motivation
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    By Peter MacIntyre, Tammy Gregersen | 04 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: Language teaching recognizes the value of talking in order to learn. Yet students will often hold back, reluctant to speak even though they might want to do so. This is a challenging situation for teachers and learners alike, one that draws the psychology of the learner into focus.

    In this webinar we examine hesitant students from the perspective of a collision between motivation and anxiety. Key concepts are reviewed to provide insights into both motivation and anxiety, as well as the ways in which they interact to affect learning and communication. Practical strategies and classroom exercises are offered that promote authentic communication, increase motivation, and manage anxiety.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Reading Lesson Plan
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    By Mehmet DURMAZ | 04 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: This resource was prepared for practicing reading at School of Foreign Languages, Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus. The target group of the lesson plan was pre-intermediate English language learners. The lesson main goal of the lesson plan is practicing skimming and scanning.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Class Collaboration in Editing: Google Docs/Eterpad (Open source editors)
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    By Elizabeth Killingbeck | 25 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: When working with students on a particular function/competency in English, using an open source online editor like Google Docs or Etherpad with a class allows students to collaborate on recognizing errors or patterns by reviewing their own writing together as a whole class.

    In a classroom that has a projector and classroom computers, students are able to access a single document which they can edit together. The document is live, and any changes made will be visible to all. Whether using an assignment that students work on together, or simply revising writing errors, open source editors are a great review tool.

    For classes that only have a projector and without individual computers for students, activities can be modified to be done as homework, as long as students have access to internet access at home, and then reviewed in class. See my "changes" section of activity instructions.

    For classes with no projector, and no class computers, the assignment can be done as homework, as long as students have access to internet access at home. See my "changes" section of activity instructions.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Reading in Two Languages
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    By Suzan Stamper | 25 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: In a lower-level speaking class at a university in the United States, students give short presentations reading texts in two languages: their first language and English.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Teaching Resources from the British Council
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    By Jeff Carlile | 25 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: A teaching resource collection, like this TRC, maintained by the British Council.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Online resource for creating an sharing activity modules.
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    By Jeff Carlile | 25 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: LearningApps.org is a free Web 2.0 tool for creating and sharing customizable teaching modules.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Virtual whiteboard: Prezi - online presentation creation tool
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    By Jeff Carlile | 25 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: Prezi is a powerful, versatile virtual whiteboard.  Use it to bring presentions to life.  Great substitute for PowerPoint.
    Resource Type: Activities