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TESOL Resource Center

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]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
  • [S]Transferable Skills for Academic and Workplace
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    By Ronna Magy & Donna Price | 26 Oct 2012
    Resource Description: Engage your adult ESL students in acquiring the communication, critical thinking, and other essential skills necessary to transition successfully into academic and workforce programs. Learn techniques and tools that help build a foundation for student success in today’s global marketplace.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Top 10 Ideas for Teaching L2 Reading
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    By William Grabe | 11 Oct 2012
    Resource Description: This seminar identifies skills, strategies, and supportive contexts needed for students’ reading development. Of course, identifying skills, strategies, and contexts does not guarantee effective instruction. Based on relevant implications from research and a set of core curricular principles, a number of specific teaching ideas will be suggested as a starting point for further discussion. These ideas center around effective vocabulary instruction, main-idea comprehension, comprehension-strategy development, fluency training, extensive reading guidelines, and more.  As part of the seminar, participants will decide on which skills, strategies, and instructional supports can best develop L2 reading in their specific settings. They will also respond to questions about reading instruction with suggestions for activities and guidelines for instruction in their own context.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Doing “Principled ESP” — Best Practices and Case Studies
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    By David Kertzner, Ethel Swartley & Kevin Knight | 03 Oct 2012
    Resource Description: The term ESP—English for specific purposes—is used with increasing frequency to characterize classes that are not general English. These might include workplace ESL classes, college-level ESL classes for jobs training, and classes addressing language for specific industries or professions in academic settings for ESL-EFL.  Some ESL practitioners use ESP to describe subject-matter experts providing content-based instruction in university-level courses, taught in English for nonnative speakers. This latter characterization, however, is not widely accepted as “principled” ESP.  
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Developing Smart Listeners
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    By Larry Vandergrift | 27 Sep 2012
    Resource Description: This seminar informs teachers on how they can help students become more successful listeners by putting more emphasis on the process of listening rather than just the product (i.e., the correct answer) alone. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]7 Ways to Get Your Students Talking in an EFL Classroom
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    By Noël Houck & Donna Tatsuki | 18 Jul 2012
    Resource Description: Do you have trouble getting your students to speak in your EFL classroom? Do you feel burned out trying to think up ways to ensure complete student involvement? Have you ever wondered if there are more creative ways to use your assigned textbook? Do you want more variety in the range of speaking activities you offer? This virtual seminar will provide the resources, structures, and insights that you need to renovate and energize your speaking class. Based on their wealth of experience on three continents, your hosts, Noel and Donna will open your mind to new possibilities to stimulate and enrich your classroom experience. Join us for a lively session and fruitful discussions.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]TESOL Professional Standards for Teacher Preparation
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    By Diane Staehr Fenner & Natalie Kuhlman | 13 Jun 2012
    Resource Description: In 1999, TESOL became a member organization of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and began developing standards for the national recognition of P–12 English as a second language (ESL) teacher education programs. These standards, initially approved in 2001 and revised in 2009, were developed in close consultation with TESOL’s members as well as other experts and practitioners in the field. They represent what preservice teaching candidates earning their initial licensure in ESL should know and be able to do in order to effectively teach ELLs.

    This virtual seminar provides an overview of the TESOL P-12 Professional Standards and explains the need for professional standards for teachers of ELLs. It then illustrates practical applications of the standards to (1) ESL teacher education program development, (2) NCATE recognition of ESL teacher education programs, and (3) professional development of in-service teachers.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]The Rights of Immigrant Students in US Public Schools
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    By Roger C. Rosenthal | 23 May 2012
    Resource Description: Immigrant children and English language learners often face barriers in gaining entry to public schools and participating in school activities. This session will discuss what public schools can and cannot require of immigrant children and ELLs. Topics to be discussed include Social Security numbers, immigration documents, birth certificates, and immunization records; and access to school lunch and breakfast programs. The session will also cover the rights of English language learners and their parents in the public schools.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Assessment and Learning
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    By Toni Borge | 02 May 2012
    Resource Description: Adult ESL programs must demonstrate that learners have met both national (NRS Educational Functioning Levels) and state proficiency levels. While meeting the required program performance benchmarks, these programs also must allow instructors to teach to their students needs. The presenter discusses effective ideas for balancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment with required state and national performance benchmarks.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Teaching Braille to ESL Students
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    By Betty Nobel | 02 May 2012
    Resource Description: This PowerPoint presentation provides practical suggestions about how to teach English and Braille to ESL students.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Teaching Academic Reading and Writing in English
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    By Danielle Zawodny Wetzel & Ryan Miller | 02 May 2012
    Resource Description: This session on academic reading and writing in English blends a rhetorical and a linguistic approach for teaching second language writing. It is a linguistic one because of its focus upon discourse analysis and particular language strings, and it is a rhetorical one because of its emphasis on audience. The session will focus on how we can teach academic language and literacy practices within strategic reading and writing tasks. We will discuss common discourse patterns that academic writers use to connect their texts with their readers, and we will situate those patterns within the common rhetorical moves of composing definitions and explaining problems. The ultimate goal for the program is to sharpen our strategies for teaching language within the integrated work of academic reading and writing.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Responding to 21st Century Demands for ELT
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    By Brock Brady | 25 Apr 2012
    Resource Description: As the desire to participate in the global economy causes the demand for greater proficiency in English to soar, new expectations for English language teaching have emerged—some reasonable and some not. This seminar explores some of the key element of this growing phenomenon, suggesting ways that ELT institutions and organizations can appropriately respond.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Grammaring: Unpacking the Concept
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    By Elka Todeva | 11 Apr 2012
    Resource Description: Unlike grammar teaching, the concept of grammaring generates considerable excitement among teachers, who like its organic exploration of the form, meaning, and use dimensions of language. Despite their excitement, however, grammaring remains a somewhat abstract notion for many teachers.

    This seminar considers grammaring as a pedagogical tool, a skill that students develop, and a dynamic linguistic landscape. Seminar participants will go grammaring with articles, prepositions, phrasal verbs, and tenses. The presenter will explain the key elements of grammaring and demonstrate how good grammaring can give students the most communicative mileage with the least effort.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars