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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]Examining Identity, TESOL, and Cosmopolitanism: EIL and ELF Perspectives
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    By Le-Ha Phan and Peter De Costa | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: An increasing interest in the connection between identity, TESOL, and cosmopolitanism is evident in much English as an international language and English as a Lingua Franca literature. This session examines this connection and discusses how it is influenced by globalisation and neoliberalism. Questions surrounding “constructing the cosmopolitan” are raised.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Mothering and Tough Love as a Bridge to Saudi Success
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    By Terri Lore | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: In Saudi Arabia, identity development occurs largely within a powerful family dynamic. The disconnection many Saudi students experience when thrust into a more individualistic Western learning environment can have serious repercussions. ESL instructors can use surrogate-parenting skills to help Saudi youth cross the bridge to academic success and independence.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]International Trends in ELT Policies and Practices: Challenges and Possibilities
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    By Jose Villafuerte, Francinah Magoro, and Aycan Yaman-Esen | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: As educators, our work depends largely on educational policies and practices, which can foster or hinder success in ELT and modify international student mobility patterns. Presenters discuss educational policies from different regions in the world and explain their impact on ELT, thus providing a global vision on current trends.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Hong Kong, Canada: A Performed Ethnography for TESOL
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    By Tara Goldstein | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: A performance and discussion of the ethnographic play “Hong Kong, Canada” by Tara Goldstein. The play tells a story about students and teachers at a multicultural high school who must work through issues of multilingualism, language choice, linguistic discrimination, and xenophobia. The performers are students at the University of Toronto.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Crossing Borders Between Serious and Playful Language: Strategies for Teaching
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    By Anne Pomerantz and Nancy Bell | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Playful language is increasingly recognized as an important part of everyday communication and thus of learners’ communicative repertoires. This interactive session engages participants in activities using refusal sequences that demonstrate ways of integrating playful language into L2 lessons in a pedagogically sound and sociolinguistically informed manner.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Resuscitating Your Listening and Speaking Class
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    By Debra Abrams, Lisa Harris, Kyla Masciarelli, and Kari Redmond | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Do you want to breathe new life into your listening and speaking classes? Music, games, and social networking are often relegated to amusement status. In this dynamic workshop, participants learn to incorporate these activities into their curriculum to encourage automation of L2 skills while nurturing cultural awareness and learner autonomy.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Providing Culturally Relevant Advising Experiences: What Arab Students Expect
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    By Alyssa Swanson, Karen Dundon, and Lauren Harold | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This presentation discusses a mixed-methods study that assesses the perceptions of the advising relationship from the viewpoint of Gulf Arab IEP students and IEP advisors. The research conducted bridges the gap in the current literature regarding advising practices and the academic success of Gulf Arab students in higher education.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Action Research: Using Quizlet for Mobile Vocabulary Learning and Retention
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    By Christine Bauer-Ramazani | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: The presenter discusses action research with IEP students on the effectiveness of Quizlet, a Web2.0 and mobile app vocabulary flashcard program, to increase vocabulary retention and motivation. The presenter explains the methodology, discuss the results of the study, and suggest ways to incorporate Quizlet into ESL vocabulary study.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Cross-Genre Analysis of Chinese EFL Learners' Writing Proficiency
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    By Wenjuan Qin | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This study explores cross-genre variation in English narrative and argumentative essays written by adolescent Chinese EFL learners. Similarly to findings reported for monolingual writers, argumentative essays displayed more complex lexico-syntactic features than narratives. Yet, in contrast to results reported for monolingual writers, argumentative essays displayed higher overall quality than narratives.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Building Bridges: Teaching Email Correspondence for the 21st Century
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    By Lisa Leopold and Danielle Pelletier | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Ever wonder how to teach the most common type of professional writing– email correspondence? In the 21st century, this skill is a necessity. Discover how research on authentic emails informed email correspondence lessons for international graduate students; learn how to scaffold instruction; and receive detailed lesson plans using authentic emails.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Teacher Educators Transform Practice for Preservice and Inservice Teachers
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    By Yvonne Freeman, David Freeman, Craig Hughes, Ann Ebe, Mary Soto, and Sandra Mercuri | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: As the number of ELs continues to grow, all teachers need to understand how to support academic success for ELs. Teacher educators report on their research preparing preservice and inservice teachers to teach ELs successfully by using annotated lessons plans, culturally relevant texts, strategy demonstrations, and preview/view/review.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Critical Pedagogies in ELT: Classroom Applications and Lessons
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    By Christian W. Chun, Suhanthie Motha, Mario Lopez-Gopar, Stephanie Vandrick, and Brian Morgan | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This colloquium provides five concrete examples of critical ELT pedagogy practices, emphasizing the challenges of implementation across classrooms and the specific opportunities for transformative pedagogy and critical insight that arise in each setting. Examples range from EAP classrooms to teacher education programs in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Co-Adapting, Co-Planning, Co-Teaching: Building Robust NNEST/NEST Teaching Collaboration
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    By Brock Brady | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Based on a worldwide EFL project in which NESTs and NNESTs coteach to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses, the session introduces a new formulation of coteaching models, templates for improving coplanning, and a two-way procedure for discovering then negotiating differences over educational cultures, languages, or pedagogies for mindful, collaborative coteaching.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]A Pronunciation Tool Kit for IEP Instructors
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    By Tamara Jones | 26 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Pronunciation is an essential element of any IEP program. However, instructors may struggle to integrate it into their lessons. In this presentation, the speaker suggests 10 items that IEP teachers can carry in their pronunciation “toolkits” to help students master core pronunciation features in a practical, fun way.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Planning to Teach Intercultural Communicative Competence
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    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