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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] Language Proficiency Testing: Defendants on Trial
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    By Margaret van Naerssen | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: ESL professionals are sometimes asked by attorneys to test the English language proficiency of defendants. Problems appear in court when well-meaning ESL professionals lack knowledge of the legal issues or of the critical questions to ask before testing. This presentation provides recommendations on providing appropriate testing so that the results have some chance of being accepted in the court.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Immersion Education & Bilingualism DVD & Website
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    By Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: The documentary film "Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual." With study guide and video extras.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Ice-Breakers
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    By Sarah Sahr | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Ah, the first day of a new group of students. There is nothing better. If all has gone well, you don’t know anything about these people and they don’t know anything about you. Perfect! What a great time to play some ice-breakers (an “ice-breaker” is a small activity to help people in getting to know one another). However, icebreakers don’t need to be used only on that first day of school. Sometimes, icebreakers are best done at the middle of the year, even after everyone has gotten to know each other. Doing these types of activities in the middle of the year might surprise you: You just might learn something about your students that you didn’t already know.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Helping Students Use Academic Services
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    By Suzanne Donsky | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: How ESL teachers can help their students become familiar with and more confident about using campus support services. This idea can be used for listening and speaking activities.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Guest List
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    By Jennifer Recio Lebedev | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: To practice issuing, accepting, and declining invitations.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Graffiti Wall
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    By Nancy Hahn | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: An area of the room covered with black paper can create interest, develop writing skills, and look fantastic! This area provides a new and interesting way for students to write their best examples of specific skills.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • German Center Helps Mend Broken Hearts
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    By Christine Coombe | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This is a reading quiz for intermediate and advanced students in secondary school, adult education and pre-baccalaureate programs.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Free Image Resource
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    By Tiiu Roiser | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Free images for noncommercial use. Great for students and teachers.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Fluency Rates:HS ESL Class-An Action Research
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    By Eileen DeGregoriis | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: With the English Language Learners’ population rapidly growing in our schools, administrators and teachers alike feel inadequate and uninformed on how to provide effective instruction for these students. One of the challenges faced by educators is how to teach these students to read fluently in the English Language. Fluent Reader is a computer program by Renaissance Learning which employs repeated and modeled reading instruction to increase the fluency of English Language Learners. To test the efficiency of this product, an experiment was conducted on a high school ESL class consisting of seven students. Students were pre, mid and post tested using WCPM (words correct per minute) which is a curriculum-based measurement that is widely used for assessing fluency. The pre and post data were analyzed by comparing group means. Data analysis strongly suggested that regular use of Fluent Reader may have been instrumental in improving the fluency rates of all seven participants.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Essential Parts of a Lesson Plan
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    By Sarah Sahr | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Lesson Planning 101: Some tips to help make it easier.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]ESP: An Overview for Practitioners and Clients
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    By Kevin Knight , Anne Lomperis, Margaret van Naerssen & Kay Westerfield | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: The English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESP-IS) engaged in a strategic planning process and identified several goals for the ESP-IS. One of the goals was to educate two audiences about ESP as a specialty field: (1) TESOL colleagues (internal audience) and (2) corporate clients (external audience). Internally, ESP can become confused with other specialties, and externally, many potential clients are not even aware that this specialty exists. A small group of highly experienced co-authors worked together over several months to answer the following five questions: (1) What is ESP? (2) What do ESP professionals do? (3) What are some areas for the application of ESP? (4) What are some areas for research and development in ESP? (5) What are some ESP resources? This PowerPoint presentation is intended to be a valuable resource for both ESP practitioners and clients.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Enthralling Tinseltown
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    By Dharmendra Sheth | 22 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Allow your students to dabble in the world of Tinseltown! This lesson encourages students to talk about things we all know and love... FILM!
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Differentiated reading schemes
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    By Wendy Arnold | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This resource is part of a presentation offered in 2009 TESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado. The resource includes different parts.
    Part i) Distinguishing between ‘intensive’ and ‘extensive’ reading
    Part ii) Explaining assessment procedure for putting learners into reading levels
    Part iii) Identifying variables at macro level – between cohorts + possible reasons and implications
    Part iv) Identifying variables at class level + possible reasons and implications
    Part v) Examining two low level YL formative and summative results and implications
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Cross-cultural Communication: Listener’s Perspect
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    By Thi Thanh Hoa Le | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Theoretically inspired and empirically based, the author conducted comparative studies of how Australian interlocutors and Vietnamese interlocutors behave as listeners in everyday conversations. The findings showed that listening behaviors are cultural- specific. To avoid misunderstandings possibly caused by differences in listening behaviors between cultures, it is necessary to raise the learner's awareness of how to communicate properly as a listener in cross-cultural communication. The author also offers examples to illustrate how to teach the learner to communicate from the listener's perspective through various activities in the classroom.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Cross-Cultural Adaptation: Firsttime going abroad
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    By Brock Brady | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: An introduction to the issues of cross cultural adaptation, especially for those going abroad for the first time. The article introduces readers to the notion of culture shock and culture fatigue, the effect that cultural fatigue can have on self esteem, skills for enhancing cross cultural adaptation and concludes with practical tips for dealing with cultural fatigue.
    Resource Type: Other