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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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  • Word Stress Scatergories
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    By Tamara Jones | 19 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This activity is a fun way to practice word stress.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Gamification for EL Teachers
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    By Deborah Healey | 19 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This resource provides information for teachers interested in gamifying their English language teaching. It has a description of different game elements that could be used in the classroom to add motivation, as well as some specific activities as examples.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Modals, Conditionals, and Passives
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    By Roger Drury | 19 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: I've enclosed an article about newspapers and a test that asks students to write a memo using the content from the article
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Noun + Adj Clauses: Making an Animated Film
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    By Roger Drury | 19 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This is a handout for a student project that will have the students use noun and adjective clauses they have studied to create a short animated film.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Text-to-Sing activities to young learners
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    By Amany AlKhayat | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This is one of the entertaining activities that can be taught to children. The children will pretend that they are song writers and with the help of the teacher, they can write their first song using simple vocabulary words which will encourage them to use English more effectively.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Text-to-Speech activities to teach speaking and pronunciation
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    By Amany AlKhayat | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This is an activity that I presented in TESOL's EV Fair in 2011. It includes the use of Text-to-Speech websites to improve the students' pronunciation or speaking skill.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Listening practice
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    By Amany AlKhayat | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This website (http://listen-and-write.com/) is one of the excellent websites I use with my students who have difficulties in listening. The website has levels that start from zero to 23. Students can also listen and watch YouTube files on the website. Students can also register in the website to save, share their audio files and improve their listening skill.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Problem-solving activity via Quandary
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    By Amany AlKhayat | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: Quandary is an authoring tool that can be used by teachers to create an online maze . The maze is a number of questions that the students are required to answer in order to reach a certain solution specified by the teacher as a possible solution. it is similar to a case-study in which the student is given a situation and a number of solutions or choices to sea how the student is going to solve the problem. When the student choose one option he/she is directed to another consequential situation with a number of choices and so on and so forth until the student gets out of the maze after choosing the correct situations. An example to illustrate how Quandary works can be shown in this webpage.

    For further understanding of Quandary, these are the Quandary tutorials.  I hope you find it useful.
    Amany
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Business letter basics -- Proper addresses and salutations
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    By Thomas Robb | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This is a lesson on how to address letters and how to write an appropriate salutation at the beginning of the letter.

    A listing of common abbreviations used in postal mail addresses, including U.S. States, Canadian Provinces, common street abbreviations, etc. is also included for your students' reference.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Inventions WebQuest
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    By Justin Shewell | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This worksheet guides students through researching about different inventions. It provides websites and asks students to find things invented by women, things invented before a specified time period, etc.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • PPT for Upper Intermediate Oral Skills Class
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    By Roger Drury | 18 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: After this class listened to five recordings of people discussing aspects of gender roles in the US, I had them make a PPT in pairs on the same topic.  I gave them wide latitude to do this, including discussing gender roles in the country of one of the partners.

    The grade is divided equally between content/vocabulary we encountered in the recording and our work on rhythm, intonation and thought groups.

    Into the PPT, they insert sound files of them speaking, which gives them the chance to practice and repeat, and they animate the PPT so it plays automatically.

    I often play these in class when everyone has finished the assignment.  That gives them added incentive to work on their pronunciation.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Online Tools for Creating Free, Adaptable Vocabulary Activities
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    By Justin Shewell | 15 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This is the handout from my TESOL 2011 presentation titled "Examining Online Tools for Creating Free, Adaptable Vocabulary Activities", given in New Orleans. This handout describes how to use the online tools to create both in-class and out-of-class online and paper-based activities for teaching vocabulary.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Envisioning and Creating the Future for English Language Teaching and Learning, Guangzhou, China
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    By TESOL | 15 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This symposium provides a unique opportunity for ELT teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators to envision, discuss, and create a positive future for English language teaching and learning.  TESOL International Association is organizing this event in partnership with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • Asking for Clarification
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    By Judy Ma | 13 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson was taught in the week when community was the theme. Before this lesson, the students learned about interjections, asking the way, and giving directions. After being exposed to too many expressions, this class was used to facilitate internalizing of giving directions and introduce asking for clarification.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Pronunciation as Orphan: what we can do about it.
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    By Judy B. Gilbert | 06 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This 5 page article summarizes the reasons for the decades-long neglect of this essential part of learning English, and suggests ways to remedy the situation.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips