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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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  • [S]Coaching ESL Educators
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    By Margo Williams, Deborah Momo, Ayanna Cooper & Chanda Austin | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: A need for instructional coaches focused on the needs of English language learners is apparent due to the increase of culturally and linguistically diverse students in K – 12 classrooms. This article describes one urban school districts approach to supporting teachers of English language learners. By implementing coaches to work directly with administrators, teachers and stakeholders; professional development, data analysis and increased awareness of English language learners becomes more prevalent within the school community.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Charting Writing Errors to Improve Editing Skills
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    By Laurie Hartwick | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: Use color-coded charts to encourage students to self-edit and take responsibility for their writing errors
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Case Studies on Non-Credit ESL Programs
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    By Elizabeth Zachry | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This series of case studies seeks to highlight promising ways that community colleges can serve non-English speaking individuals in their community. The collection includes 4 case studies which are particularly focused on non-credit ESL programs, which tend to be lower cost for students, but also have limited funding for their management and instruction. The audience for these papers includes community college administrators and faculty as well interested researchers and education policy experts. These case studies are intended to provide insights that other ESL programs may use to design and implement strategies to improve instruction and professional development when facing limited resources and staffing. This series of studies examine different aspects of non-credit ESL and ESL related programs in Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts.
    Resource Type: Other
  • [S]Bibliography for Teachers Working With ESL Students
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    By Sandy Briggs | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: A list of useful references for ESOL teachers’ professional development. Each entry includes a short description of the resource.
    Resource Type: Other
  • Analyzing Visual Texts
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    By Robert Jackson | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson plan takes students through a very thorough advertisement analysis. Students will engage their critical thinking and use vocabularies they may not be familiar with. Any advertisement will do, however we do supply an example.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Advancing Women in the Workplace
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    By Minoo Asdjodi | 21 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This lesson is designed to practice problem and solution writing through a discussion of women and employment. The lesson focuses on identifying main ideas and specific information, taking notes, defining words and phrases, verbally summarizing main points and problem and solution writing.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]K–12 Teacher Development and Training: A TESOL Symposium in Yaoundé, Cameroon
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    By TESOL | 12 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: This one-day symposium provides a unique opportunity for K–12 English language teachers, teacher trainers, and administrators in Cameroon, Africa, and EFL contexts worldwide to explore effective policies and practices in K–12 teacher development.

    Through interaction with leading international, regional, and national experts, and opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing, this symposium provides participants with practical, research-based ideas, strategies, and tools to help them improve their ELT work.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • Critical Thinking Through Storytelling
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    By Sarah Sahr | 05 Aug 2013
    Resource Description: These six key words help students with critical thinking. Download the poster for visual representation!
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Using Technology to Promote Collaborative Classrooms
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    By Greg Kessler | 10 Jul 2013
    Resource Description: Learn how to utilize technology and collaborative practices to enhance classroom teaching and promote student engagement. Explore how these technology-enhanced collaborative practices promote language learning in ways that individualized activities simply can’t, and discover the benefits of incorporating technology-enhanced collaborative projects and activities into the classroom. Also gain insight on how to adapt conventional practices to make them more collaborative and interactive. Develop an understanding of how all students can be better prepared to participate in collaborative practices and how to address concerns associated with collaborative practices such as assessment, ownership, and equity. Finally, learn skills for identifying those technologies that are most useful and appropriate for your students and goals.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Understanding & Responding Effectively to the Dynanimcs
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    By Barbara Hoekje | 18 Jun 2013
    Resource Description: This presentation examines the dynamics of intensive English language programs whose student population includes a majority of students who share the same language and culture.  How do such monocultural student populations impact the classroom and other aspects of the language program? The opportunities and the hazards of such situations will be discussed in terms of their impact on the creation of effective and equitable learning environments for all students in the program.  The dynamics of EFL and ESL settings are considered.  Participants are encouraged to consider the contexts of their own programs and submit comments, questions, strategies, and other contributions prior to or during the webinar so that expertise can be widely shared.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Exploring Own-Language Use in ELT Classrooms
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    By Graham Hall | 05 Jun 2013
    Resource Description: For much of the last century, the field of English language teaching (ELT) assumed that English is best taught and learned without the use of the students' own language(s). In recent years, however, this monolingual assumption has been questioned, and a re-evaluation of teaching has begun that relates the language being taught to the students' own language. Despite this recent change, however, there is very little data that actually documents the extent and purpose of own-language use in ELT.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • A Primer on Student Presentations
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    By Sarah Sahr | 03 Jun 2013
    Resource Description: I’m sure all of you have been in this situation. You’ve given your students an assignment and they have to present something to a class as a whole. Now, for most people, this means create a PowerPoint, get some poster board, or just stand and deliver! This quick introduction lesson plan is very simple, nothing too arduous, just a class introduction. The fun part comes with the presentation. Students will be required to present themselves via an online platform. What’s great about presenting in this kind of format is that most of the software is free and it forces students to think through a presentation before standing in front of the class. They also have to speak each time a new slide appears. This is the key point!

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Latest Trends in Student Language Assessment
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    By Christine Coombe | 28 May 2013
    Resource Description: Today’s language classrooms are vastly different from those of the middle to late 20th century, and the field of language education is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Traditional notions of language education are giving way to new, more innovative ways about how we think, learn, teach, acquire, and assess language.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Implications and Applications of the CCSs for Effectively Teaching K-6 ELLs: Focus on English and Mathematics
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    By Anita Bright & Ayanna Cooper | 09 May 2013
    Resource Description: With the broad adoption of the Common Core State Standards across the United States, educators of English learners face unique challenges in providing appropriate instruction and accommodations for their students that is aligned to the standards.

    This webinar provides an introductory overview of the key elements of the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics, and focuses on immediately applicable ways to learn more about the nuances of the CCSS and the impact the new standards could have on English learners.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]The Keys to Success in Teaching English to Young Learners
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    By Joan Kang Shin | 24 Apr 2013
    Resource Description: English education is increasingly beginning at the primary level, but starting earlier does not necessarily produce better English speakers. This virtual seminar shows how EFL teachers can take advantage of the flexibility of young minds and the malleability of young tongues to grow better speakers of English. The presenter will explain the keys to success for teaching young learners English as an international language that includes taking a developmentally appropriate approach and building 21st century skills to prepare children for the world they live in.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars