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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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  • 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
  • [S]Insights from Other Worlds: What TESOLers Can Learn from Other Professions
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    By Chris Stillwell | 06 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: The more we explore foreign ideas in relation to language instruction, the more interesting discoveries we might make, and the more creative, informed, and exciting our teaching may become.

    This session will draw from the TESOL book series on Language Teaching Insights from Other Fields, exploring how crossing borders and discovering insights from fields as distant as theater, brain science, bartending, and sales can reinvigorate teaching, foster creativity, and alleviate burnout. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Teaching Pronunciation Using the Prosody Pyramid
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    By Judy B. Gilbert | 06 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This 50 page booklet explains the background for decisions about priorities in teaching pronunciation, and gives specific suggestions for teaching the crucial elements, as well as two rules for guessing how a spelling should be pronounced.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Using Scratch Software to Promote EFL Learner Autonomy
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    By Amany AlKhayat | 06 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: This is the lesson plan I distributed and used in my presentation in TESOL 2011, New Orleans. My session was on using a programming languages software to either create educational movies or games for the students or encourage the students through projects to create their own movies with a language input. The software I used was Scratch. It can be used online via this URL: scratch.mit.edu. I teach scratch and Alice among other software programs to my CALL students on my wikispace http://languagehelper.wikispaces.com/ENG447+CALL.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Using Online Resources to Enhance Listening and Pronunciation Instruction
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    By Robert Wachman | 04 Nov 2013
    Resource Description:

    This is the handout I distributed during my mini-workshop of this title at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia.  The workshop was conducted in the Electronic Village.  The resources demonstrated and tried by participants were accessed via links on my wiki.  The url, which is provided in the handout, is http://tesol-lipro.wikispaces.com/.  Some of the links have changed since the workshop, but current links should work.  Please tell me if you find anything that doesn't.  

    The last page of the handout has instructions for creating an account with ANVILL (A National Virtual Language Lab) and registering for a demonstration "class" I created there.  It's still active if you want to give it  a try.  ANVILL is a very powerful resource for conducting online classes or activities, especially well suited to audio and video.  It's hosted by the University of Oregon and free for educators.  If you're interested in trying it as a teaching resource, there's a link on the home page to submit an application for a Teacher Account.

    I hope some folks find this useful.  

    Robert Wachman

    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Exploring the (Often) Unexplored: Sociopragmatics for Students, Educators, and Administrators
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    By Virginia LoCastro | 30 Oct 2013
    Resource Description: The often unexplored subject of pragmatics is paradoxically a very important one for students, teachers, and administrators in our contemporary world, where classrooms, workplaces, and local communities are becoming increasingly diverse. Although efforts are made in classrooms to address different cultural practices, the deeper level of everyday interactions are often ignored.

    As one Pakistani friend once warned, “Centuries pass, but moments linger.” The uncomfortable moments of interaction comprise sites for awareness raising, analysis, and engagement in change.

    This seminar aims to increase awareness and understanding of how human beings use language in real-life situations to engage in social action. It brings together knowledge and research from pragmatics and sociolinguistics to show participants what they need to know about pragmatics. It requires participants to think critically about student-instructor-administrator interactions and take an informed, nonjudgmental perspective.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • TRC Resource Contest
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    By TESOL | 24 Oct 2013
    Resource Description: TESOL is hosting a contest to see which Interest Section (IS) can upload the most resources to the rejuvenated TESOL Resource Center!
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • When Pigs Fly: A Lesson Plan on Idioms
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    By Sarah Sahr | 22 Oct 2013
    Resource Description: I’ll be honest: I love idioms. I love how they play with the English language. I love how they confuse people. I love the complexities found in them. However, most people studying English find idioms to be quite the challenge. The lesson below is a quick introductory lesson for students just beginning to play with idioms. It’s best used as an idiom needs assessment. What might you have to teach after this class?
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans