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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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  • Co-Teaching in the EFL Classroom with Cooperative Learning
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    By Victoria Engelhardt | 20 Apr 2018
    Resource Description:

    Kagan cooperative learning can give you better management, engagement and stronger students who are confident in speaking, writing, listening and reading in English. I have used it with primary, secondary and adult learners and have found that it consistently supports students academic achievement as well as social emotional learning. 


    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Integrating Social Justice Into Teacher Education & Classroom
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    By Peter Sakura, Judy Sharkey, Carolyn Lethaby, and Raichle Farrelly | 18 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: A diverse panel of TESOL experts, Peter Sakura, Judy Sharkey, Carolyn Lethaby, and Raichle Farrelly, will share international and US-based research and practice to address the integration of social justice topics into pre-service and in-service teacher education. Topics include community-based pedagogies, social justice during the pre-service practicum experience, infusing social justice in teacher preparation for interrupted formal education and refugee-background students, and dispelling gender myths during teacher preparation.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Use To-Infinitive as Subject
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    By Qi Jiang | 12 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: Students are required to read and act out a Chinese history story “Kong Rong Gave Away Bigger Pears”. They are able to learn sharing is a joy from this story. What is more, they are required to figure out the usage of to-infinitive as subject in some simple sentences. They will also make some sentences with to-infinitive as subject through a small game and a story re-telling activity.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Knowing When To Use PAST PERFECT
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    By Insights to English | 10 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: Knowing when to use the Past Perfect tense instead of Past Simple in a narrative can be confusing for students. This video shows a nice trick to ​getting it right.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Teaching Effective Oral Presentation Skills Through Cloud Voting and Audience Response Systems
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    By Doaa Hamam | 05 Apr 2018
    Resource Description:

    This resource is meant to enable teachers to give a 50 minutes session on effective presentation skills for ESL students using cloud voting systems and audio response systems.

    The students will work in groups later to create a group presentation and present together.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Future Tense
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    By Alena Zaslov | 05 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: YouTube video describing a lesson plan for future tense.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • When IT Meets Music
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    By Elena Smykovskaya | 05 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: An online interactive video-based lesson uploaded to TEDEd platform.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • How to Teach Reported Speech in 3 Steps
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    By Insights to English | 22 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Reported Speech, or Indirect Speech, isn't the same as Direct speech.  Students need to learn how to go from one to the other.  To make it easier for them, here is a video featuring 3 steps to make that change.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • The Eight Planets Orbiting the Sun
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    By Qi Jiang | 22 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Students are required to learn some basic knowledge of the Solar system and usage of ordinal number with certain sentence structures. Students will know the basic characteristics of the Eight Planets, such as size, color and the order of orbits by which planets circle around the Sun, through collecting information from reading materials, video clip and exchanging views with classmates. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Why Educators Need Equity Literacy More Than Cultural Competence
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    By Paul Gorski | 14 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: One of the weaknesses of many common “diversity” frameworks in the United States is that they are built around vague notions of “culture” rather than strong commitments to equity. The result is a network of equity initiatives that are no real threat to inequity. In this session I will discuss the equity literacy framework — a framework for strengthening educators literacy related to equity. Its key principle is that there is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity. The presenter will discuss what equity work looks like when it is really designed to be a threat to the existence of inequity.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Swap Meet
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    By Amy Crofford | 13 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Swap meet is a language activity to practice the recognition of subjects and predicates.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Technology in Language Acquisition Research and Pedagogy
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    By Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) & Applied Linguistics Interest Section (ALIS) | 13 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: 6 March 2018

    Presenters: Dr. Shannon Sauro, Malmö University, and Dr. Volker Hegelheimer, Iowa State University

    Moderator: Dr. Christel Broady, Georgetown College 

    Coordinators: Christel Broady (CALL-IS), Olga Griswold (ALIS),  Kathryn Howard (ALIS), and Claudio Fleury (CALL-IS)
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Simplifying the rules for (all) Conditionals
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    By Insights to English | 08 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: a video on how to teach Conditionals in a way that makes it easier for students to remember
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • How to Fix 3rd-Person 'S' Mistakes
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    By Insights to English | 08 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Plenty of students make mistakes with having an 's' at the end of verbs following third-person subjects, either by not including it when they should, or by including it when they shouldn't.  If it's not addressed when students are beginners, it can continue to be a problem for intermediate students.

    Here's a trick to help students identify those mistakes, or even prevent them from making them in the first place.  It's called "the One Red 'S' rule".
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Teaching Languages within an Intercultural Perspective Approaches and Insights from Practice
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    By Michelle Kohler | 28 Feb 2018
    Resource Description: While a great deal of theorizing of intercultural approaches to language teaching has emerged in recent decades, there remains limited understanding and examples of how it may be realized in practice. The aim of this seminar is to examine approaches and examples from practice, considering how teachers of languages attend to an intercultural perspective, and how they enact their role as mediators, a role that presents a number of challenges.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars