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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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  • ITAIS: Forming Your Teaching Identity as an International Teaching Assistant
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    By International Teaching Assistants Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: This presentation was organized by the International Teaching Assistants Interest Section and is recorded a few minutes after the start. A successful teacher is one who knows his or her own strengths and embraces their unique characteristics in the classroom. Alexis Finger and Anne Politz will discuss a reflective project that guides International Teaching Assistants in identifying and forming their teaching persona. Sample reflective activities will be shared.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TEIS: Webinar with Wayne Wright on the TESOL Methods Course
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: ELL Methods Course for Teacher Education Students: An Interactive Conversation.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • SLWIS: Theorizing Your Practice Action Research in L2 Writing
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: Facilitator:  Dr. Betsy Gilliland, Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii

    As writing teachers, we may sometimes feel like published research does not understand the realities of our classrooms. A promising activity reported in a journal article seems impossible to enact under the actual circumstances of our workplaces. At the same time, we don’t feel like we have the time or know-how to conduct research on our own. This is where action research comes into play. In an action research study, teachers ARE the researchers, selecting the focus and methods of a study and analyzing data from their deep knowledge of their own classrooms. Action research can be done within the busy schedules of most writing teachers and can further allow teachers to create their own professional development in ways that meet their actual needs.
    In this online session, I will give a short introduction to the concepts of action research in language teaching and then facilitate an interactive discussion among participants around key questions about action research. We will share ideas for conducting research, forming research groups for peer support, finding research mentors, and sharing research findings, among other topics.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TEIS: TESOL Teacher Education for Candidates’ Roles in IEPs
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 27 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: Dr. Gulbahar Beckett discusses how TESOL teacher education prepares candidates for roles in IEPs.  Dr. Beckett is Professor of TESOL at Iowa State and the director of the Intensive English and Orientation Program there.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TED-ASSISTED SCIENTIFIC ENGLISH LESSON
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    By Abram Jones | 22 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: This is a lesson plan appropriate for advanced learners of English and is especially applicable to English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classrooms. In this case, the specific purpose is the fields of science and technology, areas in which students engaging with this lesson would be interested. The lesson uses TED talks to stimulate interest in the topic and build student confidence in perception and production of complex scientific words. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Panel Discussion on Future directions of LTA's
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    By Christine Coombe | 19 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    19 November 2016

    Chaired by Christine Coombe

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Beyond traditional conferences to engage and connect educator
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    By Isabela Villas Boas | 19 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    19 November 2016

    When educators think of teacher associations, what usually comes to mind are the traditional conferences. While it is true that traditional conferences are a unique opportunity to connect with other educators and grow professionally, they are not the only sources of professional development. This talk addresses alternative conference formats that have been explored by the Brasilia Braz-TESOL chapter, aimed at differentiating teacher development. It also focuses on how teacher associations have provided other means and resources of teacher development by way of newsletters, blogs, and webinars, among others, and explores ideas for more teacher-led and innovative initiatives.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Professional Learning and Engagement with the TESOL International Association
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    By Andy Curtis | 19 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    19 November 2016

    The TESOL International Association is the largest association of its kind in the world. In its current three-year Strategic Plan (2015-2018), there are five main goals, one of which is ‘Professional learning and Engagement’: “TESOL will provide English language teaching professionals with the necessary body of knowledge, tools, and resources to enhance their expertise and practice”. Within that goal there are a number of objectives, including to “expand the variety and reach of professional learning opportunities” and to “incorporate relevant research and development into TESOL professional learning”. In this presentation, we will look at how the Association achieves these objectives. 

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Opportunities for Professional Development Through Teacher Associations
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    By Nazli Gungor | 19 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    19 November 2016

    This session is framed by the second language teacher education theme and focuses on how to increase opportunities for professional development through associations. By referring to the results of international research we can look at the major challenges pre-service and in-service teachers face during teaching practice and the solutions available to them. Second, how support from international organisations and their ELT events are summarized for teaching associations regarding the content, speakers and audiences. Some examples from past organisations at national level are shared with the audience so that they can replicate the process in their local context.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]What's so Special About Teacher Associations in Continuing Professional Development
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    By Amol Padwad | 19 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    19 November 2016

    The career trajectory of teachers typically covers two broad stages – pre-service education and in-service development. Continuous professional development (CPD) of teachers after entering the profession should ideally happen through multiple avenues, ranging from top-down mandated in-service training to bottom-up individual voluntary initiatives of teachers. However, in many contexts CPD remains restricted to externally planned, large-scale in-service training and offers little scope or support for bottom-up voluntary teacher initiatives and activities. In this presentation I propose to elaborate on the role teacher associations (TAs) play in promoting and supporting CPD of teachers of English.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Teacher Professional Development in Ukraine: Opportunities and Changes
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    By Viktoria Ivanishcheval | 19 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    19 November 2016

    A wind of change has brought huge shifts to the educational system of Ukraine with more attention paid to the quality of learning and teaching. As a result, the role of an English teacher is getting more and more crucial: to develop new generations of learners who can learn by communicating together, thinking critically and solving problems. The British Council Ukraine has been a partner for language reforms for more than 20 years. Providing high-quality educational opportunities they have helped EFL teachers master their teaching skills and equipped them with new methods and techniques that have brought changes to their classrooms.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Panel Discussion on teacher identity: Who Do You Think You Are?
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    By Anthony Gaughan | 18 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    18 November 2016

    Chaired by Anthony Gaughan

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Exploring Your Multiple Identities and Critical Professional Development in ELT
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    By Antoinette Gagné | 18 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    18 November 2016

    Drawing on critical theory to provide the rationale for transformative professional development (PD) opportunities, two strategies are presented for teachers to explore their multiple identities and challenge how they negotiate their evolving identities in the field of ELT. These include 1) duoethnographic experiences involving critical dialogue between teachers from different stances to reflect on aspects of diversity and 2) autobiographical creations. These PD strategies are informed by critical language teacher education, critical pedagogy, and intersectionality. Emerging insights on the potential for more critical and transformative PD to support teachers to confront systemic inequities and enact culturally responsive pedagogies are discussed. 

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Identity, Discrimination and the Non-native Speaking Professional in TESOL
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    By David Nunan | 18 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    18 November 2016

    Despite the fact that 80 per cent of TESOL teachers worldwide have a language other than English as their first, they are systematically discriminated against in terms of employment and promotion in the workplace. In this presentation, I will examine the nature and source of this discrimination and its impact on the identity of non-native speaking professionals. I will also address ways in which discrimination can be countered by professional associations such as TESOL and IATEFL.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Exploring Language Teacher Identity: Topics for Future Research and Reflection
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    By Gary Barkhuizen | 18 Nov 2016
    Resource Description:

    Joint IATEFL/TESOL Web Conference
    18 November 2016

    I begin this presentation by drawing on reflections from a wide range of expert practitioners and researchers in the field of TESOL and applied linguistics to briefly conceptualize language teacher identity (LTI). These experts have contributed to a book on LTI by reflecting on their own experiences as language teachers and researchers. They present their understandings of the meaning of identity in their field (e.g. language teacher education, second language writing) and also look forward to suggest future directions for LTI research and reflection, including specific topics and related methodologies. This presentation summarises those and illustrates one narrative-related approach (short story analysis) to exploring LTI.

    Resource Type: Live Event Resources