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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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  • Movies
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    By Mayar Ahmed | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: In this lesson, ss read movie synopses to answer gist and specific information. Firstly, ss remember as many types of films as they can, then they match movie posters to the type of movie. T pre-teaches some vocabulary items related to the text then ss read for gist then for specific information. At the end, ss write movie summaries or synopses like the model they have in the reading text. Then they read each other's synopses and vote on the most interesting movie.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Acceptable and unacceptable social behaviour
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    By Mayar Ahmed | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: In this lesson, Ss practice speaking about acceptable and unacceptable social behavior. Firstly, Ss take a quick quiz about social customs to challenge them,  arouse interest and elicit the theme of the topic. Then, ss listen to speakers from different countries about their customs to take notes. Then they speak in pairs about possible problems for foreigners in their country and some tips to help them and eventually role play locals advising foreigners on what (not) to do.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • SLWIS: Supporting ESL Graduate Writers
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Michelle Cox (Cornell University) and Nigel Caplan (University of Delaware) discuss strategies for supporting ESL graduate student writers, advocating for graduate writing services, and working with faculty across the university.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Pronunciation Boot Camp: Practical Ideas for Teaching Pronunciation
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    By Marla Yoshida | 25 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Does pronunciation teaching seem like a mysterious subject requiring extensive theoretical and technical knowledge? This seminar brings pronunciation teaching down to earth with practical tips for introducing and practicing both individual sounds and the musical aspects of pronunciation, such as word stress and intonation. The presenter will discuss setting realistic goals, introducing and practicing pronunciation in multi-sensory ways, and integrating pronunciation into other areas of language teaching.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Teaching English Across the Content Areas: Science -- Newton's Three Laws of Motion, The Third Law
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons and Shannon Browne | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: The unit focuses on Newton's Three Laws of Motion.  This is third lesson in the unit in a twelfth grade physics course.  This lesson focuses on the third law of motion. 
    In previous lessons, students had learned about the first two laws of motion and their importance in physics.  The target population is twelfth grade intermediate English language proficiency.
    Learners/students will be asked to call upon prior knowledge of the previous two Laws of Motion that were introduced in the first and second lessons of this unit. The teacher will explain that today they are going to learn about the Third Law of Motion.
    The teacher will ask two learners/students to come of the front of the class. She will give both learners/students a small medicine ball and ask them to roll the balls toward each other so that the balls can hit each other. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Teaching English Across the Content Areas: The American Constitution (Social Studies)
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    By Shannon Browne and Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This unit plan presents the American Constitution and Political System to learners. It is a 12th-grade Social Studies Lesson about American Government, its political system and the distribution of powers and responsibilities: Legislative, Executive and Judicial. It is the second lesson of the unit.

    In the first lesson, learners/students learned about the philosophy and ideologies of the Enlightenment and Pre-Enlightenment Period. The Enlightenment intellectuals conceptualized the foundations of basic human rights and the importance of representative government which influenced the framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Vocabulary Riches for Young Learners
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    By Caroline Linse | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Vocabulary learning is a pivotal part of any language development program for young learners both in their home and additional languages.  In this webinar we will briefly cover the importance of vocabulary development for young and very young learners as well as what it means to know a word. We will also explore a wide variety of classroom techniques that will  help children make personal and cognitive connections to the words.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]A Research Symposium: Building an Inclusive, Sustainable Research Community in TESOL
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    By | 13 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: TESOL International Association and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) present their first research symposium. Experienced and novice researchers, as well as ELT practitioners and administrators, are encouraged to attend. Registration will open in November 201​6.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • Introduction to the American Psychological Association (APA) Style: In-text Citations and References
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 10 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson is integrated into a bilingual course on Intercultural Communication = Comunicación Intercultural. The lesson is introduced as learners prepare to cite sources in essays and oral presentations using presentation software like PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Prezi. Learners are former students with interrupted formal education (SIFE), higher education opportunity program (HEOP), or newcomers.  They are enrolled in a three-credit course in a two-year associate's degree program.
    Learning APA style is important in this course and in their entire college experience.  Since APA is very tedious and complex, the lessons are integrated into the course syllabus. Each mini lesson is scaffolded according to the corresponding assignment such as an article analysis, summary and reflection, presentation, etc. Information literacy is important in college.  Therefore, introducing learners to APA style is important.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Coaching Native Russian Speakers in Pronunciation: English for Professional Purposes
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 10 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This is an analysis of a native Russian speaker's audio recording who has minor pronunciation issues.  The learner wishes to improve her pronunciation for professional purposes. 
    The analysis includes an evaluation of the learner's speaking using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).  There are suggestions offered on how the learner can improve her pronunciation in order to develop more confidence in public speaking situations.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Using Film to Engage Learners in Mindful Discussions about Intercultural Communication
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 09 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This resource will help ESL instructors teach abstract concepts to students about intercultural communication.  Learners will engage in higher order thinking skills analyzing the metaphors from the film and applying them to Chapter One of the textbook.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Bilingual College Course or Spanish Speakers: Intercultural Communication
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    By Bernadette M. Lopez-Fitzsimmons | 02 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson was taught in a bilingual course, Intercultural Communication, taught in English and Spanish to Spanish-speaking undergraduate students.  This is their first semester in a two-year associate's degree program.  The use of film engaged students in connecting the concepts from the textbook to a true story about three Maori girls in Australia who are abducted by authorities from the department of aboriginals. Students will develop inquiry-based skills, linking the text to the events in the film. They will also connect the concepts to the metaphors used in the film. They will be able to practice their English language skills -- speaking, listening, reading, and writing -- using academic and professional English. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Phonics-Toon, My Fin is Fine
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    By Khidar 'AB' Abdullah | 27 Sep 2017
    Resource Description: Phonics=Toons (PT) is a series aimed at gapping the digital divide. PT work best as an enhancement resource that can be used in/out of the classroom. My Fin is Fine, enriches students use of  CVCe/CVC vowel 'i' words. Attached is the PDF version preview, it lacks many pages due to the limitations of PDF. The toon can be watched on their phones and pads, while they are on the go or at home.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Using Humor to Enhance Language and Culture Instruction
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    By John Rucynski, Jr. | 13 Sep 2017
    Resource Description: This webinar offers a lively balance of the why and how of using humor in English language teaching. The presenter starts with an overview of current research about humor in language education and follows with practical demonstrations of a range of ways to include humor in the language teaching classroom. Finally, the presenter offers suggestions for the future of research on humor in English language education.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Intellectuals in America
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    By Suzanne Warsinsky | 29 Aug 2017
    Resource Description: This is the introductory lesson for a content unit on intellectualism in America. In this lesson, the students will have pre-read the article “What Happened to America’s Public Intellectuals?” from the July 2017 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine. In pairs and small groups, they will learn about American intellectual history and influence while experiencing the reading skills of scanning, looking for organizational structure and comprehension, and identifying multimodal writing type.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans