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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Developing Foundations for Academic Success: Learning to Learn
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    By Suzanne Warsinsky | 29 Aug 2017
    Resource Description: In my EAP reading/writing course, I use the first 4-5 classes to set up my students for long-term academic success by helping them develop broad, foundational areas of knowledge. This particular class assists students in learning to work in groups, on task-based projects, while reading about, sharing, discussing and reflecting upon good learning techniques and traits that can be applied across the academic spectrum and into the job market.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Commands Practice
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    By Sara Toledo | 23 Aug 2017
    Resource Description: An authentic activity for practicing writing and following commands.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • AWL Master
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    By Christina Cavage | 12 Jul 2017
    Resource Description: The AWL Master is an app (on iTunes and Google Play) that helps students learn, practice and master the academic word list.  They work on pronunciation, syllable division, meaning and collocations. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Sound-Alike Words Game: Hear & See
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    By multiple | 05 Jul 2017
    Resource Description: This game, MatchIt, helps students hear and see commonly confused Sound-alike words such as too, to, and two: there, their, and they're, and so on. It is one of the many free games provided by VocabularySpellingCity for ESL worldwide, it works on any device.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Automated NATO Alphabet for Pick and Pack Employees
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    By Christy Schaffner | 09 Jun 2017
    Resource Description: This is an interactive powerpoint presentation that teaches a modifed NATO alphabet typically used with a Talkman system for pick and pack employees.  This in-ear voice system is particularly challenging for ELLs because of the robotic nature of the voice, so this powerpoint seeks to provide additional input and support in this new "language". Presentation of the alphabet with audio and visual support is included with group controlled practices and games at the end. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Essay "New Employee Orientation Program"
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    By Mirta, Martes-Rivera | 01 Jun 2017
    Resource Description: This is an integrated lesson plan using a whole language approach for the essay “Wal-Mart Orientation Program.” This lesson plan is for teachers who teach intermediate English to learners who speak English and Spanish. It includes tasks and activities aimed at developing the students’ literary skills . It also aims at increasing  students’ understanding of the American culture, namely themes related to worksite environment. 
    In this lesson plan, students will work with pre-reading  and reading comprehension activities as well as with across-the curriculum ones. Some of the activities are designed to further develop  the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with the allied linguistic- components of grammar, vocabulary, and critical thinking.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Baseball Review Game
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    By Cari Marshall | 23 May 2017
    Resource Description: The objective of this game is to help students review and study the concepts for a midterm or final test. 
    In college, students must take many tests.  Some students know how to study for these tests but others need help.  This activity helps students review concepts learned during the class while also teaching them important rules about the American game of baseball.
    The instructions for the activity are also contained in the supporting file document at the bottom of this activity.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Use of MLA parenthetical reference
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    By Cari Marshall | 22 May 2017
    Resource Description: Once in college, students often have to write research papers for academic classes.  When writing academic papers, students need to cite sources with parenthetical reference.  Yet there are very few exercises to help students practice this important skill.  This is a lesson plan designed to help college students use correct MLA parenthetical reference for academic research papers by identifying the correct format and practice using it for quotes and paraphrases.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Second Language English Comprehensibility Global and Analytic Scales, Version 1.0
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    By Talia Isaacs, Pavel Trofimovich, Jennifer Ann Foote | 12 May 2017
    Resource Description: Thank you for accessing the first version of the Second Language English Comprehensibility scale. Please find attached some notes to guide your understanding of the way that comprehensibility is operationally defined in this scale, its intended purpose, and possible ways that you can use the scale with your students.
     
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • "My day" -Fly swatter game
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    By Lilia Gharaghashyan | 08 May 2017
    Resource Description: This is an activity and a game lesson that focuses on activating the pupils' speaking skills and the collaboration within the group. Playing the game, pupils activate their vocabulary and develop the ability of group work.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Teaching Elementary ESOL Students through the Silent Period
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    By Jeffrey Chandler, Arleen Folorunsho, Mae Wlazlinski | 27 Apr 2017
    Resource Description: Activities for newcomers to assist through the silent period and beyond. This activity was presented ​at the 2018 TESOL convention, Seattle, Washington.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • SLWIS: Teaching to Read as a Writer
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 18 Apr 2017
    Resource Description: Dr Christine Tardy, Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Arizona, discusses strategies teachers can use to exploit reading in order to improve students' writing.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips