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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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  • Literary YouTube Channel
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    By Michael Sommer | 15 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: SOMMER'S WORLD LITERATURE TO GO is a YouTube channel that provides short and entertaining summaries of the most important works of world literature in a maximum of 10 minutes - with the help of Playmobil figures. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • LBL Lesson Plan for EFL Teachers in STEM
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    By Abram Jones | 09 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: This is a sample lesson plan for teacher training, which focuses on learn before lecture (LBL) methodology. It may be used as a professional development unit for L2 English speaking university professors from a multicultural university environment where the language of instruction is English. The background reading for the unit would be conducted in English as would the PD session and all assigned work for the professor-students. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Basic Academic Process Writing for Adult English Language Learners
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    By Krista Boddy, Sufang Hou, Adele Lonas | 07 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: The resource is a curriculum consisting of eight thematic units, designed to provide specific scaffolded preparation for AELLs to successfully pass the essay portion of the Accuplacer WritePlacer, CCPT and the new GED. It can be adapted for the essay portion of other Community College entrance exams. We have developed the scope and sequence of all eight units, and the lessons for one full unit (Unit 3).
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act: What TESOL Educators Need to Know
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    By Ellen Fern | 01 Nov 2016
    Resource Description: In Decemeber 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA brings sweeping policy changes to the K-12 arena that all educators should be aware of. With a primary focus on the changes to Title I and Title III, this webinar will provide a broad overview of the law and how it affects English learners and TESOL professionals.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Translanguaging Pedagogy in TESOL Classrooms
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    By Tatyana Kleyn, Kate Menken, Maite Sanchez | 19 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: This session will give participants an overview of translanguaging theory – which is the flexible and dynamic use of students’ language repertoires to support learning English and content areas, as well as to develop home language practices in schools.  Examples from K-12 classrooms, along with their impact on teaching and learning in ESL settings will be provided and analyzed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Preparing Mainstream Elementary Pre-Service Teachers to Work with ELLs: Observations from Florida
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    By Teacher Education Interest Section | 13 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: In this webinar, Dr. de Jong (TESOL President-Elect) shares several innovations she has implemented at her college of education to deepen the knowledge base of mainstream educators about effective ELL instruction in K-12 schools.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Voter Education Guide
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    By NASP | 13 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: This is a Voter Education Guide Related to Mental Health and Education, Natural Disaster Handout, and Social Justice Material shared with TESOL from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Time Saving Tips for Video Editing
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    By Video and Digital Media Interest Section | 07 Oct 2016
    Resource Description: In this video by the Video and Digital Media Interest Section chair, Julie Lopez shares her process for making a film and how she saves time in post-production (editing). Please feel free to leave a comment or question below!
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • The Sphinx without a Secret - Oscar Wilde - Text and Questions
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    By EFL Classics | 30 Sep 2016
    Resource Description:

    A classic short story by Oscar Wilde, especially adapted for English learners. The download also includes a glossary of unfamiliar words, general understanding questions, and detailed grammatical analysis of the text, as well as some literary questions to consider.  Some ideas are including on how short stories could be used by language learners. Audio material is also available. This is one in a series of 60 books for English language learners.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • SLWIS: Teaching Effective and Varied Summarizing
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Sep 2016
    Resource Description: This conference call is part of a Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) discussion series. This discussion is facilitated by Ann Johns and focuses on teaching summarizing in Second Language Writing.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Generation 1.5 - Reaching Them, Teaching Them
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    By Eileen M. Cotter | 21 Sep 2016
    Resource Description: While the success of Generation 1.5 students has been recognized as a growing challenge for our colleges and universities since the term was first applied to these L2 US high school graduates in 1999, how higher-education institutions can respond to their needs most effectively has not been widely understood. This seminar will cover questions in defining, assessing, supporting and teaching this significant population.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Guess Who
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    By Pragati Sharma | 13 Sep 2016
    Resource Description: This is a simple yet very impactful board game which can be used to actively involve the learner and energize the learnig environment. The game is called - GUESS WHO .Its a mystery face guessing game with pictures of 24 very different looking people. The aim of the game is to guess the person which the opponent has selected. This is to be done by asking questions (both close ended and open ended). The game can be customised as per the age group of the learners.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • What Fashion Means to You
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    By Pragati Sharma | 13 Sep 2016
    Resource Description: What fashion means to one person will be completely different from the next. Fashion, has always been a fascinating and almost relaxing subject in my class. It is especially popular amongst my female students (trying not to be stereotypical here) . This activity is a step towards a session on ‘Fashion’ for ESL learners with an aim to learn plenty of vocabulary ,adjectives and to be able to confidently present one’s personal views and opinions about fashion and dressing up styles.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • English with Kris Amerikos
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    By Kris Amerikos | 29 Aug 2016
    Resource Description: This is a YouTube channel with free English as a Foreign Language videos lessons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJDPZQ3ykSD4qM2boqah8rw?sub_confirmation=1

    Here you can find grammar lessons, pronunciation lessons, vocabulary lessons, and even a daily video on phrasal verbs.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • VDMIS: Create Different Videos (with filming tips)
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    By Elke Stappert | 29 Aug 2016
    Resource Description: An overview of videos teachers and students can create for the English classroom and for outside of class practice. Plus: Basic filming tips from framing to zooming.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips