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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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  • 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
  • [S]Tools for Addressing the Language Demands of Academic Interaction and Collaboration
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    By Kate Kinsella | 17 May 2017
    Resource Description: A primary goal of US college and career readiness initiatives is to ensure students in K-12 schooling and beyond develop the verbal skills to communicate effectively in diverse academic and professional settings. Orchestrating classroom interactions that significantly improve students’ language and literacy skills is both a science and an art. Simply providing text-dependent questions and opportunities to collaborate with peers will not yield impressive linguistic results. Students at every age and English proficiency level serve to gain from informed guidance in targeted language to achieve a range of communicative goals within lesson interactions, from articulating and justifying claims to restating and comparing. Drawing on extensive experience serving under-resourced youths and English learners in K-12 classrooms and college, the presenter details the language demands posed by classroom collaboration and discussion and provides practical guidance and resources to help all students become more agile and confident communicators.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • 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
  • [S]Perils or Promises: Education in the Age of Smart Machines (2017)
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    By Yong Zhao | 24 Apr 2017
    Resource Description: The world needs globally competent creative and entrepreneurial talents to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology and globalization. But schools are pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of the traditional education paradigm. Zhao proposes a new education paradigm needed for the new world.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Ruminations of an Old Language Teacher (2017)
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    By Guadalupe Valdes | 23 Apr 2017
    Resource Description: In this presentation, Valdés talks about second language acquisition theory and research from the perspective of a dedicated language teacher. She shares some of what she has learned, tells you where she looked for answers, and invites you to engage with topics that will directly or indirectly inform your practice.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • 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
  • Ed & Ted: Phonics-Toon Short Vowel 'e'
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    By Khidar Abdullah | 24 Mar 2017
    Resource Description: This is a graded reader accompanied by a phonics toon. It is based on short vowel 'e'. It is called Ed & Ted. It is a cartoon using text, audio and visuals. It also includes a printable pdf format for a reading corner. This is a first part of a series of phonics-toons I'm making to engage the digital generation of young ELLs. It is 21st Century methods to improve literacy.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Cam and Sam Part 1
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    By Khidar Abdullah | 24 Mar 2017
    Resource Description: This is part of an emerging series called Phonics-toons, that are based on synthetic phonics. Cam and Sam Part 1 is a short vowel'a' story that includes digraphs and sight words. It is animated cartoon employing text, audio and visuals. It is enriched by a printable pdf reader that can be placed in reading corners. It is geared towards the digital generation. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]PROFESSIONAL English Language Teachers in a 2.0 World (2017)
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    By Dudley Reynolds | 22 Mar 2017
    Resource Description: Educational systems everywhere want to educate more students to higher standards while cutting resources for teacher education and development. Why do they think they can? Why do we know they cannot? The 2.0 world prizes nontraditional learning, interdisciplinarity, and technology. What do professional English language teachers offer this world?
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • Reader Leaders
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    By Lee Friederich | 13 Mar 2017
    Resource Description: A Reader Leader session helps to address the difficulty ELLs sometimes have getting through and understanding assigned readings by making use of community volunteers who come into the classroom to assist the instructor by reading aloud and discussing texts with students. Addressing the gap between the student's current skills and the academic reading task at hand, a Reader Leader session (or series of sessions over the semester) can be an effective and enjoyable means of starting to close that gap, provided that the gap is not too large.  Although this activity can be applied to many other teaching situations, this particular activity is designed to help instructors ensure that students are understanding the texts upon which they are basing their essays in an entry-level source-based writing course.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Developing A Thesis for Common Ground and Points of Departure: Using NY Times A Room for Debate
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    By Lee Friederich | 24 Feb 2017
    Resource Description: This activity engages students in the process of working together to develop a "they say" thesis statement for a synthesis essay based on The New York Times online forum "A Room for Debate," a website that clusters short, opinion-based articles about current topics by experts in their field. When teaching a class with many levels of readers, it is best to choose one of the debate forums to work with, either with the instructor choosing or students voting.  The activity elicits intensive collaboration and negotiation between partners, what Vaivanpanah and Miri (2017) call a "collaborative dialogue," a higher-level and more productive task type than the "simple dialogue." The activity can be used to practice synthesizing ideas and formulating a thesis, with or without going on to write a synthesis essay.
    Resource Type: Activities