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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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  • [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
  • 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