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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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  • Incorporating Content and Language in Assessment
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    By Charlotte Hogan | 14 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This resources includes assessment models which could be modified for any content area or language proficiency.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Project: My Life
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    By Jeff Dionne | 07 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: A fairly quick and easy presentation assignment for any level of ESL student.  Includes a rubric.  Useful for teaching proper presentation skills.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Participation Rubric
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    By Jeff Dionne | 07 Mar 2016
    Resource Description: This is a participation rubric intended for use during class time which allows teachers to properly assess the level of effective and meaningful participation for each student.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Examing Engineering in Our Daily Lives
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    By Eric H. Roth | 29 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: This search and share webquest activity asks students to select, summarize, and lead a small group discussion on an engaging example of engineering in our daily lives. This reproducible one-page worksheet can be used either as a homework or an-inclass research assignment leading to a communicative activity that sheds light on how technology continues to evolve. It can generate authentic discussions on significant contemporary developments, shifts, and issues.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Connecting Wordless Books to Websites, Apps, and other Texts to Create Enthusiasm!
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    By Gilda Martinez-Alba, Judith Cruzado-Guerrero | 24 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: This interactive session will begin by providing a brief overview of research-based information about the various uses of wordless books.  We will then provide a snapshot into highly rated wordless books.  Lessons to go along with the books, including apps and websites to use related to the books will be shared.  In addition, how wordless books might be used for different age and/or language proficiency levels will be discussed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • TESOL-IATEFL Online Discussion About How ESP Projects Can Create Positive Social Change
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    By TESOL-IATFL | 17 Feb 2016
    Resource Description: Experienced ESP practitioners from the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) groups of IATEFL and TESOL International Association discuss how to enhance ESP program development in English for Occupational Purposes (EOP) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) contexts and settings. Organized by Kevin Knight and hosted by TESOL International Association.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Weather Forecast
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    By Anna Kubetin | 09 Feb 2016
    Resource Description:

    This activity focuses on enhancing the content knowledge students have about different kinds of weather phenomenon throughout the world.  You can spend a few lessons teaching about different kinds of weather (see worksheet for ideas) and lead up to the students planning their own news weather forecast.  They will use the content terminology and concepts they have learned and will have the chance to practice their own speaking skills.  You can have students focus on local weather, or weather from other countries!  This is a great opportunity for them to be creative too.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Playground Scavenger Hunt
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    By Anna Kubetin | 19 Jan 2016
    Resource Description: This ​activity focuses on enhancing the content knowledge students have about the kinds of things they can find on a playground.  Students also practice following directions and will understand what a scavenger hunt is.  In lessons before the hunt, you can teach students different types of bugs, birds, clouds, trees, flowers, and rocks as content knowledge and can then tailor the hunt for them to find these specific types of creatures native to your own school-ground.  It also encourages students to use their knowledge of and learn new adjectives (shiny, squishy, round, small, etc).  You can modify the hunt based on your students' abilities and the kind of vocab you've already worked on in class.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Using Formative Assessment in the Classroom to Monitor Student Learning
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    By Lorraine Valdez Pierce | 13 Jan 2016
    Resource Description: The presenter will lead participants in examining how, when, and why they use assessments and propose using formative assessment to monitor and improve student learning.  Teachers use summative assessments at the end of an instructional unit or course of study, to assign a grade, or for annual evaluation of language proficiency.  This webinar addresses what to do in between summative assessments to determine and promote student progress toward learning targets. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Descriptive writing lesson plan for differentiated learning
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    By Divya Pandanda | 11 Jan 2016
    Resource Description: This detailed lesson plan provides teachers with an introductory lesson to the unit on developing descriptive writing skills. it takes into account the fact that different learners learn differently, thus incorporating Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. It also includes the resources that one could use the classroom, at the same time allowing teachers the flexibility to tweak it to cater to the needs of their students.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • 6 Ideas to Make The Most of Your Winter Break
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    By Stephanie N. Brown | 21 Dec 2015
    Resource Description: Are you a new ESL teacher who is winding down from your first semester teaching? Or, are you a seasoned ESL teacher who needs to relax a bit before the semester starts? Here are 6 ideas to make the most of your winter break. These ideas include: reflection, taking walks, organization, goal-setting, having a new experience, and relaxing. These may seem simple...but in the busy life of a teacher these moments are extremely valuable.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • SLWIS: L2 Classroom Writing Assessment
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: This conference call is part of a Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) discussion series. This discussion is facilitated by Deborah Crusan and focuses on the topic of assessing Second Language Writing.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Tell Your Immigration Story
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    By Wende Crow | 26 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: This is a writing activity to generate a three paragraph descriptive essay. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Dialog Journals
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    By Wende Crow | 19 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: The purpose of this activity is three-fold: first, students are expected to maintain a regular writing practice to improve communicative competence and descriptive writing. Second, students can build and improve their vocabulary for describing feelings. And finally, the teacher and students maintain an ongoing dialog throughout the quarter or semester. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Peter's Pragmatic Guide to Idiomatic English
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    By G. Peter Winnington | 10 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: A handbook of rapid solutions for French-speaking students to common difficulties in speaking and writing English.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips