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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]Collaborating Locally to Globally: Teacher to Teacher Innovations and Breakthroughs
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    By Mark S. Algren | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Traditional avenues of professional development (PD) –courses, conferences, and printed materials – can be supplemented in creative ways to help English teachers achieve their PD goals.  A professional development plan (PDP) can focus the choice of activities.  Local colleagues working together face-to-face or digitally can build on each other’s strengths.  Likewise, individuals can refine their Internet search skills to locate materials, or use digital platforms to build local to global networks to share innovations and breakthroughs. 
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Better English = Better Teachers?
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    By Higinio Ordonez | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Teaching English in Mexico and in all other countries presents many challenges. It has been taken for granted that English is the lingua franca, and that learning English is a necessity. However, linguistic and communicative competence are among the challenges that any professional encounters before going into teaching and then later in life as a teacher.  

    Language teachers need to speak English, but the best speaker is not always an excellent teacher. It may sound strange, but this is the reality in many parts of the world, not only in Mexico. English language teachers are often not proficient enough in English to teach their classes in the target language. Why? Reasons will be presented in this workshop along with some strategies that public institutions and some state governments have implemented with much success.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Leading Your Leader: How to Talk to Administrators about Your English Learners’ Needs
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    By Meriwynn Mansori, Kanista Zuniga | 28 Oct 2015
    Resource Description: Principals and other school leaders want to support all learners, yet the unique and complex needs of English learners may not be apparent to them. ESL teachers are often untapped resources for administrators and mainstream teachers on scheduling, program type (push-in, pull-out), and other strategies that support English learners’ needs. You will learn how ESL teachers can use their expertise to advocate for best practices in implementing programs that best support the needs of ELLs. We will share ideas about how teachers can talk to administrators and resources for implementing an effective program.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Numbers - A Peer Assessment Tool for Young Learners
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    By Melissa Pavy | 26 Oct 2015
    Resource Description: Young learners get signatures from their classmates or teachers as they work through four tasks demonstrating their mastery of numbers 1-10.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Self-Reflection Worksheet for Older Elementary School Students
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    By Melissa Pavy | 26 Oct 2015
    Resource Description: A simple chart to help older elementary school students reflect on their achievement of class goals.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Catherine's Printable Forms for Teachers
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    By Catherine Thomas | 26 Oct 2015
    Resource Description: Classroom forms that can help teachers to structure classroom activities and assess students' ​book ​reports​, essays​, and presentations.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Simple Self-Assessment Card for Young Learners
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    By Melissa Pavy | 23 Oct 2015
    Resource Description:

    This is a short self-assessment card to encourage reflection in young learners and to help teachers monitor  students' engagement and progress.

    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Ten pumpkins, please!
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    By Melissa Pavy | 20 Oct 2015
    Resource Description: A shopping activity for young learners. Students should be comfortable with numbers 1-10 and the names of vegetables before this activity.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • SLWIS: Feedback
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 20 Oct 2015
    Resource Description: This conference call is part of a Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) discussion series. This discussion is facilitated by Dana Ferris and focuses on questions surrounding feedback in Second Language Writing.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Expanding and Condensing Information in Advanced English Grammar
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    By Anne Ediger | 16 Oct 2015
    Resource Description:

    ​This virtual seminar begins by clarifying basic concepts like phrases, clauses, and sentences and then shows how complex ideas can be communicated more efficiently in academic writing by expanding and “contracting” them. Areas that cause ESL/EFL students difficulty are identified, and specific examples of common student-produced language samples will be provided. Finally, suggestions and helpful exercises for addressing these difficulties will be provided for teachers interested in helping students understand and produce complex ideas.

    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Closed Caption TV as Comprehensible Input
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    By Don Langrehr | 14 Oct 2015
    Resource Description:

    Closed-caption television is perhaps the most underutilized instructional technology for TESOL instruction.  Session participants are introduced to the use of closed-caption television technology as an ESL instructional tool.  Participants will become acquainted with teaching techniques that incorporate the use of CC-TV in the areas of vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension instruction.  CC-TV instructional techniques will be demonstrated in relation to Sheltered Instruction protocols.  In particular, we will examine CC-TV as a unique source of comprehensible input for ELL students targeting both receptive and productive language outcomes.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Culture in the Classroom for English Language Learners
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    By Meriwynn Mansori, Anamaria Knight | 26 Aug 2015
    Resource Description: A classroom designed to foster global inquiry creates opportunities for students to develop global competence and global citizenship, creating a positive climate in which English language learners will thrive. We will discuss how to use hands-on and inquiry­based approaches to create a classroom environment that supports globalizing strategies and best practices in ESL teaching. These approaches offer students create-to-learn opportunities, and they help you build a classroom that taps into your ELLs’ cultures while supporting their language development and content knowledge.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Current Issues: A Motivation-Based Course Plan for EFL Students.
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    By Howard Yuan-Hsiang Lo | 17 Aug 2015
    Resource Description: I was requested by my supervisor at the community college here in Taiwan to come up with an English class that was intriguing and appealing the adult learning community, and at the same time, motivating for English learning. I sat down with few of the EFL students, two native English-speaking teachers, and the program administrator, and we came up with this course plan that made English classes different from a traditional course, and was well received by the student community. The course had been implemented at this community college for a little over a year now. The returning student rate of this class is at 85% so far (a traditional English class at this community college is roughly at 50%). The course was mentioned by the local radio station and regarded as “innovative and informational” by the local community. The administrator and I were very pleased that such class helped EFL students call this learning experience “very satisfying”.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Describe Me!
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    By Howard Yuan Hsiang Lo | 17 Aug 2015
    Resource Description: This activity has been designed to engage students with high interactivity and lots opportunities to use their already-know vocabularies in English.  It is an interactive activity with description, comprehension, and memorization designed for open classroom/seating arrangement: students need to have space to move around a little bit in order to work in pairs. If the class is large, individuals are allowed to work in groups.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Preparing for a New Student 2
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    By Stephanie N. Brown | 07 Aug 2015
    Resource Description: This lesson is structured around supporting a revolving-door classroom with a diverse student population. Adult Refugee and Immigrant ESL classes are often changing, where new students are constantly being added to the classroom community. This lesson focuses on group dynamics and community building. Students reflect and share their own experiences as a new student, in hopes of better supporting the growing classroom. The lesson will end with an established student-created plan to support new students in their class.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans