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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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  • Reading Lesson : Miguel's Dream
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    By Moises Alcantara Ayre | 09 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: This is an 80-minute reading lesson that focuses on reading for details and on using the information from the text to help students think about their own dreams in life.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • FAMILY LIFE
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    By Oksana Moroz | 07 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: Family Life lesson plan is aimed at students of intermediate level, particularly multilingual students. This lesson is designed and oriented toward the development of Speaking and Listening Skills.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Street Food: Fresh Ideas for Class
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    By Luke Meddings | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Teacher training and course books tend to focus on formal presentation, as if teachers were running a restaurant where every lesson has to be a perfectly structured three-course meal. But sometimes the best teaching is more like street food, where we whip something up in response to student needs and the mood on the day. What ingredients do we need in our teaching 'cupboard' to improvise in this way? And why does the simplest food often taste the best?

    We'll focus on teaching with minimal resources, stocking our mental cupboard each day with new ideas and - of course - using fresh ingredients. Mexican street food is very fashionable in London right now, and this session aims to find out if *antojitos* hold the key to more engaging teaching and learning.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Optimizing Integrated Skills Development: Re-examining Technology and Teacher Roles
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    By Miralynn Faigao Malupa-Kim | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: The continuous presence and involvement of technology in the language classrooms has caused teacher roles to evolve. Identifying teacher roles, as well as technology roles, is essential in creating activities that will help optimize integrated skills development among learners. To re-examine these roles, a matrix called Technology-integration Decision (TiD) Matrix is proposed. This matrix allows teachers to systematically integrate technology into their favorite traditional integrated-skill activities efficiently.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Mexican Students and Updated Methodology: A Perfect Match!
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    By Mario Herrera | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Current ELT methods, particularly those supported by the principles of Assessment for Learning, require an enthusiastic, interactive, socially oriented student… and Mexican students fit the profile perfectly! They are eclectic and open to trying new things.  They are amazed and amused, and not afraid to show it. They are open to expressing their insights, and doubts and stand if front of their peers. The students form a perfect match between methodology and learners.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [S]Teachers Engaging with Research: Why and How?
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    By Deena Boraie | 04 Nov 2015
    Resource Description: TESOL Symposium, Cancun, Mexico: Although, the relationship between research and teaching is important because teachers need useful and practical knowledge that is empirically based about how students learn and how to help them learn better, yet a gap exists between classroom practice and research. This paper discusses why or why not do teachers engage with research and proposes possible directions to enhance teacher research engagement bridging the divide between teachers and researchers.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • [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