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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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  • 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]Supporting English Language Learners Through Parental and Community Engagement
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    By Meriwynn Mansori, Emily Liebtag | 23 Sep 2015
    Resource Description: Engaging with ELLs’ communities provides a rich source for building their understanding of the world around them. Too often, however, this resource remains untapped because of barriers to engaging ELL parents, many of whom feel marginalized from their child’s school experience. In this module, you will learn how to integrate parents into the school community. You will look at ways to create a school community that welcomes all parents to become active participants in their children’s education, through traditional and nontraditional approaches to communication, engagement, and logistical strategies, including, for example, international festivals, culture nights, and service-­learning projects.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [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
  • [S]Phonological Awareness: Sound Instructional Techniques for Speaking, Listening, & Vocab Development
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    By Karen Taylor de Caballero | 22 Jul 2015
    Resource Description: Stop listening with your eyes, and train your ears!  Written English distracts teachers as well as learners from what’s really happening in spoken English. Moreover, what learners perceive in spoken English is often different from what you think you're modeling for them. Participate in a series of multimodal phonological awareness activities and discover practical techniques that support a sound approach for teaching speaking, listening, and vocabulary development.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • What Is Your Dream Job?
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    By Elizabeth Wright | 19 Jul 2015
    Resource Description: In this lesson, students will learn what a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is, what is the purpose of having one and how they could make one for job applications. They will also develop job interview skills. Finally, they will engage in discussions around the intersection of women rights, labor rights, as well as immigrant rights and conclude with ways in which they can empower themselves (and each other) in order to overcome struggles caused by social injustices. This lesson is intended for an already established safe space for immigrant women who already know each other.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Present Perfect Tense vs Past Simple Tense
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    By Tamer Osman | 08 Jul 2015
    Resource Description: This resource helps students understand the difference between present perfect and simple past tense. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Family and Community Outreach for English Language Learners
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    By Sarah Sahr | 05 Jul 2015
    Resource Description: This presentation, given at the ATF Teach 2015 Conference, highlights the work TESOL has been completing with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. This grant is a three year project working with school administrator, in-service teachers, and pre-service teachers on community & family outreach.
    Resource Type: Other