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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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  • 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
  • Paddington: A Movie and Discussion Activity
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    By Andrea Rakushin Lee | 30 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: This is a supplementary lesson for students to help them learn more about the experiences of immigrants. It could be used as a supplementary lesson in ESL/EFL speaking or integrated classes. It could also be used in culture and elective classes that address broad issues. Movie days are usually rare. This could be used for a special class day or a substitute teacher day (if applicable).
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • U.S. History Resources
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    By Andrea Rakushin Lee | 26 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: The list provided in this teaching tip is of various resources related to U.S. history. This is not an exhaustive list of resources for every major period of U.S. history. This list was created to help teachers brainstorm ideas for U.S. history lessons. The tips and resources provided are intended for a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) class in U.S. history or for general lessons related to U.S. history in ESL/EFL classes. Adaptations may be needed depending on the students’ level and age. Some of these ideas can be used for other types of history classes or lessons.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • TKT CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Exam Resources
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    By Andrea Rakushin Lee | 26 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: This resource provides helpful websites and materials to prepare for the TKT CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) Exam.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Sharing Your Knowledge: How to. . . Presentations
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    By Jessica Hunsdon | 25 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: How to Presentations can provide an excellent opportunity for adult learners of English to share their own knowledge and experiences and learn from each other while practicing some very important skills.  This lesson was taught in an informal ESL Conversation Class over the course of two 90 minute classes using a Task-Teach-Task instructional cycle.  

    Task-Teach-Task is a simplified task-based instruction (TBI) framework that focuses on using lead-in tasks (Task 1) to support instructors in diagnosing needs of students and helping learners self-assess their own knowledge.  This formative assessment data is then used by the instructor to provide targeted instruction (Teach) based on the focal language feature(s) elicited by the first task (Task 1) and once again demonstrated in a different task (Task 2).  

    This lesson includes many resources which may be adapted for  different contexts.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Task-Based Instruction: Task-Teach-Task Lesson Plan Template
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    By Jessica Hunsdon | 22 Jun 2015
    Resource Description:

    After attending a Task-Based Instruction (TBI) workshop at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in March 2015, I began to think about ways that I could implement these ideas in my own adult ESL context.  Task-Teach-Task is a simplified TBI framework that focuses on using lead-in tasks (Task 1) to support instructors in diagnosing needs of students and helping learners self-assess their own knowledge.  This formative assessment data is then used by the instructor to provide targeted instruction (Teach) based on the focal language feature(s) elicited by the first task (Task 1) and once again demonstrated in a different task (Task 2).  In this instructional cycle, tasks are strategically developed with a focus on conveying meaning, eliciting language that is used by the learner for a communicative purpose and facilitating interaction and collaboration while utilizing focal language features. Over the course of six-weeks, I specifically practiced implementing Task-Teach-Task with feedback from other ELT Professionals and developed a template and several lessons.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Grammarly
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    By Grammarly | 16 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: Grammarly is a free grammar checker that works anywhere online. Its algorithms check for contextual spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. For each mistake the software flags, it provides explanation cards to help the writer learn English grammar rules through practice and repetition. 
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • [S]Demystifying English Idioms: Helping Teachers Help Students Learn Idioms
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    By Patrick T. Randolph, Paul McPherron | 03 Jun 2015
    Resource Description: Cat Got Your Tongue_smIdioms and idiomatic language are some of the most interesting and creative vocabulary terms to learn in any language. At the same time, idioms stubbornly resist easy classification and are some of the most difficult vocabulary terms to teach.

    Drawing on our own experiences as English language teachers in a variety of settings, this presentation will summarize current research and offer “best practices” for helping you and your students find effective ways to address idioms in your classrooms. You will view a variety of examples of fun and effective activities as well as participate in an open discussion on teaching idioms.

    This virtual seminar is based on the presenters’ book on teaching and learning idioms, Cat Got Your Tongue?: Recent Research and Classroom Practices for Teaching Idioms to English Learners Around the World, published by TESOL Press in 2014.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Phrase Builder – FREE app to build your phrases in ANY LANGUAGES
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    By Phuong Pham | 28 May 2015
    Resource Description: Teachers can use this app with students and guide them to build their own bank of phrases in the language(s) they're learning. The testing feature will enable students to practice the phrases and remember them for use.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Words and Deeds: Understanding and Teaching Academic Language to ELLs
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    By Patricia DiCerbo, Lottie Baker | 27 May 2015
    Resource Description: The purpose of this seminar is to explore the meaning of academic language and offer strategies for facilitating ELLs’ academic language use in the classroom. The presenters will share major findings from their recent literature review as well as insights from classrooms and teachers. You will have the opportunity to articulate your own understanding of academic language, examine samples of academic language, and discuss academic language-focused instruction. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • SLWIS: What Are the Characteristics of a Good Writing Teacher?
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 26 May 2015
    Resource Description: This conference call is part of a new Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) discussion series. The driving question for this discussion is "What characteristics make a strong writing teacher?"
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • WHAT IS A GRUFFALO?
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    By SANDRA MORANT TARÍN | 19 May 2015
    Resource Description: This lesson plan helps students expand their speech and language patterns by using a children's short story The Gruffalo. If interested in using this lesson, the book or film must be purchased. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subjunctive Lesson Plan
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    By Elizabeth Tatz | 18 May 2015
    Resource Description: This is a lesson plan for teaching the subjunctive in a communicative manner.  Students practice using the construction through giving advice.  This is a lesson plan for 60 minute class.  It has a creative commons code for share and share alike.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans