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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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  • 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
  • [S]Global Inquiry in the ESL Classroom
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    By Meriwynn Mansori, Emily Liebtag | 13 May 2015
    Resource Description: Curriculum designers from VIF International Education will discuss how to design global inquiry-based lessons that not only address TESOL proficiency standards, but also engage students in authentic cross-cultural projects. You will hear an overview of the research supporting the use of global project-based inquiry, examining components such as cooperative grouping strategies, highly contextualized hands-on learning, culturally responsive teaching, and meaningful technology use.

    You will also discuss the advantages of using global project-based inquiry with English language learners and how both TESOL Proficiency Standards and best practices in ESL teaching align with each stage of the inquiry process. Using a global topic and a TESOL Performance Indicator as starting points, you will engage in a brainstorming session with presenters about how to use global inquiry in your own classrooms.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Implementing a Research Agenda
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    By Christine Coombe, Dudley Reynolds | 29 Apr 2015
    Resource Description:
    Goals for the TESOL 2014 Research Agenda include

    *supporting the efforts of individuals new to conducting their own research
    *providing guidance about potential topics and ethical methods for inquiry
    *promoting dialog between doers and users of research

    This seminar will discuss ways to use TESOL’s Research Agenda as a springboard for developing a personal research agenda:

    *finding topics that are meaningful for your practice but also interesting to others
    *framing research questions that drive not just one study but multiple investigations
    *anticipating and overcoming some of the challenges that arise when implementing a study

    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Teaching Modals Across the Levels
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    By Colin Ward | 22 Apr 2015
    Resource Description: This is the third of four webinars on issues in teaching and learning grammar for facilitating academic language development. This webinar will deal with teaching modals to all levels of English language learners.

    Key to expressing meaning in English across registers and in a wide range of contexts, modals are also a significant source of difficulty for English language learners, in no small part because of their notorious quirkiness. English modals are a system of systems, whose members pose semantic and pragmatic issues as well as form issues.

    This seminar will consider important aspects of teaching modals, including focus on form and basic language functions for beginning learners and appropriate use of modals for hedging in high-level academic writing. In doing so, it will also show how language learning at each level is scaffolded by, reinforces, and extends language learning at previous levels. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars