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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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  • LESSON PLANS FOR (1) PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE FOR REPORT WRITING (2) PHRASES AND VERBS USED IN REPORTS
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    By NYLA UZMA KHIZER | 20 Aug 2019
    Resource Description:

    Lesson Plan 1 describes how to write coherent paragraphs in the observation section of academic report writing and how to sum up ideas in the conclusion section.

    Lesson Plan 2 describes the use of linguistic features associated with specific text styles. 

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • The attempt of a supplementary exercise in the usage of articles for Japanese ELLs
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    By Kazushi Mito | 16 Aug 2019
    Resource Description:

    Abstract:

    It is well known that the most common mistake that Japanese English Language Learners (ELLs) make is with the use of articles when composing English sentences for both writing and speaking (e.g., Yamada & Matsuura, 1998; Akamatsu & Tanaka, 2008). As a Japanese-English bilingual teacher, I have been trying to correct this particular mistake, with understanding of the characteristics of the Japanese language. This is a report of an attempt to conduct supplementary exercises, particularly for Japanese ELLs, to correct their mistakes in using articles. 

    Resource Type: Activities
  • FORMATTING OF INTRODUCTION SECTION OF ACADEMIC REPORT WRITING
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    By NYLA UZMA KHIZER | 14 Aug 2019
    Resource Description: A lesson plan is designed for teaching to introduce formatting of specific text style for the students of Intermediate Part 1. The first part of academic report writing that is introduction section is practiced here with the help of activities.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]So Many ‘Englishes’! What Does This Mean for Writers and Publishers?
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    By Sherrise Roehr and Karen Spiller | 17 Jul 2019
    Resource Description: We live in an age of many ‘Englishes’! British or American English? Standard or ‘new Englishes’? And what about EFL, ESL and ELF? This webinar will take a look at the key characteristics of these labels. It will consider how they influence the content and development process of ELT materials and offer examples and tips to help writers and publishers deal with the constraints and embrace the opportunities.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Lesson Plans For Business Letter Writing
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    By Ms. Munaza Akhter | 15 Jul 2019
    Resource Description: Attached are three lesson plans for formal business letter writing. Each lesson plan is for a class of 60 minutes.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Math Screener for ELs
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    By Monica Vaughn-Flam | 06 Jun 2019
    Resource Description: This math screener aims to assess basic math computation without being language heavy.
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • [S]What We Talk About When We Talk About Interaction: Creating Online Learning Tasks
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    By Lindsay Clandfield | 06 Jun 2019
    Resource Description: Learner interaction. Interactive activities and games. Interactive software and interactive whiteboards. The word ‘interact’ and its various forms have been very popular in language education and especially in education technology. But it is increasingly used to talk about learners interacting with software, and not with each other. This talk aims to redress that balance, and looks a task design for online courses that involves learners and instructor interacting with each other either synchronously or asynchronously. I’ll look at different patterns of interaction and types of interaction that we commonly engage in virtual environments.  For the practically-minded, this talk will include several fun activities I have done with learners on Whatsapp, Facebook and online forums.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Unit Assessment Tracker and Reflection Questions
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    By Monica Vaughn-Flam | 06 Jun 2019
    Resource Description: Teachers collect pre and post test unit assessment data and answer reflection questions.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • ELPT Data Reflection Form
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    By Monica Vaughn-Flam | 06 Jun 2019
    Resource Description: Teachers can complete worksheet and answer questions about ELPT/WIDA data. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Supporting Multilingualism in the Classroom: Teachers Generating Knowledge through Innovative Practice
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    By Jim Cummins | 08 May 2019
    Resource Description: During the past two decades, there has been a significant shift in orientation among applied linguists from endorsement of largely monolingual approaches to English language teaching towards multilingual approaches that position learners’ home languages as legitimate cognitive tools and as resources for learning. The webinar will discuss the evolution of this perspective, its theoretical and empirical rationale, and future directions. A central theme in the presentation is that the legitimacy of multilingual approaches has been established by teacher-initiated instructional innovations in which teachers have assumed the role of knowledge-generators rather than simply transmitters of curriculum content.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Connected Speech Meets Digital Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) Stories
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    By James Nokes | 26 Apr 2019
    Resource Description:

    The following is an adapted, technology-mediated, connected speech activity, where learners participate in the development of a fictional world, while simultaneously negotiating connected speech features such as schwa reduction, contraction, and assimilation.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • The 3 Parts of Question Tags
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    By Insights to English | 23 Apr 2019
    Resource Description: Sometimes breaking a grammar point down into steps or parts can make it easier for the learners.  Here's a video for teachers on how to present Question Tags.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt
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    By Janice Wu | 23 Apr 2019
    Resource Description: I took my class to a farmer's market called Curb farmer's market when they were learning about the names of produce. This activity gives them practice in talking to farmers/vendors, practice their listening, speaking to customers for brief interviews, and finding items at the market.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Embodied Brains, Social Minds, Cultural Meaning: Why Emotions Are Fundamental to Learning (2018)
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    By Mary Helen Immordino-Yang | 02 Apr 2019
    Resource Description:

    Immordino-Yang presents her research on the neuropsychology of social-emotional feelings, including their deep visceral roots in the feeling and regulation of the body and consciousness, their propensity to heighten one’s own subjective sense of self-awareness and purpose, and their connections to memory and cultural learning. 

    Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
     is a social-affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies social emotion and self-awareness across cultures, connections to resilience and morality, and implications for education. She is associate professor of education, psychology, and neuroscience at the University of Southern California. A former public junior high school science teacher,  she has been named among the most influential scholars in education by Education Week’s RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. She has received numerous national awards for her research and for engaging the public with science, and in 2015 she was elected president of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society.

    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Engaging Language Learners in the 21st Century (2018)
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    By Zoltán Dörnyei | 02 Apr 2019
    Resource Description:

    ELLs face an unprecedented variety of distractions in today’s globalised, digital age. Finding ways of generating student motivation and engagement has become a principal challenge for classroom practitioners. Dörnyei outlines a comprehensive framework of strategies to engage learners with aspects of the learning environment, language learning tasks, and target language.

    Zoltán Dörnyei is professor of psycholinguistics at the School of English, University of Nottingham. He has published extensively on various aspects of language learner characteristics and second language acquisition, and he is the author of more than 20 books, including "Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom" (2001), "Research Methods in Applied Linguistics" (2007),"Motivating Learners, Motivating Teachers: Building Vision in the Language Classroom" (2014, with M. Kubanyiova), "The Psychology of The Language Learner Revisited" (2015, with S. Ryan) and" Motivational Currents in Language Learning: Frameworks for Focused Interventions" (2016, with A. Henry and C. Muir).

    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions