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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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  • A Million Years Ago (song)
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    By Élida Moriyasu | 13 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: A song activity by Adelle that rovides practice of verbs in simple past
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Famous Guest Interview
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    By Dr. Phillip Elliott | 13 Nov 2017
    Resource Description: Students act as HOSTS and MYSTERY GUESTS on a TV program. Teacher offers guidance through a HOST worksheet and a MYSTERY GUEST worksheet. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Thinking on Your Feet: A Vocabulary Game
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    By Beverley Woodward | 31 Oct 2017
    Resource Description:

    In intermediate ESL writing courses, students learn a great deal of vocabulary related to writing in English. These vocabulary words and phrases are used throughout their writing courses to discuss how to write paragraphs, essays, and research papers. The vocabulary words will also be used in future ESL writing courses. This lesson is designed to help students review writing vocabulary to prepare for a midterm or final exam. It also challenges them to “think on their feet” as they explain what the vocabulary words mean to their classmates.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Practicing with Adjectives
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    By Beverley Woodward | 31 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Being able to use adjectives correctly in sentences is essential to write well in English. Adjectives add details and description to sentences. This lesson is included in a “parts of speech” unit for a beginning-intermediate ESL writing course. It is a group activity that gives students practice using adjectives in sentences. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Fun with Ambition Idioms!
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description:

    This lesson was originally taught to international students had attained high intermediate proficiency in English. It can also be taught to secondary education English learners and adult learners.

    The lesson is based on SIOP.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Movies
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    By Mayar Ahmed | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: In this lesson, ss read movie synopses to answer gist and specific information. Firstly, ss remember as many types of films as they can, then they match movie posters to the type of movie. T pre-teaches some vocabulary items related to the text then ss read for gist then for specific information. At the end, ss write movie summaries or synopses like the model they have in the reading text. Then they read each other's synopses and vote on the most interesting movie.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Acceptable and unacceptable social behaviour
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    By Mayar Ahmed | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: In this lesson, Ss practice speaking about acceptable and unacceptable social behavior. Firstly, Ss take a quick quiz about social customs to challenge them,  arouse interest and elicit the theme of the topic. Then, ss listen to speakers from different countries about their customs to take notes. Then they speak in pairs about possible problems for foreigners in their country and some tips to help them and eventually role play locals advising foreigners on what (not) to do.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • SLWIS: Supporting ESL Graduate Writers
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: Michelle Cox (Cornell University) and Nigel Caplan (University of Delaware) discuss strategies for supporting ESL graduate student writers, advocating for graduate writing services, and working with faculty across the university.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Teaching English Across the Content Areas: Science -- Newton's Three Laws of Motion, The Third Law
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons and Shannon Browne | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: The unit focuses on Newton's Three Laws of Motion.  This is third lesson in the unit in a twelfth grade physics course.  This lesson focuses on the third law of motion. 
    In previous lessons, students had learned about the first two laws of motion and their importance in physics.  The target population is twelfth grade intermediate English language proficiency.
    Learners/students will be asked to call upon prior knowledge of the previous two Laws of Motion that were introduced in the first and second lessons of this unit. The teacher will explain that today they are going to learn about the Third Law of Motion.
    The teacher will ask two learners/students to come of the front of the class. She will give both learners/students a small medicine ball and ask them to roll the balls toward each other so that the balls can hit each other. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Teaching English Across the Content Areas: The American Constitution (Social Studies)
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    By Shannon Browne and Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 18 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This unit plan presents the American Constitution and Political System to learners. It is a 12th-grade Social Studies Lesson about American Government, its political system and the distribution of powers and responsibilities: Legislative, Executive and Judicial. It is the second lesson of the unit.

    In the first lesson, learners/students learned about the philosophy and ideologies of the Enlightenment and Pre-Enlightenment Period. The Enlightenment intellectuals conceptualized the foundations of basic human rights and the importance of representative government which influenced the framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]A Research Symposium: Building an Inclusive, Sustainable Research Community in TESOL
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    By | 13 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: TESOL International Association and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) present their first research symposium. Experienced and novice researchers, as well as ELT practitioners and administrators, are encouraged to attend. Registration will open in November 201​6.
    Resource Type: Live Event Resources
  • Introduction to the American Psychological Association (APA) Style: In-text Citations and References
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 10 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson is integrated into a bilingual course on Intercultural Communication = Comunicación Intercultural. The lesson is introduced as learners prepare to cite sources in essays and oral presentations using presentation software like PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Prezi. Learners are former students with interrupted formal education (SIFE), higher education opportunity program (HEOP), or newcomers.  They are enrolled in a three-credit course in a two-year associate's degree program.
    Learning APA style is important in this course and in their entire college experience.  Since APA is very tedious and complex, the lessons are integrated into the course syllabus. Each mini lesson is scaffolded according to the corresponding assignment such as an article analysis, summary and reflection, presentation, etc. Information literacy is important in college.  Therefore, introducing learners to APA style is important.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Coaching Native Russian Speakers in Pronunciation: English for Professional Purposes
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 10 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This is an analysis of a native Russian speaker's audio recording who has minor pronunciation issues.  The learner wishes to improve her pronunciation for professional purposes. 
    The analysis includes an evaluation of the learner's speaking using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).  There are suggestions offered on how the learner can improve her pronunciation in order to develop more confidence in public speaking situations.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Pronunciation Lesson: Differentiating between /v/ and /f/ sounds
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    By Amanda D'Alto and Bernadette M. Lopez-Fitzsimmons | 09 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This lesson plan helps learners pronounce the /v/ and /f/ sounds in English.  The articulation features considered are: /v/ =  labiodental, fricative, and voiced; /f/ = labiodental, fricative, and voiceless. This lesson uses Total Physical Response (TPR), a pair share activity to identity the words pronounced, and tongue twisters.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Using Film to Engage Learners in Mindful Discussions about Intercultural Communication
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    By Bernadette M. López-Fitzsimmons | 09 Oct 2017
    Resource Description: This resource will help ESL instructors teach abstract concepts to students about intercultural communication.  Learners will engage in higher order thinking skills analyzing the metaphors from the film and applying them to Chapter One of the textbook.
    Resource Type: Activities