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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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  • [S]Demystifying English Idioms: Helping Teachers Help Students Learn Idioms
    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
    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
    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?
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • [S]Evidence-Based TESOL: Teaching Through a Multilingual Lens (2015)
    By Jim Cummins | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This presentation synthesizes the instructional implications of research for K-12 and adult students with respect to the centrality of language and literacy engagement, the relevance of identity investment, and the role of L1 in learning English for communicative and academic purposes.
    Resource Type: Convention Plenary & Keynote Sessions
  • [S]Crossing Networks, Building Connections to Inspire Always-On Learners and Teachers
    By Vance Stevens | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This presentation covers 15 years experience with learners and colleagues in virtual spaces practicing engagement in online and blended contexts. It examines the burgeoning of connectivist learning opportunities from pioneer days to the proliferation of those available today, and explores why learning online reshapes our notions of engaging with students.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]The Complicities of English Language Teaching
    By Alastair Pennycook, Lynn Mario de Souza, Angel Lin, and Nelson Flores | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Given the growing role of English as a medium of education, as a supposed resource, as a regulatory mechanism for flows of students and knowledge, this panel looks critically at complicities of English language teaching in maintaining an inequitable global order through its relations to neoliberal practices and discriminatory formations.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Cognitive and Metacognitive Perspectives on English Language Development
    By Xuesong Gao, Lucilla Lopriore, Anna Uhl Chamot, Yuen Yi Lo, Xuyan Qiu, and Lawrence Jun Zhang | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: Drawing on cognitive and metacognitive perspectives on language learning, presenters in this colloquium demonstrates how learner cognition and metacognition affect their oral and reading development. They also examine how language learning can be enhanced in Content and Language Integrated Learning and through in-class metacognitive training.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Transnational Refugee Camps: ELT in the Eye of the Storm
    By Pindie Stephen, Don Dippo, Saladdin Ahmed, David Schwarzer, Farhia Abdi, and Khadar Bashir Ali | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: This colloquium focuses on ELT in camps for transnational refugees, and the role English plays in resettlement and integration. Researchers andpractitioners discuss ELT provisions ranging from crippling resources to innovative programming and resettlement work, against the backdrop of unprecedentedglobal crises amidst an increasing number of transnational refugees.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Crossing Borders: Teaching and Researching English in the Middle East
    By Silvia Pessoa and Fatima Esseili | 28 Mar 2015
    Resource Description: The presenters share their experiences teaching and researching academic English in the Levant and the Gulf regions in the Middle East. They describe their teaching contexts and on-going research projects highlighting cultural, social, political, religious, and gender issues that influence ELT in the Middle East.
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions