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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]Whole School Essentials for Dual Language Programs
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    By Yvonne Freeman and David Freeman | 28 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: There are several whole school essentials that should be present for dual language programs at the elementary or secondary level to succeed. The presenters describe five essentials practices for effective dual language programs, supporting each with PowerPoint slides with pictures of classrooms, documents, and explanations from dual language educators.
     
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Peer Reviewing Manuscripts for Journals: Editors' Perspectives
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    By Mary Jane Curry, Yasuko Kanno and Paul Kei Matsuda | 28 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Peer reviewing is an essential part of the process of publishing high-quality new research articles and other types of articles. In this session, three editors of journals in the field of TESOL discuss the purposes of peer review, what goes into a good review, and how to become involved in journal reviewing.
     
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Seventy Five Years of Assessment Innovation at the British Council
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    By The British Council | 28 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: This session explores the history of innovation in language testing at the British Council. Innovations range from using recordings to standardise speaking assessment in the 1940s to the development of the first communicative EAP test (ELTS) in the 1970s introduction of an accessible and localisable testing service in the 2010s.
     
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Making Grammar Great Again: Documenting International Experiences With Online Portfolios
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    By Katie McClintic and Amy Jammeh | 28 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: “Grammar is boring!” The presenters debunk this belief by focusing on the use of online portfolios to create meaningful tasks, while discussing successes, challenges, and future recommendations implementing online portfolios. Participants, regardless of their comfort with technology, explore ways to maximize student engagement using online portfolios in their own classrooms.
     
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • [S]Advocating for ELLs in the Era of Trump
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    By Jackie Ridley, Nicole King and Esther Yoon | 28 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: This session presents an empirical study on teacher advocacy in three K–16 ELT contexts. Analysis revealed that while students expressed confusion and insecurity amidst the U.S. political climate, teachers’ advocacy efforts positively influenced student affect and sense of identity. Implications for teachers and future research are discussed.
     
    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • How to Teach Reported Speech in 3 Steps
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    By Insights to English | 22 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Reported Speech, or Indirect Speech, isn't the same as Direct speech.  Students need to learn how to go from one to the other.  To make it easier for them, here is a video featuring 3 steps to make that change.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • The Eight Planets Orbiting the Sun
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    By Qi Jiang | 22 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Students are required to learn some basic knowledge of the Solar system and usage of ordinal number with certain sentence structures. Students will know the basic characteristics of the Eight Planets, such as size, color and the order of orbits by which planets circle around the Sun, through collecting information from reading materials, video clip and exchanging views with classmates. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]Why Educators Need Equity Literacy More Than Cultural Competence
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    By Paul Gorski | 14 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: One of the weaknesses of many common “diversity” frameworks in the United States is that they are built around vague notions of “culture” rather than strong commitments to equity. The result is a network of equity initiatives that are no real threat to inequity. In this session I will discuss the equity literacy framework — a framework for strengthening educators literacy related to equity. Its key principle is that there is no path to equity that does not involve a direct confrontation with inequity. The presenter will discuss what equity work looks like when it is really designed to be a threat to the existence of inequity.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Swap Meet
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    By Amy Crofford | 13 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Swap meet is a language activity to practice the recognition of subjects and predicates.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Technology in Language Acquisition Research and Pedagogy
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    By Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) & Applied Linguistics Interest Section (ALIS) | 13 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: 6 March 2018

    Presenters: Dr. Shannon Sauro, Malmö University, and Dr. Volker Hegelheimer, Iowa State University

    Moderator: Dr. Christel Broady, Georgetown College 

    Coordinators: Christel Broady (CALL-IS), Olga Griswold (ALIS),  Kathryn Howard (ALIS), and Claudio Fleury (CALL-IS)
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Simplifying the rules for (all) Conditionals
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    By Insights to English | 08 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: a video on how to teach Conditionals in a way that makes it easier for students to remember
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • How to Fix 3rd-Person 'S' Mistakes
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    By Insights to English | 08 Mar 2018
    Resource Description: Plenty of students make mistakes with having an 's' at the end of verbs following third-person subjects, either by not including it when they should, or by including it when they shouldn't.  If it's not addressed when students are beginners, it can continue to be a problem for intermediate students.

    Here's a trick to help students identify those mistakes, or even prevent them from making them in the first place.  It's called "the One Red 'S' rule".
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Teaching Languages within an Intercultural Perspective Approaches and Insights from Practice
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    By Michelle Kohler | 28 Feb 2018
    Resource Description: While a great deal of theorizing of intercultural approaches to language teaching has emerged in recent decades, there remains limited understanding and examples of how it may be realized in practice. The aim of this seminar is to examine approaches and examples from practice, considering how teachers of languages attend to an intercultural perspective, and how they enact their role as mediators, a role that presents a number of challenges.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Plans for the Weekend
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    By Kimberly Park | 15 Feb 2018
    Resource Description: A grammar lesson on when and how to use "going to" versus "will" to describe future plans.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Introducing referencing using the Jigsaw cooperative model in tertiary classrooms.
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    By Doaa Hamam | 08 Feb 2018
    Resource Description: The purpose of this activity is to introduce the APA referencing system.
    Resource Type: Activities