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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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  • Traditions, Interrupted
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    By Natalie M. Ferguson | 25 Jul 2018
    Resource Description: In this activity, students practice interrupting politely as well as story-telling and culture sharing. Students are asked to tell a story about a tradition in their family or culture, and other students are tasked with interrupting politely to ask for clarification or details. This activity always has my class completely attentive and excited to listen and share! It can also be a great "icebreaker" activity to help students learn about each other. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • How to Teach INDIRECT QUESTIONS
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    By Insights to English | 18 Jul 2018
    Resource Description:

    Here's how to teach the 3 parts of Indirect Question sentence structure, whether they are reported questions or polite or formal requests or inquiries.

    The full resource is a seven-minute video.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Writing Revision Stations
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    By Lisa Tyrrell | 18 Jul 2018
    Resource Description: This resource can be used as a way to teach students how to revise and edit their own writing.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grammar Treasure Hunt
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    By Lynne Clark | 18 Jul 2018
    Resource Description: This is a lesson I use with advanced level learners as a cumulative review of all grammar points. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]TESOL 2019 Proposal Rater Training
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    By | 09 Jul 2018
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    Resource Type: Convention General Sessions
  • Frames and Reframing Recent Discussions on Communicative Competencies
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    By Teacher Educator Interest Section | 26 Jun 2018
    Resource Description: The communicative competencies have been foundational principles in TESOL/Applied Linguistics for several decades. They are included in theoretical and methodological textbooks for teacher candidates with little modification over the years. Yet, conversations on the construct of communicative competencies have continued to evolve since Canale and Swain (1980) proposed the organizational model; Celce-Murcia, Dornyei & Thurrell (1995) made some notable modifications. In recent years, Richards (2012) proposed a reconceptualization of the model by adding ideas of communicative capacity and complexity. Lotherington and Ronda (2014) posited the need to consider the communicative skills in light of digital and multimodal technologies. Lui, Ortega and Bryam (2015) explored the notions of critical intercultural competence and empowerment. Hall (2018) reasserted the importance of interactional competence. For such an important guiding principle, teacher educators and researchers need to reconsider what communicative competencies look like today and how our teacher preparation courses and materials should be evolving with these conversations. This session will review recent developments on the model of communicative competencies and facilitate an interactive conversation on how teacher educators can use this information.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Introduction to Persuasive Letter Writing
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    By Lisa Tyrrell | 14 Jun 2018
    Resource Description: This lesson plan should be used to introduce ELD 3 (English Language Development) students to writing persuasive letters.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • [S]The 6 Principles for English Learner Success
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    By Deborah J. Short and Andrea B. Hellman | 25 May 2018
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar offers an overview of the 6 core principles for exemplary teaching of English learners and their applications to classrooms, programs, and schools. Presenters share the rationale for the 6 Principles, describe effective instructional and assessment practices that support them, explain optimal conditions for English language learning, and discuss how to use 6Ps for school improvement. Participants have opportunities to ask questions and provides ideas for implementation in their educational settings.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Meaningful Lesson Planning Strategies for Transformational Learning
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    By English as a Foreign Language Interest Section | 25 May 2018
    Resource Description: As educators, sometimes too much paperwork gets in the way of MEANINGFUL lesson planning, which can seem time-consuming. In this webinar, we will explore strategies that will transition you from teacher to mentor and put into place real tactics for developing the learning potential of our students. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • On Self-Care: Reflecting, Recharging, and Saying No
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    By Teacher Educator Interest Section | 23 May 2018
    Resource Description: Teaching is one of the most challenging and rewarding occupations. This webinar will provide proven strategies for avoiding teacher burnout by empowering teachers to reflect, recharge and say no. Ideas for preparing future teachers to balance work-life demands will be shared. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • How to Teach -ED & -ING Adjectives
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    By Insights to English | 17 May 2018
    Resource Description:

    A video on how to teach Adjectives ending in -ING or in -ED/-EN.  These are also called 'Passive and Active Adjectives', or 'Participle Adjectives'.

    The video not only shows how students can understand why we use them, but also helps us to remember which is which.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Advertising
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    By Volodina Natalya | 16 May 2018
    Resource Description:
    The lesson aims to introduce and practice vocabulary “advertising” in speech; practice speaking skills
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Let Technologies Help You in the Classroom!
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    By Volodina Natalya | 16 May 2018
    Resource Description:

    Due to recent immense technological progress, both education process and language teaching has been experiencing particular changes in the way of transforming the knowledge. The CALL approach is a good possibility to broad the classroom and let your students practice 24/7. This article summarizes the main tools that are extremely helpful and effective in CALL teaching.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Teaching To Strengths: Supporting Students Living With Trauma
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    By Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes | 09 May 2018
    Resource Description: An epic number of students worldwide are being impacted by adverse childhood experiences. English language learners may experience these phenomena as refugees, undocumented citizens, unaccompanied minors, and survivors of war, civil strife, natural disasters, and more. In contrast to looking at “what is absent” in the lives of these students and their families, the presenters introduce instructional and school-wide approaches that acknowledge the many assets they bring.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Multilingual Writers & Technology: 4 Ideas from the Second Language Writing Standing Group at CCCC
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    By Second Language Writing Interest Section | 30 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: Facilitator: Emily Simnitt, University of Oregon
    Presenters: Sarah Snyder, Arizona State University; Eunjeong Lee, California State University Monterey Bay; Justin G. Whitney; The University of Utah; and Titcha Kerdsri Ho, State University of New York at Albany
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips