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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]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
  • How Cultural Differences Can Benefit Your Classroom
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    By USC Rossier Online Blog | 25 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: It’s important for educators to view English language learners’ cultural differences as “funds of knowledge.” Here, Rossier professors Ferrario and Moore offer three key strategies for reaching ELLs in the classroom.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Cooperative Learning Activities Adapted for ESL
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    By Victoria Engelhardt | 20 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: Teaching EFL can be challenging when student engagement is lacking due to high teacher talk, scripted curriculum, or lack of interest. Fortunately, cooperative learning structures give students the engagement they desire while making the classroom student-centered and exciting. 
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Co-Teaching in the EFL Classroom with Cooperative Learning
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    By Victoria Engelhardt | 20 Apr 2018
    Resource Description:

    Kagan cooperative learning can give you better management, engagement and stronger students who are confident in speaking, writing, listening and reading in English. I have used it with primary, secondary and adult learners and have found that it consistently supports students academic achievement as well as social emotional learning. 


    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Integrating Social Justice Into Teacher Education & Classroom
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    By Peter Sakura, Judy Sharkey, Carolyn Lethaby, and Raichle Farrelly | 18 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: A diverse panel of TESOL experts, Peter Sakura, Judy Sharkey, Carolyn Lethaby, and Raichle Farrelly, will share international and US-based research and practice to address the integration of social justice topics into pre-service and in-service teacher education. Topics include community-based pedagogies, social justice during the pre-service practicum experience, infusing social justice in teacher preparation for interrupted formal education and refugee-background students, and dispelling gender myths during teacher preparation.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Use To-Infinitive as Subject
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    By Qi Jiang | 12 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: Students are required to read and act out a Chinese history story “Kong Rong Gave Away Bigger Pears”. They are able to learn sharing is a joy from this story. What is more, they are required to figure out the usage of to-infinitive as subject in some simple sentences. They will also make some sentences with to-infinitive as subject through a small game and a story re-telling activity.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Knowing When To Use PAST PERFECT
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    By Insights to English | 10 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: Knowing when to use the Past Perfect tense instead of Past Simple in a narrative can be confusing for students. This video shows a nice trick to ​getting it right.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Teaching Effective Oral Presentation Skills Through Cloud Voting and Audience Response Systems
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    By Doaa Hamam | 05 Apr 2018
    Resource Description:

    This resource is meant to enable teachers to give a 50 minutes session on effective presentation skills for ESL students using cloud voting systems and audio response systems.

    The students will work in groups later to create a group presentation and present together.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Future Tense
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    By Alena Zaslov | 05 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: YouTube video describing a lesson plan for future tense.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • When IT Meets Music
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    By Elena Smykovskaya | 05 Apr 2018
    Resource Description: An online interactive video-based lesson uploaded to TEDEd platform.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • 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