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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]Enhancing Young Learners' Intercultural Understanding
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    By David Valente | 26 Feb 2020
    Resource Description: The call for increased understanding between cultures has never been louder or more urgent, particularly in the world of education. But, how can English teachers working with young learners move beyond narrowly focusing on language and include a strong intercultural learning element? This seminar offers teachers creative approaches to respond to this call to action, carefully crafted for the young learner English classroom. We will begin by defining ‘interculturality’ and ‘creativity’ as well as unpacking the barriers to both in the young learner English classroom. Then, we will explore a variety of practical discovery techniques for intercultural learning, illustrated with creative lesson ideas using engaging picturebooks, songs and web quests. The activities are based on flexible teaching frameworks, adaptable to other topics with great potential for both rich intercultural understanding and English language learning.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Use of Technology in Reading Skills Development
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    By Humaira Jamshed | 31 Jan 2020
    Resource Description: The aim of the lesson plan is to provide a sample that will help ELT teachers to get guidance about the use of technology in the language teaching/learning process. As a teacher, you may want to supplement your classroom teaching with technology and online materials, so this lesson will provide you with the basics of technology usage in English language classroom.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Integrating Technology into Listening Skills Development
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    By Humaira Jamshed | 31 Jan 2020
    Resource Description: This lesson plan provides information about the technology used for developing listening skills. The tools and applications discussed here work very well in developing the listening skills of English learners.  
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Teaching Summary Writing Through Scaffolding
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    By Saima Sadiq | 30 Dec 2019
    Resource Description:

    This lesson plan has a special focus on the writing skills of ESL learners. Students will develop their summary writing skills through scaffolding.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Creating Imaginative World
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    By Saima Sadiq | 30 Dec 2019
    Resource Description:

    This activity enhances imagination and conception of new ideas and enables the learners to speak on other than ordinary situations.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Guide for using movie "The Terminal" for ELL Teacher Training Purposes
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    By Laura Dohner | 12 Dec 2019
    Resource Description: This reading provides suggestions for using The Terminal, a romantic comedy movie starring Tom Hanks, as a means of demonstrating to ELL Teachers some of the challenges their ELL students face and L2 acquisition skills ELLs employ.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Rhetoric of Starbucks
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    By Laura Dohner | 06 Dec 2019
    Resource Description: This 14.5-minute multi-media video explores features found in the Starbucks retail environment and corporate culture.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Postcard Exchange (Sequence Paragraph)
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    By Kousar Parveen Shaikh | 05 Dec 2019
    Resource Description:

    This activity is a combination of ‘letter writing’ and ‘visualization of information.’ To cope with large-size class and time limit, the traditional ‘series of letters’ has been replaced with a ‘postcard exchange.’

    The activity can be useful as a revision, assessment, and feedback technique for any topic taught in the previous class. In this specific case here, the technique is applied to practice ‘sequencing paragraph’ that students learned in their last lesson.

    In the activity, students will be exchanging postcards to share subject matter of their previous class in shape of a sequencing paragraph, and receive peer review through a feedback card.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Statements of Causes
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    By Kousar Parveen Shaikh | 04 Dec 2019
    Resource Description: This lesson plan specifically focuses on writing skill of ESL learners. Students will reinforce their essay writing skills by exploring how to present convincing reasons behind a certain event in their texts.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Statements of Causes (Reasons)
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    By Kousar Parveen Shaikh | 04 Dec 2019
    Resource Description: This lesson plan specifically focuses on writing skill of ESL learners. Students will reinforce their essay writing skills by exploring how to present convincing reasons behind a certain event in their texts.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Team Tower
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    By Wu, Janice | 18 Oct 2019
    Resource Description: This activity allows students to collaborate with each other while constructing a tower with their team. Then, they have time to reflect on the activity. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • WHO ARE MY CLASSMATES?
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    By NYLA UZMA KHIZER | 30 Sep 2019
    Resource Description: This activity presents an example of a language lesson that uses public social networks.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Action Research in Your Language Classroom: Applicable, Collaborative and Empowering (ACE)
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    By Netta Avineri | 26 Sep 2019
    Resource Description: In this virtual seminar, we will explore how language teachers can enhance student learning in their classrooms through action research. We will discuss the eleven steps for conducting Applicable Collaborative, and Empowering (ACE) action research, reflecting upon & taking action to improve your pedagogical practices in your language classroom. There will be tips, approaches, and hands-on activities, as well as opportunities for discussion and Q&A.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Supporting Adult English Learners With The 6 Principles®
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    By Andrea B. Hellman, Kathy Harris and Amea Wilbur | 12 Sep 2019
    Resource Description: In this interactive webinar, the authors of The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: Adult Education and Workforce Development explore ways that the 6 principles can guide effective instruction when working with adult English learners. The authors describe practical strategies, including examples from classrooms. They also explore how to apply principles 1 and 2 to support special populations in different contexts as well as ways to collaborate with colleagues around the 6 principles. Bring your questions.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Just Vocabulary | ESL Podcast for learning SAT and GRE vocabulary
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    By Jan Folmer | 11 Sep 2019
    Resource Description: Just Vocabulary is a daily 5 minute (audio) podcast aimed at growing your English vocabulary. 
    The JustVocabulary podcast is a daily ESL (English as a Second Language) podcast for learners at an intermediate to advanced level from all around the world. The 5-minute audio podcast is aimed at growing your English vocabulary, and it focuses on SAT and GRE vocabulary. The goal is to improve and increase your English vocabulary, and help you with English tests like GRE, SAT, TOEIC, TOEFL, and IELTS. To enhance your learning, you can also access our vocabulary flashcard modules.
    The English language has a very large vocabulary, and the goal of the podcast is to share with the listeners the English words that I found whilst reading, listening to audiobooks, watching movies, etc.
    Resource Type: Activities