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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.

Latest Resources

  • Pronunciation & World Englishes
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    By Dawn Bikowski, Javier Cantero, Diego Boada | 23 Dec 2020
    Resource Description: This video series, "A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts," is produced by instructors and participants in the TESOL Certificate: Developing an Online Teaching Program. Participants vote for a question of the week that will be discussed in the video. Then the instructor hosts a video discussion with one participant and an expert in the field to help them answer the question. It is an informal conversation among colleagues, and their hope is to strengthen their professional networks and build communities of practice.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Teaching Pronunciation Without IPA
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    By Lee Mackenzie, Jenny Valdez, Diego Boada | 23 Dec 2020
    Resource Description: This video series, "A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts," is produced by instructors and participants in the TESOL Certificate: Developing an Online Teaching Program. Participants vote for a question of the week that will be discussed in the video. Then the instructor hosts a video discussion with one participant and an expert in the field to help them answer the question. It is an informal conversation among colleagues, and their hope is to strengthen their professional networks and build communities of practice.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Teaching Content Through English: Discussing More, Lecturing Less
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    By Christopher Stillwell, PhD | 02 Dec 2020
    Resource Description: Interaction is a crucial element of instructed language learning, and it is essential to learning content as well. Among many other benefits, peer interaction gives students opportunities to personalize their learning and test their knowledge, and class-wide discussions allow instructors to assess students’ comprehension. In both instances, classes shift to more effective student-centered modes of instruction. This workshop explores techniques for preparing students for such participation, and for making the most of collaborative work and discussions.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Listening Lesson
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    By Buchen Niu | 23 Oct 2020
    Resource Description: This lesson plan is about practicing listening gap fill questions. Students should use logic and general knowledge to make predictions about listening texts and answers.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Formal and Informal Expressions in Letter Writing
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    By Buchen Niu | 15 Oct 2020
    Resource Description:

    In this activity, learners will practice the language they should use in formal and informal letter writing. Each students will receive a card with either formal or informal expression on it. Students have to stick the card on their clothes and start to find the synonym pair. Once the students find the correct pair, the students have to sit together. The students who first form a correct pair win the game.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Digital Literacy for Adults: Definition and Guidance for Today’s Needs
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    By Jamie Harris | 14 Oct 2020
    Resource Description: Literacy, in prior years, had an exclusive focus on print. In the 21st century, new technologies integrated in all areas of life have required an additional set of literacy skills. Terms such as digital competence, information and communications technology (ICT), e-learning, and digital literacy seek to address needs in current and future contexts. While there are differences between these definitions, there is a consensus: digital skills are necessary for employment, academia, and various other contexts in adults’ lives. During this program, participants will explore elements adult learners must address to become digitally literate, provided in the Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners and examine practical application of these elements through lesson activities and curated resources found in the Digital Literacy Framework: Instructor Implementation Guide.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Plant a question and watch the answers grow - Using ‘AnswerGarden’ in the online classroom
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    By Gayle McIntyre | 09 Oct 2020
    Resource Description:

    This activity provides a fun and interactive way for students to speak or write about classmates’ opinions or interests. It is particularly useful for students to practice using quantifiers, adverbs of frequency or percentages or fractions in their communication.

    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Online Learning Strategies for English Language Learners
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    By Morgan Nixon | 07 Oct 2020
    Resource Description:

    With the shift to online education, the following questions remain:

    • "How is the online learning experience different for my English learners?"
    • "How can I teach my English learners online?"
    • "How can I effectively support English learners in online classes?"

    Online Engagement Strategies for English Language Learners is a learning experience in which global educators can understand the unique characteristics of distance learning for English learners (ELs). Through this lens, we will explore effective and practical strategies that educators can implement to support ELs in online learning environments.

    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Stage Fright - Oral Presentation Preparation
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    By Gayle McIntyre | 25 Aug 2020
    Resource Description:

    This lesson can be used when students begin learning about oral presentations.  It involves learning about stage fright, preparing and delivering a role play and a short oral presentation. It is presented as an online teaching class but could easily be done face-to-face.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Fruitful, Friendly and Fun Tips Gained from Lockdown Learning During COVID-19
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    By Charmian Lezmy | 22 Jul 2020
    Resource Description: Teaching tips for online teaching during the COVID-19 lockdown.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • [S]Teaching Newcomer Students in the Time of COVID-19
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    By Katharine Davies Samway, Lucinda Pease-Alvarez, and Laura Alvarez, Ph.D. | 17 Jun 2020
    Resource Description: Are you looking for guidance on how to best support your newcomer English learners, especially during the COVID-19 crisis with the need to teach remotely? Feeling overwhelmed? Based on research and decades of experience, the webinar presenters will provide you with instructional practices and activities that will help you develop newcomers as readers and writers of English and engage them in content learning across the curriculum. Equally important, they will share how you can advocate for these vulnerable students, many of whom have experienced multiple challenges in their home countries or in the United States, including poverty, violence, and political persecution.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Revolutionizing Language Learning With Creative Writing
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    By Patrick T. Randolph | 20 May 2020
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar cheerfully and optimistically hopes to change the way writing is approached in English language learning programs (from elementary schools to programs in higher education) by demonstrating the power of creative writing. Drawing from Randolph and Ruppert’s new book, New Ways in Teaching with Creative Writing, this session helps participants become aware of the various tools that creative writing can offer English language learners while they develop their craft. We will briefly look at the general challenges that English language learners face in their writing classes and then show how activities in poetry, prose, and dialogue can solve these issues and enhance both their critical thinking and academic writing skills. Ultimately, participants will understand how these creative writing activities promote a fun, effective, and positive writing experience that motivates their students and improves their skills. Participants are encouraged to bring a smile, a creative mind, and an energetic teaching and learning spirit to this uplifting and useful virtual seminar.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Synchronous Interactivity in Online Language Learning
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    By Dawn Bikowski and Sandy Wagner | 08 May 2020
    Resource Description: Face-to-face communications in the wake of our current pandemic have necessitated the need for teacher to student interactions via synchronous chat. With this migration to a completely online learning environment, blending face-to-face components with asynchronous learning activities, time with the instructor can capitalize on the interactive nature online offers and provide students with ways to better engage with content and other students.

    This virtual seminar will address (a) best practices for synchronous interactivity; (b) ways to incorporate common features and tools of video conferencing programs that support best practices; (c) methods for creating blending learning/flipped classroom lessons. Time for Q/A will be provided at the end of the session to give participants the opportunity to interact with the presenters on the content of the virtual seminar.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Navigating Your TESOL Career Path
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    By Liz England and Amira Salama | 04 May 2020
    Resource Description: In these uncertain times, TESOL members worldwide have a chance to re-examine their career paths. Many TESOL professionals face challenges to make career choices and identify the best professional practices throughout their careers. Where have we been? Where are we now? Where will be going in the future? These are questions that will be addressed in this webinar to help participants discover new career paths and reflect on their TESOL career choices and practices. Please join us to address these questions, to help each other and to consider ways to move forward.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • 21 Starter Questions for the Online Classroom
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    By Hetal Ascher, Tess Medlin | 24 Apr 2020
    Resource Description: Class starters (warm-ups, do nows) are a great way to engage students at the beginning of a class. These starter questions are written for the online classroom. These starters encourage students to share their thoughts, have fun, and practice English.
    Resource Type: Activities