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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • [S]Digital Stories As Creative Projects for Online Teaching
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    By Polina Vinogradova | 22 Apr 2020
    Resource Description: With the current need to move English language classes online for synchronous and asynchronous learning, collaborative and creative projects can help sustain students’ focus and motivation while facilitating further development of English language skills. This webinar will explore how digital stories – short multimodal personal narratives – can engage English language learners in a series of collaborative assignments developed to meet language and content learning objectives. Webinar participants will be guided through the steps of digital story production, will explore how these steps can facilitate the development of integrated language skills, and will be invited to think how these projects can be adjusted based on students’ variable access to technology and reliable Internet.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Peer Review: A Jigsaw Approach
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    By Victoria I. Walls, MFA | 15 Apr 2020
    Resource Description: This is a jigsaw approach to peer review used in my rhetoric and research class (EAP 1900). Students are required to conduct peer review at least once during the drafting stages of each major project. This activity has been applied to research proposals, bibliographies, argumentative essays, reflective essays, and presentations. I am including the prompt and a sample rotation manual for illustration. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • [S]Game-Based Learning for English Language Learners
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    By Kristen Chapron | 08 Apr 2020
    Resource Description: Game-based learning is a fun and engaging way to reach ALL students (including ELLs). Explore iCivics games and intentional scaffolds for students navigating the complex academic vocabulary of social studies & civics. There's even an option to play in Spanish! But the games are just the meat of the iCivics game sandwich. Come explore all of the new resources to make the sandwich complete, including Extension Packs with suggested ELL modifications for different levels of language learners. This workshop is designed for social studies and ELA teachers alike. Whether you have a classroom full of language learners or just one, it's a "can't miss" professional learning experience to help make the academically complex language and content more accessible to all learners.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • Outlining Practice
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    By Victoria I. Walls, MFA | 24 Mar 2020
    Resource Description: This is a lesson from my EAP 1500 course (College Composition for International Students). Students were in the process of developing a film analysis, based on a movie they summarized in the previous unit.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Pronunciation of the regular plural 's'
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    By Dr Anissa Khaldi | 02 Mar 2020
    Resource Description: This lesson plan uses the approach suggested by Celce-Murcia et al. (2016) for teaching pronunciation. It starts from presentation, and moves through controlled practice, then to communicative practice. It revolves around the topic of 'healthy eating habits'. Part of the information in the lesson is taken from the website of the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/healthy-diet )
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans