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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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  • Understanding Mindsets through Writing in an EFL Classroom
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    By Gülbin Özdemir Altıgöz | 03 Aug 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson plan has been designed to help the EFL teachers to raise their students' awareness and knowledge on mindsets through reading and writing. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Lesson Plan on Mentoring and Regrets
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    By Fulya Çolak | 30 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: The main focus of this lesson is on speaking which is supported with reading to lay necessary target language ground for the learners to be able to use fluently at the performance stage of the lesson.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • An Inclusive Freewriting Lesson
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    By Kivilcim Somuncuoglu | 29 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This freewriting class is designed with a wider than usual variety of learner types in mind. Oftentimes, writing plans cater to mainly visual and auditory learners given the introspective nature of writing as an act. In this plan, it was aimed to include in the needs of the kinesthetic learners as well.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Speaking Onions
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    By Fulya Çolak | 28 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: For all type of the speaking lessons, this teaching tip can be used to create more opportunities for the learners not only to practice speaking but also to bring about motivating and engaging lessons.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Practising Gerunds and Infinitives
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    By Kivilcim Somuncuoglu | 27 Jul 2021
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    This dynamic assessment resource aims to provide an exit for the introduction of gerund and infinitive forms. It can be played as a game with the participation of the whole class. The students are given two options and they are to choose the correct one. 

    Resource Type: Activities
  • Lesson Plan: Skills-based vocabulary teaching and engagement activities
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    By Gulnihal Aytekin Yuksel | 21 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson plan is about how to teach vocabulary in a skills-based program and when to use engagement strategies.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Lesson Plan on Preparing an Outline
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    By Gökhan Çetinkaya | 21 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson will help students learn how to prepare an outline before writing a paragraph.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Writing a Concluding Sentence
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    By Hilal İlhan | 20 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson will help students learn how to write an appropriate concluding sentence for a paragraph.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Unity and Coherence in a Paragraph
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    By Sabahattin Yeşilçınar | 08 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson plan is about how to ensure unity and coherence in a paragraph. 
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Lesson Plan on Writing: Unity
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    By Gökhan Çetinkaya | 08 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson will help students identify unity in a paragraph and write paragraphs in unity.
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Lesson Plan on Writing a Topic Sentence
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    By Hilal İlhan | 08 Jul 2021
    Resource Description:

    This lesson will help students learn how to write a suitable topic sentence for a paragraph.

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Writing Rating Scale
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    By Sabahattin Yeşilçınar | 07 Jul 2021
    Resource Description: This tool was developed to assess writing assignments of EFL students. A traditional rubric is generally too wordy, so it is difficult for the rater to follow each criteria while assessing an assignment. For example, if it has five columns (such as Content, Organization, Vocabulary, Accuracy, and Mechanics), each column requires at least four lines that represent the scores. This means that a rater should focus on 20 boxes(5*4). However, this one is simplified; thus, it is rater friendly. 
    Resource Type: Assessments
  • Technology Integration into Formative Assessment: H5P
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    By Merve Aydın | 01 Jul 2021
    Resource Description:

    Technology has been rapidly and significantly changing. As a result of this rapid change, the variety and accessibility of technology has increased in general. Teachers have more opportunities to use technology and their toolbox has expanded. The practical use of technology in the classroom is significant for numerous reasons. It prepares students for their roles in society, it has the potential of increasing motivation and engagement of learners, it caters to different learning styles, etc. (Eady & Lockyer, 2013). In addition, it provides numerous tools for assessment, in particular formative assessment.

     

    Formative assessment involves analyzing student performance by looking at what learners did well and what they need to improve next time. Understanding formative assessment helps teachers to follow students’ progress and adapt their teaching. In other words, formative assessment and classroom assessment, and including self-assessment, is like a mirror. Learners look at themselves in the mirror and they know where they are and they know what they look like. This helps learners to achieve their goals. Formative assessment goes beyond a score. It goes beyond what a learner did correctly, and it guides learners how to continue learning.

     

    Integrating technology into formative assessment is beneficial for several reasons. Firstly, it increases interaction and engagement of the learners especially when they are not in the physical classrooms. Otherwise, it is challenging for educators to observe the learners when they engage online activities and tasks. Additionally, self-assessment and receiving computerized feedback can be meaningful for learners to see their own process. Learners have access to language learning materials online. However, as feedback and assessment are important parts of the learning process, it is important to provide formative assessment integrated into online materials. In short, increasing engagement and interaction of the learners by providing technology integrated formative assessment should be taken into consideration carefully by the teachers to enhance their teaching.

     

    H5P is one the tools to be used while teaching English and providing formative assessment for the learners. It is an open source, free and user-friendly web tool. It is possible to create content and integrate it into an LMS such as Moodle or Blackboard. It unlocks new opportunities for language assessment both for the students and learners. It enables creating interactive assessment and presenting items.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Deduction and Speculation
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    By Merve Aydın | 30 Jun 2021
    Resource Description: A speaking and peer assessment activity on deduction and speculation forms. 
    Resource Type: Activities
  • Promoting Self-Regulation and Critical Reflection in the Writing Classroom
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    By Nilakshi Herath | 24 Jun 2021
    Resource Description:

    Self-regulated learning is an active, constructive process whereby students learn to set goals and then to monitor, regulate, and control their cognition, motivation, and behavior… (Pintrich, 2000). In tertiary level ESL writing classes, most students very often tend to remain passive and unmotivated because they lack self-regulation and critical reflection, which are crucial in producing classroom assignments in terms of reflective essays and independent compositions.  However, self-regulation does not come easily and calls for teachers to use instructional practices that foster students’ self-regulation. This resource shares some of the best practices to foster students’ self-regulation in the writing classroom.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips