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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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  • Blended learning and listening skills
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    By Priyanwada Jayarathne | 16 Feb 2021
    Resource Description:

    Blended learning means integrating traditional face-to-face classroom with a virtual classroom (Osguthrope & Graham, 2003; Williams, 2002). The resource will share some of the best practices to enhance students’ participation, motivation and listening skills through blended learning approach.

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Teaching Poetry: Students teach their peers poetry
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    By Charmian Abelson Lezmy | 09 Feb 2021
    Resource Description: Students present poetry to their peers.
    Resource Type: Activities
  • A weather forecast (Planned monologue)
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    By Priyanwada Jayarathne | 08 Feb 2021
    Resource Description: This lesson provides an opportunity for the students to identify the characteristics of unplanned monologues by listening to weather forecasts. This lesson incorporates blended learning approach.   
    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts: Flipped Learning
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    By Carolina R. Buitrago, Álvaro del Castillo, & Diego A. Boada | 08 Feb 2021
    Resource Description:

    https://youtu.be/hzAk7Li2gHU

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • Using Nearpod Advanced Features to Create a Fun & Engaging Learning Experience to Students
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    By Dr. Doaa Hamam | 08 Feb 2021
    Resource Description: This resources will shed light on some of Nearpod advanced features to create a fun and engaging learning experience to students in the EAP courses in the higher education.
    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts: Engaging Students in Live Sessions
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    By Sandy Wagner, Trinidad Algorta, Diego Boada | 02 Feb 2021
    Resource Description:

    https://youtu.be/dj3NC5UvY3E

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts: Teaching Vocabulary
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    By Linda Wesley, Luisa Berriolo, Diego Boada | 26 Jan 2021
    Resource Description:

    https://youtu.be/MANWIfENYtE

    "A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts" is a project led by instructors and participants in the TESOL Certificate: Developing an Online Teaching Program.

    This week’s question: What is the best way to teach vocabulary to students reluctant to read?

    Today's guests:
    - Linda Wesley, MA (USA)
    - Luisa Berriolo (Uruguay)
    - Diego A. Boada, PhD (Colombia)

    If you'd like to submit or vote for next week's question, please follow this link:

    https://PollEv.com/discourses/THnBVq9yRJpOP4RfM37hb/respond

    Please share on social media with these hashtags: #TESOLcoffeechats #thinkTESOL

    Resource Type: Teaching Tips
  • The Devil is in the Detail
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    By Lea Puljcan Juric | 14 Jan 2021
    Resource Description:

    This lesson is intended to help students in a first-year composition class build a series of effective paragraphs and enrich storytelling in narrative academic essays by including descriptive details and figures of speech. It develops skills in close reading and increases students’ awareness of the components and content of an introspective narrative essay. The lesson's topic invites students to reflect on the ways in which they interact with ordinary objects and imbue them with meaning, and on techniques that writers use to defamiliarize the familiar. Readings include (see References, below, for full citations):

    1.     “Ode to an Orange” by Larry Woiwode

    2.     “My Laptop” by Annalee Newitz

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Building a Paragraph
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    By Lea Puljcan Juric | 11 Jan 2021
    Resource Description:

    This lesson plan is intended to help students in a first-year composition class build effective paragraphs in academic essays. The lesson's topic invites students to reflect on the ways in which people interact with objects and imbue them with meaning. Readings include (see References, below, for full citations):

    1. “The Uncommon Life of Common Objects” by Akiko Busch

     2. “Unknown Keys” by Siri Hustvedt

     3. Paragraphs (Jane E. Aaron, The Little, Brown Compact Handbook, 9th ed., pp. 40-54)

     4.  "Building Effective Paragraphs (Diana Hacker & Nancy Sommers, The Bedford Handbook, 10th ed., pp. 72-92)

    Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • 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