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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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