Part 2: Resource-Rich Class, Session 9

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Creating a Resource-Rich Classroom

Session 9 – July 28, 2006

Focus on Realia and Use of Learning Centers

Cindy Kieffer, University of Oregon
Linguistics Department, American English Institute
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Leslie Opp-Beckman, University of Oregon
Linguistics Department, American English Institute
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About the Speakers

Cynthia Kieffer is the Director of Academic Programs and Research at the American English Institute, University of Oregon. She has many years of experience teaching in classrooms with students of all ages, as well as ongoing administrative experience as a supervisor and trainer for English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators.

Leslie Opp-Beckman is a Senior Instructor in the MA Language Teaching Specialization program for the Linguistics Department at the University of Oregon. She also develops online training, teaches courses, and acts as Technology Coordinator for the American English Institute.


This is the ninth session in the 2005-06 professional development series for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators in Thailand. It is the second of five sessions in Part II on “Creating a Resource-Rich Classroom.” University of Oregon is partnering with the US Embassy in Bangkok, the Royal Thai Distance Learning Foundation, the Ministry of Education, colleagues at Chulalongkorn University, and at ThaiTESOL on this innovative and exciting project.

This session features ideas for creating and using thematic realia collections in the English language classroom.

Online Teacher Resources

  1. Clean Up the World Weekend, from the United Nations Environmental Programme. September 15-17, 2006.
  2. Calendar of Global Environmental Events, from Global Stewards.
  3. Spinning the Ecoweb, a lesson plan for ecosystems and ecoregions (biospheres) with dioramas as one of the suggested activities.
  4. Crafts, Dioramas and E-themes, from eMINTS.
  5. How to Build a Diorama, from eHow.
  6. Scholastic Teacher Resources, free and for purchase.
  7. Classroom Organizing Tips
    Teaching is often about moving kids toward independence. Here are some ways to set up your classroom—from the entryway to the walls—to achieve this goal.|
  8. Class Set-Up Tool
    Scroll down the page to “Class Set-Up Tool.” This is a free, easy-to-use, virtual layout tool that helps you design customized and effective classrooms to promote learning. Use this tool to rearrange and set-up mock classrooms, and map out virtual seating charts.