Word of the Month: Resource

Shana Goodwin, March 1, 2022



  1. Something that is available for use or that can be used for support or help. Example: At Primavera English we have shelves full of resources for our classes.
  2. An available supply, especially of money, that can be drawn on when needed. Example: His family lacked the resources to pay for his long hospitalization.
  3. (Resources) The total means available for economic and political development, such as mineral wealth, labor force, and armaments. Example: Switzerland’s natural resources are extremely limited; they don’t have any oil or gas reserves.

As ESL teachers, we are constantly adding to our resource library, or our supply of books, games, useful websites, and other material we can use for classes. Many of our resources, such as PowerPoint presentations, we create ourselves. Our resources are always growing and improving as we become better teachers and gain more experience, and every teacher has his or her favorite materials. One of our most important resources for children’s groups is our large yard and garden, where many fun outdoor lessons take place. Of course, our most important resource is our teaching staff, or our human resources. We couldn’t exist without them!

Phrases and Idioms with “Resource”

  • Human resources (often abbreviated as HR)
  • Natural resources
  • Renewable resources
  • To leave (or be left) to one’s own resources – to leave someone unsupervised or uncontrolled.

Quotes that Include “Resource”

“You can wreck one rainforest then move on, drain one area of resources and move onto another, but climate change is global.” —David Attenborough

“These days there is a lot of poverty in the world, and that’s a scandal when we have so many riches and resources to give to everyone. We all have to think about how we can become a little poorer.” —Pope Francis

“Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest, earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.” —James Thurber

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