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CATESOL’s Internet ESL Resources
Provides many links for teachers.
Extensive links to items of interest to both teachers and students.
CAELA’s ESL Tools
This page has tools for instruction and for program development
From TESL Journal's Links
Includes Lesson Plan Builder, an online tool for creating, sharing and publishing lesson plans that address adult education content standards in the context of CASAS and SCANS competencies.
This site provides a collection of 30 lessons that can help English learners use socially appropriate language in a variety of informal and formal situations.
This is a teacher’s resource site published by the Macmillan Education Group.
Dave's ESL Cafe is one of the most well-known ESL sites, maintained by Dave Sperling. The ESL links are extensive.
Skills and Subjects:
Reading and Writing
This page is an informative resource for language teachers who want to explore and prepare to implement an extensive reading (ER) program for their students. The ER Foundation gives awards to recently published extensive reading materials most used and favored by students and instructors. These awarded texts are listed on this page. The site also offers an annotated bibliography on ER, links to graded readers, an explanation of graded reader difficulty, and links to blogs, an ER Facebook page, and additional ER resources. Additionally, the site introduces the free MoodleReader Software for tracking student reading.
On this webpage Waring offers a definition of ER, provides ideas for instructors to teach and assess ER, and supplies links to other relevant resources.
Robb provides: a definition of ER, guidelines for the implementation of ER in the classroom, examples of successful ER programs, and theoretical background and links to presentation handouts on ER.
This Wiki, maintained by Boyd, provides ideas and materials to help inspire EAP instructors to teach paraphrasing, summarizing, citations, and reading strategies.
Vocabulary and Idioms
This site by Marti Sevier provides links to handouts and PowerPoint presentations for recent TESOL Convention presentations on vocabulary topics, along with information on vocabulary teaching resources.
This Web site, created by Tom Cobb, has a concordancer, vocabulary profiler, exercise maker, interactive exercises, and other resources for both teaching and learning vocabulary and grammar. The site is divided into three sections: Tutorial, Research, and Teachers. See explanation in this TESL-EJ review article by Marti Sevier.
This site helps English learners expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL), a set of 570 high-frequency words that appear in academic texts
This long-established ESL listening Web site created by Randall Davis helps ESL/EFL students improve their listening comprehension skills. It contains general listening quizzes with topics related to everyday conversations. The quizzes are categorized by different levels: easy, intermediate, and difficult. Each listening quiz includes pre-listening, during-listening and post-listening exercises.
This site provides listening samples of English speakers from around the world. Most of the listening activities include images, transcripts, interactive quizzes, and downloadable MP3s.
This page offers taped interviews of people on the streets in the U.S. and other countries. Each video clip focuses on a a grammatical point or a simple question such as, “What time is it?” or “What is the weather like?"
Yappar includes many video clips about news, celebrity interviews, music videos, funny TV commercials, and sports clips, so could be useful in practicing listening in variable contexts. It also provides a community of people around the world with whom to chat about the topic.
This site is updated daily and offers EFL/ESL materials on current affairs. Each lesson comes in easier or harder versions, including online, PDF, and Word versions of news articles, and communication activities, along with spoken word versions (MP3 audio files) that can be downloaded.
The Voice of America (VOA) is the official external radio and television broadcasting service of the U.S. government. VOA broadcasts help people learn American English while they learn about American life, world news and topics like agriculture, health, and education. The scripts of news reports are adapted for non-native English speakers, with a core vocabulary of 1500 words, and short, simple sentences.
The BBC’s site for ESL learners. Uses simplified news stories. There is a section focusing on grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, and a Community section with blogs. 6 Minute English provides students some audios about different everyday topics and situations such as living abroad, mobile phones, cost of living, etc. Audios last for 6 minutes, and there is a lot of repetition of vocabulary.
CNN Student News is a 10-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. The program can be seen as a streamed video or downloaded as a free podcast. Available teacher materials include transcripts for each show, discussion questions, media literacy questions, maps, and in-depth learning activities and materials to help students understand the news.
Material for Specific Audiences
Civics, Literacy, and Life Skills
The electronic journals Language and Civil Society and Language and Life Sciences contain ready-to-use lesson plans designed for intermediate-level EFL learners. Each chapter contains background information, classroom-ready activities, and related resources and references.
This page provides lessons which use participatory, project-based learning strategies to teach adult literacy.
This site has activities that teachers can use with learners from beginning to advanced levels of English language and literacy. Includes activities to orient new learners, to assess needs, to promote interaction, and to promote reading development. Forms, surveys, and questionnaires are included.
This resouces uses real-life stories on topics of interest to adults, with photos and videos, to build reading and life skills. Users can read the story and listen to it. Has a separate section For Adult Educators, with explanations of distance learning.
Tune in to Learning is a television series for adults who want to strengthen their literacy skills. TV411 is available though several outlets, including national broadcasts, video, and online, uses authentic materials or real-life situations to make the learning relevant. The site offers over 100 interactive lessons and activities for developing writing, reading, math, and vocabulary skills.
The Center for Digital Storytelling is a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, CA, that provides resources for creating written and visual narratives. The Web site showcases a number of digital stories created by people around the world.
Lesson Plans for K-12
The New York Times Learning Netwrok offers lessons for subjects across the curriculum using New York Times content. (For mainstream young adult, classes, not specially designed for ESL)
ReadWriteThink's mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to high quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. This site has Classroom Resources with lesson plans for grades K-12 (L1).
Using Technology in the Classroom
This Web site created by ESL instructors at City College of San Francisco is dedicated to enthusiastic instructors, computer challenged or experts, who want to find interesting, simple and effective ways to incorporate technology into their teaching. The site has articles, book reviews, instructors’ blogs and Web sites, workshop handouts, and more.
TESL EJ ‘s Media Reviews
Reviews of software, Web sites, videos, and non-print media designed for/useful in language learning or teaching, and reviews of development tools (e.g., Web design applications), management tools (e.g., course management systems), research tools, and authoring tools.
TESL EJ ‘s On the Internet
Articles on Internet applications in teaching ESL/EFL.
Susan Gaer’s Instructional Technology Training Web site has training tutorials as well as many samples of Web learning projects and Internet enhanced lessons for ESL.
This site by Tom Robb, Professor at Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, has tools and tips for using the Internet, examples of interactive activities, and innovative student-created Web sites, many of which inform viewers about various aspects of Japanese history and society.
Edublogss lets you easily create and manage teacher and student blogs.
Provides a technology for schools to connect and for students to learn in a protected, project-based learning network. Participants have included classes in 200 countries and territories.
Provides links and references for the use of corpora, corpus linguistics and corpus analysis in the context of language learning and teaching.
An introduction to corpus linguistic and online corpus resources. This includes discussions of the benefits and challenges of these resources, as well as teaching suggestions and sample tasks.
A spoken language corpus of approximately 1.8 million words (200 hours) focusing on contemporary university speech within the microcosm of the University of Michigan.
A 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent a wide cross-section of current British English, both spoken and written.
COCA is a corpus of contemporary American English. The corpus includes both written and spoken samples from fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, and academic genres.
The TIME Corpus is comprized of samples of written American English from 1923 to the present as found in TIME magazine.
ELISA is being developed at the University of Tuebingen and the University of Surrey as a resource for language learning and teaching, and interpreter training. It contains interviews with native speakers of English talking about their professional careers.
Building Learner Autonomy
This is Hayo Reinders’ site, especially known for its extensive resources on learner autonomy and self-access learning. It provides a lengthy bibliography on learner autonomy.
Supports self-directed learning; has a list of independent learning/self-access centers (at Asian universities).
A resource for ESL/EFL teachers who are interested in learning how to incorporate dramatic techniques into their lessons. Has sections on improvisation, plays, scriptwriting, process drama, readers’ theater, sample curriculum, and resources.
This theater creates new plays to bring original, thought provoking theater with the highest level of acting and directing to ESL students. Site has lesson plans to go with its productions.