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Useful Websites 2 (ESL)

Useful ESL Websites 2

If you type in for example "esl cloze exercises listening comprehension" or "ESL/EFL teaching materials" on a search engine (Google, Yahoo or live.search), you will get the following among thousands of other sites.

VERY USEFUL LISTS OF WEBSITES with comments on the material:

- http://www.weberberg.de/skool/listening.html
- http://www.joneslibrary.org/esl/info/adult.html
- http://www.blogcatalog.com/post-tag/cloze%20exercises/
- http://www.esl.about.com/library/listening
- http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Quizzes/Quizzes_with_Sound/

LISTS OF WEBSITES on education in general:

From Teach Thought:
50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom

15 Free Learning Tools You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

FOR STUDENT TUTORIALS OR OTHER PRESENTATIONS

- http://www.howstuffworks.com
- http://www.wikipedia.com
- http://www.enotes.com

LISTENING COMPREHENSION

My favorites

- http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com
With great articles and activities (cloze exercises, etc.)

on "Aboriginals"

- http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0802/080203-aborigine.html,

on "Computers to Match Man by 2029" -http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0802/080221-robots.html

And "NYC restaurants must put calories on menus"
- http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0804/080418-restaurants.html

Also very good

- http://a4esl.org/podcasts
(with lists of the 30 most recent podcasts chosen by the site)

GRAMMAR TESTS

- http://www.English-Test.net Interesting tests, much on slang and idioms

CLASSROOM DISCUSSION

- http://www.esldiscussions.com The most complete list of discussions with questions for pair work I have ever seen! And it is free!

OTHERS

- http://www.esl-lab.com A web site specifically designed to help English learners improve their listening comprehension, it also has very good grammar explanations
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml

PODCASTS

- http://www.listen-to-english.com
Slow beautiful diction, texts not very long with scripts on the site

- http://a4esl.org/podcasts with lists of the 30 most recent podcasts chosen by the webmasters (as mentioned above)

- http://www.simpleenglishnews.com/23233china.shtml

- http://www.qualitytime-esl.com - podcasts with drills called "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts" BY YOURS TRULY - Marianne Raynaud!. I also produce three other series called "Your English", "5-Minute TOPs" and "Essential English". This last series is for beginners and has lesson plans for teachers.

Many of my podcasts in "Your English" have complete lesson plans, exercises, keys and debate topics. QualityTime-ESL Podcasts have worksheets and oral self-tests.

AND OF COURSE GO TO iTunes / podcasts / education / language courses

Be sure to check that you have chosen the right country at the bottom of the home page. You can also change countries this way and see what people are listening to elsewhere in the world.

A YOUNG TEACHERS WITH LOTS OF IDEAS

- http://www.jamiekeddie.com
A young Scot who used to work Barcelona, a materials writer who just won the 2009 ELTON award for innovation with his web site http://www.teflclips.com Jaime also contributes to www.onestopenglish.com

VERY NUMEROUS EXERCISES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF SKILLS

(For different languages)

- http://www.eslgold.com/

BOOKS TO READ

- http://www.esl-tutor.com/2007/04/using-dictation-for-listening.html

SELF STUDY

- http://www.esl-galaxy.com/multimedia.htm
- http://www.citizenshipschool.com/esl-citizenship/ Based on the requirements to pass US citizenship tests

ESSENTIAL ESL/EFL SITES

- http://www.eslcafe.com/ Dave’s Internet Cafe

- www.onestopenglish.com Often present at TESOL events, lesson plans, answers to questions teachers ask

A COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package

- http://moodle.org

LEARNING CENTERS

- http://LanguageLearningResourceCenter.org grids to determine a student’s level, information on the VOLL project, advice to avoid plagiarism and much more

SERIOUS EXCHANGE SITES TO FIND LANGUAGE PARTNERS

- http://www.sharedtalk.com - no advertizing, not a "social site" - selection by country, native language and age.

- http://www.mylanguageexchange.com For French speakers

- http://polyglotclub.com

- http://www.blogs-exchange.com For an exchange Spanish-English—native speakers will comment on your posts—this blog site is run by a Spaniard who works at a well-known university in the USA, Middlebury College

- http://www.language-exchanges.org Language Exchange Online via Skype on the "Mixxer", a free educational language exchange site connecting language learners and teachers via Skype.

Learn more about www.blogs-exchange.com and Mixxer by listening to podcasts in Spanish and English

- http://www.voicesenespagnol.com Excellent podcasts by a young American in Seattle, Eleena, who wants to improve her Spanish—which is already very good—she interviews interesting people. The interview about "Mixxer" is in English.

OTHER SITES

English Gateway is an interesting website offering online vocabulary lessons (with audio) for intermediate and advanced ESL learners. There are also exercises on idioms, phrasal verbs and collocations plus a student/teacher blog and worksheets. Do give it a try.

http://www.englishgateway.com

Do have a look at it. Teaching English overseas is the perfect opportunity for any English speaker to explore the world and immerse themselves in new cultures. This website shows you how to do it.

- http://www.onlinetefl.com

At a wondeful workshop with Sarah Philpot of the British Council in Paris, who is also Projects Manager for IELTS, we learned about the following links:
- 
http://www.learnenglish.org.uk
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish
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http://www.ieltsexam.com/
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http://www.ielts.org
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http://www.ielts-test.com/
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http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/
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http://www.onestopenglish.com
- 
http://www.longman.com/exams

PLAGIARISM

I have listened to many lectures where teachers have worried about their student plagiarizing the Internet. Here are selected links to help your students write their own texts offered by Buthaina Al Othman EFL/ESP instructor Language Center, Kuwait University

- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/619/01/
- http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ssw/write/handouts/terms.html
- http://oregonstate.edu/ healeyd/162/162paraphrase.html
- http://alothman-b.com/readingandwriting_skills.htm#writingtips
- http://alothman-b.com/162_para-stress.htm
- http://www.polyglot-learn-language.com/ For French speakers

GET IDEAS FROM SPANISH LANGUAGE SITES

- www.newsinslowspanish.com
In-depth reporting on world news spoken in clear slow (but not too slow!) Spanish with reports on Latin cultures and grammar explanations.

- http://www.notesinSpanish.com These great podcasts (in Spanish with Ben and Marina) and video blogs from around the world on iTunes will inspire students and their teachers to submit videoblogs in other languages

- http://www.voicesenespagnol.com A young girl—in Seattle, USA—Eleena conducts great interviews in both Spanish and English on language teaching and learning.

TO COPY A VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE

- http://www.keepvid.com

TO WORK AS AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ASSISTANT IN FRANCE

http://www.ielanguages.com/assistlinks.html


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