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Curricular Resources in English as a Second Language

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to Language Arts. You may also find useful information (e.g., various foreign language dictionaries) in our collection of Reference Materials. Please read our disclaimer.
Ask an Expert: ESL
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on ESL may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "English/Language Arts" section, the "English Grammar" section, the "ESL Section", as well as the general "Reference" section.

Comenius English Language Center
The Center aims to give ESL educators and pupils access to on-line materials relevant and useful to the practice of learning English. For example, one of the projects that it sponsors is "Fluency through Fables" - ESL students read a fable and then complete related exercises.

Dave's ESL Cafe
Dave Sperling provides a variety of learning resources for ESL students, including: a series of discussion forums; the ESL Idiom Page; the ESL Quiz Center; the ESL Help Center; the ESL Phrasal Verb Page; and much more.

English as a Second Language Home Page
This home page is an excellent starting point for ESL learners who want to learn English through the World Wide Web. Topics include listening and speaking, reading, writing, links to other ESL sites on the web, and ESL learners' home pages.

ESL Center
A meta-list of links to links to English language exercises and references. Included are sections on Grammar, Mixed exercises, Pronunciation & Conversation, Reading & Writing, Newspapers & CNN on line, Vocabulary exercises & Games and Links for ESL Teachers.

ESL Online
Okanagan University College offers a number of online courses for ESL students. Two courses will help students prepare for international English tests (Test of English as a Foreign Language - TOEFL; Test of English for International Communication - TOEIC). In addition, they offer a pronunciation course and several listening courses. Advanced technology (e.g., Macromedia Shockwave 5.0) is required.

EXCHANGE (Electronic, Xross Cultural, Hypertextual Academy of Non-native Gatherings in English) offers non-native English speakers an opportunity to express themselves in English, and provides English self-study materials.

Frizzy University Network (FUN)
The homepage's introduction reads "Frizzy University Network (FUN) is a relaxed and comfortable environment in which students learning English as a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL) can improve their writing." FUN has online writing reference materials, like the Websters Dictionary, e-mail connections to other ESL students, and learning resources for instructors.

[The] Internet TESL Journal for Teachers of English as a Second Language
This monthly electronic journal contains articles on lessons & lesson plans, teaching techniques, handouts & other classroom materials, and projects. There are links to previous issues, and in addition, the journal staff maintain a list of links of interest to ESL teachers. Included within this section are many useful connections including links to ESL lessons, to ESL Teachers' home pages, to TESL newsgroups, and to projects by ESL students.

Karin's ESL Partyland: Learning English
Karin Cintron's advice for students wishing to learn English is to "practice, practice, practice." With this in mind, she has developed a wide range of ways for students to use her web site for practice. Activities available on her web site (and/or through external links) include: interactive quizzes, real time chats, discussion groups, opportunities to talk about popular themes (e.g., music, movies), and e-pals.

Listening Theme Page
This "CLN Theme Page" has links to Internet audio resources that may be used by ESL students and teachers. Most of these use the RealAudio format and generally they will also have a link to a download site for the player. Some of the sites on this page are general in nature (e.g., news) while others are intended for an ESL audience.

Pizzaz! A Resource for Scribblers and Teachers of English as a Second Language
Creator Leslie Opp-Beckman, an ESL instructor, explains this site's purpose: "PIZZAZ! is dedicated to providing creative writing activities and copyable (yes, copyable!) handouts for use in the classroom."

Selected Links for Students of English as a Second Language
This meta-list of links to other ESL Web sites is hosted by the Internet TESL Journal and is Intended for ESL students. Links are organized under such categories as "Some of the Best Sites", "Games", "Grammar", "Communicating with Others", "Listening", "Writing" and "Reading.

Yamada Web Guide to English as a Second Language
This is a meta-list of links to sites that are oriented toward ESL students and teachers.

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