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Instructional Materials in ESL

The WWW sites linked to from this page provide practical assistance for ESL teachers wanting to use the Internet as part of their classroom planning/instruction. Please read our disclaimer.

Adult Education ESL Teachers Guide
Intended as a survival guide for newly assigned teachers with little or no preservice training in teaching ESL Adults, the manual contains a set of beginning lessons and intermediate level lessons which can be used for the first twenty to thirty hours of instruction in an ESL class. The lessons and activities should be adaptable for secondary school ESL students.

CNN Newsroom and World View for ESL
Grammar and vocabulary exercises, as well as speaking or writing discussion questions for ESL students that are based on the CNN weekly WorldView Broadcast.

Dave's ESL Cafe
Dave Sperling provides a variety of resources that ESL teachers might find useful. For example, check out his teaching "ideas" page, the ESL help page where you can communicate with other ESL teachers, and the ESL Question Page.

English Exercises Online
Here's a source of free exercises in English vocabulary and grammar. The exercises, identified by topic and difficulty level, can be downloaded or completed on-line.

[The] English Teacher's Assistant
This web site, by the periodical of the same name, is designed for ESL and EFL teachers who want ideas and activities for teaching conversation, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Stressing practical classroom applications, they provide tips, lesson ideas, and photocopiable activities.

ESL Lesson PLans
Kent Trickel has designed a number of lesson plans for ESL students oriented around class debates. There's also a comprehensive essay/lesson plan on using multimedia computers in ESL classrooms.

ESL Teacher Connection (ETC)
ETC is a web site that provides an open forum for ESL teachers to share successful class activities and lesson plans with other teachers.

[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: Teaching English
Discussion forums and email exchanges at this site allow teachers to get in touch with other ESL professionals. In addition, there are links to ESL teaching tips and materials organized under these headings: grammar; conversation; listening & speaking; reading, writing & vocabulary; teaching with music; and, teaching with the Internet.

Brigham Young University lesson plans in listening, speaking, reading, writing, literacy, grammar, and culture for teachers of ESL students.

Literacy Curriculum and Activities
Although not intended solely for an ESL audience, this site has a number of teaching resources that can be used in the classroom including downloadable literacy drill sheets (with answer keys) and online exercises in a wide variety of basic English literacy skills.

One World, One People
ESL lessons, games, ideas, and links

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