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Resources for ESL Teachers

Charlottesville English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

Resources for ESOL Teachers

Documents

Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy, by Kate Singleton (www.cal.org/caela/esl-resources/health/)

Tennessee ESOL in the Workplace

Workplace Health and Safety ESOL Curriculum

Internet Sites

For Beginners

www.britishcouncil.org/kids
For ESL 100 classes "Alphabet Antics" game, Trolley Dash game (shopping/food vocabulary), and more.

http://www.elllo.org/index.htm
All kinds of activities for beginners

Computer and Keyboarding Skills

http://www.bbc.co.uk/computertutor/computertutorone/index.shtml
BBC site on how to use a computer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
Learn how to type, with audio support

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/hot_potatoes/)@_hp/computer_words/computerquiz.htm
Computer vocabulary, simple

Conversation Starters

http://iteslj.org/questions/

Grammar

www.gl.umbc.edu/~kpokoy1/grammar1/htm

Miscellaneous

www.larryferlazzo.com
Lots of links to other ESL sites. Also audio conversations, games, and more. Every year creates a list of "Best of" sites.

www.a4esl.org
Grammar, vocab, native language translations

www.isabelperez.com
Songs, dialogues, vocabulary, and grammar games

www.eslcafe.com
Dave's ESL Cafe

Planning Ideas and Lesson Plans

http://www.coe.uga.edu/adulted/staffdev/bbs.html for detailed lesson plans.  Examples:

  • Learners use a mileage chart, learn how to estimate, and develop their own charts and graphs to plan a class trip.
  • A learner practices reading and writing skills by completing an application and writing a cover letter to apply for a job.
  • Learners write a letter to the editor about a local issue.
  • Learners read their children's report cards and write notes to the teachers
  • Learners practice analyzing a utility bill or doctor's statement.

Pronunciation

http://grove.ufl.edu/~klilj/pron

http://www.manythings.org/mp/m08.html
Practice with minimal pairs.  May need volunteer to help with instructions, but then it’s easy and fun.

http://www.soundsofenglish.org
Includes tips for teachers

www.English-zone.com
Includes a section for teachers (scroll down the page)

Reading for Beginners:

http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/stories1.htm
Stories: a pre-reading activity, then the text.  After the first reading, there is the option to read along with the voice and with each reading the speed increases.  After the 4th reading there is a post-reading activity.  Stories are beginning adult level and interest.

http://www.reepworld.org/englispractice/family/
Wonderful site with four stories about immigrant families. Options to listen, then read, with post-reading activities.  Great pictures.  Especially good for students who are parents.

http://www.mcedservices.com/phonics/phonics.html
Stories with pictures and audio.  Authentic, real-life content, phonics based.

http://www.rmpbs.org/resources/files/education/learningline/page01.htm
A bit more advanced.  Very practical, high interest content.

http://www.johnmh.com/sightwords/List1/sightwords1.htm
Practice with sight words.

http://www.quiz-tree.com/Sight-Words_main.html#intro
More sight word practice, not in context, but clear audio

http://www.simpleenglishnews.com
News site.  Short articles, read slowly.

Reading Beyond Beginners

www.keynews.org

www.awesomestories.com

Vocabulary

http://www.freerice.com
Build vocabulary and feed the world!

http://www.languageguide.org/english/eng/
Vocabulary building, audio and visual