Topics covered in this list
- Computers and the Internet in TESL/TEFL
- Resources and Links (General)
- Publishers’ Sites
- Listening and Speaking
- Focus on Reading, Thinking and Writing
- Vocabulary (including pronunciation and dictionaries)
- Other Literature
Computers and the Internet in TESL/TEFL
- Cutting Edge
Demonstrations of how various new interactive technologies (e.g. video, Shockwave, Real Player) can enhance computer-assisted language learning.
- EFL/ESL Lessons Using Web Sites
Examples of lessons requiring students to use the Internet. There are separate lists for low-intermediate, intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced students, whether individuals or class members, and there is homework! Another list from the Internet TESL Japan site.
- ESL NetWorld.com
Free courses for teachers and students around the world who want to use Internet resources ‘as a way of improving language skills and developing a greater awareness of cultures around the world’. The course builds skills in using search engines effectively, using email, evaluating sites, creating basic home pages and participating in discussion groups.
- From Now On
Online Educational Technology Journal. Recent articles deal with how teachers learn technology best, information literacy, Internet use policies, staff development, email and the Internet as curriculum. Look for the article ‘Filling the Tool Box: classroom strategies to engender student questioning’ as one example.
- Guidelines for Designing a Good Web Site for ESL Students
Sensible advice for teachers preparing online TESL/TEFL materials: an article from The Internet TESL Journal , Vol. VI, No. 3, March 2000.
- Internet Basics for ESL Students
A 14 lesson introduction to using computers and the Internet for ESL students.
- Technology in EL Learning (Dave Eastment)
For EFL/ESL teachers using computers in education, this site with its articles and links is still of use though it has not been updated recently.
- Virtual Call Library
Gives access to downloadable software for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Just click on the name of the program you want. From the Universiy of Sussex .
- Web as a Tool for Language Learning , The
Though undated, this is a quite useful summary of the uses that an English teacher can make of the Web .
Resources and Links (General)
- Aardvark English Forum
Resources for K-12 teaching and learning: interactive vocabulary and grammar exercises, dictionaries and reference resources, a web directory with links to subject-categories, an online ELT book catalogue….
- Andrew Moore’s Teaching Resource Site
A superior site packed with well-organised resources for all aspects of teaching English language and literature at secondary and 6th form levels. The author is a founder member of BYTEachers , the Association of Teachers’ Websites which recommends only quality sites.
A one-stop resource for English on the Internet from Cambridge University . The many pages include access to online dictionaries, classroom activities, pronunciation, top English words, word games, all kinds of useful links .. Teachers attending ELTC workshops on Using the Internet in TESL have rated this site highly.
- BBC World Service: Learning English
Programme information and many features, e.g. Words in the News, English by Radio, Grammar and Vocabulary, Quizzes. Adult learners can try the Virtual English Masterclass choices, e.g. Learning Tips, Business Communication, Grammar Surgery with its interactive quizzes and live chat with transcripts.
- Breaking News English
Over 800 Free English language lessons based on current downloadable world news stories. Several new lessons each week at two levels. with reproducible classroom handouts which can be adapted for your class.
- Cambridge ELT
An attractive new website offering a wide range of information and resources for ELT professionals, teachers and students, e.g. teaching young learners, support for many of the excellent Cambridge coursebooks , study tips, Cambridge dictionaries on line…. There are new features each month and, of course, information on Cambridge books and multimedia.
CILT (Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research)
CILT Infos and OnLine Infos are ueful information sheets on such topics as. Primary Education, Methodology and Materials, Teacher Training… each with lists of books and resources and quick reference items.
There are several ways into different parts of this site. Cut back to http://www.cilt.org.uk/ for example and explore.
- Dave Sperling’s ESL Café
One of the most popular ESL portals with lots of links. Navigate to the Idea Cookbook page for practical classroom ideas (there are now 24 themed collections of ideas), or click on Links for Teachers. Dave has also published The Internet Activity Workbook
- Designing a Lesson (RMC Research )
How to design,develop , implement and evaluate lessons. Scroll down to the Teachers’ Internet Use Guide, Click on Site Map so you can see what is available. Be sure to look at the Designing A Lesson page .. There is an archive of sample lesson plans
- English as a Second Language
This is part of the About.Education site. It offers articles, advice, lesson plans, exercises etc. on the usual ELS topics with some interesting extras such as Music in the Classroom and Sentence Auctions, Check out the Most Popular Articles and Latest Articles sections.
- English Job Maze
A new TESL/TEFL job search and info site for teachers around the world. Help with CVs, a country-specific guide to popular destinations, a page offering really useful ideas for supplementing your regular income, a guide to living as a teacher in any one of 50 countries…
- English Teaching in the United Kingdom
An Oxford teacher maintains this reliable site, a content provider for the UK ‘s National Grid for Learning. There are over 75 different language and literature topics to choose from and some excellent links. The site is searchable.
- English-to-Go: Instant Lessons
Photocopiaable lessons written by an international team based on Reuters’ articles. There is one free lesson per week per level and a ‘weekly warmer’. Membership is required for access to the lesson archives and multiple lessons per week (US$7.50 per month).
- ERIC/CLL Resource Guides Online
The portal to a vast collection of Internet resources for teachers of English as a second language: ERIC digests, online journals and magazines, listservs and websites plus a sample search of the ERIC Database.
- ERIC/IT Preview
ERIC is the world’s largest educational database. This page identifies and links to each part of the ERIC network: Database, Digests, Educational Technology, Links and Ask Eric.
- ESL Center, The
Exercises, lessons and well- organised links for all the language areas and topics English teachers look for. Kept up-to-date.
Lessons, activities and resources for Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate levels. Try the Intermediate section on Multiple Intelligences or the Pre-Intermediate page on Childhood. Attractive design and a high standard.
The free page of ESL Pro, offering ESL and English games to develop vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening skills. You must sign up but membership is free. Also offers free educational software packages and other services such as TOEFL practice for a fee.
- FRET (Free Resources for English Teaching)
Language and literature at secondary level. There are now over 1000 pages of lesson ideas, schemes of work, PDF files and other resources. Click on LearningLearning for a collection of wel -tried language learning activities contributed by an experienced trainer, seminar leader and author.
- Global Learning On-line
Ready-made web searches, classroom ideas and printer-friendly materials to raise awareness of world issues such as world debt globalisation , media influence, human rights, the environment, child labour –all with teachers’ notes. Access to up-to-the minute news from ‘Southern’ countries.
- Interlink Language Centers
Links to resources for ESL practice, reading / writing, games, reference, free lesson. Designed for students at Interlink Language Centers but available to anyone wishing to practice using English. Regularly updated.
- Internet TESL Journal, The
One of the best on the Web for TESL. It is a monthly web journal offering articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and one of the most comprehensive and reliable links lists available. You can search the site by using the links search box at the bottom of this page.
- Learn English Central (British Council)
From the English Home Page, click on Learn English for lessons and activities at three levels (Kids, Teenagers, Adults). Tune in (or record) twice a week for practice materials. . The FAQs have some interesting information on the use of English worldwide
A free programme allowing teachers to create online lessons by using a template. Pays US$50.00 for good lesson plans; a format is provided.
Grammar Safari activities (e.g. hunting for grammatical structures on the Web) and other ideas for using corpus collected from the Net. Other parts of the site include Teachers’ Resources and ESL on the Web.
- Linguistic Funland TESL
Now in its 7th year. Links to resources for the teaching of English, exercises and activities for students of English, online journals and linguistic databases and corpora as well as for linguistic study, computer-mediated communication and the study of other languages.
- Mark’s ELS Links Directory
Claims to be the largest ESL links site on the Internet. There are currently 1540 sites, in alphabetical order.
A list for international teachers of English as a second or foreign language to discuss Internet-assisted teaching and learning. A good starting plade for learning how to use the Internet in your teaching. The ‘Cool Sites’ database provideslinks to over 550 TEFL/TESL resources in 56 categories; the list is updated daily.
- One Stop English Magazine
Monthly online magazine sponsored by MacMillan (Publishers) offering professional support, free resources, lesson sharing and more. Current features include listening skills (and assessment), drama activities, using songs with young learners, webquests, business and ESP, exams and assessment. Be sure to check out the large methodology archive which has much useful how-to material.
- Plagiarism and the Web
Identifies the problems–and provides a dozen practical ways to combat the dishonest use of other people’s work .
- Teacher’s Pet
‘A free text tool for creative language teachers’ using Microsoft Word with macros. In includes a word/sentence randomizer and gap fill generator so you can turn text into stimulating classroom exercises: jumbled words/sentences/paragraphs for students to order, punctuation practice…
- Teaching English as Another Language
A Norwegian site, regularly updated, with several worthwhile sections, e.g. Grammar and Poetry, Links and Activities. Literature (including a Reading Books with Partner Classes project).
Hundreds of pages of top quality resources for secondary/6th form school teachers: professionally produced lesson plans, schemes of work, classroom resources, links, organised by topic and age level, available in PDF format for photocopying. Some of the site is no longer free, but plenty is. Membership is $85 a year. An incentive to practise your skills of persuasion on your HM or PTA?
Classroom activities, lesson plans and webguide to other ESL/EFL links. Click on Improvisations (under Lesson Plans) for both pair and group ideas. Offers a monthly electronic magazine with online teaching help
- Virtual English Centre, Hong Kong
Recommended as a self-access centre for yourself or as a source of teaching ideas. There are sections on grammar, reading, vocabulary; interactive games; regular features (e.g. Common Errors, English Concversation ), worthwhile links plus direct access to a net dictionary and concordance. The Teachers’ Toolbox can help in creating teaching materials.
Links to resources for learning and teaching English (and using the Internet) and to free clip art. Use Search Volterre ; type in ” Searchtips ” for links to sites teaching how to surf effectively. Also try the Learners and Teachers of English section.
- Web English Teacher
This site has a wide variety of pages to explore. Try Mythology, Folkore and the Hero; Speech; Writing; Grammar, Mechanics and Usage. Just for Fun and the poetry pages (see below). Aims to be a library and workroom for teachers around the world
Some of the most useful sites for teachers of English are provided by major international publishers of ELT materials. There are teachers’ resources, lesson plans, activities for learners, worksheets in PDF format, compantion websites to support textbooks and links to other sites–usually including an annotated catalogues.
- Cambridge ELT
An attractive new website offering a wide range of information and resources for ELT professionals, teachers and students, e.g. teaching young learners, support for many of the excellent Cambridge coursebooks, study tips, Cambridge dictionaries online, data for language reseachers, online activities… There are new features each month.
- Heinemann (Harcourt Education)
You probably already know Heinemann as a publisher for pre-school through college, and for teachers. Go to the main site for links to special Heinemann sites–for English teachers and drama teachers, for example–or for professional development ideas. Another good place to start would be the new Firsthand series, a response to teachers’ demand for practical help in the classroom. Experienced author-teachers provide classroom-ready materials in template form giving you guided help in creating original lessons of quality. Try the writing material. There are also sample chapters from books, including textbooks, on useful topics.
- MacMillan One Stop English Magazine
One of the best of publishers; sites, this monthly online magazine offers hundreds of free resources: professional support, lesson plans, lesson sharing at all levels plus a new Forum section. Recent and current features include practical teaching ideas on grammar and speaking, teaching with minimal materials (e.g. using timetables, role play), drama activities, using songs with young learners, reading lessons on topics of global interest, webquests, business and ESP, exams and assessment plus a warmers and icebreakers section and links to other ELT sites. Be sure to check out the large methodology archive which has much useful how-to material.
- Oxford University Press (with Penerbit Fajar Bakti)
This is the Oxford site tailor-made for Malaysian teachers, dedicated to providing information, resources, support materials, and ideas for teachers and students. There are sections for Young Learners, Teenage Learners and Adult Learners, each with activities and exercises for practising English plus a free online Teachers Club with tips, articles, Ask the Expert forums, downloadable teaching materials and links. The large dictionaries section provides an excellent on-line guide to dictionaries for learners of English.
- Pearson Education
Pearson Malaysia includes under its umbrella several key publishers of books for children, teenagers and teachers: Longman, Penguin/Puffin, Dorling Kindersley and Prentice Hall for example. The Longman website has a wide choice of excellent dictionaries with downloadable worksheets. There are also sections for specific age groups and interests, e.g. Young Learners, Teens, Adults, Business and Exams, each with a variety of activities, resources, quizzes, reading ideas and teaching tips. There are companion websites (meaning sites to support coursebooks) and an ELT Forum for professional development online hosted by Jeremy Harmer. Current features are papers from the Young Minds Forum 2003 for teachers of young learners and a teaching pack on testing. There is a searchable archives of past articles.
There’s lots of useful information here! The range is primary to lower secondary and the main message is that access to a wide range of high-quality books in the classroom plays a big role in children’s reading success. There are ideas on motivating readers, free resources for the classroom, lesson plans and teaching strategies, tips from librarians for parents and teachers, online activities, up-to-date research and best practices, literature connections, printable newsletters and archived articles.
- Taylor and Francis Asia Pacific
RoutledgeFalmer is the major Taylor and Francis publisher of materials for TESL. Although the site is primarily concerned with information on its publications–books, E-books, journals and authors, it does offer downloadable resources on its companion websites which can be used independently of the particular text. For an example, click on Teachers Resource>A4 Photocopieable Resources>Supporting Literacy and retrieve the photocopieable sheets for anyone concerned with children’s learning in primary schools.
Journals and Magazines Online
- A4ESL (Activities for English as a Second Language)
A collection of over 1000 quizzes, exercises and puzzles for language learners. This site is a project of the Internet TESL Journal (below).
Participants on ELTC’s Materials Evaluation courses have particularly liked the look of this site. There are all kinds of useful links to teaching resources and language learning activities plus a search facility. E-Pals? Tongue twisters? Word games? Top 250 English words? On-line dictionaries? Song lyrics? Language doctor? These and much more are here.
- Asian EFL Journal
‘The ELT Professional’s Written Forum’ A free refereed and indexed journal of research and practical articles, dissertations, reviews and forums with special relevance to Asia. Volumes 2002-2006 are available in full.
- Bangkok Post: How to read any newspaper in English
A very large site teaching much more than how to read newspapers. There is plenty of help with reading in general and with building vocabulary. Start with Tips for Students and note the Word of the Day feature.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe
This immensely popular site for ESL teachers and learners gets a million hits a month. Click on About Dave’s ELS Cafe for a very interesting (if old) article about Dave and his site. The most useful sections are probably Ideas Cookbook and Webguide Links. The qualify of the links varies so you’ll get to hone your evaluation skills.
- Essential Teacher
The URL takes you to the home page of the global education association TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) for an overview of the organisation which caters for language teachers and administrators in varied ESL and EFL workplaces at all levels from pre-school to higher learning and adult education. Scroll to the bottom of the page to click on Essential Teacher, the quarterly publication which comes with membership. Its online complement is Compleat Links, some of this available free, along with ELT news and other resources.
- Humanising Language Teaching.
A free e-zine edited by Mario Rinvolcri of Pilgrims and a sister to the Teacher Trainer. There are articles, course and lesson outlines, and inks to sources of other free materials. You can download every issue (or the parts you want) from 1999 to the present.
- IATEFL SIGS
Members of IATEFL, whether individuals or institutions, )may also subscribe to any number of the 14 Special Interest Groups (SIGS) which provide both print and online newsletters. The range of SIGS includesYoung Learners, ELT Management, Teacher Development, Pronunciation, ESOL. This is a ‘must’ membership for institutions involved in TESL, with many benefits such as multiple copies of publications.
- Internet TESL Journal
A leading free monthly web journal offering articles, research findings, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching ideas and many instant links. The archives goes back to 1995. You can ask to be e-mailed whenever a new issue goes online.
JALT Journal (JJ) is the research journal for the Japan Association for Language Teachhing. It is published twice yearly; in the spring and in the fall.
- Language Teacher, The
Monthly publication of the Japan Aasociation for Language Teaching (JALT), It carries a diverse range of material related to language teaching and learning, particularly in an Asian context.
Most major publishers have a website offering support for their courses and materials. This one, from MacMillan,, is one of the best. There are methodology articles, all kinds of lesson plans, help with vocabulary and grammar teaching, links to other resources, competitions…
- Reading Online
Published by the International Reading Association (to which we belong), with thousands of visitors each month. Features practice and research related to both primary and secondary teaching. Besides peer-reviewed and printer-ready articles there are sections on the Electronic Classroom, New Literacies . International Perspectives, Book Reviews and Online Communities.
- Reading in a Foreign Language
This is the international refereed journal formerly produced at Marjons (College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth), now at the University of Hawaii. We have all the print back issues in our ELTC Resource Centre. Sample article in the October 2003 issue: Promoting English language development and the reading habit among students in rural schools through the Guided Extensive Reading program by Ratnawati Mohd Asraf and Ismail Sheikh Ahmad, International Islamic University.
- The Teacher Trainer
You’ll probably want to subscribe to the print version, but you can access the best (‘Golden Oldies’) of past issues from 1986(!) for free on the site; many articles are by names you know. The library of past articles also includes a Basic Bibliography for Language Teacher Educators. Edited by Tessa Woodward.
- World English
Calling itself ‘the one-stop resource for the English language and more’, the World-English monthly newsletter is aimed at learners of English at intermediate level and above; there are apparently 10,000 such readers who log on for the numerous activities and links to other English language sites.
Lesson Plans and Materials for the Classroom
Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Thinking
Most of the sites in the previous section include links and resources for teaching language, thinking and information skills. These next sites place special emphasis on lesson plans and materials for classroom use, sometimes in a particular language area. Where particular examples within the pages are suggested, these are intended as starting points from which you can explore other parts of the site.
Focus on Listening and Speaking
- Art of Successful Presentations, The
This is one item from the Teachit package for teaching NonFiction with the Web. It is a brief, clear outline of points to consider as to Presentation Content and How to do a Good Presentation. It could be used in conjunction with the checklists mentioned above and below. Take the URL back to http://www.teachit.co.uk/ and explore more of the site.
- ESL Partyland
Lively site. Lesson plans and ideas, reproducible materials, interactive quizzes, lots of links. Three recommendations: the collection of Conversation Questions, presented as card sets for about 20 topics ( e.g.technology , the environment and you, learning languages); Ideas for Previewing Vocabulary and the Peer Evaluation Checklist for oral presentations.
Icebreakers, pronunciation, role plays, debates, ESL audio… and other aspects of communication skills. Site also includes lesson planning and classroom management. Good looking site.
- Internet TESL Journal: Conversation Questions
With 30 to 60 questions per topic to choose from, there is no excuse for not getting students talking! Top choices of MPIK teachers/trainees is the ‘What if…?’ page. Other popular choices: Gettting to Know Each Other, Environment and Pollution, Favorites, Food and Eating. There is a search box for iteslj at the bottom of this page.
- Listen and Write (BBC)
Audio resources for ages 9-11: a variety of writing genres, writing tips from well-known authors, and a range of activities to explore the recorded material.
- Minimal Pairs, Listening Lists, and more
This is probably the most comprehensive and useful of the minimal pair lists available on the Net. About.com and Interlink both have listening and pronunciation practice exercises. Use your search skills to find these and others.
- Oral Presentation Checklists (Project Based Learning)
After reading what Project Based Learning is all about, click on Project Based Checklists and then on Oral Presentations 9-12 to create your own checklist for oral presentations. Better yet, involve your students in creating it. You can create customised checklists for many other formats from puppet shows to written reports and multimedia projects. As useful in the early stages of planning and preparing work as for evaluation.
‘Filling the Tool Box: classroom strategies to engender student questioning.’ An Educational Technology Journal article by Jamie McKenzie and H. B Davis. Includes practical classroom activities.
Focus on Reading, Thinking , Writing
See also the web guide for School and College Libraries
- A+ Research and Writing for High School and College Students
A large Internet Public Library site with step-by-step guidance in finding information in cyberspace, using it and writing a research paper. Material can be downloaded free.
- Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)
Dear time is time regularly set aside in the classroom for both students and teachers to drop everything and read. This article sets out how to use it to turn students ‘on’ to independent reading. It works!
- Extensive Reading Pages
Articles and advice on starting an extensive reading programme, model programmes, materials, reviews, presentation handouts, discussion group …
- Information Skills Rating Scale
Developed for a group of schools in Washington state to assess how well students were performing on the tasks involved in finding and using information.
- Interesting Facts about Ants: A Reading for Specific Information Activity
An example of the free materials available on the Internet (if they can be found!). John and Sarah’s TEFL Pitstop provide materials designed to be printed out. There is a text for students and Instructions for Teachers with suggested procedures and questions.
- Language Learning Benefits of Extensive Reading
An article by Paul Nation of Victoria University of Wellington documenting the long term benefits of a well-run extensive reading programme . Also in this issue of The Language Teacher Online are articles on ‘ Setting up an Extensive Reading Programme : Practical Tips’ (David Hill) and ‘What One Extensive Reading Program Looks Like’ (Mark Helgesen ).
- Newspapers in Education: Bangkok Post
Professionally presented material for reading, vocabulary development and making students think .. Study the models and apply to your own lessons and self-access materials. Good notes for teachers on using newspapers in the classroom
- Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
OWL stands for Online Writing Lab. This URL takes you to ESL Resources for Teachers which gives access to a number of useful pages: handouts on grammar points, online journals, help with research and documentation, writing across the curriculum and links to ESL resources. Also check out the Internet Resources section.
- The Read In!
‘Connecting over 1.5 million students and teachers with authors worldwide since 1992.’ Whart educators need to know, support materials for the classroom, lesson plans, activities, mobiles and bookmarks featuring Webster B. Worm and more.
- Reading Styles
Awareness-raising lessons for second language studenst : different kinds of reading call for different reading skills and strategies–and students can learn to identify which skills are required in a particular case. From here you can go to other useful ESL pages on About.com
- Setting Up an Extensive Reading Programme
Detailed advice stemming from experience in Japan . on planning and managing a reading programme , what to do for the first and subsequent classes, how to balance intensive and extensive reading activities, and more.
- Star Online: Education ( Malaysia )
This site has been revised and expanded to include more than just the Newspaper in Education. It also includes nws, lessons, activities, contests and help for Internet novices. plus nformation on workshops for Malaysian teachers.
A well organised site where teenagers can post their writing, artwork and opinions free of charge. There are some 12,000 works already there. Encourages reading, writing and critical thinking.
- Writing Den
This takes you to the Teacher’s Guide to using WritingDen in the classroom. The aim is to improve students’ writing, communication, thinking and research skills. The classroom ideas involve role playing, interviewing, integrating text and graphics, a technique for overcoming writers’ block…
Don’t forget to check the sites listed under Lessons, Links and Resources. Many of them have a section specifically on grammar.
- About.com Grammar Reference
Check on grammar points (e.g. relative clauses, irregular verbs) or explore topics (e.g. Saying No nicely, Making suggestions, Stress and Intonation) There are useful charts, quizzes and other resources too. For vocabulary, try the Vocabulary Charts lesson.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe Idea Cookbook: Grammar
From the Table of Contents for the Idea Cookbook, click on Grammar for contributions from classroom teachers from around the world. The quality is variable; perhaps an idea might inspire you to improve on it.
- English as Another Language
An attractive site from Norway with many resources. Try Grammar and Poetry which teaches how to write a 5 line poem ‘in the constructivist manner’ and publishes many of the results contributed by students. There is a good Links and Activites page, and much more.
- Grammar Safari
Activities for ‘hunting’ and ‘collecting’ examples of words as they are used on the Web–‘a vast, ever- growing, always up-to-date corpus’ of language. There are also suggestions for what to do with the words so acquired, using a Grammar Journal.
- Online English Grammar
Complete, searchable guide to English grammar, grammar clinic and test centre by an internationally recognised expert in using the Internet in education/TESL. Users of this section of the award-winning Digital Education Network (DEN) currently number more than 200,000 per month.
- Teaching Grammar
This is part of Karin’s ESL Partyland . It offers lessons, games and activities for teaching and reviewing grammar points
Vocabulary, Collocations and Pronunciation
Related Guide: Reference
Don’t forget to check out the online support for your own dictionary. Just key its name into the Google search box to find it. If you haven’t one, these are recommended: Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (2nd ed. 2005), Collins English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (5th ed. 2006), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English with CDROM (4 th ed. 2005), MacMillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners (UK ed. 2002; new ed. 2007), Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary of Current English (7 th ed. 2005)
- Can You Haiku?
Lesson plans, activities, resource links covering reading haiku, rules of haiku, haiku warm ups and writing haiku. Useful for both primary and secondary classes. Useful Asian links. Edsitement is a highly regarded gateway to quality humanities sites.
- Combining Grammar and Poetry
Part of the extensive site English as Another Language maintained by Norwegian Angus Lund . This page offers a technique to get everyone to produce 5 line poems. Good efforts around the world are published on the site. Students could decide which the good ones are-and why Other sections cover grammar, projects, links, research.
- Contemporary Poetry
Start here for access to about 30 About.com poetry lists covering types (e.g. haiku, sonnets), periods (20th century, contemporary), references, audio and video, anthologies, pantoums , nursery rhymes ….
- Grandpa Tucker’s Poetry
Deservedly popular site (with well over 2 million visitors so far) for primary level with the purpose of making language play fun: rhymes and tales, poems, stories, songs, poems contributed by kids, music, art gallery…. Well-illustrated .
- Grammar and Poetry
Part of Andreas Lund’s English as Another Language page. Well-designed. Instructions, models, examples and contributions from around the world.
- Haiku Salon
Complete guide to appreciating, writing and teaching haiku e.g. why it is popular in ELT, examples…
Poetry and verse for children of all ages. Recommended: Have a bash with Ogden Nash, For Better or Verse, Verse or Worse, all delightfully illustrated. There is a huge collection of poetry by children all over the world, some of it quite good. Click on More KidzLinks for more sources of poems and stories plus support for all school subjects, and ‘ jsut fun’.
- Listen and Write
BBC site with writing activities and audio poems aimed at 9-11 year olds plus a gallery of children’s work. Try Wonderwords (lively, descriptive, unusual words which ‘make pictures leap into the reader’s mind’, or Simile Satellie . Download Real Player to hear actors read the poems. From here you can also go to Education, Kids and Teens pages
- PipTalk (Passions in Poetry)
Poetry forums, poems culled from the press, poems to send as cards and an archives
- Poem Finder on the Web
‘ The largest, most comprehensive and most current poetry database available’ it indexes 800,000 poems and has the full text of 85,000. You can use it as extensively asyou like during a two week free trial period. International in scope,
Sponsored by the International Library of Poetry, this claims to be the largest poetry site on the Internet–probably because of the thousands of submissions by would-be poets. Useful sections include help with techniques and rhyming (also synonyms, definitions, homophones etc) and the 100 greatest poems ever written. To use the huge links section (to poem, poets and other rpoetry pages) requires time and all your evaluation skills.
A particularly useful list of resources: links to popular children’s poets, a collection of funny poems and help in writing them, children’s poetry on the web, collection of classic anthologies, writing resources and useful software.
- Poetry Pals: Lessons and Activities
Students from around the world develop literacy, technology and communication skills for reading, creating, publishing and original poetry on the Internet. Numerous teaching ideas, plus examples, links Caters for K-12. Click on Poetry Forms, Themes and Examples which shoes how to create poetry in various forms, e.g. haiku, diamante, cinquaine , limericks, autobiographical…
- Poetry Project
This is found under Key Stage 3 on the FRET site. It is a step=by-step introduction to writing poetry–examples followed by ‘over to you’, at the end of which the student has written ‘four super poems’ .. You will need to register in order to access the PDF file but it’s free! While you are on the site, look at some of the other lessons and materials too,
- Scholastic’s Poetry Pages
Includes the popular Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky (and others). Poetry and step-by-step workshops plus Teacher’s Guide. Intended for primary level but useful also at lower secondary.
- Writing Poetry: A Beginner’s Guide
Despite the subtitle this is best suited to upper secondary or 6th form students who are serious about wanting to write poetry. It covers all aspects, with plenty of examples and practical exercises.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe Ideas Cookbook
Click on Music for a page of links to teachers’ ideas for using songs to teach Englliksh . Most consist of a paragraph or two of description. Quality varies considerably, but try Take the song and run !, Music and Rhyme, “Perfect Modals” Salad or Drawing to Music. At the least these may trigger some ideas of your own.
- E. L. Easton – English – Music and Lyrics
An extensive collection of links to pages with ESL-through-music lessons and teaching ideas, plus audio and vocals (American pronunciation), song collections, national anthems plus a multilingual songbook section where you can compare the lyrics to popular songs in a variety of languages. There is a great deal on offer at this site.
- English Through Music
A lesson ‘swap meet’ where teachers share lesson plan ideas for learning English through music and can find articles and supporting materials Nicely presented and organised according to language focus and level, with an attempt at quality control.
- Ernie’s ESL Songs Page
How to use music and songs in the ESL classroom plus songs and activities at 5 different. levels
- ETNI’s Music
Includes ideas, projects, materials and links for teaching English language and literature through song. Also provides technical information on how to download and manage audio planers and files. This is part of a larger EFL site; go to the Teachers’ section for links to lesson plans, classroom activities, projects and other EFL resources.
- ESL through Music
‘For educators who are interested in promoting the acquisition of English through music.’ Includes articles, teacher-made and tested lessons plus information on books, videos, tapes and CDs useful for ESL purposes. purchase ).
- Finding Song Lyrics Online Learning and Technology (Vol. 5, No. 3, September 2001,) with advice and links.
Thousands of folksongs from around the world, arranged alphabetically by title. Lyrics are nicely presented in a form suitable for printing out. The melody for many is also available. A goldmine!
- Song Dictation
A concise ITESL-J article by Brian Cullen giving the why and how of using song dictation in the ESL classroom. Search the ITESL-J index for other articles, e.g. ‘Songs, Verse and Games for Teaching Grammar’ and
- Arts on the Move
Scroll down to Arts on the Move then click on Drama in Education and follow links (e.g. Drama in the Primary School, Secondary Education, Resources) to arrive at useful pages such as Planning a Drama Lesson, Games and Methods, Creating Characters… A very attractive helpful site
- Creative Drama and Theatre Education Resource Site
Go to Classroom Ideas, Creative Drama (e.g. prop bag), Theatre Games, Plays for Performance. By a teacher who has been involved in theatre all her life.
- Drama Library
Click on Resource Libraries, then Drama Library Teachit.com, then click on Drama Library. There are photocopiable materials and good links. Start with the 6 pages of Warm Up and Cool Down games. Or, if you are a budding director, try the Backstage page for useful tips.
- Dramatic Interpretation of Monologue Poems
Click on Curricular Resources > Index > D (for Drama), then scroll down topics of interest e.g. Improvisation, Monologues, Teaching of (Drama), where items are identified only by date. Click on a recent date–and hope to find a curriculum unit, lesson plans etc. (Whew!)
- Learn Improv
Explores the various kinds of structures such as warm-ups, exercises to build skills, stories, interactions and ‘handles’ (games requiring audience participation, with built-in comedy).
The objective is total spontaneity and teachers are advised to put aside their fears that students will not be able to cope; it is surprising how imaginative they can be. About a dozen ideas each are given for pair and group improvisation. Try some of the other activities available.
- Puppetry Home Page,The
Pages include Using Puppetry, Puppetry Traditions Around the World, Puppet Building, links to other sites Describes itself as ‘ free resource for the puppetry community ‘.
Here is a chance to learn how to sign in to an online journal for temporary free use. Click on the Access Form and fill in your particulars. You will immediately be sent a username and password to use for one month while you try out past and present publications of The Language Teacher and other publications of the Japan TESOL organisation. Browse past issues or type in the topic you are looking for, in this case ‘Reader’s Theatre’–and you’ve got what may be a useful article. This one provides an activity for literature classes or extensive reading groups. Students create and perform short kits based on student-selected texts–from a graded reader , short story, novel, literature text… The emphasis is on interpretation . Intermediate to advanced
- School Show Page
A UK resource for school and youth theatre. From this Resources page you can go to articles, plays, an improvisation page, a primary page, technical and production help, free downloads and more
http://www.schoolshows.demon.co.uk/resources.htm Not available 19 June 2007
- Teachit’s Drama Teaching Resources
Click on Resource Libraries, then Drama Librar and scroll down to ‘drama essentials’ to access nearly 20 sets of materials which you can download, print and photocopy (or just read on screen). This is part of a large and prestigious UK site for English teachers. There are also hotlinks to other drama resources.
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- Virtual Drama Studio
A set of resources for teachers of English and Drama for 11-18 year olds, suitable both for new and experienced teachers Emphasis is on quality and usefulness of content.
- 100 Best Books for Children:Teachers’ List
- 100 Best Books for Children: Kids’ List
The American National Education Association asked teachers to pick a list of 100 books they felt represented the best books for children and young people. (The ELTC resource centre has a good percentage of them.) Compare the teachers’ list with the kids’ version for some interesting similarit1es and differences.
- 100 Best Books for Children: by age group and with links
Besides organizing this particular list by level and adding book and author links to resources and lesson ideas, this site offers a large Suggested Reading section with hundreds of other titles grouped by theme and grade level.
Free literature on line: over 2000 classic texts, plus study guides, summaries, author biographies and reference help
- Carol Hurst’s Literature Site
Everything to do with using children’s literature in the (primary/lower secondary) classroom, whether for English or other subjects, including reviews, classroom activities and ways of using the Internet. Links to resources. Free newsletter
- Children’s Literature and Language Arts Resources
This page of the Internet School Library Media Center focuses on children’s literature in education and associated language skills. There is information on book awards, authors and illustrators, bibliotherapy plus literary enrichment activities and well-chosen links.
- Cool Reads
Books for 10-15 years olds–reviewed by 10-15 year olds. Sophisticated site run by teenagers.
A Level English and English Literature site. Check out the Cool Reads pdf file for some good reading suggestions for teens.
- Literature Log Response Starters
This has moved to Mrs P’s Kids’ Page which looks worth further explanation. On the Index Page, scroll down to L and click on Literature Log. The starters are usable ./ adaptable for any level.
- Non-Fiction Texts: Teachit
Scroll down to Non-fiction text types and click. The first place winner in the Literacy Strategy Competition. A complete package for using the web to teach ways of working with nonfiction. scheme of work, framework objectives, teachers’ note and starters, lesson plans and teaching materials, list of websites…A good model to study for anyone designing teaching materials for English. Take time to explore some of the other teaching materials and aids this site offers too.
- Project Gutenberg
Downloadable texts which are now out of copyright.. A great way to access a prescribed text when no copy is available. You can search, or get a complete list of authors or titles. There are now 20,000 titles available.
- Teenspace: Internet Public Library
An extensive list of sites which offer suggestions and guidance on what to read in all genres. Some publish book reviews, poetry and short stories by teenagers. From the University of Michigan
- Voice of the Shuttle
A huge database for literature and the humanities, recently reorganised . On the home page, navigate to Literature (in English) or to Teaching Resources. The Guide to VOS section will help you find your way around.
- Write a Book Review…
Some of the writing tips offered on the site run by author Rodman Philbrick could apply equally to an evaluation of non-fiction works. There is a model book review of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.