CMC/EBSS Webliography English as a Second Language English Speakers of Other Languages ESL/ESOL Web Sites

Selector: Jeannie Kamerman

Electronic Journals || General Resources || Meta-Sites || Language and Culture || Listening Interactive || Teaching Resources




Dave's ESL Café
This Web site is extensive, offering activities and materials for just about everything related to ESL/EFL teaching. It offers list servs, discussion groups, email connections, and message exchanges which are open to interested students or teachers. A section on games and ideas to use in the classroom goes well with the Quiz Center. Here students can play trivia as a group or by themselves. This Web site's most notable features are the Hint-of-the-Day, the Slang page, the Idiom page, the Phrasal Verb page, the Quote page, and the Pronunciation page. The Job Center section that posts worldwide positions is especially useful for teachers.

Ohio ESL
Ohio University presents a well-organized Web site of resources for educators and students of ESL. In "Teacher Resources", educators can find links to bilingual sites, resource directories, and sites about technology, employment, testing and assessment, publications, organizations, research and lesson plans. In "English Student Resources", ESL students can find information and activities to will strengthen their skills in grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading, listening, and speaking. ESL students can enjoy the "Topics" section that gives detailed information about US society, culture, history, and current events. ESL students can also find links to helpful sites in the "Student Life" pages that share more cultural or practical information needed in the US, such as student visa information, tipping in restaurants, cars, health, money and much more.

Western/Pacific Lincs: English as a Second Language
This Web site has been designated for instructors, literacy practitioners, program administrators, researchers, etc. The site is deep in its coverage with links to all manner of sites to promote literacy. Included are sites to international newspapers, sites to teaching reading through signs, and a virtual picture gallery. Also included in the Research Section are resources that support evidence-based education.

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General Resources

This site is a compilation of a wide variety of ESL resources which include links to English schools, testing agencies, online dictionaries, tutorials, learning exercises, books, media, lesson plans, and discussion groups. A commercial group, the International Language Centres Group based in England, maintains this site, but there is plenty of useful information to U.S. teachers and students.

English as a 2nd Language
The About Web sites have a wealth of information but also have many commercial intrusions. If you can ignore the sponsored links much useful information is available at this address. Throughout the site, in the articles and resources sections browsers can find discussions on everything from "student correction" to lessons emphasizing sentence stress and intonation.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
OELA's National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA) collects, analyzes, synthesizes and disseminates information about language instruction educational programs for English language learners and related programs. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) under Title III of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

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Teaching Resources

The EFL Playhouse
EFL Playhouse is a small and easy to navigate Web site with practical suggestions for the ESOL teacher. The scope of the language activities include chants, fingerplays, games, songs, tongue twisters, and even recipes for arts and craft supplies. Additionally there is also a section on phonemic awareness and a discussion board.

EFL WEB is an online resource for those teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language. Available through this site are articles written by teachers of EFL, a listing of upcoming events and conferences, a listing of job vacancies, a virtual bookshop and virtual software store, a directory of English language schools in Great Britain, and links to other Web sites dedicated to EFL. A chat room is also provided for practice of English skills.
This large site includes 24 different sections with links especially dedicated to learners and teachers of English as a Second Language. At this site you will find activities, games, exams, homework assignments, lesson plans and handouts for teachers to use in the classroom. Available through this site are links to pronunciation guides, grammar rules, jokes, and vocabulary activities for reference, business, and leisure use. Self-paced, interactive learning tools, a forum, and a free newsletter are also included.

ESL Flow
ESL flow is a valuable, easy to use Web site that offers teaching ideas, lesson plans, and activities at the elementary, pre-intermediate, and intermediate levels for ESL speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing classes. This site contains a resource section for additional ideas, creative works, and links to articles on pedagogy, guides, grammars, and other popular sites such as sample tests for the Cambridge Certificate. Pages are divided according to content theme, language skill, and level of difficulty. Excellent Resource! (May require a high-resolution screen and/or adjustment of fonts. Macintosh users note that pages cannot be printed from a Mac.)

Lesson Plans and Resources for ESL and Bilingual Education Teachers
This site offers dozens of links to ESL, bilingual, and foreign language lesson plans, activities and games in the areas of writing, grammar, mathematics, and science. The bilingual links also include languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, and other languages. Educational resources, educational standards and frameworks, employment opportunities, and links to professional associations are also available.

Pizzaz! A Resource for Scribblers and Teachers of English as a Second Language
Created by an ESL instructor, this site offers creative writing activities to assist ESL learners in Created by an ESL instructor, this site offers creative writing activities and oral storytelling activities with printable handouts to assist ESL learners in strengthening their English skills. This site provides the K-12 ESL teacher with ready-made lesson plans and activities in the areas of poetry and fiction. Other noteworthy highlights include a section on publishing opportunities to enhance students' motivation and a "Bag of All Tricks" section, which contains several "ice-breakers" or introduction activities. The site also offers teacher resource links.

Rong-Chang's ESL Menu
This Web site is a good starting point for the ESL teacher. Be warned there are many commercial links and focus on the topics listed in the left frame. There are sections for listening, reading, writing, games, business English, Kids English, Idioms and more. Teacher will also find useful links for grammar, vocabulary and quizzes.

This Web site is designed to provide resources for TEFL/TESL professionals. Users can find sections dedicated to lesson tips and activities, worksheets, tutorials, book reviews, a Web Guide and articles of their electronic magazine, “Inspire! Ezine.” Learn about TEFL/TESL qualifications and additional travel information, participate in forums with electronic posting boards to discuss teaching issues and to post resumes, and see job advertisements from all over the world.

TESOL Online
TESOL provides information and links to form a network of teachers and specialists who can exchange ideas and support each other. TESOL is also sensitive to legal issues and their impact on education. The site offers a section with placement and career services in the fields of ESL and EFL, nationally and internationally. In addition, it offers a series of columns, articles, and submissions by TESOL members. Another feature available online is “Standards & Initiatives” in which the user can locate documents such as ESL Standards for students in Pre-K through grade 12. A search engine within the Web site and an electronic discussion list are also provided.

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Listening Interactive

BBC World Service: Learning English
Provided by the British Broadcasting Corporation, this Web site focuses on learning English in general, not specifically for ESL learners. The site does offer an opportunity for learners to practice vocabulary and hear English language being spoken by people with and without a foreign accent. Learn English through topics like music, news, sports, and work. BBC is currently in the process of developing new Web pages for teachers of English and also provides a message board for teachers to exchange ideas.

The English Listening Lounge
This interesting site allows learners of English to experience spoken English on an everyday level by listening to ordinary people talk about their lives. It is available at three levels: new, regular, or advanced listeners. The user may choose to enhance learning potential by adding options of transcripts, questions, or user guides when listening to the audio segments. Users will need to have access to Real Audio. If desired, users can pay for membership to access more listening passages.

ESL Independent Study Lab
Designed for ESL students to practice their skills, this site offers links to online listening sites where users can hear the pronunciations of words. Several links on the site allow practice with vocabulary, grammar, writing and reading. There are links to research studies in integrating technology with ESL and a checklist provided for the study lab. Try the TOEFL practice tests and enjoy the games and activities that offer ESL learners practice while learning.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
This excellent Web site offers English learners the opportunity to hear and read along with spoken English. The audio selections are grouped by length into the following categories: short listening exercises, general listening quizzes, listening quizzes for academic purposes, and long conversational quizzes. Each passage is given an easy, medium, difficult, or very difficult label which allows the user to build upon his or her listening and comprehension skills. Links to other listening sites are also available, as well as links to audio basics, audio/visual software and sound file collections.

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Language and Culture

Interesting Things for ESL Students
This study site offers students of English as a Second Language an opportunity to practice their newly acquired knowledge with word games, word puzzles, anagrams, quizzes, slang expressions, proverbs, vocabulary and grammar study, and a random-sentence generator. There are also links to dictionaries, listening sites and other ESL sites. Users can also visit more links that contain activities and sample pages from Many Things, a textbook for Japanese students studying English.

Word Focus
Enhancing one's English vocabulary is an aim of this Web site. It focuses on the Latin and Greek elements in the English language and explains the origin of some words and phrases by linking them to their Greek and Latin roots. Also included are quizzes on word choices and links to sites that provide a variety of word experiences. The site contains poems and stories with language-related activities that would be useful for middle and secondary school students. An e-mailed newsletter, which contains word etymology, word stories, and quotations, can be sent to users. Users may choose to pay a fee to become members of the Cross-Reference club.

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Electronic Journals

Internet TESL Journal (A monthly journal for ESL teachers)
This site includes a listing of over 8,200 sites of ESL/EFL/ESOL/TESL/TEFL/TESOL links. It also provides ESOL teachers and their students over 1000 activities that include vocabulary, grammar and bilingual quizzes. In addition, users can find ideas for projects, daily lesson plans, classroom handouts, web based textbooks, games, and puzzles. This Web page also provides teachers with articles and research papers on teaching techniques.

Language Learning and Technology
As a journal for second and foreign language educators in the U.S. and other nations, this site addresses various issues on technology, learning, and teacher education through articles based on research from various universities. Reviews of books and software are also featured. This publication focuses on how technology, specifically computer-assisted programs, can affect the manner in which second and foreign language learning is taught. The journal is updated in January, May, and September.

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