In the Classroom
Culture Capsules are short writings by ESL learners. They are written
at an intermediate-advanced level. Teachers can use them as texts
for students. There is a "How To" unit mentioned, but
the link to that does not work.
Channels Quiz Center
The Quiz Center allows instructors to create, edit, and manage quizzes,
without any necessary web publishing experience.
EFL Tasks is a collection of activities designed by Joann Miller,
an EFL teacher in Mexico. The Intermediate and Advanced activities
are very useful. Some of the Beginning Activities will be too advanced
for many Beginning Learners.
This site contains free online English lessons and ESL resources.
The site includes an online newsletter, grammar review, bookstore
and 15 English-foreign language dictionaries (including Spanish,
Japanese, Chinese and Arabic).
ESL Activities Online
There are several useful sections for helping learners to improve
their grammar and other language skills. This site is especially
useful in that the sections offer interactive, online quizzes for
learners to do. Instructors are encouraged to work through the site
with learners, as the site is not intuitive enough for learners
to use independently.
This page has lots of audio examples of speech elements that
can help advanced ESL students improve their pronunciation, for
example: intonation, stress, linking, etc.
Grammar Can Be Poetic
This portion of a larger website is useful for introducing poetry to Intermediate and Advanced classes. The rest of the site is no longer maintained on a regular basis.
Reading Skills for Lower-Level Readers
In this article, two teachers from Boston's Asian American Civic
Association provide some practical, classroom-based ideas for teaching
higher-order reading skills to lower level readers who are nonnative
speakers of English.
NetGrammar offers grammar lessons through listening (including
online audio), reading, and writing activities with lots of follow-up
Picture Stories for
Adult ESL Health Literacy
Kate Singleton, ESL educator from Fairfax County, continues to add
downloadable picture stories to her online health literacy collection.
These classroom activities address topics such as depression, proper
medicine dosage, nutrition and exercise issues for adults and children,
emergencies, making appointments, and dealing with stress and domestic
abuse. (added 10/30/03)
PIZZAZ! is dedicated to providing simple creative writing and oral
storytelling activities with copyable handouts for use with students
of all ages. Permission is given to use these resources for in-class,
non-profit use only. Please note that some of the links on this
site are not active.
The Project Based Learning Place
Using this free tool you can play, print and make your own ESL flash
cards using the free web application developed with Macromedia Flash.
You can choose from numerous pre-made games, or you can make your
own. You can also print out sets of cards to use in the esl / efl
classroom. You and your students can play the interactive multi-media
version online for free.
Rural Life: A Resource Book For Adult Literacy And ESL
The concept of a farming-based language-learning resource grew out
of experience with immigrants who came to Canada to farm and who
needed a working vocabulary to enable them to interact with neighbors
and the rural business community. The pictures and short texts in
this booklet can serve as a springboard for oral and written language
activities. (added 10/30/03)