Magazine article Technology & Learning

ESL on the Web

Magazine article Technology & Learning

ESL on the Web

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If you teach English as a second language, boost your support system with lesson plans, activities, and reference materials available on the Web. With an Internet connection and a few clicks of the mouse, you'll find an amazing variety of electronic resources to improve English reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills.

* Dave's ESL Cafe (www.pacificnet.net/~sperling/ eslcafe.html)--There's much for ESL teachers and students to see and learn at this site, including a "Graffiti Wall" where youngsters express themselves, an "Idea Page" for ESL teaching tips posted by educators from around the world, plus a link to Dennis Oliver's "Phrasal Verb Page" for common American verb phrases.

* English As a Second Language Home Page (www. lang.uiuc.edu/r-li5/esl)--This site features a variety of course materials (organized by topics such as Listening and Speaking, Grammar and Writing, etc.) as well as links to other great ESL sites. For example, students can go on electronic tours to Mexico, Costa Rica, Ireland, Israel, Morocco, Southeast Asia, and South Africa (complete with text and pictures). A link to "fluency through fables" builds English comprehension by encouraging visitors to read popular tales and complete follow-up activities.

* English As a Second, a Foreign, Another Language: The Pages of Andreas Lund (home.sol.no/ ~andreasl/)--A wonderful collection of ESL resources and activities by a teacher of Norwegian, English, and Media at Brekkeby Upper Secondary School, Skien, Norway. Lund invites students to write their own poems by following examples posted at the site. …

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