Following are sites that offer a variety of activities to
help ESL learners become more independent in their growth. Nothing
substitutes for the one-to-one experience or the warmth of a supportive
group, but a lot of learning can happen individually for those who are
guided to do it.
For most adults, learning a language skill is similar in ways to learning
how to drive a car. You simply turn the key where the ignition is placed
for you; turn the wheel in the direction of your choice; press the gas
pedal where you are shown; push the break to stop, and hope for success
without bumping into something. You practice until you are comfortable on
To drive a car, you don't have to understand all of
the electrical connections or the process that produces the energy
(grammar rules) to move the different parts. However, if
you get into trouble, you might well know some basics about how things
work. Some people want to know it all, so they get the manuals and figure
it out. Can they drive better? Maybe. Maybe not.
Many sites offer grammar exercises and explanations for
students who need to or want to explore how words, phrases, clauses and
sentences work in relation to each other. The student who is educated in
her own language will benefit far more from grammar exercises than a
student who has no point of comparison.
If you want to teach your student
grammar, make sure you know it inside and out yourself, and wait for the teachable
moment. Send the student to Internet sites to practice and reinforce
to learn English.
AND SIMPLE ESL COURSE FOR ADULT EDUCATORS
is a very limited list of ESL sites for students and for
teachers who want resources. I'm sure the list will grow
as I have a chance to visit links and recommend resources.
Have fun with the ones below!
Hogan's ESL Resources on this site
Western Pacific LINCS is an online
service for adult educators and students. Check out the great resources at
-This page has links to great resources of all kinds. Levels go from
Beginning (100) to Advanced (400). Enjoy!
- Immigration information links
- You must have asked for it, and there it is- an easily-accessible
frame for looking into great resources for adult students.
- Want to see what the UK is doing in terms of expectations for ESL
teachers? Interesting. Take a peek.
- Now here's a list of English-teaching resources from all over the world,
but mainly from the UK and USA.
List of online resources
with a link to sites researched and recommended by ESL instructors in
Durango, Colorado, in May, 2003
- This site has
a number of fun links for teachers and students. Click
one of the links and find real
audio explanations, on-line quizzes with instant results
and fun exercises.
Real Audio Advanced
ESL Advanced Grammar
ESL Chat Room
Test your English!
"Ask Us A Question"
Answers to our Weekly
- From their Home
Page: "Welcome to the ESL/EFL Chatboard. This resource
is dedicated to discussions related to teaching English
as a second language and English as a foreign language.
Please bookmark this resource and contribute often, and
subscribe to our ESL/EFL Mailring. Be sure to tell your
colleagues about the many free resources for teachers on
I haven't joined
any of the chats, but some of the hundreds of topics discussed
and lots and lots of very intriguing links to information
(science, games, and other resources) focusing on young
people but with some useful items for al ages. Good reading
page features Grammar and Vocabulary exercises for ESL
Students. It is based upon a favorite (usually from Wednesday's)
weekly Newsroom or WorldView Broadcast by Turner Educational
Services Inc. and is available on a private, noncommercial
basis each Monday throughout the school year.
site includes a number of very well developed exercises
to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. Reading can be downloaded
and used in class. would call this an advanced site. The
exercises have fill-in-the-blank options which are corrected
on-line. Another option allows you to print the exercise
for students to complete off-line. The readings are great
and stimulating, with lots and lots of variety.
site provides information and practice exercises for taking
the TOEFL exam. For advances students only.
page has some quality links to other sites. Check the topic
is a very attractive site that has short fables with questions
following. Students fill in the blanks and get scored immediately.
Fables are wonderful teaching tools. They are short, ease,
and invite wide critical discussion. Visit this one. Intermediate
students can handle the language. Lower level students
will need help from their peers. Use this one!
Links for Students & Teachers-
This site is a great resource, offering extensive links
in a number or categories.
to Ann Colella)
links on this site are followed by some interesting and
supportive activities for teachers -- A site worth visiting!
Colella) - This
is a site which focuses on Spanish speakers. It is filled
with great links to games, software and activities for
students. Take a few minutes and browse through its content.
Your students will love it.
- Everyone knows about Dave's Cafe. He's been doing this for years and
accumulated a huge following. I knew him when he was just getting started
with three or four sections on his site. Now look at him! He's learned by
doing, and that's how most our students learn best.
- Beginning lessons with teacher guides.
- Ya gotta check this one out. Links to all kinds of resources to
integrate tech into ESL.
- Like it says, lots of grammar!
LISTENING (The faster the connection, of
course, the more you'll get out of these resources.)
When you are learning a new skill, what would you like to
have happen before you are asked to perform? Most people want to observe
and try the skill privately before they are asked to perform it.
Sounds in a new language are very difficult to reproduce.
Allow students to listen and listen and listen, then practice and practice
until they are asked to go to the final level of initiating the sound
Following are a few sites that provide opportunities for
students to listen, repeat, and test themselves until they are ready to
perform. You will need an audio player on your computer to listen to the
files. Download one that suits your taste. Following are links to free
applications, You don't have to go for the fee-based package.
- This site is a gold mine of listening treasures. The segments have
related exercises and quizzes that can be rated online. Once you get your
audio set up, it's a pleasure. Lots and lots of very genuine dialogues and
exchanges for students of all levels. Click on the "Help" link
for instructions. Remember that slow modem connections take longer to
- These passages are taken from Heinle and Heinle books. If the audio is
too slow, just have students fill in the cloze (fill the blanks) exercises
- This is a site that encourages monthly fees for use, but it has some
very clear passages for learners at 3 levels. Worth using the free stuff!
If your program can pay, well, so much the better. Maybe students can
start a fund.
- Don't know that I agree that students should must start with spelling the
letters of the alphabet, but they are there. He also spells words and they
check their writing against the right answer. Lots of other stuff, too.
The sites above and others for more advanced learners can
be checked out at
. Some links don't work, so you go to others. Have fun exploring.