Volume 9, Issue 4
Activities and Resources for ESL!
ESL students want to use the Internet,
but the language is so difficult!"
want to use computers in my ESL
classroom to help my students
learn English, but I also want them to
have computer and critical thinking
skills. I wish I could find ways to put
it all together for them."
come to the right place. The only advice
I would strongly give, and it's free, is
to walk your talk. Walk your students
through the activities or game the first
time around. Adults and kids need
confidence before trying new things.
Once they feel comfortable with the
activity, let them loose! So often I
notice people not engaging in a
delightful experience because they just
don't feel that they know enough. Sound
- From BBC. I had a hard time leaving!
This game will help students develop the
vocabulary they need to succeed in
important exams and in life!
- If they like music, this is so much
fun. You go through the city recording
sounds of different types. When you are
through, you go to your mixer, adding
the sounds to different tracks. I felt
like a very hip composer when I was
done! The only reading required is on
- You have to try this game. It's a
version of Twenty Questions. You sign in
and select a topic. I chose sports. I
thought of Roger Federer. Then I
answered the question and the sneaky
computer had me figured in just a few
questions! Play it with the class on the
computer. Then take it to the class and
let students do the talking with their
own thoughts and questions!
- Another BBC offering. Choose literacy
or numeracy, and then choose topic and
- Again, from BBC. My score on this one
was abysmal! I used to think my senses
were pretty sharp!
- Not BBC, but UK. Philologus is an
online resource allowing teachers to
create games and activities for use in
the classroom. You'll find published
games that other teachers and students
have created. Fun. Click on (Info) next
to each game to find a description of
- Our ESL students would probably score
better than I did, but I learned oodles!
Other Activities and Resources
- Wow. Have your students click on any
category and feast on the results.
"Different from an encyclopedia or from
traditional online dictionaries,
thesauri and glossaries because the
images replace the words." Examine all
of the links that give you different
options. Site includes sound.
(Thanks, Tom Dietvorst!) - English for
All has numerous resources with lesson
plans that are very detailed. You may
copy and paste right from the site and
adapt the ideas to your students. The
video streaming was not very effective
on my system, but it may work on yours.
(Thanks, Tom Dietvorst) - This site is
very well developed with great
categories for adult el topics. I looked
into a few and found that ESL students
would benefit from several since there
is audio with many of the stories. Worth
- Feast on these lesson ideas on using
computers with ESL students!
(Thanks, Tom Dietvorst)- You'll have to
pick the lessons for ESL students; the
language is more appropriate for ABE or
Pre-GED. What a wonderful way to get
students working on their own while you
work with those that need your personal
attention for a bit.
- This article was a joy to read. It's
short, sweet, and helpful. "Integrating
Computer Skills into Low Level ESL," by
Susan Gaer, Santa Ana College, San Ana,
- What is elllo? ELLLO is a free online
listening resource of over 1,000
listening activities designed especially
for ESL and EFL students and teachers.
Most listening activities include
images, an interactive quiz, transcript
of the audio and downloadable MP3.
- Very simple, very sweet, varied and to
the point. The podcasts were instant and
- You'll love this one! Topics on the
left with ESL competencies on the right.
know how precious we consider our
time to be. That's why we are trying
something new: short, simple,
hands-on and useful sessions where
you are. Join me in Lunch and
Learn to pick up valuable
skills in just one hour! Get on your
computer and let's play. (Keep your
brown bag and tea handy as we go
along!) We'll use Elluminate, which
allows you to see my computer, see
me mouse around, and participate in
many great ways. One hour! I've
chosen Friday because so many
programs tell me that is the best
day. We'll give it a try and go from
is a list of Topics for now. I've
also posted them on a Google
calendar (see below), which you can
access any time. Our license is
limited to 25 people, so first come,
first in. If we fill up, preference
will be given to AEFLA programs
since that is where the funding
originates! Thanks, CDE/AFLA!
Scheduled Lunch and Learn Activities
1. Creating Student
Activities with Power Point I -
We will examine basic Power Point
presentation options and create a
four-slide learning activity with
text, sound and downloaded images.
We will also examine other PP
activities that you can later
download and adapt as you please.
2. Blogging with Students
- 11/21 10-11 AM -->>(NOTE
During this session, you will
examine models of student blogs for
ESL, ABE and GED students and create
a blog for your students,
adding images and other student
3. Creating ESL Student
Activities Using the Computer -
12/5 Noon -1
We will examine four different
activities using different
applications, learning the step by
step process of creating them. We
will also create one activity
together on a topic defined by the
participants. You will be given
resources for additional activities
that you can later download and
adapt as you please.
4. Intro to Excel 2003
- 12/12 Noon - 1PM
You will examine Excel's basic
options for entering and managing
cell information, apply simple math
formulas, and create simple
interactive charts. Great for
teaching different social studies
5. Managing Files with Windows XP
- 12/19 Noon - 1PM
We will examine and practice
different options for creating,
saving, moving, and finding files
and folders in Windows XP. For
beginning techies in the making.
Bring your file management questions
Planned for 2009
1. Creating Student Activities
with Power Point II
We will share activities that you
have developed in PP and create a
new learning activity, which embeds
video and links to other resources.
2. Let's Get Serious about Games
The Web is exploding with games that
teach all sorts of vocational and
academic skills. Let's play.
3. Let's Enter a Second Life
Explore educational resources in
Second Life that you can use for
teaching anything to anyone. We'll
focus on ESL, ABE and GED. Grab an
avatar and let's travel! No Second
Life experience needed; you'll
receive instructions on how to
prepare to join the rest of us there
for the session.
much, much more.
for classes scheduled above:
When the date arrives, go to
Enter your name and join the class.
The first time you use the program,
start the process about 10 minutes
early to give the program time to
download. You may have to ask
permission from your lab tech, so be
sure to check that out beforehand.
review the class schedule and future
events in 2009, go
to open the calendar.
will also be planning three onsite,
hands-on workshops in late winter
and spring of 2009, where you will
be invited to come or send someone
to produce wonderful educational
projects or activities at different
levels. Stay tuned!
1. What word
or phrase does the image represent?
2. You should
get this one right away, you English teachers!
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suggestions, questions and error reports are most appreciated!