50 Incredibly Useful Links Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators. Websites Rachael Roberts - Learning vocabulary through reading When I was first learning to teach, someone told me that students have to learn a word 9 times in order for it to really ‘stick’. I have no idea where that little gem came from, but I’m pretty sure someone made it up! Experience tells me that we grasp some items of vocabulary pretty quickly, while others slip through our fingers. There are probably various reasons for this: how much we ‘need’ the word, whether it is similar to a word in our own language or ‘makes sense’ to us in some way, how memorable the context was in which we learnt it and so on. However, while I don’t think there’s a magic number, repetition is certainly a key part of learning, and if we keep coming across a word or phrase while reading it will either make more and more sense to us, because we’re seeing it in different contexts, or we may even be motivated to go away and look it up. However, even if we read a lot, only pretty high frequency words will keep coming up time after time.
joanna malefaki-My ELT rambles Fun tasks and the 1st conditionalA bit about conditionals In student grammar books, conditionals are usually divided into zero, first, second, third and mixed conditionals. This post is part of a series of posts related to conditionals. Today, I am going to write about fun activities you can use with your learners when teaching what is known as the 1st conditional. Mobile You may already be familiar with the following websites, or this might be your first introduction. Either way, each of them can be a ready resource for your ESL teaching needs and a way to freshen your teaching plans and answer your questions. 1Englishgrammar.org Every ESL teacher has to teach grammar, even if that is not one of your course names. This site lists the grammar rules of English alphabetically, and they are easily accessible.
American Stories in Easy English / American Stories in VOA Special English There are 57 fifteen-minute MP3 files. That is about 14 hours of listening. Bierce, Ambrose (1842-1914) Five Nice NASA Resources for Teachers and Students NASA's website full of excellent educational resources. I just did a quick look through my archives and over the last few year I've written about NASA-related topics more than sixty times. Here are five of the most popular NASA resources for teachers and students that I've covered over the years. NASA's Lunar Electric Rover Simulator is a free iOS app that lets you explore the moon.
Wonderful World MAIN ACTIVITIES Listening, discussion, vocabulary of animals and geographical features. SUITABLE FOR Teens and adults, Intermediate (B1) and above TEACHER’S NOTES (Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes.) Display this word cloud or make your own at Tell students that it contains the lyrics of a well-known song. Give them a minute to try and identify the song. Display the second word cloud, which contains the song title. Topic worksheets Join us on Facebook! Repairs around the home Picture sequence story and activities about turning off the water and calling a plumber to repair a leak. Online English Course - Index Page Course 2 - Elementary Unit 15 - Quantifiers: Some / Any Unit 16 - Quantifiers: Much / Many / A Lot of Unit 17 - Quantifiers: A Few / A Little Unit 18 - Possessives
Moral Short Stories for Kids - Small English Stories Online Free Short stories for kids are adventurous and interesting ways to teach your children about good morals and right conduct. As kids, they are at their formative years, that is why they need to be educated with good values to make them good fit for society and family. Instead of purchasing at bookstores, you do not have to spend another dime with these free moral short stories specially prepared for kids. art journal prompts You don’t have to say a lot for it to be meaningful. Theodore Roosevelt's diary entry the day his wife died. Many who keep art journals find it easy to do the art and more difficult to put the words into them. We create beautiful backgrounds and images and then we fret that we will spoil them by writing on them. We worry that what we have to say isn’t important enough, that our handwriting isn’t neat enough, that we will write too much or too little. So we use quotes.