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50 Essential Resources for ESL Students

50 Essential Resources for ESL Students
Learning a new language is always daunting, especially when that language is as full of weird rules and contradictions as English. Even native speakers sometimes have trouble mastering the nuances of tense and grammar. Fortunately, if English is not your first language, there are a variety of ESL resources online to help you master the English language. From speaking to writing, these tools will help you get a handle on English and give direction to your education and career. Don’t let the size of the task deter you from getting it done. Use these resources to become fluent in no time. Grammar and Usage Use these sites to boost your grammar skills, from verb tenses to noun placement. Purdue Online Writing Lab: The OWL offers a comprehensive repository of practice sheets and linguistic primers for learners at all levels.Dave’s ESL Cafe: ESL teacher Dave Sperling’s in-depth site provides numerous lessons about sentence structure, word use, and more. Spelling and Pronunciation Podcasts

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Super quick motivating activities: Who am I? A great activity for practicing adjectives that works at all levels Instructions: Make sure each learner has a blank piece of paper of paper to write on.Ask them to write answers to a series of prompts, the following are examples: ‘Give an adjective you would use to describe yourself‘; ‘Give an adjective other people might use to describe you‘; ‘What is one adjective that is totally opposite to what you are like?

The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom - Kieran Donaghy First film can be seen by clicking on link. Animated films are ones in which individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations are photographed frame by frame. Traditionally animated films have been associated with children, however, nowadays they are designed to appeal to everyone. With the increased ease of creating animations, there has been a huge rise in the number of animated films being produced, and the vast majority of these are short animations. Super quick motivating activities: building the story An engaging speaking activity for intermediate level learners Instructions: Get learners to select an interesting image from their course book, preferably one that has a few people doing something.Arrange the class into groups to talk about it.Tell them as a group to choose one person in the picture and to think in detail about them; they can decide any number of things: the person’s name; their age; their job; what they are saying or thinking; how they are feeling; where they are going; what they have in their bag; who they are visiting, and so on.Get each learner in the group to help build up as big a story as possible using only the picture as a source of inspiration. Make sure they understand that every member of the group has to remember all the details, because they cannot make notes.When your learners are ready, mix the groups and tell each person to explain who their group chose and then talk about the story they made up about them. Images are a great source of inspiration.

fluentu A picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is this truer than in the ESL classroom. Suppose after a verb game or during some reading comprehension exercise, one of your curious students wants to know the difference between “He danced at the party” and “He was dancing at the party.” What will you do? You could probably give a really clear explanation about how one sentence states what happened at a specific place or time, and the other gives background information to establish a scene in the past. And then maybe you’d give a couple more examples prior to showing how the two very similar tenses—past perfect and past perfect continuous—do in fact differ.

Super quick motivating activities: The ‘who / what / why / where / when’ story Here’s a great activity that you can use with any level of language learner and to reinforce / and put to practical use any language point you happen to have been teaching. What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to set up and requires very little preparation. Are you ready? Let’s do it… Power Up: Flipping Your Classes NILE and Teacher Training Videos are teaming up again to run the popular PowerUp: Flipping Your Classes course. This is a very popular course with many of the courses in 2018 being completely sold out. In 2016 the course was shortlisted for the British Council ELTons award. Watch this video and find out about the key principles behind the course and why it has provded so popular. Key Principles Behind the 'Flip your Class' course 'This course blew me away, it was more than I expected on several levels and it really got me charged up to plow ahead with flipping.

Super quick motivating activities: 'What do you know about…' This is a great way to really use the map that we see at the front of the learner’s course book. Use the course units as a way of getting learners to engage with the subjects they’ll encounter on the first day of classes. This is a simple but effective way to get learners talking straight away and build motivation for the course ahead of them. This is an activity I learned from Ken Wilson, so I’ll explain it in exactly the way he does it: How Ken Wilson presented this activity at a conference in 2013. He shows a list and then asks if anyone knows anything about these topics.He promises that no one will have to talk at this stage, then gets learners to respond: they write a fact about one of the topics on a paper – only then do learners show their written fact to those around them.

richard rothstein Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A Look Back.” Each week, I’ll be re-posting a few of my favorite posts from the past ten years. English Lesson on Bob Dylan Advertisements Advertisements Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in 1941 and loved music, especially blues, from a young age. Larry Ferlazzo’s English Website There are many pages on my main website, and they have nearly 8,000 categorized links appropriate for English Language Learners. The best place to start exploring is the Main English Page. You can read an overview about each section of my website on the Teacher’s Page. This page also has many links specifically useful to teachers. You can also go directly to each page of my website: English For Beginners and Early Intermediate