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The 101 Best Websites for ESL Students in 2016 The Internet is full of resources for English language learners at the university level. However, the problem lies in which material is valuable and which isn’t. Like with any topic, the internet’s a mix bag. If you’re heading off to university or already studying, you don’t have time to surf the net in the hope of finding valuable websites. This is why we’ve created this helpful list of the 101 best websites for ESL students. The list is divided into logical sections, including: Grammar and UsageGrammar CheckWritingReadingSpeakingPronunciationVocabularyListeningAcademic SkillsDictionariesGeneral Academic ResearchIELTS This compilation of websites will blow your mind, and of course improve your English at the same time. Grammar and Usage Learning grammar is probably one of the most frustrating things for any language learner. From tenses to propositions, here are some of the best ESL grammar sites to improve your grammar. (1) a4esl (2) English Club (3) Using English (4) Grammar Quizzes Writing

The World is Your Oyster Welcome to Part 2 of my ‘What’s Cooking in the Kitchen’ series. In my previous post, I mentioned that the British Chef, Jamie Oliver is extremely popular with my Russian, Swiss and German clients. His programmes are televised in those countries and he has a huge international fan base. Jamie Oliver Jamie Oliver uses a lot of colloquial British English expressions in his programmes that can often leave non-native speakers of English very confused. So, what I thought I would do is to show you one of Jamie Oliver’s videos and highlight some of the British English colloquial expressions he uses. Here are some of the cooking and food vocabulary you will hear. Here are some of the typical British English colloquial expressions Jamie Oliver used in the video: spuds – British English for potatoesgeezer – British slang word for a man.wallop – hit something hardme Mum – the British often use ‘me’ instead of ‘my’. Have you watched Jamie Oliver’s food programmes? Ciao for now Shanthi Like this:

Onomatopoeia Dictionary - Written Sound Ett öppet klassrum | ett vidgat lärande Онлайн-словари bab.la - loving languages Pronunciation of vowels in open and closed syllables Tip: See my guide to the most com­mon pro­nun­ci­ation er­rors in Eng­lish. It will teach you about com­monly mis­pro­nounced words, pro­nunci­ation pat­terns, and about ba­sics of Eng­lish phon­o­logy. Al­though the concept of open and closed syl­lables is only rarely taught to learners of Eng­lish, it is quite easy to grasp and know­ing it can help you im­prove your pro­nun­ci­ation and spelling without much ef­fort. You are cer­tainly ac­quain­ted with the concept of di­vid­ing words into syl­lables, like, for ex­ample, syl-la-ble. The gen­eral the­ory of syl­lables in Eng­lish is some­what in­volved, be­cause syl­lables in the writ­ten form often don’t agree with syl­lables in pro­nun­ci­ation, but for our pur­poses it will suf­fice to say that a syl­lable is called open if its last let­ter (in the writ­ten form, not ne­ces­sar­ily in pro­nun­ci­ation) is a vowel, and closed if it is a con­son­ant. There are two factors that in­flu­ence the pro­nun­ci­ation of vow­els. Conclusion

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 Resource tools, printables, and other great stuff for ELL educators are all available on these sites. Articles & Advice Check out resource lists, journal articles, and ideas for best practices in ELL on these links. Organizations Take advantage of the great opportunities and resources available from these organizations that benefit ELL teachers. Learning Resources Teaching Resources Reference Communities & Blogs

K-W-L Creator Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Unit Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Creating Question and Answer Books through Guided Research This series of activities is designed to teach research strategies. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Critical Perspectives: Reading and Writing About Slavery Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Recurring Lesson Using Word Storms to Explore Vocabulary and Encourage Critical Thinking Students learn that dogs are more than just pets in this lesson, which teaches them to use research and vocabulary-acquisition strategies to learn and write about working dogs.

Strangers This EFL lesson is designed around a beautiful short film called Strangers directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, and the theme of racism. Students predict a story, watch a short film, speak about racism and write a narrative. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate(B2.11) Learner type:Teens and adults Time: 90 minutes Activity: Predicting a story, watching short film, speaking and writing a narrative Topic: Racism Language: Adjectives to describe character and appearance, and narrative tenses Materials: Short film, discussion questions and anti-racism posters Downloable materials: strangers lesson instructions anti-racism posters racism discussion questions Support Film English Film English remains free and takes many hours a month to research and write, and hundreds of dollars to sustain. Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

10 ressources en ligne pour enseigner ou apprendre l'anglais Les enseignants de langues ont depuis longtemps d’innombrables ressources en ligne pour enseigner. Jeux, quizz, textes, dictionnaires, vidéos…les enseignants n’ont que l’embarras du choix pour trouver du matériel pédagogique pour alimenter leurs séquences. Les enseignants en Anglais sont particulièrement bien servis. Voici 10 bonnes ressources en ligne pour enseigner ou apprendre l’anglais grâce à Internet. – UsingEnglish. Sur UsingEnglish.com vous trouverez une impressionnante collection d’outils et ressources pour apprende ou enseigner l’Anglais. – EverythingESL. – CAPL. – ESL Basics. – Bab.la Games. – BBC Learning English. – Repeat After Us. – Vocabulix. – Szoter. – Inspiration Lane. Voilà pour ces dix ressources, parmi tant d’autres. Sur le même thème

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