For Teachers

Online Resources for Teachers

ESL WORKSHEETS
This page has links to free worksheets that are definitely worth your checking out.
http://www.efl4u.com/links.html  

ENGLISH ZONE
The English Zone has tons of online worksheets that are self-correcting. These will help to reinforce the skills that you are working on with your students.
http://www.english-zone.com/  

TO LEARN ENGLISH
To Learn English has links to lots of web sites which have useful information for your students.
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/indexfree.php  

ESL HOME
ESL Home has teacher and student sections, each with appropriate activities and links. The teacher section has lesson plans, thematic units and much more.
http://home.earthlink.net/~eslhome/  

ENGLISH TEACHER NEWSLETTER
This newsletter is intended to be used by teachers and can serve as a resource of teaching ideas, and classroom ready activities.
http://www.etanewsletter.com/  

ESL LINKS FOR TEACHERS
This site has thousands of links to other sites that will provide information that ESL teachers can use.
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/links/TESL/  

DAVES'S ESL CAFE
Dave’s ESL café is one of the most well known of the ESL sites.
http://www.eslcafe.com/  

ESL LOUNGE
Free ESL lesson materials and ESL lesson plans. Printable worksheets for ESL classroom teaching. English grammar, pronunciation, board games, esl books, flashcards, board games, song lyrics and more.
http://www.esl-lounge.com/  

THE ENGLISH FORUM
The English Forum claims to be a resource to students and teachers. It seems to be more suitable for older students.
http://www.englishforum.com/00/  

KID'S RESOURCES
An ESL kids resource center for English teachers and parents with over 850 flashcards, hundreds worksheets, lots of games, ESL job postings and lots, lots more, all available for free!
http://www.eslkidstuff.com/  

LANGUAGE LEARNING LAB
The University of Illinois’ Language Learning Lab has links to useful resources.
http://www.lll.uiuc.edu/resources/index.html  

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS' ESL PAGE
Kenji Kitao of the University of Kansas has put together a page with many useful links.
http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/staff/visitors/kenji/  

iLOVE LANGUAGES
iLoveLanguages is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The more than 2000 links at iLoveLanguages have been hand-reviewed to bring you the best language links the Web has to offer. Whether you're looking for online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, iLoveLanguages probably has something to suit your needs.
http://www.ilovelanguages.com/  

SIX QUICK TIPS FOR TEACHING ELL
The following page lists 6 quick tips for teaching English Language Learners in your classroom. It comes from ASCD's Curriculum Update. http://www.ascd.org/readingroom/cupdate/2002/frame02fall_cu.html  

EVERYTHING ESL
This website has the most activities and resources to help your students succeed.
www.everythingesl.net/

SITES FOR TEACHERS
A list of helpful websites for classroom teachers.
www.sitesforteachers.com

BOGGLES WORLD
Great website to help beginner ELLS with crosswords, word searches, flashcards, songs, creative writings, phonics, ABCs, lesson plans and much more.
www.bogglesworldesl.com

MIDDLE MEDIA
This is a list of helpful websites for students and teachers. There are great language art sites for kids listed, kid friendly sites for publishing your own work, and language arts websites for teachers.
www.middlemedia.org/English.html

COLORIN COLORADO
An English/Spanish site for families and educators of ELLS. Here are lots of articles, resources and ideas to support ELLS at school and at home. www.colorincolorado.org

ENGLISH CLUB
Lesson plans and activities to help teachers who are workign with ELL students as well as for parents who are learning English themselves.
www.englishclub.com

A TO Z TEACHER STUFF
Printable teaching resources and activities along with activities for learning sight words.
www.atozteacherstuff.com

DOLCH WORDS
Dolch sight words listed by grade level along with teaching resources and activities using sight words.
www.bogglesworldesl.com/dolch/sightwords.htm

CREATED BY TEACHERS
Sight word flash cards and take home activities. www.createdbyteachers.com/sightfreemain.html

THE SCHOOL BELL
Various sizes of sight word flash cards. www.theschoolbell.com/links/dolch/contents.html

ADVICE FROM A VETERAN TEACHER
One tip to remember is that most children who struggle have far greater difficulty in learning to apply language readily in meaningful ways.

These are some of my favorites that I use every day.

1) Never assume vocabulary is understood.

Even though a child may successfully read a word, they may not understand it. I had to go to extreme measures with a student to get them to be able to distinguish between hot and hat and understand the two words as well. Most pick up obvious ones like this, still take time to stop and clarify. Teach them also to stop and ask for clarification when it is needed.

If you wait until the end of a passage, it doesn't happen.

Don't assume children who decode and read beautifully comprehend. I have seen children who can read fluently in multiple languages, one time a language they had no experience in whatsoever.

Bring in realia whenever possible to help build vocabulary. I tend to use photos more than abstract art work in the classroom.

2) Give opportunities to apply vocabulary meaningfully and quickly. Verbal questions, quick writes, pull it in quickly. I keep something visual handy at all times with students.

Overhead projector, dry erase board, chalkboard, pocket charts. I teach 6 grade levels every day and that means the vocabulary words change radically from one period to the next. Get them up in multiple ways when they need them, as they need them.

3) Try highlighter tape.

Give students tape to highlight a word or phrase in a book that you want to stress. These can later be removed without any damage. This does wonders for building self confidence.

4) Highlight text-
Make capies and give out highlighters. Children love doing this. I also do this on correcting work at times and allow them to do their own work. The more they learn to self-edit and observe, the more they are empowered in their work.

5) Sticky pocket charts (GREAT TO USE in all sorts of ways)
Take a manila envelope and spray one side with artist's adhesive. Our principal bought this for the whole school. Do outside and when children aren't present.

These allow sentence strips, word cards, vocabulary words, notecards, etc. to be quickly attached for a moveable reference to aid in writing. They go easily to a computer, worksheet, writing task, you name it. They can be changed as much as needed.

I make word cards for students on 1/2" tagboard sentence strips and cut them. They can be put in envelopes when not in use.