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Culture Capsules
Culture Capsules are short writings by ESL learners. They are written at an intermediate-advanced level. Teachers can use them as texts for students. There is a "How To" unit mentioned, but the link to that does not work.

Discovery Channel’s Quiz Center
The Quiz Center allows instructors to create, edit, and manage quizzes, without any necessary web publishing experience.

EFL Tasks
EFL Tasks is a collection of activities designed by Joann Miller, an EFL teacher in Mexico. The Intermediate and Advanced activities are very useful. Some of the Beginning Activities will be too advanced for many Beginning Learners.

Englishpage.com
This site contains free online English lessons and ESL resources. The site includes an online newsletter, grammar review, bookstore and 15 English-foreign language dictionaries (including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic).

ESL Activities Online
There are several useful sections for helping learners to improve their grammar and other language skills. This site is especially useful in that the sections offer interactive, online quizzes for learners to do. Instructors are encouraged to work through the site with learners, as the site is not intuitive enough for learners to use independently.

ESL Pronunciation Work Page
This page has lots of audio examples of speech elements that can help advanced ESL students improve their pronunciation, for example: intonation, stress, linking, etc.

Grammar Can Be Poetic
This portion of a larger website is useful for introducing poetry to Intermediate and Advanced classes.  The rest of the site is no longer maintained on a regular basis.

Higher-Order Reading Skills for Lower-Level Readers
In this article, two teachers from Boston's Asian American Civic Association provide some practical, classroom-based ideas for teaching higher-order reading skills to lower level readers who are nonnative speakers of English.

NetGrammar
NetGrammar offers grammar lessons through listening (including online audio), reading, and writing activities with lots of follow-up practice exercises.

Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy
Kate Singleton, ESL educator from Fairfax County, continues to add downloadable picture stories to her online health literacy collection. These classroom activities address topics such as depression, proper medicine dosage, nutrition and exercise issues for adults and children, emergencies, making appointments, and dealing with stress and domestic abuse. (added 10/30/03)

PIZZAZ!
PIZZAZ! is dedicated to providing simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with copyable handouts for use with students of all ages. Permission is given to use these resources for in-class, non-profit use only. Please note that some of the links on this site are not active.

The Project Based Learning Place

Teaching Fish
Using this free tool you can play, print and make your own ESL flash cards using the free web application developed with Macromedia Flash. You can choose from numerous pre-made games, or you can make your own. You can also print out sets of cards to use in the esl / efl classroom. You and your students can play the interactive multi-media version online for free.

Themes From Rural Life: A Resource Book For Adult Literacy And ESL
The concept of a farming-based language-learning resource grew out of experience with immigrants who came to Canada to farm and who needed a working vocabulary to enable them to interact with neighbors and the rural business community. The pictures and short texts in this booklet can serve as a springboard for oral and written language activities. (added 10/30/03)

 

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