"E.L. Easton : Materials for Teaching and Learning" is an excellent website for both teachers and students of languages and English as a Foreign Language (EFL), which mainly serves as a gateway of links to helpful resources. The English online section features links to materials on topics including: grammar; business English; dictionaries; tests; pronunciation; and English around the world. The differing variants of English are all paid due attention, as is the history of the English language. This is a wide-ranging and fascinating section that also features links to thematic vocabulary ranges and tests, and thematically arranged texts. The extensive links relating to the English language are accompanied by similar but less extensive links concerning: Albanian; Arabic; Chinese; Croatian; French; German; Italian; Latin; Polish; Russian; Spanish; and artificial languages (Esperanto, Interlingua, and Volapuk). This is an excellent site for anyone beginning to learn a foreign language or for those teaching languages at various levels.
The ELT journal may be accessed through the Oxford Journals website. It is a quarterly publication for language teachers and other professionals with an interest in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. It addresses everyday practical concerns of ELT (English Language Teaching) professionals as well as more theoretical issues related to the fields of education; linguistics; psychology; and sociology. The site gives access to contents from the journal from volume 1, issue 1, January 1946 onwards. A Special link leads to a feature called Key concepts in ELT, which focuses on central ideas in ELT and contains abstracts and some free downloadable articles in PDF format. There is an online subscription form for the journal available; also a standard online form for applying for journal permissions. Agencies, companies and industry can also apply for bulk purchase of article reprints; bulk subscriptions; sponsorship of supplements; translation of previously published articles or supplements; and online access to articles and supplements for company websites.
This vast website from a Brazilian teacher of English offers, on the one hand, resources useful for teaching English as a Second Language and, on the other, materials and information relevant for comparative linguistic study of Portuguese and English. Teaching methodology is outlined (including the theories of Piaget, Chomsky, Vygotskii and Krashen), together with articles on, for example, language acquisition; aptitude; and motivation. Further short essays covering the history and global status of both languages and monolingualism, are also available here. Of particular interest, however, is the site's comparative approach to the study of both languages: users will find sections devoted to English and Portuguese phonemes, consonants, idioms and false friends compared. While the bulk of the site is useful for Portuguese-speaking English teachers, with much material devoted to explaining the major difficulties students have with English (in Portuguese), these comparative studies will interest teachers of the Portuguese language as well, and serve as good reference guides. The site also features a lively discussion forum, where questions regarding both languages may be addressed.
This is the website of the Internet TESL Journal formed in 1995 for Teachers of English as a Second Language. The current and previous editions are displayed on the home page with access to an archive of the major articles from past years. MP3 files for the current issue can also be downloaded. A collection of articles from the journal may be browsed by subject. Lessons, techniques, conversation questions, games and activities for the classroom are suggested as well as an amusing page of jokes in English divided into short jokes, puns, riddles, long jokes and misuse of English! The 'Things for Teachers' section features links to various projects and web-based text books whilst the 'Activities for ESL Students' page provides quizzes and crossword puzzles. The 'Links' page is divided for the use of students and teachers.
Linguagum is a support service for students already enrolled on ESL and EFL courses, providing small chunks of practice at a sentence a day. It is suitable for English learners at beginner and intermediate levels and offers a choice of learning materials for different stages of experience. To take part, learners need to subscribe to a free email service which sends a simple sentence each day, to be saved to PC or an MP3 player and played back. The aim of the site is to enhance language courses by working on the speaking and listening aspects of learning a language, through the use of native-speakers with a neutral accent. An interactive feature is available whereby learners may submit language questions to be answered by the on-site tutor. These are also open to responses from other site users, offering the opportunity of contact and support. The onsite tutor has a blog which addresses the common problems and concerns of learners encountered in his daily work as a language specialist. The site is straight-forward to use and to navigate and may also be read in Spanish.
The website 'Linguapress' provides a collection of freely accessible online resources for students and teachers of English as a foreign or second language. This collection draws significantly on materials included in Linguapress EFL newsmagazines, published between 1980 and 2001. However, the editors of the website aim to extend the resource and they welcome new submissions from teachers all over the world. The teaching and learning material is organised into four sections: Free advanced level EFL resources; Free intermediate level EFL resources; EFL word games and puzzles; A clear guide to English grammar. Each section includes a number of textual resources for direct use in the classroom. In the first two sections (advanced and intermediate), each resource consists of a text for reading, a glossary of words which may be unfamiliar to students, and a worksheet which can include a variety of exercises that help improve the use of grammar and vocabulary, writing and speaking skills. Thematically, texts for reading focus primarily on the British and American history and culture. The grammar pages offer explanations and examples of use for most taught areas of grammar. The puzzles and word games are organised both thematically and according to the level of language competence. In addition, there is page on the history of English, and advice on how to choose a language school in England. Although the site promises that ESL material is also available, the resources it provides seem to be focused mainly on EFL learning. This resource will be of use mainly to teachers, but also to students, of English as a foreign language.
The 'Parapal Online English exercises' website features interactive model essays and letters for ESOL and EFL students. The site is in English, but is also available in: Hungarian; Korean; German; and Spanish. The exercises are interactive and aimed at improving the key skills of: writing; reading; listening; vocabulary; and grammar. There are Flash exercises to teach users how to write different types of academic essays and letters, and others covering topics such as: Cambridge general English exams; grammar; simple sentence structure; vocabulary; and business English. This site would be of use to both students and teachers of English as a foreign language. Users should however note that the chat room section of this site is no longer in use at the time of writing.
The Sussex Language Institute: Study Skills Web resource is provided by the University of Sussex and is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate international students studying in the UK. Much of the material is also useful for general advice on university-level academic core skills. The material is presented in seven main sections: 'Some Core Concepts' which includes principles of successful communication, critical analysis, and academic essays and conventions; 'Assessment and Tutors' which includes suggestions about the importance of feedback, the aims and usefulness of assessments, and advice on communicating with university tutors; 'Reading,' including note-taking, selective and critical reading, and understanding arguments; 'Preparing for Written Work' which includes advice on how to choose topics and/or essay questions, planning and brainstorming; 'Writing,' including advice on structure and grammar; 'Seminars' which includes frequently asked questions and information on effective seminar participation; and 'Examples and Exercises' which provides some samples of well-written undergraduate and Masters level work. There is also a section which provides links to other useful study skills websites.
This is the website of TESL-EJ, Teaching English as a Second Language, Electronic Journal. The journal is a refereed academic electronic publication for the English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics professional community. The site contains an archive of the full contents of the journal from volume 1 number 1, 1994. Abstracts are also available. The journal also carries book reviews.
This is the website of TESOL, a professional organisation for teachers of English to speakers of other languages, which aims at providing resources for teachers, educators, and researchers. It covers the full range of levels: primary; secondary; tertiary (higher education); and adult education. In order to obtain full advantage of this site it is essential to become a member of the association. This would allow users to access its online publications, such as: a newsletter; the scholarly journal TESOL Quarterly; and a quarterly magazine, the Essential Teacher. There are also online teaching certificate programs for those interested in teaching English as a foreign language. In addition, there are news and information about previous and future conferences. The site also offers free access to some resources, such as: Compleat Links, an online complement to Essential Teacher; a Question and Answers section, where users can find useful information on teaching vocabulary and grammar, and planning a lesson; jobs search resources searchable by: location; date; type of a job; and a level of education. Job applications can be completed online.
The website for TESOL Arabia, a non-profit organisation with the aim of supporting teachers of English in the Gulf region and around the world, provides more information on the organisation. The site gives information on how to join TESOL Arabia, as well as submission details for contributors to the organisation's journal 'Perspectives', which deals with teaching and learning English as a second language. From the website users can also access information about: grants for travel and study; contact details; and related events. This site is useful for teachers as well as researchers interested in issues related to teaching English as a second language.
UsingEnglish.com is a substantial online resource for students and teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language). The website features: online exercises; reference materials; articles; discussion forums; and teacher handouts. Some of the materials require user registration to access, but all are freely available. Reference materials include: an online glossary of English grammar; dictionaries; and guides to idiomatic terms, irregular verbs, and 'phrasal verbs'. Teacher resources include: lesson plans; quizzes and tests; and helpful articles on teaching methods and career development. UsingEnglish.com also provides a number of tools for statistical text analysis and grammar checking. Two pieces of free software may be downloaded from the site: an 'English Grammar Reference' and an 'English Irregular Verb List Viewer'. The online discussion forum is well used and exhibits a good standard of debate. This is an excellent site that contains a great deal of useful content. It is professionally presented and users should not have any difficulties finding the kinds of material they are looking for. It should be recommended to anyone teaching ESL.
Vocabulix is a website that provides free language learning resources for German, Spanish and English as a second or foreign language. It focuses primarily on vocabulary building and practice in verb conjugation by means of a series of exercises to be completed and corrected online. Users can select the vocabulary lessons by level or topic, and the conjugation drills by verb. The site allows users to create their own lessons: free registration with the site is required to do this as well as to access the existing user-created lessons. This is a fun resource and will quickly help students to build vocabulary and gain valuable practice in verb conjugation. However, the levels are simply numbered so it is difficult to tell whether the drill will be at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, and the topic vocabulary drills tend to be pitched primarily at beginner and intermediate levels. Nonetheless, this site is worth exploring for its provision of quick brush-up lessons.
The Web Site "Word Surfing" is a programme designed to aid language learners by providing a strategy for the learning and accumulation of vocabulary. Originally conceived of as a tool for adult learners to learn English, it has now been used for a variety of languages. The Web Site consists of a detailed explanation of the system with sections on the basic concepts, techniques, lessons, tests, and games. The page on games contains links to other sites with useful material for students and teachers of English and other languages. An interesting site with plenty of opportunity on the forum and elsewhere on the site for feedback. Users will also find dictionary tools, listening tests and links to online video material that can be used to develop vocabulary.