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A Sampler of Useful Websites for ESL Teachers and Students

http://a4esl.org/ This site contains hundreds of online quizzes and exercises for all levels of ESL .

http://www.cal.org/adultesl/resources/index.php From the Center for Applied Linguistics, this section of CAL 's website contains articles and other teacher resources.

www.eslcafe.com One of the first and still one of the best sites for teachers and students. Includes many links, activities, teacher tips, and lesson plans.

http://www.esl-lab.com Lots of listening at different levels. Includes on-line quizzes and links to other listening / pronunciation sites by the same author.

www.eslpartyland.com Offers activities, quizzes, and links for students. Lesson plans, reproducibles, and more for teachers.

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ This educational blog from expert teacher Larry Ferlazzo contains lists of links of interest to ESL teachers. Teachers can pick and choose from the many resources included at this site.

www.manythings.org A fun site for students of ESL , with games, puzzles, quizzes, and more.

https://www.newsela.com/ Newsela takes current news stories and simplifies them to multiple reading levels. New stories added continually.

www.otan.us An excellent resource for ESL teachers from the California Department of Education's Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) for adult educators. Includes software and web site reviews as well as lesson plans and activities.

http://www.thetimesinplainenglish.com/wp/ The Times in Plain English has up-to-the-moment simplified news stories.

http://www.usalearns.org This site offers free, comprehensive online English lessons for students. Students can pick from beginning, low-intermediate, or intermediate coursework and then learn vocabulary, watch videos, do exercises, and more.

www.wbez.org The Chicago affiliate of National Public Radio has many programs that can be used for audio and/or print work with students. A few to consider:

  • This I Believe http://thisibelieve.org/ , an ongoing collection of essays on personal beliefs
  • StoryCorps http://storycorps.org/ . short personal interviews, great for audio practice. There is a StoryCorps booth at the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center in Chicago where people can interview another person and have their story recorded.
  • Curious City http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city offers interesting information about places in and around Chicago and Chicago history


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