Welcome to Roger's TESOL Page, dedicated to English language
teachers world wide who want a handy home base when they use the
as a teaching resource. The webmaster is yours truly, Dr. Roger M.
professor of English and Linguistics
at the University of Florida.
(updated 24 July 2009)
Activity Sites for Students and Teachers-An
Jobs (The following links are for information
only. Please use caution when making arrangements for employment
NOTE: If you plan to teach overseas, I'd suggest the following
links for more information about the countries, languages, and
- World wide (see Asia below)
- American TESOL Institute.
Provides TESOL Certificate training for teachers, both online and in
class. Also job placement worldwide.
- Centro Colombo Americano.
A cultural center in the Andes Mountains in Medellin Colombia that for
sixty years has offered English and Spanish classes as well as a film
studies program. They hire English teachers from throughout the world.
Find the English version button at the top to view the website in
English. Get an application through the "contact us" link.
- CIEE: Council on International
Exchange. Information on study abroad, work exchanges, and teaching
in summer English language programs.
- Dave's ESL Cafe Job
Great source for jobs around the world maintained by Dave Sperling. You
can put your name on a mailing list.
- EFL Web. Suggestions on
a job overseas.
First. The world's largest language school sponsors of English
language schools mainly in China, Indonesia, and Russia but also in
other countries around the world. They also sponsor training programs.
- ESL Employment. A
of jobs world wide including Europe, Africa, North and South America,
well as Asia and the Middle East.
- English Job Maze.
postings for jobs around the world as well as information about
English in 50 countries under Countries @ a Glance. You can also post
- ESL Jobs World.
Includes free job listings for Asia, Latin American, North
America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and online courses.
you need to explore a bit. Lots of information on how to find jobs
including resume and interviewing tips. Job seeker service. Information
about teaching conditions in various countries supplied by local
- Experiment in
An international organization promoting intercultural learning through
homestays, educational group travel, study abroad, language training,
pair, and cultural immersion programs. Links according to where you
Good place to look if you don't really want to teach but want to live
- Fulbright Scholar Program.
university professor who would like to teach overseas for a year? This
is the Fulbright program for you. Only a few of the positions are for
English. Graduate students interested in research or teaching are
to a related site.
A good place to start looking for overseas jobs, especially in Asia.
of job listings and links to other job websites.
- Peace Corps.
for those who want to teach English overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
- Pueblo Ingles. They
recruit native speakers of English from around the world to live in
various English language camps in interesting settings in Spain and
Italy to talk to businessmen and other adults who want to practice
their English all day for a week at a time. You pay your way there.
They pay all your expenses for the week of camp. You have to vow to use
only English 24/7. In fact they won't hire you if you know Spanish or
Italian. You won't make any money, but it could be a fun intro to
helping English language learners.
- TEFL International. A
nonprofit organization that provides teacher training programs in
various places around the world as well as aids in teacher placement.
Their courses fit the British Council criteria for employment at
British Council accredited institutions.
- TEFL Professional Network. Job
for English language teachers world wide. A weekly job newsletter sent
out by e-mail with the URL of employers.
- Teaching Jobs Overseas.
to get overseas teaching jobs--not just for English language teaching.
- US Information Agency
Information about US Government sponsored exchange programs, including
the Fulbright program.
An organization dedicated to helping college graduates find teaching
jobs in Asia. Includes sections for FAQ's, blogs, and current
more than 1,200 teachers in South Korea, Japan and China in 2008.
Information about working in Korea. What can you expect? What should
bring? What are the legal problems? etc.
Asia. A reference guide to teaching English in Asia by Hall
Includes information on Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Mongolia. Includes job boards.
First. Largest recruiter and trainer of English teachers for their
language schools in China, Indonesia, and Russia.
- ESL Dewey. Extensive
listing of jobs for teaching in private or public schools in Taiwan.
Especially interested in certified teachers. Includes information about
traveling and living in Taiwan.
- ESL Placement Korea. They run 13 branches of
English Academies in South Korea with over 80 instructors and 4000+
- ESL Teacher Recruiter.
Focuses on recruiting teachers for Korea. The site includes orientation
materials on what to bring, what to expect, Korean culture and food,
visa applications, etc.
- ESL Teachers Board.
listing of jobs in Korea and China with a small section on jobs in
parts of the world including a place to post your resume.Also a listing
of ESL international schools. Includes a discussion board where
exchange their experiences in teaching at different schools so you can
be prepared before accepting a job.
- Japan Traveler. A
magazine providing information for the foreign and bilingual community
- Jobs in Japan. This
calls itself the mother lode of Japan job information. Includes
on housing, visas, expenses, different kinds of schools, and
on non-English teaching jobs.
- Jon's ESL
Go to the ESL section of Tokyo Jon's page. Scroll down to the links for lots of practical advice about getting
in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Middle East, elsewhere. New
added all the time. Lists of places to avoid, especially blacklisted
in Korea. How to protect yourself.
- The Japan FAQ: Know
Robert Murphy's complete guide to working, visiting, and living in
Three pages of practical information on getting there, finding a place
to stay, dealing with visas, finances, transportation, health, mail,
and local customs. A must read for anyone wanting to work in Japan.
- Sinoculture: China in
A website from the Global Volunteer Network that helps people find
teaching jobs in schools and universities throughout China. The
are salaried, accommodation is provided and the teacher's airfares are
refunded. Teachers typically work for 15-20 hours per week and are
required to work for at least six months.
- Teach English in
Asia. Information about teaching in Korea, Japan, China, Hong
Kong and Taiwan. Also blogs by teachers working in the countries. Also
gives "last minute" activities and games a teacher can use in class.
Must register to use the site.
- Tiger English. A job placement service for teaching in private and public schools in Asia--no experience necessary..
- Get a copy of the following book from TESOL
before you go (Use the search for title option in the publications
Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching Abroad by
- For information on various training programs you can do at home,
go the distance education section below.
- Check out the country through one of the following: Lonely
Planet Online (budget travel bible), Yahoo
Regional Directory (mega list of sites for US States, regions,
countries). Or check other online travel guides such as Just Italy, Just Spain, or Just Egypt. (There are links
to other countries at the website) or Facts about Japan.
- Check the The Thorn
the website maintained by Lonely Planet with discussion groups for
interested in travel and life in various parts of the world. Or go to Google
Groups and type in rec.travel for more discussion of
travel hints for the part of the world you are interested in.
- Check travel details through Berggren's
ESL Travel Center or Hotels
By City Travel Guides.
- Go to the I
Love Languages page, Learn Chinese, BBC Languages, or Free Language to get started on the local language.
- Need translation help? Try nice translator or tomedes-smart human translators
E-zines (Online journals for teachers)
- Asian EFL Journal.
journal with articles about research and teaching in Pacific Rim
in particular, those in Asia. Its stated goal is to "revitalize Asian
education, considered by some modern linguistic commentators as rather
moribund and in need of new thinking."
- English Teaching
A publication of the US Department of State in support of English
outside the United States. Articles focus on the theory and practice of
teaching English and include discussions of methods, techniques, and
useful in the classroom. Thematic content varies, often focusing on an
aspect of American culture or a particular language skill or teaching
- Internet TESL Journal. This
could become your favorite. Well worth exploring. Check activities for
students and links for students, as well as links for teachers for
of links in various categories. Be sure to check out the archives at
bottom of the page.
- Language Learning and Technology.
journal for second and foreign language educators who are interested in
using computers and the internet in the classroom. In addition to
book and software reviews, there is a column on emerging technologies
can be used in the language classroom.
journal from Japan dealing with issues concerning teaching English as a
second language. Includes reviews of textbooks and other teaching
Mirror sites in Germany, Japan, and California for faster loading.
- All Purpose (including Lesson Plans and
- Aardvark's English
ESL Resources. A collection of ESL related links. News, learning
interactive exercises, books, teaching resources, travel information.
- Amazing Environmental
Web Directory. Source for thousands of readings on various
topics such as disasters, forestry, health, pollution, recreation,
transportation, weather, and wildlife.
Kid's Page. Lots of kid safe links to items of popular culture
sports, music, and TVwhich you could use in class.
- Breaking News
English. Ready-to-use EFL/ESL lesson plans from Sean Banville based
on current affairs. News articles, listening and communicative
activities graded as easier and harder are uploaded daily.
- BlueMountain. At
this website your students can send postcards with short messages to
each other, some animated. Also computer games. Much of the website is
- Canada-ESL. Free
and resources for English teachers and students. Teaching tips,
to improve your English, grammar, conversation, activities and
This site also has free info about studying ESL in Canada.
from the Discovery Channel. Things for kids, teachers, and parents.
of resources the create handon learning experiences to help students
English through task based activities.
Computer Assisted Language Learning. Lots of links to programs,
and methods, including MOOs and online fiction and non-fiction.
discussion groups. Online cinema, radio, museums, newspapers
- Education Place.
Houghton Mifflin's resource page for pre K-8 teachers, student,s and
parents including activities and games for reading, language arts,
math, science, social studies. Could be useful for ESL teachers working
with content teachers.
- English Maze. A
website for English language learners and teachers in schools in Korea
and worldwide. Students can work with pronunciation, listening,
reading, and writing. The website is graphics intense so may not work
with older versions browers or dial up connections. Many of the
on the website are free, as are lesson plans for teachers.
- ESLgo. James Trotta's great
collection of of free materials for English learners and teachers
including free English classes and lots of language practice. Be sure
to explore the directory at the top to see the wide selection of
student and teacher resources. There are some pleasant surprises.
- ESL Teachers Board.
to employment information for China and Korea, many links for ESL games
and lessons written by teachers.
- Everything ESL. A
for ESL and mainstream teachers from Judie Haynes. It includes lots of
lesson plans and teaching tips, including how to solve cross cultural
problems. A resource section recommends hardcover materials that might
be purchased for the classroom. Also a discussion section to share
American Library Association Parent's Page presents links to child
sites for arts, entertainment, literature, people, science, and
- How Stuff Works.
for curious students who want to use their English to discover things
For example, how does a cell phone work? How does a Home Theater work?
How does SCUBA work? Short reading passages for students more
in practical reading rather than literature..
Becker's TESOL/ESL/TESL Resources. Lots of teacher resources
including games, testing, jobs, writing, teacher training.
- Karin's ESL PartyLand.
side filled with quizzes, discussion groups, etc. A teacher side with
lessons, and activities for using video, film, music, the Internet,
etc. for teaching various language skills.
- Interesting Things for
Charles and Lawrence Kelly provide this megasite of activities,
quizzes and activities for vocabulary and grammar, word and sentence
a listening room and a reading room. There are listening activities
on folk songs and a section on reading English signs.
- Internet TESL Journal
Lots of ESOL lesson plans organized by skill areas, including first day
activities, conversation, culture, music, games, reading and writing,
using videos and the Internet, cooperative learning, travel, and
- Lanternfish. The new title of Boggle's World. A
in Asia and North America maintain this site. It includes lots of
lesson plans, crossword puzzles, flash cards, songs and games for
and middle school ESL teachers. Classroom "magic potions" for students
- Learn English
Feel Good. This site includes video clips for listening
comprehension, grammar and vocabulary exercises and tests, idioms and
phrasal verbs, differences between American and British English, and
listings of ESL programs around the world.
Resources for ESL, Bilingual, and Foreign Language Teachers. Marty
Levine's collection of links to lesson plans, teaching ideas, games,
testing and assessment, reader's theater, folklore, and more.
- Mansion del ingles.
language website for learning English
University ESL Teacher Resources. Includes lots of
links to lesson plans, tips for using technology in the
classroom, websites for content based and skill based ESL,
websites on language testing, listings of internet newsletters
- One Stop English.
MacMillan Publishers collection of helps for English teachers. Though
much is aimed towards getting you to buy their products, there are free
downloads of worksheets that you can use in your class once you have
registered with their site.
- Open English World.
Free English lessons for English language learners to practice conversation,
vocabulary, pronunciation, business English, and idioms
- PBS Kids. Games, stories,
music, and coloring activities for children from Public Broadcasting.
Includes sections for parents and teachers.
- Search Engines in Review.
at the pros and cons of the different search engines you might want to
Resources: Computing. From the Summer Institute of Linguistics a
comprehensive list of links to software tools for using the computer
language analysis, including speech , phonetic, morphological,
semantic, and text analysis. Foreign language fonts, CALL.
Links. A mega list of over 4,500 links for students and teachers
together by the Internet TESL Journal.
- YahooKidsl. The
engine from Yahoo! featuring a wide range of topics.
- Speaking and Listening to English (See also the
Training. Focuses on the "big 6" (i & e), (th), (l), (r), (t),
(a & uh). Also links.
World Service--Learning English. Do you want the British point of
Access BBC online for reading and listening activities .
Campfire Song Book. Need some action songs for your class to
or even introduce vocabulary, pronunciation, or grammar? Here's a place
to start looking. Links to other websites with those songs you used to
sing at summer camp--or maybe learned watching Barnie on PBS.
- ELLLO. A free online listening resource of over
1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students
and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive
quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3. Created and
maintained by Todd Beuckens, a full time English teacher based in Japan.
Okanagan University's website with QuickTime movies demonstrating
tongue twisters, minimal pairs, dictations, and other helps for
sounds such as th, ch, sh, r, l, i.
Links for Teachers. Collected by the Canadian Association of Second
Language Teaching. Includes such things as poetry, movie guides,
internet radio, music, and conversation.
- ESL Listening.
An extensive listing of listening websites collected by Internet TESL
Journal. Includes downloadable podcasts, MP3 files, and RealAudio.
- ESL Video. Learn English
(ESL/EFL) with free videos from YouTube, Google Video, blip.tv, and
other video hosting websites. Also quizzes for the videos and a quiz
builder that teachers can use to create their own quizzes. Check the
links button for other video resources for both teachers and students.
Also video related lesson plans..Access the collection of videos
through the quiz section. Select the desired proficiency level.
- History and Politics Out Loud.
A searchable archive of politically significant audio materials
prepared by Michigan State University and the National Endowment of the
Humanities. Maintained by Jerry Goldman and Northwestern University.
Browse by speaker, date, or title to find what is available.
Sagitall Section. Daniel Currie Hall's website from the University
of Toronto that helps learners visualize how the tongue and lips work
form the sounds represented by IPA (the International Phonetic
Must know how to specify the place and manner of articulation to get
model to work. Quite interesting. Also a link to the IPA.
- Learn English.
Self pronouncing flash cards on 40 vocabulary topics with over 1,500
words and phrases. Click on the word and it is pronounced. Bilingual
Spanish, French, Russian and Hebrew or English only cards. The
pronunciation is always English.
for English Language Learners. A collection of links from the Ohio
University ESL program. Includes activity links sorted by proficiency
levels and links for other listening and viewing materials
- Living on Earth. Podcasts on
various environmental topics. Partially funded by the National Science
Foundation and broadcast on PBS.
- The Moonlit Road.
Ghost stories and strange folktales of the American South, told by the
region's most celebrated storytellers. Originally broadcast on XM
Satellite Radio. A member of the story telling ring providing access to
a host of similar webpages.
- National Public Radio. News
around the world with accompanying sound files. Free transcripts
- Odeo. Podcasts free to download.
Can be used to create pronunciation projects.
- Online NewsHour.
from the NewsHour on the Public Broadcast Services. Good material for
and listening comprehension based on current topics of intellectual
- Podomatic. Create,
share, and find podcasts.
- Rachel's English.
The subtitle "because talking is fun" tells you what the website is
about: improving the pronunciation of American English. It includes
YouTube videos of how to pronounce that various sounds and a section on
how to use the website. IPA notation is used. Included is a chart
showing the relationship of various English spellings and corresponding
- Randall's ESL Cyber Listening
site for practicing listening comprehension skills. Listening exercises
and quizzes shorted by easy, medium, and difficult.
- Science @ NASA. Listen
to or read academic English in short "Headline News" articles on a
variety of space related topics. Updated weekly.
- Sounds of English.
Widmayer and Holly Gray's website with lots of links for general ESL
practice online, including interviews, weather, radio drama, speeches,
video clips, songs, poetry, commercials, and pronunciation websites.
for teachers and lots of pronunciation help for students. Handouts from
professional presentations about teaching pronunciation online.
- Speak English.
Includes YouTube videos of popular songs with word subtitles, grammar
lessons, and idioms. Includes partner links to free things teachers can
- Starfall Learn to Read.
This website is designed for teaching reading to native speaking
children. Since it assumes that the child can already speak English, it
does clever interactive activities to match the spoken language with
the written. It should be useful too with ESOL students who need to
learn how English spelling matches the spoken language. The child can
have the stories read while following along or can click on words to
hear what they sound like.
- VOA News.
Voice of America news in various formats and various versions of
English, including English to Africa, English Worldwide, and Special
English. Click on "select a language" to make see the options..
- World Radio Network. WRN
audio and video feeds of news from the world's leading international
sources. Not only English speaking countries but most other European
provide an English broadcast of local news that should interest
- Reading and Writing English (See also the all
- All You Can Read.
Want the news from home? Find your hometown newspaper here if it is
Also a way to find English language newspapers and magazines in
around the world that may be of interest to your students or to
Includes non-English language materials too. Select the newspaper tab
the top of the page to view world list of country selections.
Excellent source of ESL/EFL reading material based on current events.
of teaching materials and tips. Good section on reading tips for
as part of the program for "Improving your English with the Bangkok
- CNN Interactive. The online
CNN news. Good source of short readings on current international
Includes sports, business, entertainment, politics, nature, technology,
food, travel, and style.
- Ecards. Want to have the students communicate with others using nice sort passages? Have them send ecards using this website.
- Indiana University
on Reading, English and Communication. Includes lesson plans,
research on teaching reading, and the ERIC Clearing House on Reading.
- Library of Congress
Poetry 180. This website gives 180 poems that can be used in high
school with teaching ideas.
- Make Beliefs Comix.
Here English Language Learners can create their own comic strips with
their own characters as they practice writing English.
- New York Times
Aimed at native speaker children grades 6 to 12. Great for advanced
Activity sections for students, teachers, and parents based on the
Special monthly features. Includes an online dictionary. Note the
plan archive for teachers.
- Project Gutenberg. An
fiction and nonfiction. Some say this is the best online library on the
web. It may take some patience to learn how to find what you want.
Sites for Primary Grades. A collection of sites designed for
children to make learning how to read fun.
- Scholastic. Lots of
games and reading acitivities with interactive animations and
occasional spoken clues. More advanced ESOL students should enjoy the
activities. Need to explore the website to pick out the appropriate
activities. Also parent and teacher sections.
- Starfall Learn to Read.
This free public service website from Starfall Publications is designed
for helping new readers learn how phonics applies to reading English.
Fun interactive animations that including such things as singing
activities to help learners figure out how English reading works.
Can click on words to hear what they sound like. Teachers say this is a
- USA Today. Focus on
USA. Sections on people, travel, business, news, money, sports, life,
and weather. Lots of interesting things for short readings. Links with
teaching ideas. Be sure to explore this site in depth.
- Voice of the Shuttle.
for the webpage for humanities research. A good place to start looking
for material and ideas, especially if your first impression of the web
is that it is nothing but a collection of games and pictures with
of intellectual value. A good source of authentic material to use in
Teachers by cutting and pasting to wordchamp create reading passages
where the learning can click on unknown words and a definition appears
in a popup.
- Grammar (See also the all
for ESL Students. A large growing collection of teacher produced
posted on the Internet TESL Journal's Activities for ESL Students
- OWL. Purdue
writing lab is designed for both native and non-native speakers. It
an ESL section with lots of grammar guides and exercises that advanced
students can study on their own.
- Vocabulary (See also the all
- ABC Teach. A teacher
resource page that lets you create crossword puzzles, word searches,
and other vocabulary exercises. Lots of forms for student activities on
- Learn English
with Pictures. Online flash cards with pictures and English words.
Audio available.The site has over 400 words and photographs ranging
from animals to kitchen appliances.
- Learning Vocabulary can
Has hangman, word searches, match games, and quizzes on over 70
with thousands of words. Subjects covered include such things as
astronomy, clothing, computers, foods, furniture, geography,
shapes, sports, travel, and weather. There is an easy mode for
kids and a harder mode for teenagers and adults. Each game is
- Newbury House Online
entries from the best selling Newbury House Dictionary of American
Includes pronunciation, sample sentences, cultural notes, related
- Webopedia. Can't figure out
the vocabulary used by web designers and users? You can look up the
Teachers create online reading passages by cutting a pasting texts onto
wordchamp. Students can then automatically click on an unknown word to
have it defined and pronounced in a popup. Also flashcards.
- American TESOL Institute.
Has online training for a TESOL Certificate.
Distance Learning. A listing of TESL distance learning programs
URL's and email addresses given but no links.
- TESOL Direct. A
British professional distance learning certificate course for teaching
English to speakers of other languages. Also a certificate in teaching
Creating Homepages and
- "How to" Guides
Information Content for Websites. John December's helpful
of what you should keep in mind in creating a user friendly
Take note of the links at the end for more helpful hints for website
- EOS Development. Lots of
developing nice looking websites. Backgrounds, buttons, graphics. Be
to check out the web developer resources link.
- E-Zine Publishing Handbook.
to have your class publish their work in a weekly or monthly magazine
newsletter format? Why not take a look at this E-Zine guide. Includes
you can use.
- HTML Goodies. A
Joe Burns where you can go for help in creating a homepage on the web.
Lots of things you can use to make your page more pleasing and perhaps
entertaining. Tutorials, free images, JavaGoodies, frequently asked
- HTML Colorcodes. If
you are using html to create your page, here is where you can find the
code for just the right color you want. There are also instructions on
how to apply these colors to page backgrounds, table backgrounds, text,
- Internet Options in
Classroom. Lewis Johnson gives his suggestions of how to include
Internet in a classroom that has only one computer and perhaps no
answer frequently asked questions. Includes links to tutorials.
A Trailguide to Creating Dynamic Web Pages. Bob Godwin-Jones'
Guide to Creating Homepages for Classroom Management. This handout
for a conference presentation should help you create a homepage using
(See also the Mozilla
Tutorial for detailed step by step instructions.)
- The Site Wizard.
at how to create webpages and websites, including getting started, web
design, promoting sites and making money, stylistics, and website
Includes tutorials on using Mozilla.
- Tman's Intro to HTML Magic. An
to how to use HTML coding to create web pages using Notepad when you do
not have a web page editor.
- W3C. World Wide Web
Consortium. A mega source for those who are interested in more
than using a editor such as Mozilla to create webpages. . Tutorials in
specifications, guidelines, software, and tools.
- Web 3 Schools. The best
things in life are free. Web-building tutorials from basic HTML and
XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP.
- Webopedia. Can't
jargon they use when talking about computers programs and web pages?
is the only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer
Internet technology definitions.
- Animations, Clip Art, Multimedia
animations for you homepages or teaching materials from
Also lots of graphics. Design tutorials.
- Animation Factory.
12,000 free animations you can use in your web pages.
Animations. Want some animation or clip art to spice up your page
to create interesting language exercises? Barry Pase gives lots of
to animations and clip art.
- Creative Commons.
An entry into various search engines to look for photos using google,
yahoo, flickr, owl, and spinxpress.
- Google. Do a google image
Type in what you want a picture of. If you want clipart, type what you
want and add the words "clip art." When you find a picture you want, do
a right click on it and "save image" in your files, modifying the name
of the file anyway you want so you can find it again. Make sure to keep
the .jpg or.gif extension. In the same way you can do a video search to
find short clips that might be useful for the classroom.
- Lycos Multimedia Search.
advanced search engine helps you find photos, audio, and video clips.
just have to tell it what to look for.
- Open Photo. A place to look
for pictures of various types.
- Photoblogs. A
gateway to finding blogs that specializing in photography. Read their
FAQ section for how it works.
Clipart Collection. Lots of links to clipart, graphics,
- Yahoo Picture Gallery.
image search engine or their featured sections you can find picture of
animals, nature, people, history, transportation, geography,
sports, culture, etc.
- Helpful Software
- Download.com. Great
programs you can download to make your computer more useful in the
freeware, shareware, or demos. Check especially the education and
or the multimedia and design links
- Freeware 95. Good
software you can download to make your computer more useful for
e.g. chat rooms, email clients, browsers, html editors, and zip
so you can unzip files that you download from the internet.
- Hot Potatoes.
Software at the University of Victoria Language Centre for creating
interactive teaching materials. For creating multiple choice, short
jumbled sentences, crosswords, matching and gap/fill exercises.
- TuCows. Another great
to make the internet more useful for language teaching. Ratings on free
or lowcost programs for such things as audio, email, html editors,
and multimedia tools.
Create online reading passages where the learner can click on an
unknown word and have it defined with a popup definition and a friendly
voice pronouncing the word. Also flashcards.
- Websearching/social bookmarking.
- Buddymarks. A place to
store your bookmarks online. Can be closed so only the class can use.
Good way to store websites on group research projects.
- Delicious. A social
bookmarking site.A place where you can bookmark interesting websites
independent of your
own computer. This you can access the bookmarks anywhere and can share
them with others interested in the same topic.
- Digg. Popular news, videos,
podcasts according to the web. Includes social bookmarking.
- Furl. A place to bookmark
your finds independently of your computer.
- Reddit. A source for what is
new or popular online.
Allows all the class to store bookmarks together. Filtered so
appropriate for K-12.
- Website Caveates
- Top 10
Mistakes in Web Design. Jakob Nielsen's alertbox. Note especially
That Suck. Vincent Flander's look at what he considers to be the 10
worst webpages of the year with lots of suggestions on how to improve
your own website.
- Web Hosting/Two Way Communication (see also
social bookmarking above)
- A Free Guestbook.
Create a guestbook where students can register comments.
- Blogger. A free
host for blogging.
- Blogmeister. A
classroom blog from the Landmark Project that allows the teacher to
have control over the content. You have to register your class and the
- Class Homework. A
place where students and parents can go to access a teacher's webpage
and find out about homework assignments.
Wikis. Have the class collaborate on a project together. How to use
- EBLOGGY. A free host
(web logs) where students can share their thoughts and feelings with
other on a topic you might assign. You can use it somewhat in the same
way you would use a dialog journal.
- Edublogs. The largest
educational blog. Safe and secure. Allows video and podcasts. Lots of
hints, tips, and ideas.
- GEOCITIES. If you
server for your homepage, Geocities offers free homepages in exchange
carrying advertisements. Also free email. Of course, the price for
"free" is you have to carry advertisements.
Page Creator. Free for anyone to create a webpage. Create your own
website hosted by Google (http://yoursitename.googlepages.com).
- Google Video. Not only a
source for homemade videos that might apply to the topics your are
teaching but also a host for the videos that your class might make to
share with the world.
- Hotmail. The place to
web based email accounts for your students. Handy for schools with
access but no student email. Handy too because the email can be
on any computer with an internet connection anywhere in the world, i.e.
at home, in the library, at a business, etc.
- iBlog. Another free host for
Teachers. Free webpage hosting for teachers. Up to 20 MB of space.
Can post projects, links for students and teachers, forms, counters,
email, student work.
- iVideochat. Free for
those 18 and over. No nudity.
- Live Journal. Can be
used for blogging, social networking.
Go here if you want to include video chatting in your website.
- Nicenet's Internet
This is a free classroom management website that you can use for a
classroom that allows admission only from those who have registered for
- Mypodcast. Create your own
free "radio show" to broadcast on the internet. Podcasting is also
useful for creating activities where students practice their speaking
skills, including improving their pronunciation.
- Odeo. Another place to host your
pronunciation and listening comprehension activities where students can
report back to you.
- Podbean. Another place to
create your own podcast.
- Pod Cast People. Your
online podcasting studio. Some free, some paid.
- Quicktopic. Create an
instant bulletin board for a class discussion.
- Schoolnotes. Free
webpages for teachers so they can communicate with students and parents.
- Teacher Web. For $27 a
year, they not only will host your website but have templates to help
you create websites for your class.
- Teacher Website.
Tools and helps for teachers who want to create their own class
- Yahoo Messenger. Do
to have real time interaction with others in distant locations. This
tells you have to set up various types of instant message systems to
website: typed, audio, and visual.
- YouTube. Video hosting. Place
to host your class creations or to find creations of others on a
variety of topics that might be related to what you are doing in class.
If you have any suggestions or have found any
links to add to my list, send them to me.