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ESOL Resources for Teachers

U.S.A. Learns - ESOL teachers should become familiar with the new version of USA Learns and create a teacher account. This version includes a class key system which allows your students to join your class. The site provides adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training. The 1st English Course is intended for beginning level learners at NRS levels 1-3 (ESOL 1). The 2nd English Course level and supplementary Practice English and Reading selections are directed at intermediate learners at NRS levels 4-5 (ESOL 2). There is also a brand new US Citizenship course available which provides a guide to the steps to citizenship and practice with civics, reading, writing and interviewing .UPDATED Feb 2018

U.S.A. Learns Citizenship - is a course included with the popular U.S.A. Learns ESOL website to help nonnative speakers prepare for the naturalization interview, including the N-400 review and the civics, reading, and writing tests. Students are exposed to a variety of videos, listening activities, readings, comprehension exercises, and speaking practice activities. At the end of each lesson, there is a short interview practice where students can record their own responses to the interview questions. NEW Feb 2018

ICivics Teacher - this is the teachers login page for ICivics which provides teachers with access to all of the 21 interactive civics games available on the student site plus learning objectives and printable guides for each game. In addition to this, ICivics provides teachers with a complete civics curriculum consisting of well developed units and over 185 lesson plans rooted in clear learning objectives with a complete scope and sequence, that combine lesson plans, games, webquests, and essay writing exercises. Teachers must create a login for this teacher's portal which allows them to download lesson plans, student material, game guides, and powerpoint presentations. They will also be able to create classes, assign and monitor student work. UPDATED Jan 2020

ICivics - Provides students with access to over 20 games designed to demonstrate how government works by experiencing it directly through role-playing games. The player steps into a role – a judge, a member of Congress, a Supreme Court judge, President, a community activist, or a regular citizen. Students will be able to learn about elections, immigration, citizenship requirements, U.S. history, constitutional rights, responsibilities of citizens, the influence of media, the balance of power, making laws, arguing court cases, and many other important civics topics. UPDATED Jan 2020

Stand Out Book Series Correlation with Massachusetts ESOL Frameworks - this webpage from Heinle provides correlation between each book in the Stand Out series with the Massachusetts Adult Education ESOL Frameworks. This should make it fairly simple for teachers to cut and paste the appropriate framework standards and benchmarks into lesson plans.> UPDATED Jan 2013

National Geographic Webinar Series (StandOut ESOL Webinars) - this webpage provide a library of recorded webinars on a variety of teaching topics including 49 webinars on the subject of teaching adults and 6 webinars based on teaching with the StandOut ESOL book series. NEW APR 2020

English Worksheets Land - this site provides 1000s of free K-5 level printable worksheets directly aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards. Although these worksheets currently are limited to level 5 and lower, they provide complete coverage all of the CCR Reading Literature (RL) and Language (L) standards with a large number of worksheets available for each standard. This allows TRA teachers to select those topics that are appropriate for adult students. NEW Nov 2014

English for Everyone - this website provides teachers with a great free resource of printable English worksheets. All Literacy, Pre-GED, GED and English as a Second Language (ESOL) teachers and students should be able to benefit from this website. In the left margin you will find an index containing hundreds of topics that lead to quality teaching materials. If you use any of the materials on this website make sure to retain their logo in the top left corner of the worksheet. NEW FEB 2013 - shared by Worcester office

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - this revised site sponsored by Marshall Adult Education, provides a library of graded stories for beginning and intermediate readers in 16 reading sublevels ranging from grades 1- 8 with an optional audio track for reading along. The stories cover topics of interest to adults, including ESOL students, helping them become more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens and community members. Topics cover areas such as health and wellness, civics, work readiness, community, family, housing, school, shopping, and government. All the stories are adult appropriate and include pre-reading activities (e.g. pictures, questions and terms), comprehension questions, and writing exercises. Select level 1-6 stories for ESOl 1, 7-11 for ESOl 2, and 12-16 for ESOL 3. UPDATED Jan 2021

Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers - the provider of the Reading skills for Today's Adults above is also providing a similar free program for students interested in Healthcare Career Pathways. It provides graded stories on healthcare related topics in nine (9) reading sublevels ranging from level 4.5 to 8.5 and aligned to the CCRS. There are about 25 stories per each sublevel and all include an optional audio track with three (3) read along speeds to help develop fluency. Based on the stated levels, these passages are only appropriate for ABE 2 and ABE 3 classes as well as the higher levels of ESOL. I will further curate this link in a short amount of time. NEW Jan 2021

Learn to Earn Toolkit (ESOL) - a free online resource for intermediate and advanced adult learners of English and basic skills. You are introduced to 10 topic areas of learning for the workforce including critical thinking, English language, oral communication, written communication, reading comprehension, teamwork, diversity, information technology, and social responsibility, with several lessons in each topic. You will explore career possibilities, learn vocabulary in context, and earn badges.. NEW Jan 2017

English for Employment - The Brockton Mayor's office and Brockton Community Access has provided a series of 6 ESL video classes on YouTube that specialize in helping residents acquire English skills and knowledge of job search techniques to increase employment opportunities. NEW Sep 2014 -shared by Brockton office

The Real Deal - provides a large collection of shopping lesson plans which could be adapted for classes at all ESOL levels, including topics such as planning meals, price per unit, comparison shopping, budgeting, taxes, discounts, healthy choices, mock store, mock bank, and customer service. Here are some resources you can choose from as you look for lesson ideas for the shopping and consumer units in the ESOL curriculum. Make sure you evaluate lesson plans for student appropriateness and redesign them when necessary. NEW Apr 2016

Traffic Safety ESOL Curriculum for Immigrants - this Pedestrian and Bike Safety curriculum developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is designed specifically for use by teachers and volunteers working with adult immigrants who are Beginning or Intermediate English language learners. They provide great lesson material consisting of a teacher's guide, a student workbook, and audio segments for student practice. UPDATED Feb 2017

CARLA - this is the websire for the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota. The site offers a number of resources to language teachers including a battery of second language proficiency assessments and a working paper series on a variety of topics including content-based language instruction, immersion, and strategies for language learning. NEW MAY 2013

ESOL Frameworks (released Sept 2005) - Massachusetts Adult Education ESOL Frameworks

ESL Flow - this site devoted to English language teaching theories, approaches and techniques provides unlimited ideas and tools including worksheets, exercises, role plays, discussions, dialogues, interviews, drills, crossword puzzles and games for ESL teachers to use when teaching vocabulary, writing, grammar, comprehension, idioms, or pronunciation NEW Feb 2012

Dave's ESL Cafe - popular ESL website created by Dave Spirling which includes a wide variety of features for students and teachers alike including news, discussion pages, chats, quizzes, e-mail and job postings. Also included are a wide variety of lesson materials on idioms, slang, verbs and quizzes.

ESL Lesson Plans and Resources for Teachers - A huge listing of ESL references for teachers including many ideas for lesson plans, classroom activities, prompts for conversation and writing assignments, exercises, quizzes, games, grammar and vocabulary, clipart, and classroom materials.

One Stop English - large site for ESL teachers

Internet TESOL Journal - monthly web journal from Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) which includes articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, teaching techniques, classroom games and jokes, and previous issues.

About the Human Internet: English as 2nd Language - ESL section of a major internet site devoted to providing information on a number of topics on the internet.  Claims to include over 700 ESL links. Also provides its own features and a catalog for finding ESL information.

Cookbook of Ideas for the ESL Classroom - a feature of Dave's ESL Cafe which includes a large collection of of more than 500 ideas and tips for teachers of ESL arranged into more than 20 categories including reading, grammar, pronunciation, writing, vocabulary, discipline, books, software and games.

Adult Education ESL Teacher's Guide - the lessons and activities provided at this site are designed for adult learners. Features include: Beginning ESL Lessons and Accompanying Teacher Training Modules; Intermediate ESL Lessons and Accompanying Teacher Training Modules; and Teaching Non-Literate Adults.  All materials and worksheets are provided.

Guide to Grammar and Writing - provides an excellent and comprehensive guide to English grammar, sentence construction, spelling and composition. Also find categories for Forms of Communication Ask Grammar and Online Interactive Quizzes.

Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom - a wide range of topics, each with a set of questions, that teachers will find useful as springboards for oral production practice or as prompts for journal writing assignments. Opportunity is also provided for teachers to add topics and questions.

EFL/ESL Class Handouts - several of these handouts could be used as home practice for your students.

ESL Partyland for Teachers - lots of resources for ESL teachers, including lesson plans, activities, and reproducibles.

Beginning ESL Lessons - many of these lessons can be printed out for homework. They cover dialogue practice, drills, telling time, etc., as well as modules on how to teach: teaching pronunciation, teaching time, etc.

Intermediate ESL Lesson - same as above, for more advanced students. Topics cover asking directions, shopping for groceries, dictation exercises, and more. They are written for adult ESL learners, but can also be used for high school students.

English to Go Lesson Plans - offers a free weekly lesson in some facet of the English language, called a Weekly Warmer, for all levels. While the weekly warmer is free however, be warned that using the archives of past lesson warmers requires a paid subscription.

Activities for ESL Students - large collection of quizzes and crossword puzzles for all levels of ESL students on vocabulary, grammar, and content areas. Allows teachers to create their own drills and puzzles to add to the collection.

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