Recommended ESL Sites
Computers and Technology
GCF LearnFree.org provides quality, innovative online learning resources anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
Breaking News English – Versatile and highly interactive website.Printable English lessons in 7 levels. Handouts for complete lesson plan based on each article, 2 page mini-lessons. Covers listening, reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary with online flash cards.
News for You Online has easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn English. Seven new stories are posted each Wednesday, along with audio, exercises, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a poll. Listen to each story in full or sentence-by-sentence. Click on any story to get started or to see and hear a sample. The password is on the front page of the current issue in the library.
Simple English News is for advanced students - news and feature stories in short paragraphs for reading while you listen.
VOA Learning English – Audio, Video, learning resources from Voice of America. Subscribe to weekly email newsletter, RSS, and podcast. Highly recommended website.
Cambridge English Language Learning - Interactive lessons from the Cambridge Ventures series. Good companion site for students using the Ventures textbooks. Can also use as a stand-alone online program.
Easy Stories for English Learners with Video and Audio - Help students develop their reading and listening skills in English with stories centered around topics of interest to them, including Health & Safety, Working, School, Family, Money, and more. The site, created by the California Distance Learning Project, has a wealth of stories under each topic area. Some also have video. The stories show the text, and students can read the text while listening to the audio. Stories are accompanied by practice activities.
ESL Gold has lots of resources for students and teachers - hundreds of lessons including common phrases for conversation, grammar, idioms, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.
OM Personal is a good site for Spanish speaking students at beginning level. More than 50 conversations on variety of topics with written transcripts, photos and quizzes.
Real English has video interviews of real life English speakers that teach basic listening, vocabulary, and grammar.
TEDTalks has a wide variety of videos of academic lectures. Good practice for TOEFL and advanced students.
Tips-O-Matic- A handy tool for quick reference - grammar rules, helper words and other writing tips.
USA Learns is a project of the U.S. Department of Education for beginning and intermediate levels. Focuses on practical skills related to everyday life, family, health and the workplace.
MedlinePlus Videos & Tools has reliable and informative videos that can be used to teach health literacy and English at the same time. From the U.S. Dept. of Health
English for your Health- Health literacy for beginning level students. Listen to short audio clips, read along and click on answers to questions about what you have heard.
Idioms and Expressions
The Idiom Connection provides an extensive list of expressions, phrases and idioms with good definitions for ESL students.
E-Z Slang - Learn idiomatic expressions and slang to both understand and communicate with native English speakers This site is specifically designed to help low-intermediate to advanced learners improve their survival skills in many different situations.
Literacy Organizations/Tutor Help
Busy Teacher - Practical and ready to use suggestions for teaching English for all levels. Up-to-date article that change content regularly.
At the Florida Literacy Coalition Tutor Help Center ESOL you will find teaching strategies, lesson Plans, teaching Tips and student handouts. Excellent resource for free downloadable materials.
ProLiteracy Education Network - Explore the many excellent resources this site offers, including free online courses for tutors. There are instructional resources for ESL learners, too, including short self-paced courses, interactive activities, and video lessons. Topics covered include reading, writing, math, citizenship and basic life skills.
http://4pinellas.info has practical and useful information about living in Pinellas County such as: hurricane preparedness, recycling, lifelong learning, the Police, how to get help in an emergency, etc. Uses video, printable lessons, computer based quizzes for self-study.
Pronunciation and Phonetics
Dave Sconda's EnglishMeeting.com on YouTube has entertaining and helpful pronunciation videos. Part of a series on YouTube.
Train Your Accent will help you to improve your accent and rhythm in English and learn daily expressions. Listen to samples of relaxed, North American English that reflect everyday activities and help you sound more natural.
Purdue Owl Writing Lab is a good website for reference. This page is an example of a specific topic that you could cover in a class. Look through the list of topics in the left-hand column for other ideas, especially grammar. To print the page scroll down to the bottom and click on the printer icon. Also check out the English as a Second Language link for more resources.
USCIS Citizenship Resource Center is the primary source for official information on naturalization requirements, the citizenship application, and the citizenship test. Includes study tools for the English and Civics tests.
CLINIC-Translations of the 100 civic questions into many languages for improved comprehension.
The Minnesota Literacy Council is a free on-line citizenship course that includes audio practice for the civics and literacy tests and videos that show beginning-level students answering personal interview questions.
Foreignborn.com is a source for information on immigration issues such as Visas, Green Cards, financial issues, health insurance, etc.
EduPASS has information about the nuances of life in the US and an introduction to some of the more important cultural differences. Good for class discussion.