Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English
This toolkit provides the needed support and resources to
adult education and family literacy instructors who are
new to serving adults and families learning English. The
toolkit provides a variety of materials to help
practitioners meet the language and literacy development
needs of the ELL students they serve. These include
responses to Frequently Asked Questions, a first-day
orientation guide, lesson plans, research-to-practice
papers on English language and literacy learning, and an
annotated list of English and Spanish language assessments
and Evaluation in Adult ESL,
Disabilities and Adult ESL,
Beginning Teachers and Tutors of Adult English Language
Learners Need to Know
Literacy- and Beginning-Level Texts for English Language
Learners This annotated bibliography describes some of
the books commonly used with literacy and beginning level
adult English language learners. Most have a few brief
comments about the content, aims, and lay-out of the
texts. They are grouped by
Adult ESL Materials
list consists of publishers who produce materials
appropriate for the adult ESL context, including teacher
resource and professional development books and student
textbooks. An overview of the types of publications
offered, titles of popular texts, and complete contact
information for each publisher is provided.
Annotated List of
annotated and topically arranged overview of selected
publications from CAELA can help individual teachers and
staff developers decide what may be most helpful to them.
for Promoting Cultural Understanding in the Adult ESL
Teachers can use this
annotated collection of online resources as they work
to promote cultural understanding in the adult ESL
classroom. Resources include NCLE publications, lesson
plans and instructional materials, background on specific
cultures and cultural groups, and information on topics
such as intercultural communication, tolerance, and
CAELA staff often compile bibliographies and annotated
bibliographies of resources on topics and issues in adult
ESL. Unlike the resource collections, these bibliographies
focus on more traditional published materials such as
journal articles, books, and research reports that may or
may not be available on the Web.
CAELA also provides
annotated bibliographies of materials specifically
available in the ERIC database. You can view the
topics of the annotated bibliographies on the CAELA
The Holiday Zone
Welcome to The
Holiday Zone -- your one-stop resource for free holiday
and seasonal educational activities. Click on the icons
below to find free learning resources for all of your
favorite winter holidays including learning games,
language activities, writing prompts, songs, action
rhymes, finger plays, printable worksheets, flash cards,
word walls, puzzles, coloring pages, arts and crafts,
ELL resources, and other winter fun.
exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a
Second Language (ESL).This project of The Internet TESL
Journal (iteslj.org) has thousands of contributions by
many teachers. multi-level grammar, vocabulary, and
translations in all languages)
ESL Café (idioms, slang, phrasal verbs, quizzes,
flashcards, and chat)
bbc.co.uk/skillswise/ (great site for writing,
quizzes, and reading)
(free weekly online
(reading, video and
vocabulary, test, business communication, etc.)
vocabulary, reading, exercises, and tests)
englishpage.com (presentation of all verb
english-to-go.com (For teachers and students
of the world)
esljunction.com (conversation starters)
eslpartyland.com (multi-level quizzes, lessons,
discussions, and chat)
ezslang.com (Reduce your accent, speak more
naturally, and understand conversational speech)
slangsite.com (A dictionary of slang, webspeak,
made up words, and colloquialisms.)
freewebs.com (weekly themes, websites,
Top 50 Resources for ESL Teachers (practice in
listening, reading/writing, grammar, civics, games, and
Hyper-dictionary: a new kind of dictionary,
related words are linked together in a
hypertext, so that readers can easily
on the English language.)
idiomsite.com (common idioms)
ClichéSite.com has amassed a list of over 2100
clichés, euphemisms, sayings and figures of speech
complete with definitions and explanations.
languageguide.org (picture dictionary; 100
leo.stcloudstate.edu (more verb work,
lousywriter.com (Learn how to write better;
manythings.org (word games, quizzes,
Online Writing Lab
(rules for grammar)
starfall.com (systematic phonics approach, in
conjunction with phonemic awareness practice)
(beginner sites-also great for kids)
usingenglish.com (reading comprehension,
grammar & quizzes)
Intelecom's Crossroads Cafe
Randall’s ESL Cyber -Lab
Language Acquisition (Learn about stages)
100 Best Resources and Guides for ESL Teachers
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Free ESL Online Classes
of ESL Lesson Plans
The materials in this Virtual
Library of Lesson Plans are for ESL
instructors to use and/or adapt in their classroom teaching.
Most of the materials were developed and tested in North
Carolina community colleges under the sponsorship of
EL/CIVICS grants. The originating schools and organizations
have provided them in electronic form for inclusion in this
library. These materials should not be sold or published, in
whole or in part. Users are expected to abide by copyright
law and by any membership requirements for cited web sites.
Introduction to the NC ESL Curriculum Guide
This online tutorial is
designed to introduce you to the
North Carolina ESL Curriculum Guide, 2nd Edition and
help you to integrate the lessons into your instructional
delivery. The tutorial includes guidance on
instructional planning and assessment and a wealth of online
Breaking News English
EFL/ESL English Lesson Plans & Podcast for
studying Current Events and News. Keep up with the news and
learn English - Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking.
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General Strategies for Managing a Multi-Level ESL Classroom
Many adult ESL classes, especially those
located off the main campus site (for
example, in churches or community centers),
serve the entire local community and, hence,
may have students of widely differing
English proficiencies. This situation can
provide challenges to the instructor.
This resource offers some general
strategies for addressing a "multilevel"
class, as well as two models for managing
the multilevel class.
This newsletter comes once or twice a
month with information for the ESL
teacher. Sign up for this monthly
newsletter and get a free Bingo game to
use in your classroom.
points, lesson plans, and more every
month with this newsletter that is
designed for both the teacher and the
Site of the month, ESL
jobs, and book reviews are just some of
the information you’ll get with this
This newsletter doesn’t appear to have a
subscription option, but it is worth
bookmarking and checking back each six
months for updates. Each issue offers
teaching tips, news, and more that you
won’t want to miss.
of the experience of this thirty-year
teacher who offers tips and ideas to
enhance your teaching, no matter your
provides links to articles in order to
promote "community language learning."
Both teachers and students can benefit
from these more cerebral blog posts.
Enjoy this fun approach to grammar as
the Grammar Guy looks at the strange and
interesting nuances of the English
This high tech, yet very
informative blog offers tips, links, and
more to help any teacher–EFL or ESL.
LINCS Special ESL
One-stop electronic gateway to specialized
information on high-quality literacy practices and materials
for use in ESL adult education and literacy programs.
Includes resources for nonprofit organizations, including
sources of grants and activities for ESL students. Sponsored
by the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL).
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Use these free videos and the accompanying lesson plans
to bring a new tool into your classroom.
Browse through the
many podcasts available here. Once you find a podcast,
be sure to get the learning guide that accompanies each
podcast for a complete transcript, comprehension
questions, and tips for improving English.
ESL Podcast–First Day of School.
presents a typical first day of high school in an
Better @ English.
touch on topics such as the importance of proper
spelling and real conversations in English. All the
transcripts are available on the website.
Offering a great way for
students to hear native speakers, this high-tech
teaching tool is a great resource for teachers.
Electronic Field Trips
Take your students on a
field trip without ever leaving the classroom. Take the
suggestions and tips provided or use them as a spark to
your creativity so that you can create your own field
Using Digital Cameras in the Classroom.
This article discusses the
benefits of using a digital camera to enhance lessons
and even offers some lesson plans.
This guide instructs you
on how to incorporate podcasts in your classroom and
provides suggestions for equipment and lessons with
Digital Video in Education
Find the benefits, uses,
project planning and more for using a digital video
camera in the classroom.
GPS Activities and Lesson
Using GPS and geocaching
can really enhance the learning experience. Find ways to
use GPS and get lesson plans as well.
USB Flash Drives
Learn how using flash
drives can open up accessibility to computer technology
for students in this article.
5 Creative Ways to Use a
Scanner in the Classroom
Imagine having your
students bring their family history and heritage into
the classroom and incorporating it in your lesson. Using
a scanner open up lots of possibilities. Find five ways
to use a scanner with your class.
Capturing Student Voices: Technology Integration in
Adult ESL Instruction
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Ellis Island Reenactment
by Nancy Simpson
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Center for Adult English
Language Acquisition (CAELA),
formerly known as NCLE) is designed to assist states
with emerging populations who are learning English as a
second language (ESL). Center staff will work with state
representatives so that they will have the capacity to
promote the English language learning and academic
achievement of adults learning English.
Lesson Plans and Resources
Offers an array of adult education lesson plans, materials,
activities, interactive quizzes, phonic games, and teaching
tips using video in the classroom.
Internet Links for Independent Study
Jones Library offers various tools for learning English:
videos, interactive practice with grammar, simple techniques
for tutors, as well as "The Rosetta Stone" series.
Verizon Literacy University (VLU)
Designed to help literacy volunteers, program staff, and
community members build a more literate nation. VLU offers
free: online courses, volunteer orientations, training
resources, and resources for adult and ESL literacy
programs. (Produced and managed by the National Center for
Family Literacy and ProLiteracy Worldwide with support from
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