The Sing Out Loud American Rhythms website features FREE songs, lyrics and readi (ng, writing and speaking activities for teen and adult English language learners–and people who enjoy hearing good music! Teachers can download the songs, information about the songs (including artist credits) and pre- and post-listening activities by clicking on the song’s title under the Table of Contents. An additional, generic list of activities is available for use with any of the songs on this site as well. English language levels are indicated for activities associated with individual songs as well. This site has it all!
The creator of the website below, Ketan Hein, is a TESOL-trained educator who has taught in South Korea since 2009. A quintessential teacher, Mr. Hein’s curriculum vitae lists science, math, social studies, physical education and art courses in addition to the common English language subjects.
He, like me, wants to provide a site where English teachers can learn from each other and share ideas for improving education systems and teaching methods. His site certainly provides such an opportunity.
Source: So, You Think You Can Teach ESL? | An ESL, education, and teaching blog (click to open)
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 54 affiliate organizations.
Our diverse, nonpartisan membership is our greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.
NOTE: Most resources are for member access and registration is not free. The site does offer a free trial membership and some materials for free.
This is one of the best international continuing education sites I’ve seen for English language teachers. If you agree, please consider sharing this site with your colleagues.
Additional lessons, activities, and learning resources can be found on my Google Page, entitled “Designing a Student-Centered Curriculum for Life-Long Learners.” This site organizes information by subject, so you can choose the topic that most interests you. Below are the topics you can choose to learn about:
Language teachers and aficionados can now access Dr. Stephen Krashen’s latest articles and books for FREE! His major contribution to the field of linguistics is recognizing that language learners will be more successful if they’re motivated to use it and enjoy the process of learning it. In other words, he rejects the teaching language “academically” and espouses an approach that focuses on encouraging learners to learn the target language by reading books for pleasure and through interesting and engaging activities rather than focusing intently on what they are needing to learn.
A Tear Fell
by Marge Tindal
I shed a tear today
Silently, I felt it fall
You caught it
This poem is so beautiful that I had to share it with you! For those of you who like to read and write about relationships, feelings and self-discovery, I also wanted to share information about the site that offers and accepts such poems.
Passions in Poetry (http://www.netpoets.com) is the most “interactive poetry site on the web, according to its host. Writers who contribute to this site are proof that creative self-expression is worth more than money–at least for those who want to share what they’ve experienced and learned for others’ benefit.
The National Museum of Language website features this article and several other articles for linguaphiles (people who love languages and words).
Use this information to help you identify what skills you need to focus on with your student during reading and listening exercises. This site also has other articles like it that help raise awareness about the learning process.
Source: Bottom-up decoding: listening