My best friend is teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in China. (Well, technically it's called English as a Foreign Language--- EFL) She's been asked to teach an ESP (English for Special Purposes) course. Engineering.
Neither of us know anything about engineering. She's been doing as much research as she can as she meaningfully puts her lesson plans together, but she sent me an email an hour ago pleading for online resources. As many of you may know, China has a lot of restrictions on their Internet use; therefore, her resources are limited.
I did some googling. I found some stuff. I turned them into pdfs for my friend. In the process, I found some new favorite websites!
This experience has gotten me thinking about my favorite ESL online resources, so today I will share with you 5 of my favorite online resources. I could have done more, but 5 just seemed like a nice number. Let's get started!
1. Dave's ESL Cafe
This is a classic website. If you teach ESL and you haven't heard of Dave's ESL Cafe, you haven't lived! Find lots of great videos, idioms, exercises and more!
2. English Page
I regularly send my students to this website, especially if they have problems with verb tenses, which is my favorite feature in this website. I love all the verb tense diagrams and endless practices.
3. ESL Right Now
This is one of the sites I found when I was helping my friend look for Engineering stuff. Even though I don't teach ESP, it's a site I'll probably use in the future because there's more to it than ESP stuff.
4. Using English
This is another one of the sites I found when I was helping my friend find things for Engineering. I literally got lost in here! I'll have to keep this one on my radar for sure!
5. Azar Grammar
Betty Azar is a genius! If you've been teaching ESL for a while, then you've probably heard of (or used) her famous books. But did you know that she's created PowerPoints for all of her lessons? There are handouts and additional grammar practice, too!
You know---- I probably could have gone to 100! It's an awesome time to be an ESL teacher (or ESL student.) I didn't even touch on:
And, of course, there are a number of blogs, like mine, that talk about teaching ESL. Mine is more of a musing, but there are blogs that actually have lesson plans you can steal!