ESOL for Parents and Caregivers – This curriculum gives ESOL teachers background materials, lessons, and activities designed to help immigrant parents learn English and become more effectively involved in their children’s education. It is a contextualized, school-related curriculum that teaches speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the context of schools, education, and parenting, contexts that are absent in many of the standard ESOL texts teachers use. There are three topics:
1) Navigating Boston Public Schools;
2) School Involvement;
3) Supporting Children’s Learning.
With this curriculum, ESOL teachers can orient immigrant parents to the U.S. school system, and provide them with practical skills such as interpreting report cards and participating in teacher conferences and help them support children’s learning at home. While some of the information is Boston-specific, much can be used in any locale.
- ESOL for Entrepreneurs – Curriculum designed to help business owners master English skills specific to their business needs, such as developing a business plan, improving marketing and customer service.
- Pre-LEAN ESOL for the Workplace – Program designed specifically for manufacturing environments to introduce English language learners to the basic concepts of the “Lean” production model.
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RESOURCES FOR DESIGNING A CLASS
This is a great resource site for teachers. It includes worksheets, articles for teachers, book recommendations, ice-breaker ideas, and more!
Blog site that contains a wide variety of materials, tips, and resources instructors can use.
Provides different question-formatting ideas for tests. Includes different levels.
Teachers can use this to create online courses for students.
Free curriculum that instructors can use to teach their students the basics of using a computer
Provides a digital literacy assessment for students – students will be assessed on how well they perform different computer tasks (e.g. basic internet skills, Microsoft program skills, etc.)
Curriculum for instructors to use for teaching basic computer skills
Provides computers and internet service to individuals, nonprofits, or businesses in need of technology.
RESOURCES FOR LESSONS
- Computer Activities for Students
- Digital Literacy – Learn the basics of the internet
- GCFLearnFree – Tutorials, tips, and resources about computers, reading, learning English, Math, Careers, etc.
- Typing.com – Students can practice their typing skills
- Microsoft Skills Checklists– Provides multiple checklists for MS programs (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) that instructors can go through with their students as they become more digitally literate.
- Power Point Story Templates – Simple templates students can use to write stories and create presentations
- Breaking News English– Site contains articles for different ESOL levels; all articles come with a wide variety of activities, including, matching, spelling, and listening.
- Let’s Learn English – News site for ELL students. Includes different reading levels. All articles come with audio clip and small vocabulary section.
- The Learning Network – New York Times student site that includes articles + questions, quizzes, writing prompts, and conversation topics.
- World Newspapers– Students can use this site to practice their reading skills; site provides newspapers from around the world
- CNN10– Students listen to news stories and then are given comprehension questions to answer below. This is best for high-intermediate/advanced level students.
- Daily ESL– List of audio clips with which students can read along, learn new vocabulary, and use given prompts to discuss the topics.
- Many Things Pronunciation Practice– Students are quizzed on their listening and grammar skills — students are given a question and must choose the correct answer by listening to two different options. They also are prompted to repeat the recording aloud after they listen to it.
- Pronunciation Tips – Students can listen to different sounds and repeat the sounds back.
- Roadside Assistance– Students listen to a scenario where a person makes an emergency call for roadside assistance. Includes multiple choice questions about the audio clip, discussion and role-play prompts, and other short comprehension activities. Students can click on Self-Study Guide if they want to practice more with listening activities
- Voki– Students can record themselves. They can create their own personalized avatar, which will be used for various speaking (and other) activities.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe– Links for students to practice vocabulary and grammar
- Easy World of English – Online activities for students to practice grammar, writing, reading, and vocabulary – comes in different languages
- Jeopardy Review Game– Instructors can create their own jeopardy questions to review with students
- Kahoot – Instructors can create quizzes and review games for students to use to study – must be used with smartphones
- Many Things– Online activities for students, including podcasts, videos, songs, quizzes, games, etc.
- Mobile Apps for ESL Students– List of mobile apps students can use while on-the-go/outside of the classroom. Mainly consists of apps used for vocabulary, but it also includes apps with reading material, quizzes, and video lessons.
- Quizlet – Instructors can create digital quizzes and other study activities for students – must create an account
- Real English – Lessons on everyday language and vocabulary.
- USA Learns – Complete courses covering language and life skills, including some employment-related topics, for beginner (not absolute beginner) through intermediate levels. Includes orientation videos in English and Spanish