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A Guide to Web Surfing for EFL Students

The Internet is very exciting. It is changing the face of human culture. However, the internet can also be intimidating and overwhelming, because there are so many websites. Good web surfers are good at searching for information and evaluating the sites that they find. And just like real surfing, it takes practice to become good at web surfing. You can learn alot just by playing on the web, but you can also waste a lot of time. Ask yourself these questions:
How can I find the information that I need most efficiently?
How can I evaluate the information that I find?
This site will help you learn how to be a better web surfer. Start by taking the Internet Knowledge Quiz.

http://www.miyazaki-mic.ac.jp/faculty/jreinhar/surf.html

 

About.com Quiz Central

A collection of online quizzes that are indexed according to their topic. Also indicates the expected level of the student. Has material related to the TOEFL exam as well.

http://esl.about.com/education/esl/blquiz.htm

 

Aesop's Fairytales online

Our online collection of Aesop's Fables includes a total of 654+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed. There are many more on the way. Most were translated into English by Rev. George Fyler Townsend (1814-1900) and Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) the rest are from Jean De La Fontaine in French and translated to English by several good internet souls. Included are Real Audio narrations, Classic Images, Random Images, Random Fables, Search Engine, Message Forum and much more on the way. Recently added are 127 Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen with 209 Grimms Fairy Tales coming soon along with much more mythology and stories for your reading pleasure.

http://www.pacificnet.net/~johnr/aesop/index.htm

 

Cambridge University Press Online Dictionary

Enter one word that you wish to search for in the space provided.
For example, to search for the idiom try your luck, type either try or luck.
You may choose from the Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs or Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms.

http://www.cup.cam.ac.uk/elt/dictionary/

 

CNN Newsroom and Worldview

A free, 30-minute block of commercial-free news and features programming accompanied by a Daily Classroom Guide, developed especially for school use.

http://cnn.com/CNN/Programs/CNNnewsroom/daily/

 

CNN World News Fringe Stories

A web site that will provide a wealth of short human interest stories to motivate students to read short texts of high interest and low level vocabulary. Changes constantly as a source of texts for reading activities

http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/index.html

 

Discover Channel Lesson Plans

Pick a subject area to browse all our lesson plans for that subject regardless of grade level. You can also view The Complete List—every lesson plan we’ve created, all on one page.The Discovery Channel Lesson plans are each broken down into: Vocabulary (with sound files to play a reading of a word in context from the literature), WWW Links, Questions, Commentaries, Activities and Educational Standards. A very useful resource.

http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/subjects/k-12.html

 

Fun & Games: Word Search

A Java application that generates a word games (word search, jumbled words and scrabble

http://www.thesaurus.com/fun/wordsearch/index.html

 

Internet Basics for ESL Students

A 14-Lesson Introduction to Using Computers and the Internet for Students of English as a Second Language. The Lessons...
Basic Computer Terms and the History of the Internet
Basics of the web browser
Hardware and Internet Software
ESL home pages
Computer Problems and Peripherals
Boolean search methods/search engines
Operating Systems - Windows 95
Introduction to UNIX
Using Email (1)
Send email to the teacher, cc and bcc friends
Multimedia
Search the Internet and identify 6 file types
Internet Service Providers
View 4 Okayama ISP's home pages
Using Email (2)
Join a mailing list (read the ML replies)
Communication
Email and Internet search
The Net
Write a basic web page
Mailing Lists
Find a mailing list
Ethics and Privacy
Examine cookie files and visit commercial sites
Newsgroups
Find newsgroup archives
Business on the Internet
Take a quiz and show the class your favorite Internet site

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/s/ib/

 

Internet TESL Journal's Crossword Puzzle links

There are so many crossword puzzle pages in this site, that I decided to include the page of links to the crosswords. Teachers should read through the list and decide which theme, topic, or level is appropriate to their individual needs. The results of this self-access searching could then be communicated through the discussion area of this web.

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/links/ESL/Games/Crossword_Puzzles/

 

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia Online

Like the famous CD Rom, only online and free. Has map indexes, subject categories (physical sciences, life sciences, geography, social sciences etc.). This is where a lot of students get answers for homework assignments and/or projects.

http://encarta.msn.com/

 

One Look Dictionary

Dictionary word count = 2994189 words in 595 dictionaries now indexed This website indexes other dictionary indexes. Simple to use

http://www.onelook.com/

 

Roget's Thesaurus

Alphabetical: Browse the thesaurus through the alphabetical index of headwords
Categorial Outline: Browse the thesaurus through the six broad categories into which Mr. Roget classified the entire vocabulary of the English language

http://www.thesaurus.com/index.html

 

Song Files

Now view more than 62,000 lyrics from their rapidly growing database of more than 130,000 songs. Includes a search engine to find lyrics for the song you need...

http://www.songfile.com/index_2.html

 

SOON Online Magazine

This is the LEARNING ENGLISH section of the SOON ONLINE MAGAZINE in easy English. The whole magazine is designed to help those learning English, or who speak it as a second language. You will find many ideas, and links to other sites.

http://www.soon.org.uk/page17.htm

 

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Sports Illustrated for kids.

http://www.sikids.com/

 

Synonym Dictionary

This is a project at Vancouver Webpages to generate copyright-free lists of English synonyms for a search engine. For a more comprehensive list, go to WordNet (http://vancouver-webpages.com/wordnet/index.html)

http://vancouver-webpages.com/synonyms.html

 

The Anagram Dictionary

It's interesting the number of anagrams that are fitting: Eternity and entirety, backward and drawback, discern and rescind, demand and madden, comedian and demoniac, American and cinerama, aspirate and parasite, oldies and soiled, lust and slut, to name a few of many hundreds. Certainly there'd be some impact on the meanings and popularity of words from how they sound and look. To some small degree we've been subconsciously shaping our language to make nice anagrams since it began.

http://www.orchy.com/dictionary/anagrams.htm

 

The Dictionary

Have a question about words, grammar or language?

http://www.dictionary.com/index.html

 

The English Corner

Hello everybody! and welcome to ' the English corner'. We sincerely hope that you find 'this page' interesting and useful in your daily life as teacher and we would like you contribute, sharing experiences, opinions, practical tips and suggestions.The web has a number of subdirectories: Resources
Activities
Music
Travels & Holidays
Information & Contacts
Experiences

http://nti.educa.rcanaria.es/cep_sc_tenerife/pepe/english6.htm

 

The English Learner

Learners of English will find all types of interactive tests and exercises here:
grammar
vocabulary
reading
crosswords
hangman and more.
EnglishLearner.Com also offers English lessons by e-mail at three levels every week - completely free!

http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/test.html

 

The Internet Movie Database

The Internet Movie Database has the most complete and up-to-date data on all the movies that your students have watched, and will be watching for years to come. It is a great resource for information to meet the needs and interests of students... Read summaries of movie plots, find out about the actors, add your own information. Locate short movie trailers, solve arguments!!!

http://uk.imdb.com/

 

The Knowledge Adventure Encyclopaedia

Information about a large number and variety of interesting topics. "A great homework helper". Simply type a word into the form provided and press enter.

http://www.letsfindout.com/

 

The Quotations Page

This page was originally developed as a catalog of Quotation resources on the Internet; it has since evolved into a large-scale Quotation site with many original resources.

http://www.starlingtech.com/quotes/

 

The Student Showcase

The student showcase is an electronic magazine, containing articles and
prose written by high school students.

Although minor changes may have been made, the materials contained
herein have not been professionally edited, and may contain errors in syntax
or usage as they appeared in the students' original submissions.

Materials have been organized by content for easier browsing.Feature Articles
Are You Stupid?
Cigarette Smoking: A bad or a good thing?
Drugs: Should we or shouldn't we?
Stop the Bloodshed
They are Not Different
Tattoos
To Serve or Not to Serve (That is the question)

http://www.amalnet.k12.il/meida/english/showcase/engi0026.htm

 

USA Today Weird Stories

A web site where teachers can find interesting but strange stories from the news media. These stories are high in interest and easy to read in terms of vocabulary.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nweird.htm

 

Variety of Activities

Activities such as crosswords, reading comprehension, grammar, and matching excercises.

http://www.ctv.es/USERS/carmen/activities.htm

 

Vocabulary in context sites

Many people believe, myself included, that vocabulary is best learned in context. With this idea in mind, I'd like to offer this ever expanding vocabulary resource, placing vocabulary in contextual areas and presented in a quiz format. You will also find vocabulary reference tools and guides.

http://esl.miningco.com/education/esl/blvocab.htm

 

Webster's Thesaurus

Type in your word or phrase and press ENTER/RETURN.

http://www.m-w.com/thesaurus.htm

 

Webster's Word Games of the Day

Got two minutes? Play a new puzzle every day or visit our puzzle archive to play games you missed during the past month. Our word puzzles come in four hot formats:

Definition Demolition:
Use definition clues to unscramble three words before the bomb goes off!
Flip Flop:
It's as easy as matching the synonyms, antonyms, or slang terms before time runs out.
Transform Brainstorm:
Presto chango! Transform one word into another one letter at a time by matching the clues.
Match Maker:
Know your word histories? Or geography? Or history? Prove it with our hot matching challenge

http://www.m-w.com/mw/game/

 

 

 

 

 

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