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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Fun & Games: Word Search
A Java application that generates a word
games (word search, jumbled words and scrabble
Internet Basics for ESL Students
A 14-Lesson Introduction to Using
Computers and the Internet for Students of English as a Second Language.
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
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)
Email and Internet search
Write a basic web page
Find a mailing list
Ethics and Privacy
Examine cookie files and visit commercial sites
Find newsgroup archives
Business on the Internet
Take a quiz and show the class your favorite Internet site
Internet TESL Journal's Crossword Puzzle
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.
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.
One Look Dictionary
Dictionary word count = 2994189 words in
595 dictionaries now indexed This website indexes other dictionary
indexes. Simple to use
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
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...
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.
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Sports Illustrated for kids.
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
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.
Have a question about words, grammar or
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
Travels & Holidays
Information & Contacts
The English Learner
Learners of English will find all types
of interactive tests and exercises here:
hangman and more.
EnglishLearner.Com also offers English lessons by e-mail at three levels
every week - completely free!
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!!!
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.
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.
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
or usage as they appeared in the students' original submissions.
Materials have been organized by content for easier browsing.Feature
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
To Serve or Not to Serve (That is the question)
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.
Variety of Activities
Activities such as crosswords, reading
comprehension, grammar, and matching excercises.
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.
Type in your word or phrase and press
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:
Use definition clues to unscramble three words before the bomb goes off!
It's as easy as matching the synonyms, antonyms, or slang terms before
time runs out.
Presto chango! Transform one word into another one letter at a time by
matching the clues.
Know your word histories? Or geography? Or history? Prove it with our
hot matching challenge