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.
Considered to be the most important
website on ESL/EFL/TOEFL/ESP. There are hundreds of hours of surfing
inside this web. There is also an excellent, well organised Forum
section for Chats and meeting others online. It has an Use English Only
Three links to detailed information on
International Writing Exchange
Started in 1993, this fast became the
most popular collaborative writing activity of the HUT Email Writing
Project, largely due to it's firm yet flexible structure.
It's a flexible communicative project, with students writing to and
receiving feedback from their global peers as well as their teacher.
The 5 main phases of each module are:
Introductory letterwith teacher feedback, and student's revised version
Article on a topic, e.g., Love and Marriage
Peer feedback 1, author's response, 3 , 4 and 5
Teacher feedback, followed by self-study, e.g., with Help Pages and XE
demo, and exercises created by class teacher and peers
Virtual conference in HUT Virtual Language Centre
Evaluation and selection for IWE Journal
Written by an ESL/EFL practitioner,
NetGrammar focuses on English grammar through interactive listening,
reading and writing activities.
Research in second language acquisition suggests that students expect
and need to learn the formal rules of a language in focus. That is why
NetGrammar was developed with that focus in mind where students will
practice new structures in a variety of contexts in order to help them
internalize and master the many structures of English. NetGrammar
provides an abundance of both controlled and communicative exercises so
that students can bridge the gap between knowing grammatical structures
and using them.
NetGrammar follows a six-step approach at the Unit Level. The first step
is contextualiazing the new content through clear objectives, language
functions and notes where new structures are shown in context. This is
followed by a presentation of the structures (Grammar Focus) with
grammar charts and explanations. The third step is listening where
students hear a variety of short conversations, interviews,
storytelling, etc. The fourth step is reading. Here, students can find a
variety of short authentic passage.. The fifth step is writing where
students can practice the new structures by cues given to them. They can
also e-mail their writing products to their instructor and/or other
friends. And finally, the six step is the review section, which can be
used as a self test. The exercises in this section test the structures
of the unit and can be e-mailed to the instructor and/or other friends.
The Babylon Translator
Babylon is Faster and Easier than any
Paper, electronic or CD-Rom
Translates expressions and abbreviations
Babylon translates expressions such as "make ends meet" or
"more or less" and abbreviations such as "btw"(by
the way) or "asap" (as soon as possible)
Babylon is comprehensive
Ultra rich vocabulary of words and expressions; Babylon not only
translates words and phrases but also proper names and geographical
Computer terms such as "ftp", "smtp"
Medical terms such as "macrosomia" and "endoscopic
Legal terms such as "seisin" and "arbitration
Help solve short mysteries.
The English Club Network
Another of the popular and rich sources
of links, activities, exchanges, news for Teachers and students of ESL.
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!