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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

 

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

 

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 Island

Internet Island is designed to be a safe environment where novice Internet users can learn and practice navigation skills. At the same time they will experience how Internet can be used to promote inquiry-based learning. Teachers who use this tutorial should know the basics of clicking and dragging a mouse.
Equipment
Netscape 1.1N or higher
QuickTime 2.0
14.4 kbps or better connection to the Internet
color monitor
printer

http://www.miamisci.org/ii/

 

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/

 

OZ Reading Comprehension Page

Read the passage and then complete the exercise that follows. This page includes a number of reading texts, many related to Australian culture, all with quizzes that provide instant feedback on the student's performance.

http://www.powerup.com.au/~ozesl/quiz7.html

 

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

 

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

 

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 Case

Help solve short mysteries.

http://www.TheCase.com/kids/





 

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/

 

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/

 

 

 

Jamie Fowlie, 2000