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A Snapshot of American Culture

This track of Real Audio clips is designed for ESL students at the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas who are taking a class in listening and speaking comprehension. The track is intended to give students insight into some of the various aspects and issues that make up what is called "American culture", as well as help them improve their listening comprehension. This track must be used with a Real Audio Player.

http://www.real.com/contentp/npr/atc_index.html

 

Australiana Slang

An 'insight' into Australian Slang...

http://www.ozemail.com.au/~davesag/auzzie.html

 

BBC Learn English On-line

The BBC online english pages. Includes course materials, quizzes and links. Upper levels.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/

 

Brit Speak: A guide to British English for America

It must not be easy being British! Being expected to keep a stiff upper lip all the time! Struggling to get that accent right (how we wish we could speak like that!). Having to learn all those strange British English words!

What words are we speaking about? We're awfully glad you asked!

The folks at the BritSpeak language laboratory invite you to grab your brolly, knock up a friend and join us on a linguistic tour of Britain...

http://pages.prodigy.com/NY/NYC/britspk/main.html

 

Canadian Living English Web

As E.S.L. teachers we are aware of the serious shortage of quality resources for the English as a Second Language Learner. Sure there is tons of material to wade through in the book store, but how much of it is practical? The aim of this site is to provide students with practical everyday situations which they can take with them should they decide to travel to Canada.
But I'm not going to Canada...
Don't worry. There's lots here for all E.S.L. students. Whether you're going to the United States, New Zealand, or another English-speaking country, you're sure to benefit from the growing collection of practical everyday English dialogue. Immigration and Customs: Nervous about speaking English with the Immigration officer? This should help.
The Restaurant: It's all here. This dialogue models a typical Western restaurant experience.
Hotels and Accomodations: Useful English expressions to help you when finding accomodation.
The Gas Station: If you will be driving in Canada, this dialogue will be useful.
5. Directions: New! Asking directions. Includes a map and diagrams for your reference.
6. Doctors and Pharmacists: New! Making appointments, seeing the doctor and pharmacist

http://canadian-living-english.freeservers.com/

 

Dave's Email Exchange

There are generally two email exchange programs to consider. A class project in which you work in tandem with another class interested in email exchange, possibly English-Spanish, and the other is to just let the students search out an email pal for themselves. This site will do the latter task well enough.

http://www.pacificnet.net/~sperling/student.html

 

Dave's ESL Café

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 policy.

http://eslcafe.com/

 

Encyclopaedia of the Orient

"The only encyclopaedia for North Africa and the Middle East". Easy to use, with an alphabetically indexed left frame for subjects and names.

http://www.i-cias.com/e.o/index.htm

 

English Club Travel site

This is where you can learn about foreign countries and improve your English at the same time!

http://www.englishclub.net/leisure/travel/index.htm

 

Free English

An on-line set of English classes and activities.

http://www.freeenglish.com/index.cfm

 

Globalstudy7Exchange Online Program

Are you thinking about studying abroad in an English-speaking country? Ask other students and teachers about learning English in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Post your questions about studying English abroad on the ESL PROGRAM HELP LINE. Schools are welcome to promote their ESL programs and scholarships on this message board.

Use GLOBALSTUDY CHAT to talk with students and educators about studying English as a second language around the world. Schools are welcome to set up private chatrooms to advise prospective ESL students around the world.

http://www.globalstudy.com/xchange/

 

Index of Online Newspapers

From here you can find most online newspaper website from around the world. The site has a very easy to use directory for selecting by country.

http://www.webwombat.com.au/intercom/newsprs/index.htm

 

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

http://www.hut.fi/~rvilmi/Project/IWE/

 

iT's Magazine

iT's Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine for teachers and students of English around the world. It was first published in 1990 as a magazine for teachers of English in Spain but over the years has developed into an international magazine. The aim of the magazine is to provide teachers and students with up-to-date teaching material based on what is happening in the world today. iT's Magazine can be used in different ways: Teachers can use the magazine as a source of supplementary teaching material.
Students can use the magazine for self-study purposes. iT's Magazine can also be used as an alternative to the traditional course book.

http://its-online.com/itsmagazine.html

 

New Zealand into American English

The following is an incomplete list of expression and words commonly used in New Zealand followed by the U.S. equivalent definition. Many of these words, phrases and expressions are of British or Australian origin. If you know any words or phrases that we missed, please, let us know at akiko@nz.com

http://nz.com/NZ/Culture/NZDic.html

 

Pallies

This web offers yet another opportunity to find an email pal for interchange. However, it also provided information for snail mail friends as well...

http://members.tripod.com/~pallies/

 

Respect and Tolerance Lessons

Transversal Theme Connection. LESSON 1: AGREEMENT OF RESPECT
(This lesson does not require the use of computers)
LESSON 2: FRIENDSHIP
(This lesson makes use of computers)
LESSONS 3: "WOMAN GUILTY OF SLAPPING DAUGHTER, 14"
(This lesson does not require the use of computers)
LESSON 4: INTERNET SEARCH ACTIVITY ON SELF-RESPECT
(This lesson makes use of computers)

http://www.amalnet.k12.il/meida/english/teachers/engi1980.htm

 

The Alternative English Dictionary

These pages contain words and expressions you most likely won't find in a normal dictionary. This is an experimental "internet collaborative project", which means that all entries are made by internet users. Dozens of languages, more than 3000 words and expressions in all. Any language can be added if requested!

http://www.notam.uio.no/~hcholm/altlang/ht/English.html

 

The Babylon Translator

Babylon is Faster and Easier than any Dictionary
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 places AND
Computer terms such as "ftp", "smtp"
Medical terms such as "macrosomia" and "endoscopic surgery"
Legal terms such as "seisin" and "arbitration clause"

http://www.babylon.com/trans/index.html

 

The Eclub Efriends list

This page will help students find students, students find teachers, teachers find teachers... To connect with and begin an e-mail connection that may last a lifetime!

http://www.englishclub.net/email/index.htm

 

The English Club Network

Another of the popular and rich sources of links, activities, exchanges, news for Teachers and students of ESL.

http://www.englishclub.net/

 

The King's Road Writing Project

The King's Road Project
is still in its embryo stage and we are searching for funding, but it is already very dear to the writer s heart, and embodies the words she has had in her signature for years,Involve me and I ll learn . The writer feels strongly that the Internet should be integrated with all other activities. Students should have ample opportunities to express themselves in all kinds of ways, to communicate orally as well as in writing, and to have fun together.

The Travelling Theatre and Adventure Game Activity
The basic idea of the project is to use the King s Road, which runs through four countries from St. Petersburg in Russia to Oslo in Norway (through Finland and Sweden) as the basis for all kinds of activities both physical and virtual. For example, in the year 2000, it is hoped that there will be a travelling theatre group , from England, starting at one end of the road.The group of British actors will work with students at each educational institution, helping to create, act out and later to record on the Internet, in English, a collaborative story. The theme of the story will continue throughout the journey. For example, the Russian students will create a story, e.g, in St.Petersburg. The story will be written down and put onto the Internet; a summary will be put there on the same day. Then , the next school along the road will have to read that story before creating and acting out the next instalment. These students, in turn, will write their summary on the Internet for the following institution to read, and so on, all the way to Oslo, through four countries. The students will later rewrite the story in good English, and may wish to add suitable pictures, sounds or even video clips. Eventually, the whole story will be put into an adventure game being made by software enginering students from Helsinki University of Technology.

http://www.hut.fi/~rvilmi/King/

 

The On-line Slang Dictionary

Though Webster publishes a slang dictionary, it could potentially take years for a new word or phrase to enter its pages. Now, with the power of the Internet, it can be in a dictionary in a matter of hours. This page depends entirely on your contributions. You'll find a form at the end of the page to add new material. Read with caution. This dictionary has been written as tastefully as possible, but some language might be offensive to some readers. Note that dates are in day-month-year format.

The dictionary was getting rather large, so I have split it into four volumes: A through E, F through K, L through R, and S through Z. Hopefully it will help you browse more easily.

http://www.umr.edu/~wrader/slang.html

 

ThinkQuest Internet Contest

An annual contest that challenges students, ages 12 to 19, to use the Internet as a collaborative, interactive teaching and learning tool

http://io.advanced.org/thinkquest/

 

 

 

© Jamie Fowlie, 2000