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
An 'insight' into Australian Slang...
BBC Learn English On-line
The BBC online english pages. Includes
course materials, quizzes and links. Upper levels.
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...
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
Hotels and Accomodations: Useful English expressions to help you when finding
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
6. Doctors and Pharmacists: New! Making appointments, seeing the doctor and
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.
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.
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.
English Club Travel site
This is where you can learn about
foreign countries and improve your English at the same time!
An on-line set of English classes and
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
This web offers yet another opportunity
to find an email pal for interchange. However, it also provided information for
snail mail friends as well...
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)
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!
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 places AND
Computer terms such as "ftp", "smtp"
Medical terms such as "macrosomia" and "endoscopic surgery"
Legal terms such as "seisin" and "arbitration clause"
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!
The English Club Network
Another of the popular and rich sources
of links, activities, exchanges, news for Teachers and students of ESL.
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
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.
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