Real Reading Book Reviews by Students
The book reviews in this website were
written by adult English as a second language learners at the University
of Kansas. The students chose to write about books they enjoyed reading
and think other adult ESL students will also enjoy. Many of these books
are under 100 pages and can be read in less than two or three hours! Book
History -- Read both true and untrue stories based on historical facts.
Biography -- Read about famous people and what motivated them.
Fiction -- Enjoy the world of adventure, mystery, relationships and
Science -- Increase your knowledge in many areas of science.
Social science -- Learn about societies and cultures.
Self-help -- Get ideas for how to improve your life.
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.
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.
CV's Resumes and Covering Letters
The Covering Letter
Fun & Games: Word Search
A Java application that generates a word
games (word search, jumbled words and scrabble
Word and Sentence Scramble
Family Word Scramble
Clothing Word Scramble
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
The Grammar Gorillas
Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need
help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the
sentence, our friends get a banana. And you know, a gorilla with a banana
is a gorilla with appeal. A fun activity for beginner and advanced
The Virtual Language Centre: Grammar Guide
A self help set of activities for
improving grammar. Higher level students only.
Internet TESL Journal's Crossword Puzzle links
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.
Create Your Own Newspaper
Humanising Language Teaching Ezine
An online magazine (e-zine) with a
varitey of topics of interest to EFL teachers. Back issues are also
available online. Includes editorial, major articles, short articles,
ideas, lessons, student voices...
Welcome to Impact! Online, an
interactive news magazine for intermediate and advanced ESL/EFL students.
This web site features articles about current events, health, sports and
entertainment, etc. In each article, certain words are highlighted. If you
click on any of these words, you will be linked to a explanation page for
that word.Some of these pages feature audio files, which will teach you
how to pronounce the word
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.
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Sports Illustrated for kids.
Fill each of the numbered boxes in the
following passage with one suitable word. Use the TAB key to go to the
next box. When you have finished press the SEND button to have your
Easy Vocabulary Quizzes with Pictures
quizzes for students of English as a second language.
Perhaps native English-speaking children will find them fun, too.
Click the correct picture. You can use the RETURN key to close the alert
Road Safety Project
The Road Safety Project falls into the
category of the transversal theme "Vial". The Road Safety
Project aims to encourage reading comprehension and expand
vocabulary, while developing online research skills.
The project contains the following:
Articles located in this site, including interactive comprehension
on-line aids and suggestions for classroom implementation.
Links to articles in other sites.
Ideas for guided research projects.
The English Spelling Zone
Learn some basic spelling rules, then
practice using them. Includes... Plural Nouns, [ed] and [ing] words,
Comparatives and Superlatives
Variety of Activities
Activities such as crosswords, reading
comprehension, grammar, and matching excercises.
Virtual Language Centre: Reading
Reading excercises in using activities
such as CLOZE, Comprehension, Jumbled Text
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!!!
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.
Caroline's ESL Website
There are a copy of well presented texts
for students to read and then answer questions. The questions are all
multiple choice and the page automatically provides a score for the
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.
Mag's Word Finder
Ever wondered how many words you could
make out of the letters in your name? Choose a dictionary, type in a word
or phrase, and fire away! There is also a list of other word games on the
Spelling rules are there. The site will
not win any awards for visual design, but it has the most common rules.
Gav and Peloso's Interactive Story
This is a moderated
choose-your-own-adventure type of story where you get to write the story,
and follow the story as it grows (and takes up much needed hard drive
space.) You can even copy down the story location and come back to it
later to see how it's grown.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
An advanced level online set of pages
with excellent material for students or for teachers to develop into
lessons for their students. You have permission to use parts of this site
for your course work, and the author claims that changes are made
practically daily. Some of the topics of particular interest include:
Sentence, Paragraph, and Essay writing tips, rules, and detailed
information. In addition, there are a large number of links related to
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
Nancy Drew Myster Site
Includes on-line mysteries, discussion
group, game and lesson plans
Paragraph Punch Website
This web site is designed to help users
learn how to write a basic paragraph. This is a free online lesson based
on our popular Windows 95/98/NT application, Paragraph Punch.
Users develop an idea and write their own topic sentence, body, and
conclusion. Program prompts guide students step by step through
pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting, and publishing.
Studentsí completed paragraphs can be transferred to a word processing
program, HTML editor, or e-mail application
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.
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)
The Writing Den
WritingDEN has seven basic aims. They
to improve writing skills and the ability to write a variety of essays
to develop communication skills
to expand vocabulary
to foster knowledge of a variety of cultural, historical and scientific
to increase visual literacy
to improve English pronunciation
to expand comprehension skills and critical thinking abilities
to use computers and the Internet to support the objectives of the 1996
Information Technology curriculum