Learning HOW to CHAT
Okay, so you want to chat, but wait,
wait! Before you begin, I'd like to suggest a few ideas that will make
communicating at the Chat Center a fun experience. Includes simple
instructions and guidlines for CHAT etiquette/protocol.
An 'insight' into Australian Slang...
Brit Speak: A guide to British English for
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...
MedSpeak: Terms used in TV program ER
Alphabetical listing (hyperlinked by
letter) of words related to medical terms used in the very popular TV
serial ER (Emergency Room) starring George Cluney (a.k.a. Batman)
A collection of net acronyms, CHAT
phrases, email smileys... All about Internet language.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
The Hot Spot Mock Job Interview
Can you survive the mock interview and
land the job?
It's one thing to read about practice interview questions, and another to
actually brave them. So, take a seat and face your job interviewers in
this wacky simulation game.
Choose the best responses to questions and you earn two points and move
closer to a regular paycheck & benefits. Choose a mediocre or foolish
response and you'll ease forward with just one point or get shown the
door. Good luck!
Globalstudy/Exchange 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.
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.
This web offers yet another opportunity
to find an email pal for interchange. However, it also provided
information for snail mail friends as well...
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!
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.
An online encyclopaedia from a
multicultural perspective. We will be introducing various everyday habits
and customs from various cultures around the world:
We want this "Multi-Cultural-Pedia" to be a site where you can
find many ideas from different backgrounds. We would like to share
customs, ways of thinking, etc. of various cultures to find how different,
or probably similar, we are. We would like to understand other people more
and at the same time understand ourselves.
Interesting Things for ESL Students
A free online textbook and fun study
site for students of English as a Second Language
Word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs and much more.
This site is non-commerical and has no advertising.
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
Who Can It Be Now?
Students try to match a photo with a
A Web of On-line Grammars
This page maintains links with on-line
grammars of as many languages as can be found on the Web. It includes all
types of grammars: reference grammars, learning grammars, and historical
grammars. Grammars are selected for their accuracy and effectiveness for
learning the language they describe. All are free unless otherwise
ESL Electronic Workbook
Internet Mini Course
Make Your Own Homepage
Microsoft Word Tutorial
Advanced English Grammar Textbook
Other Interesting ESL and Academic Sites
Evaluating World Wide Web Information (Purdue University)
Internet Basics for ESL Students
A 14-Lesson Introduction to Using
Computers and the Internet for Students of English as a Second Language.
Basic Computer Terms and the History of the Internet
Basics of the web browser
Hardware and Internet Software
ESL home pages
Computer Problems and Peripherals
Boolean search methods/search engines
Operating Systems - Windows 95
Introduction to UNIX
Using Email (1)
Send email to the teacher, cc and bcc friends
Search the Internet and identify 6 file types
Internet Service Providers
View 4 Okayama ISP's home pages
Using Email (2)
Join a mailing list (read the ML replies)
Email and Internet search
Write a basic web page
Find a mailing list
Ethics and Privacy
Examine cookie files and visit commercial sites
Find newsgroup archives
Business on the Internet
Take a quiz and show the class your favorite Internet site
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.
Netscape 1.1N or higher
14.4 kbps or better connection to the Internet
A huge resource of Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ) on internet. Use the search engine or use search in the
Edit menu button of your browser to find key words related to your
Now view more than 62,000 lyrics from
their rapidly growing database of more than 130,000 songs. Includes a
search engine to find lyrics for the song you need...
CNN Newsroom and Worldview
A free, 30-minute block of
commercial-free news and features programming accompanied by a Daily
Classroom Guide, developed especially for school use.
CNN Newsroom and Worldview for EFL
CNN Newsroom is a thirty-minute program
broadcast every Monday thru Friday at 04:30 (4:30 AM) Eastern Time (USA).
It is sponsored by Turner Educational Services, Inc. and is broadcast on
the regular CNN channel available via satellite or cable throughout the
world. It is made available, free of charge, for use in classrooms and
other educational settings such as this one.
Any school or educational institution may use the CNN Newsroom program
free of charge. All institutions are required to fill out a simple School
Enrollment Form. It is also possible to enroll from the CNN Newsroom
Enrollment website.Each set of guidelines begins with a program rundown of
what is included in the broadcast for that particular day, including time
lengths for each section so that teachers will know what sections they can
include into a limited amount of time. A short vocabulary list is followed
by substantial groups of discussion questions and then usually by a
student activity section including such activities as completing charts
relevant to the content, doing further interview or library research,
doing experiments, completing inventories, "fill in the blank"
quizzes, or responding with opinionated answers to discussion questions.
CNN World News Fringe Stories
A web site that will provide a wealth of
short human interest stories to motivate students to read short texts of
high interest and low level vocabulary. Changes constantly as a source of
texts for reading activities
English MTV Method
Using Feature film in the EFL Classroom.
This page documents a teacher's experience trying to use feature
film/video in her ESL Classroom. Contains very useful ideas, reflections,
activities to think through prior to just pressing the play button. Useful
site to begin prior to visiting Karen's ESLPartyland site on Film
ESL Partyland News Activities
News, magazines, Film, Television, and
Video Activities. It is difficult to find good sites with activities
engaging students of EFL in content from their popular culture. This site
is considered to be among the very best.
USA Today Weird Stories
A web site where teachers can find
interesting but strange stories from the news media. These stories are
high in interest and easy to read in terms of vocabulary.
English Club Travel site
This is where you can learn about
foreign countries and improve your English at the same time!
Famous People's Birthdays
Who else was born on your birthday?
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)
Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the World
Welcome to my archive of folk and fairy
tales. The stories in this collection represent a small sampling of the
rich storytelling art that is the common heritage of humanity. Stories
from many parts of the world are included here.