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The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking

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We’re using cigarettes and smoking as another “model” topic in helping our Intermediate English Language Learners learn to write a persuasive essay.

I thought readers of this blog be interested in the sites our students are using for their research. You can find many other health related links on my website under Health. You might also be interested in:

The Best Life Expectancy Calculators

The Best health sites for English language learners

Here are my picks for The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking:

Smoking Kills and Smoking May Be Banned In Cars are two articles with audio support and follow-up activities from the excellent California Distance Learning Project. They are specifically designed for English Language Learners.

ELLO has a listening “game” related to a person who stopped smoking. This activity, too, is for ELL’s.

How To Stop Smoking is a “talking news story” for ELL’s from Many Things.

Stop Smoking is quiz that’s also from Many Things.

Brainpop has a good movie on Smoking, but you need to have a paid subscription in order to view it (though you can also get a free trial).

Smoking: The Facts is an interactive tutorial from Medline Plus.

You Make Me Sick is a game from the BBC on smoking. They also have an interactive quiz.

Bonko’s Body Quiz is a smoking interactive from PBS Kids.

Here’s another listening exercise — this time on smoking statistics.

Quitting Smoking is a closed-captioned video from the National Institute Of Heath.

Breaking News English has a lesson on smoking that includes audio support for the text.

1-Language has a report on smoking that provides audio support for the text.

Here are some online videos from The Truth that are designed to encourage young people not to smoke.

Aspire is another site designed to encourage teenagers not to smoke. Its videos are closed-captioned.

An interactive on How Tobacco Damages Your Body from Northwest Community Hospital (accessible to Intermediate ELL’s).

An animation from The Centers For Disease Control on The Health Consequences of Smoking on the Human Body (accessible to high Intermediate ELL’s).

TIME Magazine has just published an infographic titled Leading Cause of Death. It’s a pretty amazing piece of work chocked full with data about smoking cigarettes.

In fact, it may be a bit too “chock full.” It’s pretty “busy,” which might make it less accessible to ELL’s.

A lesson plan & Internet Scavenger Hunt from PBS on smoking that would be good for ELL’s as long as it was modified a bit.

The Wall Street Journal just published a feature on smoking. I’m adding these elements to this list:

Who Still Smokes? is an interactive graphic.

Rise Of The Part-Time Smoker is an online video.

The Facts About Smoking is an accessible, simple infographic.

FDA’s New Cigarette Warnings is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

27 cigarette warning labels nixed by the FDA is a slideshow from CBS News.

Cigarette labels: U.S. smokers to see new warnings is an interactive from the Associated Press.

Shocking ads: Tips from smokers is from CBS News.

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See How Tobacco Changes People is a pretty amazing interactive.

Fifty Years of Tobacco Control is a good interactive from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Additional suggestions are always welcome.

I’d like to thank Ressources Pour Le College for several of these links.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. People smoke even after knowing the bad effects of smoking. I myself was a chain smoker for atleast 7 years before I decided that whatever happens I have to quit smoking. Today it is already 6 years and I have not smoked a single cigarette. I used to drink lemon water with salt on a regular basis to remove nicotine from my system

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