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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).

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

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

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.

An interactive on How Tobacco Damages Your Body from Northwest Community Hospital (accessible to 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.

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

Shocking ads: Tips from smokers is from CBS News.

Nursing Your Lungs
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Quit by the time you

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Tobacco´s Life Cycle of Destruction

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Cost of Smoking

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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.

Engaging Students in Tobacco Ad Analysis is by Frank Baker and appeared in Middleweb.

E-Cigarettes and Young People

E-Cigarettes: The Health Risks of Vaping

Dangers of E-Cigarettes/Vaping

Surgeon general sounds the alarm on teens and e-cigarettes is from CNN.

How do cigarettes affect the body? is a new TED-Ed video & lesson. I don’t really think it’s that accessible to ELLs (in fact, I wish they had made it a bit more accessible to everyone – it’s pretty dry and some of the vocabulary seems unnecessarily complex), but it does have its moments:

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