My English Language Learner students are always interested in learning about New York City — they’ve all certainly heard of it. I, too, am interested in it since I’m a native New Yorker. So I thought I’d put together a “The Best…” list to help my students become more acquainted with the city.
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Here are my picks for The Best Sites For Learning About New York City (and, of course, are accessible to ELL’s):
USA Today has a nice introductory slideshow on the city.
National Geographic has a page filled with great info on the city.
The Sound Guide (with videos from watchmojo) has several videos and language exercises about the city, including:
The English Language Listening Lab Online has a short listening exercise and quiz about a person’s visit to New York City.
You can take a panoramic Virtual Ariel Tour of the city.
Lingual Net has a movie with exercises about New York.
Here’s another listening exercise about famous spots in New York City.
You can take an interactive tour of Ellis Island.
This is just a fun slideshow from The New York Times about how people walk in the rain and snow in the city during winter.
Yahoo Travel has a short and simple slideshow on the city.
NYC Tourist has many excellent short videos about New York’s attractions.
MSNBC has a slideshow on the famous Coney Island Amusement Park.
150 Years of Central Park is a new slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Michelle Henry has a great collection of Webquests/Internet Scavenger Hunts about New York City.
“New York City from Above” is the title of a series of pretty neat photos from The Denver Post.
New York City’s Waterfronts, Covered is a New York Times interactive showing images of…New York City’s waterfront areas.
“The Greatest New York Photo Book Ever” is the title of a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
This is how an article in The New York Times begins:
An imposingly realistic vision of the old 1 World Trade Center, the ultimately doomed north tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center.
From the moment the doors close until they reopen 47 seconds later on the 102nd floor, a seemingly three-dimensional time-lapse panorama will unfold on three walls of the elevator cabs, as if one were witnessing 515 years of history unfolding at the tip of Manhattan Island.
I’ve embedded the video below:
Suggestions and feedback, as always, are welcome.