I received a comment from reader Mark, who says he loves all “The Best…” lists, but would like to hear my top recommendations sometimes.
Of course, I have posted The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites, but even that is a pretty lengthy one.
So, I thought I’d begin a running list here of posts where I have described (and future additions will describe) the Web 2.0 tools that I regularly use with my English Language Learners. In addition, I’ve also included direct links to a few other great tools that my students regularly use for direct language-learning. I thought this list might “narrow” things down a bit for readers.
I also hope that readers will contribute their own suggestions!
Here’s my list:
Web 2.0 Content Creation Tools:
Literably Is An Excellent Reading Site — If Used With Caution (I’ve been using this each week and it works well as a formative assessment — check them out here).
Student Accessible Language-Learning Tools:
Pronunciator has simple lessons for 60 different languages, and its most important feature is that it allows you to repeat and record what is being taught, and then “grades” your pronunciation. English Central pioneered this kind of capability over two years ago, and the is the first time I’ve seen another web tool try it, too.
Lingo Hut is an impressive site for beginning learners of many different languages, including English.
Using a drop-down menu, you can easily select your native language and the language you want to learn, and then progress through a well-designed series of exercises including reading, listening and speaking.
Spanish-speaking ELLs love Pumarosa.
I’ve long believed Henny Jellema’s online TPR Exercises to be not only one of the best listening exercises for Beginning English Language Learners on the Web, but one of the best ELL activities — period.
Language Guide has got to be the best online dictionary for ELLS on the Web. Plus, if you click on the “gear” symbol at the top, students can access all sorts of reinforcing interactive exercises. Too bad they don’t highlight that feature more prominently.
FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATES:
Can anything really beat English Central? I think not…
U.S.A Learns is an incredible website to help Beginners and Intermediates learn English. It’s free to use. Students can register if they want to save their work and evaluate their progress. It’s a joint effort of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), Internet and Media Services Department and the Project IDEAL Support Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.
Bitesize Literacy from the BBC.
I’m looking forward to hearing reactions and your own suggestions!