I have nearly 9,000 categorized links — all except for a few accessible to English Language Learners — on my website.
It’s designed for self-access by students. Many classes at our school use it, including our daily after-school ESL computer lab. My understanding is that classes throughout the world use it, too.
You can read a more extensive description of each page here.
I’d also encourage you to read articles I’ve written that describe how, in my opinion, computers can be most effectively used with English Language Learners and other students.
I have approximately twenty separate pages on my website. Links become obsolete pretty quickly on the Internet, so I verify links on my site about twice each year. My “system” is to verify links on one page each week and, then, when I’ve gone through all of them, start again.
I thought it might be useful to create a “The Best…” list highlighting what I think are the most useful sections of my site. After all, nine-thousand links can be an intimidating number to both students and teachers alike.
Here are my choices of The Best Sections On My Website (not in order of preference):
I have less than one hundred links under Favorite Sites. These are the ones that I think — out of the 9,000 — are the best for English Language Learners. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Most are best for Beginning and Early Intermediate ELL’s, though many are also suitable for Intermediates.
I also like the substantial Citizenship section. You can find many accessible links related to government and civics that are very helpful to students at any language level preparing to take the U.S. Citizenship test.
You can find links to literally thousands of “talking stories” for Beginning English Language Learners under Stories.
Writing is another good section for Beginning ELL’s.
The links under Health are appropriate for any level of ELL, though a small number might not be suitable for very young students.
Word and Video Games is filled with English-learning games for all levels. You might want to read about how I use the online video games that are listed there as a language learning activity.
You can find a ton of tools and examples of how students can easily create their own online projects at Examples of Student Work.
Students enjoy a lot of online Geography games.
There are also a lot useful links on the Teacher Page.
I began to create a The Best Websites page adapting all of my “The Best…” lists. However, I found that it was just as easy for my students to access them directly from my blog, especially since I had them all organized in one place. After putting versions of twenty of the lists on my website, I just couldn’t bring myself to do 170 more.
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