Readers might remember that English Raven is on The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers. In fact, I’ve probably used more resources and ideas from that site than from any other individual site (or book) that I’ve visited or read.
English Raven has just gotten even better with a new feature called World News For Kids. Several stories with images and accessible audio are shown each week, and students can participate in an audio forum, too. All that is free. If you are an English Raven member (and it’s one of only a very few sites on The Best Educational Web Resources Worth Paying For… list — it only costs $20 per year, but also has a ton of materials that are available without paying), additional great materials are provided. In fact, I’m adding World News For Kids to The Best news/current events websites for English Language Learners.
I also just learned that Jason Renshaw, the force behind English Raven, also has a blog. It, too, is called English Raven. I’m adding that to The Best ESL/EFL Blogs.
And, speaking of Jason’s blog, I learned about another great resource that he shared there. It’s created by an English teacher in Japan, and is called My English Images. It’s filled with neat stuff to help ESL/EFL teachers, including his original illustrations. I’m adding that site to The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets.
Thanks a million for recommending English Raven, and in particular, World News for Kids – I have high hopes for that service and want to get it in front of as many kids as possible!
To get such a glowing endorsement from you and a blog of your caliber is – well, frankly humbling. I read your blog pretty much daily and there’s no better way to stay in touch with what’s out there for teachers. I really don’t know how you manage to find so many resources and ideas so regularly, and actually research them properly – but you do, and no-one does it better!
Thanks again, and looking forward to staying in touch.
All the best,
~ Jason Renshaw