Useful ESL Websites for Students, Parents, and Teachers

From Lone Star College: http://www.manythings.org/ Interesting Things for ESL Students is a free website that includes activities to help ESL students improve vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, pronunciation, spelling, and listening skills. There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising. http://www.eslpartyland.com/ ESL PartyLand describes itself as the “Fun Place to Learn English as a Second Language”. This free site features relevant topical lessons, quizzes, and games providing opportunities to use…

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ESL Riddles and Jokes

These are great ice-breakers and fillers for your intermediate-advanced ESL classes. Riddles What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? A towel. What begins with P, ends with E, and has 1,000 letters? Post office. What can you catch but not throw? A cold. What goes around the world but stays in a corner? A stamp. A father and son were in a car accident. The father died, and the son was taken to the hospital. The doctor said, “I cannot operate on this boy. He is my son.”…

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English Language Learning – Definitions

TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading program. TAKS – Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. STAAR – State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness test. Replaces the TAKS. SLAD – Second Language Acquisition Domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. ELL – English Language Learner. A person who is in the process of acquiring English and has another language as his first or native language. For example, recent immigrants who do not speak English. LEP – Limited English Proficient. A student who has been identified…

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