Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Some Excellent ESL Resources

Wherever I conduct writing seminars, I usually find the most captive audience members those who are relatively new to the English language—people who are nonnative speakers. Whether they are from China, Egypt, India, Japan, Latin America, Nigeria, Russia, or any one of the hundred or so nations that have been represented in my programs, they enjoy the seminar experience and find the teaching points useful.

I am impressed with their world knowledge, technical skills, and intellectual curiosity. In fact, getting to know them makes me uncomfortable about using the inaccurate term “ESL” (English as a Second Language) because so many of them speak English as a third, fourth, or fifth language.

Many of them approach me for ideas on improving their writing and speaking skills as a follow-up to the course. I usually send them to one or more of the many outstanding online resources available. Below are just a few. Of course, more instructive websites are available just by searching for “ESL Resources” at any search engine. (Is there one better than Google?) If you have a friend or family member who would benefit from this information, please pass it along.


Using the Internet to Teach English for Special Purposes

Wayne Magnuson English Idioms Sayings and Slang

English Language Practice in Listening, Grammar, Conversation

ESL Resources for Students

LinguaCenter Grammar Safari

Activities for ESL Students

Tongue Twisters for the ESL/EFL Classroom