Teaching Resources and Links on the Internet

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General English resources information

For Students in particular

For JTEs

Useful Newspapers and Magazines

SHS

JHS

Elementary

Music and Poetry

Pictures/Clipart

Holidays/Festivals info

On-line activities for students

Learning Basic Japanese

Cultural Sites of interest

Interactive Pen-pal site

English Teaching Associations in Japan

 

 

General English Resources Information for everyone

www.esl.about.com (comprehensive site with lesson plans and core course outlines from beginner to advanced level English learning- very useful site!)

www.esl-lounge.com (comprehensive site with lesson plans/materials, songs/lyrics, pronunciation, teaching tips/stories etc.)

http://www.bogglesworld.com/ (comprehensive site of lesson plans, grammar teaching tips and flashcards for Elementary and Junior High School)

http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/icomprehensive site for grammar referencej

www.learnenglish.org.uk (British Council's site --- themes, links, postcards, songs, grammar, cartoons, jokes, cultural events etc.)

www.eslcafe.com/search/Lesson_Plans/

www.e-mesh.com (The Guardian)

www.onestopenglish.com (Heinemann)

www.educationunlimited.co.uk/tefl/

www.emailenglish.org (Intermediate level material)

http://sitesforteachers.com/index.html@@(Teacher resources)

http://iteslj.org/links/ (Teacher and student resources)

www.english-to-go.com (free lessons from Reuters news agency)

http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/cquest/europe/europe.html@(information on holidays, games and recipes from many countries including the UK.)

http://eleaston.com many specialized links for teachers

http://www.urbanlegends.com/

Gateway to myths and legends of modern life

http://www.flags.net/

information on world flags

http://www.webenglishteacher.com/esl.html

excellent site for games, quizzes and lesson plans

http://www.tki.org.nz/r/esol/esolonline/links_e.php

general information about TESOL/TEFL teaching and strategies, games etc.

http://www.stoughton.k12.wi.us/schools/esl/

useful site for both adults and children learning English

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/

useful information about English grammar and how to teach it

http://lingolex.com/jstefl.htm

scroll down this page for some great free printable games and activities

http://www.eslgames.com

links to explanations of many different games

http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk

activities for grammar, vocabulary, reading and real audio listening

http://www.englishforum.com

complete EFL resource website

http://www.english-zone.com/

a very comprehensive site on spelling, grammar, conversation, verbs etc.

http://www.linguistic-funland.com/

great portal for a whole host of TEFL links and other related information

http://www.soon.org.uk/content.htm

Online magazine with cultural information, language learning advice and help as well as free easy stories etc

http://www.bestteachersites.com/

a full list of resources for teachers-also includes information on teacher training

http://www.edochan.com/teaching/monkeys.htm

excellent site for ready-to-go lesson plans

http://www.eflweb.com/

information for TEFL teachers and those wishing to pursue teaching English as a career

http://www.eflworksheets.com

click on the efree sample pagesf for a whole range of printable worksheets

http://www.everythingesl.net/

An all-in-one site with lesson plans, news, teaching tips etc.

http://www.eslwonderland.com/

           resources for both students and teachers including activities and links

http://www.englishclub.com/

covers all language competences for students and teachers-a good site

http://www.expage.com/page/esol

a good English resource site with many links for teachers

http://www.quoteland.com/

Famous quotes on all areas of life

 

For Students in particular

http://www.gower.net/sdragan/eslstsit.htm

collection of useful links for ESL students

http://www.manythings.org/

A whole range of interesting learning activities for ESL students

 

For JTEs

http://engserve.edu.mie-u.ac.jp/~eg6011/

http://faculty.web.waseda.ac.jp/miyakawa/dialogue/intro.html

http://homepage2.nifty.com/english_study/

http://l-world.cplaza.ne.jp

                                                                                                              http://ten.tokyo-shoseki.co.jp

http://www.eigozai.com/

http://www.eigo.org/kenkyu/

http://www.ikeda.osaka-kyoiku.ac.jp/~higuchim/index-j.html

Japanese sites with lots of links for internet language learning

http://www.nsknet.or.jp/~hide0508/ca/ca.html

Many interesting TEFL activities graded by category and level

http://www.tk.airnet.ne.jp/furukawa/english/

 

For Elementary School

www.genkienglish.com (games, lesson plans, curriculum etc.)

www.eslkidstuff.com (kids games with printable flashcards, song sheets and worksheets)

http://www.lil-fingers.com/coloring/index.html@(very child-focused picture card site for 1
st
 graders or any lesson requiring images)
www.abcteach.com@(very good for Elementary School)
http://atozteacherstuff.com@useful for lesson plans. Has printable worksheets
http://www.gameskidsplay.net/
for a whole host of kidfs games and rhymes

 

For Junior High School

www.puzzlemaker.com (makes instant crosswords, cryptograms, mazes etc.)

www.abcteach.com@(can be used for Junior High School)
www.genkienglish.com
Useful for JHS as well as Elementary

http://www.englishclub.com/

things for the teacher and the student

http://www.eslgo.com/classes.html

good site for short stories demonstrating grammar in use

http://www.efl4u.com/

printable lesson plans suited to JHS

 

For Senior High School

www.efl4u.com (Subscribe to receive free Teacher`s instructions and one new lesson every week)

http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/fyi/index.html (news for students & teaching resources)

www.englishpage.com (Weekly newsletters, materials, lesson plans, dictionaries. Challenging material for high level students. Thematic and grammar- based activities).

http://www.cdlponline.org/ On-line lessons, contain sound clips

http://www.onestopenglish.com/ great articles for elective classes

 

Pictures and Clip Art for Visual Aids

www.sla.purdue.edu/fll/JapanProj/ (Japanese clip art for flashcards)

http://dgl.microsoft.com/ (100s of clipart images for posters, flashcards, flyers, newsletter articles etc.)

www.gograph.com    (For clipart and photos)
www.allposters.com (For millions of posters and paintings...
like movie posters, bands, sports, famous places, funny photos and miscellaneous)
http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/  (The best page ever for
any
graphics you could ever want for any holidays / festivals)
http://www.clipartguide.com/ (Guidance on finding clipart and images)

http://www.artbycheryl.com/ (10,000+ hand-drawn pictures of animals etc.)

http://clipart.disneysites.com/index.php (Disney clipart characters)

http://school.discovery.com/ (Clipart for seasons, food, fun &games, sports etc.)

http://www.childrenonlyesl-efl.com/mainpages/tourcategories/tourcategorypages/flashtourpgs/list.asp

@(great site for some free clipart! Become a member to access all the clipart images)

http://www.free-clipart.net/

@(Lots and lots of free clipart!)

http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp

free searchable and downloadable photos

 

Puzzle sites

http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/index.html@@(Make your own puzzles)

http://blackdog.net/holiday/christmas/twas.html

Twas the Night Before Christmas, the classic which will also make a great listening activity.

http://www.varietygames.com/

crosswords, puzzles, cryptograms etc.

http://www.colorstudy.com/scramble/

Word Scramble creator

 

Music and Poetry

http://lyricsearch.net

good site for modern songs and artists

http://www.getlyrics.com/

good for music searches

http://www.letssingit.com/

Song lyrics

http://www.lyrics.com/

well-indexed lyrics site

http://www.lyricsworld.com/

good for searching for less common songs

http://www.musicalenglishlessons.com

great song worksheets

http://www.mtv.com/

website equivalent of MTV with news and views on music

 

Holiday and Festival Web Resources

http://www.crewsnest.vispa.com/

A great site for clear basic info on most festivals and holidays

1.Christmas

http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas.htm

 -Want to know why we kiss under mistletoe or wander around the neighborhood singing or where Santa cames from? Here's your answer!

Holiday Histories http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/main.html

--Just click on the holiday you want to know about.

 

For@the history and traditions of Ramadan try:

http://people.howstuffworks.com/ramadan.htm

 

Recipes:

http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/

-Tons of great recipes including no-bake cookies

 

Party games:

Lots of party games http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/party.html

 

This sounds fun to try instead of the usual "secret santa" or gift exchange. Also it would be a fabulous listening activity. Sounds fun and I think even an adult class would love it. Here are the directions and the story:

http://www.homeschoolzone.com/writer/christmasgiftpass.htm

 

Songs:

http://www.cameron.edu/~mikel/christmas/ (Christmas song/carol lyrics)

 

Xmas Puzzles:

All kinds of other printable puzzles, jokes, and color pages

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/print.html

Try their fun word puzzles (from easy to more difficult)

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/word.html

 

Crafts:

http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/christmascrafts/index.htm

-If you want to make creative gifts, cards, or Christmas ornaments with your kids. Lots of great ways use recycled stuff to make crafts too.

 

http://www.makingfriends.com/xmas.htm

 Great ideas for crafts with teens.

 

If your not crafty, try@ http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/index.html

Print-out crafts, coloring pages, including favorites like the Grinch
http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/cartoons/mgrinch.html

 or if you like a Grinch mask : http://www.seussville.com/seussville/grinch/pdf/mask.pdf

 

For crafts to do with the little guys try:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/christmas/

<<< OR<< http://www.songs4teachers.com/wintersnowactivities.htm

Coloring Pages, good for English boards and flashcards

http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com/color/cpchristmas.shtml

 

More color pages including Pooh-san and Raggedy Ann and Andy

http://www.coloring.ws/christmas.htm


2.Valentinefs Web Resources

For the History of Valentinefs Day see:

http://www.historychannel.com/cgi-bin/frameit.cgi?p=http%3A//www.historychannel.com/exhibits/valentine/history.html

AND

http://www.howstuffworks.com/valentine.htm

 

Elementary school:

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/valentine/

http://www.songs4teachers.com/valactivities.htm

 

All ages:

http://www.makingfriends.com/valentine.htm

-Great homemade Valentine card ideas

This site has lots of great craft ideas to use with kids, especially English Club. Try looking in the "crafts for teens" and "macrame" for friendship bracelets and other easy to make jewelry and gifts.

http://www.makingfriends.com/Love%20Bugs.htm

 

http://www.homeschoolzone.com/pp/valentine.htm -crafts, recipes, and more

 

Print and Colour Valentinefs:

http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/valentines/cards.htm

-It includes some Pooh-san valentines. My high school kids loved these last year.

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/val/color.html

Colouring pages for bulletin board decorations:

http://blackdog4kids.com/holiday/valentine/color/

http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com/color/cpvalentine.shtml

http://www.coloring.ws/valentines.htm

 

Poetry:

http://vin-olga.narod.ru/simpleprelutski.html -Valentinefs poetry

 

Puzzles:

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/@Beginner to Advanced VfDay puzzles.

 

3.Halloween festival information

http://www.halloween-clipart.com/

extremely comprehensive site on Halloween.

 

Setting up a student exchange programme

http://www.e-linkschools.org (British Council's e-link scheme has schools participating in activities ranging from e-mail exchanges to joint project. They will also contact the school on your behalf if requested)

 

New British Council Resources for JETs

http://www.uknow.or.jp/uk_now/index.html (Includes map of London, British Sporting venues, Events map, Tourist brochures,

Events flier, Harry Potter guide to Britain etc.)

 

Interactive Pen-pal site

http://www.epals.com

(Excellent international interactive email and discussion site for students and Teachers. Can be viewed in Japanese, English as well as many other languages. A built-in translation software tool accompanies each message post so that students and teachers can translate difficult words and phrases before replying.. For teachers, there is also the option to set up an official school link at a subsidized cost).

 

English Teaching Associations in Japan

http://www.jet.org/@ (Official site of JETAA-Wealth of information and English teaching links as well as career advice and job postings in Japan and overseas once finishing JET. Contributions also by ex-JETs who have extensive experience of teaching in schools).

http://www.jalt.org

Official site of the Japanese Association for Language Learning

 

Teaching Handbooks and Manuals information

.http://www.geocities.com/allhou/bookteach.html

(Excellent site listing resource books for EFL teachers in Asia.@Such books are available in Japan)

 

On-line activities for students

http://www.collegeem.qc.ca/cemdept/anglais/trouindx.htm

http://iteslj.org/overview.html

 

News-Based Web and WebTV Literacy Materials

http://www.cdlponline.org/dl2000/newsbasedwebtvmaterials.html

(Excellent site for weblinks and information on online student materials/activities, teaching tools, email projects, curriculum formulation, EFL research articles etc.)

 

Newspapers and Magazines

http://www.ipl.org/div/news/

links to newspapers and magazines from all over the world

http://www.japantimes.com/start.htm

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/shukan-st/

weekly news of The Japan Times with ESL activities and learning exercises

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/index-e.htm

(Both these websites can be used for student English resources and for your own awareness of current@affairs in Japan.)

http://education.guardian.co.uk/

(Education Guardian- includes links to the world of TEFLand opportunitiesto share ideas/learn with other teachers of English in other countries)

http://www.eltnews.com/home.shtml

News for EFL teachers in Japan

 

Learning Basic Japanese

www.japanese-online.com

(Site reference to help you pick up basic Japanese using basic situation role-plays) please see: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/wwwjdic.html (for the most comprehensive, excellent and free on-line Japanese/English dictionary on the web)

http://web.uvic.ca/kanji-gold/ for an excellent KANJI learning aid-covers over 6,000 KANJI, comprehensive and easily downloadable KANJI learning programme.

www.japan-easy.co.uk essential Japanese language tips and online lessons

www.nuthatch.com/kanjicards

(Excellent site that guides you through the 500 most commonly occurring Japanese kanji. Complete with animation of their stroke order and both Chinese and Japanese versions. You can 'flip' the card to see its compounds).

http://www.kanjisite.com/

virtual flashcards for KANJI-very handy!

 

Cultural Sites of interest

http://www.anipike.com/

All about manga and animation

http://www.jpop.com/

All information about J-Pop

http://www.sumo.or.jp/index_e.html

All information links about Japanese Sumo

http://www.thejapanfaq.com/FAQ-Primer.html

(Good overview to Japanese culture, way of life and perception of foreign peoples)

http://www.isei.or.jp/books/75/Front.html

(Very detailed site about Japanese culture)

http://www.culture.gov.uk/default.htm

(For a comprehensive view of British culture and way of life)

http://www.footballculture.net/index.html

(For articles on Beckham, views on the World Cup and a lot of ideas on learning Football English. Also available in Japanese for your students).

http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/facts/factover/ch11.htm

(For a good overview of American Popular Culture)

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/

(For a good overview of Australian culture)

http://www.nz.com/guide/culture/

(For a good overview of New Zealander culture)

http://www.culturecanada.gc.ca/

(For a good overview of Canadian culture-available in both French and English)

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

**Many thanks to Bea Sackey and Angela Brenner for their contributions to this section. The information was a massive help and is greatly appreciated!**

-Rich and Norm