Teaching Resources and Links on the Internet
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/（comprehensive site for grammar reference）
www.learnenglish.org.uk (British Council's site --- themes, links, postcards, songs, grammar, cartoons, jokes, cultural events etc.)
www.e-mesh.com (The Guardian)
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
Gateway to myths and legends of modern life
information on world flags
excellent site for games, quizzes and lesson plans
general information about TESOL/TEFL teaching and strategies, games etc.
useful site for both adults and children learning English
useful information about English grammar and how to teach it
scroll down this page for some great free printable games and activities
links to explanations of many different games
activities for grammar, vocabulary, reading and real audio listening
complete EFL resource website
a very comprehensive site on spelling, grammar, conversation, verbs etc.
great portal for a whole host of TEFL links and other related information
Online magazine with cultural information, language learning advice and help as well as free easy stories etc
a full list of resources for teachers-also includes information on teacher training
excellent site for ready-to-go lesson plans
information for TEFL teachers and those wishing to pursue teaching English as a career
click on the ‘free sample pages’ for a whole range of printable worksheets
An all-in-one site with lesson plans, news, teaching tips etc.
resources for both students and teachers including activities and links
covers all language competences for students and teachers-a good site
a good English resource site with many links for teachers
Famous quotes on all areas of life
collection of useful links for ESL students
A whole range of interesting learning activities for ESL students
Japanese sites with lots of links for internet language learning
Many interesting TEFL activities graded by category and level
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 1st
graders or any lesson requiring images)
www.abcteach.com (very good for Elementary School)
http://atozteacherstuff.com useful for lesson plans. Has printable worksheets
for a whole host of kid’s games and rhymes
www.puzzlemaker.com (makes instant crosswords, cryptograms, mazes etc.)
www.abcteach.com (can be used for Junior High School)
Useful for JHS as well as Elementary
things for the teacher and the student
good site for short stories demonstrating grammar in use
printable lesson plans suited to JHS
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
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
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.)
(great site for some free clipart! Become a member to access all the clipart images)
(Lots and lots of free clipart!)
free searchable and downloadable photos
http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/index.html (Make your own puzzles)
Twas the Night Before Christmas, the classic which will also make a great listening activity.
crosswords, puzzles, cryptograms etc.
Word Scramble creator
good site for modern songs and artists
good for music searches
well-indexed lyrics site
good for searching for less common songs
great song worksheets
website equivalent of MTV with news and views on music
A great site for clear basic info on most festivals and holidays
-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:
-Tons of great recipes including no-bake cookies
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.cameron.edu/~mikel/christmas/ (Christmas song/carol lyrics)
All kinds of other printable puzzles, jokes, and color pages
Try their fun word puzzles (from easy to more difficult)
-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.
Great ideas for crafts with teens.
If your not crafty, try http://www.dltk-holidays.com/xmas/index.html
crafts, coloring pages, including favorites like the Grinch
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:
Coloring Pages, good for English boards and flashcards
More color pages including Pooh-san and Raggedy Ann and Andy
2.Valentine’s Web Resources
For the History of Valentine’s Day see:
-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.homeschoolzone.com/pp/valentine.htm -crafts, recipes, and more
Print and Colour Valentine’s:
-It includes some Pooh-san valentines. My high school kids loved these last year.
Colouring pages for bulletin board decorations:
http://vin-olga.narod.ru/simpleprelutski.html -Valentine’s poetry
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/ Beginner to Advanced V’Day puzzles.
3.Halloween festival information
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
(Includes map of
Events flier, Harry Potter guide to Britain etc.)
(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).
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).
Official site of the Japanese Association for Language Learning
Teaching Handbooks and Manuals information
(Excellent site listing
resource books for EFL teachers in Asia. Such books are available in
News-Based Web and WebTV Literacy Materials
(Excellent site for weblinks and information on online student materials/activities, teaching tools, email projects, curriculum formulation, EFL research articles etc.)
links to newspapers and magazines from all over the world
weekly news of The Japan Times with ESL activities and learning exercises
(Both these websites can be used for student English resources and for your own awareness of current affairs in Japan.)
(Education Guardian- includes links to the world of TEFLand opportunitiesto share ideas/learn with other teachers of English in other countries)
News for EFL teachers in
(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
(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).
virtual flashcards for KANJI-very handy!
All about manga and animation
All information about J-Pop
All information links about Japanese Sumo
(Good overview to Japanese culture, way of life and perception of foreign peoples)
(Very detailed site about Japanese culture)
(For a comprehensive view of British culture and way of life)
(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).
(For a good overview of American Popular Culture)
(For a good overview of Australian culture)
(For a good overview of New Zealander culture)
(For a good overview of Canadian culture-available in both French and English)
**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