Thursday, April 15, 2010

Resources from ESL Roundtable

Here are the websites and resources that were shared at the ESL Roundtable Monday, April 12, 2010.

Reading A to Z
  "...Reading A-Z offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach leveled reading, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, reading fluency, alphabet, and vocabulary. The teaching resources include professionally developed downloadable leveled books, lesson plans, worksheets, and reading assessments..."

*NOTE: Only some of these resources are available for free. A website maintained by The Internet TESL Journal ( that has grammar and vocabulary quizzes, crossword puzzles, links to ESL podcasts and YouTube videos. offers teachers educational quizzes, the ability to track students' scores, and a free subscription to their newsletters.

The Realty StoreSM is a "...simulation game in which students identify their career interests, research a specific career, and receive a mock checkbook with the monthly income entered for the specific career.  Students then visit booths manned by community members at which they pay their monthly bills.  At each booth, student make decisions concerning the standard of living they’ll assume..."

ESL@ Web English Teacher  "...At Web English Teacher educators can take advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of others. Beginning teachers can find guidance; experienced teachers can find inspiration. Think of it as the faculty library and faculty workroom on a global scale..."

Resources from Write Connections on ELL & Writing  "...With each spelling list, students can choose one of three options:
  • Test Me repeats each spelling word with a live voice and uses it in a sentence.
  • Teach Me spells and displays the word in ways that stimulate memory for visual and verbal learners.
  • Play a Game uses your spelling list in educational games that teach spelling, word meaning, vocabulary, and alphabetical order.
After taking an online spelling test, students can print out a report, retake the entire test, or get tested only on the spelling words they got wrong the first time..." A database of e-books. A free trial is available.

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