1Recommended Resources for Teaching EnglishCtrl Click to follow links for topics below.1. ESL Program in a Church (page 2)2. ESL Curriculum with a Spiritual Component (page 2)3. Teaching the Four Basic Skills (page 3)a. Listening (page 3)b. Speaking (page 4)c. Reading (page 5)d. Writing (page 6)4. Teaching Additional Skills (page 6)a. Vocabulary (page 7)b. Idioms and Slang (page 8)c. Grammar (page 9)d. Phonics (page 10)e. Pronunciation (page 10)f. Spelling (page 11)g. Making Inferences (page 11)5. How to Teach (page 12)6. Authentic Materials (page 12)7. Resources in Many Areas (page 13)8. Test Preparation (page 13)9. Curated Directories of Resources (page 13)10. For Students to do on Their Own (page 13)11. Images, Computer and Internet Technology (page 14)12. The Arts (page 14)a. Visual and Sculptural Art (page 15)b. Drama (page 16)c. Music and Jazz Chants (page 17)13. Teaching Children (page 18)14. English for Specific Purposes (ESP) (page 18)a. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (page 18)b. English for Banking (page 19)c. English for Biblical and Theological Studies (page 19)d. English for Business and Work (page 19)e. English for Healthcare (page 20)f. Life Skills (page 21)g. Looking for Work (page 21)h. English for Food and Cooking (page 21)i. Travel & Tourism (page 22)Every resource on this list is teacher-recommended. Almost all Internet resources listed are freeeven though some of them require registration.
21. ESL Program in a Churcha. Resources from Cornerstone University’s 2016 ESL Conference. Scroll down toStarting and Developing an ESL Program by Michael Pasquale.i. PowerPoint Slidesii. Curriculum Handoutiii. Defining Mission Handoutiv. Demographics Surveyv. Energizer Activityvi. Phrase Craze Activityb. The Church of the Nazarene has a 8-page document, How to Start an English as aSecond Language (ESL) Outreach Ministry in Your Churchc. Book Available for Purchase: An ESL Ministry Handbook: Contexts andPrinciples by Michael Pasquale prepares novice teachers to meet an immediateteaching need and encourages them to develop their own philosophy of ESLministry.d. The Presbyterian Church in America Mission to North America has manyresources for Starting an ESL School2. ESL Curriculum with a Spiritual Componenta. Curricula Available for Purchase: Conversational English with Reach Globali. Three separate curricula for English ministries with youth and adults,Adventures in English, Discoveries in English, and Exploring English, thatcan be used by novice teachers.ii. Active English for Kids has seven conversation lessons for children 6-9that can be used by novice teachers. These print copies can be orderedfrom ReachGlobal.b. Resources from Cornerstone University’s 2016 ESL Conference Building Bridgesi. Scroll down to Biblical Themes for Language Learningii. Scroll down to Scattering Seed in Teachingc. Textbook Available for Purchase: Both the Student Workbook and the Teacher’sManual for English in Action by Wally Cirafesi are available from Navigators.d. Jan Dormer’s Page has ESL materials that you can download free and thenchange and edit as fits your teaching situation.i. English for Life is for youth and adults.ii. God is Good is for children.e. Open Bible Stories has 50 Bible stories in many languages. To locate the Englishresources, click on “English” to see how to access the stories by text, audio orvideo. The English videos can be viewed on YouTube.f. The PCAMNA offers a 10-page booklet on Introducing the Gospel in ESLPrograms which can be used with secular curriculums.g. Learn English Bible has Bible stories in The Bible in Basic English. For eachstory there are key words to look for as you read the story.h. Easy English Bible Studies are free downloads on various topics.
3i. The New Century Version and The New Life Version on Bible Gateway areuseful for English learnersj. Book Available for Purchase: What Christians Believe is a discipleship book fornew believers who are learning English.k. The PCA has a 10-page document Introducing the Gospel in ESL Programs toexplain how you can share the gospel while using secular materials to teachEnglish.3. Teaching the Four Basic SkillsSpeaking, listening, reading and writing are the foundational skills in acquiring alanguage.a. Listeningi. Storyline Online is courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. Youcan listen to children’s story books read by actors and actresses.ii. To choose topics for your students to listen to, go to the Special Featuressection of This I Believe, where you’ll find the transcripts of the audiofiles. You can prepare questions and answers, or you can assign yourstudents a writing or speaking topic.iii. Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab has quizzes and activities at threelevels: easy, intermediate, and difficult to improve students’ listeningcomprehension.iv. Voice of America offers a number of resources for learning English.1. Let’s Learn English is a video course that includes instruction inspeaking, vocabulary and writing. A student can follow this courseindependently, or it could be used as the content for a class.Lesson plans are provided for teachers who want to use thismaterial as their course content.2. Learning English Read, Listen & Learn offers audio files with anaccompanying English text.3. The VOA Learning English Word Book, a dictionary of the wordsused on the VOA website can be downloaded.v. A Framework for Planning a Listening Skills Lesson can be applied to anylesson. Listening well increases students’ ability to learn independently.vi. Learn English Feel Good offers online spelling and listening practicetests.vii. Easy Strategies for Teaching Listening focuses on two strategies: 1)demonstrating the difference between hearing and listening and 2)identifying common speech markers.
4b. Speaking (Teaching Tip: If you are the only fluent English speaker, you could usea puppet or doll to model the conversation.)i. Jones Library ESL Center Conversation Partner Guide provides guidancefor the volunteer English speaker working with an English learner.ii. Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom, a project of TheInternet TESL Journal, has conversation questions for dozens of topicsfrom “Accidents at Home” to “Weekends”.iii. How to Get Your Students to Speak 100% English provides 13 tips tohave students speak in English as much as possible, which is about 9095% in his classes.iv. Early Rain/Speechtree provides topics for ESL conversations as long asyou don’t charge participants. The list of questions for each topic comeswith a related Bible passage.v. Ten Conversation Lessons with Stories, Vocabulary Practice, Questionsand Activities . tmlfrom The Internet TESL Journal and Ten More Conversation Lessons withStories, Vocabulary Practice, Questions and Activities also from TheInternet TESL Journal. tml The author recommends reading the story but it wouldbe even more effective if the teacher told the story and then had thestudents read the story. Telling a story allows eye contact, which enhancesattention.vi. Working the Weather: A Lesson Plan on Small Talk from TESOLconnections utilizes the YouTube video, The Art of Small Talk.vii. 7 Techniques that will Increase Student Speaking Time—Exponentiallyfrom Busy Teacher.
5c. Readingi. Adult Learning Activities from the California Distance Learning Projectoffers dozens of articles in 11 topics to improve reading and life skills.Each story can be read and listened to on several levels.ii. TV411 Tune into Learning offers videos that teach reading skills.iii. Print and Go offers free downloads of books that are short readings foradults. Beginning Level Book 3 Beginning Level Book 1iv. ESL Reading Comprehension from Excellent ESL 4U has a number ofexercises, vocabulary lists, tips and strategies to build students’comprehension.v. ESL Fast advertises itself as “A huge free online learning resource.” Itoffers 365 Essays for English Learners with audio files as well as text.vi. Easy Reading (1) and Easy Reading (2) are stories for adult learners thathave a text, and audio file, and additional activities. There are many morefree English resources at ESL: English as a Second Language.vii. Authorama provides free public domain books to read online.viii. Free Periodicals for ELLs1. The Times in Plain English, has tips for teachers for discussing thearticles.2. Breaking News English has audio and text versions of each storyon various levels. In addition, Breaking News English provides10 activities for each lesson. If you don’t have a textbook,Breaking News English could provide you with all the classroommaterials you need to teach a class.3. News in Levels has audio and text versions of each story on variouslevels. Both Breaking News English, and News in Levels provideaudio and text versions of each story on various levels.ix. This 31-page excerpt from New Ways in Teaching Reading includessample lesson plans and is geared toward teaching children.
6d. Writingi. Literacy Center offers beginning writing games and exercises gearedtoward children.ii. 1-Language.com offers Online ESL Writing Worksheets with interestingtopics.iii. Bogglesworld provides Creative Writing Worksheets and TeachingResources that are free for you to print.iv. ESL Galaxy provides Worksheets for Writing.v. First School Years presents a variety of Story Starters & Narrative WritingIdeas.vi. Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides free lesson plans,guides and resources for teachers. There are also guides for doingresearch and organizing an essay.vii. The Capital Community College Foundation presents the Guide toGrammar and Writing a website that covers points of grammar and how towrite from the sentence level to the research paper level.viii. Kid Printables have resources appropriate for children who are EnglishLanguage Learners, including All About Me.ix. TESOL presents Six Games to Motivate Writing Students.4. Teaching Additional SkillsIn addition to the main skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, there areadditional student skills for a teacher to address.
7a. Vocabularyi. There are many versions of The Oxford Picture Dictionary for purchase.You can download a free pdf of the New Oxford Picture Dictionary.Printing the index at the end of the book (pp. 106-124) would be a usefulreference if you use this regularly in your classroom.ii. On this one page, ESL Flow has English Vocabulary Worksheets thatprovide a wealth of topics, tools and teaching tips1. Teaching Vocabulary with Images2. Other Vocabulary Teaching Ideas for ESL Teachers3. Vocabulary Sorting4. More Advanced Vocabulary (IELTS, TOIEC or TOEFL Practice)5. Word Building & Word Formation Exercises & Worksheets6. Vocabulary Listsiii. Learn Prefixes, Suffixes to Expand Your Vocabulary from Voice ofAmerica lists the meaning of common suffixes and prefixes anddemonstrates how they are used.iv. The Vocab-O-Gram from the University of Virginia is a form for studentsto use key vocabulary from a story as they identify the story structure.v. YouGlish gives the pronunciation of English vocabulary words andphrases in different accents and in different contexts. The student types ina phrase, such as “Throw in the towel”, selects which accent she wants tohear and then gets results from YouTube video segments.vi. Using Pictures from Magazines describes how the teacher can utilizeimages to teach vocabulary as well as grammar, listening, conversationand writing. You could also use images from the Internet.vii. Reading Around the Room has young students reading the labels onobjects in the classroom.viii. Vocabulary Doesn’t Have to be a Bore describes Robert Marzano’s SixSteps of Vocabulary Acquisition and includes links to Internet platformsthat have resources to use in the classroom.ix. Boggle’s World ESL has many flashcards for learning vocabulary.x. Total Physical Response (TPR) is learning language through motions.1. Total Physical Response: A Curriculum for Adults is a freedownloadable guidebook from Spring Institute for InterculturalLearning.2. Genki English has videos and engaging ideas for using TPR toteach vocabulary.
8b. Idioms and Slangi. Effective Activities for Teaching English Idioms to EFL learners from TheInternet TESL Journal gives principles to follow when teaching idioms:teach in context, use idioms with illustrations and use group discussion toteach idioms.ii. Idiom Site has an alphabetical list of idioms and their meanings.iii. Language Success Press has lessons on a number of groups of idioms.They offer the lessons in idioms to advertise their books. You don’t haveto buy their books.iv. A4ESL has Self-Study Idiom Quizzes that include idioms, phrasal verbsand slang.v. Idiomatic Expressions to Use at Work from Espresso English wants you tosign up for their courses. You can use the resources on this page withoutdoing that.vi. The US Govt. Office of English Language Programs presents In the Loop:A Reference Guide to American English Idioms, a free downloadable 134page guide to idioms, definitions and classroom activities.vii. Illustrated Idioms are from English Work Group. Each idiom is definedand then illustrated in a humorous way.
9c. Grammari. ESL Flow has a page with links to resources for teaching grammar:Grammar Exercises and Worksheets, Parts of Speech Guides & Verb Listsfor ESL Teachers & Students, Brainstorming and Understanding Parts ofSpeech, Parts of Speech Exercises for ESL Students, Tenses andTimelines, and Verbs Review. Especially helpful are the Timelines toDemonstrate Present Perfect & Other Tensesii. Perfect English Grammar has effective explanations for all thingsgrammatical. Especially useful are the Tenses Infographics and theTenses Explanations.iii. Jane Straus wrote Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.GrammarBook.com has explanations of grammar and punctuation rules ofEnglish. You can also sig