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Below please find comprehensive links for our students' personal use as well as links to important information related to the field of TESOL. Please also see our job links.

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AU Resources—Check for on-line course schedules, getting your grades, etc.

American University Off-campus Housing—Access to a page maintained by AU to find apartments and houses in the area surrouding AU's campus

American University Blackboard—A website (often a component of coursework) that hosts discussions on various topics according to class.

American University's OIT Help Desk on the Web—Web site that is good for helping you with technology distress.

Aladin—The search engine for the DC Consortium libraries (AU is a part of this). Access MyAladin to find out when your books are due, if you owe any late fees or fines, or to bookmark your favorite electronic journals (MyAladin requires a student ID number for access.)


Professional Organizations

TESOL—The international TESOL organization based in Alexandria, VA

AAAL—American Asociation of Applied Linguistics—Learn linguist lingo!

WATESOL—Washington, DC area TESOL affiliate

Maryland TESOL—Maryland area TESOL affiliate

VATESOL—Virginia area TESOL affiliate

CAL—Center for Applied Linguistics—Washington, DC area organization of linguists

NCELA—National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition—Boasts an excellent electronic journal library

IATEFL—International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language—the British equivalent of America's TESOL

The Linguist List—How to become a full-fledged linguist! The lingo, the job, all the goodies!

NAFSA—NAFSA: Association of International Education promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the US

ACTFL—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages—Dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.



TOEFL—Information on the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Required test of English for admission into most American universities

TOEIC—Information about the Test of English for International Communication

IELTS—International English Language Testing System—tests the complete range of English language skills which will commonly be encountered by students when studying or training in the medium of English. The British equivalent of the TOEFL.

ERIC—Access to Education Resources Information Center, the premier database of journal and non-journal education literature

ERIC/AE Test Locator—A database that contains over 10,000 tests and research instruments—Assessment division of a popular teachers site


Government and International Connections

Metro DC Traveler's Circle—Discuss travel/tips in a friendly, low-key ambiance

The Expat Exchange—Tries to match you with someone already in the country

Third Culture Kids World—For military, State Dept. and other kinds of "brats"

Bereau of Educational and Cultural Affairs—Creates and implements high quality, targeted English language programs in specific regions and countries of the world.

C.I.E.E.—Council for International Exchange of Scholars (FULBRIGHTs & other Opps)

Peace Corps

US State Department—A range of services, including travel advisories

Foreign Service Exam—Study guide for the Foreign Service Exam


Other TESOL Sites

The Color Vowel Chart—A vowel awareness-raising and pronunciation instruction tool for use in your ESL/EFL classroom.

Welcome to ELT News—Website for English teachers in Japan

English Forum—EFL Resources and links for students and teachers

TESL-EJ—TESL Electronic Journal

ESL Basics—Useful ESL/TESOL videos

Needs Analysis for Workplace ESL—A large and diverse ESL site with everything from grammar terminology lexicons, to ESP resources, to lessons for kids, to tests and quizzes.

The Mixxer is a free educational site for language learners and teachers to find a language partner for a language exchange. The language partner is someone who speaks the language you study as their native language and is studying your native language. The partners then meet online to help each other practice and learn a foreign language.


DC-MD-VA Public School Links


DC Public Schools Home Page


MCPS Home Page

MCPS K-12 English Curriculum


Standards of Learning




Pearson Textbook Publishers

Cambridge University Press

Oxford University Press, USA



Webster's Dictionary On-line

Encyclopedia Britannica On-line

British National Corpus—A new interface to a well known corpus of English. Search capabilites include investigating word frequency in various registers, and finding which adjectives typically appear with which nouns.


Using Video in the Classroom

Univ. of Wisconsin Academic Writing Handbook—An excellent resource for your students

Lesson Sources

Teaching from a Hispanic Perspective: A Handbook for Non-Hispanic Adult Educators—A great starter for people working with hispanic adults (or children)!—English Listening Library Online. Great for designing listening lessons!—Another excellent resource for listening lessons.—Audio samples and transcripts of famous speeches. Good for advanced learners.

Readability index calculator—Use this calculator to find out a text's grade level and reading ease score.

The AWL Highlighter—Identify the core academic vocabulary in a text.

Enchanted Learning is an excellent website that can be very useful for beginner ESL students. Among its hundreds of activities and crafts is its Little Explorer English Picture Dictionary as well as 6 bilingual picture dictionaries. There are "Label Me Printouts" for dozens of categories including animals, flags, states, geology.... Under "ESL Printouts" you'll find a wealth of pictures specifically helpful to students learning English. Just recently the website added an ESL activity called "Look It Up! Quizzes" in which students look up words in the English Picture Dictionary to find pieces of information. This website is endlessly interesting for kids of all ages.

Dragonfly Workshops Home Page—Workshops in interactive, creative teacher training

Vocabulary Quizzes—A practical page available for students of ESL. Quizzes are divided into categories such as easy, medium and hard.—Tons of free resources for learning and teaching English! Grammatical explananations, phrases of conversation, ideas for teaching, great ESL links, etc.

Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language Learners- provides needed support and resources to adult education and family literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English. The toolkit provides a variety of materials to help practitioners meet the language and literacy development needs of the ELL students they serve. These include responses to Frequently Asked Questions, a first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, etc. Download the entire document or select and download topics of interest as needed.

International Children's Digital Library—A project of the University of Maryland, this website features 573 children's books in 27 different languages, available to be downloaded and read FREE!

5 Minute English - learning English as a second language is not always easy, but it should be fun. 5 Minute English has been designed to give you short and easy explanations and exercises.


Fun stuff

The Dialectizer—Render any piece of discourse into a variety of "dialects"

Urban Dictionary—a website that allows people to add their own slang words and definitions to an urban dictionary. Some are real, some are humorous, and some are both.

Preparing for a Substitute—Being a substitute teacher isn't easy under the best of circumstances, but as a classroom teacher, you can take steps to facilitate a positive experience for everyone—the substitute, the students, and yourself. Click here for links to helpful tips and templates for subsitute teacher instructions and feedback.