Resources for Teaching

Pronunciation

Resources that will be useful to students in the Teaching Pronunciation course (TESL-542), and may be of interest to anyone else interested in or involved with teaching listening and speaking skills.

Call 'Em As You Hear 'Em Pronunciation Workshop

Download the PowerPoint presentation.

Download a list of useful resources for teaching pronunciation.

Articulatory Features and Phonetic Alphabet

Two helpful tools for phonetic transcription and pronunciation, courtesy of AU TESOL's Linguist in Residence, Dr. Robin Barr. The articulatory features page and the phonetic alphabet.

The Color Vowel Chart

Copyright 1999, 2005, 2009 K. Taylor & S. Thompson

This chart and resource site was developed by Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson as a tool for teaching the vowel sounds of American English. For more information, view the chart and contact Karen Taylor.


Categorical Perception Links

Brain Speed Test -- chirps

Categorical Perception Test -- /ba/, /da/, /ga/

Tests

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

Teachervision.com-Assessment division of a popular teachers site

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)!

elllo.org-English Listening Library Online. Great for designing listening lessons!

englishlistening.com-Another excellent resource for listening lessons.

americanrhetoric.com-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.

www.eslgold.com-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.

esl.about.com/od/-A large and diverse ESL site with everything from grammar terminology lexicons, to ESP resources, to lessons for kids, to tests and quizzes.

ESL Basics-Useful ESL/TESOL videos

Lesson Supplements

ESL Cafe English Forum-EFL Resources and links for students and teachers

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.

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.