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.)
TESOL—The international TESOL organization based in Alexandria, VA
AAAL—American Asociation of Applied Linguistics—Learn linguist lingo!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.