The Sing Out Loud American Rhythms website features FREE songs, lyrics and readi (ng, writing and speaking activities for teen and adult English language learners–and people who enjoy hearing good music! Teachers can download the songs, information about the songs (including artist credits) and pre- and post-listening activities by clicking on the song’s title under the Table of Contents. An additional, generic list of activities is available for use with any of the songs on this site as well. English language levels are indicated for activities associated with individual songs as well. This site has it all!
Composing a short story about a life-changing event in his family from his mother’s point-of-view, enabled Christopher Cindrich to fully explore how his father’s death had impacted him, his mother and family members. He describes the assignment for his Spanish Language and Literature course motivated him to want to use his mother’s native language to tell her story–and learn it himself.
Students are highly motivated to do assignments that allow them to share or explore their personal lives, according to several research studies. (See link below for one such study.)
Below is a link to sample lesson plans from a children’s book publisher (12 Story Library) that offers books on topics of interest to all ages. Adults may be able to borrow these books at their public library, which is where I found my book, entitled “The 12 Most Amazing American Inventions.” It includes stories under 12 topics, including: from after they’ve finished reading the book itself! It includes stories under 12 topics,
Aside from being very fun and interesting, these books never truly end! The publisher offers a website for each story so readers can continue learning about the topic from it and other resource pages. Below are the topics offered:
This series of lessons helps explain why learning to read is often more challenging for people who are naturally good at analyzing problems, developing categories and performing detail-oriented tasks. They tend to be good at math and science, which requires the above-mentioned skills. Reading instruction often excludes explanations for the many “exceptions” to spelling and pronunciation rules, which are explained on this site. The instructor provides excellent materials and resources that fill-in the gaps left by traditional teaching methods that cover only some rather than all English words.
Take this free, on-line writing course for English language learners wanting to go to college in the United States. If you want to earn a certificate for this course, you will need to pay $49.
Description from the Website Offering this Course:
An introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing.
Source: How to Write an Essay | edX
Take this free course to prepare for the TOEFL® test OR pay $49 to earn a certificate and receive a free copy of The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test eBook. If you earn a certificate for this course, you can list it on your resume. You will need to create a free account (register) with the TedEx website before you can start taking the on-line courses.
ESLgo.com offers the following on-line grammar and vocabulary classes for high-beginning English language learners. Please click on the links next to each class to begin your lesson. You can also find out more about the classes in general by clicking on the SOURCE link at the bottom of this post.
there is / there are – Grammar to describe a painting. 1. Study grammar: there is / there are. 2. Discuss art.
Correct Winky – Winky’s bad grammar from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 1. Study grammar: subject/verb agreement. 2. Read and write messages on the forums.
My hobbies and interests – A brief self introduction. 1. Study grammar: present simple vs. present progressive. 2. Make friends on the Say Hi forum.
Richie and Nash – My cats (who are named Richie and Nash. 1. Study grammar: comparisons with adjectives. 2. Read and write messages about pets.
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