Welcome to the Teacher Resources blog!

Hello Teachers!! This is our blog! It’s just for instructors!  We will post new information about ESL resources such as websites, new publications, technology in the classroom, worksheets, and creative ideas for use in your classrooms. This blog is also a forum for our ESL curriculum and sample lesson plans.

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Around Raleigh

The Central Blog has a great page called “Around Raleigh” that can be very useful in our classes at this time of year. With pleasant weather finally arriving and spring break around the corner, it’s a good time to let our students know the variety of interesting attractions in Raleigh.  It’s also perfect for a practical  Around the Town lesson.  

The Around Raleigh page lists previously published Civics blog posts that describes museums, parks, pools and so much more.

Take a look and you won’t be disappointed!

Graphic Organizers for Your Lessons

In the recent ELPS Professional Development session, there was some discussion of graphic organizers. They can be part of the support and scaffolding that teachers supply to students. Many graphic organizers are used in various academic endeavors so it is important that students get familiar with them. 

The Teacher’s Blog has a new link category on the left  sidebar called “Web Tools- Graphic Organizers.” Please take a look and you may find the perfect template to use as is or one that you can customize for your lesson.  The first link for Teach-nology is of special interest because  within the list of graphic organizers is a link to 

If you can recommend any other useful graphic organizer to add to the blog ( or as an app to our IPads) please send me an email or leave a comment here. 

Blog Blast #6

The next category in our series of getting to know the English Blog is “Pronunciation”, an area that our students struggle with. They can use these links to help them with making specific sounds, discriminating between sounds (using minimal pairs for example), reductions and stress tips.

  Let’s look at  the highlighted external links:

We are always looking for more good student sites for this difficult subject . If you have any that are not listed, please add a comment and let us know.

Wonderful Series of Speech Videos Perfect for Our Students

A thanks to Elizabeth Reed for introducing me to a series of videos that can be easily used in our classes. 

Take a look at the “English Speeches with Big SubTitles”  – it has inspiring speeches ranging from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I  Have a Dream” to Will Smith “How to Face Fear” to  Jack Ma Alibaba’s “We Never Give Up” and many more.  Videos range from as short as 2 minutes to about 1/2 hour.  Each has clear, large subtitles that help our students follow the speech easily.

Here is an example: 

A link to this video series has also been added to the Video category on the left.

Blog Blast #5

The 5th category in our series of getting to know the English Blog is “Listening”, a topic that includes songs and who doesn’t like music?  This category is focused on practicing listening skills through natural dialogs, dictations and song exercises.

  Let’s first review the highlighted external links:

  • Real English  –  lessons with videos showing random people on the streets from different English speaking countries talking.  
  • Randall’s Listening Lab: Many of you know this site has hundreds of short audios. Choose your level and topic. Listen to a conversation. Take a short quiz to see how much you understood. You can do more vocabulary exercises, too. Great to use in the classroom too!
  • Daily ESL is a new spin-off from Randall’s Lab. It helps students build their speaking skills  through Conversation Starters centered around every day topics.
  • Dictation Finder – index that  makes it easy to find a dictation topic you like at the right level for you.
  • Talk English – has over 900 short audio /video lessons around every day conversions, business dialogs and grammar structures.
  • Learn English Through Songs –  Each video explains the vocabulary in the song
  • Lyrics Gap Exercises   and Lyrics Training both have hundreds of popular songs with pre-made exercises at easy,medium, hard levels.  Listen up and fill in missing words in the song lyrics.

We have two page of more links here – one focused on songs  ….Song Links and the second on any other type of listening activities    ….More Listening Links. Please look through some of the links on these pages to see what is available.

New Lessons on Public Health Concerns Lessons

Kim Saunders had developed a series of lessons on common public health concerns such as bedbugs, lice and roaches for the refugee program.

However these problems can happen to us all and the lessons are suited for all immigrants who may  not be aware of what they can do about them. If they receive a letter about a lice outbreak from their children’s school, they may be confused about what is happening. 

The lessons are provided complete with pictures, readings, activities, and handouts. You can find them on the Lessons by Wake Tech instructors page  under the Public Health section. The page is  located in the Lesson Planning Category of links. 

Take a look around this page – you may find other useful lessons created by Wake Tech teachers over many years on a variety of subjects.

Loads of Activities for Ventures Available Online

During a recent PD session that was reviewing the 3rd edition of Ventures, Holly Williams share a great nugget of information that many other teachers were unaware of:  there is a wealth of classroom activities available for the Ventures textbooks online.

Please check out the new page under Book Resources called “Ventures- Cambridge English” to find out more about the type of worksheets available. 

 

Blog Blast #4

The 4th category in our series of getting to know the English Blog is “Grammar“, a topic near and dear to our hearts.

Check out our favorite sites by clicking on the highlighted external links /  and related page

  • English Grammar 101 – Step by step, lessons explain grammar points to students and then give  lots of examples to practice with.
  • Adele’s ESL Corner – no lessons but many exercises to help students practice different grammar points – very good for beginners and intermediates.
  • English Page  – detailed lessons on a grammar point and then links to exercises to practice. Grammar topics range from basic rules to advanced rules and usage.
  • Using English –  extensive glossary of grammar terms. Each glossary item  has a definition ( short explanation) for that grammar term and then links to several  “quizzes” (exercises) related to that grammar term  grouped by difficulty level.   Great reference for phrasal verbsidioms  or irregular verbs.
  • Road to Grammar – short lessons and “quizzes” on very specific grammar points
  • Study Zone – Find a specific grammar topic. Read the lesson and practice usage with exercises.  Good for intermediate to advanced students
  • …More Grammar Links  – this page contains more links for the same category. Please click on some of this links to see what is available to you and your student.

If you have a favorite grammar site that we missed on our “…. More Grammar Links” page, please send it to us via a comment.