Ideas for Fall Lessons

There is a new post on the English blog, “All about Fall“, that compiles various blog posts on the fall season, events and holidays.  Many of the posts contain videos, vocabulary, and activities that can easily be part of a lesson for fall. The resources in these posts can save you time from searching the Internet on your own.

Please take advantage of them. 


Blog Blast #3

Now that the summer break is over, we are resuming our Blog Blast series covering the English Blog.

The third category is “English Multi-Skills“.  It’s for sites that provide activities for multiple skill areas (reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, etc). 

Take a moment and click on the highlighted external links  and the …More __ links page

  • Janis’s ESL Links – Organized by topics.  Each sub-topic has links for vocabulary, listening, reading and grammar. 
  • Both Agenda Web  and Many Things ESL  -tons of links for various skills
  • ESL Gold – clearly  breaks out activities by skill area and difficulty level (beg – advanced)   
  • Fun, Easy English – quick, sometimes humorous activities spanning many skill areas
  • …More Multi-Skills 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 students.   I recommend looking at English For Everyone… it has GREAT worksheets for your students.


Ideas for Emergency Lessons (Here’s to Hurricane Florence)

With Hurricane Florence dominating the news, there is a post on the English Bog that has hurricane related materials for students.  We also have a new page, Preparing for Emergencies on the Teacher’s blog under Teaching  Ideas that has many resources (including lesson plans) for teaching about natural disaster emergencies.

Please share any additional resources you may have via a comment and I’ll include it on the page.  


Blog Blast #2

Next in our series on the English Blog is the second category “English Lessons Online”.  This category has websites that provide a sets of related lessons usually at various learner levels.   Take a moment and click on the six highlighted links   and then the  related  ….more links page .

  • Learn American English Online – has 7 colored levels, each with over 25 specific lessons on a focused grammar point. Each lesson usually has a visual filled written description of the grammar point,  video outtakes and exercises. The levels have reading and dictation activities.  This site is NOT just for beginners  but can used by ERV students too.
  • USA Learns – is a multi unit course with different beginners / intermediate levels. It needs a sign-in using an email address but any email ( can be used if a student doesn’t have one. Using videos in an ESL class setting, it covers a dizzying range of topics with a variety of activities.
  • REEP World – is used by many teachers. It only has 3 sets of lessons centered on Work, Family and Health but they are very comprehensive and there are teacher’s resources available.
  • El Civics – the English used for its lessons is simple but it  provides MANY  lessons  about U.S. history, government, citizenship, geography, culture and HOLIDAYS! There is also free downloadable worksheets
  • ESOL Courses– has 5 levels with lessons focused on particular skill areas ( speaking, reading , etc) and topics
  • Web-ESL –  looking for activities to re-enforce a lesson?  This site provide  variety of  activities all linked to topics. 
  • …More Learn English Online Links  –  has more links for the same category. Of special note, see the extensive set of Mrs Haquet’s  interactive “mini-books”. I’ve listed them in table format for easy access. Great way for students to learn grammar points within a topic setting.

Blog Blast #1

ESLBlogsHello ESL Teachers!

The Wake Tech ESL Blogs are a wonderful resource for you and your students.  The Blogs contain links to help students improve their English and navigate everyday life in the U.S.  Please help us “spread the word” to the students and our other teachers!

A series of blog posts (called the “Blog Blast”) will tell you all about the ESL Blogs.  Each post will  focus on ONE category (ex: Class/Textbook Resources) of one of our ESL Blogs.

Since each of our categories has many links, only the most popular links will be shown for that category.  Underneath those, you will see links to additional blog “pages”.  If it is a link to a separate blog page, it will start with 3 dots “….”  Click on these to see other related links and websites.

In this first set of Blog Blast posts, we’ll describe the English Language Blog.


Our first category is Class/Textbook Resources, right under the ESL Topic Blogs group.  The Class/Textbook Resources category contains web links to complete ESL student textbooks, online resources/activities from specific textbooks, and key ESL reference books (like dictionaries).

The following are directly tied to textbooks used at our ESL sites:

  • Ventures Arcade link brings you directly to the publisher site where you can choose activities based on textbook level and unit.
  • The Great Writing page links you to activities for  Keith Folse’s series of books.
  • The Side by Side Videos can be used with or without the books. They visually go over specific grammar points in an entertaining way. Students love them.

The Curriculum Lesson Student Sites page can be used to easily access student activities / websites referenced in our Wake Tech Curriculum Lesson Plans.

The link is a fast, easy way to link to a great dictionary  but the  Online Dictionaries page has several links (many suggested by teachers in one of our convocations). 

Lastly, the  More Textbook Links can be useful to you to supplement activities from GrammarLinks  books and  other text books. Please check out the COMPLETE textbook PDF’s in the bottom section. You may be able to make great handouts from some of these.  Some students also want to buy a good textbook and these can save them money and help them study English at home.

The right hand column is the best way to reach the category and links described above.  However screen size is limited on some mobile devices (especially phones) and the right column links are often shown WAY below the blog posts where students can’t find them. We’ve placed a similar set of links for the category on the top menu bar that can be reached via this icon on phones.


and will display under this menu item:


If you have any suggestion to add to this link category, feel free to add them via a comment to this post. Thanks and welcome to the ESL Blog Blasts!


New Phonics Resource Page

A sharp-eyed reader informed us that the links in the Great Workshops – 2011 Phonics seminar page were broken. Unfortunately, not all of the data could be found and that page is being retired. 

A new Phonics Resource page under the Teaching Ideas category is taking it’s place.  It has links to some of the same (or updated) information that was in the 2011 Phonics  page and much more!  Take a look at it for some ideas for teaching in your class. If you have any other teacher -oriented resources that would be appropriate for this page, let us know.  Keep an eye on it too, since we are expecting  a few more resources to be added in the very near future.

New Writing Section on English Blog

A recent professional development seminar stressed the importance of writing in  our classes. Please check out our newest section of links  “Writing” on the right hand side of the English blog. There are some great links you can use in your classroom. Of special note

  • Writing Den Tips – describes  sentence, paragraph and essay structures.
  • LEO Writing Aids – numerous entries on common writing questions or problems. Be sure to take a look at “My native language is not English”.
  • Grammar and Writing –  navigate through the various sections for some good tips. Be sure to look at the PowerPoint presentations ; they may be useful to present a specific writing grammar point.
  • Resume Generator -a way to give students a starting point in creating a resume.

If you have a writing website you particularly like, please write a comment and let me know.