We have been looking through a list of our ESL websites and wanted to publish a short list of sites to be used in the language lab and also in lesson planning. Enjoy!
StoryCorps claims as its mission to provide Americans of all backgrounds the opportunity to tell and record their stories. This is a great opportunity for students to hear real English spoken by real people.
NPR has great articles on underreported issues. You can also listen to podcasts of interviews and news reports. Use it!
Reep is an ESL center in Virginia and their website features an online curriculum. This website is wonderful for teachers who want to learn more about ESL, lesson planning, and classroom activities.
This website includes video footage from famous speeches as well as clips from series that explore everything from the American Revolution to Cinco de Mayo. You can have your class watch a video, and then write up discussion questions.
I also suggest using young adult novels for Advanced and upper-level courses. In my 4A classes we read pieces of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The students loved it.