Internet Resources

INTERNET RESOURCES

The Internet resources in this issue focus on vocabulary and reading. Thanks again to my colleague Donna Price-Machado for many of these website addresses. I have included sites for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. If you access the newsletter online, the links will take you directly to the websites. The Internet resources from the June issue of The Communicator are available on my homepage under "Favorite Links for ESL Teachers."

Vocabulary

  • http://literacycenter.net

  • This website offers excellent low level activities to teach letters, numbers, colors and shapes for beginning students.
  • http://www.pdictionary.com

  • Beginning students see pictures of the words and do several comprehension exercises including fill-in-the-blanks, spelling and word scrambles.
  • http://www.dictionary.msn.com

  • This dictionary not only provides definitions but also has audio support for the learner.

    Reading

  • http://www.literacynet.org/cnnsf/home.html

  • CNN sponsors this site for literacy programs. There is a feature story, an abridged version of the story and an outline of the story. The stories are most appropriate for intermediate and advanced students. Several reading comprehension activities are provided, and there is a large archive of previously published stories.
  • http://www.cdlponline.org/news.html

  • The California Distance Learning Project provides short stories that are appropriate for high beginning through advanced level students. There are several comprehension activities for the stories.
  • http://www.awesomestories.com

  • This site provides stories behind famous events, legends, and people. The stories are more than a page long, but they are divided into chapters. The stories link words to documents, photographs or other websites of interest. The readings are targeted to advanced students.

    Online Newspapers

  • http://www.usatoday.com
  • http://www.signonsandiego.com
  • http://www.latimes.com