Technology Mentor Network
Under the leadership of Marian Teacher OTAN, there is a new Technology Mentor
Network. The goal is to provide meaningful networking for adult educators and
support the use of effective technology with students. Marian has created a
temporary website to share some helpful teaching websites and resources. This
summer the site will be updated and moved permanently to OTAN Teacher Resources.
Some of the websites I have described below may already appear on this website. Be sure to check out the extensive listening sites for ESL students.
TESOL Technology Workshops
There were several excellent technology workshops at TESOL in Long Beach. Marian and Donna Price-Machado sent out brief descriptions of some of their favorite workshops.
1) This link gives you an extensive resource for using technology to support
2) There are several new course management systems that are free. If you only
teach for MiraCosta College, then you have access to Blackboard and Web CT.
However, if you teach at other adult schools and/or colleges too, you may want
to explore the free sites. The two sites I have investigated recently are:
There is an excellent collection of resources by Leslie Opp-Beckman using Nicenet. Click on Nicenet. Then create a log-in and password. After you log-in, you will type the class key, 25ZZ33T77. Next click on "Link Sharing." It is definitely worth the extra effort to access this excellent resource.
3) There were several presentations involving online listening. Two favorite
websites with good sound files are listed below.
National Public Radio archives almost everything.
The following link is a collection of links to several news and culture websites
that have audio files. The links include the Kennedy archives and the New York
Times audio books.
5 Minute English
Jessica Furhman shared information about this great sight.
A Sacramento ESL teacher, Sheri Summers, has created 5 Minute English to give
ESL students a little extra English practice. The site has over 150 short lessons.
The lessons include grammar, dialogues, vocabulary, listening, reading, idioms
and slang, pronunciation and writing skills.
Remember to share your favorite websites with me, and I’ll post them in the next issue of The Communicator.