Teach English as a Second Language with FREE Lessons in Speaking, Writing, Listening and Pronunciation
People teach English as a Second Language and earn a living off their skills in using this lingua franca of globalization.
To teach English as a Second Language, they either buy first-rate textbooks or use free websites on the internet to put together their lesson plans, activities, worksheets, handouts, and games.
Many seasoned teachers who teach English as a Second Language do use textbooks and complement these textbooks with internet resources, which are updated almost regularly and grow in volume by the hour.
A mounting number of teachers, however, has found so much use in the huge bank of high-quality educational materials online.
Teachers have realized that with so much free resources, there is little need to buy textbooks just so they could teach English as a Second Language to non-native English speakers.
Below is a list of websites that tutors can visit when teaching English writing, speaking, listening, as well as pronunciation to people who are learning English as a Second Language.
Teach English as a Second Language through Writing
Online Writing Lab
Teach English as a Second Language by guiding students on how to write papers that meet the standards of English-speaking countries through the Online Writing Lab (OWL) of the Purdue University.
OWL is catered to intermediate to advanced students, adult learners, business English students, and non-native English speakers who need to come up with professionally done documents in the English language.
At OWL, tutors can find resources about general writing, research and citation, subject specific writing, and job search writing that they can use to teach English as a Second Language learners.
A the unique point of this site is its section that gives tutors ideas on what to teach learners about writing for varied audiences:
- Writing for International Job Search = teaches job search terms in the United States that must be present in resumes
- Writing for a Business Audience in North American = teaches what to avoid and what to do when addressing a business audience in the United States and Canada
- Writing for a Business Audience in China = teaches how to write for domestic and international business audiences in China
- Writing for a Business Audience in India = teaches about the particular English writing styles in India and how they compare with Indian languages
Teach English as a Second Language through Speaking
Internet TESL Journal
Teach English as a Second Language by letting the students do the talking.
Ask them questions found at Internet TESL Journal, a site that lists down many kinds of questions related to anger, beauty, cities, dogs and cats, English study, family, getting to know each other, and many other topics.
Each topic at the site has several questions, good enough to take up about 30 minutes of lesson time.
The questions are also varied, with some simple enough to be answered by beginner learners while others complex enough to be challenging even to advanced learners.
By asking questions, tutors can actually teach English as a Second Language learners.
Students are prompted to listen to questions and analyze them.
They are also forced to think about their answers, compose them, and deliver them hopefully in logical and grammatically correct sentences.
Teach English as a Second Language through Pronunciation
Teach English as a Second Language learners about the sounds in English and how to enunciate these sounds in English words with the help of English Club, a good resource of English tongue twisters, rhymes, sounds of contractions, sentence stress and word stress.
English Club discusses how English is not phonetic and gives out a listing of pronunciation terms.
It has printable phonemic charts, interactive phonemic charts, as well as pronunciation quizzes and exercises.
Teach English as a Second Language through Listening
A treasure chest of hundreds of listening exercises and useful audio clips is found at English-Test.net , a site with mega-dose of exercises that are helpful to beginner to upper-intermediate learners.
To teach English as a Second Language using English-Test.net, tutors can download the files as MP3 or PDF.
They can also direct the students to the site and check the answers in advance to know the correct choices for each exercise before the lesson proper.
The topics of audio clips at English-Test.net range from job activities to time management and even office equipment.
The listening exercises are mostly for TOEIC or Test of English for International Communication but are actually excellent for general listening.
These exercises are categorized under photograph descriptions, conversations, questions-responses, and short talks.
With so much free exercises on this site that can last up to several weeks if not months, then tutors need not worry when they teach English as a Second Language.
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