Kim Oliver ESOL Web Links
Tech up your teaching! Every good teacher knows that the resources outside the classroom are as important as those inside for students to improve their mastery of the English language! The internet is now a gold mine of resources, but some are more helpful than others! So I have created a page with the best of the best web resources available for ESL teachers and students.
This is a wonderful resource; the videos are divided in to different levels and range from music videos to commercials to TV programs to TED videos. The most useful part are the comprehension quizzes and transcripts.
Even though this has no ESL content, it has so many applications for higher level listening and vocabulary development. Note that most videos have a transcript in which any word or phrae can be clicked, and the video will jump riight to that part of the video.
This is similar to TED Talks, although this site has video and blogs. Very useful for advanced practice on current topics.
Over 70 videos, produced by Real English, organized generally around grammar points (especially the lower levels). The first view is without closed captioning, then the second view is with. Most of the videos have comprehension questions as well. There is a "record and compare" tool coming soon.
This site has a series of videos with idioms, pronunciation, quizzes, etc.
Again, not an ESL video, but really useful, short how-to videos; great for process listening/note-taking.
Similar to MonkeySee above, but some of the processes are more in powerpoint/printed form.
ELLO online listening lab
ELLLO is a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Great Site!! Listening exercises, vocabulary, real life situations.
Henry Resource page
This site is out of France, but has the most wonderful set of links to great listening sites. Each topic has links from a wide variety of sources from powerpoints to videos to handouts.
This site has three levels of conversation, followed by comprehension questions and full text. There are also nice lessons on speaking, using common phrases, etc.
A daily "pod" listening lesson. Students can listen to a common daily dialogue, read it, and even use flashcards for vocabulary. Update--this site is no longer free; the cost is low for the basic level, and there is a free trial
Listen and Write
Twenty-one levels of listening dictation with simple news stories.
Simple News stories
Simple (As in only about three sentences!) news stories with the option to listen, some vocabulary highlights
This is a beginner visual vocabulary guide. You choose the topic (i.e. fruits), and picturers pop up. You listen to the pronunciation as you roll over the word. Great for beginners.
Teaching English with Songs
Songs with vocabulary work, cloze exercises, listening exercises and discussion questions.
Songs and Activities for English Learners
Over 200 songs with activities, including links to grammar points
There is a list of about 10 songs with exercises in PDF form, most are Christmas ones!; the rest of the site has a lot more, but only through paid subscription. The lessons are well done, though, with readings, vocabulary and listening exercises.
This isn't an ESL site, so there aren't any overt language learning lessons, but it is basically a cloze-fill site, with three different levels. It could be adapted to classroom listening at the lower levels--fun for students who love singing along with the music!
Yep, listen to and sing karaoke. Free, but requires registration.
Useful non-ESL listening sites
Scientific American 60-second science
Once again, not specifically for ESL, but for specialized and advanced students, the topics are interesting and often from current events.
Voice of America
In addition to news, this site has some useful exercises for learning English, with listening and reading
NPR: National Public Radio
Great news and social topics in a slower presentation