Teaching tips and advice
General ESL/EFL reading materials
- English reading comprehension skills
Articles and materials from about.com.
“English language teaching materials with learning activities”.
- eslsite.com – reading resources
Seems not to have been updated in a few years, but some good resources nonetheless.
General interest reading materials
- Urban Legends
Site dedicated to exploring common urban legends. Great for sparking discussion, as well as being interesting to read in its own right.
- Collins Compendium of Free Online Comics
Lots of stuff from Marvel, DC and many lesser-known publishers.
- DC Comics
- Marvel Comics
You can find out about Marvel comic characters, latest movie releases, and so on.
Lists many free, online comics.
Maps – interactive
These sites allow users to add information to maps, and to read information added by others.
News – online special interest magazines
- The Economist
Political and business news. Great materials for IELTS and higher-level Cambridge exam classes.
- New Scientist
Popular, non-technical science mag. Useful for IELTS and higher-level Cambridge exam classes.
- National Geographic
Wonderful photography, as well as interesting articles on different societies and so on.
News – online newspapers
- BBC World Service
Excellent, multilingual, UK-based current affairs and radio service.
Links to an alleged 10,000 on-line regional ‘papers (I haven’t counted them…)
All the latest business news and mainstream news headlines pretty much as it happens…
African news from various sources.
- Arab World News
Middle Eastern news and Arabia FM.
- Asahi Shimbun
Japanese newspaper in English, sponsored by Asahi beer.
- Financial Times
UK-based business ‘paper.
- The Grauniad
Liberal UK ‘paper online.
- The Hindu
Indian national daily newspaper and supplements.
- The Jerusalem Post (Internet Edition)
Israeli news and information.
Israeli and Arabic news links; Israeli radio.
- The Moscow Times
English-language Moscow daily.
- The New York Times
- Palestine Post
Palestinian news and information.
- South China Morning Post
Hong Kong-based daily.
Notes from the Underground
- UK Independent Media Centre
News from non-commercial sources.
- Truth in Media
Alternative slants on major news stories.
Excellent site with info on sensitive trials/ global security issues.
- The Menwith Hill Site
Spies on the USA’s largest overseas spy base and links to Yorkshire CND.
- Corporate Europe Observatory
Left-wing reports on European corporations.
Create interactive, online posters using text, images, music and/or video. Useful for recycling vocabulary or for online writing tasks, especially those of a more personal nature (e.g., introductions, describing feelings).
Free, online program which allows you or your students to “tell the story” of moments in history, famous people, themselves, and so on, by “placing items” (such as text files, images, video or music clips) in a “virtual box” online. Can be used for vocabulary recycling activities as well as speaking, listening, reading, pronunciation or writing ones.
Free, online noticeboard generator. You can choose colour schemes and upload various kinds of content. Requires registration to use properly.
Wherein students can create and take online surveys and questionnaires.