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July 10, 2007

Tips and Tricks- Using the Internet in the Classroom

Hello Readers,

When you think about using resources in the classroom, what do you think of? Perhaps you think about using movies, pictures, or flashcards. But what about using the internet? Though you may not have access to computers in the classroom, your students are more than likely to have access to the internet at home...

...or at a nearby internet cafe. So if you can't actually use the internet in your class, you can easily incorporate it into your lessons by having students use it after class on their own time.

Here are some examples of how you can use the internet for your classes.

1. Use the internet to find materials for class.
2. Send homework assignments to students via email and have students respond in the same way.
3. Set up a website for your class.
4. Ask students to research different topics (eg. favorite band) on the website and then use the material for presentations.
5. Have students communicate with penpals with emails.

For ELT materials online, go to: http://www.eslcafe.com or this website: http://www.esl-lesson-plan.com

For free email addresses for your students, go to http://www.yahoo.com or http://www.hotmail.com

For free software that will take the pain out of making a webpage, go to: http://www.tucows.com

For a free search engine, try: http://www.google.com or http://www.wikipedia.org

For information about setting up penpals for your students, go to: http://www.cambridge.org/elt/chlt/internet or http://www.penpals.com

There are plenty of other ways to use the internet as a resource with your students. If you have any experience with this, feel free to share your ideas with the readers below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*For more ESL Tips & Tricks from ESL-Lesson-Plan, please click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 10, 2007 07:05 PM

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