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August 08, 2011

Lesson Plans - Starting A New School Year

In the Northern Hemisphere at least, it's that time of year again. Yes, it is time to think about a new...

...academic school year.

I don't know about anyone else, but I like to start my new school year with as many new ideas and resources as possible.

Here's a collection of websites and other resources. I'll have more later, in fact I might have a continuing series of useful and practical sources.

When a website is called an ESL RESOURCE CENTER for learners and teachers of English, you can usually count on it being packed with tested, useful and practical information and resources - and you'd be right. You can start here - http://www.eslus.com/eslcenter.htm.

If you poke around, you will find all kinds of academic support covering everything from practices, games or vocabulary worksheets.You can even find links to other recommended sites - http://www.eslus.com/esl/resource4.htm.

Here's a link I like; have any students who learn better using games or crossword puzzles? Use some here or make your own - http://www.puzzlesnow.com/.

Here's another website I like. I don't know about you, but I like to present my students with new, high interest material every day. Here is a daily English lesson that should keep all of your students, at every level, interested and involved in learning new terms the way a native speaker would use them. Check this out - http://www.eslus.com/LESSONS/dailylesson.htm.

I love the internet.You never know what little piece of information, story, song or insight you might stumble into. I incorporate my little discoveries in my classes all the time.

Let us know what links or other resources you find useful or encouraging. We are all learning and making new connections all the time. Let us know what does - or doesn't - work for you.

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and unlikely and ridiculous situations. And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at August 8, 2011 11:27 PM


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