ESL Resources: Finding, Creating & Modifying As we all know, the standard curriculum material tends to be a bit dry and dated. So, we really should try to liven up stale course materials. We can use:
Colorful and funny PowerPoint’s
INTERNET RESOURCES What’s good? As far as websites go, the BEST website we can use (which I hope most of you are already aware of and using) is www. smoeworld .com .
Specifically for SMOE native English speaking teachers.
http://www.esl-kids.com/worksheets/worksheets.html (Many kinds of worksheets you can create yourself and print)
http://www.esnips.com/web/Worksheets-Vocabalphabetgrammaerphonicsetc (My own Esnips folder filled with just worksheets which I downloaded from subscription only websites)
http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/ (pre-made or customizable worksheets)
LESSON PLANNING TIPS When planning a lesson, we need to:
Think of activities that will make the class more mentally and physically active
Try to incorporate activities that allow learners to use and improve more than one skill (reading/writing/speaking)
Don’t use material SOLELY for fun. Learning is always the main goal.
Be consistant with previous and following lessons
Manage your time well. Allow enough time for both explaining the activity and doing the activity
FINAL THOUGHT We all have to keep in mind that every teacher has a different idea of what will work best with students. What works with mine, may not work as well with yours. We need to know our own students, what they can do, what they like, how they think, and their motivations for learning English. Then we develop materials with this in mind.