Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Resources and websites for working with teenage ESOL students

Many ESOL Tutors find themselves specializing in teenage provision as FE colleges across the country have responded to the demand for courses.

These resources and links aim to provide plenty of inspiration, content and language skills.

The British Council have got a part of their website dedicated to teaching teenagers - visit  learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org  for lots of topics, ideas and lesson plans.

British Council have also publish a set of "Great" lesson plans touching on topics such as Entrepreneurs, Countryside, Creativity, Environment, Innovation; all things that make Great Britain "Great" - TeachingEnglish

I recently discovered eslchestnut - This is an inspiring and comprehensive website for tutors working with teenage ESL and EFL students. It is well organised and full of great teaching ideas.

The BBC have produced a large number of games and activities for students learning English - BBC Skillswise There are plenty of numeracy resources on the site too!

This website, also by the BBC offers plenty of topics and ideas bbclearningenglish

The Times Educational Supplement provides Education Jobs, Teaching Resources and a weekly magazine. The resources are of a very high quality and can be searched easily. You must sign up to a free account to access many of the resources.

I have recently opened a Pinterest account and have found plenty of inspiration for my classroom decoration, teaching ideas and class management strategies, shared by other users. Well worth a visit.

Politics can be a boring topic but in the build up to a General Election we will definitely be exploring this website; parliament.uk/education

I am a huge fan of this website as I love bringing creativity to writing. The language garden provides a new approach to grammatical and multi-modal learning; languagegarden - website

The Blog is also well worth a look for ideas; languagegarden - blog

For a comprehensive list of Classroom Activities and Games suitable for ESOL students, visit - iteslj.org/games The list is huge and of a high quality.

E-safety is an area that we need to be encouraging students and tutors to be aware of - Think-U-Know?
is a fantastic resource providing plenty of material to increase awareness of E-safety.

I found this set of activities on the Digital Learning for Wales website - there's plenty to discuss and some great short videos; Hoodie-Trouble

Spelling can always be hard for teenagers. This activity makes it more engaging. There are a number of other sites out there offering the same but I like this one - Look Cover Write - 2 Levels

Comics provide a different way to get students to read and deduce meaning. ComicsEnglish provides plenty of content.

Make your own Comics
ToonDoo is my favourite Comic making website. You need a few IT skills but the options are almost unlimited and allow you to make very rich engaging comics.

GoAnimate is my favourite animation website and again provides almost limitless options. The paid version would make a very nice Xmas present!

TrueTube offers hundreds of videos, lesson plans and assemblies for schools and colleges. Some of the content may touch on areas that some students may find challenging but I think if offers amazing depth and diversity in its topics.

Finally, where would we be without YouTube, the ultimate video website? There's so much that can be said with a 2 or 3 minute video clip. This is one of my favourites but I'd love to know what you use in your classrooms and any other websites that I may have missed out.

Tutors working with teenagers desperately need an online community which can support and share resources. Get in touch if you work with teenage ESOL students and let's build one!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for mentioning my blog! We both love working with teens! Your blog is very resourceful! I'll definitely come back for new ideas!


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