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Additional Classroom Resources


One of the challenges faced by all educators is finding appropriate resources for use with their students. The resources below are meant to give some teaching ideas and get you started in the classroom. 

Books & Journals       Internet Resources

Books & Journals

The following books and journals can also be found at the OISE Library.

Rainbow Project Books

Welcome to Toronto: A Picture Dictionary for Newcomers.
Commons, B. et al. (2001).
Toronto.: TDSB

Let's Learn English for School: A Picture Dictionary for the Ontario Curriculum Grades 4 to 8.
Commons, B. et al. (2003).
Toronto.: TDSB

Taking Turns: A pair based text for beginning ESL.
Glein T, Margaret (1998).
Cambridge Massachusetts.: MMCC Publishing

Elementary Vocabulary Games: A Collection of Vocabulary Games and Games and Games and Activities for Elementary Students.
Hadfield, J. (1998).
Harlow, England.: Addison-Wesley Longman

Math Visual Glossary.
Hansen Dale,Pamela (1997).
Vancouver, British Columbia.: VSB Curriculum Publications

Voices past and present: Literature for ESL students at the intermediate level.
Porter, J. (2002).
Toronto.: Wall and Emerson

Education on the net: 2001.
Provenzo Jr., E.F. and Gotthoffer, D. (2001).
Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Part 2 (The internet and the world wide web for educators-The internet as a tool for your studies in education)

English for Primary Teachers: A Handbook of Activities and Classroom Language.
Slattery, M., & Willis, J. (2001).
Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The complete ESL/EFL cooperative and communicative activity book.
Sloan, S. (1994).
Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company.

Dave Sperling's Internet Guide Second Edition.
Sperling, D. (1998).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents.

English Extra: Activity book.
Tanaka, Grace & Ferrel, Kay (1998).
New Jersey.: Prentice Hall Regents

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Internet Resources

Activities for ESL Students

Lesson plans, tips and teaching materials offered from an ESL teacher in Hungary. 

English Pronunciation / Listening

Online Writing Lab

This is a site of Web units created by Michael Feldman for use by ESL and EFL students. However, they can easily be adapted for other languages. Each unit contains instructions for the students, instructions for the teacher, links to sites related to the theme of the unit, and question sets, activities, and quizzes for the student to do.

The MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet This site provides links to 9,000 radio stations around the world including the United States, Canada, and other countries of North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Oceania/ Australia.

A page leading to a variety of ESL lesson plans. For an interesting sub-page: *A fun reading comprehension activity. For another interesting sub-page: *TESL: Teaching Tips and Ideas (at the bottom of the page), *75 ESL Teaching Ideas

ESL Lesson Plans and Resources

English Maze - Online English Lessons

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab. Includes everyday conversations and listening activities for use as quizzes, and vocabularly lesson plans on audio.  

Resource for Pen pals This is a commercial site that provides information on language schools in Europe and foreign language materials. It includes a pen pal service.

Guide to Language learning resources and schools on the web

Interesting Things for ESL Students

http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/eslwract.htm A page leading to a variety of ESL writing activities. For an interesting sub-page: *PIZZAZ (a page of writing and oral storytelling activities and copyable handouts)

This page lists Holy Days of 12 major religions: Aboriginal Peoples, Baha'i, Buddhism, Christian, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Wicca and Zoroastrian. Teachers can check out this website to learn what major holidays students practise.

Language Arts/ESL resources

A collection of handouts and quizzes, lesson plans, teacher tips and English language reference material.

Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun


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