English language learners

Listen Up!

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If your ESL learner would like a good resource for listening practice at home, check out Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab at www.esl-lab.com. Listening exercises are divided into categories of easy, medium, and difficult. Each exercise has pre- and post-listening activities, such as discussion topics, comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and suggestions for extension activities.

Roll the Dice!

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Forming questions is often very difficult for English language learners. If you have a die (or a pair of dice), you can make a game of asking questions. Assign each number a question word; for example, one is who, two is what, three is where, four is when, five is why, and six is how. Roll the die, and your learner (and/or you) should ask a question using that word. The question and answer may also spark a very interesting conversation.

Free Resource for Learning English as a Second Language

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Pumarosa.com is a free, bilingual, phonetic, and interactive English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) website for Spanish-speaking learners of all ages. It will help learners gain knowledge of English grammar, sentence structure, and will also strengthen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The website encourages continuous participation. Pumarosa was designed to teach basic English to Spanish-speaking students, but its graded structure can be easily adapted for teaching English to learners whose first language is not Spanish.

NEW Resource for ESL tutors and learners

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ESL tutor Steve told us on his monthly report that he found a fun, useful website to use with his ESL learner called Stickyball.net, and we thought we’d pass the word along! 

“The following Website and its free downloads were very useful:  http://stickyball.net/phrasal-verbs.html.  Today I gave her a "final exam" which was fun with three review sheets: