|by Lynne Weintraub|
|Summer 2004 issue|
|Can ESOL students extend their classroom learning effectively using a lab or home computer? Can wait-listed or homebound students be referred to effective Internet sites for ESOL self-instruction? I believe that it’s possible, but you can spend weeks searching for a few well-designed sites.In compiling a list of suggested links for my program, I look for sites that present everyday American English, include interactive practice exercises, and feature topics relevant to adult learners. To me, the most important criteria is use of multimedia technology to provide audio and video content, so students can learn by listening, and through visual cues, rather than through print alone. Effective video instruction does exist on the web, but so far such sites are few and far between. Below is a short list of sites that do a fairly good job of it. It should be noted that students will require a fast connection and a good deal of computer memory to access the videos smoothly.
English for All
The California Distance Learning Project
Sounds of English
Lynne Weintraub coordinates the Jones Library ESL Center in Amherst, MA, and is the author of Citizenship: Passing the Test (New Readers Press). She maintains a list of self-access ESOL Internet links at www.joneslibrary.org/esl/adult.html and a citizenship educator resource page at users.crocker.com/~lynnew/. As a member of the LINKS Core Knowledge Group, she also nominates and reviews sites for the NIFL ESL Special Collection.
|Originally published in: Field Notes, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Summer 2004)
Publisher: SABES/World Education, Boston, MA, Copyright 2004.
Posted on SABES Web site: July 2004