Resources for Teachers: Good Places to Start



The following sections and their accompanying pages are full of resources that are available for free, with only a few exceptions made for resources that are exceptionally good deals. Most of these resources are in English but almost all are useful to any foreign/second language teacher. This page is dedicated to what members of this wiki think are the best for newbies to try. Below these recommendations are links to pages with more complete lists.

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Publications
Professional Associations
Blogs and Wikis

Authoring Programs and Sites
Testing and Grading
Free-use Sounds and Images
Online dictionaries, conjugation and translation tools
Online Teacher Training, Learning Environments and Materials to use for Class
Online Social Networking
Webliographies and Specialized Search Engines

Publications

Internet TESOL Journal Contains Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links. http://iteslj.org/
EFL Publication Catalog This online catalog provides teachers and students from around the world with information on the publications produced by the U.S. Department of State's Office of English Language Programs. Over 80 titles are produced by the Office of English Language Programs and distributed through U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. http://eca.state.gov/education/engteaching/pubs/
English Teaching Forum Journal Archives issues from 2007 and back are free to access. Dont let the issue titles fool you, the magazine primarily has articles related to teaching. The issue titles refer to a lighter article about U.S. culture. http://exchanges.state.gov/englishteaching/forum/archives.html
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Professional Associations
TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a US based professional organization with associate organizations in various countries.http://www.tesol.org
CILT:The Centre for Information on Language Teaching London now known as the National Centre for Languages. CILT is the leading information centre on language teaching in Europe - maybe the world. http://www.cilt.org.uk/|http://www.cilt.org.uk
CALICO A long-established professional association devoted to promoting the use of computer assisted language learning. http://www.calico.org/|http://www.calico.org
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Wikis and Blogs
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day Good blog assessing new online resources http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/
Daily English Activities Blog This site has a wide variety of different types of activities in English. Some are standard, like grammar drills but most are interactive and authentic like chatting with Santa or learning a song in English. Very good place to start for teachers looking for ideas to start integrating simple technology/task-based activities into student learning. http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/2008/12/have-chat-with-santa.html
Learning technology teacher development blog A resource-sharing blog with tips, resources and teaching materials for EFL and ESL teachers. Target audience for this blog is newbies. http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/
Voicethread for Education ideas for using Voicethread in class http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/
Free Technology For Teachers overview of technology, mostly web/based available free for teachers to use http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
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Free-use Images and Sounds
CAPL (Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon) An image bank set up and maintained by Washington and Jefferson College, Pennsylvania. It consists of a searchable and categorised bank of around 2000 images. It exists under a Creative Commons license, meaning you are free to use the images for non-commercial educational purposes http://www.washjeff.edu/CAPL/
Graphic Maps This is one of various websites for maps to incorporate into a word-processed document, PowerPoint presentation or Web page http://www.graphicmaps.com/clipart.htm
Pixels, Please This is a social networking site (Ning) designed to allow teachers to collaborate and share resources such as ideas, lesson plans, etc. esp. about how to use digital images in the classroom. http://pixelsplease.ning.com/
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Testing and Grading
DIALANG - A major EC-funded project on online diagnostic language testing, co-ordinated by the Freie Universität Berlin. The project aims to design sets of diagnostic tests at 6 different levels in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish., linked to the http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/websites.htm#cef#cef|Common European Framework Access to the tests is currently free of charge: http://www.dialang.org/|http://www.dialang.org.
Markin This is a program for marking work submitted by students as text data, for example via email or as a word-processed document. It was developed as a marking system for courses delivered via the Internet, and can produce marked work in the form of HTML files that can be viewed in a Web browser, or as RTF files that can be viewed with a word-processor http://www.cict.co.uk/software/markin/
Authorship Analysis Software from University of Arizona Authorship analysis software can help to identify authorship of texts and consequently, plaguarism. Such software has been used by literary and linguistic researchers for many years and is now widely used by security services in counter-terrorism activities. http://ai.arizona.edu/authorship/

Worksheet Generator Enter a text and convert it into a worksheet with your chosen percentage of words blanked out. Multiple-choice, matching and scrambling exercises can also be created via this website: http://school.discoveryeducation.com/teachingtools/worksheetgenerator/




Online dictionaries, conjugation and translation tools
Lingro A tool which allows you to read a Web page in its original language and then click on individual words you don't know to both see and hear the word in a variety of other languages. It even remembers which words you've looked at to give you a words list to learn from. Available for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Polish http://lingro.com/|http://lingro.com
LookWAYup combines a multilingual dictionary, thesaurus, translation, and other handy tools. With a double-click you can look up the meaning of a word, search it on the same site or the whole Web using your favourite search engine, and more. http://lookwayup.com/|http://lookwayup.com
TheFreeDictionary English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/|http://www.thefreedictionary.com
Ultralingua As well as offering online and offline dictionaries, Ultralingua offers a useful facility that can convert a Web page into a "dictionary-enabled" page, so that the words on the page are clickable and can be looked up in a defining dictionary (English) or a bilingual dictionary. You type or paste the URL of the Web page into the address box and choose the source and target language. The original Web page is then made available as a dictionary-enabled, clickable page. Some Web pages can't be dictionary-enabled, but it works most of the time. Includes verb conjugation tables too: http://www.ultralingua.net/ and http://ultralingua.com/online-dictionary/
Verbix A Windows verb conjugator, covering a wide range of languages and available both as freeware and shareware:
http://www.verbix.com/webverbixhttp://www.verbix.com/windowsverbix
Vocabulix Vocabulary Trainer and Conjugation Trainer. A free website that helps you improve your vocabulary in various foreign languages. Vocabulix is divided into several lessons. You simply choose a lesson in a foreign language and the system will help you to memorize the words of that lesson. http://www.vocabulix.com/
AllWords A useful multilingual online dictionary: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch. Also lots of useful links for word lovers: crossword puzzles, word games, glossaries, song lyrics, translation programs, etc http://www.allwords.com/|http://www.allwords.com
All Dict Online collaborative dictionary project http://www.dicts.info/

Online Teacher Training, Learning Environments and Materials to use for Class
The Language Menu site with resources for teachers of many different languages including worksheet generators, interactive games, a clipart gallery, a database of materials downloadable in PDF format and more http://teachers.thelanguagemenu.com/
One Stop English News Monthy news stories are free and include activities and answer keys. Legal to print and photocopy for class. http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp?sectionType=listsummary&catid=59514
Tapped In is an online community of teachers and educators. When you register as a member of Tapped In (free), you can find resources, join groups, and even set up your own private virtual office where you can hold text chat meetings with your students, friends, or colleagues http://tappedin.org/
Webquest.org Touts itself as the most complete and current source of information about the WebQuest Model. Contains information about the webquest model, has a databank of pre-made webquests and gives guidance on creating webquests. http://webquest.org/index.php
Subject Matter Sites A collected of reviewed sites from most academic areas mostly for K-12 education. Useful for content-based instruction in English. http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/subject_matter/
Teacher Tube You Tube for teachers and students! http://www.teachertube.com/index.php
Slideshare presentation making and sharing application. Can make presentations for students to look at or have students make presentations http://www.slideshare.net/Bubbleshare is a similar application http://www.bubbleshare.com/
Online Social Networking
Mexico English Teachers Alliance A ning dedicated to bringing together English teachers (but not necessarily in Mexico), esp. those interested in Web 2.0 and other technologies. http://metamexico.ning.com/
EFL Classroom 2.0 Ning for a worldwide audience of English as a Foreign Language teachers. http://eflclassroom.ning.com/index.php


Webliographies and Specialized Search Engines
iLoveLanguages Formerly known as the Human Languages Page, a comprehensive guide to language-related Web sites. Tyler Chambers (né Jones) is a great gatherer of information about foreign languages. You’ll find these pages worth a visit: http://www.ilovelanguages.com
Intute is a free online service providing access to a wide range of Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners: http://www.intute.ac.uk/
Kidon Media-Link This is where you find links to all kinds of media - newspapers, magazines, websites, press agencies, radio and TV stations - all over the world: http://www.kidon.com/media-link
Martindale's Language Center A wealth of information on languages all over the world, compiled by Jim Martindale. Fascinating stuff including dictionaries, translation services and information on American Indian and Australian indigenous languages: http://www.martindalecenter.com/Language.html
Newstran This site is headed "Automatically Translate Virtually Every Major Newspaper in the World!". It is extremely useful for locating newspapers in a wide range of languages. You can also locate selected newspapers that have been translated using http://www.camsoftpartners.co.uk/websites.htm#babelfish#babelfish The quality and accuracy is what you can expect from Babel Fish or any another automatic translation system - but you can get the gist, e.g. "The red-green coalition agreement pushes in the SPD obviously increasingly on criticism" as a rendering of "Die rot-grüne Koalitionsvereinbarung stößt in der SPD offensichtlich zunehmend auf Kritik": http://www.newstran.com/
University of Sussex Virtual CALL Library includes links to CALL shareware: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/langc/CALL.html
World Radio Network Radio stations around the world, including radio stations broadcasting in foreign languages http://www.wrn.org/
Linguanet Europa A substantial online catalogue of language learning resources is also being built up here: http://www.linguanet-europa.org/
Edublog Awards not exactly a webliography but a good collection of nominated sites by this site's readers. http://edublogawards.com/2007/best-educational-wiki-2007/
Super Language Web site large webliography of various languages http://www.uni.edu/becker/
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