Trips in Teachin’-

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"Notes for Trying Teachers"

 

This is a collection of quotes and links that come from ESL related websites.  The title for this collection was inspired by the following quote:

 

"Travel and music are the forerunners of education"

                                         Dr. Herzog

                                                                        University of Michigan--Dearborn, 1979

Dr. Herzog’s words should ring loud and clear in the ears of every educator that strives to share knowledge and information gained from experience with their students. Learning is a journey. Hopefully, it is a pleasant journey that inspires poetry of the heart, music of the mind. Hopefully, it is a journey that is to be shared and retold. Hopefully, it is a journey that brings us closer as people trying to make the most of the time we spend together. Hopefully, it is the passing of the torch from one generation to another, to light the flames of inspiration; to light the flames of a new dawn.

Famous Quotes on Education

Quotes are a wonderful way to start a day or start a lesson. Quotes can be written on the blackboard before a lesson to begin a theme. Quotes can stay with a student for a lifetime. Here are some quotes on education:

"When I was a boy on the Mississippi River there was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built."
—Mark Twain

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
—Malcolm S. Forbes

"Children need all school workers. A person is not 'just' a janitor, not 'just' a custodian. Janitors can see children when [teachers] don't see them, and bus drivers recognize that children who are disruptive on the bus are likely to be disorderly in the classroom. They're partners in education. We need each other to make this work."
—Rev. Jesse Jackson

"The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."
—Dan Rather

"What greater gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?"
Cicero

"I like to think that the greatest success of any life is that moment when a teacher touches a child's heart and it is never again the same.... Everything America is or ever hopes to be depends upon what happens in our school's classrooms."
—Frosty
Troy, editor, Oklahoma Observer

"Education is the transmission of civilization. Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned again by each new generation."
—David Kearns, former chair, Xerox Corporation

Websites for quotations:

http://www.bartleby.com/99/index.html

http://www.starlingtech.com/quotes/ 

Useful Websites

General

http://www.tesol.net/

Resources for teachers and students

 

www.eslflow.com

A variety of resources for all levels

 

www.englishclub.net

A plethora of teacher resources

 

www.tefl.net

A network for TEFL teachers (jobs, materials, reviews and resources)

Lessons

http://www.themeunits.com/August_c.html#Transportation

This site has several thematic lesson plans on transportation

 

http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/

teachers helping teachers

 

http://www.proteacher.com/110031.shtml

inventions and technology—ideas for all subjects

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http://www.cal.org/elem-ESL/

TESOL/elementary school

 

http://www.ezlink.com/~edu/EEnglRef.htm

Many English resources

Message Boards for Teachers—Check out the busy boards and the K-3 board.

 

http://www.esl-lounge.com/

Lesson plans and more

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http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors
Common Errors in English-this is a list of common errors that both native
and non-native speakers make. This list is useful as a reference while
you are revising and editing your papers. I recommend visiting this site
to see some common errors and read the explanations that are available.

http://webster.commnet.edu/HP/pages/darling/grammar.htm
This is a list of problems with links to explanations and tips. I
recommend going to this site and clicking on some of the links so you know
the kind of advice that is available. This site includes: Avoiding problems created by various words or phrases, tips for using articles-a, the and much more.

http://www.teachingtips.com/index.html

Articles, discussions, resources and many links—Ideas to inspire and support teachers.

 

http://www.sitesforteachers.com/ & http://www.learningpage.com/

Teaching-General

These website contains professionally developed worksheets for you to download and printable materials such as pictures and study tools. Although the front-page of these sites are unattractive, visitors to the sites certainly will be impressed by their content.

 

 Websites for using newspapers and other authentic texts:

http://www.bangkokpost.net/

The Bangkok Post

 

http://www.bangkokpost.net/education/index.htm

Go to Bangkok to Learn How to Use Your Local Newspaper in Your Classroom

 

http://www.ipl.org/div/news/

Online newspapers from around the world

 

http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Krajka-OnlineNews.html

Possibilities for using newspapers online

 

http://www.bangkokpost.net/education/aboutsite.htm

Newspaper lessons

 

http://lc.byuh.edu/CNN_N/CNN-N.html

CNN newsroom and word view

 

http://abcnews.go.com/

American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

 

http://www.nbc.com/

National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

 

http://www.kcal.com/

KCAL 9 Los Angeles

 

http://www.latimes.com/

Los Angeles Times

 

http://www.nytimes.com/

New York Times

 

http://www.ktla.com/

Local Los Angeles news

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/home/today/

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

 

http://losangelesdowntown.com/

Los Angeles local

 

http://www.usatoday.com/

USA Today

 

http://www.cnn.com/

CNN

 

http://us.imdb.com/

internet movie database


http://esl.miningco.com/msub3.htm
Listening - English as 2nd Language Net Links Your guide to a wide variety of listening possibilities on the Net. Including News, Short Stories, Interviews and more.

http://www.npr.org

All Things Considered--National Public Radio's All Things Considered. One of the best news sites on the Internet. Listen to stories individually or to the entire broadcast. Updated daily.

 Websites for ESL/EFL

http://www.eslcafe.com

Dave’s world famous ESL cafe

 

http://www.pacificnet.net/~sperling/quiz/

Quizzes, grammar and idioms

 

www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/eslindex.html

Lesson plans, resources and a job board

 

http://www.eslpartyland.com/teachers/Tinitial.htm

another popular site

*massive links—take some time to check these out—one visit won’t be enough

 

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/

The Internet TESL Journal

 

http://www.ncbe.gwu.edu/classroom/lessons.htm

lessons plans on the web

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslstudent.html

ESL resources for students

 

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/esladjadv.html

Some basic grammar rules

 

http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/lss/lang/esl/esllink.html
Excellent site!!!!! (tons of links)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/esl/ESL-teacher.html

http://www.protrainco.com/info/grammar.htm

Grammar
 

Websites for Games and other fun

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/c/games.html

Games galore

 

http://www.esl-lounge.com/songstop.html

Using song lyrics in the ESL classroom

 

http://www.grenough.com/singit/

Learn English through song

 

http://iteslj.org/links/TESL/Songs/

songs

 

http://www.eslgames.com/edutainment/#redirect

Edutainment -- Games and songs-marketing site

 

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/cw/

crossword puzzles for ESL students

 

http://iteslj.org/th/

Internet treasure hunts

 

http://iteslj.org/th/project.html

How to write a treasure hunt

 

http://iteslj.org/Lessons/Brown-TreasureHunts.html

Article about Internet treasure hunts

 

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/Articles/Warschauer-Internet.html

Excellent article that gives teachers some guidelines for using the Internet as a teaching tool.

 

On-line Listening/Speaking

http://www.esl-lab.com/

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

 

www.englishlistening.com

The English Listening Lounge

 

http://grove.ufl.edu/~ktrickel/activity.html

ESL Listening activities

 

Dictionaries and Translation

http://dictionary.reference.com/ or http://dictionary.reference.com/writing/

Dictionary.com

 

http://www.wordcentral.com/

quick-find dictionary and more

 

http://www.reference.com/Dir/Reference/Dictionaries/

A list of dictionaries and other reference sources on the world-wide web

 

http://www.babblefish.com/babblefish/

A web portal that caters to language translation, money conversion, loans, shopping, games and web development. Translate a website or text via translation software or online translator.

 

ESL/EFL Organizations

www.tesol.org

TESOL

 

www.catesol.org

California TESOL

 

www.iatefl.org

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

 

www.cal.org/ncle

National Center for ESL Literacy Education