Trips in Teachin’-


"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?"

"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."
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: 

Useful Websites


Resources for teachers and students

A variety of resources for all levels

A plethora of teacher resources

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


This site has several thematic lesson plans on transportation

teachers helping teachers

inventions and technology—ideas for all subjects

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TESOL/elementary school

Many English resources

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

Lesson plans and more

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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.
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.

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


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:

The Bangkok Post

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

Online newspapers from around the world

Possibilities for using newspapers online

Newspaper lessons

CNN newsroom and word view

American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

KCAL 9 Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times

New York Times

Local Los Angeles news

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

Los Angeles local

USA Today


internet movie database
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.

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

Dave’s world famous ESL cafe

Quizzes, grammar and idioms

Lesson plans, resources and a job board

another popular site

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

The Internet TESL Journal

lessons plans on the web

ESL resources for students

Some basic grammar rules
Excellent site!!!!! (tons of links)


Websites for Games and other fun

Games galore

Using song lyrics in the ESL classroom

Learn English through song


Edutainment -- Games and songs-marketing site

crossword puzzles for ESL students

Internet treasure hunts

How to write a treasure hunt

Article about Internet treasure hunts

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


On-line Listening/Speaking

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

The English Listening Lounge

ESL Listening activities


Dictionaries and Translation or

quick-find dictionary and more

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

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


California TESOL

International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

National Center for ESL Literacy Education