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’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
"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
—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."
"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
"Education is the transmission of
civilization. Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned again by each
—David Kearns, former chair, Xerox Corporation
Websites for quotations:
Resources for teachers and students
A variety of resources for all levels
A plethora of teacher resources
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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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
Online newspapers from around the world
Possibilities for using newspapers online
CNN newsroom and word view
American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
New York Times
Local Los Angeles news
British Broadcasting Company (BBC)
Los Angeles local
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)
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.
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
The English Listening Lounge
ESL Listening activities
Dictionaries and Translation
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.
International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language