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Internet Resources

USE THE WEB during your tutoring sessions.  You will have to check out several links before you find specific lesson plans. Many of the sites below are umbrellas for other sites. Please report outdated links and sites that bombard the screen with pop-up ads so we can remove these links.   Thanks to intern Marie Dador, Spring 2010 for reviewing and updating this site.

1. Sites recommended and used by tutors:
Capital Community College, Hartford, CT. Grammar and writing tools for all levels  http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/. This listening lab  http://www.esl-lab.com/ is all audio and not for LC use, but a great site for learners to use at home. Edhelper.com   http://www.edhelper.com/  might look like it is meant for children; you will find a wealth of guides here for everything from pronunciation to grammar to topics for writing; previous tutors loved it.

2. ESL Lesson Plans and Resources  http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/eslplans.html offers detailed lesson plans for teaching beginning ESL students. This is a good site for beginning tutors to review--it shows how a lesson flows with specific practice of certain conversational goals and the follow up that this practice requires.

3.  The National Institute for Literacy   http://lincs.ed.gov is a rich resource, an extensive index to hundreds of sites, clearly organized but very large. This page is part of the "Lincs" service, which offers abstracts of websites concerning Literacy and reviews resources for teachers and tutors; there are some 5778 sites reviewed; there is also a useful search engine. Also, the Center for Applied Linguistics at http://www.cal.org/ has a number of reports and materials to help with adult education, second language learning, and literacy.  Another source is Penn State's Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy http://www.ed.psu.edu/isal/ 

4. Dave's ESL Café   http://www.eslcafe.com/  is a popular site for ESL learners and teachers. It offers a help center at which learners can post questions about English grammar and have them answered in a short time. Also available are discussion forums for teachers and students, teaching strategies, icebreakers, and lesson plan suggestions, which are listed under "ideas" on the home page.

5. The Internet TESL Journal  http://iteslj.org/   offers articles describing specific teaching techniques, some for classroom use (but very useful in our setting). The format of each article is a model for a lesson plan; very practical.

6. Purdue Online Writing Lab at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/ is one of the best resources on the web.

7.The Georgetown Univeristy Writing Center at http://writingcenter.georgetown.edu/ is also a good resource.

8. An excellent resource when teaching pronunciation is the University of Iowa's site at




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1110 W Loyola Ave, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60626
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