Monday, December 20, 2004

ESL: Movies in the ESL Classroom

I just ran across an ESL site with an interesting idea. Many students enjoy movies, and it is easy enough to bring movies into the classroom. The following site has a lesson plan on watching movies made for ESL students. Check it out! I also like the Problems/Solutions exercise, as well as the Changes in the Past 50 Years, which are accessed off the same page.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Happy Holidays to All! Posted by Hello

Monday, December 13, 2004

ESL/ABE/GED: Descriptive Writing

Often students ask about writing, which is difficult to teach in an ESL program that emphasizes speaking, listening and pronunciation. The above link is to a list of tips for writing despcriptive essays. Students who are studying for the TOEFL or just needing to expand their skills might find these useful.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Holiday Greetings

Happy Holidays to you all!


Monday, November 29, 2004

General: Informational: New Sites

If you have time during the holiday break to add to the list of sites available, please add them to the blog. Also, if you have checked out the sites I previously listed, please give your review of the site. This is the season for sharing!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

ESL: Compilation ESL Sites...A Whole Lotta Teaching Going On

These sites have links to a large number of other ESL sites: a site for finding resources to learn English on the Web Dave's ESL Cafe has been around a long time, and keeps getting better. Good materials for instructors and students. ESL Teacher's ESL website listing, including ESL job listings This is another compilation site that includes links to sites with online dictionaries, idioms and slang links, and sites for things like clipart and ESL through music.

Service: Website: Tech Soup for Non-Profits

For non-profits looking to expand their tech stock, check out this site:

There is also a forum on various subjects that could be of interest to some of you. And they have really great soup recipes too!

Monday, November 15, 2004

ESL/ABE: American History: Holy Turkey!

Here's a site for ESL that teaches a lot about America, especially for ESL learners.

Gobble it up!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

ESL: Compendium: ESL sites

You can try some of these sites with ESL students. : Over 1000 quizzes, exercises and puzzles : English exercises : ESL activities for adults : Science activities : Learn English, including slang/ meet other ESL students : The cool way to learn English - for students and instructors : Literacy for ESL students : American culture lessons and lesson plans

This are just a few of the hundreds of sites out there. Note that sites may disappear quickly, since they depend on a 'host' to keep them viable. Please comment on the value of the site if you visit it. By the way, these are 'hot' links, which will allow you to access them simply by clicking on the address.

Thank you!

I enjoyed sharing the future of ESL technology with your class. I hope that you will use this blog to get acquainted with the concept, as well as share your ideas, questions and great website finds with the rest of the group. Let me know if there is anything I can do to facilitate the process. As soon as I get the list of email addresses, I will send out invitations to join this blog. Until that time, you can still post using the 'comments' button at the bottom of this post.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Welcome to the WCC AELC Blog!

I'd like to welcome you to a new format of sharing learning and skills. This blog can be used for questions, comments, ideas, and general information about teaching English as a Second Language. You can start your blog experience by sending an email to Judith Sotir ( and requesting an invitation. Once you accept the invitation, you will be able to post under your own name. You will have to have a computer enabled to accept cookies to be able to post in this manner. A blog is a sharing community, and is only as good as the the people who populate it. Contact me at the college at 630-906-4128 if you have any questions. Also note that this can provide for threaded conversation, and instead of individual posts, you can choose an existing post and hit the 'comment' button (at the end of the post)to add your own thoughts to a specific subject. When you are finished, hit 'publish post' and you're a published author.