Teflnet TEFL Site Awards

Visit TEFL.net each month to review our Site of the Month selection. TEFL.net links ELT teachers with useful websites that offer valuable shortcuts, tips and lessons for using in the classroom. Join thousands of teachers online and become part of a worldwide teaching community. The ideas for tomorrow’s class may be just a click away!

Coach Katie

TEFL.net Site Award April 2014 |
2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year

2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year

When Katie Brown, an ELL teacher at Shuksan Middle School, won Washington State 2014 Teacher of the Year, she decided to create a website to document her journey. Katie is a big fan of teamwork and collaboration. She posts her materials and tips on her coaching site for free, and expects nothing in return. (more…)

Teach Them English

TEFL.net Site Award March 2014 |
Teach Them English

Adam Simpson’s Blog

Adam Simpson is an experienced English language teacher in Turkey. His reflective blog “Teach Them English” is full of activity suggestions, teaching tips, and stories from both inside and outside the classroom. The career TEFLer, as he calls (more…)

eltjam

TEFL.net Site Award February 2014 |
eltjam

eltjam

If you’re interested in trends, apps, technology, and changes in ELT publishing, you’ll find up-to-date information on eltjam. This blog is a side project of the eltjamjar team. The UK-based team includes Nick Robinson, Laurie Harrison, and Tim Gifford, an innovative group of English language material developers who recently created their own ELT publishing solutions company. (more…)

ESLjokes

TEFL.net Site Award January 2014 |
ESLjokes

ESLjokes

Do you like to start your classes with a laugh? ESLjokes features jokes written in graded English. Each joke comes with written exercises that focus on the grammar and vocabulary used in the joke. The jokes are categorized as elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, and upper-intermediate/advanced. You can search for the grammar point that you are teaching or reviewing, and print out a joke that can be used to supplement your textbook and other materials. (more…)

Popplet

TEFL.net Site Award December 2013 |

Popplet

Popplet is an easy to use online collaboration tool. Students can use it to brainstorm in small groups or work on group projects at home. Teachers can use it to generate discussion or to check understanding of vocabulary, grammar, etc. Popplet can also be used for visual presentations. Completed popplets can be shared and embedded easily. Since Popplet has very limited text, it is popular with teachers of English learners. (more…)

The Future of Education

TEFL.net Site Award November 2013 |
The Future of Education

The Future of Education

The Future of Education is an online community for educators interested in professional development and connected learning. This Ning network was created by Steve Hargadon, who has been described as “The Oprah of Education”. Click on the Interviews tab to find links to hundreds of interviews to inspire your teaching. Recorded sessions from the recent Reform Symposium Conference are available from the RSCON tab on the homepage. The Reform Symposium features many sessions that are specifically geared towards English language teachers. (more…)

StoryCorps

TEFL.net Site Award October 2013 |
StoryCorps

StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an oral history project of interviews about everyday Americans who have a story to tell. The Listening Page on the website features short, authentic audio recordings and transcripts from the interviews. You can access these excerpts for free, and use them with your students for listening practice. StoryCorps has done several story themes, such as the September 11th initiative and the history of Latinos living in America. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ ELT Teacher 2 Writer

TEFL.net Site Award September 2013 |
ELT Teacher 2 Writer

ELT Teacher 2 Writer

Most English language teachers create a lot of their own materials. After teaching English for a number of years, many teachers start to wonder if there is anything they can do with all of the worksheets and materials they have created. ELT Teacher 2 Writer (T2W) offers a number of resources for teachers who are interested in writing and publishing materials. On T2W, teachers can add their name and work experience to a free database where ELT publishers come to do targeted searches. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ Lingle

TEFL.net Site Award August 2013 |
LingleOnline Ltd

LingleOnline Ltd

LingleOnline is a subscription-based site that generates lesson materials based on an authentic text. Lingle allows teachers to search for appropriate texts for their students in a database full of thousands of articles based on current events. Readings in the database are categorized by topic, level of difficulty, date, and source. Teachers can also upload their own texts. After choosing a text, teachers can create a quick lesson by filling out a few simple fields. The analysis engine generates learning materials based on choices that the teacher makes. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ Online Etymology Dictionary

TEFL.net Site Award July 2013 |
Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary

If you’re a lover of words, and you enjoy teaching your students the history of words in order to help them retain new vocabulary, check out the Online Etymology Dictionary. As defined by site founder Douglas Harper, “Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant 600 or 2,000 years ago.” The history of the project itself is a fascinating read for any teacher who is interested in linguistics. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ Grammar.net

TEFL.net Site Award June 2013 |
Grammarnet

Grammar.net

If you have visual learners in your classes, Grammar.net publishes free grammar review infographics that you can use in your teaching. You can share the infographics in your social media communities or school blogs, or email the links to your students. Be sure to give credit to Grammar.net each time you share one of their infographics. You can also download high resolution versions of the posters and print them for your classroom walls, doors, and billboards. Each infographic comes with a detailed explanation that will help refresh your memory about English language rules. If you are uncomfortable with your own grammar, you may also want to experiment with Grammar.net’s Grammar Checker. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ PaulEmmerson.com

TEFL.net Site Award May 2013 |
Paul Emmerson

Paul Emmerson

Business English teacher and author Paul Emmerson has a website full of articles, tips, activities and other resources for BE teachers. His Business English Idea Bank provides lots of different topics for teachers to explore with their students, including business writing as well as the “soft business” of travel and entertaining. Paul also explains how to integrate a variety of different skills into a BE course, including grammar and pronunciation. Those who teach business 1:1 will also find useful tips and ideas. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ American TESOL Webinars

TEFL.net Site Award April 2013 |
American Tesol Webinars

American TESOL Webinars

Every Friday at 4pm EST on the American TESOL website you can watch free 30-minute webinars about teaching English. The webinar speaker is Shelly Terrell, an English language teacher, consultant, social media expert, and writer who travels around the world inspiring teachers to keep their students motivated. The webinars open in Adobe Connect, a program that allows you to watch, listen, and contribute via chat or voice. All you need to do to join the webinar is go to the American TESOL website and click on the link to the Live webinar. Type your name and enter the room as a guest. (more…)

Teflnet Site Of The Month ~ Best Of The Reader

TEFL.net Site Award March 2013 |
Best of The Reader

Best of The Reader

Best of the Reader is a collection of eBooks that are available online for teachers to download, print, and use in class. The readings and exercises are taken from past issues of The Westcoast Reader, a newspaper for adult English learners based out of Vancouver, Canada. This free collection contains fourteen books with related tasks as well as a teacher’s guide. Each book has 8-10 stories and an answer key. The exercises include vocabulary review tasks, comprehension questions, and writing activities. (more…)

Teflnet Site of the Month ~ Demand High ELT

TEFL.net Site Award February 2013 |
Demand High ELT

Demand High ELT

The concept of “Demand High,” which has been defined as an idea that focuses on moment-by-moment learning, was coined by Adrian Underhill and Jim Scrivener, two experienced teacher trainers in the ELT field. Their blog “Demand High ELT” explores the idea of “deep learning,” and challenges teachers to find new ways to optimize learning in the classroom. Scrivener and Underhill are interested in discovering how teachers can help learners stretch their understanding and use of the English language. By demanding a bit more from learners at key moments, and by reflecting on their own teaching rituals and attitudes, ELTs may be able to help students achieve higher skills and goals. The Demand High site asks teachers to think about questions like this: (more…)

Teflnet Site of the Month ~ Classroom Hero

TEFL.net Site Award January 2013 |
Classroom Hero

grabandgolessons.com

Classroom Hero is full of “grab-and-go” activities for ESL teachers who need to add some excitement to their classrooms. Teachers who are tired of traditional textbook materials will quickly see why it’s worth a small subscription fee for these high-quality materials made by quirky Josh and his talented team. Each printable PDF comes with quick facts that outline the level, language focus, key vocabulary, and applicable exam skills to be practised. You’ll find role play cards, grammar games, and stories that require students to get up and use the language in ways you hadn’t thought of before. (more…)

Chiasuanchong ~ Winner! Teflnet Site Of The Year 2012

TEFL.net Site Award December 2012 |

Winner - TEFL.net TEFL Site Of The Year Awards 2012

Some of the best TEFL sites for professional development these days are actually blogs. Chia Suan Chong, an English language teacher and teacher trainer in London, tackles some of the most interesting topics in the ELT industry. Her recent blog series “The Devil’s Advocate” examines some of the recent controversies. Chia, the DA,  invites conference speakers, textbook writers, and other bloggers to debate topics such as learning styles, technology, and most recently ESP. (more…)

Teflnet Site of the Month ~ eslwriting.org

TEFL.net Site Award December 2012 |
ESL Writing

ESL Writing

Rob Whyte’s website is a workshop of ideas that teachers can pick and choose from. Whyte is an author and professor, and his ideas are refreshing, fun, and free. Whyte often uses and adapts authentic resources to build his own activities and lessons. On his regularly updated website you’ll find ideas, worksheets, and lessons, that you can print, download, or use for inspiration. While the website is called ESL-Writing, there are also ideas and materials for teaching listening and conversation.   (more…)

Teflnet Site of the Month ~ Ted Power

TEFL.net Site Award November 2012 |
Ted Power

Ted Power

Ted Power’s website is full of teaching resources for English language teachers. You’ll find handouts, readers, games, and teaching ideas to get you thinking about trying new teaching techniques. The Discussion section offers a large list of activities, including dialogues and short dictations for your students to practice. You’ll also find a handy resource about minimal pairs that includes tips on fixing common pronunciation errors.  (more…)

Teflnet Site of the Month ~ elt-resourceful

TEFL.net Site Award October 2012 |
elt-resourceful

elt-resourceful

ELT materials writer and teacher trainer Rachael Roberts shares her ideas, tips, and thoughts related to teaching and writing on her website and blog. Rachael has specialized in EAP, ESOL, and IELTS, and is the author of a number of coursebooks for teaching English. She also gives webinars for some of the large ELT publishers. In her elt-resourceful blog, Rachael explores several different topics that material writers and teachers are interested in, including exploiting authentic materials for listening and reading practice. She often offers ideas on different ways to use and adapt a textbook, and her blog feels like a good set of teacher’s notes. If you feel stuck in your methods, Rachael’s ideas may help you try a new approach. She also responds to questions in her comment section. (more…)

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