Reference Materials & Archives from Online Courses

This page is a compilation of English language online materials, mostly provided by the Department of State Office of English Language Programs. These online resources are for English language teachers and program administrators to support the teaching of English, American studies, civic education, and democratic classroom practices. These resources are in the public domain and can be used for both research and classroom teaching.

Website for adult ESL learners
The U.S Department of Education has a new free website for adult ESL learners

Suggestion for classroom discussion starters:

Ask Oxford: Ask the Experts
“A database of some of the questions sent in to the Oxford Word and Language Service team,” including frequently asked questions like “What is the longest English word?” and “How many words are there in the English language?” Also included is a “Jargon Buster” that “gives clear and concise definitions for grammar and literary terms.”
Provides a large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics. Browse our grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables, and find useful links and information on English. Topics cover the spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.

Africa Online Home Page
This 10-week online course, entitled “English Language Education: Using Web Resources to Develop Classroom Content-Based Materials,” ran from October-December, 2001. This course highlightes HIV/AIDS awareness, entrepreneurship, and civics education and is a rich resource that can be readily adapted for other teaching environments.

The National Capital Language Resource Center, Washington, DC.
The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) is a joint project of Georgetown University (GU), The George Washington University (GWU), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Web site for college and university language instructors! …. created to improve and strengthen the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.

University of Iowa Pronunciation Site

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Kid’s Pages
Lots of links to U.S. songs and items of interest to children and adults

Library of Congress – Poetry for High School Readers