ESL Resources


American English Online: (Grammar, Lesson Plans, Resources for Teachers, a new Video Game called Trace Effects, and Resources for English Language Learners, and a window into American Culture through the language are just a few of the benefits of using this web site.)

NEW! MADISON COLLEGE LIBRARY GUIDE (LIBGUIDES) ON ESL with free web sites devoted to reading, listening comprehension and building up key vocabulary: impressive collection of web resources here: (PLEASE NOTE ALL THE TABS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE)

EL Civics - Civics Lessons for ESL Students
EL Civics is full of lessons, activities, and virtual tours designed to help students learn about American civics. EL Civics has lessons that cover the functions of government, important holidays, and US History. There is also a section called life skills that contains lessons to teach personal finance, finding employment, and other skills needed to be a successful citizen in the United States.

Five New Online Resources For ESL Teachers: english-language-ESL-teachers/

Larry Ferlazzo’s Website of the Day for teaching ELL, ESL, EFL:


Translation Resources on the Web: A Guide to Accurate, Free Sites: C&RL News, June 2009

ESL THROUGH FILMS: U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok Russia:
Includes an American values through Films module including actual Lesson Plans, and sample questions to be used as discussion areas and pointers for how to teach Film effectively
(Films included are “Dances with Wolves”, “Erin Brokovich,” “All the Presidents Men,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Twelve Angry Men,” High Noon” and “Sea Biscuit”)

This value added website also includes a separate module titled: “Creating Interactive PowerPoint Presentations - Teacher's Guidebook (from Kursk, Russia)” that includes the best web sites for teaching and introducing Special English, using Voice of America broadcasts as one example.
Also teaches how to create meaningful interactive PowerPoint presentations that captivate your audience.

Also see the English Language Programs administered by the U.S. EMBASSY in MOSCOW: and Includes a Connect with English Handbook, VOA Special English, Language and Civil Society,
Online Resources for ESL Educators, and Handbooks for English Language Summer Camps for Youth.


The Reading Matrix is designed to create a place where both teachers and other interested persons could come together to find resources about reading and writing. Most of the resources are geared towards the language needs of ESL and international students, but given the cornucopia of materials here, there is really something for everyone. The Archives are a good place to start, as there are subject-oriented resources for English-language learners that range from dictionaries, grammar quizzes to speaking and listening practice

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