ABOUT THIS SITE
Teacher Steve is a site for EFL/ESL teachers and teacher educators. It offers a broad collection of resources, presented in twenty sections or categories (handouts and lessons; Songs and Chants), each one containing from five to twenty links to carefully selected websites or webpages. In addition to practical resources for everyday classroom use, you will find links to teacher forums, blogs, webinars and podcasts, all of which will contribute to your continuing professional development.
Most of the resources I have selected are straightforward, but I believe a few comments and words of explanation would be beneficial.
The general sites have several to sometimes many categories of useful links and offer a wide variety of tips, ideas, suggestions and teaching resources. It will be well worth your time and effort to explore each of these sites.
I have avoided journals that are research oriented (Studies in Second Language Acquisition; TESOL Quarterly). I have tried to find publications that (1) have a practical classroom orientation, and (2) are freely available on the internet. However, some of the journals I have selected publish both practical and theoretical articles. Three of the journals require a subscription. The subscriptions are not expensive and would be a good investment for a language school or a university teacher-education program. In particular I recommend a subscription to ETProfessional.
I have bought booksfrom Thrift Books, Book Depository and AbeBooks. I have had very good service from all three of these booksellers. Book Depository offers free shipping to many countries.
You will probably recognize many of the ELT professionals. Clicking on a name will get you brief biographical information and links to their downloadable published articles. I have only included professionals for whom I was able to find a link with downloadable articles.
If you are not familiar with Jazz Chants, be sure to check it out (in the section Songs and Chants). They are great for pronunciation work, as well as for practicing select grammatical structures and vocabulary items. Your students, whatever their age, will love the chants.
In Tools to Make Worksheets, you will find resources to make your own handouts and quizzes. Don’t miss ELO, Professor Vilson Leffa’s Electronic Learning Organizer.
In Proficiency Scales, Levels and Exams you will find information about CEFR, the Cambridge English Scale, Pearson Global, IELTS and ACTFL. Be sure to watch the English Profile explanatory video. Also, the examples of speaking tests in the Cambridge English Scale will be especially useful to show what you can realistically expect from your students at different levels.
In Lexical Resources, you will find an assortment of dictionaries, synonym finders, and translators. Perhaps of even more interest will be the sections (1) Collocations Help, (2) Concordance Programs, and (3) Text Analyzers, Simplifiers and Profilers.
Collocations are common word combinations, that is, two or sometimes more words that commonly and naturally occur together (either adjacent or in close proximity). A concordance program shows examples of a particular word or phrase found in a large data base (usually millions of words of text). It shows the item searched for, with each instance of it centered in a separate line of text showing a certain number of words that come before and after. The collocations and concordance sites will help you and your students to see which words can go together and “sound right.” These sites are not difficult to use, but you will need to experiment with them and read any online help provided. I particularly like Just the Word and Word Neighbors.
The text simplifier Wordify permits you to paste in a short text and then see the text rewritten in simpler English. The text analyzers show you the vocabulary level of each word in a text in relation to the CEFR or to well-known vocabulary level lists (first thousand words, etc). The vocabulary and grammar profilers permit you to check the specific meanings of words and structures you plan to teach, again with reference to the CEFR levels.
There are countless sites for EFL/ESL teachers, and thus there are certainly valuable sites that I have missed. Nevertheless, I believe that I have made a good selection, a selection that will provide a wide range of useful resources to enhance the classroom as well as multiple opportunities for continuing professional development.