Where to Start
The absolutely best place to start your search for class activities and strategies is "Join the Conversation," TFF's extensive teacher resource guide. All applicants receive this guide and the accompanying flash drive upon acceptance into the program.
Excellent ESL Web Resources
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Oral English activities made in China (NEW)
A comprehensive list of resources is provided by California State University, Northridge. (We have noticed that this page has a number if dead links and suspect that it might not be supported anymore. However, what you can get to is worth the effort.)
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Of course, we have not begun to exhaust the list of online resources. Use a search engine to look up limericks, jokes, stories, games, etc. and hook in your imagination!
Songs are a great way to get shy students to loosen up. Often the lyrics make great group conversation topics. There are many music resources on the web, The link included here is from the music section of ESL Lounge Site. It contains lyrics of many (relatively) modern songs thoughtful enough to promote conversation and of much more interest to students than "The Bear Went Over the Mountain."
EnglishClub.com comes to you from Cambridge, England. It is written mainly in British English. But it has pages about other varieties of English such as American or Canadian. This site has a commercial orientation with lots of ads. But there is a lot here for free for noncommercial purposes.
This is a page of ideas for teaching English in Taiwan. This site offers a series of recent news articles and suggestions for discussions based upon those articles. The materials are designed for ESL teachers.
* There are currently 579 discussion topics to choose from.
Onestopenglish is a teacher’s resource site published by Macmillan English Campus, part of the Macmillan Education Group, one of the world’s leading publishers of English language teaching materials.
This is the homepage translated to English of the CCTV website. You can use the videos (with Chinese subtitles) to practice listening skills, then base discussions upon them.