ESL Question

Jolyn has a question:

I am volunteering, teaching EAL in a variety of situations in Mexico, some one on one, some small classes, over an extended winter vacation.  Several of my students have access to internet and very motivated. I am using CI/TPRS methods in my teaching and tutoring, but I want to leave them with as many tools of self education as possible, when I leave. I have brought reading materials that I will leave with them, and am incorporating books now as well.  I would love to have your ideas on online resources that are especially good for English learners. Free audio books, you tube clips, movies, that would interest an adult learner while being well articulated/enunciated and not at advanced levels, or any other online websites that would be helpful for English learners.


Jolyn Sawatzky



5 thoughts on “ESL Question”

  1. HI again . . . as I work with my friends here in Mexico I keep looking for ways they can continue with their English acquisition while I’m gone. They are so motivated. Of course, there’s skype. But here’s another idea, completely independent and free (if they have access to internet):
    audio books on Loyal Books along with free pdf versions.
    For example, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Check this out

  2. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    It looks like the books on this site you linked are for people who already speak the language! They are too hard for novices and maybe intermediates, too.
    You need collections of stories written for language learners. Though there’s a subscription cost, I use Reading A-Z (the school pays) because they have titles for a wide range of ages, literacy levels and comprehension.
    I’m not familiar w/any free online libraries for beginners through intermediate low language learners….
    I will look.

  3. Thanks Alisa

    I have all levels of learners here. Some of my intermediate learners can read very well but need help with listening and speaking skills. So I was excited to be able to find Wizard of Oz free audio as well as free pdf download. (It is one of the more accessible levels on Loyal Books; I agree, for the most part the books there are too advanced.) By reading and listening at the same time, and progressing to listening only, these students have the opportunity to build these skills. I think it’s a good intermediate option. (Movies are another option, but tend to be more advanced and difficult, and subtitles don’t always correlate. As an additional language myself, I find the option of audio books with the option of reading, very helpful.)

    But I also have beginner levels that wouldn’t be able to do anything with these options. I totally agree, and I am looking for options for them too. I will check out your suggestions. Thanks again

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