Saturday, February 27, 2010

Free English Lessons Online

Web resources designed for ESL/ELL education are often just as helpful for students receiving speech and language services. For this reason, Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL is a nice resource for SLPs as well. Free English Lessons Online is a great example of the value of these types of sites, and of the principle that while a search for sites useful to speech and language pathologists often yields nothing, an awareness of language-based tasks can uncover great treasures! Free English Lessons Online is a British site that presents YouTube (therefore, not usable in some districts) videos along with questions and discussion guides. Overall it is an excellent and creative use of YouTube for educational purposes. Here is an entry related to the BAFTA film awards-

Language Lens
  • Much of the site lends itself to response to wh-questions, but also use of more advanced comprehension strategies such as connections, questioning, summarizing, etc.
  • The video clips and other resources are in story or information form, and would be great contexts to explore story mapping and expository text structures.

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