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Internet ESL Teacher Resources

Literature Sites
1.    Cyberguide:  Teacher Guides and Student Activities

http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html

This is a fantastic site for those interesting in including literature in their classes.  Multiple activities including Internet activities to accompany reading assignments have already been developed for a variety of popular plays, novels, and short stories.  Visit the K9-12 link for cyberguides for higher level reading, writing, or literature courses.


Reference Sites

1.    National Geographic World, Country, and State Maps

http://nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/maps/atlas/index.html

Where better to look for a map than at National Geographic?


Testing Tools and Programs

1.    The Cloze Test

http://drott.cis.drexel.edu/clozeproze.htm

Visit this site to download a free program to help you create cloze readings.


Using Video and Television Clips in ESL

1.    Volterre - Fr  /   Video Cassettes and the Internet by Linda Thalman

This file in Volterre-Fr started in June 1997 as a snapshot of Internet resources for using video in the EFL/ESL/ELT classroom and teaching with the Internet. It was published in an expanded article in the Tesol-France publication The Journal in the fall of 1997. I update this page with further references and make any needed changes to URL's to keep up with the changing Internet world.

http://www.wfi.fr/volterre/videoweb.html


Writing Sites

1.    TOEFL Writing Prompts

ftp://etsis1.ets.org/pub/toefl/275137wt.pdf

Here's a list of writing topics that could be good prompts for midterms, finals, etc.
 

2.    Plagiarism

(From Charlie Honnold): Someone told me about a website to detect plagiarism.  I found a couple that sell software for doing the job and a few sites that talk about it and how to avoid it that might be nice for students to see--especially in ESL 5.

This was what my search on Altavista revealed to me.  It has some interesting sites.

http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?q=plagiarism&search.x=29&search.y=9&kl=XX&pg=q
 

University of Northern British Columbia  checklist for avoiding plagiarism:

http://quarles.unbc.edu/lsc/rpplagia.html
 

Glatt Plagiarism software:                   http://www.plagiarism.com/index.htm

Along with a program that searches for the sources of plagiarism, they have a nice program that converts the suspected plagiarizing student's paper into a cloze test and then have the student fill in the blanks.  Their stuff is very expensive.  Each program costs $200.
 

EVE (Essay verification Engine)         http://www.canexus.com/eve/index3.shtml

This program for detecting plagiarism costs $34.95



 
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