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Journal 10 Session 14 Favorite Product/URL for ESL

Journal 10 Session 14  
Please post the following for by Monday and respond to a peer by Wednesday:

1 website address that is effective for ELL learning


1 Software Title that is effective for ELL learning
Provide as much information as you can regarding the age appropriateness, description of the software program, publisher, cost.

Ex. Jump Start for Kindergarten (K-2) This software provides early learning activities, and school readiness activities for students in K-2 classrooms. It can be purchased from Software ELT for $49.00


Sometimes our way of speaking gets in the way of the message. A case in point:

A priest and a pastor from the local churches are standing by the side of
the road, pounding a sign into the ground that reads:

The End is Near! Turn Yourself Around Now Before It's Too Late!

As a car speeds past them, the driver yells, "Leave us alone, you religious

From the curve they hear screeching tires and a big splash.

The pastor turns to the priest and asks, "Do you think the sign should just say 'Bridge Out’?"

I know you only asked for ONE web site and ONE URL, but that seems so scanty in comparison to all the neat things I’ve found this year.

When I was teaching English to the Polish men, the rest room fiasco was the most prominent. No matter how many words I taught them for it, they’d always manage to go somewhere using something else. So, I chose SIGNS as my foreign language site, gacked from Suzanne, the "read a book with me" gal*:

"The word "no" has always challenged me. That reverse psychology stuff worked great on me when I was a kid.

"No, Suzanne, there's no way you can figure out that math equation."

"No, Suzanne, you won't be able to sell 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies." Of course I had to prove them wrong. (To this day I still cherish my Girl Scout "Best Salesperson" certificate.)

"Truth-be-told, I'm probably still predisposed to doing the opposite when I hear the word "no". One of my favorite parks is great for dolphin watching, but the road leading into it is full of negatives.

"No, Can't, Don't Ever, Don't Even Think Of It".

Instead of "Welcome to the Park, Have Fun Today", I'm greeted by a barrage of
warning signs. There's even a threatening "No Trespassing" sign posted smack in the middle of the park. Therefore, I feel the need to visit there frequently.

"No!" you can't go to this link and look at the signs (Click to enlarge image):"

What I've Actually USED this year:

1. Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies - Secondary Level

Especially Teaching Reading in a Foreign Language

2. Learn Spanish -- Free on line tutorial (Premium upgrades are NOT free.)
Student Log On
Teacher Log On
spanish tapes
Free Membership
Audio CDs
Premium Services
learn spanish
Verb Drills
Travel Helper
Cultural Notes
basic spanish
Report Card
Grade Book
Spanish Schools
Daily Word
Online Translator
Linguistic Tools
spanish course
Idiom Generator
Top Ten List
Useful Links
Tell a Friend
Search this Site
Spanish translator

Learn Spanish

(Now in our 8th year on the web!)

We have lots of [Free Stuff] for everybody.

For serious learners, we also have [Premium Services] and [Audio CDs].

Not sure where to begin? Try our [Suggested Order of Study].

Report Card and Grade Book available with [Free Membership].

Getting started (students): [Overview for Students]

Getting started (teachers): [Overview for Teachers]

Special Feature: Word-a-Day

Materials on Foreign Language Careers from various web sites:

2. Ohio State:

3. Careers in Foreign Languages

4. Foreign Language Careers:

5. Harding University
Careers in Foreign Languages

6. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Career Titles Major Skills Web Sites

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of current job titles of former Foreign Language majors. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

7. Reading Activities, (Ohio ESL)

8. Reading Instructional Strategies at the secondary level:

Reading Happens in Your Mind, Not in Your Mouth

Teaching & Learning "Academic Literacy" in an Urban High School

10. Motivational Techniques for Improving Reading Comprehension Among Inner City High School Students

11. Our AEA, which is very helpful – Media Services.

12. Saudi Arabian Information Resource

Software Title:

Learn to Speak Spanish - The Complete Interactive Course The Learning Company Version 6.0 Beginning/Intermediate Level

With a microphone, your students can record their own speech and compare it to the native speakers in the text. They can highlight any text area and hear it pronounced for them.

Gift from Eve Schlindler at AEA 15. Now using an OS that is very old – 7. I tried to call the number on the package, but it was no longer in service.

Other Categories:

Since we have two Russian families as our only ESL representatives at present, I have been focusing on Russian related things.


East-West (French and Russian, subtitled in English) Excellent depiction of the start of the soviet era Human tragedy, true story

Dr. Zhivago



Crime and Punishment
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. 1917.

Split Cherry Tree (play)
Chekov, Anton

Taras Bulba and other stories
Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol (1809-1852)

Lolita (1955)

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (1899-1977)

Dr. Zhivago.
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (1890-1960)


Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin (1799-1837)

GULag Archipelag
Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1919--)

Anna Karenina
Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy (1828-1910)


Home Sweet Home -- Jeanne Betancourt A journal from a Russian Exchange student sparks literary ambitions in some NYC transplants to the country. The female protagonist and the Russian girl become best friends in this bittersweet story of rural life in hard times.

Megan – Vivian Schurfranz A young girl’s father is selected to take over the administration of Alaska after its purchase from the Russians. The culture clashes abound.

* Suzanne Beecher

P.S. I need your help. This is NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK. Please send an email to your library to let the staff know how much you enjoy the
library's Online Book Club. This is their week, so let's give them
some good feedback.

Glenda, sorry I couldn’t post from home last night… the ISP was down when I got home.

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