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Practical Advice for Using Authentic Materials

Deborah and Kay Westerfield met for two days with teachers from Gaza who are involved in the English Access Microscholarship Program, an after-school English program funded by the US Department of State for English language learners in many countries around the world.

Day 1: Shaping the Way We Teach Engish, Module 8: Authentic Materials - video and manual

Day 2: Rationale for Using Authentic Materials

Morning: Develop a Realia/Authentic Materials Kit - discuss interesting themes; list sets of items related to themes and uses for the items

High-quality Internet resources for teachers who want to use authentic material

Afternoon: Learning Center demos
Categories: What’s in your pocket? 
What do you think?  Discussion/drawing activity.

Other Resources

Business, Economics, and Science Resources

About.com: English for Business, Work and Other Special Purposes
http://esl.about.com/od/englishforbusinesswork/English_for_Business_Work_and_other_Special_Purposes.htm

Boggles World ESL
http://bogglesworldesl.com/
Includes a wide variety of activities for a range of learners to develop language skills, including business English and scienct topics.

Bull’s Eye Business Writing Tips
http://www.basic-learning.com/tips/tips.aspx
An archive of over 300 tips on how learners can improve their business writing skills. Sign up to receive their free weekly business writing tips via email.

Business Letter Writing Basics
http://esl.about.com/cs/onthejobenglish/a/a_basbletter.htm
Kenneth Beare’s useful guide.

Business English
http://www.better-english.com/exerciselist.html
A valuable resource for grammar, vocabulary, and spelling exercises for business English.

EcEdWeb
http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/home.cfm
The Economic Education Web is your portal to economic education resources in all forms and at all levels.  Select from the menus to find exciting materials for teaching economics.

Foundation for Teaching Economics
http://fte.org/teachers/lessons/lessons.htm
Another excellent source of engaging materials to build economic literacy.

globalEDGE
http://globaledge.msu.edu/
A rich resource of current information on business & culture in 196 countries plus links to selected international business resources. Look for resources on culture under 1) Country Guides, and 2) Resource Desk: Culture.  Register for their free electronic newsletter! 

Internet-Based Projects for Business English — Opp-Beckman, Leslie and Kay Westerfield
http://aei.uoregon.edu/esp/
Guidelines for how to blend Internet technology with business communication training. Integrated skills tasks and projects and a resource list of key business and English language learning websites.

Business English for Teachers and Learners   
www.wfi.fr/volterre/businessenglish.html  
Outstanding resource that focuses on teaching and learning business English.

Business English on the Net
www.wfi.fr/volterre/bizenglish.html
Linda Thalman's guide on how to improve business English skills using the Internet.

Teachers’ Domain
http://www.teachersdomain.org/
High quality resource with lesson plans & materials (audio & video downloads, too!) in a number of content areas: sciences, history, social studies, arts, language arts (English), and mathematics.

Teen Merchant and Entrepreneur Resource: Business, Finance, and Economics
http://www.hostmerchantservices.com/articles/teen-merchant-and-entrepreneur-resources-business-finance-and-economics/
A set of links to interesting activities for teens, as well as lesson plans and other aids for teachers.

Writing Exercises in Science
http://www.fauxpress.com/kimball/w/9.html

Science-teachers.com
Materials related to life science, space science, earth science, and physical science.
http://www.science-teachers.com/

Content-Based Instruction and General English

ESL Independent Study Lab
http://legacy.lclark.edu/~krauss/toppicks/toppicks.html
Contains over 225 of the best Internet resources for ESL/EFL students organized by skill and proficiency level

E.L. Easton English Online
http://www.eleaston.com/vocabulary.html
Includes links to vocabulary lists of common words in general English and content areas.

Online English Language Center
http://oelp.uoregon.edu/
This site at the University of Oregon introduces educators and teachers to valuable resources available through the Web for English language learning and teaching.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
In addition to EAP writing guidelines, including citation help, the OWL contains many helpful writing guides and exercises for professional writing, including resumes, cover letters, and memos

YourDictionary.com
http://www.yourdictionary.com/
Offers specialized area dictionaries, including business, engineering, computer science, and more.

Questions? Contact Deborah Healey, dhealey AT uoregon DOT edu or Kay Westerfield kwesterf AT uoregon DOT edu

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14 May 2010