Adult Level Favorite Sites
If you have access to computers in your class
Just filling out the registration form for free e-mail gives students an experience in using and filling out forms. Giving students free e-mail opens up their worlds. There are so many places to get free e-mail Some of our favorites are:
List of hundreds of places to get free e-mail all annotated.
Besides having your students get free e-mail, they can also get free webspace. With a website they can develop there own home page with personal information and start an on-line portfolio. There are many places to get free webspace. Here are some of our favorite sites.
Many other free places for free webpages
With no computer in the class:
Print out copies of student family stories at the E-mail Projects Home Page. Have students read them, do some basic comprehension questions and then write their story. Have students cut and paste pictures into their stories. At a higher ESL level, students can write more detailed stories such as these high beginning level stories.
With a computer:
Listening activities with Candela's Cyberlistening Lab
For these activities you will need to download real player and make sure that you either have speakers or earphones for your computers. With earphones, you can group students and have them each listen to the question before choosing the answer.
Drugstore.com (see attached lesson plan for ideas on using this)
And our favorite health links for reading and research- These links can be used as reading activities for instructors with no classroom access. Just find an article you like and print it out for class.
With or without a computer in the classroom:
Print out copies of student housing stories at the E-mail Projects Home Page. Have students read them, do some basic comprehension questions and then write their story. Have students cut and paste pictures into their stories. Students can also make floor plans of their houses and add those to the story.
With a computer:
Orange County Register and the LA Times are two newspapers that have listings of both rentals and real estate. You can also have students research the multiple listings at Realtor.com. These sites also have links to calculators and mortgage information. Use these sites to have students find their dream home, look at housing prices and availability in their community. Some sites also give Thomas Guide references. Have students look up the neighborhood in the Thomas Guide and then visit the home during open house hours. This experience can be written up as a Virtual Tour.
With no computer:
You can print maps of your school's neighborhood or individual student neighborhoods and use them for community orientation or giving and receiving directions. With the maps, students can find local grocery stores, police stations, post offices, etc. There are many places to get maps. Some of our favorites are:
With a computer, students can create their own maps and driving directions.
With no computer:
Print out food screens from Homegrocer.com to use in your food lessons. You can also cut and paste the pictures into your word document and make a handout that students can use to create sentences.
With a computer students can be given a shopping list and asked to find the food items on the list.
For very low level students: Use the food project activity at
In this activity, students look at fruits and vegetables, read what other students have said and then write about their favorite fruit and vegetable.
JCPenny.com With computers in the classroom, develop a treasure hunt. Make a list of clothing you want the students to find. Give the students a paper with each clothing item and have them find the available colors and price. Another activity is to give students 100 dollars to spend and see what they decide to buy. Both of these activities work best divided by gender.
With no computers, print out some clothing and have students describe it and guess a price. Then compare with the original price.
LL Bean-Here students can click and change clothing color. Have small groups create an outfit they like, print it out and share it with other groups in the class.(requires Flash plug in)
www.landsend.com- Here students design their own model and can try clothes on. Students can fill out the form or register, but they can also stay anonymous. To create their model, small groups decide what kind of shoulders, hips, waist and bust they have. Next they choose a hair style, hair color, skin tone and face shape. They create a group name and a 3D model is created based on their specifications. Next they can try on various clothing and see what it looks like by trying on different outfits. You can have each group choose an outfit and explain to the class why they chose that outfit.
There are many local newspapers where students can look for a job or post their resume and advertisement. Although, there are national search boards, such as Monster.com and others, I suggest using local newspapers and local job boards for more realistic job searches.
Orange County Register: Job Finder-http://www.ocjobfinder.com/
This site has three sections; one for the job seeker, one for the employer and one for career management. For the job seeker, you can search for jobs, post an online resume and find out about local job fairs. The career management area has search tips, ideas on creating good electronic resumes and a section called ŇAsk MicheleÓ for questions related to job searching or career help.
The LA Times has a similar site under careers. http://www.latimes.com/class/employ/
The LA Times is a little more global with both local and national lisings, an electronic posting area, job fairs, job magazines and a listing of jobs
For a lesson plan idea on how to use these sites, visit the Oxford Picture Dictionary Website at http://www.oup-usa.org/opd/
Other good links:
Learn2.com This site has lots of fantastic pictures and how to directions for students to use. You can use this site in a two ways:
Music Lyrics: Transcribe words to songs no more. Use the variety of music lyric sites to find the words to those songs you want to use in class.
Movie Trailers are great listening activities with visual cues.Use Hollywood.com to also have students find out movie information.
Local Newspapers such as the Orange County Register and the LA Times are online in their entirety.