Sean Banville's 11 Other Sites

  • ESL Over 13,000 conversation questions, hundreds of Word and PDF handouts. Controversial and everyday discussion topics. For speaking practice in and out of class.
  • Listen A One-minute listenings with downloadable, printable exercises, online quizzes and Flash activities.
  • Famous People ESL / EFL lessons using biographies and profiles of over 150 famous people from sports, politics, popular culture, movies and more. Free Word and PDF downloads plus MP3 listening.
  • ESL Holiday Lessons and activities on holidays, anniversaries, commemorations and other notable days in the world calendar. Free Word and PDF downloads plus MP3 listening.
  • News English ESL lessons on current events in simpler English. Free downloads plus MP3 listening, interactive activities and flash quizzes.
  • Sean Banville on Twitter: 140-character updates on all of my sites.
  • Free ESL A site containing links to free materials for ESL teachers and students.
  • Business English - Free 20-page printable handouts, downloads, MP3 listening and online quizzes.
  • Lessons On American - Free, printable handouts, downloads, MP3 listening and online quizzes on U.S. Presidents.
  • Lessons On - Free printable handouts, downloads, MP3 listening and online quizzes on films and cinema.
  • Sean My blog - Stuff from my head about teaching and technology. (In progress.)

Recommended ESL/EFL Blogs

  • Free ESL Materials - Blogs: A page outlining 130+ (May, 2011) ESL and ELT blogs.
  • Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day: A constant source of very informative posts, links and updates on all things ESL, ELL and EFL from one of ESL's best bloggers.
  • EFL Classroom 2.0: A comprehensive for teachers and students. From David Deubelbeis - "When one teaches, two learn".
  • Teacher Reboot Camp: Shelly Terrell's posts on the latest developments and tools available to educators, from Twitter to Second Life.
  • Kalinago English: Musings, information, ideas and reviews on ESL teaching and educational technology from blogger Karenne Sylvester.
  • Burcu Akyol's Blog: Impressions, reflections, reviews, tips and resources from an extremely entusiastic and hardworking English teacher and pioneer of using technology in the classroom. Tales of real-life, ambitious projects.
  • Ozge Karaoglu's Blog: About teaching, learning, reflecting and being a 21st century learner & teacher. Contains excellent reviews of the very latest digital tools for the classroom.
  • TEFL Matters: From Marisa Constantinides - Thoughts on language teaching, language teacher education and new technologies.
  • ESOL Courses: Well crafted and imaginative lessons from Sue Lyon-Jones using YouTube videos and other interactive technology.
  • Fluency MC: How to speak fluent English – 34 experts give their tips.

ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
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Sites for Teachers and Students

  • ELLLO: English Language Listening Lab Online. Listen to English speakers from all over the world. Over 400 listening activities that include quizes and texts. New listening every day.
  • Teacher Training Videos: Videos to help teachers to incorporate technology into their teaching. Easy step-by-step screencast guides to the latest classroom technologies. From Russell Stannard.
  • Dream Reader: Five different kinds of content, including academic English - downloadable PDFs with quizzes and audio. Independent study and classroom use. New content updated regularly.
  • Activities for ESL Students: Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles. Has thousands of contributions from teachers.
  • Interesting Things for ESL Students: Quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.
  • Using Online ESL resources for students and teachers - for ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP.
  • Acollection of links to lessons sorted by theme and level.
  • ESL Topics Magazine: Online magazine that offers learners of English an opportunity to express and publish their ideas in English.
  • A free tool that quickly and easily creates many vocabulary activities from MS Word texts. An add-on to the Word menu bar.
  • A compendium of resources for teachers and students, plus information on international schools and ESL worldwide.
  • Bee Over 1,000 stories graded at 5 levels in the Arts and Sciences. Many of the stories have audio. Classic fiction brought up to date. For extensive reading.
  • Simple English Daily news headlines and very short articles behind the headlines.
  • Weekly lessons on news of Slovakia. Word and PDF handouts.
  • Global Issues in Language Education: Excellent newsletter (click "Back Issues") to "promote global awareness, international understanding, social responsibility and action to solve world problems through content-based language teaching...."
  • Trend Educational Resources: Private and online speaking practice, coffee chats, translation service, copy editing, personal assistance and English voice narration.
  • Princeford English College: Located in Umeda, Osaka, Princeford provides a very personal, at-home and fun learning experience. Private and group lessons available as well as TOEIC, TOEFL and speaking classes.
  • MarkBainDesign: Mark designs & builds bespoke websites for individuals, small businesses & start-ups. He upgraded BreakingNewsEnglish to its current mobile-friendly format.
  • Sean Daeley - Professional Voiceovers: Sean provides regular readings of the news for BreakingNewsEnglish as well as many other sites and companies. He has an easygoing yet clear and professional delivery.
  • KerseysTime: Advice on TOEIC and Business English.
  • The Consultants-e: Training in educational technology in various formats from face-to-face to virtual, online and on demand. A traditional face-to-face model means trainers come to you, wherever you are in the world, whilst their Virtual Training model can be viewed in your training centre.

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Free, ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news -in 7 levels. New lessons uploaded every 2 days. Each lesson includes a 27-Page PDF containing all-skills activities, a 2-page mini-lesson, 5-speed listening, multi-speed scrolled reading, interactive dictation, 30+ online quizzes... and more.

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