Online Resources for English Teaching


Publication Catalog
This online catalog provides teachers and students from around the world with information on the publications produced by the U.S. Department of State's Office of English Language Programs.  Some of the publications are available online:

Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy by Melvin I. Urofsky
This volume is a collection of 73 historical documents and other readings which were important to the development of democracy in the United States or which are representative of the way American history, culture, and political thought have been shaped throughout the centuries. Each reading includes an introduction and interpretation by the editor.

Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy — A Teacher's Guide by Melvin I. Urofsky
Companion volume for Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy. The teacher's guide provides a summary statement of the major themes to be found in each unit in Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy and includes a series of discussion questions. It also offers two or more scenarios and/or exercises per unit, in which the students can try to apply the basic ideas of the unit to particular fact situations. Finally, the guide provides a suggested bibliography for supplemental reading for students.

Celebrate! Holidays in the USA
Celebrate! is a high-intermediate/advanced level EFL reader on American holidays and the ways that they are commemorated. This html version of the book was developed and is maintained by the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm.

eJournal USA: Dynamic English
This edition of eJournal USA, "Dynamic English," discusses forces that shape and change everyday English. From cultural and international influences, to popular media, to changes arising from technological developments, the authors present examples of ways English changes daily. Other articles describe the process of language change and tips for deciphering slang.

Functional Approaches to Written Text edited by Thomas Miller
This book attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice in applying discourse analysis in the classroom. Leaders in the field introduce 18 approaches to discourse analysis, apply the approach to a sample text, and provide classroom suggestions. Chapters include applications of contrastive rhetoric, pedagogical summaries, information transfer, critical discourse analysis, hedging, the voices of discourse, concordancing, genre analysis, and various functional approaches to grammar such as functional sentence perspective and systemic linguistics.

Online Publications from
This collection of online publications includes the popular Outline Series (American History, American Literature, American Economy, American Government, American Geography) and other titles on American studies, politics, and economics.

Multimedia Resources

Multimedia resources from
Includes webchats, podcasts, photo gallery and video on various issues for international audiences.

International Broadcasting
General information regarding U.S. government-funded international broadcast services such as the Voice of America, Worldnet Broadcasting, Radio Marti and other resources.

U.S.A. History in Brief (The Learner English Series)

US History Learner English
Published by the Bureau of International Information Programs, this is the first book in a news series designed to help readers learn the English language. U.S.A. History in Brief, Learner English edition features a special text appropriate for many English learners and additional features that enhance its value in a classroom or other learning environment.

News Broadcasts in English
From the Voice of America.  Check out the variety of current news report scripts you can read, and some which you can listen to in RealAudio formats.

Voice of America Special English
The Special English Web site is an excellent tool to practice and improve your American English. Throughout this website you will find radio scripts from these feature programs and the matching audio file of the text as it was delivered on the radio.  Through the years, Special English has become a very popular tool for teaching English. The short sentences, limited vocabulary and slow pace of speaking make it easy to understand.  It succeeds in helping people learn English in a non-traditional way.

Crossroads Café
A dynamic English-by-video program for adult EFL and ESL instruction began broadcast to Central and South America in October 1996; worldwide broadcast via the Worldnet (merged into Voice of America Multimedia Network) television service began in early 1996. Home study and classroom materials are available through INTELECOM.

Online Resources for TEFL Professionals

Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web
One of the best-known ESL Internet resources, Dave's ESL Cafe offers materials for students as well as teachers, and has an engaging atmosphere. If you have a question in the ESL/EFL field, you can submit it to this site and have it answered by a professional in the field. Provides information on teaching positions. Updated regularly and fully searchable. Allows users to submit new links.

ESL Independent Study Lab
Contains over 225 Internet resources for ESL/EFL students. All Web sites are clearly annotated. Organization is by skill area and language level.

Federal Resources for Education Excellence
A collection of resources for teachers and students from various US Government agencies on classroom subjects like foreign languages, the arts, mathematics, and social studies, to name a few.

Linguistic Funland
More serious than the name implies, this site is a useful collection of web sites related to applied linguistics and TEFL/TESL.

OELP Online English Language Center
Links to online learning and teaching resources, popular sites for content-based learning, and publications of the Office of English Language Programs.

Providing educators and students access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

TESL Links (From the Internet TESL Journal)
This is a well-known 'meta-site,' a collection of other websites indexed and categorized for instructors to find Internet resources quickly. Updated regularly and fully searchable. Allows users to submit new links.

Voice of America Special English
This site has a wide variety of resources for ESL/EFL teachers and learners. Webcasts can be downloaded from the site; there are online listening exercises from VOA broadcasts and radio English teaching programs. Young learners can find topics of interest by clicking on the turtle.

Volterre-Fr – Learn and Teach English
This site has a wide variety of links to resources for learners and teachers of English


Teaching and Reference Materials
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