These materials are created with the Adult ESL Student and Adult Developing Reader in mind. June 1997
Last updated 21 May 1998
some of the webspawner pages have disappeared, temporarily, I hope, so some links are broken for now
© Alison McMahon Johnson 1997

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  • To my students: Click on the ESL links at the bottom of the page for interesting places to visit. You can find quizzes, games, and pen pals here.
    • Reading
    • American Culture
    • Writing
    • Language
    • Try the sample quiz of the week. This one on count and non-count nouns is from Dave Sperling of Dave's ESL Cafe.
    • You can review some grammar and learn a lot about Texas in another sample quiz from Dede Woods.
        After you finish, take out your blank US map and color in Texas. On the back of the paper, write as many facts as you can remember about Texas, without looking back at the test.
To sign up for an e-mailed daily vocabulary builder that is helpful for academic testing
(TOEFL/TOEIC/GRE), go to The Kaplan Edge and click on sign up or sign up form.
Print articles out to read. Do this for any long articles you find on the internet. It's easier to read
something on paper than on a computer screen. Also, many of the sites to which I link do not keep the same page up for more than a week.
For some excellent reading and vocabulary material, go to the Bangkok Post's Weekly Paper
for students of English. This week's recommended story is about a happy school in Thailand; it has a lot of useful vocabulary for talking and writing about ideas and education.
If you're interested in a list of recommended books and reviews of them, go to
*Ali Baba's Bookshop Annexe for Students. It has recommended ESL and American Culture readings, arranged by level of difficulty and by topic.
A book that is in the news (10 June 1997) is Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It is a
good story about a young African-American girl and her family in the south during the Depression. Go to *Ali Baba's Bookshop Student Annexe to find out more about the book. You will also find a
link for the article about what made this book *controversial today.
A good "multicultural reading" I found online is called "Real Indians Eat Jello."
Remember to print articles out to read on paper. It's easier (and you get off the net faster).
A very interesting multimedia story is June 1997 dispatches from a former Vietnam News
Correspondent's trip to Vietnam. You can get some background/history from the US point of view. It has a clip of Lyndon Johnson's voice and some of his words are written in the article. From 13 June, the story changed every day. Each day has an audio clip you can listen to. Read the article first and view the pictures. Print out the article to read carefully and make notes on, then go back and click on the microphone to listen to a short summary of the day's dispatch (news message)
If you like to read about the *scandals of the day and find out what people are
talking about on Talk Radio, go to the *Media English Page.
An excellent site to see what vocabulary you can think of in discussing lifestyles, geography, and weather is a site that has fifteen of Hiroshige's woodblock prints to look at.
Sit down with a pencil and paper and look at all the pictures in order, then answer the questions. It takes a while to view them all the first time, so get comfortable and prepare to spend some time thinking.
After you answer the questions, you can view the pictures again with some vocabulary provided. Answer them again.
Then go to see the sample responses collected and compare the words you used to talk about the pictures. You might want to visit this site several times for practice. It's excellent!
To go there, click here.
American Culture:
US History Out Loud
Voices of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State George Marshall
"Virtual Antebellum"
A Freshman project about pre-civil war Richmond, Virginia (the south)
"California as I Saw It"
Personal histories from the Library of Congress "American Memory" series
WPA Life Histories
(Under construction)
Click on my name below and send me e-mail. Tell me what you did and how you liked it. Make a bookmark and come often--I am continuously adding and changing links (although I haven't been lately--none of my present students, who are 5-7 years old, is on the net and we don't have it in our classroom. If you're currently enrolled (as of June 1997) in one of my classes, you will find useful study materials here that relate to our class work. Of course, as always, ask me questions!
Be patient: If you click on something and it doesn't work, let me know. I'll fix it.
Also, remember, I'll deputize you as a member of the *International Grammar Police (which has disappeared as of May 1998: working on getting it back) if you find a mistake in my spelling or grammar and send you a certificate for finding a mistake I made.
Words to teach by:

When we treat a man as he is, we make him worse than he is. When we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be. --Goethe

This site is made possible by the sponsorship of Webspawner Ltd. and *Ali Baba's Bookshop and *Education Annexe in association with Amazon Books and is created and maintained by Alison McMahon Johnson
©Alison McMahon 1997
last modified 21 May 1998
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Thanks are due to the federal government and Title III funds through San Bernardino Valley College for their sponsorship and encouragement of the development of their teachers' technical multimedia skills and to GTE for its sponsorship of eee, making an internet account affordable.


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