ESL Classroom Resource Links: Reading 1
Smories are original stories for kids, read by kids.
First Nations Legends & Stories According to ESL Level and Character Traits As Determined by Teacher in Collaboration with Students - a bibliography listing of sources of legends that are suitable for character development through the art of storytelling. In PDF format.
About Everyday Life - The EDL project uses interactive, situation-based lessons to teach functional literacy skills. Each activity provides learners with the opportunity to test their knowledge of real-world situations and to develop the confidence and skills necessary to be successful in everyday life.
Canadian Corner: ESL Activities – This Web page offers a selection of texts relating to Canada as well as multiple questions interactive Canadian Citizenship Test.
ESL Reading - These ELT materials are designed for online & classroom use. They include original stories and simplified versions of classic texts as well as short texts and
audio-visual materials. Activities worksheets to help develop language skills (reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, speaking, and listening) are available for some of the stories and texts.
Lexicalist “reads through millions of words of chatter on the internet to analyze how certain demographics talk and what kinds of things they talk about. We currently break this information down into three kinds of demographics: age, gender, and geography.”
Online Dictionary Assisted Reading Tool for English Learning – “Just copy and paste your article in the text box below, and click the "Read it here!" button. On the next page, you can get the definition of any word by double clicking it.”
Draw a Stick Man – Fun interactive online application.
Simple English Wikipedia is one of the Wikipedia encyclopedias. Articles in the Simple English Wikipedia use fewer words from the 1000 most commonly used words and easier grammar than the English Wikipedia.
Myths and Legends from E2BN - myths, folktales and legends from the British Isles. This site also allows students to create their own stories.
Inspiration Lane – This is an online magazine for ESLO, ESL, and EFL students. The content of this site changes every day.
Kids ESL Resources - The website contains some sample storybooks and ESL textbooks
Famous People English Lessons: Biographies and ESL Lesson Plans – For each of the over 170 biographies of famous personalities this resource provides an audio file with a transcript and a number of exercises.
“Storynory is an online treasure trove of audio stories. Here you will find a mixture of new stories, fairy tales, and specially adapted myths and histories. We also have a sprinkling of verse.”
Lil' Fingers Original Storybooks – This page offers several animated stories for young children. Some of these are complemented by sound files.
Kids Front - A collection activities for children including stories and nursery rhymes.
365 ESL Short Stories - The website hosts a collection of short stories written for ESL students. Each story includes text, audio and corresponding exercises.
ESLnotes.com - The English Learner Movie Guides – Each individual guide is a detailed synopsis of a popular movie; plot, major characters, glossary of vocabulary and questions for ESL class discussion. Guides are available in PDF, HTML and WORD formats.
Nellie Edge Excellence in Kindergarten Literacy! — Black-line masters for making child-size little illustrated books.
The ESL Reading Index
- Reading and Mapping Strategies: strategies to use while reading to help understand and retain information.
- Types of Questions and Tests: help identifying which kind of questions comprehension tests will use.
- Reading Practice Exercises: traditional reading practice (main idea, details, inference, etc).
- ESL Reading Links: links to good online sources of authentic reading material.
Famous Quotes and Quotations at BrainyQuote - Browse quotations by topic, by the author's last name or by the type of author.
ESL Activities Online - This website contains a variety of activities for English language learners. It includes a section on idioms, grammar, reading comprehension, and a selection of flash activities.