Volume 2, Number 5

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June 2006



 
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Dear ESL All subscribers from all around the world,

Our readers often ask us to recommend great websites where can be found resources to help children learn English. This is precisely what this June issue of the ESL All newsletter aims to do. As there are numerous first-class children resources available online, our choice was far from being easy. Yet we have, in the end, opted for ten Top Online Children Sites where both young and old kids will find thousands of resources, games, and activities that can truly contribute to making progress in English.

What is best? English as a Second Language sites or English as a First Language Sites?

Our answer to this question is that both types of sites are to be considered. The English used to communicate with children being usually simple in nature, the difference between first- and second-language children sites is not as important as might first be thought. Also, we make it a point of honour to always encourage children to visit as many good sites as possible. The more they explore, the more advanced they become, and the more they can take advantage of the fantastic online material that has been created for their delight.

The first three sites featured in this month's selection are English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL / EFL) sites that provide resources for children who are non-native speakers of English. The seven other sites contain material (directories, search engines, magazines, resource banks, etc.) that were created for young native speakers of English, but that can be of great value to young non-native learners as well.

Ready to begin a new online adventure? Wherever you decide to go, just keep in mind what great fun it is being a kid!

Do not hesitate to send us your comments or questions if you have any.

Have fun!

The ESL All Team

1-ESL.About.com
http://esl.about.com/od/teachingchildren/
Teaching Children ESL - Young Learners' ESL: K-12 and elementary school education articles and resources for ESL learning and teaching including: games, lesson plans, songs, fun activities and teaching techniques, as well as other sites of interest to K through 12 ESL educators.

2-IATEFL Young Learners Special Interest Group
http://www.countryschool.com/ylsig/
IATEFL Young Learners SIG: English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) d
irectory of resources for young learners. One of the best lists of links of ESL/EFL resources for children on the Internet. For very young learners (<7 years old), primary school children (7-12), and secondary school students (13-17).

3- The Internet TESL Journal List of Links for Kids
http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Kids/
ESL Kids: Part of the most comprehensive and best-maintained list of children links for students and teachers of English as a second language.

4- Story Place: The Children's Digital Library
http://www.storyplace.org/storyplace.asp
StoryPlace.org: See and listen to multimedia stories for children in English. Provides children with a virtual library and activities including stories, riddles, craft activities, and reading lists for pre-school and elementary aged kids.

5- Kindersite.org
http://www.kindersite.org/directory/directoryframe.htm
Kindersite Games, Songs, and Stories: Over a 1,000 of links to the best games, songs and stories for the introduction to English.
Used by 11,540 schools in 136 countries. Recommended by teachers worldwide as the best way to introduce technology and English to children.

6- Yahooligans
http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/
Yahooligans: The child friendly version of the famous Yahoo! portal and search engine. It is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids (aged from 7 to 14) that features safe surfing games, jokes, news, homework help, sports, reference, and more kid friendly activities and resources. Each site has been carefully reviewed to ensure appropriate and high-quality content.

7- BritishCouncil.org
http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/kids/
Learn English Kids: Free website from the British Council that offers help to ESL learners from elementary to advanced levels. Helps parents and teachers of children learning English find information about young learner courses and tips on how you can help your child learn English. The Kids Zone features games, quizzes, print activities, songs, stories, e-cards and other resources on a wide range of topics.

8- TimeforKids.com
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/
Time for Kids: The child online version of the weekly classroom Time for Kids magazine. It includes the latest news from around the world about world and national events, scientific discoveries, sports, entertainment, kids in the news and much more. Also features articles, games, a reference toolbox, opportunities for student information creation and interaction, and parent and teacher sections.

9- KidsClick!
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/
Web Search for Kids by Librarians: A search engine for children that was created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System to address concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites. Kidsclick! only searches sites for children pre-selected by librarians. It gives the grade level and indicates whether or not images are available. C
an be browsed by categories or searched by keywords. In the advanced search, you can also search by reading level.

10- PBSKids.org
http://pbskids.org/
PBS Kids Online:
Children section of the PBS News Service. Official site for the cartoons and live action shows hosted by PBS. Features games, stories,coloring, music, and show information.Thousands of pages of learning and fun to explore.

 
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