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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
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.
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
IATEFL Young Learners
SIG: English as a Foreign Language
(EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL)
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Can
be browsed by categories or searched by keywords.
In the advanced search, you can also search by reading
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