What we feature in the network of sites
I am a volunteer ESL teacher
I love teaching English. I’m not a trained teacher. So, I need a lot of help teaching. I find lots of help online, this site is where I put it.
I teach adults. Most of my students have never touched a computer or surfed the Web. In America you need to use these things. And they’re fantastic to use!! I create things here for my students online.
There is a ton of ESL stuff online and many many websites. There is plenty of professional and well-developed material online. I do not intend to replicate, replace or compete with ESL sites. This is where I work from and where my classroom can meet.
This is my workspace. Yours too.
I initially developed ESL Space for myself. I use it to discover, create, organize, and access material for my class. I am a volunteer instructor, not a trained teacher. I depend on the Internet for help with teaching.
I needed a simple web address for my students. So, I bought one: toni-esl.com. I incorporate computer skills into my class. Typically my students do not own computers. Many have never used one. Most have not used the web outside of Facebook. To access things online, you need web addresses – when you have no experience with computers, a mouse, keyboard or even perhaps the English alphabet, copying a web URL is prohibitive. I need a place with a simple web address to post links for my students to visit to do activities online.
Each site in this network is accessible via a smartphone or tablet. Touchscreen friendly. I want to present a pathway to knowledge through technology, using any device available.
It has been a challenge to find self-study sites for adult advanced beginners. I look for sites I can direct learners to by just giving them the URL for self-study without any guidance. Often the material is too advanced, too childish, too many confusing distractions – like ads, or requires the user to be able to understand English to navigate the site, read the concepts and do the exercises.
I am developing a place for adult learners, like my ESL2 students, to be able to click a couple of links to find something to do. My goal is to create a place where advanced beginners can be encouraged to explore via inviting material and a variety of presentations. Ideally, they will learn to navigate, explore, advance in ESL studies and discover other sources on the web.
Class Blog (http://tonieslnotes.wordpress.com/)
Computer Lab (http://classlabs.wordpress.com/)
I keep separate, duplicated from websites, WordPress.com blogs for classroom notes, plans, and computer lab. Stuff I can’t lose.