Matthew Walsh's EFL ESL website
Rad resources and refererence materials about teaching EFL/ESL

Internet for language teaching:

  Highlights of Micheal Krauss's 'Integrating the Internet into the Classroom", a course I took.

Lesson Plans:

The 'Three Wise Monkeys' site has many classroom games compiled from teachers in Tochigi prefecture.

Need an idea for a communicative lesson? 'One Stop English' has a big stock.

  'Boggle's world' has lots of materials for younger learners.

  'eslflow' has hundreds of activities divided by level. The 'debate' section has lots of usable topics. 'Academic Writing' has tons of stuff, like graphic organizers ready to go.

The British Council's 'LearnEnglish' site has many things for teachers and learners. The children's site comes highly recommended.


The Internet Grammar of English has detailed explanations of stuctural features accompanied with exercises.

  Edufind's 'Online English Grammar' has detailed descriptions of grammar features. Go to the table of contents to start.

  'Guide to Grammar & Writing' has pull-down menus in several categories from word, sentence, paragraph, to research papers formats

'Hypergrammer' is a hypertext site with basic explanations for many features of English grammar. The terms aren't always in line with those used in applied linguistics at present, but there are some useful insights.

  ESL Partyland has many online activities for the autonomous learner.

Wayne Magnuson, ESL teacher of Calgary, Canada has created a nice hyperlink collection of common idioms.


  'WriteFix' has a very detailed list of strategies for timed essay writing as in TOEFL or IELTS

  About's 'English Writing Style' page has many useful resources and articles for a writing class.

  'Pocket Movies' lets you download short movies that can be used as a writing topic.

  'DFilm' lets students create thier own animated stories online by clicking.

  'Criterion' instructor's page


   'A Ten-step Introduction to Concordancing'
takes you through the concepts and techniques of using corpora. Really cool!

Collins Corpus Concordance Sampler searches 56 million words from BrE, and AmE books, ephemera, radio, newspapers, and magazines.

   Mark Davies of BYU's, interface for the 100 million word BNC, TIME, and COCA allows you to search different registers. etc.

   Micheal Barlow's page

   'PIE' -'phrases in English', searches the BNC for formulaic speech.

   Tim Johns Data-Driven Learning (DDL) page

  Web concordancer 'VLC' can search several different corpora such as 'Brown', 'LOB' and dozens of others

  Web concordancer 'MICASE' from University of Michigan specializes in academic speech events.

  Web concordancer 'HTI' Modern English Collection uses online resources like the Gutenberg project.

  Web concordancer and many other online tools for studying lexis:

  'Bookmarks for Corpus-based linguists' has an incredible collection of links to tools.

  'The Linguists Search Engine' creates tree diagrammes from texts.

   Tutor Gena Bennet's google page with many resources


  The 'GSL', General Service List ( the 2000 most useful words for learners ) is explained as well as the full list with frequency numbers.

  This online doohickey will do GSL-type analyses on smallish texts

  The 'UWL', University Word List ( 837 words families not covered in the GSL, but that are frequent in academic texts )

  The 'AWL', Academic Word List ( 570 words that actually cover more of academic texts than the 'UWL' )

  "Second Language Vocabulary Resources page" has word frequency lists, and more.


  Phonetics page from U of Iowa has movie files of a woman moving her mouth for every sound.

  IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet ( Wikipedia )

  Pronunciation listening practice using sound files of minimal pairs.


  "The Extensive Reading pages" is a hub for many resources on the subject.

  'References for Extensive Reading in EFL/ESL" is a link collection with much on the subject.

  A page about 'Active Reading', but mine's better!


  Macmillan dictionary 'ELT terms'

  More ELT terms explained at "BogglesWorld".

   A more thorough rundown of all those confusing names of methodologies.

  A nice homemade page. The 'teaching english' link talks about method. and techniques.

'onestopenglish' is huge and has a lot of downloadable prints. This is the Methodology Archive

  A Masters student at U of Aston has made a pretty heavy site for fellow MA or Dip candidates.

Research tools:

You can search an author or researcher's name and it will give you contexts where they were cited
in other papers. Kind of a shortcut, but brings clarity to what exactly was claimed by that author.

'Google Scholar' is similar to CiteSeer. Which one is better? You tell me!?

Professional Groups/ Journals:

  JALT's online version of 'The Language Teacher'

   ETJ, English Teachers in Japan is an organization for all types of language teachers. Many seminars to participate in!

  The Internet TESL Journal

  The Asian EFL Journal

  Useful TEFL website

  TESOL website

  iatefl website

  The ELgazette

  ESL Teachers Board, - lots of materials, links, 'how to' sites, and job info

   'Sites for Teachers' has lots of links

   'eslcity': A teacher in Korea, Mike has lots of free worksheets

  Niigata based forum for sharing teaching ideas. Many useful links: