The World at Your Fingertips: Resources for EFL Teachers

By Susan Weymouth
June 25, 2012

Most EFL teachers know about many good quality websites available on the internet. For example, the granddaddy of them of all, Dave’s ESL Café is still a well-maintained and updated clearinghouse for many types of information for EFL teachers. However, you may not have heard as much about the great resources available from universities. These sites can make life inside and outside the classroom more interesting.

Websites like The Learning Edge offer materials suitable for adults who are beginning English learners. There is a vocational focus to most of the materials, which should allow both immediate application for tomorrow’s lesson and clear models for designing similar materials for the specific jobs your students hold.

Even elite and expensive universities, such as MIT, have free resources for teachers and learners. MIT’s OPENCOURSEWARE shows syllabuses, lessons, and even videos from phonology classes in their Academic English Program. (The pertinent classes from MIT are listed as 21F.213 – 21F.233 on the home page link above.) After you stock up on resources for your classroom, you could decide to study anything from astronomy to zoology on your own using this resource. Now no village is too remote to take advantage of a top quality education, as long as the student (or teacher!) has at least intermittent internet access.