ELI Computer Lab Class: Week 7 — Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a very popular website which American university students use to improve their academic writing. In addition to hundreds of resources and references about academic and professional writing, OWL has a specific section for ESL students:

ESL Instructors and Students page of OWL
ESL Instructors and Students page of OWL

Here are just a few examples OWL’s hundreds of resources:

I have used OWL many times to help me improve my writing, and I’m sure it will help you, too. Check it out!

ELI Computer Lab Class: Week 6 – Online Pronunciation Practice

Hello, ELI Computer Lab Class students! The focus of this week’s resources is pronunciation.


The Sounds of American English
The Sounds of American English

The Sounds of American English is a phonetics website run by the University of Iowa. On the website, you can see pictures, videos, and animated diagrams of how to pronounce each of the sounds of American English.


Ship or Sheep
Ship or Sheep

Ship or Sheep is a simple website designed to help you practice minimal pairs, which are pairs of sounds that are very similar to each other. For example, ‘t’ and ‘d’ are very similar to each other. They are only different in one way: ‘t’ is voiceless and ‘d’ is voiced.


Rachel's English
Rachel’s English

Rachel’s English is a popular YouTube channel focused on English language learning. It is especially well known for its pronunciation videos. You can see a list of video topics here. For example, there is a set of videos all about the flap ‘t’, which is the small, short ‘d’ sound Americans pronounce in the middle of words like “water” and “butter.”


I hope you enjoy these resources! There are hundreds of other websites, podcasts, YouTube channels, and so on which focus on English pronunciation, so let me know in the comments what you favorites are!

ELI Computer Lab Class: Week 5 – Online Listening Practice

Hello! This week’s ESL resources are two good online listening practice websites for ESL students.

ESL Lab

http://www.esl-lab.com/

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab is a free website with hundreds of short listening activities, complete with pre-listening activities and comprehension questions.

Voice of America Learning English

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/

Voice of America Learning English is a free news website funded by the US government. Its stories are designed for English language learners and include resources such as vocabulary lists. The website even includes a built-in dictionary (click on a word to see a short definition).

In addition to the news stories, VoA Learning English also has series of content focused on the English language. Check these out, for example:

ELI Computer Lab Class: Week 4 – drive.google.com

This week’s resource is Google Drive! Google Drive makes it easy to create presentations with a group. Every group member can edit the same presentation at the same time online. You do not need to have software like Microsoft Office installed, and you do not need to email files to each other. Google Drive simplifies group projects and makes it easy to use many computers (your laptop, a computer lab computer, a classroom computer, etc.) to access and edit the same document.

There will be an in-class exercise in which students will work together to create a quick presentation, but for the sake of privacy, I am not including that activity in this blog post.