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where's some good grammar stuff? 
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Post where's some good grammar stuff?
grammar is one of those things that kids rarely enjoy learning, but i was wondering if anyone knew of any good sites that offer good grammar lessons/activities for 1)elementary kids 2) junior high 3) senior high?

some of the responses to the "do you use a coursebook?" post, such as the "tommy tales" replies, shows how little i know of what is available online. mes english.com is a fantastic site for flashcards and games. i have now discovered learningpage.com for reading activities. what are some other useful sites that can help teachers prepare an all round fantastic lesson?

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Well, one thing you're not going to find is a site that does all your work for you. One site that helped me organize my grammar lessons was esl.about.com

You may want to check that one out. It isn't as much of a community as eslHQ or MES-English.com, but it is nice. I based my Basic One book on Ken Beare's absolute beginner lesson plans.

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here are some great game sites (some not so good but ...)

http://www.sendaiedu.com/searchbygrammar.html (best?)

http://www.geocities.com/jhslessonplans/

http://www.sendaiedu.com/jhslessonplans.html

http://www.eslbase.com/worksheets.asp

http://www.englishrescue.com/

http://www.iieec.com/activities/index_en.shtml

http://www.johnsesl.com/printables/worksheets/

http://a4esl.org/a/v.html

http://english-adventure.com/

http://www.simplyesl.com/

http://www.okinawajet.com/resources/lessons/


Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:49 am
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Would you mind going back and rating those? 1 to 10 or maybe choose an emoticon for each? Or just tell us your favorite 3 on the list?

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Good question all around and I believe that is a big gap on the internet.

I don't think you'll find a full curriculum anywhere that has everything you'll need. If you go to some of the publisher's websites, they post the curriculum for their ESL books supposedly. I heard that from someone, and I went on that search once. I couldn't find the curriculums but I have the web-patinece of a fly. If I can't find what I want in a couple clicks then I usually give up. :D ____ :?

I have my curriculum and probably like any others I don't have it posted because it's valuable. It's a lot of reasearch, a lot of trial and error and a lot of time put in to get it where it is.

I would have no problem posting it and hope to in the future, but I need to wait a bit. I may be shooting myself in the foot here if I do. Not globally but locally. All around me (in my town, neighboring towns and so on) people are using MES-E resources. That's great, but then it does sort of take the shine off of my school. Right now, I think it's OK because I'm giving away the materials but not how to teach them.

Maybe I'll just figure out how to ban IP addresses of people in my area :D

I will post it eventually and actually, I would love some feedback on my ideas. If you are interested and a forum member that I know (ie you post or we email back and forth) I'd love to send you my curriculum and hear back on it. Pm or email me if you are interested in seeing what I have put together.

I'll also try to think of or find some grammar resources. What comes to mind is www.eslflow.com I use it for higher level classes (high school) I've been in contact a couple times with the owner and he has a really nice collection of links.

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Mark, if you posted your curriculum, you probably would blow your foot right off. Especially locally where your curriculum is taylor made to work. It would fit nicely probably in Korea or China and need to be adapted for latin based language countries, etc. Save your curriculum for yourself and possibly your publisher if you ever publish something. (you can give hints though) :)

Or better, maybe post a really counter-intuitive backwards MES-English curriculum which will confuse both teachers and students. Then watch all those copycat schools in your city close. Ha! (I know, you can't do it because you care too much about the students... me too)

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Post mark, you are too generous!
i agree with smy2brazil in not releasing your curriculum. people are in competition to try and gain as many students as possible, as this would mean more money for them. like i often say, parents and kids are attracted to something that is better or more interesting than the things that other places offer. if you reveal your curriculum, next thing you know, everyone'S teaching the same thing, with the same material and the same way. mark, you are more than generous by allowing people to use your flashcards and games and i think you should leave it at that. when i asked the question of where i can find good resources, i didnt mean for you to reveal your secrets. i was only enquiring as to what is already accessible and of good use to people.

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Would you mind going back and rating those? 1 to 10 or maybe choose an emoticon for each?
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well the 1st 2 are about my favorites

but its not as easy as it seems as some are good for some things (ie kids songs) and some are better for written work etc (higher level) and some have so much stuff its hard to generalise

I think its better to go in and check them out as your needs and judgements (as to how good it is) will be different to me (and everyone else)


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