Discussion Board

Links for Grammar:
http://www.azargrammar.com/materials/feg/FEG03_PowerPoint.html Fundamentals of English Grammar Power points for intermediate level

http://www.azargrammar.com/materials/uueg/UUEG03_PowerPoint.html Advanced level

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm another good resource for grammar

Englishpage.com high-intermediate to advanced

Links for Pronunciation:
Phonetics application

The IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) from Rachel's English

Links for Listening and Pronunciation:
Randall's ESL Cyberlistening Lab Scroll toward the bottom of the page to find the Listening for Academic Purposes. These are rated for difficulty and have follow-up comprehension questions. Many former students have improved their listening skills greatly by using this wonderful tool. Randall has also added a vocabulary building and video section at the bottom of the home page.

This I Believe (4-5 minute monologues) This page allows you to choose speakers by theme/topic. Be sure to listen to speakers on a variety of subjects. Many of these monologues also have transcripts which you can read or download and reread for vocabulary. To get to the transcripts and complete written details about the speaker, click on the title of the monologue. This will bring up a page with the transcript (if there is one) plus the recording.**
TED talks (3 minutes) There are also longer talks, very challenging but fascinating talks at TED. From this page, you can check out the menu on the left hand side and search around for 6 minute and longer talks if you are feeling ambitious.
ESL-Bits This site takes materials from lots of other sites, including NPR and TED. It includes transcripts, and you can listen to the talks at normal speed or at slow speed.

BBC Six-Minute English British English short interviews with pdf file and vocabulary for more detailed study.

Learning English with the Voice of AmericaAmerican English radio website
CBS Assignment American
UCSD TV Schedule
Podcasts of UCSD Class lectures
Academic Earth Free access to a number of courses from top professors and universities
Coursera You can take an online class for free and earn a certificate completion in some classes. Great site for the self-motivated!
Elllo Podcasts

Links for Vocabulary Building:

Vocabulary Learning Site
Picturing English (This is my blog which is separate from the one below. I hope to have more time in the new year to build this one up.)
Many Englishes (This is my primary blog. It continues posts about vocabulary, but also themes/topics in teaching and learning English as a foreign/second language. It would be great if any of you would like to write a post on learning/teaching English in Mexico.)



What do you call the thing that you use to clean the sink? a sponge?

What do you call the person who cuts your hair? hair stylist, barber

Are you the person who found my iPhone yesterday?

ICEBREAKER: Find someone who can play the guitar.

Change this command to a question: Find someone who can play the guitar.

------> Can you play the guitar? Yes, I can./ No, I can't.

+ Follow up question: If "yes" answer, ask an information question, e.g.,

How longhave you been playing the guitar? / How long have you played the guitar?

What kind of musicdo you play on the guitar?

Why did you choose the guitar(as an instrument to learn to play)? and so on….

If "No, I can't," ask another student until you find one who can.

The difference between baseball and football by George Carlin
More information about the first MOOC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6FvJ6jMGHU TED talk Daphne Koller, Co-Founder of Coursera (Stanford Computer Sci Prof)