Links -- Hardware,
-- Literally, my notes about how to get
done; Mason focused.
ESL Resource Guide for Language Instructors -- from
Qualityansweringservice.com; recommened by Luis in Seattle
- Interesting Things
for ESL Students -- "A fun study site for students
of English as a Second Language. Word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang,
proverbs and much more."
Lab -- LOTS of listening
activities, with quizzes
test your comprehension, at all different levels. Give it a try.
-- This is a helpful pronunciation site
by a collegue
of mine, Sharon Widmayer, and Holly Gray.
of my Korean students recommends this site. From what I can see they
good practice exercises. Here is their description: free-English.com
is an excellent site for ESL students wishing to improve their English
spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure skills. The site
is user-friendly, easy to navigate and has been translated into 13
Now FREE online English Assessment test available!
- FreeRice --<http://freerice.com> .Brought you to
by UN World Food Programme (WFP) ... a
great way to study ENglish vocabulary and help to fight world hunger
- Self Study for ESL Students
-- Lots of links
--Brought you to by ESL/EFL teachers
around the world
Tutorial -- From Austria's Open
they link to other resouces
of English -- A fine grammar
from some British
that helps you understand English grammar without insulting your adult
intelligence ... but simple enough for younger folk.
--Resources for students & teachers
Resources for teachers
Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Good "readable" world news stories ... many
with recorded radio stories to match.
and Research Aids/Info
- Writing Across
Borders A website from Oregon State
University in which they discuss international student wirting issues
(they have film clips too!).
- Free web-based services to check for plagiarism
- Subscription web-based service
- Software to download
Music, Directories and
What's a Lundie?
-- a FREE commercial-free alternative
from down under (too bad the US Congress doesn't let the US have free
internet radio like this anymore).See this "old
internet radio" site or the R.A.I.N.
Radio, Freedom CA -- adult
rock, acoustic music,
progressive country, Hawaiian, cajun, bluegrass, and folk
streaming mp3 files in many generes.
If you don't know
much about search
engines, try this
link from UC Bezerkely, ... I mean, UC Berkeley: The
BEST Search Engines. Also try Meta-Search
Engines from the same author.
is also a great webpage from NoodleTools with
information about using different search engines for different needs.
You may also want to read
"Norwegian Puffin Dog" Test, or how I rate the usefulness of
searching tool. My Lundies
the same fame(notoriety?) as the Oscars, but 'ya gotta start
on to the Engines ...
Start Your Engines!"
this to find a directory of links for ANY
Lundies short for Lundehunds (a.k.a. "norwegian puffin
dogs) ... but about is now backed by Google, so the search
results are really Google results
- -- for serious
searching, go to the
on the puffin dog scale,
but this is
one of the best engines for academics, puffin dogs aside.
- Dogpile-- a
highly effective metasearch engine that allows you to type in one query
and get results many seach engines and indexes. On the "norwegian
puffin dog" test, it yielded an
unspecifiied number of results,
but remember it's a metasearch tool, so it's results are from Google,
Yahoo, LiveSearch and Ask!
- -- Google
earns an impressive 2,630
on the "norwegian
puffin dog" scale .
- -- search either Yahoo,
LyGo (Lycos' visual search) or MSN from this directory/search engine.
a quick find, it works fine! Lycos earns a 129
on the "norwegian puffin dog" scale
bad since it too seems to report sites only once.
- -- like the Open Directory in a way in that people create the
link lists in Mahalo (Hawaiian for "Thank you"). As of July 2008, no
one has created a "norwegian puffin dog" --
guess I'll have to give it a go :)
Open Directory Project-- Zero
but it did find three sites for "darwin
NOW BING a
cool way to search for info in wikis ...
now these are wikis we are talking about, so you gotta do your
realiability anaylzes on your own for the info, but still it yielded 12
"norwegian puffin dog" sites . Microsoft bought them (July 2008), so
they must have something here.
metasearch engine yields 13,000 Lundies,
the truth about the links returned by its "associates." Such candor can
be not only freshing but
WWW Vitual Library--run by a
loose confederation of
who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are
it isn't the biggest index of the web; I've got it here for historic
Lundies and no "darwin fish."
"WannaLearn has been
designed to provide a
of users with an effective and efficient means of accessing the best
learning opportunities available on the Web, in virtually every subject
and area of interest."Zero
I didn't really think it would find any tutorials on "how to raise
I just had to run it through the Lundie test since I stuck it in this
- My Grammar PowerPoint Presentations
- Parts of Speech
-- How to Do 'Em
- Unit Conversion
(.org) -- your typical length, capacity,
temperature, etc conversions done here, but other my exotic one such as
surface tension & luminance convertors also (even a EU currency
-- a free, easy-to-use audio editor
and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating
systems. Edit Ogg, Vorbis, MP3 and WAV files. Cut, copy, splice and miz
sounds together. The list goes on. If you don't use this, I gotta ask
--Ad Block Plus, an awesome ad-on
for web browsers and mobile OSs that blocks ads. It's free, but I
donate to the developer once a year to keep the useful product going
fast web browser from Norway!
after Eudora Welty
-- File transfer for Macs
Freeware -- now that WS_FTP
isn't free any more,
I've switched to this efficient little program for my file transfer
Freezip-- a small, fast and efficient Zip utility for
compression and decompression of files and directories. For the user
that just wants "to download things and get on with life ... you can
use it for free ... if you have ever used Windows Explorer, then
there's nothing new to learn with this puppy. Quick, painless and
nicely integrated with Explorer." This program has
my numero uno zip utility.
E S T MP3+ player for MS Windows-Based
great Spyware detection and removal
Ad-Aware run this adware
detection program in
concert with SpyBot to catch more "spies."
install this program to keep
spyware off your PC
in the first place.
Cleaner -- seems to have helped my PC run better by
cleaning up the registry. I researched registry cleaning software for a
while -- and was willing to pay for what seemed like a good program --
so when I came across this one that seemed to really work, I was more
than happy to make a donation
to the programmer.
- Nature Sounds <http://www.naturesounds.ca/>
This Canadian company offers downloads as well as CDs ... good for
working while the kids watch American
Healthest Foods<http://whfoods.org/foodstoc.php> A list of the world's
healthest foods according to the George Mateljan Foundation; "provides
unbiased scientific information aabout nutrient-rich foods that can
promote vibrant health and energy and fit your personal needs and busy
lifestyle." Seems pretty legit.
Links that Could be Useful
-- Classroom Resources
Lots of free of on-line teacher help
curriculum integration, class, eportfolios, free webinars, crossword
TONS of on-line teacher help
webquests, worksheet generators, spelling and vocabulary exercises, and
word find as well as crossword generators.
This site's "goal is to make it
integrate the Internet into the classroom." They do a pretty good job
this by offering a search engine that reports only educational websites
as hits and lesson plans and practical information to help you use
resources in your class. They have a specific "subsites" that focus on Higher
Education and other areas.
lots of ESL/EFL materials for
of the scholarship of teaching and [examinations of] ways that campus
policies, and conditions work for or against a scholarship of
A GMU publication.
Theory of Learning
By Thomas L. Magliozzi (one of the
-- with an MIT B.S. and Boston College Ph.d)
This site, put together in
April 1997 call for federal agencies to make resources available for
teaching and learning.
in English as a Foreign Language
A PhD Dissertation by
the National Clearinghouse for
No matter what your view of bilingual education, this site is helpful.
Be sure to check out the technology
--from the International Reading
NCTE, Marcopolo and the MCI Foundation. A great collection of
tools for teachers and students (geared for K-12, but adult ESL/EFL
students can benefit from it). Be sure to check out the Student
a collection of web resources
for K-12, but
the high school material can be used for academic prep in an
If your students keep ask you for pleasure book recommendation, send
them to their 100
Best Books List or their grade level
History & Government
- American History links from Kingwood College, now housed on the larger Lone Star
College website (Kingwood is one of the campuses in this Northern
Houston community college system).
Project for Historical Education's Links for Teachers Page
Lots of good links...you could spend hours,
- The Library of Congress's American History Website designed
for "younger people," but even those of us born BEFORE the actor became
the president can enjoy this site.
- A nonprofit organization with the goal of providing
information about how the US system of government works on the local,
state and national level. They publish good books.
A joint venture of The City University of New
York and George Mason, "this site is designed for high school and
college teachers of U.S. History survey courses. [History Matters]
serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching
materials, first-person primary documents and threaded discussions on
teaching U.S. history."
Revolution to Reconstruction: Outline of American History
Open Directory's American History Links
Presidental Powers This website was suggested by a
group of students researching US history and presidents under the
guidance of Angela Whitney in the summer of 2014
-- Lots of interesting essays and resources about
American popular culture as conveyed in television and movies written
by Ken Sanes, a former journalist from the Boston, MA area.
- MTV News
Headlines -- Okay ... if you want information
about American pop culture, especially media pop culture, MTV is a good
place to go. I must confess, I did not watch MTV until it's third year
of broadcasting, but I had a rommate that year, Airy Carrie, who who
looked like Cyndi Lauper and could solve physics problems with the best
of the boys in the engineering
department @ Poly and she would have MTV on most of the time. Read
the latest mainstream American music, movies and TV news here.
US Regional Information
Languages of the World, 14th Edition, On-line --
for a language and receive information about the people who speak it
other linguistic data (lots of links!).
Language Site -- pages
maintained by a Central
Californiahigh school (Atwater
-- this is the Atwater, CA between Turlock and Merced, not the one in
near Glendale). Lots of "basic" phrases/ideas in LOTS of languages (800
for "hi"; 160 for "good afternoon").
an independent organisation (created in 1983, with no political,
institutional or governmental affiliations) devoted to the worldwide
and promotion of multilingualism."
online lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current
theories of human lexical memory. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and
adverbs are organized into synonym sets, each representing one
Chart that "talks" from Peter
Ladefoged at UCLA.
for American English Vowel Sounds -- IPA
Science and Psychology
KurzweilAI.net -- "a Web showcase for the ideas and technologies of leading
visionaries; focuses on the exponential growth of intelligence, both
biological and machine, and the merger of the two in a post-humanist
future." Cool Site. Try Ramona.
Linguistics -- "AAAL members
to language-related concerns, including language education, acquisition
and loss, bilingualism, discourse analysis, literacy, rhetoric and
language for special purposes, psycholinguistics, second and foreign
pedagogy, language assessment, and language policy and
Center for Applied
Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Be sure to
branch of this association, specially the Computer
for its members [English and foreign language teachers] to share their
scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to
trends in the academy." Yeah, yeah...we know it's "the" organization
English department types.
N A F S A
of International Educators
of Teachers of English
Education Association, "America's oldest and largest organization
to advancing the cause of public education, from pre-school to
of English to Speakers of Other Languages, headquartered in Alexandria,
Virginia, has more than 14,000 members. Its mission is to develop the
of its members and others involved in teaching English to speakers of
languages to help them foster effective communication in diverse
while respecting individuals'language rights." Yeah, yeah...we know
"the" organization for EFL/ESOL types.
k a i r o
s -- "a
refereed online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric,
and pedagogy." From Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX (of Willie Nelson and,
Bobby Knight fame).
Learning & Technology
A refereed journal for second and
-- online journal of Teaching English as a Second or
Restaurants I Have Enjoyed
Squadron -- I went to the one in Van Nuys, California with my parents while
growing up...I liked it because I was into Snoopy & the Red Barron
and I took French in school. I have since found out that they have a location
in College Park, Maryland, so I'll have to take my kids there.
-- Spanish and Latin American cusine on Pine in Long Beach, California.
Bishop's -- In 1987, a cousin who had lived in Seattle recommended this
place in Vancouver, BC. I remember it as
in a small, cottage style house with great looking and tasting food. It
was the first "Death by Chocloate" dessert I ever had, and I still
Carlitos -- As a transplanted Californian, I have to return to the
Golden State to get Mexican food that I like (not the Tex-Mex stuff
that is so popular in Metro D.C.) This Santa
Barbara restaurant does the trick for me.
Chop House -- I usually do not order steak out,
but you'd be a fool not get steak here.
& Buster's -- a restaurant and arcade all
together. I put it on the list not so much because of the food (which
is okay) but because it's a fun place to go -- but loud --and there's
one within walking distance of my house.
- DC Coast -- A place to enjoy architecture, interior design, food and
people watching in Washington D.C.
- Garrett Popcorn
-- okay, these places are not restaurants,
but they are located throughout Chicago
(and now they even have one in NYC on 5th Ave of all places!) and you
could eat enough popcorn from them to count as a meal -- the best
popcorn I've ever had.
- Georgia Brown's -- Southern food in the Nation's
Capital -- with live jazz too.
-- I ate here in the 1980's and still rememeber it.
This is one other restaurnat where I would order steak. San Francisco is historically a stock-yard town
like Chicago so that must be why these towns have good steak
- Hofbrau -- Another great place to get French dip -- and the
horseradish will bring tears to your eyes and clear your sinses for
days. This one is in Morro Bay, California.
-- This is a respectable chain. I like the
French dip sandwich best. Order a Caesar salad and split a French
dip with your dinning partner.
- Las Fuentes
-- This Reseda, California
restaurant was may favorite
place for flautas, but the last time I was there I was a little
disappointed; I'll keep
them on the list until my next visit and we'll see how I feel then. See
Google Maps link about Las Fuentes
reason I don't order steak out is
that I like the way I grill steaks better than the way most restuarants
do; it's a matter of the fresh, quality steaks, correct grill
temperature and Lawry's Seasoning Salt. It's the only seasoning I
add. So you can guess why I like this restaurant. That and it was
one of the shee-shee places my parents took me to while growing up in
the LA area.
- Linnea's -- This
is the first coffe house I knew ... Starbuck's doesn't come close -- I
can't figure out why Starbuck's closes before midnight. During my
tenure in San Luis Obispo, California,
this is where I hung out with my poetic
friends. I even knew Linnea. The coffee and food are
the back patio is another world.
Rhein Steakhouse -- Okay, it appears I like
steakhouses, but this place was all about the multi-tiered outdoor
patio that overlooks the San Antonio Riverwalk. I was in San Antionio, Texas for a conference and decided
to treat myself to a good dinner out. This is one of the few times I
have dinned alone and let me tell you it was a great experience ... the
service, drink, food and atmosphere all perfect.
Madonna Inn Coffee Shop -- Another San Luis favorite of mine. The coffee is
outstanding and the French dip divine. If you have room, have the
chocolate cake, or take some home, for dessert.
- Maine Luau -- Best lobster I every had -- except for
when Donna took us to Newport, R.I. where we picked out our lobsters
and she took them home and cooked them for Thanksgiving dinner. This is
lobster pound on the road to Acadia National Park in Trenton, Maine.
Ebbitt Grill -- This restaurant
near the White House has been open since 1856 and has become a
bit a family traditio; we dress up and have lunch here on December 31
-- a New's Eve lunch rather than dinner.
Pizzaria -- --We went to the
Murray Hill location on 3rd in NYC
with a friend who lives not far from there. Wow! Great pizza. I don't
ever really crave pizza ... can take it or leave it ... but this stuff
is very flavorful and has great texture. The salads are some of the
best salads I have ever had (see the Summer House entry for my other
Cove Beach Cafe -- Good food and beach dress in Malibu, California. You usually have to wait to
get a table here, but you can wait on the beach ... even surf.
- Persimmon -- Chef
Damian Salvatore is not only a neighbor, but he makes some great
dishes in this Betheda/Chevey Chase, Maryland restaurant
that is listed on the Top 100 Washington D.C restaurants.
- The Trellis -- In colonial Williamsburg, Virginia,
this restaurant is
famous for it's Death by Chocoloate dessert ... but go for some of the
best seasonal food; food full of innate flavor and ingenious
matings. Crab cakes ... I don't even really like crab cakes, but
I like these.
- Tuscarora Mill -- A surprise in Leesburg, Virginia.
This place has some of the best food I have tasted -- the flavors are
clear and distinct yet complex; when the food hits your tongue you
taste a concert of flavors that progress from one taste to another --
and that's just one bite.
- Shapiro's Deli -- You want a good corned beef sandwich? Go to Indianapolis, Indiana and head to the downtown
- Summer House -- On the main drag, Rehoboth Ave, in Rehoboth
this place has good American beach fare ... and one outstanding salad
-- the Baked Goat Cheese Salad. It may sound a little weird to some,
but I love this salad and use it as my main course when I eat here --
any season of hte year.
-- a vegetarian restaurant in Vienna, Virginia that even meat-eaters will
- Urban Barbeque
a.k.a. "UBQ" -- Don't go for a fancy setting; go
for great ribs in urban Rockville, Maryland.