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Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for adult educators – excellent site with a wealth of information and referrals from grant writing to lesson development. Check OTAN for easy access to lesson plans, classroom activities, teacher tools and resources, Ed technology and media, graphics, ESL/Citizenship/El Civics and more. There is a wide variety of very useful “teacher friendly” materials on this web site.

California Council for Adult Educators – The professional organization for adult education including professional development.


California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages – promotes excellence in ESL education at all levels through professional development, research and advocacy.

Engaging Students & Linking California Classrooms. CaliforniaStreaming provides a non-commercial environment and brings the highest quality, standards-correlated learning objects to California classrooms. A comprehensive library of videos, photographs, primary sources, audio files, documents, and podcasts provides solid connections to core concepts.

Center for Applied Linguistics. English Language Learners – Foreign Language – Testing – Literacy Education etc.

The Department of Educational Studies (EDST) is characterized by depth, diversity, and innovation. We are a community of education scholars committed to generating possibilities for more sustainable, socially just, and democratic societies. We are philosophers, historians, sociologists, anthropologists and cultural studies and media scholars complemented by specialists in higher education, adult education, Indigenous education, and educational administration and leadership.

California Distance Learning Project This website has news stories with interactive vocabulary exercises for Beg. High to Int. Low students. The “Full Story” is also available for Int. High and above, but no vocabulary lessons are included. The life skills topics include working, law and government, family, school, health and safety, housing, money, science and technology, services, going places and nature. For each topic, there are 10 to 20 news stories with audio files, and sometimes an accompanying video news story.

This web site has pertinent information about all geographic areas in LA County. You have the option of searching for an address, a zip code, a city, an LA County Supervisorial District, an LA County School District and so on. Once you have designated the geographic area you are interested in Healthy City will generate a map of your area populated with all of the health and human services in your area representative by icons.

Curriculum/Lesson Planning Help

California recommended literature list for K-12.

Websites and lesson plans from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jobs, Worksheets, and Flashcards for the ESL and TEFL. ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans.


State of California website.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project.

Paths to Success-Integrating Technology in the Curriculum By Sabine Thompson. Classroom teachers can use this guide to develop a project that integrates technology with the support of their eCoach.

The site features a series of FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education. Some of the workshops are based in theory, some are based on methodology – but all of the workshops include plenty of tips and strategies for making classrooms work.

The Literacy List is a large collection of free Adult Basic Education and ESL/ESOL Web sites, electronic lists (“listservs”), and other Internet resources for adult basic skills learners and teachers.

As the news breaks, teach it – this is the future of English Language teaching. Your FREE ESL lessons include full Teacher’s Notes, Student Handouts and Texts, Warm Ups & Cool Downs, Pre-Reading Ideas, While-Reading Activities, Post-Reading Fluency Ideas, Homework, Internet links and more. A complete current affairs lessons resource. Please tailor, evaluate, test and enjoy them in class … and then come back for more tomorrow. ESL lessons that will never run dry!

This El Civics site is very user-friendly. It has great pictures and easy access to the words. Just click on a picture to start a lesson or activity. English Language Civics provides an easy way to learn about American history, geography, and culture. New lessons, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and videos are added to almost every week.

Jenni Currie Santamaria’s ESL site.