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This page is a compilation of English language online materials, mostly provided by the Department of State Office of English Language Programs. These online resources are for English language teachers and program administrators to support the teaching of English, American studies, civic education, and democratic classroom practices. These resources are in the public domain and can be used for both research and classroom teaching.

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Preparing to Teach ESP in the Real World: Call Centers and Multilingual Workplaces
Thursday, June 3, 2010
10:00 am –11:30 am Eastern Daylight Time in the United States
(2:00 pm–3:30 pm, June 3, 2010 GMT)

Presenter: Charles Hall

Register today and you will receive access to both the live event and the playback version to view at your convenience. The preregistration deadline for this program is May 30.

For complete program and registration information, visit TESOL's Web site at

This program is free for TESOL Student and Global Members. The registration fee for all other TESOL members is $35; the nonmember fee is $75.

July 23rd -24th, 2010 – Universidad San Sebastián
For more information on the conference, visit

Organizations and Chile's initiatives

-- Teaching Guide: English Opens Doors Volunteer Program - Guide prepared by the Chilean Ministry of Education, Government of Chile, to promote English Programs

Welcome Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in Chile.  TESOL Chile is ready to activate greater interest in professional approaches to language learning by providing more local opportunities to learn, teach, and research effective second language acquisition.  Be a part of it!  Membership has many benefits . Check out the TESOL Chile website at

A professional association for teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

Student at computer

Reference Materials and Archives from Online Courses:

-- Website for adult ESL learners: The U.S Department of Education has a new free website for adult ESL learners

-- Suggestion for classroom discussion starters: The Encyclopedia of TV /etv/index.html - How exactly does one create an encyclopedia about television? It's a formidable task, and one that Dr. Horace Newcomb of the University of Texas at Austin took on with great relish. He worked to assemble an advisory committee that would reduce the vast array of topics to around 1000. They did so, and in 1997, The Museum of Broadcast Communications published the fruits of their labor. Visitors to the site can browse through thoughtful and thorough entries alphabetically, and they will find entries that cover specific programs, historic moments and trends, important policy disputes, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal that rocked the industry in the 1950s. Many notable personalities are covered here, including Phil Silvers, Dan Rather, and Hugh Downs.

Talk shows: /etv/T/htmlT/talkshows/talksho ws.htm
Oprah: /etv/W/htmlW/winfreyopra /winfreyopra.htm

-- Ask Oxford: Ask the Experts "a database of some of the questions sent in to the Oxford Word and Language Service team,” including frequently asked questions like "What is the longest English word?" and "How many words are there in the English language?" Also included is a "Jargon Buster" that "gives clear and concise definitions for grammar and literary terms."

-- provides a large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics. Browse our grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables, and find useful links and information on English. Topics cover the spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.

-- Africa Online Home Page:
This 10-week online course, entitled "English Language Education: Using Web Resources to Develop Classroom Content-Based Materials," ran from October-December, 2001. This course highlightes HIV/AIDS awareness, entrepreneurship, and civics education and is a rich resource that can be readily adapted for other teaching environments.

-- The National Capital Language Resource Center, Washington, DC:
The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) is a joint project of Georgetown University (GU), The George Washington University (GWU), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Web site for college and university language instructors! …. created to improve and strengthen the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages.

-- University of Iowa pronunciation site :

-- National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Kid's Pages :
Lots of links to U.S. songs and items of interest to children and adults

-- Library of Congress – Poetry for High School readers:

 -- An information website with a US culture emphasis:


-- A terrific listening resource for ESL/EFL North American podcasts is available at:

Publications, Resources, Online Libraries, and Online Courses:

-- An Introductory Handbook (pdf format)
It is a 92-page publication done by IAFTL on developing an association for language teachers, in coordination with BRAZTESOL.

Teaching Tolerance Magazine
The Teaching Tolerance magazine, which is put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center to accompany its free Teaching Tolerance educational program, is available online via the website dedicated to the Teaching Tolerance program. The magazine is loaded with wonderful information and creative ways to teach tolerance.

Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork
Researchers and educators designed, implemented, and tested a partnership process called Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS) Interactive Homework. With TIPS, any teacher can regularly keep more families informed and involved in their children's learning and help more students complete their homework.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

Visu Words: Online Graphical Dictionary
This online graphical dictionary looks up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. It produces diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. You can learn how words associate.

Visual Dictionary Online - Merriam-Webster
The Visual Dictionary is designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work.

The Web 2.0 for EFL Teachers
An excellent guide for teachers to become familiar with the latest in Web 2.0 educational technology and how it can be integrated in the language classroom.

WebPaint To Create your Own Free Website
This is a terrific site that helps you create your own free website that you can share with others, for example, your students!

--Searchable online library Scribd
The site is a searchable online library - part of the Web 2.0 generation. Subscriptions are free.
It contains books in all subjects (especially ELT materials at, in Word or PDF format.

-- ePals ... is an online resource that teachers can use to connect their classrooms with other classrooms around the world.  Teachers can find learning partners for their students, chat with other teachers, share successful lessons and resources, and find projects and instructional materials on this website.

-- 50 of the Best Websites for Writers
There are tons of reference sites on the Web that can help you land a
job or write that poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50
websites for writers.

-- Helping Children Learn to Read in English:
The Starfall reading program is designed to be fun, exciting, and to instill confidence in young children as they learn to read. The website and companion printed materials are clear and effective tools to help you implement proven teaching methods.

-- Office of English Language Programs: The Office of English Language Programs creates and implements high quality, targeted English language programs in specific regions and countries of the world. All programs are administered through the local American Embassy or Consulate or through local Binational Centers.

Educator's Desk Reference:
This site provides access to the ERIC database, the world's largest source of education information containing more than one million abstracts of documents and journal articles. It also has a Lesson Plan Collection , a Resource Collection with over 3,000 links, an a Question Archive with answers to the most popular questions submitted to the Ask ERIC question and answer service.

-- Dave's ESL Cafe:
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"

-- ARCALL (Argentine Computer Assisted Language Learning)
The main objective of ARCALL (Argentine Computer Assisted Language Learning) is to foster collaboration and provide professional development opportunities among English Language Teaching practitioners in Argentina. It was founded in September 2008 by professors Jennifer Verschoor and Nelba Quintana.

--Resources for English Teachers
Martin Luther King Day
February is African American History Month (5 websites)

Black History Flash Cards Box

-- VOA Special English:
Resources on line from The Voice of America site "Special English" such us: Talking Dictionaries, Games with Words, For Young Listeners, Pronunciation Guide, Foreign Students Series, etc.

-- Publications Catalog: This website provides a current list of Office of English Language Programs publications.


-- VOA Special English:
Online Voice of America Special English service.


-- Binational Centers in Chile (click inside on "Norteamericano en Chile")

Binational Centers are autonomous, foreign institutions dedicated to the promotion of mutual understanding between the host country and the United States. English teaching is usually a major component of their cultural, educational, and information activities. Binational Centers often work in close cooperation with American Embassies overseas but are independent in their financial and administrative management.

-- GRE, GMAT and TOEFL Tests

Educational Testing Service (ETS) re-opened their computer-based testing center in Santiago, Chile, at the Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano de Cultura, located in Moneda 1467, telephone: 696-3215. The Center takes the tests for GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL. The Instituto also offers preparation classes for these tests.

In addition to the reopened computer-based testing center in Santiago, ETS administers paper-based testing (for TOEFL) in Antofagasta, at the Instituto Chileno-Norteamericano de Cultura, and in La Serena, at the International School of La Serena.

For other test preparation classes and other services please visit


Link to U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile

Page maintained by the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile
Regional English Language Office (RELO)
For questions get in touch with RELO Assistant in Santiago Marcela Hidalgo (56-2) 330-3557