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iSL (Internet Second Language) Collective
The Internet Second Language Collective or iSLCollective.com is a fine example of an online community of practice that will be an immediate and indispensable hit with your ESL/ELL and perhaps many other of your classroom teacher partners and coaches. The English section of the site is now well over one million ESL/EFL language teachers strong. The site is also accessible in German, French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese.
On the About us page, co-founder Peter Laszlo (aka Kisdobos) explains the mission:
We are a community of language teachers from around the globe who share our home-made worksheets on this free-to-use platform! Currently, we host Word doc/docx and ppt/pptx (powerpoint) files. It’s for all language teachers, whether teaching in schools or doing one-on-one private tutoring. The site has 6 platforms for the teaching of English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.
After signing up for a free account with your email or your Google or Facebook accounts, you get to explore, download and use the wealth of instructional materials in multiple formats.
Searchers can filter results in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, lesson type, level or student type (adults, business/professional, or elementary school) and select additional filters for language exams, dialect, skill, and more.
Materials are further sorted into format categories:
The new iSLCollective Video Quiz Creator allows users to create interactive video lessons using such challenges as filling in the gaps, multiple choice, unscrambling sentences, using the tappable pictionary or open-ended questions
Most popular downloads become the Worksheet of the Day, Powerpoint of the Day or Video of the Day.
Here are current examples:
ESL Powerpoint of the Day: What can they do? Roulette (An elementary lesson about speaking skills, animal vocabulary and the word can.)
ESL Video of the Day: Video instruction: The Pursuit of Victory (K12 grammar practice using a Harry Potter clip)
And here is a sampling of some of the more than 62,00 printable worksheets:
Lessons come with useful descriptive notes and often include printable questions and resources.
iSLCollective users are encouraged to click the “thank you” button on their favorite lessons to let the authors know of their appreciation for those contributions.
Teacher contributions are encouraged as long as the contributing teacher is the creator/owner of the material. Materials may be shared with either the iSLCollective Copyright License or a self-selected Creative Commons license.
If you choose to become a Supporting Member, you help sustain the staff who develop and run the site and you get such additional features ads: site ad-free, access to large previews, priority tech support, one-click prints, a download cart, the ability to save favorites, search uploads and favorites and more. (More on Supporting Membership)
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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