E-mail for ESL/LINC* Students

Link with Other Classes Worldwide

Presentation at the TESL Ontario Conference, November 20, 1998


Claire Bradin
Michigan State University

E-mail: bradincl@pilot.msu.edu
Website: http://edvista.com/claire

Free e-mail accounts

Guidance for students

Finding keypals

e-mail projects

Class and Tandem projects

Student lists

Useful resources


Free e-mail accounts




Yahoo's list of free e-mail providers

Guidance for students:

Make sure students write down their log-in names and passwords.
Remind students about issues of safety & privacy on the Internet.
Beware of listing in a directory!

Information on E-mail safety

Remind students to log out when they are finished:

Yahoo!Mail: Click on "EXIT" and Sign Out Completely.
Hotmail: Click on Log Out.

Ensuring privacy:

With Microsoft Internet Explorer and Hotmail, be sure to close the browser window for privacy. The "Back" button doesn't clear your password.
This will not happen with Yahoo!Mail .
This will not hapen with Netscape with either service.

Clearing the browser cache for extra security:

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Netscape Navigator 3

Netscape Navigator 4
  • From the Edit Menu, choose Preferences.
  • Expand the Web Browser category
  • Select Advanced
  • Click on Empty Now
  • From the Options menu, choose Network Preferences
  • Click on the Cache tab
  • Click on "Clear Disk Cache Now" 
  • From the Edit Menu, choose Preferences
  • Expand the Advanced category
  • Select "Cache"
  • Click on "Clear Disk Cache Now"

Beware of clicking on ads!


Finding keypals

ESL Cafe's ESL E-mail Connection for students

E-mail Pen-Pal Opportunities for Students at Linguistic Funland

E-mail penpals club

British Council E-Pals

One-on-one E-mail Projects

Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections

"Report on a Penpal Project, and Tips for Penpal-Project Success" -- article by Vera Mello



Class and Tandem Projects

HUT Internet Writing Project

"Ups and Downs: Creating Collaborative and Interactive Language Learning Projects at Helsinki University of Technology " -- article by Ruth Vilmi

International E-mail Tandem Network

Tower of English Classroom TowerPals


Student Lists

International Student Discussion Lists (SL Lists)

(SL-LISTS) Guidelines for Teachers -- by Thomas Robb

"E-mail keypals for language fluency" -- article by Thomas Robb




Useful Resources

"E-mail Activities in the ESL Writing Class" -- article by Ron Belisle

DOs and DON'Ts for Using the Internet in Your Class -- Suggestions from Deborah Healey, Tom Robb, and Ron Corio

Netiquette (Etiquette on e-mail) by Deborah Healey

Claire's Internet for ESL Teachers

NETEACH-L -- mailing list for use of the Internet in language teaching


Printed references:

Boswood, Tim. (Ed.) (1997). New Ways of Using Computers in Language Teaching. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Publications. ISBN 0-939-79169-2.

Woodin, J. (1997). Email tandem learning and the communicative curriculum. ReCALL Journal, 9, 1. 22-33.

Warschauer, Mark. (1995). E-mail for English Teaching. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Publications. ISBN 0-939791-62-5.

*LINC refers to "Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada." There is more information about this program at http://cicnet.ci.gc.ca/english/newcomer/linc-2e.html.


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