Free Tech Tools and Materials for English Language Teachers

Claire Bradin Siskin

Software Tools Web-based tools Materials Professional Development

Software Tools

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Apache OpenOffice PC, Mac, Linux suite of productivity tools
Audacity PC, Mac, Linux software for recording and editing sounds
GIMP PC, Mac, Linux GNU Image Manituplation Program
Hot Potatoes PC, Mac tool for creating interactive language exercises

Example of an exercise created with Hot Potatoes:

More Hot Potatoes exercises:
KompoZer PC, Mac, Linux html editor; use to create and publish web pages
LiveCode PC, Mac, Linux rapid application development tool
Praat PC, Mac, Linux software for acoustic analysis
VLC Media Player PC, Mac, Linux plays many multimedia formats

Web-based tools

ANVILL A National Virtual Language Lab
bibme create a bibliography according to MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats
Jeopardy Rocks create an online Jeopardy game
Puzzlemaker by Discovery Education
Rewordify "understand what you read"
Tagul create word clouds in different shapes
Word Search Maker create custom word search worksheets

“a toy for creating word clouds”


Activities for ESL Students low-tech; good for slow Internet
American English For English language teachers around the world
ELTpics collection of Creative Commons licensed pictures by teachers, and for teachers
ESL-WOW English as a Second Language Writing Online Workshop
Free Rice practice vocabulary and fight world hunger

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Listening practice; scripts; comprehension quizzes
Real English original videos and interactive lessons
Ted Talks short video talks
UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library 3000 images designed for language instruction
Wikimedia Commons sdatabase of freely usable media files
YouTube "Broadcast Yourself"

Simple English Videos on YouTube:

Professional Development

English Teaching Forum A quarterly journal for English teachers
TESOL CALL-IS Electronic Village Online Sessions free online courses
"An Invitation to CALL" Phil Hubbard's course on CALL
General information about CALL links to organizations, journals, websites

Last modified: November 4, 2016

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