Using Technology in the ESL Classroom

Links of Interest

  1. Conversation questions for the ESL classroom -
    1. This site offers over 2000 conversation starter questions to be used in an ESL classroom.

2. Culture Talk - CultureTalk features video clips of interviews and discussions with people from many different countries and of many different ages and walks of life. Some interviews and discussions are in English; more are in the language(s) if the countries involved. Translations and/or transcripts are given for all non-English video clips. Topics include family, food, education, religious and cultural customs, work, art, sport, travel, and more.


  • Audio books
  • Voice Recorder - Belkin tune talk for Ipod
    • The use of conversation starters
    • Students can record themselves working on oral language skills and practice pronunciation of words.
    • Educators can - record directions for students, read a test for students, archiving thematic lesson plans, recording questions and analysis on student progress during student and teacher conferences, recording study guides, and dictating oral exams.
  • Free educational applications
  • Dictionaries
  • Educational videos
  • Podcasts
  • Listening To English Music
    • Here are some bullets from an article in eschool news that highlights a Union City NJ teachers use of IPOD Touches in the ESL classroom

  • In Poli’s classrooms, the students’ favorite activity is listening to English music. In one scenario, students are told to listen to a specific song. Poli uses songs for grammar exercises, and she chooses songs that have repeated phrases and patterns. She listens to songs for specific types of adjectives and verbs, and she also chooses songs that have appropriate subjects that her students can discuss after the exercise.
  • Grammar activities can include filling in the blanks for grammatical patterns, word banks, matching, organizing lyrics in strips, theme-related activities, open-ended questions, spelling and rearranging letters, and figurative language activities.
  • All activities are tailored for each student’s different skill level.