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URL: http://www.inspirationlane.blogspot.com/

Inspiration Lane

In 2002, I left my home in Zaire in Central Africa to come and live in the United Kingdom with my husband and my two children. On our arrival at Heathrow airport, we met another couple who were also in the UK for the first time. None of us could speak or understand a single word of English. I started condemning my husband for the decision to come to England and shared these regrets and recriminations with the other couple. We all felt weak and vulnerable because we didn’t even know how to deal with the simple problem of getting out of the airport. “Parlez-vous francais?” (Can you speak French?), asked my husband to one of the other passengers in the corridor but the man seemed to be on another planet. We started to follow the arrows showing the way out, but we were uncertain about what was going to happen next. We were not even sure if we were going to get our luggage or not. After a while, we noticed that everybody else had left the corridor and only the four of us were in that part of the airport. Luckily, I suddenly remembered I had my French-English dictionary in my handbag. I got it out and began to try to build some phrases in English for us to ask for help. However, my dictionary didn’t solve the problem. I was just met with vacant expressions. It was only when we met a man who could speak French that we got the help we all needed. Once out of the airport, we met the person who was coming to pick us up. We got in the car and we were on the road for about two hours; as I looked out of the car window, everything was strange to me. I felt sick that night and went to bed without eating anything and feeling uncomfortable and confused about everything. I needed more than twelve months to recover from my sickness and depression.

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“Inspiration Lane was created by Susan Alyn, a certified ESOL teacher in the USA, as an online magazine for all levels of ESOL, ESL and EFL classes. It's unique because each day the reading content here automatically changes. The site can be projected onto a white board and enjoyed by the whole class. The daily readings and interactive language activities provide a free, fun and encouraging experience for students learning English -- especially during those last minutes of class time!”

online magazine, content changes daily

lots of ESL material

example of a blog in education

Students and teachers alike will find plenty to be inspired by at this site, which is full of resources for the classroom. There are quotes, articles and recipes of the day, as well as activities for singing grammar lessons, writing comic captions, and writing poetry. There are useful links for ESL games, dictionaries, a daily challenge, and more. The most recent blog post uses the finale of Lost as a teaching lesson, with a sample dialogue, discussion questions, and grammar points.

Fixed questions / exercises. Dynamic (RSS) content

ESL resources for the teaching of reading

Blog of activities that can be used as educational fillers for the last few minutes of FL classes. Page offers translation tools for multiple languages and it works on most of the entries. Changes daily (via RSS).

"This dynamic site offers a blog-style newspaper for ESL/ELL students and could also be used in other academic areas. The daily entries follow the same basic format: "Quote of the Day," "This Day in History," "Article of the Day," "Comic Creators,” "Coo

"This dynamic site offers a blog-style newspaper for ESL/ELL students and could also be used in other academic areas. The daily entries follow the same basic format: "Quote of the Day," "This Day in History," "Article of the Day," "Comic Creators,” "Coo

"Inspiration Lane" is an online, classroom magazine for all levels of ESOL, ESL and EFL classes. It's unique because the content here automatically changes daily.

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