Thor's ESL Sitemap

This is a master index to a great deal of language learning material for both students and teachers. You will find lesson content here, as well as advice for teachers and other analysis. The links page will give you access to some of the thousands of sites online devoted to teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. When you are tired of all this, feel free to visit other sections of The Passionate Skeptic site !

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Thor's Language and Teaching Notes

This is a new Wordpress blog where Thor is (slowly!) transferring some stuff from http://thormay.net, as well as adding new content. The idea is to open up relevant content to others for comment etc as well as providing a specialized ESL venue.

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TESOL Lectures in SLA and Resources

developed by Thor to train graduate teachers in ESL/EFL
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Thor's big ESL links page

Links to useful other ESL sites, jobs, resources, materials etc.

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Barebones Index

This index page has the bare bones of ESL/EFL teaching content that Thor developed and used in South Korea from September 2000 to 2007.  Most of it was for tertiary students with only basic English skills. It contains many original dialogues and activities, as well as some advice for teachers.

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Classes in China

2007 to 2010 at ZRVTC / Holmes Institute
(Chinese/Australian joint venture, Zhengzhou city, Henan, China)

=> It was a requirement of this particular program in China to use a text book - a mixed blessing - so much (not all) of the Zhengzhou material is simply text book based lesson planning..

    Year1 Nursing & Logistics Students [September 2010 to January 2011] Preparatory English for IELTS
    Year 1 Nursing & Logistics Students [March 2010 to July 2010] Preparatory English for IELTS
    Critical Thinking & Study Skills Program [March 2010 to July 2010]
    Years 1 & 2 Nursing and Logistics Students : [September 2009 to January 2010]
             Preparatory English for IELTS
    Nursing and Logistics Students : [March to July 2009] Preparatory English for IELTS
    Year 1 Nursing and Logistics Students : [September 2008 to January 2009]
             Preparatory English for IELTS
    Year 2 Nursing Students : [from September 2008] Preparatory English for IELTS
    Year 1 Nursing and Logistics Students : [September 2007 to July 2008] Preparatory English for IELTS

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Startup English Dialogues

A new project of dialogues mostly yet to be written!

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Last Message to Friends

Spoken language group projects for smart minds -- developed in China, 1998-2000 to challenge postgraduate university students

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Aesop's Fables in Easy English

[ the sample collection available on this website has been been extracted from a book project which includes a range of extra activities. The book version is in the process of being developed as a commercial publication. When it is ready revised sample pages will be available].

A small collection of Aesop's fables, rewritten for second language learners, with some suggestions for activities
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English for Mechanics

Over 90 short texts for learning the English of automotive mechanics. This material has been sold and used successfully in a number of industrial locations.

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Short Texts from Oz  

[ this book length project was first written and extensively trialled in the 1990s. It is in the process of being redeveloped as a commercial publication. When it is ready sample pages will be available]

A volume of short texts for learning English, written in Australia

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Bus to Heaven

A story for learning English

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Mr Dog Looks for Breakfast

A children's story for learning English - based on the Total Physical Response method

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Industrial Dialogues for English Conversation

Written for immigrants in Australia

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"Evaluating Linguistic Difficulty"

A long article explaining traps for wannabe ESL writers. It is old, but still very relevant. 

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Talk to Eliza !

So you want to use English, huh? Here is a link to the famous Eliza AI "therapist". Type in your problems or dreams and Eliza will talk back all day...

+ Google "ESL Talk Bot" for links to other chatter bots, such as

1500 Conversations
, or

Dave ESL Bot
(not only ESL, but a talk engine with links to hundreds of talk bots in many fields, and in many countries)

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Articles and critiques by Thor on language teaching methodology and policy

This is a whole other section of the website

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Research papers by Thor on formal linguistics, sociolinguistics etc.

This is a whole other section of the website

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Academia.edu

Thor's repository with over 79 of his articles, papers, books and his doctoral dissertation (on language teaching productivity)

 

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