Online Materials in English as a Foreign Language
The U.S. Information Agency's English Language Programs
Division is pleased to provide Internet users outside the U.S. with
this small but growing collection of WWW materials from our
catalog of traditional print materials. These pages may be freely copied
and distributed. By
law, The printed versions may not be distributed within the United
States; they are distributed only by USIS offices, and not all offices
can be expected to distribute these materials.
Approaches to Written Text: Classroom Applications:
Waves of Abstraction:
by J.R. Martin
What can it mean when a student is told "tell readers
what you are going to say; say it; and then tell them what you have said."
This chapter looks at the linguistics aspects of organizing information,
and presents a valuable perspective for the teacher of English composition.
Rhetorical Models of Understanding
by Claire Kramsch
This chapter illustrates to the classroom teacher how
meaning is a rhetorical as well as a cognitive task, and demonstrates to
teachers what students bring to the task of writing.
Luther King Holiday
Celebrate! is a high-intermediate/advanced level EFL
reader on American holidays and the ways that they are commemorated. This
version for the WWW has glossary links for students learn from, as well
as links to outside websites on one of the most significant Americans in
Education Lesson Plans
From a USIA Online Workshop for teacher trainers, this
collection of materials gives teachers the chance to use English when discussing
the realities of a Civil Society -- repecting rights, the cost of free
speech, and perceptions of right and wrong.
Updated - for Teacher Trainers
This is from a 17-page handout that was originally written
by English Language Officer Ruth Montalvan. It provides materials for teacher
trainers conducting a workshop on teaching techniques in the use of dictation.
Great Preposition Mystery by Lin Lougheed
From one of the USIA's all time, best-selling titles,
this is the first chapter of the student book that gives students
readings and practice in meaningful context. Learn more about the printed
version in our
More materials are forthcoming, including the English
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