If you are teaching ESL/EFL beginners, you might want to take a look at the free online reading materials. They are located at:
Students can read and listen, look at images. It is an excellent learning resource on the Web. Students can do it as homework.
Easy Reading (http://www.rong-chang.com/easyread/), and
Super Easy Reading (http://www.rong-chang.com/supereasy/) are now available for ESL beginners. – Ron
www.eslfast.com is another new ESL website to help people learn English. There are 365 short stories written for ESL learners. Students can read one story a day to finish reading the online book within a year. They can also listen to the stories and do the exercises such as word puzzles and sentence dictation.
The “365 ESL Short Stories” website (http://www.eslfast.com) can help ESL instructors use the Internet to present ESL materials. The intermediate-level stories are short and interesting. They are about 200-300 words long, and cover many different topics. The stories can be printed out for classroom use, listed as an online textbook in a syllabus, or given as extra homework.
Online ESL materials complement traditional textbooks. Such materials are easily accessible, easy to update, and free. Students can read a story and listen to it simultaneously. In fact, the eslfast website can be used as an entire online textbook. Students can look up definitions of any new word in each story with just one click. They can hear the pronunciation of any individual word, search for a picture of it, or even watch a video clip of it online, all with ONE CLICK! Stories online can supplement or stand alone as valuable ESL instruction material. -Ron Lee
One big problem for ESL learners learning English is that there are too many new words. If you stop to look up every new word in the dictionary, you forget what you are reading, and eventually you lose interest in reading. Thanks to answers.com for creating such a wonderful free tool — 1-Click Answers. You can download this free software at www.answers.com.
The program is really a wonderful tool for online readers. Once you have installed the software, you can click on any word to get its definitions and pronunciation instantly. There is no need for a dictionary any more. If your English is not good enough to understand the English definitions, there is also translation of the word available. Isn’t that great? -Ron Lee