by Jeffrey Earp
These pages are designed to give school teachers and
students a feel and taste of what the World Wide Web currently offers
in the field of English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL).
It is the fruit of a survey carried out in Summer,
2000 and we hope you find it a useful springboard for exploring
the fantastic (and often bewildering) world of online English.
We've tried to provide a broad overview of what's available, offering
a few samples in a wide variety of categories.
There is already an enormous wealth of web sites to choose from,
and the particularly dynamic growth in this field can sometimes
be overwhelming! You'll find a myriad of activities for students,
comprising both exercises and fully fledged online
Unfortunately, not much is dedicated specifically
to very young learners, but as the field diversifies
this is destined to change.
There are rich teaching resources
available that are designed especially for EFL/ESL teachers,
whether or not they use computers and the Internet in class.
One area of special interest in the school sector
is English-language literature.
Both teachers and
students have at their disposal numerous opportunities and supports
for web navigation & communication within the EFL/ESL
English being the dominant Internet language,
it is no surprise that the web offers all users of English a wide
range of language tools to support their online
and offline activities.
In addition to this survey, we've also compiled a
statistical ranking of high-profile sites, in other
words those appearing most frequently in the link pages of other
If you have any comments or suggestions
to make about these pages, we'd be pleased to hear from you.