Website Review: tefl.net
In short: Wherever you are in the ESL food chain, this site is for you. Are you thinking about starting to teach? Go to this site to learn the basics of the field, how to be a good teacher, and find a job (start here). More experienced teachers will gain from these pages. You can get grammar questions answered, read articles about the ESL business, check out interviews of ESL professionals and more.
The new and old alike can take advantage of all the great resources: worksheets, lesson plans, games, and more.
As if all that’s not enough, the cool forums give you a place to discuss everything from finding a job, to running a class, to managing a school.
The whole site is wonderfully written. The authors clearly know their stuff and present it in a no-nonsense, but friendly way.
Website Review: tesol.org
In short: TESOL is the professional organization of ESL teachers. Membership is $95 a year (and gives you subscription to their journal, a discount on their big convention, and free “Webinars”. (There are different prices and more benefits, go here for all the details).
They also have some great academic “Resources for Teachers”. There’s a category for Primary Ed, Secondary Ed, Higher Ed, Adult Ed, Emerging Teachers, and Researchers. Each page of the site has the links on the left hand side.
Unfortunately, the site is awkward to use, information is hard to find and is filled with phrases like “A topical electronic group (e-group)”. Guess that’s a message board?
As TESOL has expanded, rather than giving away new online content, they’ve enhanced the benefits of membership. They’d do better to use the content to promote themselves and get people to buy memberships. Letting anyone post in the topical electronic groups would be a nice start.
For students studying to be teachers: If you’d like to join, student memberships are just $33.
For teachers: You might be able to take advantage of a discount as well. If you’re a new teacher, it’s just $55 for a year membership.