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Web Sites I Enjoy
Rick's Weekly Feature

 

 
I am always on the lookout for new ways to use the Internet to make my job easier and to make learning easier for the student. Once in awhile my hours of searching pays off.

I think I have found some websites that you will enjoy.

Starfall

This is the best website I have been able to find for learning to read. I like this site for several reasons:

      it teaches phonemic awareness (e.g. tell me the sounds in the word "sat);

      it teaches  the common sound-spelling relationships in words;

      it teaches  students how to say the sounds in the words;

      it uses text that is made of words that use sound-spelling correspondences that students have learned;

      it uses interesting stories to develop vocabulary and language comprehension;

The site starts at the very basics and has several different levels and activities from which to choose. Although the site is geared toward children, I find the stories fun to read and watch.

The Learning Edge

The Learning Edge is a Canadian site in a newspaper style format. It is a project of the Wellington County Learning Centre in Arthur, Ontario, in partnership with AlphaPlus/AlphaRoute. The site offers adult life skills content with excellent audio support.

The Northern Edge

The Northern Edge is very similar to the Learning Edge. It is also a Canadian site, but it has a focus on the Northwest Territories. Check it out.

The California Distance Learning Project

This is a great site for adult learners. You can view news stories on a variety of issues. You can listen to a native English narrate as you read along. The sound quality is excellent and the vocabulary challenging. There are follow up activities to improve and test your listening, spelling, vocabulary and writing.

 I hope these sites will be helpful and interesting to you. Let me know if you find any favourites of your own.

 

 

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