The ESL Miscellany, a compendium
of useful and interesting information for teachers and English Language Learners.
It can be used these ways:
as a resource for developing your own lessons
or a complete curriculum.
as a photocopyable source for handouts.
as a guideline for those who practice eclecticism.
as a reference book for advanced students
of English anywhere in the world.
For a fuller explanation of the purpose and scope of this resource,
see the introduction and table of contents using the links above.
About the 5th edition.
Since 1981, when we first published this resource for teachers working with English language learners
around the world, we have continually updated and revised it with the help and advice of many friends
and creative teachers.
How do we explain the The ESL Miscellany
? It is our desert island book. As one enthusiastic teacher
said, "I travel and teach all over the world, sometimes in remote locations. This is the one book I
always have with me." The best way to explore its riches is to visit our webstore and read the
introduction and the complete table of contents, sample pages, teacher reviews, and the
supplementary web-only material.
How do teachers use the book?
As a suggestive reference when they do lesson plans, prepare
handouts, develop curriculum, and write materials.
What's in it?
The book gives ideas and photocopyable vocabulary lists supporting most of what we
do as ESL/EFL teachers today. First, there are 85 pages of linguistic material on the phonology,
morphology/lexicon, and grammar of English.
There are ten situations to be presented in lessons and discussed, such as health and safety, personal
and family needs, shopping and services, recreation, and citizenship. There are also 63 topics to teach
about - for example, cooking, human relationships, natural resources, math, the body, hotels, banking,
law, the media, college, history, and death. It is important that we as teachers also focus on
communicative functions, and there are four lists of functions to be considered at different proficiency levels.
In this fifth edition there are 42 cultural topics updated - on U.S. and Canadian geography,
government, and history; on sports, superstitions, education, and the media. And there are 17
metalinguistic topics including a glossary of grammatical terms, spelling rules, a high-frequency word
list, abbreviations, road signs, and an atlas. Lastly, there are paralinguistic topics like photographs of
American gestures and their meanings.