italki Teaching Tips: 10 Teaching aids/resources/websites I can use while doing a Skype lesson

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10 Teaching aids/resources/websites I can use while doing a Skype lesson


  • Youtube : Find short youtube videos and have your student listen to it and then use it as a discussion tool.
  • Google : If a word comes up and you are not sure of how to describe it, google it and all of the dictionary entries will pop up and recently google will even show a definition of the word right on the page. Then you can copy and paste the definition on to the skype chat.
  • Google images : You can type in ANYTHING and thousands of images will come up. This a great tool for showing students pictures and having them describe what they see and also just to use a picture to describe a word.
  • **If a student has a question about something grammar related or anything else that you can’t answer off the top of your head, google it! example: Student says “I really have a problem with modal verbs.” google ‘modal verb practice’ and send them some links.
  • English Club : I think they describe grammar in an easy way.
  • Exam English : IELTS / TOEFL / TOEIC all sorts of exam preparation activities.


  • Edmodo: Teachers and students can take advantage of this great tech tool, as it offers a Facebook-like environment where classes can connect online.
  • Instructor Web: worksheets, lessons, and lesson plans for math, science and basic skills
  • Khan Academy: library of online videos covering K-12 math, science topics, finance and history
  • Ted Talks: educational lectures about a variety of current events and interesting topics
  • Pinterest: You can pin just about any image you find interesting on this site, but many teachers are using it as a place to collect great lesson plans, projects, and inspirational materials.
  • ESL Cyber Listening Lab: Listen to Everyday Conversations with Adult and Children’s Voices
  • 365 ESL Short Stories: short readings that students can do for comprehension and pronunciation practice by sending a link or sharing your screen


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