English Media Lab features Several ESL Exercises Online. We have an English TV Section with Videos by Levels - Beginner Videos, Elementary & High Level Videos. We also provide Interactive Online Quizzes to practice & reinforce Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation Skills. The new feature on this site is the Interactive Games section. To make your online English learning more fun, we have provided a wide variety of ESL/EFL interactive Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening and Classroom Games alongside several Puzzles - Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Activities, Cloze Exercises & More.There is a section completely dedicated to Adults - Business English, Survival English, Idioms, Intermediate & Advanced Level Quizzes.
My full names are Futonge Nzembayie Kisito which can be quite jaw-breaking for most people, so just call me Kisi like my students do. I am a teacher and developer of learning materials in the South of China. I am the creator and webmaster of this website and the ESL Galaxy, www.esl-galaxy.com. I have been working as a teacher for the past five years at home and abroad. However I have spent 90% of my TEFL career in China where I have had a chance to teach and learn a lot. Having taught in several schools and in different provinces of China, every place provided a unique teaching and learning experience. I have a small collection of photos to tell you a thousand words about me.
I graduated from the Anglo-Saxon University of Buea, Cameroon with a BSc. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a diploma in Political science. I worked as reporter for newspapers and radio broadcaster for about a year after graduating from university.I started an MA degree program in Political Science but soon abandoned it as that did not seem concurrent with my career path. The great family tradition of language teaching kept haunting me, and thus I found myself in teaching. I took up a diploma course in teaching to certify and lay the academic basis of my teaching career.
- I started teaching English to Francophone students of Cameroon in 2001.
- I accepted a job offer to teaching in China in July 2002- I have taught in the following schools
Modern Technology in ESL
I quickly fell in love with modern technology which I have been employing in all areas of my teaching to facilitate language acquisition. My great success in this area started from humble beginnings. My first gamble with technology in the classroom was with the use of PowerPoint lesson plans, usually to teach very large classes in China. My adventure into PowerPoint opened the gates for other forms of teaching with technology. With no technology background I had to get into self-tutoring of most education related software, usually with my students in mind. This led to the creation of over 200 self-grading computer-based quizzes and several video lessons you see on this site. My colleagues at EF-Shenzhen soon nicknamed me the “hi-tech English teacher”.
Language Learning experiences
I believe that a language teacher who has learnt another language is in a great position to understand students’ learning needs in a more profound way. Learning a language demands a lot of effort from both teachers and students.
I am a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese which I picked up in China. I also have experience learning languages without the environment. Unlike my Chinese learning experience, I picked up French as a second language at school, in an environment that was predominantly English speaking. Today I speak Chinese and French fluently.
My experience learning languages also goes back into “dead” languages like Latin. I studied Latin at school for five years. Being a grammar-based language learning experience, I also had a chance to see how a student can learn a language yet not be able to speak. Latin has a complicated grammatical system and although pure Latin died, it still resurrects in many European languages, giving me a great etymological understanding of European languages. It is not unusual for me to read a Spanish newspaper and understand the main ideas without having ever studied Spanish.
Sharing my experience on the web
With these language learning and teaching experiences, I couldn’t help philosophizing and theorizing. When I set up the ESL Galaxy www.esl-galaxy.com I started sharing these ideas with teachers in the form of worksheets, tips and lots of lesson plan free stuff. Within a year of its existence, the ESL Galaxy website has not received one negative feedback. It was always messages of thanks from teachers who found the site useful. I strongly believe content is key to a successful website.
It was against this background that I sacrificed my free days to sit at home and construct this website www.englishmedialab.com & www.english-4kids.com. After about six months of non-stop work, I emerged victorious with several videos and quizzes for self-access ESL learning. This time around students were my target. Not surprisingly, after launching the site I have noticed a rapidly increasing number of visitors. At least 70% of the website visitors bookmark this site. So I have several returning visitors. What could me more refreshing? After seeing visitors come and stay, I believed more strongly in creating quality content for my website visitors.
I am currently teaching at English First, in Shenzhen, South China. My job as teacher enjoys a great symbiotic relationship with my websites. I always plan my lessons thoroughly with the hope that after they are successful in class, I will share them on the internet. So most exercises I put on my site have been tested in class already. Only successful exercises make it to my sites. That way I can always supply my visitors with quality content.
ESLTower.com is a free ESL, EFL & ELT site that offers top quality printable and interactive English grammar and vocabulary exercises for teachers and students. These grammar and vocabulary resources will save English teachers lesson planning time and offer students a great free opportunity at online self-study. There are grammar & vocabulary quizzes, crosswords, word search and several fun puzzles that make the learning and teaching of English easy and fun.Pronunciation is one area we have recently added more content. We have added phonetic vowel and consonant exercises in the form of videos, worksheets, self-tests and mp3 downloads.
Kieren and Kisi have similar ideas on teaching English.Kieren donated his high quality kids stuff to the ESL Galaxy web site which enabled us create the kids page.He is currently undergoing a teachers training course in the U. K. At the moment Kieren is still supporting us with his constructive criticisms and teaching aids. He has served as an English teacher in many Asian countries, especially China, where he has spent most of his time.Kieren loves young learners and has spent most of his TEFL career working with children.That is what he does best. His major teaching interests include developing new and adapting old methods of teaching early learners. He is artistic and highly creative. He likes to employ every bit of his creative talent and skill in the TEFL education business.
- Elena Kudryasheva: A teacher and fluent speaker of four languages, Elena has been instrumental in translating this site to Russian and Chinese. She also offered constructive criticisms to this site while in the making.
- David WeiHuang- David, a coworker with Kisito always admired and learnt from Kisito. He was more than eager to translate this highly useful web site into Chinese. He is a great addition to the team