a curated collection of resources for teachers of English who wish to introduce authentic contents with the help of ICT in their English classrooms. This free website offers inspiration, lesson plans and authentic teaching materials for the Compulsory School levels (A1-B1) in Sweden. Teachers from other countries are naturally also welcome to use the links and subscribe to WebEnglish.se.
The need to create WebEnglish.se arose from the realisation that there were no printed school books that complied with the Swedish Curriculum, Lgr11. Therefore, all the links in WebEnglish.se are chosen in compliance with the intentions of the Swedish Curriculum. As many classes still do not have 1:1 computers, most materials only require one computer and a projector in the classroom.
The key feature in WebEnglish.se is the themes. There are enough themes to cover the whole curriculum for levels A1.1-B1.1, year 1-9 in Swedish Compulsory School. There is also a 11-unit Course Plan for teen beginners (A1.1) to start learning English at this age. If there is any theme you and your students would like to be added, you can always make a request.
Young Beginner / Elementary / Intermediate / Teen Beginner levels. There is a list of carefully chosen activities for each level, divided into different categories, e.g. reading, writing, listening, speaking and form focus. For further inspiration, there are suggestions for classroom literature and films/videos.
WebEnglish.se collects materials about the major annual holidays and celebrations in the Calendar. There are some recommended materials for most levels behind the actual date in the calendar and/or a link to a whole theme page about the topic of the day.
It is recommended that teachers collaborate with their students when choosing the themes to study at the beginning of each term. In the Planning Page, there is a simple, 7-step instruction to follow to get the students more motivated in their own learning.
The idea with WebEnglish.se has always been to incorporate digital tools into the teaching and learning of English. Now that the updated Swedish Curriculum stipulates digitalisation to be the responsibility of all teachers, this aim has become even more central. WebEnglish.se is following the trends and development of learning tools. We will share the most relevant news in Teaching Matters, Facebook and Twitter as well as keep continuously adding links to the Digital Tools.
WebEnglish.se uses “double-opting” registration process: When we receive your registration request for the WebEnglish.se newsletter, your name and e-mail address are collected. To ensure that you were the one who requested the registration, we send you an e-mail and your explicit consent is received when you respond to this. If you don’t respond to the opt-in email we may remind you once or twice within a two-year period before we remove your data. You may receive an e-mail in case of a malfunction. In every newsletter, there is an option for you to cancel your subscription at any time. Your data will be removed through periodical reviews at the start of the term within two years. Our mailing list is stored on our server at Inleed. Our partner involved in sending the newsletter is Wysija SARL. We have ensured that our partners only use your data for finding fault in their services to us. You have the right to request information about our processing of your data including removal of it. Please contact [email protected] for such requests.
Webenglish.se works well on any relatively modern device used in schools; PC, Mac, Chromebook, Mobile phones, iPads. It utilises Responsive Web Design methodology (an alternative explanation in Swedish available here). Internet browsers and plugin software (e.g. Adobe) to be used should be of the latest version. That is the golden rule of browser security, anyway.
This free and voluntary sharing initiative depends on free or low-cost services for its performance. This does not exclude that utmost care has been taken to select services and software that deliver good user experience and security relative to cost, e.g. Link Library, Content Viewer, Elementor, WordPress.com and Cloudflare.com. User experience is tested at webpagetest.org.
Founder and single author of WebEnglish.se, an experienced English teacher, textbook author, a long-time teacher trainer and an IT-pedagogue. Apart from the website, I also offer inspirational talks, pedagogical advice and material suggestions for teachers at any level of the Swedish compulsory school.
Semi-retired IT professional. Have never earned a krona on Web programming. Helping out here just because of the challenges that my wife presents are interesting – squeezing out the most of free or low cost resources to implement her ideas on visualizing digitilization in the educational environment for free.