The Internet TESL Journal

How to Make a Successful ESL/EFL Teacher's Web Page

Charles Kelly
Aichi Institute of Technology, Toyota, Japan

You will learn all that is absolutely necessary for writing a successful homepage without being confused by details which you do not need to know. Among other things, you will learn how to enhance your page to be fast-downloading, learn common mistakes to avoid and be given ideas on what makes a successful page. Even if you already have a page online, you are likely to pick up a few good ideas which you have not gotten elsewhere.

There is a frame version and a non-frame version of this page.

If you already have a web site, then perhaps you would prefer to read this related article.

Guidelines for Designing a Good Web Site for ESL Students
by Charles Kelly, The Internet TESL Journal, March 2000

HTML Basics

You don't need to understand much about HTML in order to write a web page. However, you should know the following.

Overview of Basic HTML

Page Templates

Take a look at these page templates, choose one you like and edit it to suit your needs.

Style Guide

There are many "style guides" on the Internet which you can read for more information later, but for now here is a concise summary of what most of them say.

Fine-Tuning Your Page

Samples of Things to Avoid

Samples of What Can Be Done

I'm not recommeding that you do these. In fact, some of these are nothing more than playing around and just waste the visitors' time.

Things Not Covered in This Workshop

For Further Reference

Charles I. Kelly who has been teaching at Aichi Institute of Technology in Toyota, Japan since 1982, is one of the editors of The Internet TESL Journal and has written several ESL textbooks.

The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. III, No. 6, June 1997