Internet Basics for ESL Students
A 14-Lesson Introduction to Using Computers and the Internet for Students of English as a Second Language

By Jim Schweizer

The Lessons

  1. Basic Computer Terms and the History of the Internet
    Basics of the web browser
  2. Hardware and Internet Software
    ESL home pages
  3. Computer Problems and Peripherals
    Boolean search methods/search engines
  4. Operating Systems - Windows 95
    Introduction to UNIX
  5. Using Email (1)
    Send email to the teacher, cc and bcc friends
  6. Multimedia
    Search the Internet and identify 6 file types
  7. Internet Service Providers
    View 4 Okayama ISP's home pages
  8. Using Email (2)
    Join a mailing list (read the ML replies)
  9. Communication
    Email and Internet search
  10. The Net
    Write a basic web page
  11. Mailing Lists
    Find a mailing list
  12. Ethics and Privacy
    Examine cookie files and visit commercial sites
  13. Newsgroups
    Find newsgroup archives
  14. Business on the Internet
    Take a quiz and show the class your favorite Internet site

For Further Study

"This is Francis Britto from Sophia University, Tokyo. I just wanted to inform you that I took the liberty of introducing your great work "Internet Basics for ESL Students" (at the ITESLJ site of Charles Kelly) in my review of a related book. The review appears in _CALL-IS News_ (of TESOL CALL SIG), Vol 18.2 (2001), pp.6-7. The comments concerning your book were:"
[Begin quote] Those who consider adopting the book may find the following sites worth a visit. Jim Schweizer's "Internet Basics for ESL Students: A 14-Lesson Introduction to Using Computers and the Internet for Students of English as a Second Language" at is an outstanding and free resource that can serve as a supplement, complement, or even alternative to Learning Computers, Speaking English. It contains colorful graphics, online links, interesting activities, and conversations for practice. [End Quote]

"I am Israel Ramon Zelaya, an ESP teacher in Estel, Nicaragua. I have found really helpful the material you have published in your Internet Basics for ESL Students..."

"My name's Ryonhee Kim. I'm a professor at Dongduk Women's University in Seoul, South Korea....I think your site is very interesting and it will be very useful for Korean college students."

"Charles Kelly recommended your site. Wow. It's really a great resource." Steve Quann, New England Literacy Resource Center

"I am an ESL teacher in a vocational institute in Hong Kong... I found your materials very interesting and would like to use a few of your dialogues for reading comprehension practice."Agnes Ng, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education

"Congratulations! One of your Web pages - "Internet Basics for ESL Students", has been recognized by the LINCS Network (Literacy Information and Communication System) as a LINCS Hot Site and awarded our Hot Sites Logo."

Copyright (C) 1998 by Jim Schweizer (
This web-based textbook is hosted by The Internet TESL Journal at Jim Schweizer wrote this textbook for his own students when he was teaching English in Japan.