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Suggested ESL Websites for Students

A. Pronunciation

 

http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu/index.html#english

The #1 phonetics website. Includes cellphone app and web based app.


B. Listening

http://www.esl-lab.com/

Lots of listening exercises with downloadable audio. Easy to very difficult. Accompanying exercises.

http://www.englishlistening.com/

Thirty recordings of ordinary English speakers’ every day language; includes questions.

http://elllo.org/

Close to a thousand clips on various topics. Downloadable audio, audio notes on vocabulary, quizzes and exercises.

http://www.real-english.com/

Video lessons to practice listening and grammar structures. Complete with exercises. Beginners to Upper Intermediate.

http://www.learnenglishfeelgood.com/eslvideo/

Practice listening skills through watching movie clips. With listening comprehension questions.

C. Grammar

http://www.usingenglish.com/

Grammar quizzes: Beginners and Intermediate, including phrasal verbs. Excellent reference pages.

http://www.angelfire.com/wi3/englishcorner/grammar/grammar.html#interact

Grammar rules, grammar tables, interactive exercises

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/grammar.html

Grammar (articles, prepositions, sentence structure, etc.) materials/exercises (cloze, questions, dialogues, fill-in-the-blanks); Beginning to advanced

http://www.englishpage.com/grammar/

Grammar categories with accompanying exercises

http://englishplus.com/grammar/glossary.htm

http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary.html

Glossary of grammar terms

D. Writing

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Excellent resource on various kinds of writing, elements and process of writing, and much more. Exercise pages on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and more.

http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/handouts

Writing handouts on essay writing

E. Vocabulary

http://www.angelfire.com/wi3/englishcorner/vocabulary/vocabulary.html

Cloze exercises, collocation, word formation, vocabulary games, word lists and more.

F. Reading



 http://bestofthereader.ca/
Over 100 graded stories for beginners to low intermediate students. Each story has exercises  to go with it. There is also an excellent teacher's guide that suggests additional activities. It's all beautifully illustrated with pictures and photos, and free to print and use!

ESL Links For Students (and Teachers)

About.com
http://esl.about.com/
Quizzes, vocabulary study pages, interactive polls, chat rooms, pen pal information, and a weekly e-mail newsletter.
twmc: lots of great stuff; lots of lesson plans at all levels.
Visual Dictionary
http://visual.merriam-webster.com/
Online Merriam Webster Picture Dictionary
English Club
http://www.englishclub.com/index.html
Games, interaction with students/teachers around the world, study abroad information, downloadable/copyable resources for learning and teaching English.
English Listening Lounge
http://www.englishListening.com
Thirty recordings of ordinary English speakers/ every day language; includes questions.
English Net
www.acl.edu.au/englishnet
Resources and links for English learners.
English Online
http://eleaston.com
Links for teaching and learning.
English Page
http://www.englishpage.com
Free online English lessons & ESL/EFL resources including an on-line newsletter, grammar review, and 15 English-foreign language dictionaries.
The ESL Loop
www.linguistic-funland.com/esloop
Web sites/links for teachers and students.
ESL Online Resources Directory
http://www.cal.org/ericcll/ncbe/esldirectory
Searchable database for teachers and students.
Grammar Self Study Quizzes for ESL Students
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/grammar.html
Grammar (articles, prepositions, sentence structure, etc.) materials/exercises (cloze, questions, dialogues, fill-in-the blanks) ; Beginning to advanced
Idioms
http://www.rong-chang.com/idioms.htm
Web links to sites teaching American idioms
Linguistic Funland TESL
http://www.linguistic-funland.com/tesl.html
This website for students and teachers of EFL and ESL provides teaching tips, sample activities, job listings, general advice, and links to the other sites.
Linguist List
http://www.linglist.org/sp/LangLearnESL.html
A long list of ESL/EFL resources compiled by Eastern Michigan University
Literacy Net
http://literacynet.org/vtd/index.html
Lessons in Language and Culture: Visiting the Doctor
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
http://www.esl-lab.com/
Pronunciation exercises with downloadable audio.
Sara and John’s TEFL Pitstop
http://lingolex.com/jstefl.htm
Games, feedback forum, book samples, and a virtual staff room.
StudyCom’s EFI-English for the Internet
http://study.com
Newsletter, listening and speaking, grammar and writing, resource page.

Teacher Resources

Cloze exercises
http://www.edhelper.com/cloze.htm
Design on-screen cloze exercises.
Ed Kearn’s Language Learning Links
http://www.gateman.com/favorit2.html#languages
Reading, Listening, Speaking exewrcises
Edvista
http://edvista.com/claire/internet-esl.html
Links for ESL teachers – professional organizations, instructional materials, theoretical articles
E.L. Easton Materials for Teaching English
http://eleaston.com/english.html
Links to instructional resources: song lyrics, maps, calendars and clocks, newspapers, and country profiles.
Everything ESL
www.everythingESL.net
Lesson plans, teaching tips, downloadable classroom activities, discussion topics. Content-based, beginning to intermediate
Family Literacy ESL Curriculum Guide
http://www.nwlincs.org/fmlt/Explain.htm
Outcomes-based lesson plans for family literacy.
Learning Projects Homepage
http://www.otan.dni.us/webfarm/emailproject/email.htm
Collection of field tested learning activities/projects
Pronunciation Skills and Activities
http://www.ohiou.edu/esl/english/speaking.html#PronunciationSkills
Activities and links.
Puzzlemaker
http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/
Create word searches, crossword puzzles, math puzzles, and mazes.
Software resources
http://hub1.worlded.org/docs/cesol/software.htm
Info on selecting software, ESL software publishers, and software reviews.
TESOL
www.tesol.org
Membership page of ‘Teachers English to Speakers of Other Languages’
TOEFL
www.toefl.org/
The Test of English as a Foreign Language admissions requirement for international students

Content/Topic Based Websites

It's splitsville for Barbie and Ken. Couple 'will remain friends,'
says Mattel

http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/story081.htm
Story of the invention of Barbie
Colorful Clothesline
http://easternlincs.worlded.org/docs/clothing/index.html
Clothing, colors, and color patterns.Tests and vocabulary practice.Includes a quiz to test what was learned. Beginning level.
Community Corner
www.communitycorner.org[English version]
www.communitycorner.org/index Sp.htm [Spanish version]
Bilingual site with links and information to community, education and employment-related resources for low income, ethnically diverse populations.Each section of the site has a related featured interview.
Dr. Seuss
http://www.seussville.com/
RequiresFlash 4 plugin ; games based on Dr. Seuss's books, extensive biographical information
Food Pyramids
http://www.semda.org/info/
food pyramids from many cultures. Uses the American pyramid and simply substitutes foods from the particular culture into the American format. The previous site shows different pyramids based on the eating behaviors of the particular culture. For instance, the Asian pyramid shows meat only monthly, reflecting the "traditional plant-based rural diets of Asia."
Holiday Celebrations
http://www.holidays.net
Holiday Celebrations, calendars, crafts & Recipes, music, graphics, historical information, suggested activities, kids pages, links, and other...
Idioms
http://www.englishdaily626.com/
Includes American slang expressions, proverbs, grammar, common mistakes, song lyrics and other topics.
Murphy’s Law
http://www.murphys-laws.com
The history and true story of Murphy law; Many links and related laws.
The White House
http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Official web site for the White House and President George W. Bush, Features a virtual historical tour, history of American presidents and their families, links to a kids website

Christian Websites

All About God
www.allaboutgod.com
www.allabouthow.com.
Ever-expanding list of apologetic and discipleship materias online
Bible Info
http://christiananswers.net/bible/about.html
Basic information about the Bible
Bibles @ Ethnic Harvest
http://www.ethnicharvest.org/bibles/
Bibles – printed and audio in many languages
Bible Links
http://www.winternationalstudent.com/biblelinks.htm
PDF/ ONLINE BIBLES in Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Persian/Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Other languages
Bible on-line
www.WebBible.net
On-line Bible in 37 different languages includingtools for understanding the Bible.
The Bible Gateway
http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible
An excellent page for searching from various modern English
Translations (NIV,NASB,NLT,NKJV) and European and Asian languages.
Bible Study Helps
http://www.unboundbible.org/
The Unbound Bible (Biola University) is a collection of searchable Bibles consisting of:
  • 10 English versions including the NASB
  • Greek and Hebrew Versions (the original Bible languages)
  • 4 ancient versions
  • 42 versions in other languages
Bible Tools
  • Easton's Bible DictionaryPaul's Missionary Journey
  • Matthew Henry's CommentaryRead the Bible in a Year
  • Naves Topical BibleParallel View Search
  • Greek & Hebrew Lexicon Greek Lexical Parser
Crosswalk.com
http://bible.crosswalk.com/
Bible Study Tools
Every Tongue
http://www.everytongue.com/

God’s Story
http://christiananswers.net/godstory/home.html
God’s Story – excellent – playable or downloadable in a zillion languages

God's Story: From Creation to Eternity
Video presenting a summary of the Bible using original art and
excellent narration.Audio available in many different languages
Gospelcom
http://www.gospelcom.net/content/realmedia/
Real Audio and Internet Media – great for listening exercises
The Hope Video
www.thehopevideo.com
dramatic overview of the ‘greatest story ever told’
International Student Ministry
http://www.intervarsity.org/ism/cat/37
Language Helps -- International Student Ministry
Jesus Institute
www.jesus-institute.org
Helping people of all cultural and spiritual backgrounds learn about the person of Jesus.
Study guides designed for 2 min, 10 min, 30 min, and 60 min
Studies, answers to common questions.
Chinese version of the same website:
www.cn.jesus-institute.org
Unshackled
http://www.unshackled.org/listen_03.html
Faithbased stories to listen to online in English

‘Technical’ Sites

Computer literacy
http://www.instruction.greenriver.edu/avery/activities/mouse/MouseSkills.htm
http://www.instruction.greenriver.edu/avery/activities/tech/computer1a.htm
Computer literacy


Student activity page link:
http://www.instruction.greenriver.edu/avery/activities/activity.htm
computer practice to help students learn basic mouse skills and computer vocabulary; clear, fun, and useful.
Software resources
http://hub1.worlded.org/docs/cesol/software.htm
Info on selecting software, ESL software publishers, and software reviews.

Holidays and Special Days ESL Resources

Valentine’s Day 

http://justmytype.ca/definition-of-love-as-told-by-children/ (great conversation starters)

Dating and Marriage Vocabulary in English (always a topic of much interest)

Love and Valentine’s Day lessons (The Virtues series) (readings, including from the Bible; discussion questions, quotes and other activities)

http://americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/valentinesday.pdf (excellent reading on the history and customs of Valentine’s Day, with glossary)

http://www.eslholidaylessons.com/02/valentines_day.pdf (a reading with lots of accompanying activities)

http://iteslj.org/questions/valentine.html (Valentine’s Day conversation questions)

http://bogglesworldesl.com/valentines_day_worksheets.htm (vocabulary and writing activities for lower level)

http://www.bestofthereader.ca/Ebooks/Holidays-print.pdf (pp. 5, 6: for low beginners)


More web Sites Compiled from Veteran ESL Teachers

On language learning in general (lots of good stuff)

General and Teacher ESL sites
Professional Organisations:

Canadian Language Benchmarks

Software for sale:

ESL resource info - send email to: tesl_resources@brigada.worldchurches.org

Studying:

Even More Great Websites

Another great site is "Peggy's Place"
http://www.gospel.com/ministries/peggies-place

There is a great site called SOON, which has many ethnic links:
http://www.soon.org.uk/country/language.htm

And there's Ed Kearn's "Links to assist International Christians" site...
http://www.gateman.com/islinks.html

Association for Christians Ministering to Internationals: http://www.acmi-network.org and click on "Resources for International Student Ministry" which takes you to:
http://www.gateman.com/acmi/resource.html