Academic English Cafe

---grammar, vocab, spelling & writing quizzes

BBC learningenglish

---great BBC sites for adults learning English

Bitesize KS2 Reading

---"reading fiction and non fiction texts including adverts, dictionaries and poetry.
Learn how to look at language, layout and meaning." This is now archived, so if you want the latest similar material go to
However this older site is still worth a look.

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Bitesize BBC Writing

---"Writing is an important part of communicating with others.
You need to write in a way your reader
can easily understand
what you are trying to tell them." This site, though "dead", still will please an advancing student.

Burarra Gathering  

---interactive visit to an indigenous  way of life

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Common Errors

---"What is an error in English?
The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. I’ll leave to linguists the technical definitions.

Here we’re concerned only with deviations from the standard use of English as judged by

sophisticated users such as professional writers, editors,teachers, and literate executives and

personnel officers. The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment

opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak."
The errors are presented alphabetically & navigation is exceedingly simple.

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Confusing Words

---"Confusing Words is a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers
and writers.
Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused
or misused." 

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EC: English for Professional Communication

---helping you prepare for the world of work

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English Central!/index/all/all/easiest/0

---"Learn English using thousands of the most engaging videos on the web presented
with text transcriptions and word definitions.
Choose a Video Course designed for
Business, Social, Travel, English Proficiency Exams, English Pronunciation

and more. Master over 20,000 words using a unique video based vocabulary training tool. Improve your
pronunciation and speaking fluency using our unique interactive speech assessment technology."

Major promises for computer savvy learners. Registration is essential but safe. Great site indeed.

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---Web Sequitur, where you arrange sentences in order, is the standout activity on this 2004 website;
still worth a look.

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---4 levels, 4 listening passages in each level, almost all passages are conversations/dialogs.
Navigation is puzzling. But
If you can get past the rampant advertising, you'll find a very solid site
with comprehension exercises; & stick to the Listening page menu if you can.

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Famous people lessons

--- 163 EFL / ESL Lesson Plans Using Biographies And Profiles; intermediate plus level

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---"As each dialogue is accompanied with carefully designed exercises,
 follow the recommended steps and practice at your own pace;"
practise via 18 topics.

Four Stories

---each story has 6 different activities to test your comprehension

Go on a family adventure

---"use maps to find places & solve clues like an explorer";

National Geographic creation.


---"Health information access is a basic healthcare need. Literacy, health-literacy,
illness, aging, disability and language are all issues that can pose barriers to

obtaining basic health information.
This site contains free health education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats";

videos with printable scripts.


---"video-based ENGLISH LISTENING COMPREHENSION for ESL (English as a second language)
students, a great way to practice understanding real spoken English.

These exercises are based on movie trailers. Just click on one of the trailers below,

watch the video, and then answer some listening comprehension questions.

This site is intended for intermediate/advanced students, however we encourage everyone to try. Good luck!"

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---"a quick thinking game that helps boost vocabulary, spelling, speed of thought, as well

as increasing analytical, observational and typing skills. When you begin, you will be

greeted with a single letter. Underneath will be a dictionary definition to a word,

which will begin with the letter in the box.

Fill in the rest of the word and be rewarded with points and extra time. The object of

the game is to complete as many words as possible."

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Learnenglishfeelgood esl video

"Learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to learn
a new language. The clips ... will improve your listening comprehension skills,
helping you to learn and practice English as spoken by normal people every day! "


---This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures,
Live Online Tests,etc in the fields of Biology, Physics,
Chemistry, Mathematics,
Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management
and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature,

Law etc.FREE to its visitors... This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted

by faculty from reputed universities around the world. Science Animations provide students with fun and

innovative ways of learning. Free live timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations will help you refine

your test taking skills. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative

Commons License."

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Nma: Aussie_English_for_the_beginner

---some common Australian idioms & words defined & tested in a very visual manner;
prepared by the National Museum of Australia.

Nobel Prize Games

---"You don't have to be a genius to understand the

work of the Nobel Laureates.

These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while

you're having FUN!"

This is serious, quality & very educational gaming, folks. Seriously for advanced students who have a strong

scientific leaning.Not each topic has a game, but that shouldn't dissuade the curious.

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Start Writing

"There is no single best way to begin a writing project. What's best is what gets you going and builds momentum for the journey ahead. You may want to start right in on a draft or do some pre-planning.

Often, simply Choosing a Subject can be a challenge. You could start Freewriting to locate your subject and generate ideas. Or you might prefer to first gather information from Outside Sources, or to brainstorm using The Journalists' Questions. No matter if you're working on an informal essay, a technical report, or the next great American novel, the suggestions in Discovering What to Write will help you get going."

---a good online writing assistant for those wanting to express themselves

 Reading Comprehension & Test Preparation

---"These interactive activities will help you read and understand English and
prepare for reading exams." 

Advanced students, please please give this site a try. You will not be disappointed.
Such a wealth of material, via signs, gist, matching, gap & details.

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Study my English

---heavy duty stuff-improve sentences & paragraphs, antonyms, definitions, etc

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Teflpedia Conversation Questions

"These are Teflpedia's conversation questions by subject for use in class.

Our article "conversation questions" has further suggestions for using these in class, along

with links to other sites on the web where ESL conversation questions and ESL conversation

topics may be found. Bear in mind that the aim is to get students talking, not just to answer yes or no to the

questions, even when those questions are polar questions, and there won't be any "right" or "wrong" answers.

Although the format may look like a questionnaire, the idea is that the questions are mere prompts/cues for

meaningful communication and should not just be "ticked off" in rapid succession. Likewise, (possibly)

depending on the level of the students, you may consider drawing up further questions to existing

conversation questions and even creating a whole new page of conversation questions as a class activity."


---"Welcome to our free tests. They will give you an indication of your vocabulary
size and your level of listening comprehension.
Navigation can be slightly tricky but advanced learners will find their way.
Need to improve? Click MORE for more tests and a free personal course.


---"TOETAL is a collection of test practice activities to help students and teachers prepare for standardized tests such as the TOEIC®. Students can take pactice tests for free, build test taking skills, view video explanations, print tests for offline study, download audio for offline study & visit the student's page for study tips."

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UEFAP: The Evil Landlady action maze

---"Here's the problem: you are a student at the University of Victoria, living
in a rented apartment which is part of your landlady's house.
Your landlady is making you very unhappy. She is always spying on you and reading
 your mail, and she is rude to you when you come home late or bring friends home.
She won't allow you to have friends to stay, and she seems to know all your private business. What should you do?"

You are then presented with a number of alternative choices, only one of which will forward the story to its
logical conclusion. Etc, etc.

Visualcv resume

---"Your resume, only better. VisualCV has revolutionized the resume forever by radically improving the ways in which resume data is presented, accessed and shared.
With a new VisualCV (curriculum vitae, aka resume) you can now: Build and manage a more engaging
Internet based resume; combine audio, video and a digital career portfolio - all on a single Web page."

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---modify a tale with your own contributions



---a definition is given, the first letter is given, & then YOU give the answer

---a significantly unusual dictionary, wherein every word defined
is done so in video format.
Please note that the words are difficult.
If you click STUDY ROOM you will see the video for any word
you choose (from the lengthy list in alphabetic order);
accompanying the video is a reading of the definition plus usage examples; there is also a text window at the bottom.

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---There is here a wealth of information, from a union viewpoint, about
workers' rights. The site is aimed at high school students but anyone can learn from it.
3 key themes~
1. Getting the most out of work experience .
2. What students need to know about work before starting their first job
3. Understanding the role of unions in shaping the working life of Australians.

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---tips on how to write short argument and opinion compositions;
"this site is aimed mainly at learners of English who have to write
250-400 word essays for IELTS (Cambridge’s International English
Language Testing System) or TWE, the Test of Written English for TOEFL.

But everyone else is welcome too!" So,all you need to know to create such essays, including samples
& models & how they are put together.

Advanced students probably need no other site for argument & opinion assistance.

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