Kidzness Card Maker---FUN---

---"make your own “Kidzness” or business cards! (or personal ID cards). Simply choose colors, borders, backgrounds, add text and pictures. You can even change the size of the images once you have inserted them onto your card. When you are finished, click the printer icon and the program prints out eight cards per page."

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---"Kids Work! is a virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work. Each Kids Work! place provides an area to:

Discover the History of the career field by using a timeline. Play three Job Play activities that provide an interactive virtual work experience tied directly to SC curriculum standards. Meet Real People who work in this profession. Explore the Work Zone and learn more about a real workplace." Looks like it's for kids, but it's for advanced only.

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Kinderplanet letter puzzle---ALPHABET/PHONICS---

---Great little letters of the alphabet recognition game; works like magic; a golden oldie--1999--which will forever be useful for the basic beginner.

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Kinderplanet word puzzle---ALPHABET/PHONICS---

---Great little words recognition game; works like magic; a golden oldie--1999--which will forever be useful for the basic beginner.

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---basic beginners revise animals, letters, numbers, colors, shapes, time, subtraction.

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---44 stories,3 levels,though they are really all for beginners. There is a progression through the three levels, but the topics remain child-centered. One of the best story sites available; navigation point--click only Read The Story.

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Knowthenews challenge ---CURRENT AFFAIRS---

---Test your news literacy skills with Know The News Challenge. Watch the video of a news broadcast, answer the questions. Advanced learners not fussed about slightly older news (2008) will enjoy this.

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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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Languageguide: Dictionary---VOCABULARY---

---It's a picture dictionary pure & simple, though not comprehensive, no definitions given, & not presented in the traditional alphabetic order. So why use it? Well, it's ilustrated clearly & impressively. The sound works a treat. It's bright & lively. It's organized in topics, so it might appeal even more obviously to the beginner learner wanting to put a name to what he/she already has in his/her memory bank. Well done.

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Landjob resume samples ---WORK---

---88 resumes within 8 categories, & 21 cover letters. "Compete for higher paying jobs, get more interviews and turbo charge your job search fast. Your resume and cover letter can be reviewed and rejected in as little as five seconds! Both must communicate your qualifications at a glance. Regardless of your situation, our templates and examples will help you reach your goals.

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---a children's literacy site containing 10 "cool,jazzy songs". This is good. Whimsical enough to appeal to all levels, not just beginners.

---This site is for elementary and intermediate learners of English. You can study grammar or vocabulary topics (or writing or listening) and try one of the 400 exercises and language games." While not at all comprehensive, up to 8 different activities are on offer; for very good beginners plus, while the listening is for advanced; no audio with the vocab.

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Learnenglishfeelgood: Clips from movies---ADVANCED---

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


---"These English lessons are aimed at the beginner although people with a little experience of English may find some parts useful." 56 lessons via 13 units, ranging from good beginners to intermediate. Messy navigation, weird layout; but worth trying for you might find some gems, mainly in the form of videos.

Learnenglish : Kids---GAME---PORTAL---SONG---STORY---

---British Council presents "lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too." British Council, like BBC, means quality, so 

Learning Game---BEGINNER---GAME--

---Five games, all grammar & vocabulary based, but using typical gameplaying instructions.
So, while this site is for advancing beginners, non-gameplayers will need assistance in how to play.

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---old & odd, for intermediate: Getting started with computers, Basic communication, Consumer economics, Community resources, Health, Employment. Many & varied activities with each topic.

Learn the Net---COMPUTER---

---18 topics; essentially a very visual explanatory site for advanced only; Test Yourself is the only place to......

Learning Chocolate ---VOCABULARY---

---"designed to help you memorize English vocabulary in an easy, fun way that really works. The exercises use pictures, sounds and games to make learning a new language as fun as enjoying a piece of chocolate! After reviewing the vocabulary, you can play up to 5 fun games to see what you memorized! The first 3 are matching games to help your memory. They will help you match the new word to its meaning with pictures or its pronunciation. This is much more fun than long, boring vocabulary lists! The other 2 games help you learn to spell the new words so that you can read and write them in your new language, too." Beginners plus.

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---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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"a free website to help you practice English": the homepage says it all---fast food, salt & fat---the positives & the negatives presented in a non-preachy fashion. The presentation is spot-on for perhaps intermediate & advanced learners. Very very highly recommended.

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Lessonwriter---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

"Teach literacy across the curriculum. Simple, fast, (and some is) free. Create comprehensive literacy lesson plans and student materials from any content in minutes. Make amazing lessons and activities in moments. Organize classes, curriculum, and reports. Work with colleagues to share resources and create better lessons."

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Letter Sentences---ALPHABET/PHONICS---

---"Practice letter sounds with these 26 sentences. Click a letter below to select an image, then click the images to hear the sentence." That's it, no exercises, nothing else, just good old-fashioned listening for beginners.

Life or death game---GAME---

---"Jungle survival~What would you do if you were alone in the wild with your life in your own hands? Be a survival expert. Get the basics before you find yourself stranded on a tropical island. Your helicopter has crash landed in a remote jungle. Can you survive or will you be lost forever?" Excellence from the Discovery Channel,
which provides documentary television programming focused primarily on popular science, technology, and history." Advanced.


---20 stories, some on the odd side; pity only 7 have sound. The games & the videos are equally odd. Maybe that's why this site is still worth considering for the real beginner.


---Business English with a vengeance. The themes, all related to the world of business: Sales, Personnel, Cross Culture, Finance, Marketing, Business Communication, Insurance, Legal English, Technology, Quality, Banking, Management, Retailing.

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Listenaminute---LISTENING---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---'437 Listenings: 9-Page Handouts & Online Quizzes.One minute a day is all you need to improve your listening skills. Focus on new words, grammar and pronunciation in these short texts.Doing the online activities, discussion, survey and writing will help." Intermediate plus.

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---A song site that, like the others in the SONG category, has been chosen not so much for the music
but for inclusion of lyrics. This is its major appeal for language learners. Most songs are accompanied by a video;
"you can view the lyrics of (most) songs by clicking button near the song."

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---"Literactive is the leading(?)provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner." It's worth the free registration to enjoy the excellence within.


---"The Literacy Center Education Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age children." Letters, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Words, Writing, Keyboard~wonderful, as good & as easy as possible for an absolute beginner.

Literacynet Archives---CURRENT AFFAIRS---READING---

---"This site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau and CBS 5 news stories. Each story module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, or view the broadcast through streaming video." Great site but no longer current. Advanced.

Literacy Mini Test ---TEST---

---a basic----NO listening---- but not unattractive literacy testing site. It is recommended for advanced beginners upwards. Each topic---flat to rent, position vacant ad, newspaper article & post delivery notification---has at least 3 different types of exercisesintended to test your comprehension & even grammar skills.

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Little Explorers Picture Dictionary ---VOCABULARY---

---click on a letter in the alphabet at the top of the window and you'll see a page of words that start with that letter.Not comprehensive, but there are 2,503 illustrated dictionary entries! Each word is used in a meaningful example sentence. Most entries have links to a related web site. Just click on an underlined word (or its accompanying picture), and you'll link to a related page.

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Location Prepositions---BEGINNER---GRAMMAR---

---briefly,"learn interactively to: use a wide range of positional language, describe the location of a character, describe the location of an object in a variety of environments, including simple maps, give oral and written instructions for a route or journey, write a description of (your) route to school."

Look cover write & check ---SPELLING---

---The words treated vary from the very easiest to some quite difficult scientific terms. Unfortunately the site tests  only 300 words; instructions are very clear & the site follows one of the established ways for anyone learning how to spell. Mainly for beginners.

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Love poem---FUN---

---"Why not surprise your love with an English love poem. It's absolutely easy with our love-poem generator." Limited choice of text, but your love should still appreciate the trouble you took to compose the poem. ---SONG---

---You have heard the music somewhere but something was missing.That's it!This site will let you read the lyrics to your favorite songs and watch them performed via a video clip. Do a search or browse by artist. All in all, a wonderful way to learn up to date English.

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ManyThings: interesting things for ESL---PORTAL---

---"This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising. TESL/TEFL teachers may want to recommend this site to their students."

Adult Education Student Lessons

---16 topics showing about 32 sub-topics, reviewed in relative brevity; broad range of levels; make sure you navigate via the white leftside box.

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Match my lower case---ALPHABET/PHONICS---BEGINNER---

---a simple matching game, lower case English letters with capitals.

Meaning-of-names ---FUN---

---"a free etymology and onomastics resource to look up the history and meaning of names. Browse through name meaning, rankings, other people's comments, ratings, and other statistics in addition to the name meanings.
Even if you are here just to browse, we hope that you will enjoy a unique spin on a fascinating study field. We offer name meanings for over 45,000 different baby names, surnames, and city names from all over the world."

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---"MedlinePlus presents interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Also learn about surgeries, prevention and wellness. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and easy-to-read language." Nevertheless, for advanced or very high intermediate learners.

Memory Matching game---GAME---

---for people who like memory/matching games, about 20 of these should assist your obsession; any level.

Memory Squid---FUN---

---"You've been kidnapped by a playful alien squid. Your only chance to save your bunnies, the world, and yourself is to use your amazing memory powers. Time to get your brain dirty. The evil (but cute) alien squid will say some words. Try to remember them. When the screens start to display the words, you only have a few seconds to find and click them all." Advanced.

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Milinkito:Bart Simpson--- FUN---

---write a message & Bart Simpson will transfer it to the school greenboard.

Minimal Pairs---PRONUNCIATION---

---still (created 2001) a great minimal pairs site; 24 pairs; American pronunciation.


---"We now have over 100 team members employed in five states across Australia including Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. Our client base is national, as both employers and jobseekers from across Australia use MyCareer as their key job/employee online search tool.

For jobseekers: MyCareer aims to provide you with the best jobs from the best employers across Australia, while also delivering you new ways and new technology to make it easier to find the job that’s right for you."

Model Bank:Writer's Model---WRITING---

---Each (of the 49) Writer's Models is a full-length model paper, with interactive notes to help you make your writing stronger. Plus, each one comes with a printable Writer's Guide. Advanced.

Mondos: Song Lessons---SONG---

---"A course focused on understanding songs phonetically, linguistically, and culturally. In this course, learners will listen to and practice pronunciation, do a variety of vocabulary learning and phrase awareness activities,have a chance to discuss different backgrounds and study language in a fun way." One of a very few sites that goes beyond a video plus lyrics ) presentation (essential as that is); advanced.

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---a monkey delivers a spoken greeting, after you have created the message; advanced beginner onwards.

Morph a face --- FUN---

---"Morphases is an online next generation software in face manipulation. It allows user to modify and create human faces from different elements in real time with almost an unlimited power." All levels.

Morph another face---FUN---

---"Make celebrity Paris Hilton prettier or uglier. It's up to you. In most cases, she's just gonna get uglier and uglier." Do the same to any portrait, if you dare. Some computing skills needed, else it's on for young & old.

Mouse Exercises---COMPUTER---

---one of the best getting-to-know-your-mouse programs available."If you are new to using a mouse, it may take a little practice to get the hang of it. Here are 4 simple exercises to help you get acquainted. "

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---if you survive the tutorial & the exercise you will be a pretty good mousehand/mouser/mouster???

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Multi-Cultural Educational Services---TOPIC ---

---"Online ESL activities with interactive multi-media quizzes." Clunky old site that still contributes more than some later flashier sites. Be warned that navigation is a nightmare.

Phonics lessons, prepositions, the environment, health literacy, basic literacy, listen to migrants~~~what a weird collection without a good index. And yet....

Multimedia English Classroom---PORTAL---SONG---

---"a video-tube website designed to help you learn real English while having fun and offers good quality resources for teachers too. It uses authentic material to show you how real English is, mostly videos with transcriptions and explanations. This site offers video pages for all levels, from beginners to advanced, including a section for kids and also for absolute beginners. Don't just sit to study English, get into life through real English and enjoy it all the way."

Music clips with text is one of this site's two pluses.Video clips with text is the second big plus.Be surprized in the Open Section---lots of videos (with text) from site users. All levels.

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My English Dictionary---VOCABULARY---

---only 408 words are treated, but at least there is an index; each word is illustrated & spoken, some appear in a video. Good beginners plus.

Myfuture---CAREER ADVICE---

---"myfuture is Australia's national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions. myfuture is for anyone who needs information to support their own or others' career planning.

On the myfuture website you'll find:

  • My Guide, a career exploration tool. You can personalise My Guide to help you choose a career direction and plan your future
  • detailed career information about occupations, industries, education and training providers, courses and programs
  • information about career development, choosing school subjects, getting a job, starting your own business, working overseas and many other topics..
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---"a joint partnership between the State & Territory Libraries of NSW, QLD, SA, VIC, WA, NT and ACT. As a way of enriching Australia’s linguistic and cultural cyberspace, seven State and Territory Libraries created this portal in 2005 to enable people to search and find information on the internet in over 65 languages. Since then My Language has provided access to over six-million information links: search engines, web directories, government websites, digital library projects and syndicated news headlines."

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My personal details---BEGINNER---

---"Personal details are things like: first name, surname, address, date of birth, and so on. The kind of things that you have to enter on application forms for jobs, or to apply for a bank account." Create a one-page printable personal ID sheet.

my StoryMaker ---WRITING---

---While the title says 'kids" please do try this site if you have a creative bone in your body. This is truly a magnificent tool for bringing out the storyteller in each of us.
"My StoryMaker lets you control characters and objects - and creates sentences for you! Once you are done with your story, save it online or print it. You have the power to decide -- meeting new characters, going on great adventures and creating your very own story along the way." Wow.

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Naked words---FUN---

---type your name(s) & the computer will display it using naked bodies!


News English Lessons ---CURRENT AFFAIRS---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---too many ads, a bit overbusy, but all this terrific content...

---a typical news story contains the following activities in PDF format: PHRASE MATCH    LISTENING GAP FILL    MULTIPLE CHOICE    SPELLING    PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER     SCRAMBLED SENTENCES     DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)    WRITING    HOMEWORK.

Online~~~Listen to the MP3, Play the online quizOnline gap fillThe giant gap fill ,Online definition activity,  Do an online crossword, Play hangmanVocabulary flash cardsWord matching exercise.

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Ninjawords ---VOCABULARY---

---not just another dictionary, but one that's fast as a ninja?! Really.

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Nma: Aussie_English_for_the_beginner---ADVANCED---AUSTRALIA---

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

Nobel Prize Games---ADVANCED---GAME---

---Seriously for advanced students who have a strong scientific leaning."'s educational section consists of 46 productions. Of these, 29 are interactive learning games of various sorts and degrees of difficulties. Most of them also includes a "Read more" about the subject. Enjoy learning! Quality.

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Nobodyhere ---GREETING CARDS---

---9 greeting cards which make the recipient work hard to decipher the message.


Normandcompany: STICKMAN---ADVANCED---READING---

---5 murder mysteries where  you play the part of a Homicide Detective in a city named "Stickville". A murder has taken place and it is up to you to find the killer! Click on objects to examine them.... click on doors to open them.... Collect evidence and use deductive reasoning to solve the crime.... When you think you have enough evidence to convict a suspect - go to the chief's office and tell him your theory.



Oddcast text-to-speech---FUN---

---Just for fun for all! Write a message & the voice of your choice will read it for you. 21 other languages, different voices for either gender, plus effects.

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Online picture dictionary---BEGINNER---VOCABULARY---

---beautifully presented dictionary without definitions so mainly for beginners. Alphabet order only exists within the 10 topics, & then only as part of random subtopics. And there is low-quality sound.

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Orisinal: Games---FUN---

---61 games of an original bent; on the easy side; they are mostly of a calming nature, not traditional shoot-em-ups; suitable for those who've never played an electronic game.

OUP English File---GRAMMAR---PORTAL---

---"interactive exercises, useful downloads, games, and weblinks. Practise your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and reading, and have some fun too. Select your edition and 1 of 7 levels." Oxford University Press only produces top quality material such as this. Good beginners on.

OUP: Headway---GRAMMAR---

---Practise your English over 6 levels with interactive exercises, puzzles, and games. It's Oxford University Press so you know it's the best.

Our House---BEGINNER---TOPIC---

---visit a 7-room interactive house with audio; no other exercises.

Paulysplayhouse alphabet---ALPHABET/PHONICS---BEGINNER---

---one page, one idea: look & listen to the alphabet.

---selected verbs animations; watch this out of curiosity; very clever.

PBSkids: lionsgames---ALPHABET/PHONICS---BEGINNER---

---a selection of games for good beginners plus. Some of them are so good, others not at all. Which ones suit you?


---very fine site wherein you can check out a limited selection of words either by first letter or by 15 categories. Although the words are not defined, their meaning is as clear as the illustrations~~~& then the 5 different exercises!

Personality Forge Chats---CHAT---

"one of the most advanced artificial intelligence platforms in the world. Here people create and work on AI Personalities called chat bots who, once created, have an independent existence, chatting with both real people and other chat bots. While you're away, they're having conversations, making friends, and making memories that you can look in on. You may want to start by chatting with some of our chat bots. You can find them by doing a search for any kind of personality, by selecting from the most advanced, checking the contest winners at our Hall of Fame, or by browsing the other chat bot lists under "Chat With Bots". Chat with one of over 2000 computer robots.

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Phrasal Verbs ---GRAMMAR---

---Each of the 53 verbal phrases is explained/defined & then you can check your understanding of each via the exercises.Not the definitive site for verbal phrases if only because it doesn't cover them all. The ones it does do it does very well, & don't forget to test yourself via the exercises.

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---This is one wacky website. Phonics with a punch! A brief but very entertaining site dealing with letters & blends.
Probably fun for anyone, but remember that it's not a comprehensive treatment of all the sounds of English.

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---listen & then match the picture to its beginning letter sound, to its short vowel sound & to its long vowel sound. Solid site for good beginners.

Playkidsgames alphabetgames---ALPHABET/PHONICS---

---9 alphabet-based games for good beginners plus.
---"free online kids games that are both fun and educational. Aimed at ages pre-K through middle school, Play Kids Games offers kids a safe environment to discover their abilities and learn new skills with interactive and fun computer games. Our games build skills in math, logic, memory, vocabulary, alphabet, spelling, geography, computer skills, color identification, shape identification and other various problem solving. Our commitment to parents, teachers, and kids, is to connect learning and skill building with a sense of challenge, fun, and self esteem.

Plural Play Plural---QUIZ(QUIZ FOR 2 PLAYERS)---

---a tic-tac-toe for two, focused on making correct plurals; very good beginners plus.

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---a good online writing assistant that suffers from the lack of a clear index

Preschool & kindergarten---ALPHABET/PHONICS---BEGINNER---

---a great site for raw beginners; a wonderful audiovisual experience to reinforce what the newcomer might have met before,&/or a memorable intro for the absolute newcomer; easy to navigate.

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Primary Games---GAME---

---3 pages of what the site calls reading games; intermediate level, most likely for experienced gamers.

Professorgarfield ReadingRing---GAME---

---a fantastic reading-based game for intermediate: no holds barred!
Pronunciation tips---PRONUNCIATION---

In Pronunciation tips
The sounds of English
There is a system of symbols for writing the sounds of English. We have a guide to these symbols and also videos to show how to pronounce each of the sounds. There are also activities to practise identifying the difference between certain sounds which may sound similar.
Features of English
Information about different elements of English pronunciation.
There are also interactive and downloadable exercises to help you build your understanding of these areas.
Interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of and help you learn about English pronunciation."
And, as always, a BBC site is always the acme of its field.
A very good beginner with an interest in pronunciation could cope, otherwise this is for intermediate pupils.

ProProfs Brain Games---GAME---

---26 brain training games. Useful for anyone, even raw beginners (provided they are given some assistance).
Visual & aural stimulation guaranteed. Easy to navigate & instructions are minimal but spot on. And no pesky ads.

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Quia all activities ---QUIZ---

---15 activity types over currently 1900 quizzes; created by teachers, all of high quality, all levels.

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Quia 4 2---QUIZ---

---currently 100 quizzes in this two people can play area called CHALLENGE BOARD; indispensable resource for two-player-sharing-one-computer-for-maximum-interaction-quizzes.

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Readwritethink comiccreator

---probably the easiest/simplest comic creator available for
ESL students.

Reading Comprehension & Test Preparation---ADVANCED---TEST---

"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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Reading skills stories---READING---

---approximately 300 stories with a health bias, over all levels starting at advanced beginner; lots of listen & read here.("The mission of Adult Basic Education in Minnesota is to provide adults with educational opportunities to acquire and improve literacy skills necessary to be self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.")


---"the Web's only(?) online ESL site that utilizes authentic and natural ESL videos of people speaking real English on streets across the globe. Designed for individuals learning English, as well as for teachers and institutions, Real English® offers unique ESL lessons, rendering the spontaneity of normal (fast) speech understandable for all levels of students. No need to sign in. The lessons are all free and free-access. " A chaotic construction but, for example,
"here's a list of the videos which include lessons. Each lesson includes 1 to 35 exercises. The average is a dozen exercises per video. First we try to teach, and at the end we test. "

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---"offering you a large resumes directory that you can download in word format or as an image, or just print it for free. Besides, you can find important information about how to write a perfect resume to do your best when you are in and job interview."

Rhyming Words ---PRONUNCIATION---

---this pronunciation site strictly considers rhyming words; clear & easy to use; available in US & UK formats.

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Road to grammar ---QUIZ---

---350 different grammar topics, in alphabetic order even. A most reassuring site for an advancing student with oodles of time & a burning desire to revise grammar.

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Road Signs---FUN---

---Make your own sign....yeah! Even though the page is titled Road Signs just think of this as a means of creating a personal sign of any sort.Suitable for all.

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---"The practice Driver Knowledge Test has been designed to help people prepare for the DKT before attempting it at a motor registry or other testing location. It lets you become familiar with the test and helps you to decide if you are ready to attempt the test. It also lets experienced drivers test their knowledge of the road rules.

The practice DKT looks and operates like the real test . It consists of 45 questions drawn from the DKT question bank and is available in English and nine (9) other languages (Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese).

Unlike the actual test, the practice DKT will allow you to complete the entire 45-question test irrespective of the number of incorrect answers. At the completion of the practice DKT you will be advised whether you would have passed or failed the test."


SBS Multimedia Projects---ADVANCED---GAME---

---a collection of projects which focus on multicultural Australia. Advanced students only should attempt this experience. While all the projects are media rich the better ones~~~Immigration Nation, Asylum & Goa~~~are interactive. Asylum is actually a simulation game. Highly recommended.

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---"SEEK is Australia's number one job site with over 150,000 jobs online and visited 14.7 million times* each month. SEEK has made it even easier to navigate the advertising and search process by creating areas to meet job type and country specific needs. SEEK Volunteer brings volunteers and not-for profit organisations together free of charge. As Australia's leading employment website, SEEK has unique insights into local labour markets and regularly conducts research into employment trends and jobseeker sentiment.

Seek the game ---BEGINNER---GAME---

---an arcade style game where you match the letters & win many points, or you lose the game very quickly.

Senseschallenge ---FUN---

---a BBC senses/spatial perception timed quiz: 10 minutes of language learning fun for advanced only.

Shahi Visual Dictionary---VOCABULARY---

---for anyone needing an English dictionary with pictures.
Please note the uncluttered layout, text clarity, the comprehensiveness of the definitions & the pictures! the pictures! ( You can even source pictures from Yahoo or flickr, but Google's repertoire of images is by far the best).
One regret----the site address. Bookmark it as it's not an obvious title for a dictionary.

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Ship or Sheep---PRONUNCIATION---

---"English language pronunciation practice with minimal pairs  -  simply mouse over to hear." 29 minimal pairs await your listening & practice pleasure, & number 30 sends you to the sister site for more.

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Soft Schools---PORTAL---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---" provides free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics worksheets and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics. These printable math and phonics worksheets are auto generated." An odd site with a wealth of material that is useful for the computer literate student at any language level. Navigation is trying & there's a tricky index: still...


---"At, we listen to all of the music we recommend, selecting music that we hope you (and your students!) will find enjoyable and educationally useful.  Whenever possible, we try to offer printable lyrics and teaching tips." Listen & read the lyrics; created for children but worth a look/listen.


---Here is a typing speed test with a difference: it only asks you to type the most common words in the English language. When your minute testing time is up you are given a score in letters(characters) per minute, which you can keep to yourself & improve upon with more practice. Or, another fine touch, you can post this score to a blog to let the world know of your typing prowess. No typing tuition on this site, it's just about speed speed spe.....

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Spelling Bee

---"Contestants -- that's you! -- in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence.
If you get stumped, you can click to hear a word again, as many times as you need to. If you're in grade three or higher, you can ask for a definition too. Since words often make more sense when they are attached to an idea, all the words in the story or sentences are in context.
Review the words, hear the audio, and SPELL the missing words. Make sure to check your SPELLING carefully, since your results will be calculated at the end.

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---an attempt at interaction: to assist your progress in this spelling test the words are defined & used in sentences. And the words? They fluctuate from difficult to more difficult!

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Spelling city

Over 42,000 spelling words with customizable sentences and definitions;a REAL person who says each word and sentence; free printable handwriting worksheets; free teaching resources with lists and lesson plans; Twenty-five games to play online or to print such as:Alphabetical Order, Unscramble, Parts of Speech, HangMouse, Crossword Puzzle, WordSearch, and Vocabulary Test. Amazing material. Navigation can be a problem, so please persist.

Spelling Match

---6 grades multiplied by 6 games each=36 matching exercises, all in some way building & reinforcing spelling skills.
Be warned that the levels of difficulty are relative & that grade 1 is not really for real beginners.
Other than that, if you have a flair for spelling & like to test yourself against the clock, this site is a winner.

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---So you think you can spell? Will you shed blood or will you taste it, like a good little vampire?
There are 2 parts to this timed spelling test: first, you nominate the incorrectly spelt word from the 3 provided;
second, you nominate the incorrectly spelt word & then you spell it correctly to get your point.
Don't forget that Dracula is just waiting to get his point!

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---a spelling quiz with a slight difference: select a picture from 5 themes or have the computer select one for you, then spell it for points; can be played also with a friend; good beginner level.

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Starfall: comprehension & phonics---ALPHABET/PHONICS---BEGINNER---STORY---

a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL)." Have fun learning to read.


---15 child-centered topics, each containing an audio-visual story plus an interactive activity; excellent.

Study my English---ADVANCED---

---Here's a modest clean website for advanced students, who will have to give it their full & lenghty attention.
Ignore the Resources for Teachers section as the Practice for Students section more than adequately handles the same material. This is a very comprehensive website for inquisitive independent advanced students.

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Study Zone Vocab---VOCABULARY---BEGINNER---

---"learn and practice common words. Click on a topic to see the lessons and exercises. Click on the lesson to begin." Animals, Clothes, Food, Furniture, Home Appliances, Kitchen Utensils, School & Office. Excellent material for beginners.


---This is a very good song site but it's sometimes bilingual & sometimes in Spanish only.
So you must master the navigation & the questionable English. As well as providing the lyrics on the screen, each song has a number of associated activities, but also spreads them over 3 levels of competence.

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---Currently boasting 200 stories, this site does the usual trick....listen & read a short story, then complete two story based exercises. Some computer literacy is needed by a beginner who wants to try this site.

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Super Teacher Worksheets---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---mostly for beginners & intermediate; "this site features thousands of printable PDF files.  Our collections include math worksheets, spelling lists, reading comprehension passages, educational board games, graphic organizers, handwriting practice pages, educational card games, flashcards, and manipulative teaching materials."

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Symbols---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---" contains more than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics." So, how to use? Well, inserting a symbol into a WORD document would impress. Other uses would depend on your computer skills. A modest site that does its job most efficiently.

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---now here's a super site for those who want more listening & conversation. The dialogs/conversations are no frills, American, but entirely suitable. And they work with just one click. This is not the best site of its type, but gee it's comprehensive.Don't forget to work through the speaking as well as the listening lessons. Very good beginners plus.

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Teacher.scholastic: Building Language & literacy ---ALPHABET/PHONICS---BEGINNER---LISTENING---

---a great resource from a very old company. "
Based on the latest research on early literacy development, Building Language for Literacy features original language-loving characters who inspire and motivate learning. Early Reading, Oral Language Development, Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Word Recognition, Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary, Communities and Ways of Life, Early Reading, Following Directions, Songs and Rhymes,Sorting, Animal Stories,Phonemic Awareness, Social Studies, Listening and Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Vocabulary."

Teflpedia Conversation Questions---ADVANCED---CONVERSATION---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---"These are Teflpedia's conversation questions by subject for use in class. Our article "conversation questions" has suggestions for using these in class. Although we have all types of ESL discussion topics at Teflpedia, many of our conversation questions will need quite advanced English skills. "

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---''Words are the lifeblood of learning and spelling skills lie at the heart of literacy. We know that children who strive to improve their literacy and spelling skills early on benefit through school and beyond, which is why The Times launched the UK Spelling Bee Championship.'' Possibly every way of learning & testing spelling is shown here. Advanced spellers.

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Teach-nology: Games for one & all---GAME---

---'Whether you're looking to use games for educational purposes or just looking for some fun, we have you covered! We constantly add new games. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a gaming console? Our games are totally free!" For all levels, though gaming experience would help. Look through Educational Games & The Animated Arcade.'S TOOLS---

---"For over a decade, TeAchnology has been providing free and easy to use resources for teachers dedicated to improving the education of today's generation of students. We feature 46,000+ lesson plans, 10,200 free printable worksheets, rubrics, teaching tips, worksheet makers, web quests, math worksheets, and thousands of other great teacher resources. We are the online teacher resource that is designed to help busy Kindergarten through High School teachers."



---"read the time in words & then stop the clock when the hands are in the matching position; what score will you achieve in ten turns?" Great for advanced beginners.


Tell-a-story storyteller---STORY---

"---To create or edit your story, drag characters and props from the scrolling area on the right. You can resize and rotate things and add your own text to some things. Use the background artwork to change the location of your story. You can create up to 14 pages which you can re-order or delete by clicking the "pages" button. When you're ready, just click the "send" button and follow the instructions. If you get stuck, click the "help" button — it will show you some handy tricks as well. Have fun!" Essentially a comic creator site for advanced students. And there are 5 more story challenges if you click Get More Tell-a-Story.

Test Your English ---TEST---

"This is a quick, free online test. It will tell you which Cambridge English exam may be best for you. Click 'Begin Test' and answer each of the questions: there are 25 multiple-choice questions; there is no time limit; you will be able to see answers at the end of the test .Please note: This is not a Cambridge English exam and the test scores and levels are very approximate. Your score on this test cannot be used as proof of a formal language qualification.

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---"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.

The ESL Computer Book ---COMPUTER---

---Welcome to The ESL Computer Book – The Internet. This workbook is one in a series of computer skills workbooks designed for ESL learners.
This workbook is a basic introduction to the Internet and was developed for English as a Second Language learners both in a classroom setting with an instructor and as a self-teaching guide. The first few pages explain the basic skills needed to understand the Internet. After these pages, there is no order to the activities. Learners may want to choose the web sites of interest to them.
Practice activities follow each page of instruction. These activities guide learners through different parts of web sites.

Very good beginners might rise to the challenge. It's obviously Canadian in certain areas, so these areas may be ignored (though they are not impossible to complete).

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The Hoobs Teach---BEGINNER---

---The best of this site is at the left sidebar menu: each category there  has its own menu. Believe, the presentations within these categories are up there with the best! Yep, that good.
(Unless child focused work scares you.Sorry.) Beginners, hop to it.

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---a Canadian site developed by local universities & employment organizations; the aim is to assist adult literacy development via an overriding focus on finding work. An excellent unique site, very visual & probably ahead of its time, for you, intermediate students.

365 ESL short stories---STORY---

---This is probably what you'd call a no frills site. It works, but it's far from exciting.
But are you complaining when there are 365 short stories to read, listen to & then test your story comprehension? Good intermediate plus.

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Tic-tac-toe-two---FUN---QUIZ(QUIZZES FOR 2 PLAYERS)---

---No language needed to play this age-old game. However, you do need a partner & only one computer to start having fun. An added twist----win when you get 4 in a row. And the playing area is somewhat increased over the traditional size. A good little warmerupper for any level.

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Tigertesl Conversation---CONVERSATION---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---"Conversation lesson topics and questions for adult ESL teachers and students." Well, here's another conversation starter site, very exhaustive. It's not divided into levels but from the topics I've checked "advanced " is the word. What makes this selection stand out is its wide & adventurous range, for example, abortion & AIDS are given an airing.

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Time ---TOPIC---

---Introducing the electronic book. Not the latest idea in computing, but a rarity in the ESL field. The first few pages are a review of numbers while the remainder of the book is about telling time.The site is revisionary in nature, & would suit confident beginner & intermediate level learners.Try the site if only to see how it works. It is very good.

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---weekly news articles about odd & unusual news items: listen, read & complete a cloze exercise; very good presentation for intermediate level.

TodaysMeet ---CHAT---

---It's the easiest to use chatroom I've seen. It's also a no frills site.
You name your chatroom & the computer gives you an address, eg Announce the name to your pals & let the conversations begin.You can choose to delete this room when you want.
So if all you want is to correspond in realtime ONLY with chosen friends over the web--- try it.

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---"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. Advanced.

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---speak(via your keyboard) with an intelligent robot, a good way to practise/improve your everyday English.


---a Cambridge production, so it's top class. For intermediate plus. 4 levels, each with 12 units. And you can use the material by enjoying the activity types only. It's all here for you. Enjoy.

TPR Exercises---LISTENING ---

---based on the Total Physical Response language teaching method.
The author would like " to emphasise...that all the actions in the exercises  should be physically DONE  first.  (There is no sense in letting a student  click-click-click with a computer mouse without the experience of the physical action... the exercises should not be a surprise of something new, but a surprise of recognition! " The five lessons are basic commands, for very good beginners on, plus for anyone interested in this method.

Tutpup ---SPELLING---

---a great spelling game with a weird name. Choose your level,1 of 5. If you need to prepare yourself, View the word list for questions asked in this game. You will always be playing as GUEST unless you join (no need to). You will play against someone from another country & you will have one minute to spell the words read out for you. Upon completion, you'll see your score, your opponent's score, & how well or badly you spelt each word. Amazing.

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tv411: Tune into learning---LITERACY FOR ADULTS---

---'TV411 is a rich source of multi-media teaching materials that combine streaming videos with related interactive web lessons on reading, writing, math, science, and financial literacy.   You can use our materials to supplement your adult literacy curriculum, create new lessons, and enable students to practice their skills on their own." Fantastic source for the advanced & adventurous learner.

---2lingual is a super useful dual-language search tool that makes it easy to Google Search in 2 separate languages. It performs both a Google Search and a Cross-language Google Search. It also provides a query translation option that can be activated or deactivated for Cross-language Google Searches. The top-ranking Google Search Results from 2 separate languages are presented side-by-side in separate lists." Any level. A very useful tool for ESL>.

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20 questions---FUN---QUIZ---

---the amazing 20 questions quiz modified for the computer era: you think of something, anything, & the computer tries to guess your thoughts by asking you 20 questions. You will be stupefied. Play by English or 19 other languages, also play by 16 themes. Intermediate plus.

21 Reasons Why I Love You---FUN---

---A simple little exercise that will inflame passions? stir the beasts within? incite yawns? produce warm glows? rekindle whatever it is?
Seriously, those students in a relationship might want to complete this activity (a dictionary link is provided). They might want to check their responses with the original (also linked on the site).They could then share the document with their partner. It surely couldn't hurt!

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UEFAP: The Evil Landlady action maze---ADVANCED---READING---

---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. Advanced.


---"A learning game that’s fun! Help Larry Lobster save the Super Sub by learning your ABCs. Excellent educational tool for beginners. Get constant feedback on your performance with voice audio, music and sound effects. Super-simple controls – just point and click. Completely random letter generator – the game is never the same twice.  Complete upper and lowercase alphabet options.

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UNSW Global Test papers---TEACHER'S TOOLS---TEST---

---If it's testing you want, this university site has a lot going for it. Alphabetic order corresponds to difficulty level, so good beginners should start at A. (This was developed for school ,not for ESL ,students). But the excellent presentation makes it very useful to all. It's not interactive so you need to print it to complete the tests the old-fashioned way.

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---US site for adult literacy, treating Beginner, Low-intermediate & High-intermediate. If you can close you eyes to the Americanisms, you are presented with a wealth of English learning possibilities in the form of 36 units or topics.You might never need another site for practising your English. That's how good this site is! One negative----as frequently happens, the Beginner course is obviously not for the person with absolutely no English or no computer skills.

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UsingEnglishQuiz ---GRAMMAR---QUIZ---

---"Test yourself with our selection of nearly 300 free English language quizzes covering grammar, usage and vocabulary for beginner, intermediate and advanced level English students. Simply answer all of the questions in the quiz and press submit to see your score and other statistics. Each ESL quiz is also available as a printable teacher handout. We also have a range of phrasal verb quizzes in our reference area."

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VEC Pronunciation---PRONUNCIATION---

---"I'm "Conversation Cathy", and I'm a virtual expert at English pronunciation. I speak English with a Canadian accent, which is widely recognized to be regular and easily understood around the world. Click one of the colored boxes and she will say something to you. It's kind of like having a virtual pronunciation partner to practice with. You can repeat what Cathy says, and listen as many times as you wish. So go ahead! Start practicing your English now!"

Verbix: Verb Conjugation---GRAMMAR---

---"English is spoken by 322 million native speakers in United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa etc. In addition to these, English is the official language of many former British colonies." Write the infinitive of a verb & this program will conjugate it immediately, complete with its etymology & usage examples. Fantastic.


---and now to check your verb knowledge. Specifically Past & Participle are tested here. Suggest you try this after having a look at the site Verbix: Verb Conjugation (found in Grammar category).

Visual dictionary---VOCABULARY---

---" learn vocabulary by way of image with thematic, clear and precise pages, with concise and rigorous texts, multilingual...the images replace the words(of traditional dictionaries)." Very well presented site which does not define every English word, rather you must seek vocab by topic or by lexicon. The illustrations are magical, & each word defined includes a glossary.

Visual Dictionary Online---VOCABULARY---

---"A dictionary with a new point of view that catches the eye and enriches the mind. 20,000 terms with contextual definitions, developed by terminology experts; 6,000 full-color images of a wide variety of objects from all aspects of life. Designed to help you find the right word at a glance. Filled with stunning illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages, it is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary for use at school, at home or at work." And it's as good as it says.

Visualcv resume---ADVANCED---WORK---

---"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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---" a collection of interactive visual theme-based activities for ESL students. VisualESL's funny characters, pictures and animations make memorizing English words and grammar is way easier and more interesting compared to traditional learning." Elementary, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate & Advanced. 3 exercise types~~Drag & drop, Quiz & Fill in.

Visualthesaurus spelling bee ---SPELLING---

---"in the Tournament Spelling Bee, you'll be challenged by a series of words, with the spelling difficulty adapted to your skill level. The more words you get right, the higher your score will go, on a scale from 200 to 800. You can compete against other spellers, since we keep track of high scores (with streaks of correct answers serving as tiebreakers)." Great work.

Vocabulary quizzes---VOCABULARY---

---16 topics, 1627 questions, 2 levels though only intermediate should apply, timed 7 scored
. A well-designed site.


---this site exists, so just use it or don't; it is a very good site for absolute beginners regarding vocabulary; it provides an intro, a writing test & a listening test to a very limited range of basic vocab.

Welcome to the web ---COMPUTER---

---all you need to know about the internet, presented in smashing style & sensible language, good for nearly all levels of English competency."By working your way through this web site and taking part in the exciting challenges and activities, you will learn all about the Internet."

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

When will you die?---FUN---

---"Don't be a wuss. See when you're going to die by taking this test."???!!!

Where is Raymond? Prepositions---BEGINNER---

---learn prepositions of place by finding Raymond!!!???


---a games portal for autistic children. The games are a free resource that aim to help autistic children to develop independent living skills."If there was a category named almost faultless, very professional, great for beginners, Australian made & fun to boot, this is where whizkid would belong.Yes, it's so good! All games have a video & then an interactive activity, though the interaction is sometimes built in to the video.

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---a significantly unusual dictionary, wherein every word defined is done so in video format. Please note that the words are difficult, so this is for advanced learners. 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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---perhaps for intermediate, for sure for advanced; explore English via World Language Map, Timeline of the English Language,Naming Nouns,Adjective Detective,Match the Eponyms,Borrowing Words,Idioms Game,Word classes jigsaw. An attempt to show ESL learners how & why there is this language named English.

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Word pad---COMPUTER---

---"Here you will learn how to use a word processor to create documents for school or other projects. You’ll learn to format fonts, add images and some really cool effects. What’s great is that you don’t have to have a fancy computer program to do this - just your Word Pad." Very good intermediate plus.

Word Power ---TOPIC---VOCABULARY---

---a free survival guide for all who would like to perfect their spoken English language. Here we provide the simplest and most frequently used expressions, by mastering them you should not be at a loss for words. Practise these common English expressions and you will feel more confident in your private and business dealings. 38 topics. Advanced.

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---11 levels of vocabulary, in ascending order of difficulty; no,not every English word is here though there might be 3000 words defined, reviewed, tested; each level has at least 10 lessons & each lesson has at least 10 words; there are pictures & revision games; each word's lesson is read out & each word is orally tested immediately after its introduction! Probably the only item missing from this excellent dictionary for advanced learners is a search function for the word you want: otherwise, please consider.

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---This very good product from Houghton Mifflin is focused on the nuts & bolts of English.
Called Word Sort, it provides a variety of activities that deal with phonics, spelling, pronunciation, word construction, vocabulary. It obviously becomes more difficult as it progresses through the grades.

Navigation cannot be faulted. 184 activities await the keen student. Highly recommended for advancing beginners onwards.

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Worksheet Works---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---alphabet,alphabetizing skills,writing, vocabulary, parts of speech,numbers & words:137 worksheets current.
Easy to create, downloads quickly, goodlooking PDFs.Neither the most varied nor the largest worksheet resource available,but its ease of use makes it worth a look. Save it to your bank of resources.Difficulty level fluctuates.

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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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Writingwizard---TEACHER'S TOOLS---

---handwriting practice worksheets & practice writing sheets all in 2 different styles both in print & cursive form; limited but very useful tool, especially the MULTI-WORD WORKSHEET WIZARD. Truly, if you need to create a practice sheet in a hurry this site cannot be beaten.
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