Adult Learning Activities

---working, law, government,family, school, health, safety,housing, money, science, technology, services, going places, nature---very good beginners plus
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  1. Autumn
  2. Bathroom
  3. Body
  4. Christmas
  5. Clothes
  6. Colours
  7. Domestic Animals
  8. Drinks
  1. Easter
  2. Family
  3. Feelings
  4. Food
  5. Fruits
  6. Furniture
  7. Halloween
  8. Halloween Animals
  9. Insects
  10. Kitchen
  11. Living Room
  1. Occupations
  2. Pencase
  3. Pets
  4. School
  5. Sport
  6. Spring Flowers
  7. Summer
  8. Time
  9. Town
  1. Toys
  2. Transport
  3. Valentine's Day
  4. Vegetables
  5. Verbs
  6. Weather
  7. Wild Animals
  8. Winter
 ---word games, quizzes, songs, printable worksheets; difficult to navigate, but is worth the effort

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BBC : Business

---concentrate on the Business English facets of this site & you're in for a very thorough examination of this topic; it's BBC after all.


---"two different types of exercises to help you practice understanding spoken Business English.

The first section is audio only - it is supposed to help you train your pronunciation, and to improve your listening comprehension of

individual words. The second section consists of video-based exercises. Each video has 5 questions to test how well you understand spoken

English. Good luck! " Advanced.

General Business English
Sales & Marketing
Accounting & Finance
I.T. (Information Technology)
Medical English
Business English - Other

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---there is a strong focus on the language of business, via grammar & vocabulary & phrasal verbs & collocations;
an odd site which nevertheless works well;
from very good beginners onwards.

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Conversation Bot

---after listening to a set conversation you can practise "Speaking" English with an Online Robot.
2,000+ ESL/EFL conversations on different topics.

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  • At a Hotel
  • At a Restaurant
  • At the Bank
  • At the Library
  • Buying a Car
  • Buying a House
  • College Life
  • Crime
  • Daily Life

  • Daily Life
  • Dating
  • Driving
  • Election
  • Employment
  • Food
  • Health
  • In a New Neighborhood
  • Renting an Apartment
  • Shopping
  • Selling a House
  • Small Talk
  • Socializing
  • Taking the Bus
  • Transferring to a University
  • Travel
  • Unemployment

  •  eSafety
    "The Office provides Australians a range of up-to-date information
    & resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying." Some topics are next-----

    eSafety issues

    There are some real risks that you need to be aware of when you’re online.

    Safeguard yourself and your friends by understanding the issues and knowing how to respond.

    Games, apps and social networking

    Information on how to protect yourself and your personal information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games.

    Social media icons

    Get help

    Seen something offensive online?
    Being cyberbullied and need to chat?

    If you are having problems and need to talk, there are a couple of places you can go.

    ---but especially useful for ESL learners are the 9 wonderful audiovisual resources available by clicking Education Resources & then Classroom Resources. Excellent for higher levels.

     E-Learning for kids:Health

    ---"Our Health Curriculum consists of 38 e-lessons in English.
    Our vision is to be the source for childhood learning on the internet available from anywhere and without charge.

    Established in late 2004, e-learning for kids is a global, nonprofit foundation dedicated to fun and free learning on the internet

    for children ages 5 - 12. We offer free, best-in-class courseware in math, science, reading and keyboarding;

    and we're building a community for parents and educators to share innovations and insights in childhood education." 

    Lofty aspirations successfully translated into really good interactive video lessons. Some have a testing section which adds to the fun, or frustration.

    One of the best sites I've seen for many months. Very high beginners, maybe? Intermediate, for sure.


    ---Daily Life.School Life.Transportation.Health.Entertainment.Dating.At the Restaurant.Sports.Safety.Travel.Jobs.Food.Shopping.Housing.Elections: 

    within these categories the very good beginner plus will find numerous conversations to listen to.

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    English Activities

    English Activities web app screenshot of the free writing test for the topic Portraits"English Activities is a free website for English learners. It is packed with simple English lessons, exiting English practice games and challenging English tests to help you learn English for fun (and free). English Activities has been specially designed to help those who want to practice their English away from the EFL ESL classroom in an enjoyable and engaging way. All the lessons, games and tests are free to use."
    This site has tried so hard to please. There are 15 beginners topics, 16 intermediate. The instructions are most lucid, the setout clear, the material more than plentiful. All skills are covered. And it's easy to switch between learning modes. Unfortunately, pesky ads masquerade as learning material, so be careful. The producers have cheated a little by displaying topics as sub-topics, thus
    The 56 beginner topics are:
    Activity - daily routine , Activity - hobbies , Activity - holidays , Activity - sports , Animals - farm , Animals - pets , Body - hair colour and style , Body - parts of the body , Body - the head , Colours , Family - members , Family - my siblings , Food - drinks and snacks , Food - fruit , Food - groceries , Food - restaurant , Food - vegetables , Go - means of transport , Go - on holiday , Go - where? , Go - which way? , Grammar - adjectives 1 , Grammar - adjectives 2 , Grammar - prepositions 1 , Grammar - prepositions 2 , Grammar - verbs 1 , Grammar - verbs 2 , Home - helping at home 1 , Home - helping at home 2 , Home - in the garden , Home - my room , Home - rooms in the house , Numbers - 1 to 10 , Numbers - 11 to 20 , Numbers - to 100 (1) , Numbers - to 100 (2) , People - appearance , People - clothes 1 , People - clothes 2 , People - health problems , People - jobs , People - portraits , Place - homes , Place - meeting places , Place - places in town , Place - shops , Place - where I live , School - activities , School - classroom objects , School - subjects , Time - autumn and winter , Time - spring and summer , Time - what time is it? , World - environment , World - European countries , World - weather

       The 58 intermediate topics are:
    Accommodation , Adjectives , An accident , Appearance , Bathroom , Bedroom , Cafe , Calendar , Clothes , Colours , Countries , Daily routine , Dining room , Dwellings , Eating and drinking , European countries , Facial features , Family members , Fruit and veg , Garden , Getting there , Groceries , Health problems , Helping at home , Hobbies A , Hobbies B , Holiday activities , Holiday places , Jobs , Kitchen items , Living room , Lost property , Means of transport , Measurement , Media , Meeting places , Numbers to 100 , Numbers to 20 , On the table , Parts of the body , Pets , Places , Places in town , Prepositions , Rooms , School subjects , School uniform , Shops , Signs , Sports , The Classroom , The environment , Time , Verbs , Weather , Which way , Work experience , Workplaces

    This is one of those sites that you can hardly wait to try. Go for it!



      ---"for people who work in restaurants, bars, hotels, cafes, airports, and anywhere else where you might have to talk to customers in English. Whether you want to improve your English to get a job, or to do your job better, this site is for you.
    Food & Beverage (restaurants, cafes, bars, catering, etc.) Hotel Industry (hotels, resorts, spas, etc.) Travel/Tourism (travel agents, tour guides, flight attendants, etc.) Politeness Training (the right way to speak to customers/guests in English)."

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    ---A site for medical practitioners or patients. A site most useful for intermediate level learners.Navigation can be tricky & advertisement placement is atrocious. But it must still be recommended as it's a rarity in the ESL arena and "you will find thousands of exercises, and over 1.5 hours of spoken conversations on this site."

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    "---apartment living, staying in a hotel, & shopping"

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    ESL Holidays

    ---Here, in one neat package, you have a plethora of activities concerning international holidays.
    There is listening & some online work but it's mostly print & do,
    for intermediate plus.

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    "interactive, situation-based lessons to teach functional literacy skills.
    Each activity provides learners with the opportunity to test their knowledge of real-world situations
    and to develop the confidence and skills necessary to be successful in everyday life." 34 brilliant lessons, very good beginners plus.

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    Reduce your accent, speak more naturally, and understand conversational speech. EZSlang is designed to help you reach these goals
    rather than sounding like an English textbook . Enjoy!" Intermediate students will enjoy one of the following~study abroad, travel, making friends,
    distance education, job hunting, making money, dating & romance, budget hotels & reservations.

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

    all about people you might have heard of; PDF format

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    Health English

    Some sites just stand out. This is one of those.

    6 subtopics---the body, healthy life, food, health problems, emergency, medicine;  each subtopic then has up to 3 lessons,

    then each contains any number of interactive activities. Check it out if only to see how a good site works.

    very good beginners plus


    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; advanced 

    Medical Tests
    Mental Health
    Staying Healthy
    Women's Health

    Hospital English

    ---"free medical English teaching materials and hospital English worksheets for studying English, as well as medical English lesson plans for teachers."

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    ---excellent Cambridge site of 64 diverse topics ranging from good beginner to advanced level

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      ---"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."
    The 3 workplaces---hospital, theater, TV station.

    Looks like it's for kids, but it's for advanced only.

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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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    ---"POSTSCRIPT is Linguarama's self-study magazine for learners of English. It is intended to help students improve their business English, either during or after their Linguarama course.

    Each issue has a theme on which many of the exercises are based, for example Sales, Personnel or Banking. There are exercises on reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation, style, vocabulary and usage and each exercise has an answer key so that you can correct your work yourself online."

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    Cross Culture
    Business Communication
    Legal English


    ---"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.

    Multi-Cultural Educational Services

    ---"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....

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    ---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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    Transportation board games

    "Practice Transportation Vocabulary  with this  ESL Vocabulary and Grammar Interactive Crocodile  Board Game for Beginners (train, truck, taxi, car, bus, plane  etc). ESL Learners and Teachers can use it to review English vocabulary and grammar or simply practice these words.

    There are images and in some cases audio in these types of games. Please note that if you want to stop hearing the introductory audio repeating, simply click the start button. Click on the dice to roll. A random number will show up and you will advance. There are traps on the way. Do not land on a flamingo. Flamingos eat frogs.  A question will pop up and the player must choose the correct answer or risk going back. Meeting a crocodile is ugly - you get eaten  and you go back to start. The bug is your best friend - frogs eat bugs to get strength."

    The other transportation game on this page is the 4 rockets one. Both these games are very interactive, best played in teams. Best played by high beginners through to perhaps low intermediate. A good time will be had by all!

    USA Learns

    ---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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    Unit 1: First English Class
    Unit 2: In the Classroom
    Unit 3: Numbers
    Unit 4: Around the Clock
    Unit 5: The Calendar
    Unit 6: Places to Go
    Unit 7: Countries & Nationalities
    Unit 8: Celebrations
    Unit 9: Family
    Unit 10: School
    Unit 11: Clothes and Colors
    Unit 12: Money and Shopping
    Unit 13: Places in the Neighborhood
    Unit 14: Food
    Unit 15: The Body
    Unit 16: Doctors and Medicine
    Unit 17: Finding a New Home
    Unit 18: Furniture and Appliances
    Unit 19: Transportation
    Unit 20: Recreation and Weather
    Workers and the Workplace
    Housing and Family Life
    Taxes, Law, and Community Issues
    Parenting and Workplace Roles
    Education and Information
    Going Places
    Health and Safety
    Law and Government
    Science and Technology

    Word Power

    "---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 E
    nglish expressions and you will feel more confident in your private and business dealings." 38 topics. Advanced.

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    Buying and SellingBuying and Selling  
    Cars and DrivingCars and Driving  
    Company PersonnelCompany Personnel  
    Contracts and ConditionsContracts and Conditions  
    Family and RelationshipsFamily and Relationships  
    Football (soccer)Football (soccer)  
    Furniture and Fittings 2Furniture and Fittings 2  
    Marriage and WeddingMarriage and Wedding  
    Negotiations 2Negotiations 2  
    Personal FinancePersonal Finance  
    The Body - Arms and HandsThe Body - Arms and Hands  
    The Body - Legs and FeetThe Body - Legs and Feet  
    Work and PayWork and Pay  

     Air Travel  
    Car and Car HireCar and Car Hire  
    Furniture and Fittings 1Furniture and Fittings 1  
    Making and Handling ComplaintsMaking and Handling Complaints  
    Meeting CustomersMeeting Customers  
    Negotiations 1Negotiations 1  
    Offers and OrdersOffers and Orders  
    Presentations: VisualsPresentations: Visuals  
    The Body - Head and ShouldersThe Body - Head and Shoulders  
    The Body - The Trunk or TorsoThe Body - The Trunk or Torso  
    Trade Fairs, Catalogues and BrochuresTrade Fairs, Catalogues and Brochures  
    Words Related to All Parts of the BodyWords Related to All Parts of the Body  
    Wrongdoing and CorruptionWrongdoing and Corruption  

    a website of original chants/rhymes in topics;
    to be enjoyed loudly & preferably with classmates