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And then in the meantime, these links will help you master English whether you’re a native speaker or an international student learning English as a new language.
- Grammar and Writing
- Vocabulary Building
- Integrated skills – Reading, writing, listening, vocabulary
- University Level English
Grammar and Writing
- The Guide to Grammar and Writing serves as your complete online textbook. It also features over 170 auto-correct quizzes of varying degrees of difficulty, but mainly advanced. Be sure to take advantage of the PowerPoint presentations on sentence structure and punctuation.
- Purdue’s OWL (Online Writing Lab) – Check out the Writing Lab Newsletter, which now has volumes one through twenty of its back issues available on-line. Also see the handouts for students and teachers about general writing concerns (the writing process), English as a Second Language (such as writing for an American audience and help with English conventions), grammar, spelling, and punctuation, research and documenting sources (including MLA and APA styles), professional writing (such as resumes and cover letters), and writing across the curriculum (incorporating writing into a variety of disciplines.)
- Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab is a multimedia site designed to help English learners improve their listening comprehension through a variety of audio and video conversations, interviews, and news reports. Randall Davis, the developer of this site, has written, recorded, and edited all of the materials as an independent project at his home.
- The English Listening Lounge contains over 30 graded listening quizzes based on authentic native-speaker dialogues. Topics covered include family, travel, foreign customs and sports. Learners may gain access to a transcript of all dialogues, and answers to all the questions are also available.
- BBC English Learning encompasses a range of listening-based language-learning activities designed for intermediate-level learners. Most of the content is derived from BBC news and educational programs. Other areas of interest covered include sports, music and current affairs. Transcripts are provided.
- Voice of America features engaging articles for beginners and intermediates with corresponding interactive activities and articles with audio that use a core vocabulary of 1500 words spoken at 2/3 the speed of standard English.
Pronunciation / Speaking
- American Accent Training
- American English Pronunciation Practice has lots of game-like minimal pair practice using Flash and MP3 Files
- Okanagan University has 13 instructional units that use MP3, Shockwave, and QuickTime to take you through the sounds of English. In some units you listen, practice, and record your voice to have a conversation with a native speaker.
- Phonetics contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English, German, and Spanish. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. Caution: It is intended for students of linguistics, so the jargon may be daunting. Thank the University of Iowa for this wonderful site.
- Rachel’s English features videos, in slow motion no less, of every sound of standard American English. Awesome!
- The Sounds of English is designed for learners of English and their teachers. It combines material made by both Sharon Widmayer and Holly Gray. The site includes links, handouts from presentations, activities and exercises for English pronunciation and listening, tips for teachers, and listening exercises with printable worksheets and teacher guides.
- Speech Accent Archive contains over 349 samples of accented English from Afrikaans to Zulu compiled by George Mason University.
- Speech, Pronunciation & Listening Interest Section (SPLIS) of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is the Official Site of the TESOL Speech, Pronunciation, & Listening Interest Section (SPLIS). On this site, you will find information about the interest section, discussions of pronunciation issues, information about pronunciation teaching and resource books, pronunciation activities, articles, previous TESOL Matters columns, and links to interesting websites.
- Vocab Abs is a webpage Cara Fulton put together using Quia to cover all the bases of vocabulary building from the most basic words to the words you’ve never seen before until you take the SAT or GRE exams. By practicing for a few minutes three times a week on this page, you too will have vocabulary abs to rival any body builder.
- Vocabulary and Spelling City is a child’s webpage, but works great for adults who have trouble with English spelling. It’s also great for mastering the sight words, the 220 most commonly used words in English.
- The Academic Word List can help you improve your English dramatically. Use this page to master these commonly words used in school settings.
- Free Rice is a vocabulary game that makes a donation to end world hunger for every correct answer. Warning: It can be addictive!
- English Attack! Improve your English with entertainment. According to their website, “English Attack! is the first English-language learning service specifically designed for the digital generation.” There’s a free “Video Booster” everyday that uses a clip from popular TV shows and movies that includes exercises on vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar. There are other free items, but only through their monthly paid membership program do you have access to everything.
- Activities for ESL Students provides quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL). This project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) has thousands of contributions by many teachers. No Advertising, No Nonessential Images, No CGI, No SSI, No PHP, No ASP, No CFM, Minimal HTML, No Nonsense. The pages should work even if your browser is not compliant with the newest web standards.
- At the ESL Desk you will find vocabulary lists, grammar help, ESL quizzes, spelling tests, reading help, and many other resources useful in learning English as a Second Language. What I like about it is that it is made by someone who is not a native speaker of English.
University Level English
- Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation describes four commonly used systems of documentation: MLA, used in English and the humanities; APA, used in psychology and the social sciences; Chicago, used in history and some humanities; and CSE, used in biology and other sciences. It even has sample papers of all four styles.
- TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. On TED.com you can watch and read a riveting TED talk for free. Each one is usually under 10 minutes. What’s great for language learners is the interactive transcript. As you listen, pull up the interactive transcript. You can select any text to have it repeated.
- Now TED has Lessons Worth Sharing at TEDed. Following each lesson are questions and other activities to supplement what you’re learning at school or on your own.