Online Resources for Learning English
Divided into three topics: health, work, and family. Also has a section on holding and using the mouse. Great activities for low level students to build vocabulary.
Great for 1L - Level 2 English speakers. Site is divided into Work, Family, and Health. Real people tell simple stories which are broken into sentences. Students can listen to the entire story bit by bit or listen to it sentence by sentence. There are also vocabulary and comprehension questions.
USA Learns provides step-by-step activities to practice all aspects of English at three different levels. It's free! (Sometimes the site is slow, so be patient.)
A wide selection of student projects and writings.
A site developed locally by Diana Satin at Asian American Civics Association in Boston to help students learn to communicate at work and make the most of their "soft" skills.
A ton of ELL (and other ABE) websites organized in a way that makes sense. Easy to use starting point for everything for every level, including great minimal pairs, phonics, verb games, all interactive and ready to go!
Games to practice your English.
Easy crossword puzzles for new English speakers.
Practice site for Spanish speakers who are learning English.
Links to hundreds of ELL websites for grammar, vocabulary, verb tense, and listening practice at all levels.
Great for building listening skills. Listen to interesting dialogs/discussions between regular people and follow along with the text.
Listen and read along with Takako's Great adventure. Then do the exercises on vocabulary and comprehension.
login as user = scale, password = scale
First sign in. Great interactive picture and audio activities for counting money, using an ATM, looking at a prescription, and many other basic everyday activities.
Interactive trip to NYC's Museum of Modern Art with audio-visual components and activities as well as simple narrated facts about the artists.
Larry Ferlazzo's Best Art Websites For Learning English
This is a site with links to many free English learning websites particularly for native Spanish speakers.
The English Learner Movie Guides has lists of characters, synopses, and vocabulary for use with many classic and contemporary films.
Great pictures with mouse-over sound for vocabulary building, organized in categories.
Regular Past Tense Sounds: The World's Greatest Dog
Run On Sentences
Subject-Verb Agreement Problems
Period or Comma?
Play irregular verb jeopardy. Select a square, then complete the sentence with the irregular past tense form of the verb.
Hundreds of lessons for speaking (including common phrases for conversation and role-play), grammar, vocabulary, idioms, pronunciation, reading, writing. Most lessons include audio. Hundreds of quizzes, good links to other ESOL websites, and textbook recommendations. www.eslgold.com
A fun activity in the lab or at home. Select characters and speech or thought balloons and make your own comic strip that you can print and/or email to a friend.
Authentic videos of interviews with ordinary English speakers on the street are used to teach basic listening, vocabulary, and grammar skills in context. Each video has a series of short audio or video segments used in matching, sentence completion and other exercises. You must subscribe.
SCALE's login = password =
A great resource for studying and learning new words in English, whether you're a native or a non-native speaker.
E-Z-slang features recorded conversations with examples of slang, idioms, and reduced speech (Wuhdyuh mean?) . www.ezslang.com
The Idiom Connection: Explanations of hundreds of idioms, along with quizzes to practice them. www.geocities.com/athens/aegean/6720/
English Language Listening Lab with short interviews with English speakers from a variety of countries; you can choose to see or not see the text of conversations. You can listen to songs with each line shown on screen. Listening comprehension quizzes, photos, and transcripts for each conversation.
Basic information and HOW TO guides for an exhaustive list of topics including computers/technology, immigration, housing, family, financial literacy, etc.
Many wonderful links with interactive readings. Go to academic member login and type in: scale as the password. Up to 50 students can be logged in as scale at any time. http://www.awesomestories.com
Another good starting point with links to activities and other websites to help learn English. Also, a good online dictionary. http://www.listwall.com/
Students can click on pictures of foods, household items, animals, and modes of transport to hear the word in English. Then they can spell the word by clicking on the letters of the alphabet. Especially good for beginners and those learning to spell.
Try questions from the US Citizenship test
Use this site to translate from English to your language or from your language to English.
Vocabulary practice in English and many other languages with pictures and audio. Great site for beginners.
Although this site is primarily for those who subscribe, it still has a wealth of available resources for free. Scroll way down past the ad banners at the top and you'll find activities including those for relatively beginning level learners through high intermediate. Vocabulary, proverbs, reading/cloze activities, information about US states, etc.
Students can use this online moviemaker to create a short animated film. Student chooses characters, background, titles, etc., then writes a very brief dialogue. At the end of the process, you can preview and send your movie!
**Lots of activities that both adults and children can enjoy, including listening and writing activities and other ways to practice English at all levels.
Read selection from local news. http://wbztv.com/local
Some easy games for beginning students - design a room using common furniture, match synonyms and antonyms, etc.
English at 3 levels for Spanish speakers, but anyone can use the great exercises for vocabulary, grammar, and more!
Centre for Independent Language Learning site with many resources, though at a relatively high level.
Sign up for free and watch streaming video of Connect with English. http://www.learner.org/resources/series71.html
The California Distance Learning Project contains a vast array of great stories with a well-functioning listening component. Students can hear the story read as they read along on the screen. Each story is followed by interactive vocabulary exercises and comprehension questions. Great site! http://www.cdlponline.org/
Self-Study quizzes for ESOL students. Don't check the answer until you've made your own choice! http://a4esl.org/
GED and ESOL site with interactive quizzes and other activities in GED-related reading, writing, and math and ESOL listening, vocabulary, grammar.
For a variety of email projects, activities and ESOL student-created informational sites: http://www.otan.dni.us/webfarm/emailproject/email.htm
Online lessons for students
Dave's ESOL café:
To learn names of fruits and vegetables:
English-related games/activities. Click student zone IN THE CENTER OF THE VERY TOP LINE and sign up for a free account.
THE LEARNING EDGE An interactive adult literacy e-newspaper with text-to-speech (i.e., students can have the computer read all the text aloud) that contains student writings, math activities, Internet treasure hunts, a quick Search Engine tutorial, and interesting articles with associated learning activities in comprehension and vocabulary. A total of 6 issues are available online. (Click on "Back Issues" for previous and more recent issues.) http://thewclc.ca/edge/issue3/
Cyber Listening Lab for all levels. This is a wonderful site with lots of audio files for listening activities and accent reduction practice.
Watch, listen, and read about current events, then answer questions about the stories. An entire archive of news articles by subject so you can find something of interest to you.
The English Phrase Finder is an online catalog of the meanings and origins of over 2,000 English phrases and sayings. You can either browse via an A-Z index or use their search engine. A nice resource for anyone studying how different English phrases originated.
Good grammar review quizzes and 15 English-foreign language dictionaries, (including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic) http://www.englishpage.com
English Learning Funsite- click on GUEST or become a member http://www.elfs.com
A variety of exercises to practice your (U.K. but not that different from U.S.) English skills:
Grammar quizzes and online practice, separated into various types of English used around the world.
ESL Radio (This is hard to turn off!!)
Internet Treasure Hunts for ESL Students (Comes with the disclaimer that some of the links might no longer work.)
Collection of English idioms and proverbs. http://humanities.byu.edu/elc/student/idioms/idiomsmain.html
English Pronunciation Sites
Word of the day with definition and audio so that you can hear the word pronounced.
Short recorded speeches on various topics, each with two transcripts - one with formal written English, the other which highlights where speakers uses more natural-sounding English. Good as listening activities, too.
Audio examples of speech elements that can help advanced students of English improve pronunciation. (Lots of broken links on their site, but keep trying.)
Great site, although somewhat academic, with anatomy visual and audio for the sounds of American English
activities to teach pronunciation, with RealPlayer audio component. A bit cumbersome, because you have to click the play button on each individual audio file.
a wealth of links to online materials
activities with listening to and distinguishing between similar English sounds (minimal pairs), with FlashPlayer audio
pictures and explanations of English pronunciations, no audio component
links to many pronunciation sites, including some of those listed here, some with audio components, some not
use with praat program, free download
pronunciation exercises with matching and multiple choice, no audio
audio examples of pronunciation and English sounds
Drag and drop coins to make a specific value. For anyone who needs to learn American coins.