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 beginning level 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.
Games to practice your English.
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.
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.
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.
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. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
A great resource for studying and learning new words in English, whether you're a native or a non-native speaker. http://www.webworkbooks.com/vocabulary/v1/love-of-words-001.php
E-Z-slang features recorded conversations with examples of slang, idioms, and reduced speech (Wuhdyuh mean?). http://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. www.elllo.org/
Basic information and HOW TO guides for an exhaustive list of topics including computers/technology, immigration, housing, family, financial literacy, etc. http://www.firstfind.info/
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/
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.
Citizenship: Try questions from the US Citizenship test http://www.factmonster.com/quizzes/citizenship1/1.html
http://www.languageguide.org/english/ Vocabulary practice in English and many other languages with pictures and audio. Great site for beginners.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com 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.
http://www.dfilm.com/live/home.html 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. http://larryferlazzo.com/english.html
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. http://do2learn.org/games/learningames.htm
English at 3 levels for Spanish speakers, but anyone can use the great exercises for vocabulary, grammar, and more! http://www.inglesmundial.com/
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/
Sign up or just sign in as a visitor at English for All. Then, watch QuickTime videos and answer questions, do listening exercises, and more. http://myefa.org/
Online lessons for students: http://home.earthlink.net/~eslstudent/online.html
Dave's ESOL café: http://www.eslcafe.com/
English-related games/activities. Click student zone IN THE CENTER OF THE VERY TOP LINE and sign up for a free account. http://www.quia.com/dir/eng/
Cyber Listening Lab for all levels. This is a wonderful site with lots of audio files for listening activities and accent reduction practice. http://www.esl-lab.com/
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. http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html
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. http://www.phrases.org.uk/
The Earth Calendar site is a good resource for world holidays and calendars other than ours. http://www.earthcalendar.net/.
The easy-reading news stories on this site are similar to the CNN site and include supplemental interactive activities. Choose a category from the menu at the top of the screen, then choose a story. http://www.cdlponline.org/
This ESL website includes and Encarta dictionary where you can click to hear pronunciations. For a wealth of information, resources, interactive activities at every level, check out this site: http://www.rong-chang.com/
Short audio recordings of native speakers with transcript of each monologue. http://www.englishlistening.com/
Use the SELECT A CATEGORY and SELECT A MODE drop down menus in the center of the page to listen to songs, stories, poems, and speeches while reading the texts. You can start, stop, and repeat any part of the audio. You can also click on a word to look up its meaning. The CLOZE exercise mode challenges you to fill in missing words as you listen. http://www.efl.net/caol.htm
Good grammar review quizzes and 15 English-foreign language dictionaries, (including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic) http://www.englishpage.com/
English listening and speaking, grammar and writing, plus a resource page. Poorly designed and somewhat difficult to navigate, but… http://www.study.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: http://www.englishforum.com/00/interactive/
Intermediate to high intermediate level crossword puzzles. You choose the subject from a comprehensive list. http://www.english.wesli.com/crosswords
BBC-sponsored site with interactive quizzes, online postcards and articles with interactive vocabulary exercises, multi-media news stories, grammar tips. Neat site! http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml
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.)
English Pronunciation Sites
http://www.learnersdictionary.com/ Word of the day with definition and audio so that you can hear the word pronounced.
http://trainyouraccent.com/ 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.
www.e-pron.com/ Audio examples of speech elements that can help advanced students of English improve pronunciation. (Lots of broken links on their site, but keep trying.)
http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html Great site, although somewhat academic, with anatomy visual and audio for the sounds of American English
http://www.soundsofenglish.org/pronunciation/index.htm pictures and explanations of English pronunciations, no audio component
http://www.english-zone.com/convo/pron-s1.html pronunciation exercises with matching and multiple choice, no audio
http://www.antimoon.com/how/pronunc.htm audio examples of pronunciation and English sounds
http://www.toonuniversity.com/flash.asp?err=569&engine Drag and drop coins to make a specific value. For anyone who needs to learn American coins.