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English as a Second Language

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Listed below are several links to free English as a Second Language Resources available on the Internet.

Games, Quizzes, and Vocabulary Activities: All Levels

  • Academic Vocabulary Exercises: Recommended for students in ESL 24 and 25, this site offers an explanation of the Academic Word List and includes activities and quizzes for improving your vocabulary.
  • Activities for ESL Students: This site has easy, medium, and difficult activities for ESL students. Quizzes, tests and journals will help you learn English.
  • Compleat Lexical Tutor This site will help you develop an academic vocabulary through quizzes and analysis of your own written vocabulary. You will learn the most frequent 2000 words, 3000 words, and academic words.
  • ELC Study Zone has great grammar, reading, and vocabulary building activities as well as puzzles for five levels of ESL learners. The instructions are clear and the activities are interesting. Students do not need to log in and will easily find some helpful activities.
  • English Club helps students learn English with interactive pages of forums, quizzes, games, and more. Students will find grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation help. The site is free, and free from advertisements.
  • English Grammar Revolution uses sentence diagramming to explain English grammar. It can help all students, but it is especially useful for students in ESL 23 and ESL 26. Be careful, you do not have to buy or download the book; you can do many of the activities for free.
  • English Page: This page has a wide variety of activities and exercises for ESL students. It is also easy to use. The exercises are short, clear, and easy to use. There is advertising.
  • ESL Blues: Take quizzes to pinpoint your errors and practice grammar and vocabulary. This is especially good for Beginning through Intermediate II.
  • Karin's ESL Partyland: ESL students and teachers can find loads to do here! There are quizzes and on-line exercises, lesson plans, a chat room, e-mail exchanges, 25 discussion forums, a job center, ESL links, a bookstore, and more!
  • Interesting Things for ESL Students: 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 study materials. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is noncommercial and has no advertising.
  • TOEFL: Official Web site of the ETS standardized test, Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL.org contains information for persons planning to take the TOEFL test, as well as for administrators and researchers wanting to know about the development of TOEFL and the use of TOEFL test scores.

Pronunciation

  • Phonetics-The Sounds of English This site contains an animated library of off the sound of English consonants and voewle. It shows an animated diagram and a step by step description for each sound in English. The spoken sound are in context. You will enjoy learning from this interactive diagram of the anatomy of speech.
  • Vowels and Consonants This site from Michigan State University will explain the vowels and consonants of American English with great diagrams.

Government Sponsors

  • Voice of America Special English: VOA special English helps people learn American English while they learn about American life and stay informed about world news and developments in science. It provides listeners with information they cannot find elsewhere.
  • Learn English with the BBC World Service: This is a great site for vocabulary, grammar, and listening activities. It has up to date listening activities about current events, science, and business.

Writing and Editing for Advanced Students

  • Purdue Online Writing Lab provides a great site for advanced writing support. There are lots of downloadable materials. The materials are primarily for native speakers but will provide good support for students who are learning and writing in English.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing is a gift from the late Dr. Charles Darling of Capital Community College. He developed this site for students to help them write reports and research papers and to find answers to grammatical questions. It is written for native speakers, so it is most appropriate for advanced level students.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

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