Free language learning resources on the net

 

Professionally produced sites with lots of activities

1. Bell

There are lots of free language learning activities and games at Bell English.  You will need to register and you will also need to download the Macromedia Shockwave player.  Highly recommended.

http://www.bellenglish.com

 

2. The British Council

There is a wealth of excellent free grammar and vocabulary activities, games, songs and so on at the British Council /BBC web site.  Highly recommended.

http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/

 

3. The BBC

There are lots of multimedia resources for English language learners at the BBC.  Students can learn English through the news, sports, songs and so on.  The site also has message boards and communities that learners can join

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml

 

4.About.com

This US based web site has thousands of links to useful resources as well as its own resources

http://esl.about.com

 

5. Quia has lots of free resources

http://www.quia.com/dir/eng/

 

6. Publisher sites

A. OUP

OUP teacher's club

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/teachersclub/

OUP students club

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/students/

Activities to accompany;

I spy - Primary

Headway

Clockwise

English File

Natural English

The good grammar guide

Business vision

 

B. CUP

CUP teacher resources

http://uk.cambridge.org/elt/teachers/

CUP student resources

http://uk.cambridge.org/elt/students/

 

 

C. Longman

Resources index for teachers and students

http://www.longman.com/cws/index.html

 

D. Macmillan

http://www.onestopenglish.com

 

Teacher produced pages for students

From Spain the excellent

http://www.isabelperez.com

From Japan

http://a4esl.org/q/h/

From Charles and Lawrence Kelly

http://www.manythings.org/

 

Teacher produced sites for teachers

Here are a few sites run by teachers.  Lots of practical ideas and links.

Links, explanations and information

http://www.volny.cz/brabbs/

http://www.eastment.com

Links

http://eleaston.com/

 

Listening

General

Bell English Online - Some listening activities available.  Needs the Shockwave player.

http://www.bellenglish.com/

 

Listening activities for ESL students.  Needs Real Audio.

http://grove.ufl.edu/~ktrickel/activity.html#listen

 

Interactive listening comprehension practice.  Only has four texts to date and they are all high level.  Real audio required.

http://www.iei.uiuc.edu/LCRA/

 

Takako's great adventure - a listening adventure with text and audio available

http://www.faceweb.okanagan.bc.ca/tga/

 

Randall’s cyber listening lab has lots of listening activities.  You will need a Real Player

http://www.esl-lab.com/

 

English listening lounge.  Requires Real Audio and only some are free!

http://www.englishlistening.com/

 

Real player's guide to all their audio and video resources.

http://realguide.real.com/

 

 

Lots of excellent listening links for teachers at

http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Listening/

 

News sites

BBC audio and video resources.  The audio does not require a downloaded player but the video requires real player.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/audiovideo/

 

On-line news hour.  Hourly news from PBS in the USA.  Needs Real Audio for audio but video has the choice of Real player or Windows Media Player.  Video has scrolling text.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/realaudio.html

 

You can listen to audio news in English (and many other languages) at this website through your Windows media player or through Real Player.

http://www.wrn.org/ondemand/

 

Songs

Search on Google.  Copyright!

 

Speaking

English at home has suggestions for improving your spoken English

http://www.speaking.english-at-home.com/

 

Pronunciation

Okanogan University College has lots of pronunciation activities and games at this Canadian site.  You will need a Shockwave player.

http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation/

 

Tongue twister database

 http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8136/tonguetwisters.html

 

Tongue twisters from the BC

http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/games/twister.asp

 

An amazing collection of links to pronunciation sites on the web.  An excellent resource.

http://eleaston.com/pronunciation/links.html

 

About has lots of pronunciation links

http://esl.about.com/cs/pronunciation/

 

Reading

 

About has lots of good links to reading sites.

http://esl.about.com/cs/reading/

 

Bell English Online - There are some reading activities on the Bell pages

http://www.bellenglish.com/

 

Impact On-line.  Reading texts with activities for students.  Not interactive.

http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/staff/visitors/kenji/kitao/material.htm

 

Read a book at the Internet public library          

http://www.ipl.org/

 

Soon On-line magazine.  Texts but no activities and all evangelical Christian stories!

http://www.soon.org.uk/content.htm

 

Visit this bookshop for reviews and recommended books
www.amazon.co.uk  

www.amazon.com

“This site ... is designed to help people whose first language is not English learn to read a daily English-language newspaper...”

http://www.bangkokpost.net/education/index.htm

Up-to-date articles, essays, opinions, books and news from the world of the Arts. http://www.aldaily.com/

Features, opinions, articles, news and books from the world of science and technology. http://www.scitechdaily.com/


A compilation of well-known fairytales, with annotated versions, similar versions, and histories.

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/

 

Writing

About has lots of links to writing sites.

http://esl.about.com/cs/writing/

 

The cyrano server

http://cgi.nando.net/toys/cyrano/version2/compose-cyrano.html

 

Dave’s ESL café graffiti wall

http://www.pacificnet.net/~sperling/wall.html

 

The electric poster

http://postcards.www.media.mit.edu/Postcards/Welcome.html

 

Guide to writing a grammar & Paradigm On-line writing assistant

 http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/11/20/a-grammar-guide-for-web-2.0/

   

Purdue On-line writing lab web server home page

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

 

Writing den

http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/

 

On-line handout from The University Writing Center at Texas Tech University. http://english.ttu.edu/uwc/topicsen.html
 

Analysing the title, gathering information, organising information, FAQs on writing http://www.efl.arts.gla.ac.uk/eee6/index.htm

Pizzaz writing project
 http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~leslieob/pizzaz.html

 

Key pal sites

Find an electronic pen pal at these sites.

 

Intercultural E-mail Classroom

http://www.iecc.org/

 

eMail Classroom Exchange

http://www.epals.com

 

Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections http://www.stolaf.edu/network/iecc/index.html

 

International E-mail Tandem Network

http://www.slf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/email/infen.html

Connections Buddy Project

http://www.buddyproject.org

 

Keypal opportunities

http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/staff/visitors/kenji/keypal.htm

 

Linguistic Funland

http://www.linguistic-funland.com/penpalpostings.html

 

Dictionaries

Cambridge International Dictionary of English

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/default.asp

 

Longman International English Dictionary

CD. 30 day trial available from the web site.

http://www.longmanwebdict.com/

 

Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary

CD. Another good dictionary with sound for learners to hear words and lots of games.  Visit the web site for a taster

http://www.oup.com

 

Vocabulary

Lots of games and quizzes at

http://www.manythings.org/

 

Free resources for students to use with Longman dictionaries at the address below.  Thee are three levels of vocabulary activities; challenging, intermediate and easier. However, you do need to register first.  http://www.longman.com/dictionaries/students/sts_resources.html

 

English at home has lots of free vocabulary activities

http://www.vocabulary.english-at-home.com/

 

Hong Polytechnic University has lots of free vocabulary exercises including crosswords

http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/english.htm

 

TESL J has lots of vocabulary activities

http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vocabulary.html

 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University has lots of vocabulary exercises

http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/VOCAB/vocabindex.htm

 

A collection of interesting vocabulary activities can be found at

http://a4esl.org/a/jv.html

 

Some very interesting activities at better-english

http://www.better-english.com/exerciselist.html

 

Grammar

CNN has a large number of grammar activities

http://lc.byuh.edu/CNN_N/grammar.html

 

Better English

http://www.better-english.com/grammar.htm

 

Quia

http://www.quia.com/dir/eng/grammar.html

 

Edunet has a good grammar guide

 

 

English forum

http://www.englishforum.com/00/interactive/

 

Games

 

Teflgames

http://www.teflgames.com/games.html

Exams

Cambridge exams

 http://www.pass-english-exams.com    (... pass-english-exams is a suite of multimedia software for students preparing for the Cambridge exams FCE, Advanced, Proficiency and BEC.     ... free downloadable demo version)

·       UCLES

For general information about the five Cambridge exams look at the UCLES web site.

http://www.cambridge-efl.org/exam/efl3.htm

 

·       Flo-joe

Has some FCE and CAE exam papers for you to try

http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/

 

 

TOEFL

 

·       TOEFL exercise

5 reading passages / one structure activity available for free.  Not interactive.  Might be best used by teachers as a print out.

http://members.xoom.com/u3621195/index.html

 

·       English test Prep.

A Canadian site that has some free TOEFL  material.  Sample materials for reading. Listening and Structure papers are available.  Plays through Shockwave so the listening material is available.

http://www.studint.net/toefl/TOEFL_JS.HTM

 

·       Stuff Media

Some TOEFL practice materials available but not indexed.  Structure and written Expression only.  Playable through Shockwave.

http://www.stuff.co.uk/toefl.htm

 

·       University of Science and Technology of China

Some free activities for Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the exam.  Not at all interactive and the listening is just the tapescript on screen ( a reading test in reality ! ).  A source of extra practice material for both teachers and students.

http://www.ustc.edu.cn/~hxu/other-hxu/ets/toefl/tstprpmt.html

 

 

IELTS

 

·       The Official IELTS home page

http://www.ielts.org/

Lots of information and some free sample activities available.  These are not interactive and may be best used by the teacher printing them and using them as extra practice.  Copyright is an issue.

 

·       Adams and Austen Press

One free reading, writing, listening and speaking paper.  Five other sample papers can be ordered but not viewed. The listening material requires RealPlayer to be downloaded and is therefore unusable on our network.  Another set of papers are currently being prepared and should be available soon.

http://www.aapress.com.au/ielts/english/ielts.htm

 

·       Holmesglen Institute

http://international.holmesglen.vic.edu.au/IELTS01.htm

Lots of information about the exam and question types with practice material for reading, writing, listening and speaking ( watch out for the occasional error ! ). The practice activities can only be completed on line. The listening material is limited to part of a lecture but is available through Windows Media Player.

This is an excellent resource and is recommended.