Cool Web Sites for ESL Learners


Listening Comprehension:

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

National Public Radio

The English Listening Lounge

The Academy of American Poets Listening Booth

Young and Old Favorites (American Music with Lyrics from NIEHS)

Voice of America Special English

Favorite Poems Project (Short videos of people talking about and reading poems. Listen and read. Learn poems for speaking!)

Speech Accent Archive: American accents (Listen to regional differences in American English. )

English Listening Lab Online

The Bob and Rob Show (Podcast discussion and variety show on culture, language, vocabulary)

Easy Online RSS Reader for ESL/EFL Podcasts

English as a Second Language Podcast

American Rhetoric: Online Speech Bank

Listening to Academic Lectures Online

StoryCorps: Listen to stories New! (Also tips on recording your own stories.)

Use Music to Practice Listening! New! (Listen for specific words as you watch videos of these popular songs.)


Reading:

Bartleby.com

The Magazine Rack

Time for Kids (News stories at an easier reading level)

Reader’s Digest Magazine Articles

Reading Skills (Using a Dictionary, Finding Main Ideas, Drawing Inferences, more from the AmLa Department of Mt. San Antonio College)

Tips on Reading a Newspaper (From the Bangkok Post)

Learning Resources (Reading news stories from CNN and other archives)

ELC Study Zone

Poetry 180

Strategies for Critical Reading and Writing (For advanced students)

Study Skills: Effective Reading

Speed Reading: Self-Pacing Methods

The English Server Short Fiction Collection (online fiction)


Speaking:

English Pronunciation from Okanagan University College

ELEaston Pronunciation

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking from Toastmasters

Allyn&Bacon Public Speaking Website

McGraw-Hill Public Speaking Website

McGraw-Hill Public Speaking Tutorial

Presentations and Public Speaking in English

RepeatAfterUs (Texts and recordings for speaking practice)

EnglishCentral (Watch videos, choose vocabulary to study, record yourself. Registration required for some features.)

American English Pronunciation Podcasts


Writing:

Writing Tips: Sentence Builder

Writing Tips: Paragraphs

Writing Tips: Essays

Purdue University Online Writing Lab

LEO (Literacy Education Online)

Business Letter Writing Basics

Letter Writing Desk (Examples, samples, tips, formats)

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English

BBC Schools: Dance Mat Typing (A fun way to learn to type!)


Grammar:

Online English Grammar

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Grammar Quizzes (From the Internet TESOL Journal)

ELC Study Zone

English Club English Grammar

About.com English as a 2nd Language Grammar Reference

English Learner (Grammar and vocabulary lessons and tests)

English Grammar in Use Intermediate Test (For TIE Optional Self-Study grammar book)


Vocabulary:

Online English Grammar

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Grammar Quizzes (From the Internet TESOL Journal)

ELC Study Zone

English Club English Grammar

About.com English as a 2nd Language Grammar Reference

English Learner (Grammar and vocabulary lessons and tests)

English Grammar in Use Intermediate Test (For TIE Optional Self-Study grammar book)v


Multi-Purpose ESL Sites:

Linguistic Funland

Interesting Things for ESL Students

The English Zone

Business English: Exercises

English Club

English at Home

Free English Learning page from Englishtown New! (listening, culture, business English)

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Practice Conversations (Vocabulary and expressions for the doctor’s office)