Site of the Month
Are you tired of searching for quality ESL learning websites? Let EnglishClub do the work for you! EnglishClub routinely searches the ESL web and recommends special sites that we think are valuable for learners. The sites we choose are updated regularly and offer useful resources, lessons and activities to enhance your learning program in a variety of ways.
The English Bug
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2015) |
The English Bug
The English Bug is a fun place to learn English online. You can learn English on your own by following along with the blog and learning materials that are provided. You’ll find pages about grammar, situational vocabulary, idioms and phrasal verbs. There are also a few entertaining videos that you won’t want to miss. If you like the free materials but want to learn more, you can choose a teacher and try a 1-1 class. The 1-1 classes come with a fee.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2015) |
Lingua.ly is a language-learning website that helps you learn English (or many other languages) with authentic texts that match your interests. After you choose which language you want to learn, you can choose which topics you want to read about. Lingua.ly provides you with a small excerpt of reading material from an authentic article. You can choose which words you want to learn by clicking on a word. The smart dictionary provides you with a definition, an audio recording, and a visual flashcard to add to your new word collection.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2015) |
Bee Oasis is a reading practice site that offers free graded materials for English learners. Choose Step 1 stories if you are just starting out, and move up to Step 5 as you become an advanced reader. On this site, you can track the words you’ve learned and measure your reading speed. Sign up for a free account to see if you enjoy the content and process. If you love Bee Oasis, you can sign up for a premium account to access all of the materials and audio.
English for University
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2015) |
Are you attending or planning on attending an English-speaking university or college? English for University is a site that focuses on academic English for English language learners. The content and support is provided by an American university professor. On the navigation bar on the homepage, you will find links to useful pages that contain tips about reading, writing, and listening. Within these pages, you’ll also find external links to help you practice these skills.
Words To Use
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2015) |
Words to Use
Are you always looking for the perfect English word to use in your writing? Words to Use is a unique site that suggests words by subject. The subjects are useful, everyday topics that you might write or blog about, such as Food, Business, and Love. Unlike a thesaurus or dictionary, the subject-related words are organized by parts of speech.
Easy World of English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (July 2015) |
Easy World of English
Easy World of English is a self-study website for English language learners. You can use this site to practise grammar, pronunciation, reading, listening, and vocabulary. Beginners will enjoy the talking picture dictionary, while more advanced learners will appreciate the audio support that goes along with the grammar pages.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2015) |
FluentU is a language learning site that helps you learn English through videos and vocabulary practice. You can sign up for a free account to see how it works before you decide to pay a monthly or annual subscription. There are two subscription rates to choose from. Choose your level first. Then select some videos that interest you. Build your vocabulary as you watch and
Ship or Sheep
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2015) |
Ship or Sheep is a useful website for practising pronunciation. This site focuses solely on minimal pairs. Minimal pairs are words that vary by a single sound. On this very simple site, you can listen to minimal pairs for many different sounds. First click on a pair from the chart on the homepage. Then mouse over the words to hear them. You will hear male and female voices in British English.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (April 2015) |
Settlement.org has a free language learning section for ESL students whose goal is to immigrate to Canada. The reading and listening lessons in ESL Corner offer useful practice for any English language learner who is thinking about settling in an English-speaking country. Topics include employment, law, daily life, and community services. The dialogues are recorded in Canadian English, and come with gap-fill exercises and
The English Student
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (March 2015) |
The English Student
The English Student is a fun site for visual learners. ESL tutor Jenny combines her love of teaching with her love of illustration. She creates attractive visual aids for English language learners, and makes it fun to learn new words and phrases. She also writes useful blog posts in easy English. Jenny thinks of interesting words and phrases that you may not encounter in other learning materials. For example, she
Daily Step English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2015) |
Daily Step English
Daily Step English is a site for English language learners that features Audio English lessons. It is produced by Jane Lawson, an experienced English language teacher based out of London, England. The audio lessons are available in five different levels, from beginner to advanced. The audio is available in British English and American English.
Language Learning Portal
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (January 2015) |
Language Learning Portal
If you’ve been thinking about learning English in a foreign country, the Language Learning Portal may be a good place to start. You can use this site to search for courses all over the world. Filter your search by language, level, intensity, duration and group size. You can also search for language learning opportunities in your own country.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2014) |
LingEngPark offers a large variety of audio materials for English learners. The site will save you from searching online for self-study resources. You will find a collection of podcasts, audiobooks, videos, films, and transcripts. Some of the listening materials are authentic (not designed for English learners), while others were created specifically for English learners. The resources are indexed in a variety of ways to make it easy for you to find appropriate listening materials based on your interest or level. Incorporate daily listening practice into your self-study routine by finding a new podcast or radio show that you enjoy.
ESL Site of the Month – The Phrontistery
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2014) |
The Phronitistery is a website full of language resources and word lists for English language enthusiasts and writers. At the “thinking place” you can study word origins, root words, suffixes and prefixes – all useful ways of improving your understanding of the English language. If you enjoy writing in English, the site will help you find useful words through a variety of
Learn English with Audio
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2014) |
Learn English with Audio
Learn English With Audio is a simple site that is useful for beginners who are learning English vocabulary. Vocabulary is presented in a variety of categories. Some categories offer audio and translation, while others include video flashcards (with audio).
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2014) |
ReadItEnglish is a free site for English learners who want to develop their reading skills through authentic texts. In the first session, learners respond to several multiple choice (gap-fill style) vocabulary questions. ReadItEnglish analyses the results and determines an appropriate reading level. Each time the user logs in, ReadItEnglish recommends a few articles. The type and
World Wide Words
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2014) |
World Wide Words
World Wide Words is a website for language lovers. The site is maintained by Michael Quinion, a British English etymologist (one who studies the history of words) and writer. The site contains over 2000 entries on the origins of English words and phrases, including new words, words from the news, and words that have
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (July 2014) |
Happy English is a free podcast for English learners. English teacher Michael offers a variety of useful tips and lessons for English learners in his short audio clips. These lessons are in American English. Michael’s clear spoken voice and fun sound effects will keep you interested and awake while you learn English. You can find the podcasts on the Happy English blog or on iTunes.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2014) |
This site offers a useful way for visual learners to understand the structure of the English language. Each grammar point includes a short introduction, followed by a visual mind map. After learning the grammar visually, learners can try simple games and quizzes to review the language point. The graphics are categorized by level or subject.
The Naked Scientists
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2014) |
The Naked Scientists
The Naked Scientists is a science podcast and Q and A radio show developed by a team of scientists and researchers from the University of Cambridge. High-intermediate and advanced learners will enjoy listening and following along with the podcasts and interviews. Creator Dr. Smith says that the goal of his team is to “help people enjoy science as much as we do and, at the same time, to have fun.” The reason they call themselves the “naked scientists” is because they try to strip down science to the bare essentials in order to make it understandable to the general public.
English With A Twist
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (April 2014) |
English with a Twist
English with a Twist is a blog about learning the English language. Blogger Shanthi, a freelance English language teacher, writes reader-friendly articles that are useful for English language learners and teachers. English learners who want to expand their vocabulary will find this blog fun and educational.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (March 2014) |
Elemental English is a free site for English learners. It provides practical conversation lessons in American English. The site offers podcasts, videos, blog posts, grammar tips, and discussion questions related to language learning and American culture.
Games to learn English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2014) |
Games To Learn English is a flash-based site full of free grammar and vocabulary review games that you can play on your computer at home or in the classroom. The games test your speed, memory, and understanding of basic English. Each game comes with a short explanation by the game maker himself. Owen is an English language teacher working in China who enjoys making games in his spare time. The games are fairly self-explanatory. Some of the games, such as the Spelling Bee include an audio component.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (January 2014) |
The YUNiversity of Righteous Grammar (and other stuff)
The Grammar YUNiversity blog is full of cartoons and graphics for visual learners. It was created by an English major in California who was bothered by the fact that most grammar explanations on the Internet were long and boring. The grammar guru enlisted the help of some of his friends to respond to common grammar questions with entertaining explanations and graphics: “This blog exists so that you can actually have fun learning about grammar and vocabulary while also laughing at charts, photos, and other non-educational stuff.”
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2013) |
On his Doing English website, Julian explains that he is an experienced English language teacher and researcher who is interested in helping learners who are “serious” about English. Doing English offers free lessons and tips for English learners via email and video. Many of Julian’s tips are motivational. He also recommends courses and materials that he thinks are useful.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2013) |
If you enjoy using online dictionaries, check out Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary. This dictionary (also available in app form) is designed specifically for English learners. Search for a word that you want to look up, or learn the Word of the Day. You will also find 3000 entries for the most commonly used words in spoken English. If you register with your email address, you can create your own online dictionary to collect all of the words that you have learned. This dictionary features American pronunciation and spelling.
Tweet Speak English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2013) |
Tweet Speak English
The goal of Tweet Speak English is to help English learners understand and begin using everyday English. English language teachers Nate Hill and Jason Smith dissect tweets that they find on twitter. “We only use tweets because people tweet how they speak, and that means it’s a good way to learn natural phrases that people are using every day.”
Simple English Videos
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2013) |
Simple English Videos
Simple English Videos is a site by English language teacher and author Vicki Hollett. On this site, you’ll find excellent language learning videos that Vicki made herself, as well as other short movie trailers and videos that can help you learn English. The videos are categorized by genre. Each video comes with a handy clickable transcript that you can follow along with as you watch.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2013) |
Myovient is a website provided by English language teaching professionals of Ovient, Inc in California. The site provides materials for business professionals who want to increase their English language proficiency. It specializes in American accent training and has plenty of free materials to help you with your pronunciation.
It’s Fluency MC
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (July 2013) |
It’s Fluency MC!
Jason Levine, also known as Fluency MC, makes songs and videos for learning English (and other subjects). “Jase” believes in teaching language in chunks. These language chunks are also called “collocations”. He wants English learners to become familiar with the words that “sounds right” together. He uses the short form “collos” to refer to “collocations”. His music and games offer repetitive input that can help you learn English.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2013) |
EngVid is a website full of videos for English learners. You will find videos on common grammar mistakes as well as tips for using slang, phrasal verbs, and other common expressions. There are also videos that provide useful tips for students taking standardized tests like IELTS, TOEIC, and TOEFL. The videos are made by English teachers and are categorized by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and topic. You can also choose videos by your favourite engVid teacher.
Just The Word
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2013) |
Just The Word
Just the Word is a tool that can help you choose the right words and phrases in English. It can also help you correct your writing mistakes. It is a combination of dictionary and thesaurus, and is very useful for learning collocations. Collocations are pairings or groups of words that are commonly found together. To test out Just the Word, go to the search box on the home page and type in a word such as “life”. Then hit Return on your keyboard. Look through the results that come up. The clusters show words that are related in meaning. The unclustered words are not closely related to each other. Click on the links to review example sentences.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (April 2013) |
English Leap is a website for English learners based out of New Delhi, India. You can use some of the resources on the site for free, including video lessons, learning tips, vocabulary lists, and explanations about common mistakes in English. If you like what you find on English Leap, you can register and create an online profile. When you sign up you can take the assessment test. The assessment test has a section for grammar and a section for vocabulary. Other quizzes are available on the site.
Two Minute English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (March 2013) |
Two Minute English
Two Minute English is a new YouTube channel featuring everyday American English conversations. The English speakers use simple, clear English that you would hear in a variety of situations. You will find useful topics, such as shopping for groceries and going to the gym. You will also find conversations that feature functional English, such as how to express likes and dislikes. A variety of male and female speakers are used.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2013) |
Are you looking for free English listening practice? ESL Fast has hundreds of English stories and conversations to listen to. The audio files also have transcripts so that you can read along as you listen. Many of the speakers in the recordings speak slower than natural English speakers, so the recordings are ideal for beginners and low-level learners. If you find that the site has too many ads but you want to keep listening, you can pay for a subscription. You can also try interacting with the ESL Robot. Chat with the robot and he will reply to your questions.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (January 2013) |
Misterduncan’s YouTube Channel
Mister Duncan is an expressive English teacher who teaches English through his YouTube channel. He speaks British English naturally and clearly, and his videos are useful for listening practice. You can listen to more than 70 videos chronologically, or browse through the index to choose videos that interest you. The lessons include captions so that you can follow along.
English Grammar Secrets
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2012) |
English Grammar Secrets
English Grammar Secrets is a very basic site for learning and practising English grammar on your own. The index of lessons and exercises includes many of the grammar points teachers cover in class. After you review the grammar, you will get a chance to do several interactive exercises to prove to yourself that you understand what you learned.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2012) |
Renshaw Internet School of English
If you’re preparing for a standardized test such as TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS, be sure to check out Jason Renshaw’s Internet School of English. When teachers are asked for a good online resource for test preparation practice, this is often the first one that comes to mind. On this site you will find video tutorials, practice tests, and sample responses.
GCF Learn Free
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2012) |
The Goodwill Community Foundation’s Learn Free website offers practical online lessons for everyday living. The site includes interactive audio lessons, such as using the bank machine, paying with a debit card, and reading a subway map. There are also lessons on computer and career skills.
Tiny Texts in English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2012) |
Tiny Texts in English
Tiny Texts in English offers free listening and reading materials for English learners based on interesting news stories that may not make the headlines. Each entry includes a short reading with an audio file and glossary. The recordings are provided by an English teacher with a Scottish accent.
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2012) |
ESLPod is full of English listening materials that are free for English learners and teachers. Two American professors who specialize in ESL run the site and record the podcasts. The dialogues in the podcasts use everyday English at a pace that is quite a bit slower than natural. The language and scenarios are explained in easy English following each dialogue. Topics range from travel and business to small talk and relationships. Serious learners who want more than listening practice can subscribe to ESLPod for a monthly fee.
ESL Site of the Month – Interactives Spelling Bee
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (July 2012) |
Interactives: Spelling Bee
Interactives Spelling Bee is a site from Learner.org that is extremely useful for English learners who want to improve their listening skills. You will need to experiment a bit to find the appropriate level of activity since these cloze exercises are actually designed as grade school spelling tests. The Grade 1 level is suitable for English beginners, and the Grade 11-12 exercises are useful for advanced learners. Just like EnglishClub’s Weekly News pages, you have to listen to the audio and type in the missing words.
EnglishClub Site Of The Month June 2012 ~ English With Jennifer
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2012) |
Jennifer is an online English teacher who has been uploading lessons to YouTube as JenniferESL since 2007. Jennifer has recorded pronunciation lessons, grammar lessons, vocabulary lessons, and mini-lessons on holidays and customs. You can also catch Jennifer on EnglishCafe’s Jim and Jen show, also available on YouTube. Her lessons are popular because she is a good teacher with a clear voice, and she understands the difficulties that ESL students have.
EnglishClub Site Of The Month May 2012 ~ uWall.tv
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2012) |
If you enjoy learning English through music, try uWall. This is an alternative to YouTube, and can be useful for language practice. Discover new music genres by choosing from a variety of categories or photos. You can also choose music based on your mood. A single click will take you to a playlist of music that you can listen to for free. Choose “lyrics” to watch videos with lyrics.
EnglishClub Site Of The Month April 2012 ~ Listen and Write
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (April 2012) |
Listen and Write
Listen and Write is a dictation site for language learners. Start by creating a login so that you can save your scores. Take a test to see what your listening level is. Note that your typing must also be good to get a high score! There are three different modes to use.
EnglishClub Site Of The Month March 2012 ~ Hungry for English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (March 2012) |
Hungry for English
Hungry for English is a free ESL Video series on YouTube. The current videos are suitable for beginner English learners, but new videos are being added regularly. The online lessons contain very little text. The main characters, “Joe” and “Jesse,” want learners to pick up the language by hearing it instead of reading it. The Hungry for English team hopes their simple videos will make it unnecessary to translate what you hear into your native language. The actors are playful and silly, and the outtakes remind English learners that language learning can be fun.
EnglishClub Site Of The Month February 2012 ~ Espresso English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2012) |
If you have time for a daily coffee, you have time for a daily English lesson. This is the premise behind Espresso English, a new site for self-studying English learners. The site offers regularly updated short lessons and quizzes on English learning topics including Vocabulary, Business, and Pronunciation. Many of the lessons come with streaming audio. You can listen to a native speaker as you read along.
EnglishClub Site Of The Month January 2012 ~ English Practice
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (January 2012) |
Learning a language online can be difficult. The best sites for English learners have a basic layout with simple navigation. English Practice has these important features. The home page features an index full of practice categories that are useful for English learners. These include standard topics that you will find on many practice sites such as grammar, punctuation, and IELTS.
Site Of The Month December 2011 ~ Exam English
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2011) |
If you’re preparing for an English exam, you’ll find plenty of free practice tests on the Exam English site. This site provides tips, articles, FAQ, and practice questions for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and other international ESL/EFL exams. The site will also help you determine the level you have already reached based on CEF levels.
Site Of The Month November 2011 ~ The Free Dictionary
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2011) |
The Free Dictionary
You have probably come across The Free Dictionary when looking up definitions for words online. Many people do not realize that The Free Dictionary offers more than just definitions. Visit the homepage and you will find Word of the Day, Article of the Day, Today’s Birthday, Quotation of the Day, a Spelling Bee (listen and type), and a Word List.
Site Of The Month October 2011 ~ English Online France
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2011) |
English Online France
This site is full of self-study activities that you can do to practise your English language skills. There are games, listening exercises, typing exercises, text reconstruction activities, and matching activities.
Site Of The Month September 2011 ~ English Addicts
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2011) |
English Addicts is a self-study site for English learners based on current events from around the world. Choose from over 1500 lessons ranging from easy to difficult. Lessons include vocabulary, reading, listening, and typing tasks. There are also discussion questions and speaking tasks for teachers to use in class. Audio files are downloadable, and a wide variety of accents are used.
Site Of The Month August 2011 ~ Word Hippo
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2011) |
Word Hippo is a simple vocabulary resource that can help you when you have a quick question. If you need to find a synonym of a word, simply type it into the field “What’s another word for…”. Looking up a word in this way is similar to checking an online dictionary. If you want the antonym, choose “What’s the opposite of…”. You can also find example sentences that use your word in context. Word Hippo also translates your word into other languages and gives you the plural form.
Site Of The Month July 2011 ~ Video Jug
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (July 2011) |
Are you good at life? Video Jug can help you learn English as well as thousands of other useful things. This massive collection of “how to” videos is divided into separate channels. You can watch videos on beauty, technology, dating, or any other subject you are interested in. The “how to” videos come with a transcript that you can print out or read as you listen and watch. Teachers can search for videos related to themes from a course book or curriculum.
Site Of The Month June 2011 ~ VocabAhead
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2011) |
VocabAhead is a vocabulary building site that is useful for advanced English language learners. Visit the study room, where you will find video explanations of at least 1000 difficult words. If you are preparing for exams or standardized tests, these words will be extremely useful for you. You’ll be less likely to forget the words because they are presented with audio and visual explanations.
Site Of The Month May 2011 ~ Storynory
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2011) |
Storynory is a collection of free audio stories. Every week, since November 2005, Storynory has been publishing a new audio story on its site. You can imagine how big the collection is! These stories are a combination of classics, fairytales, original stories, and adaptations from around the world. You can read along with the text as storyteller Natasha Gostwick reads to you.
Site Of The Month April 2011 ~ Storyline Online
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (April 2011) |
Storyline Online is a website produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. It features streaming video of actors reading popular children’s stories. Captions are available for each story, so that you can read along as you listen and watch. The professional actors provide extremely animated readings that can help you become familiar with the rhythm of the English language.
Site Of The Month March 2011 ~ PhraseMix
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (March 2011) |
This site is for advanced English learners who want to learn new words and expressions that are used “in the real world”, such as “Can I slide past you?” or “It seemed like a no-brainer”. A new phrase is added each day, along with a cartoon, an easy explanation, and a few examples. Phrases are “natural”, “useful”, and “memorable”. If you sat at a dinner table with an English family, you would hear these kinds of phrases.
Site Of The Month February 2011 ~ Vocaroo
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2011) |
Vocaroo is a voice recording service that requires no registration. All you need is a microphone (built in works fine) and something to talk about. After clicking “Allow”, record your voice instantly. Then decide how you want to share your recording. You can email it to a friend or embed it in a blog. If you are a blogger, you can record your blog post so that your readers can listen to your voice as they read along.
Site Of The Month January 2011 ~ VocabSushi
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (January 2011) |
This is a vocabulary building site that is useful for advanced learners and those who are taking standardized tests such as the TOEIC, TOEFL, or SAT. The founder is an SAT tutor whose theory is that vocabulary should be learned in bite-sized pieces. The vocabulary is taught in context using contemporary examples from the news and other articles.
Site Of The Month December 2010 ~ Fotobabble
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2010) |
If you want to practise speaking online, Fotobabble is an excellent website. Many English learners complain that they don’t know what to talk about. Talking about your family, friends, country and hobbies is a good start. At Fotobabble you can upload a photo and then record your description of it.
Site Of The Month November 2010 ~ English Teacher Melanie
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2010) |
English Teacher Melanie
Teacher Melanie’s motto is “Do something in English every day”. Her website for English learners is updated weekly. You will find free English lessons in the form of blogs, podcasts, and videos. Not only are her explanations clear and easy to understand, her true life stories about living in Canada make learning English fun!
Site Of The Month October 2010 ~ PicLits
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2010) |
This site offers a fun way to learn new vocabulary and play with word forms and sentence structure. Choose from a variety of photos. Then drag and drop nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, prepositions, and punctuation to create your own description.
Site Of The Month September 2010 ~ howJsay
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2010) |
This large English pronunciation dictionary, is part of the Fonetiks family of websites and offers quick reference to the pronunciation of English words. If you are ever in doubt about the proper pronunciation of a word, simply type the word you want to hear into the search field on the homepage and enjoy instant sound. Words are spoken in British English, though British and American spelling can be used in a query.
Site Of The Month August 2010 ~ Learning Chocolate
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2010) |
This website is great for beginner to intermediate language learners who want to learn vocabulary and pronunciation. The site is very simple to use, with 5 different types of quizzes for each category. Vocabulary categories include Animals, Body, Home, Nature, Food, Computers, and more. Learners simply choose a category and begin. Some games ask you to match the audio to the word. Others have you match words to pictures. One game requires you to type out what you hear.
ESL Site of the Month – TalkEnglish
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (July 2010) |
One complaint many English learners have is that they can’t get enough English speaking practice online. TalkEnglish is a free program based on the idea of mimicking correct sentences. While a memorization style “listen and repeat” program may not be the golden ticket to speaking English, this site certainly offers you plenty of speaking practice. You will also find interesting tips, such as memorizing the answers to familiar questions that people typically pose in interviews and casual conversations.
ESL Site of the Month – Grammaropolis
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2010) |
Grammaropolis is a colourful site where kids can learn the parts of speech without a textbook. The parts of speech are personified with cute characters that are appealing to young learners. For example, the Preposition is a little green character whose profile says “Yes I’m small, but that doesn’t mean I can’t locate an object in space and time.” The site contains explanations, quizzes, books, games, and even a catchy song! Grammaropolis also has a blog where teachers can learn more about
ESL Site of the Month – The Learning Network
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2010) |
The New York Times recently moved its education section to a blog. This interactive learning section offers plenty of online reading. You can also learn new vocabulary, submit your opinion, take quizzes and try puzzles. The content is primarily American and some of it is meant for teachers to print. While the target audience is not specifically English learners, much of the content (especially fill-ins) is useful for high intermediate and
Site Of The Month April 2010 ~ Brain Pop ESL
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (April 2010) |
Brain Pop ESL is currently being offered free of charge for users! Lessons are based on colourful three-part movies featuring animated characters Ben and robot Moby. Units are divided by level and include a variety of lessons to help you learn English vocabulary, expressions, grammar points, and proper pronunciation. Quizzes and activities reinforce and test comprehension and listening skills. Brain Pop is an excellent starting point for young learners and is fun and easy to use. Closed captioning is available if you want to read along.
Site Of The Month March 2010 ~ ESL Blues
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (March 2010) |
English learners are always asking for more online quizzes. Quizzes are a way to practise English and determine areas of difficulty. ESL Blues has a large collection of short quizzes that are categorized based on level and language focus. Some quizzes only focus on a single item, such as “must” vs. “have to” and others focus on common errors or themes. The “Pot Luck” quizzes test a combination of language usage and trivia.
Site Of The Month February 2010 ~ Word Champ
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2010) |
Word Champ is a Language Learning Network for learners of many different languages. English learners will find a selection of free features on this site, including a helpful webreader and many activities, flashcards and drills to learn English at a safe and challenging pace. Learners can track their progress and search for other language partners who are doing the same. For those willing to pay for a premium membership (9.95 USD/year) the options are endless.
Site Of The Month January 2010 ~ ESOL Courses
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (January 2010) |
This free English learning site is accessible to English learners of all levels. Activities include reading and vocabulary exercises, video quizzes, and games. Some learners will be interested in the “English for Work” section while others may prefer lighter activities such as picture quizzes, crosswords, and matching. Review the “Topics Menu” to find activities and games
Site Of The Month December 2009 ~ EnglishCentral
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (December 2009) |
EnglishCentral is a new website with a growing library of interesting videos. The subtitled videos are categorized by difficulty level under a variety of interest topics including Sports, Daily Life, Environment, and Travel. The unique aspect of EnglishCentral is that you can plug in a microphone and record the lines you hear and read. A voice recognition program grades your recording and provides you with points based on your pronunciation and speaking skills.
Site Of The Month November 2009 ~ Magazines Plus
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (November 2009) |
Mary Glasgow Magazines have been available since the 50s. The magazines are unique because they are written specifically for teen (or YL) English language learners. Understanding the digital learning trend, the UK publisher recently launched Magazines Plus, a website for their teen readers. Like the magazine, the website materials are for various levels of learners. In order to access most of the site you need a code from the print version of the magazine.
Site Of The Month October 2009 ~ ESL PodCards
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (October 2009) |
Sending a postcard while traveling abroad may sadly be a thing of the past. On the other hand, listening to podcasts on an Ipod is one of the latest trends. Combine the two and you get PodCards, a unique and modern way to learn English and explore the world. ESL PodCards is a work-in-progress, offering a modest selection of audio lessons featuring cities, towns, and famous people from around the world. Visit the archive
Site Of The Month September 2009 ~ elllo
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (September 2009) |
If you want to practise your listening and comprehension skills, elllo is a great site to bookmark. The free site contains hundreds of listening activities with short quizzes to test your comprehension. While you listen you have the option to show or hide the text. The text version also offers audio explanations of difficult words and phrases. Elllo’s mp3 recordings are unique in that they offer English accents of people from all over the world, including America, Canada, Britain, Australia,
ESL Site of the Month – About.com ESL
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (August 2009) |
About.com is an information website about various topics written by experts in each field. The ESL section has been online since 1997. The ESL guide for About.com is a teacher and writer named Kenneth Beare. The categories on the site make it simple for learners and teachers to find suitable resources. Beginner and low-intermediate learners choose “Start Learning”.
Site Of The Month July 2009 ~ English-Online
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Unlike many language learning websites, English-Online has no “bells and whistles” and focuses on one skill: reading. More like a magazine than a website, the home page contains one simple table of contents where articles are grouped by subjects, such as hobbies, technology, or travel. The latest
Site Of The Month June 2009 ~ ESL Culips
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (June 2009) |
ESL Culips is a Canadian based website with playful podcasts to help you learn English. The focus of these podcasts is on real language and its everyday use. Episodes are divided into fun categories including “Close Up”, “Catch Word” , “Chatterbox” and “Curious Questions”. Podcasts can be downloaded or played in a popup window. Extra materials including transcripts and comprehension quizzes are filed under
Site Of The Month May 2009 ~ International Students NZ
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (May 2009) |
This podcast for academic learners is based out of the Student Learning Centre of Massey University in Auckland. Each podcast focuses on a single academic “Word of the Day” with explanations in a real world context. The podcasts include a listening section accompanied by a
Site Of The Month April 2009 ~ Grammar Bytes
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Grammar Bytes, “the instruction with attitude,” offers well presented explanations of the most common English grammar terms and rules. Site creator Robin Simmons uses simple examples and graphs to explain grammar points, including important exceptions to the
Site Of The Month March 2009 ~ English at Home
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English at Home is a website for learners who like to participate. Instead of putting your hand up to ask a question or make a comment you can type it. On this learning site you will find just about everything you need to practise English at home, including vocabulary lessons, reading
Site Of The Month February 2009 ~ ESL Reading
An EnglishClub Site of the Month (February 2009) |
ESL Reading offers free reading materials for learners of all ages. Some of the readings are original and others are adaptations of classic stories. There are ghost stories, true stories, and stories about fun facts. There are also some interesting stories to read about the