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Site of the Month 2010

Site Of The Month December 2010 ~ Fotobabble
Tara Benwell
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
Tara Benwell
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
Tara Benwell
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
Tara Benwell
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. […]

Site Of The Month August 2010 ~ Learning Chocolate
Tara Benwell
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 […]

ESL Site of the Month – TalkEnglish
Tara Benwell
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. […]

ESL Site of the Month – Grammaropolis
Tara Benwell
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 […]

ESL Site of the Month – The Learning Network
Tara Benwell
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 […]

Site Of The Month April 2010 ~ Brain Pop ESL
Tara Benwell
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 […]

Site Of The Month March 2010 ~ ESL Blues
Tara Benwell
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 […]

Site Of The Month February 2010 ~ Word Champ
Tara Benwell
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 […]

Site Of The Month January 2010 ~ ESOL Courses
Tara Benwell
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 […]