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ESL Online Activities Links

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ESL Websites for extra practice


ESP Point - http://www.eslpoint.com/

Great site for information for all levels and all skills



Grammar sites:


  1. http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/
  1. http://www.eslcafe.com/grammar.html
  1. http://www.english-at-home.com/
  1. http://www.better-english.com/grammar.htm
  1. http://esl.about.com/blgrammar.htm
  1. http://a4esl.org/



Simple past/present perfect practice:


  1. http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/blpastorperfect1.htm
  2. http://a4esl.org/q/f/z/zz29bms.htm
  3. http://www.english-zone.com/verbs/prsperf4.html
  4. http://www.better-english.com/grammar/pspp1.htm


Article practice:

  1. http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/esl.html
  2. http://artsci.wustl.edu/~writing/articles.htm no exercise but useful hints
  3. http://www.wm.edu/wrc/handouts/Articles.doc no exercise but useful hints
  4. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/esl/eslartEX1.html
  5. http://www.davidap.com/english/articles.htm no exercise but useful hints


Parallel structure:


10. Purdue’s explanation and some exercises. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/1/

11. Quick and pretty easy exercise: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/cgi-shl/quiz.pl/parallelism_quiz.htm


Prepositions:Take the diagnostic quiz and then read the rules and do the quizzes that go with them. It’s a little tricky to figure out how this website works for some students but once you do, it’s a great site! http://www.grammar-quizzes.com/prepsum.html



Writing sites: 

  1. SBCC OWL: https://www.sbcc.edu/clrc/onlinewritinglibrary.php Lots of links for help with the writing process from beginning to end plus some links for ESL students.
  1. University of Toronto: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice This SUPURB page, brought to you by the University of Toronto, gives you much of the information you need to prepare yourself as an academic writer!  Consult this page for information on writing essays, consulting sources.  As a matter of fact, this page has information you can use for every one of the assignments in our class.  There is even a special section with help for ESL students.  Highly recommended!
  1. Purdue OWL: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Excellent site! Lots of info for native speakers (and advanced ESL) as well as help for ESL students in general. The go to site for MLA citation rules and guidelines.
  1. How to write an essay: 10 easy steps from the University of Cairo http://www1.aucegypt.edu/academic/writers/
  1. Proofreading tips: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/proofing_grammar.shtml
  1. Ohio University’s help with the mechanics of writing; http://www.ohio.edu/linguistics/esl/writing/mechanics.html This site has links to sites to help with sentence combining, punctuation, grammar, transitions and paragraphing.  It even has a list of spelling sites at the end!
  1. Basics on paragraph writing: http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/students/fwalters/para.html
  1. Writer’s Workshop from the University of Illinois: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/ This is a grammar handbook that discusses parts of speech, verbs, clauses, phrases, and common usage problems.
  1. Garbl’s writing center: http://garbl.home.comcast.net/~garbl/ A list of websites for writing plus other useful info.  It’s a little hard to navigate but can be helpful for the links.



 Listening sites:

  1. http://esl-lab.com/ Randall’s cyber listening lab!  One of my favorites! For beginners to advanced level.
  2. http://www.englishcentral.com/en/videos Great site with videos that they can watch and then practice the dialog.
  3. http://www.1-language.com/eslnews/indexnew.htm Great site with exercises too!  Not up to date but good selection!
  4. http://www.englishclub.com/listening/index.htm English club is a great site for everything and it’s free!
  5. http://www.englishlistening.com/index.php You can do the listening from the guest area for free (otherwise it costs 20.00 a month)
  6. http://esl.about.com/cs/listening/ You can choose by level and see a variety of sites!
  7. http://www.eslhome.com/esl/listen/ Lots of different sites.  Some authentic and some semi-authentic.
  8. http://englishbaby.com/
  9. http://eleaston.com/ great site with info on accents, differences between English dialects, listening, grammar, vocabulary, quizzes and more
  10. Recorded poetry – you can listen and repeat http://www.repeatafterus.com/iorecorded.php


News in English for ENGLISH LEARNERS

  1. http://www.onpointradio.org/ NPR out of Boston Great site for Advanced  students!
  2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ Great site with scripts and quizzes for some.
  3. http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/  Voice of America news site in “special English”  for English learners
  4. http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html  CNN news stories with transcripts and activities such as vocabulary, sequencing, word selection, etc especially for ESL listeners.
  5. http://www.efl.net/worldnews.htm Easy news for ESL/EFL students
  6. http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ up to date listening and podcasts with activities and speaking exercises with partners.
  7. http://www.englishclub.com/listening/news.htm Weekly news stories made simpler for ESL students



  1. About.com’s ESL page with dialogues and reading comprehension exercises on a variety of topics.  Scroll to the bottom for advanced level:.
  1. Reading and word form exercise:
  1. Classic reading in English – Englishclub’s site: organized by levels and short texts!
  1. More than 100 short readings (scroll to the bottom and you’ll see more) with vocabulary and comprehension questions and more.  Good for level 4 but also for extra practice for level 5. 
  1. Guardian news from the UK has great exercises to accompany news articles.  Both intermediate levels and  advanced levels.
  1. CDLP has great topic oriented reading and some are with videos.  Some are easy and others not so easy. If you want the easy version, pick the basic story and if you want the harder version, choose the full story. Great site! Has listen along, matching and comprehension activities plus you can email your teacher or tutor your results! Level 5 should try the full version for a challenge!
  1. Learnersonline.com Weekly online lessons on all kinds of topics.  You can access older lessons too.  Don’t let the grade level fool you; these are good for high intermediate or advanced ESL/EFL students. Some readings seem to be more based on corporate foundations and less about the topic or reading, but others in the archives can be really informative.
  1. Simple Speed Reading Techniques This site has some basic strategies for increasing your reading speed.  Try some of them out!



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