Best Internet Sites for Learning English

Compiled by Joe Lauer
June 2011

Note: Many times sites combine skills, such as listening and reading, together.
But each site has been classified under only one category.


Listening

The Best Podcasts

 All Levels 

1) Listening
http://esl-lab.com/
 

2) Excellent videos with transcripts
http://www.englishcentral.com/watch
 

 Easy Levels 

3) Simple and Fun Activities
http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/toppicks/listening.html
 

 Intermediate Level 

4) Hiroshima University's Virtual University: A Great Site!
http://vu.flare.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/english/listening/index-e.html

5) Interesting Stories
http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/menu.htm

6) BBC: News, Music, Business English
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/sport/index.shtml

7) Listen to Interesting Stories While Reading Along
http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/topics_summary.cfm
 

8) NBA Game Highlights
http://www.nba.com/video/
 

 Advanced Level 

9) Movie Transcripts
http://www.script-o-rama.com/trans.shtml

10) Podcasts
http://a4esl.org/podcasts/

11) BBC: News, With Transcripts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/news/index.shtml

12) CNN: Learning English
http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html

13) National Public Radio: News Hour, With Transcripts
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/

14) Stories about American Culture
http://www.npr.org/programs/lnfsound/stories/index.html

15) Advertisements for American Movies
http://us.imdb.com/Sections/Trailers/

16) Famous Speeches in History
http://historychannel.com/speeches/index.html


Vocabulary


 All Levels 

1) Fun Quizzes
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~iteslj/quizzes/vocabulary.html

2) Word Puzzles
http://www.funbrain.com/detect/

3) Interesting Crossword Puzzles
http://iteslj.org/cw/
 

 Easy Level 

4) The 1000 Most Common Words
http://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/bl1000_list1.htm?once=true&

5) How the Alphabet Developed
http://www.wam.umd.edu/~rfradkin/latin.html
 

 Intermediate Level 

6) Communicative Test: Made for Japanese University Students
http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/katsuiwa/english/list.cgi

7) Slang
http://www.eslcafe.com/slang/slang.cgi?

8) Homonyms
http://www.quia.com/custom/1055main.html

9) Lots of Fun Activities
http://a4esl.org/a/v5.html
 

 Advanced Level 

10) TOEFL Vocabulary Practice
http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bltoeflquiz.htm?once=true&

11) Common Errors
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~brians/errors/errors.html


Grammar


 All Levels 

1) Interesting Quizzes
http://www.eslpartyland.com/quiz%20center/quiz.htm#Grammar

2) More Interesting Quizzes
http://a4esl.org/q/h/grammar.html
 

 Intermediate Level 

3) Grammar Test: Made for Japanese University Students
http://vu.flare.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/english/grammartest_a.html

4) Comprehensive Grammar Explanation
http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar/toc.cfm

5) Phrasal Verbs
http://www.eslcafe.com/pv.cgi?

6) Grammar Help from the BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/youmeus/learnit/learnit_archive.shtml

7) Other Grammar
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/index2.html
 

 Advanced Level 

8) TOEFL Grammar Practice
http://esl.about.com/library/quiz/bltoeflquiz.htm?once=true&

9) More TOEFL Grammar
http://testwise.com/review.html#men2
 


Reading


 Easy Level 

1) Reading
http://www.eslpartyland.com/quiz%20center/quiz.htm#Reading

2) Good Reading Exercises
http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/toppicks/reading.html
 

 Intermediate Level 

3) Translation Page
http://www.rikai.com/perl/HomePage.pl?Language=Ja

4) Science
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/scienceqa/index.html

5) Culture Capsules
http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/ortesol98/home.html#master

6) Comics
http://www.snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/index.html
http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/

7) Alice in Wonderland
http://the-office.com/bedtime-story/classics-aliceinwonderland.htm

 Advanced Level 

8) Daily News Quiz
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/quiz/index.html

9) Interesting Materials about Foreign Cultures
http://bjapan.bravehost.com/

10) Some On-line Magazines
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/
http://www.sciam.com/
http://www.newsweek.com/
http://www.time.com/time/
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/home.htm

11) Some Other News Sites
http://www.asahi.com/english/english.html
http://www.usatoday.com/
http://abcnews.go.com/
 

12) Free Electronic Books!
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/


Semi-Conversation


 All Levels 

1) Make foreign friends, using keyboard chat
http://www.eslcafe.com/chat/chatpro.cgi

2) Conversation Questions—Do these with a friend!
http://iteslj.org/questions/
 

3) Excellent Practice with L/R Sounds
http://www.englishcentral.com/speak/sound/L

 Easy Level 

4) Keyboard chat with a robot!
http://www.cleverbot.com/

5) Travel Vocabulary
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~itesls/ts/

6) Basic Pronunciation
http://www.antimoon.com/how/pronunc.htm
 

 Intermediate and Advanced Level 

7) Oral Presentations
http://ec.hku.hk/tops/html/
 


Writing


 All Levels 

1) Writing: Made for Japanese University Students
http://vu.flare.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/english/writing/movie.html

2) The Open Diary
http://www.opendiary.com/
 

 Easy Level 

3) Write Funny Sentences
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~itesls/jaw/w01.html

4) Write a Funny Story
http://www.eduplace.com/tales/index.html

5) Spelling
http://www.funbrain.com/spellroo/
 

 Intermediate and Advanced Level

6) Purdue University Writing Lab
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/index2.html

7) Examples of Essays
http://www.amarris.homestead.com/writing.html


Other Good Sites


1) Links to Many English Learning Sites!
http://towerofenglish.com/

2) Various Interesting Activities
http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/toppicks/toppicks.html

3) On-line Encyclopedia
http://www.encarta.msn.com/

4) On-line Dictionary
http://www.m-w.com/netdict.htm
 


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