English as a Second Language

English for Academic Purposes

English Vocabulary Exercises

What is the Academic Word List? The AWL is a list of words which appear with high frequency in English-language academic texts. The list was compiled by Averil Coxhead at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The list contains 570 word families and is divided into 10 sublists. Sublist 1 consists of the 60…

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Exercise Central 3.0

  Develop your writing skills and test taking skills.  Exercise Central offers support for self-paced learning. Visitors can take a diagnostic, review the free tutorials to brush up on their understanding of key grammar concepts, and practice their skills by taking exercises. Link to Resource Rating:

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English Skills: Online Study and Practice

Study grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, spelling, study skills, communication & pronunciation.  Portland Community College’s helpful site full of online resources. Link to Resource Rating:

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ABEWeb

ABEweb allows you to study and improve your skills in English, transitions, GED, college prep, ELL, geography, job searching, math, social studies, and technology.  ABE web is a large website that can help adults with their basic education.  The website is very easy to navigate and offers many activities that are both visual and interactive.…

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Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com provides millions of definitions, synonyms, audio pronunciations, example sentences, translations and spelling help through their dictionary reference and thesaurus. You can also play the daily crosswords and puzzles, and learn from the “Word of the Day”. Link to Resource Rating: 

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UEfAP: Academic Writing

The UEfAP: Academic Writing provides a specific-detailed information of the features of the academic writing of an essay or research paper. Using this guide, students can easily identify the main key feature of an essay or trace the structure of a research paper based on its instruction throughout each section. In addition, each section essentially gathers advice information (punctuation, citation, spelling,…

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The Guide to Grammar and Writing

The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains a full, thorough informative grammar and writing guide to words and sentences, paragraphs and essays, and even research papers. More than one thousand questions were submitted to “Ask Grammar” section, so just click ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ or ‘Grammarlogs (answers)’ to see answers to many grammar questions.  Also in this section you can find…

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Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP)

The UEFAP website provides extensive information on writing, reading, vocabulary, listening and note taking skills for academic English learners. Each section has a text teaching and then an interactive exercises to practice! Lots of great content here. Link to Resource Rating: 

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The Hunter College Reading/Writing Center

The Hunter College Reading/Writing Center website provides handouts and links about reading and writing.  It includes topics on: Portfolios, Literature, Poems, Resumes, Business letters, Outlines, MLA, APA, Writing about Arts and Science, Health Science and Social Work. Link to Resource Rating: 

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The Writing Studio (CSU)

Colorado State University’s Writing Studio website provides lots of information about writing.  This includes primarily writing guides for common assignments, research papers, or even writing for specific disciplines like literature, business, or the sciences.  All the guides have a printable version that you can print or save as a .pdf for viewing if you don’t want…

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English as a Second Language

Word Reference

Bilingual Dictionaries: Find definitions and explanations of various uses of words from one language to another. WordReference provides extensive information on word meanings and examples of various uses of a word or phrase in a particular language.  This is particularly useful for advanced language learning to understand the ways words are used and how to use them…

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WikiHow: How To Spell

The How To Spell wikiHow is a great tool for reviewing the primary rules for English spelling.  It also provides printable handouts of a “Spelling Rules Cheat Sheet” and “Common Mispellings”, which can be helpful to have on hand as needed.  The end of the post gives some tips on how to practice and improve…

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Voice of America: Learning English

VOA news provides short current event news videos and articles organized by English levels 1 & 2 for English learners to watch, read, and listen to for English comprehension practice. This site is easy and quick to access quality & current resources at a level that benefits English language learners. The audio is read clearly and slowly so students…

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Vocaroo: Online Voice Recorder

  Vocaroo is a simple, quick, and free online voice recording tool.  Once you finish your recording, the site will ask you “Happy with this recording?” and tell you to “Click here to save>>”.  Once you click to save, it will give you a url address that you can copy and paste as a link to your audio…

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Visuwords

Find the meaning of words and their association with other words.  Visuwords is a free online graphical dictionary and thesaurus. Enter a word into the search box and see a visual diagram display of the word meanings. To learn more about any word on the diagram just double click on it and new bubbles will appear. To…

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Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP)

The UEFAP website provides extensive information on writing, reading, vocabulary, listening and note taking skills for academic English learners. Each section has a text teaching and then an interactive exercises to practice! Lots of great content here. Link to Resource Rating: 

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UEfAP: Academic Writing

The UEfAP: Academic Writing provides a specific-detailed information of the features of the academic writing of an essay or research paper. Using this guide, students can easily identify the main key feature of an essay or trace the structure of a research paper based on its instruction throughout each section. In addition, each section essentially gathers advice information (punctuation, citation, spelling,…

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TV411: Tune in to Learning

Watch videos and learn from guided exercise lessons to learn various concepts in the areas of reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, and finance.  Spanish version of site is also available. TV411 provides free educational videos and interactive lessons in various skill areas including reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, and finance.  You do not have to register or sign…

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The Writing Studio (CSU)

Colorado State University’s Writing Studio website provides lots of information about writing.  This includes primarily writing guides for common assignments, research papers, or even writing for specific disciplines like literature, business, or the sciences.  All the guides have a printable version that you can print or save as a .pdf for viewing if you don’t want…

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The Guide to Grammar and Writing

The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains a full, thorough informative grammar and writing guide to words and sentences, paragraphs and essays, and even research papers. More than one thousand questions were submitted to “Ask Grammar” section, so just click ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ or ‘Grammarlogs (answers)’ to see answers to many grammar questions.  Also in this section you can find…

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Talk English

Listen to English phrases and practice pronouncing them yourself, or listen and answer questions to practice your understanding of spoken English.  Talk English provides sound bites of sentences in English. It is organized by level and subject matter by a text menu on the left hand side of the web page. You can also access…

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Spelling Bee

Games to Learn English’s Spelling Bee game is great for practicing spelling.  The game first lets you select a general vocabulary topic area.  Then it speaks words to you from that vocabulary set and you have to type them using the keyboard on the screen.  It shows you a picture of the word as well…

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Smrt English

Learn English grammar, writing skills, and listening practice using videos and exercises. Smrt English is good for Native English speakers learning grammar and also for English Language Learners learning the basics of the English language.  You do not need to create an account to access the site.  The ‘Library’ has grammar videos that are searchable!  These videos…

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Simple English Wikipedia

Search for information that is written with simple English vocabulary and grammar for adults learning English or young English speakers. Simple English Wikipedia is a place where people work together to write encyclopedias using simple English words and grammar. The Simple English Wikipedia is for both children and adults who are learning English. There are 113,229 articles on the Simple English Wikipedia.…

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Semicolon Wars on Punctuation Island

Though Mr.Nussbaum’s website was created primarily for kids, there are some fun educational games that can definitely help you practice certain important and difficult content in English, Math, and other subjects.  The Semicolon Wars of Punctuation Island is a really fun game to practice the use of semicolons, periods, comas, and colons. Even as a college…

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Reading Bear

 Learn English letter sounds and basic vocabulary. The Reading Bear site is great for English Language Learners to hear each English letter sounds pronounced in video with real words.  Though it is made for children, it is a great basic tool for listening to the produced sounds and associated written letters that can really help students learn listening…

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Rachel’s English

Rachel’s English site provides detailed videos on how to physically produce/pronounce English sounds, words, and phrases.  This site is useful for students who are particularly patient and willing to learn the intricacies of phonetics and pronunciation to improve their English production.   Link to resource   Rating: 

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OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab

 Find detailed information about many topics related to writing, grammar rules, writing techniques, and essay formatting. The Purdue OWL site is an extensive reference for all questions associated with writing.  It gives specific information and descriptions on writing process, grammar, rules and styles.  It can be very useful for understanding writing concepts being taught in classes…

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No Red Ink

 Learn English grammar with practice questions and progress tracking. For students, you can sign-up to use this program free and then type in your class code that your teacher provides you OR you can enter without any association to a class by using your email to sign-up and finding the ‘Practice’ tab once you enter the site.  It…

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Natural Reader

Listen to any written text spoken aloud at your preferred speed. The Natural Reader site allows you to copy and paste or write 200 characters of text into a box which will then be read aloud in the voice of your choice and at the speed of your choice. You can choose a male or female voice…

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam Webster dictionary website provides a free search of English word definitions and medical word definitions. You can also use the thesaurus tab for finding synonyms and antonyms. It is useful as a reference for English reading, writing, and spelling.  You can also find word solutions for scrabble, play word games, crossword puzzles, or take…

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Longman Vocabulary Website

wps.ablongman.com/long_licklider_vocabulary_2 Practice your vocabulary knowledge and learn new words using word exercises. The Longman Vocabulary Website provides question exercises relating to various vocabulary topics including synonyms, antonyms, commonly confused words, academic vocabulary, and more.  The site gives three levels under each topic: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.  Each level has 10 different exercise sets to practice and learn…

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Listen and Write

Practice English listening comprehension and spelling. Listen and Write  is a site with various levels of articles and information in English that are read aloud in an audio recording repeatedly and allows the user to type out what is said. After typing the sentence as correctly as possible, you click check and your answer will be corrected…

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Learning Chocolate: Vocabulary Learning Platform

Learn vocabulary with pictures and audio in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, or Japanese. Learning Chocolate has a picture library of topical vocabulary. You can choose to see and hear the words in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, or Japanese. Each topic set gives a picture and audio clip of each word. Then there are four activities you can…

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Lang-8: Multi-lingual Language Exchange

Practice writing in the foreign language you are learning with help from native speakers.  Lang-8 is a free language exchange online.  You do have to create an account with your email to access it, but once you do, you are able to post your writings in the foreign language you are learning or even just write…

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Guide to Writing a Basic Essay

Guide to Writing a Basic Essay provides simple steps on how to make the essay writing process fun and easy. The information instructs you how to choose topic, prepare an outline, write the thesis statement, body, introduction and conclusion paragraphs, and how to add the finishing touches to the paper. Link to resource Rating: 

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Grammar Ninja

Practice recognizing parts of speech in basic to advanced English sentences. Grammar Ninja game tests the player on identifying parts of speech (noun, verb, adverb, article, conjunction, preposition & pronoun) in a sentence. It has beginning, intermediate and advanced challenges.  This is a fun game to practice and learn with.   Link to resource Rating:

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Games to Learn English

 Practice basic (ESL) English Vocabulary using games. Games to Learn English provides two game models you can choose from to practice a variety of English words.  Before the game begins, you are prompted to choose the topic of vocabulary you would like to use for the game.  Choices includes everything from colors to hospital vocab or…

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EngVid.com

Learn English vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension.  EngVid provides English teaching videos on various English topics and grammar. It is organized by topic and teacher. It is also generally searchable for any specific topic of interest using the search bar on the menu bar.   Link to resource   Rating: 

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English Vocabulary Exercises

What is the Academic Word List? The AWL is a list of words which appear with high frequency in English-language academic texts. The list was compiled by Averil Coxhead at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The list contains 570 word families and is divided into 10 sublists. Sublist 1 consists of the 60…

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English Skills: Online Study and Practice

Study grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, spelling, study skills, communication & pronunciation.  Portland Community College’s helpful site full of online resources. Link to Resource Rating:

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English Listening

Listen to naturally spoken English and answer comprehension questions.  Englishlistening.com provides audio clips of people telling regular life stories in naturally spoken English. You can listen to the audio and then answer comprehension questions afterward. The stories are marked according to length and speed of speech. The titles of the audio clips express the topic of the…

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English Central

Learn ESL English listening, pronunciation, and grammar skills with videos and interactive exercises.  On the English Central website, Tacoma Community College ESL students can now access more extensive study exercises and activities.  The video lessons give subtitles along with the audio, and you can click on the words you don’t know during the video to learn!…

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EFL Net

Learn and practice English grammar points (for English Language Learners). EFL Net provides tutorials and practice exercises on English grammar, vocabulary, reading, and listening. There are various levels and categories within each of the topics. There are interactive short quizzes in each section. The adds are a bit annoying but nonetheless, the content is very useful.    Link…

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DuoLingo

Duolingo is a free gamified language learning program.  You can learn English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, or Dutch.  The program gives lessons on certain vocab and topics including writing, reading, listening, and speaking tasks.  As you complete and pass each section, you unlock the more advanced sections.  You can earn duolingo currency, called Lingots,…

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Digital Dialects: Language Learning Games

Learn foreign language vocabulary by topic with interactive-audio exercises. Digital Dialects provides interactive exercises to learn vocabulary in many different languages. Most the languages have content topics including alphabet, greetings, colors, animals, numbers, clothing, food, calendar, verbs, and other various basic topics. The ‘games’ include audio-visual identification for the most part, but are engaging and repetitive which…

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Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com provides millions of definitions, synonyms, audio pronunciations, example sentences, translations and spelling help through their dictionary reference and thesaurus. You can also play the daily crosswords and puzzles, and learn from the “Word of the Day”. Link to Resource Rating: 

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Bits – English Language Learning

Reading and Listening material for English Language Learners. ESL Bits provides a variety of engaging materials at different levels of English including stories, books, songs w/ music and lyrics. The stories have audio reading with slow and fast pace for different learning levels.  This is a good source of various types of interesting reading & listening materials.…

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Activities for ESL: Self-Study Grammar Quizzes

Practice your English (ESL) Grammar skills. The A4ESL Self-Study site provides numerous ‘quizzes’ where it allows you to fill in the blank with the correct form of the English word.  Every question gives a drop down box where you can view the correct answer immediately to check yourself.  There is not grammar explanations, only the practice…

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ABEWeb

ABEweb allows you to study and improve your skills in English, transitions, GED, college prep, ELL, geography, job searching, math, social studies, and technology.  ABE web is a large website that can help adults with their basic education.  The website is very easy to navigate and offers many activities that are both visual and interactive.…

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ABC Fast Phonics

   Learn to read English with audio & visual explanations of basic English letter sounds and the vowels and consonants used to form words. ABC Fast Phonics is a great tool for introducing and understanding the basic elements of English sounds and written letters.  The site gives simple explanations and examples and provides audio of all written…

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