English Language Arts

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Writing and Speaking Guidelines

Type: Informational – Interactive Use: Learn about presentation and writing with guides, sample works, and practice exercises Description:  Penn State University’s writing and speaking guidelines are designed to help engineering and science students communicate their technical work. The site provides advice, models, and exercises for writing assignments in engineering and science. The guidelines for presentations…

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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 Public Speaking Project

The Public Speaking Project website provides an online textbook, video slide presentations on various public speaking topics and handouts.  The content on this site has been contributed by various speech professionals. The site intends to add and update content regularly and states that activities will soon be added for further practice and engagement of the content by…

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Ted-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

Learn from a video lesson with exercises and further resources and discussion as well. Ted-Ed provides video based lessons that people have developed into fuller lessons using question and answer exercises after the video, futher information and resource references, and online discussion boards.  You can search for the subject area or lesson topic you would like…

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Popplet

Create mind-maps to brainstorm or organize ideas for projects or essays.  Popplet provides a quick and easy platform for creating a digital mind-map.  Simply click “try it out” to get started.  You can export your work as a .pdf or .jpg to save it or you can print it out immediately. You only have to sign…

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Netiquette

The Netiquette website provides information on common courtesy and informal rules regarding writing comments, participating in discussion boards, emailing, blogging and other forms of communication on the internet. This includes  10 ‘Core Rules’ and more extensive rules in the ‘Complete Online Edition’.  The Quiz is outdated and so does not work on modern browsers.  This information is a…

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50 Wise Speakers

The 50 Wise Speakers website allows you to study public speaking.  The website allows you to select transcripts of speeches based on categories (such as business, education, or government), questions (such as delivery, stage fright, and humor), or based on the speaker themselves. Link to Resource

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Grammar Resources

Writing and Speaking Guidelines

Type: Informational – Interactive Use: Learn about presentation and writing with guides, sample works, and practice exercises Description:  Penn State University’s writing and speaking guidelines are designed to help engineering and science students communicate their technical work. The site provides advice, models, and exercises for writing assignments in engineering and science. The guidelines for presentations…

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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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Virtual Grammar Wiki

Virtual Grammar is a site created by our very own Mary Dewine, English 095 instructor here at TCC.  The site provides links to informational pages, youtube videos, and online exercises for the following grammar topics: fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement, commonly confused words, tense shifts, conciseness (eliminating wordiness), simple/compound/complex sentences, and passive voice.   Link 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

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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

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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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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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Quick and Dirty Tips: Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing provides blog post style articles on various English grammar and usage issues.  Each article is presented with a thumbnail image and they are categorized by Most Recent Tips, Most Popular Tips, and Archive.  Grammar Girl’s posts are not generally searchable in themselves, so it is really for interest and…

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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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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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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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Grammar Bytes

Once you click ‘Enter’, Grammar Bytes provides grammar terms, exercises, handouts, presentations, videos, tips & rules.  The grammar topics included are: Comma Splices & Fused Sentences, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Parallel Structure, Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers, Apostrophes, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Case, Pronoun Reference, Subject-Verb Agreement, and Word Choice.  The handouts and powerpoints cover these topics: Appropriate…

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Goodwill Community Foundation Learn Free

Learn basic computer skills, basic reading, or basic math with interactive videos, exercises, and more. GCF Learn Free has video tutorials, interactive activities, & quizzes introducing all kinds of basic skills from using a computer to baking a cake. After finding the topic of interest, you can watch a basic tutorial video explaining the topic, then…

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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    

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English Language Center Study Zone (University of Victoria)

Find information on various English grammar topics.University of Victoria’s ELC Study Zone site provides access to basic grammar explanation in a simple format without distracting advertisements. Even though it is not very engaging, it does have some practice exercise activities and has good lessons on various grammar topics.     Link to resource Rating:

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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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DLL (Digital Learning Library) of Tacoma Community College

Find handouts created by TCC instructors and staff, find research articles, and other information related to the subject of your search. Tacoma Community College’s Digital Learning Library was created to house digital files of handouts and articles created by TCC faculty and staff.  There are many topics covered and useful freely available content for students to…

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Cengage Learning: Reading & Writing

Practice reading comprehension and/or grammar knowledge. The Cengage Learning site provides practice exercises giving a reading segments of 2-3 paragraphs followed by 17 comprehension questions. There is also a link on the left menu labeled “Writing: ACE Practice Tests”, which provides practice quizzes in various grammar points from apostrophes to comas, each quiz has 17 multiple choice questions on…

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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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Listening Resources

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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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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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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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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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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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    

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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

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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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Reading Resources

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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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

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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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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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OneLook Dictionary Search

The One Look Dictionary Search website provides a type of search engine for words and phrases, by searching many existing notable dictionary sites and returning a list of links to the definitions on the various sites.  On the right side of the results page, the site provides a quick definition in case you do not need more than that. Using…

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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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Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. Link to Resource  

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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

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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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Complete Works of William Shakespeare

 Find full text of all Shakespeare’s writings. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare site from MIT is a simple index of Shakespeare’s published writings freely available since they are public domain works.   Link to resource Rating:

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Cengage Learning: Reading & Writing

Practice reading comprehension and/or grammar knowledge. The Cengage Learning site provides practice exercises giving a reading segments of 2-3 paragraphs followed by 17 comprehension questions. There is also a link on the left menu labeled “Writing: ACE Practice Tests”, which provides practice quizzes in various grammar points from apostrophes to comas, each quiz has 17 multiple choice questions on…

Read More

Speaking Resources

Writing and Speaking Guidelines

Type: Informational – Interactive Use: Learn about presentation and writing with guides, sample works, and practice exercises Description:  Penn State University’s writing and speaking guidelines are designed to help engineering and science students communicate their technical work. The site provides advice, models, and exercises for writing assignments in engineering and science. The guidelines for presentations…

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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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The Public Speaking Project

The Public Speaking Project website provides an online textbook, video slide presentations on various public speaking topics and handouts.  The content on this site has been contributed by various speech professionals. The site intends to add and update content regularly and states that activities will soon be added for further practice and engagement of the content by…

Read More

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…

Read More

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

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Vocabulary Resources

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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

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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,…

Read More

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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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…

Read More

OneLook Dictionary Search

The One Look Dictionary Search website provides a type of search engine for words and phrases, by searching many existing notable dictionary sites and returning a list of links to the definitions on the various sites.  On the right side of the results page, the site provides a quick definition in case you do not need more than that. Using…

Read More

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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Lateral Thinking and Logic Puzzles

The Lateral Thinking and Logic Puzzles site provides many word puzzles at various levels from very easy to very difficult.  For the Lateral Thinking Puzzles, there are several categories including: Preconceptions, Fact, Fanciful, and Semantics.  Each puzzle has a button to give a hint and shot the solution.  This is a fun site to work…

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Free Rice

Freerice.com provides users with immediate multiple choice questions to practice your knowledge in various subject areas.  However, the site does not teach you the information, so the only way to learn new information is by trial and error and continuing to use the program until the same question comes around again and guessing until you…

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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

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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!…

Read More

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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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

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Cengage Learning: Reading & Writing

Practice reading comprehension and/or grammar knowledge. The Cengage Learning site provides practice exercises giving a reading segments of 2-3 paragraphs followed by 17 comprehension questions. There is also a link on the left menu labeled “Writing: ACE Practice Tests”, which provides practice quizzes in various grammar points from apostrophes to comas, each quiz has 17 multiple choice questions on…

Read More

Writing Resources

Writing and Speaking Guidelines

Type: Informational – Interactive Use: Learn about presentation and writing with guides, sample works, and practice exercises Description:  Penn State University’s writing and speaking guidelines are designed to help engineering and science students communicate their technical work. The site provides advice, models, and exercises for writing assignments in engineering and science. The guidelines for presentations…

Read More

WikiHow: How to Write an Essay

 Step-by-step guide to writing an essay. WikiHow’s How to Write an Essay is practical guide to every step of the writing process for developing and writing a strong essay. There is a separate step-by-step process given specifically for persuasive essays, expository essays, and narrative essays (scroll down on the page to see them).  These step-by-step guides ask…

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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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Virtual Grammar Wiki

Virtual Grammar is a site created by our very own Mary Dewine, English 095 instructor here at TCC.  The site provides links to informational pages, youtube videos, and online exercises for the following grammar topics: fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement, commonly confused words, tense shifts, conciseness (eliminating wordiness), simple/compound/complex sentences, and passive voice.   Link to…

Read More

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

Read More

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,…

Read More

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 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

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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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Research and Documentation Online

Quick reference for APA, MLA, Chicago, & CSE writing guidelines and sample research papers in each style.  The Research and Documentation Online site provides the same basic information as A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. This website was created and is maintained by Bedford St. Martin’s, the same publisher as Hacker’s reference textbook. It provides information on…

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Purdue OWL: Writing Essays For Exams

The Writing Essays for Exams page on the Purdue OWL site is a simple explanation of the most important elements of writing that tests are looking for to evaluate your writing skill level.  This page provides well organized and concise information. Link to resource Rating:

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Popplet

Create mind-maps to brainstorm or organize ideas for projects or essays.  Popplet provides a quick and easy platform for creating a digital mind-map.  Simply click “try it out” to get started.  You can export your work as a .pdf or .jpg to save it or you can print it out immediately. You only have to sign…

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Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant provides writing help in a variety of capacities from punctuation and sentence structure to free writing, revising, and formatting.  There is well organized valuable information under ‘Site Map’ > ‘Navigation Menu’ including writing invention, arranging, revising, editing, reflecting, explaining, convincing, exploring, and documenting. Link to Resource

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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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OneLook Dictionary Search

The One Look Dictionary Search website provides a type of search engine for words and phrases, by searching many existing notable dictionary sites and returning a list of links to the definitions on the various sites.  On the right side of the results page, the site provides a quick definition in case you do not need more than that. Using…

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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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MLA (Modern Language Association)

  Find details of guidelines for MLA essay formatting.  The Modern Language Association site provides extensive information on the MLA formatting style for writing papers for college classes.   Link to resource  

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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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Language is a Virus

Cure writer’s block, play with words, and find inspiration for your writing. Language is a Virus provides various fun and helpful tools to play with language to help you create your own writing works!  This is great for creative writing, poetry, or even help with rewording difficult sentences in an essay or project.   Link to resource Rating:

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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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Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. …

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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

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Essay Writing Step by Step PDF

Learn how to write an essay with step-by-step information. The Essay Writing Step by Step PDF is a handout created by TCC’s Writing and Tutoring Center.  It gives step by step information through the foundations of writing an essay.   Link to resource Rating:

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Essay Map

Essay Map provides students with step-by-step guidance in the construction of an essay in a digital graphic. At first, simply create “Your Name” and “Your Topic” to get started.  Also, you can use this graphic organizer to develop an outline for an essay that includes an introductory statement, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion. When your map…

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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

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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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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

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Commonsense Composition [by CK12]

Learn writing skills with information and practice exercises. Commonsense Composition is an open text on the cK-12.org website that provides content for self-paced study of writing concepts and skills!  Each link gives you information and diagrams explaining that particular essay writing style and then gives reading content and questions to practice your writing skills.  The content is well…

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Bubbl.us : Brainstorming Made Simple

Create mind-maps to brainstorm or organize ideas for projects or essays. Bubbl.us provides a quick and easy platform for creating a digital mind-map just like Popplet.  Simply click “Start Brainstorming” to get started.  You can export your work as a .jpg to save it or you can print it out.  A box will pop up every…

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APA Style

 Find details of guidelines for APA essay formatting. The APA Style site provides extensive information on the APA formatting style for writing papers for college classes.   Link to resource      

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All English Resources

Writing and Speaking Guidelines

Type: Informational – Interactive Use: Learn about presentation and writing with guides, sample works, and practice exercises Description:  Penn State University’s writing and speaking guidelines are designed to help engineering and science students communicate their technical work. The site provides advice, models, and exercises for writing assignments in engineering and science. The guidelines for presentations…

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WikiHow: How to Write an Essay

 Step-by-step guide to writing an essay. WikiHow’s How to Write an Essay is practical guide to every step of the writing process for developing and writing a strong essay. There is a separate step-by-step process given specifically for persuasive essays, expository essays, and narrative essays (scroll down on the page to see them).  These step-by-step guides ask…

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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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What is Write 096

Write 096 is designed to gives students consistent help with their writing throughout the quarter.  Students must attend a minimum of nine (eight in the summer) one-on-one tutorials in a quarter, which works out to about one session per week.  Please click on the flyer to the left for more information.  You can save the…

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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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Virtual Grammar Wiki

Virtual Grammar is a site created by our very own Mary Dewine, English 095 instructor here at TCC.  The site provides links to informational pages, youtube videos, and online exercises for the following grammar topics: fragments, run-on sentences, subject-verb agreement, commonly confused words, tense shifts, conciseness (eliminating wordiness), simple/compound/complex sentences, and passive voice.   Link 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

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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 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 Public Speaking Project

The Public Speaking Project website provides an online textbook, video slide presentations on various public speaking topics and handouts.  The content on this site has been contributed by various speech professionals. The site intends to add and update content regularly and states that activities will soon be added for further practice and engagement of the content by…

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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

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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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Ted-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing

Learn from a video lesson with exercises and further resources and discussion as well. Ted-Ed provides video based lessons that people have developed into fuller lessons using question and answer exercises after the video, futher information and resource references, and online discussion boards.  You can search for the subject area or lesson topic you would like…

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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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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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Research and Documentation Online

Quick reference for APA, MLA, Chicago, & CSE writing guidelines and sample research papers in each style.  The Research and Documentation Online site provides the same basic information as A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. This website was created and is maintained by Bedford St. Martin’s, the same publisher as Hacker’s reference textbook. It provides information on…

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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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Quick and Dirty Tips: Grammar Girl

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing provides blog post style articles on various English grammar and usage issues.  Each article is presented with a thumbnail image and they are categorized by Most Recent Tips, Most Popular Tips, and Archive.  Grammar Girl’s posts are not generally searchable in themselves, so it is really for interest and…

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Purdue OWL: Writing Essays For Exams

The Writing Essays for Exams page on the Purdue OWL site is a simple explanation of the most important elements of writing that tests are looking for to evaluate your writing skill level.  This page provides well organized and concise information. Link to resource Rating:

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Popplet

Create mind-maps to brainstorm or organize ideas for projects or essays.  Popplet provides a quick and easy platform for creating a digital mind-map.  Simply click “try it out” to get started.  You can export your work as a .pdf or .jpg to save it or you can print it out immediately. You only have to sign…

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Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant provides writing help in a variety of capacities from punctuation and sentence structure to free writing, revising, and formatting.  There is well organized valuable information under ‘Site Map’ > ‘Navigation Menu’ including writing invention, arranging, revising, editing, reflecting, explaining, convincing, exploring, and documenting. Link to Resource

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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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OneLook Dictionary Search

The One Look Dictionary Search website provides a type of search engine for words and phrases, by searching many existing notable dictionary sites and returning a list of links to the definitions on the various sites.  On the right side of the results page, the site provides a quick definition in case you do not need more than that. Using…

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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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MLA (Modern Language Association)

  Find details of guidelines for MLA essay formatting.  The Modern Language Association site provides extensive information on the MLA formatting style for writing papers for college classes.   Link to resource  

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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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Learners TV

LearnersTV is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable educational videos for many subjects ranging from Biology to Political Science with its diverse and plentiful content. Also, this site has a collection of free audio lectures of whole courses which are provided by professors from reputed universities around the world. You can review the lessons you’ve already studied by taking the…

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Lateral Thinking and Logic Puzzles

The Lateral Thinking and Logic Puzzles site provides many word puzzles at various levels from very easy to very difficult.  For the Lateral Thinking Puzzles, there are several categories including: Preconceptions, Fact, Fanciful, and Semantics.  Each puzzle has a button to give a hint and shot the solution.  This is a fun site to work…

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Language is a Virus

Cure writer’s block, play with words, and find inspiration for your writing. Language is a Virus provides various fun and helpful tools to play with language to help you create your own writing works!  This is great for creative writing, poetry, or even help with rewording difficult sentences in an essay or project.   Link to resource Rating:

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Khan Academy Library

Learn math, science, economics, history, art, computing or test prep using video lessons and exercises.The Khan Academy Library provides well organized video series teaching and exercises in many subjects.  Khan Academy has the most extensive content in Mathematics, but also has great series of videos in Sciences, Economics and Finance, Arts and Humanities, Computing, and Test Preparation!   Link to…

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ipl2: Newspapers & Magazines

Find newspapers from different States and Countries.  The ipl2: Newspapers and Magazines website provides an index directly linking to newspaper and magazine sites in every US state and many countries.  This is an excellent library for searching for current articles in particular cities or regions. Link to Resource

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Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. Link to Resource  

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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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Grammar Bytes

Once you click ‘Enter’, Grammar Bytes provides grammar terms, exercises, handouts, presentations, videos, tips & rules.  The grammar topics included are: Comma Splices & Fused Sentences, Fragments, Irregular Verbs, Commas, Parallel Structure, Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers, Apostrophes, Pronoun Agreement, Pronoun Case, Pronoun Reference, Subject-Verb Agreement, and Word Choice.  The handouts and powerpoints cover these topics: Appropriate…

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. …

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Free Rice

Freerice.com provides users with immediate multiple choice questions to practice your knowledge in various subject areas.  However, the site does not teach you the information, so the only way to learn new information is by trial and error and continuing to use the program until the same question comes around again and guessing until you…

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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

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Essay Writing Step by Step PDF

Learn how to write an essay with step-by-step information. The Essay Writing Step by Step PDF is a handout created by TCC’s Writing and Tutoring Center.  It gives step by step information through the foundations of writing an essay.   Link to resource Rating:

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Essay Map

Essay Map provides students with step-by-step guidance in the construction of an essay in a digital graphic. At first, simply create “Your Name” and “Your Topic” to get started.  Also, you can use this graphic organizer to develop an outline for an essay that includes an introductory statement, main ideas, supporting details, and a conclusion. When your map…

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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    

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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

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English Language Center Study Zone (University of Victoria)

Find information on various English grammar topics.University of Victoria’s ELC Study Zone site provides access to basic grammar explanation in a simple format without distracting advertisements. Even though it is not very engaging, it does have some practice exercise activities and has good lessons on various grammar topics.     Link to resource Rating:

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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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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

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare

 Find full text of all Shakespeare’s writings. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare site from MIT is a simple index of Shakespeare’s published writings freely available since they are public domain works.   Link to resource Rating:

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Commonsense Composition [by CK12]

Learn writing skills with information and practice exercises. Commonsense Composition is an open text on the cK-12.org website that provides content for self-paced study of writing concepts and skills!  Each link gives you information and diagrams explaining that particular essay writing style and then gives reading content and questions to practice your writing skills.  The content is well…

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Cengage Learning: Reading & Writing

Practice reading comprehension and/or grammar knowledge. The Cengage Learning site provides practice exercises giving a reading segments of 2-3 paragraphs followed by 17 comprehension questions. There is also a link on the left menu labeled “Writing: ACE Practice Tests”, which provides practice quizzes in various grammar points from apostrophes to comas, each quiz has 17 multiple choice questions on…

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Bubbl.us : Brainstorming Made Simple

Create mind-maps to brainstorm or organize ideas for projects or essays. Bubbl.us provides a quick and easy platform for creating a digital mind-map just like Popplet.  Simply click “Start Brainstorming” to get started.  You can export your work as a .jpg to save it or you can print it out.  A box will pop up every…

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APA Style

 Find details of guidelines for APA essay formatting. The APA Style site provides extensive information on the APA formatting style for writing papers for college classes.   Link to resource      

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50 Wise Speakers

The 50 Wise Speakers website allows you to study public speaking.  The website allows you to select transcripts of speeches based on categories (such as business, education, or government), questions (such as delivery, stage fright, and humor), or based on the speaker themselves. Link to Resource

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