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Business English
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English Learning Sites for Spanish Speakers
Listening Practice
General News
General Video
General Reading
Research
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Blogs, Wikis and Forums
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Standardized Exam Practice
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Academic English




Business English (home)
One Stop English Business and ESP This section of the site contains a series of articles and lesson plans for Business English and English for Specific Purposes. http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp?docid=144569
EnglishClub.com - Business English This page contains basic information on how to write business letters. http://www.englishclub.com/business-english/index.htm
Monster.com - Job Search Basics Good authentic resource concentrating on advice for the job market- primarily for the U.S. http://content.monster.com/basics/
E. L. Easton This is a webliography of sites relation to business and business English. Topics include commodities, personal finance small business and marketing. http://eleaston.com/biz/home.html
Better English - Business - Large collection of vocabulary exercises relation to business. http://www.better-english.com/vocabulary.htm
Purdue Univ. OWL - Business Writing This site concentrates on the production of business documents such as emails, memos, cover letters, and extensively on resumes. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/workshops/pp/index.html#business
Business and International Communication (SOLVIT) This is a new and very useful site maintained by CILT, BLIS and RLN. It covers all the important aspects of communicating and doing business overseas under the headings Spoken Communication, Written and Visual Communication and Cultural Communication: http://www.solvit.org.uk
Get International Clients Interesting series of articles in English about targeting international markets. While geared toward native English speakers, non-native English speakers should find them useful as well. There is a series on Basic Guidelines For Using Cross Cultural Communication Web Tools (http://getinternationalclients.com/basic-guidelines-for-using-cross-cultural-communication-web-tools/) which also talks about how to analyze differnt cultures and how to communicate with people from those cultures. http://getinternationalclients.com/
Financial Sense Newshour business news program http://www.financialsense.com/fsn/main.php
RTT News Global financial newswires http://www.rttnews.com/Media/AudioNews.aspx
BusinessWeek podcasts from the business magazine http://www.businessweek.com/search/podcasting.htm
Cambridge Business Lectures from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, UK http://www.cambridgebusinesslectures.com/
Monash University Business School Online business lectures from Australia http://www.mulo.monash.edu.au/fac-buseco.html
BBC Learning Business English Contains various substantial sections on business English, including a comprehensive and well-resourced series of talks by Charles Handy on leading management gurus, Business Language to Go, Talking Business, Get that Job etc.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/




Academic English (home)
UEfAPReading skills for cademic study http://www.uefap.com/reading/readfram.htm
Khan Academy - Short 10 minute lectures about mostly science and mathematics topics.http://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy
Using English for Academic Purposes a kind of an online coursebook with exercises http://www.uefap.com/
Academic Earth Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars http://academicearth.org/
TED Talks TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Site aims to provide video of academics, teachers and other speakers on a wide variety of topics http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks
YouTube Edu Videos and channels from college and universities http://www.youtube.com/edu
Brain Pop Short video on academic topics. Good for lower levels http://www.brainpop.com/
Cambridge Business Lectures from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, UK http://www.cambridgebusinesslectures.com/
Monash University Online business lectures from Australia http://www.mulo.monash.edu.au/fac-buseco.html
Delicious/lectures Academic lectures from various sources on many subjects http://delicious.com/tag/lectures
Reith Lecture series from the BBC world history http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2008/
The Infinite Mind lectures in psychology http://www.lcmedia.com/mindprgm.htm
University of Michigan corpus of spoken English Includes advising sessions, colloquia, dissertation defenses, discussion sessions, interviews, lab sections, lectures, meetings, office hours, seminars, study groups, student presentations, service encounters, and tours. Includes all academic disciplines. Audio recordings with written transcripts.http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micase/ Sound files are available here http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/Audio/index.htm
UC-Berkeley Audio and video webcasts of class lectures from the University of California at Berkeley http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_feeds.php
Slideshare is an application to make and share Powerpoint style presentations. Presentations already uploaded on site in a number of academic subjects. Could be good for lower levels http://www.slideshare.net/
Smarthistory Video and audio alternative to traditional art history textbooks http://www.smarthistory.org/
Edublogs TV alternative to You Tube created by Edublog. Seems to have videos suitable for lower levels http://edublogs.tv/
Open Culture free downloadable lectures and courses from a number of US universities http://www.oculture.com/
Cephalopodcast podcasts about oceanic science for the masses http://www.cephalopodcast.com/blog/cephalopodcast/
Academic Word of the Day podcast including common academic English vocabulary, examples, exercises and linked texts. From Massey University, New Zealand http://tinyurl.com/6xy9hy
Academic English Generator Themed units with examples and exercises, including some (limited) interactivity, based on a set of academic vocabulary derived from the Academic Word List and from an analysis of core business textbooks. From Massey University, New Zealand http://www.academicenglishgenerator.com
Academic Word List - Site to help students expand their academic vocabulary and tecnical jargon. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~alzsh3/acvocab/index.htm
Open Video Project an online searchable video library stocked with many documentary and educational items http://www.open-video.org/
Vidipedia similar to Wikipedia but with video. Site setup is similar to Wikipedia as well Good source for intermediate level videos http://www.vidipedia.org/
Graspr Instructional Videos videos focusing on how to do things - categoried Good for intermediate level http://www.graspr.com/
The Earth Institute at Columbia University Webby award winner 2009 with videos, articles and more tailored for classroom use http://www.earth.columbia.edu/sections/view/9
American RadioWorks site with collection of documentaries, mostly dealing with U.S. history and current issues Webby Award nominee http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/
WebMD This site has long been used for medical information by laypeople. Good for nontechnical, but still authentic, materials related to health and health issues http://www.webmd.com/

General Interactive (home)

i-Village Quiz Central A set of general popular-magazine-like quizzes. UK-culture-based, with topics ranging from the serious like health to the frivolous. http://www.ivillage.co.uk/quizcentral
Jung-Myers-Briggs Personality Test A simplified version of the well-known test. http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm
Multiple Intelligences Test - find out more about how you learn best http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/questions/choose_lang.cfm
Quiz Central A set of quizzes mostly based in U.S. geography, history as well as English grammar and vocabulary http://www.eslcafe.com/quiz/
Cybertown A relatively simple virtual-reality world. Best-suited for adolescents and younger. http://www.cybertown.com/main_ieframes.html
USDA-Pyramid Dietary Assessment Site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While not exactly intuitive, it is a very thorough anaylsis of diet. Keeps track of diet over time as well. http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/login.aspx
European Railway Timetables An interesting task for the language learner is to plan a journey by train, making use of authentic railway timetables. You can find details of most train numbers, connections and prices by consulting the websites of national railway networks. Deutsche Bahn (Germany: http://www.bahn.de), ÖBB (Austria: http://www.oebb.at) and SNCF (France: http://www.sncf.fr) can be consulted in English as well as in the national language. The Dutch Railways site at http://www.ns.nl is also very good for national and international connections. For the UK Ithere is the National Rail site, which - significantly - is available only in English: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk. Try planning a rail journey from Oxford to Munich or from Manchester to Brussels. The Deutsche Bahn website allows you to do this, detailing all connections and the time that should be allowed for using the London Underground between stations. The SNCF site is much more temperamental, offering less detail and falling over if there are too many connections or if you choose an unacceptable preferred departure time or date. According to National Rail, however, UK trains only connect with Eurostar trains departing from Waterloo: end of the line.
PassportStamp A site which allows users to create a personalised map of their travels across the globe and discuss their exploits with other Web users: http://www.passportstamp.com
Senses Challenge interactive quiz about the 5 senses. Language level is intermediate to high-intermediate but the questions are hard! http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/interactives/senseschallenge/senses.swf
Second Life The fastest growing Multi User Virtual Environment (MUVE) on the Web, a 3D virtual world that you can explore in the guise of your chosen avatar: http://www.secondlife.com.
Webkinz is a 3-D virtual work where users have their own virtual pet to take care of. Generally aimed toward younger learners. http://www.webkinz.com/us_en/
Daily English Activities This site have a wide variety of different types of activities in English. Some are standard, like grammar drills but most are interactive and authentic like chatting with Santa or learning a song in English. http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/2008/12/have-chat-with-santa.html
Voice Thread Here you can upload images or videos for others to comment on. The main page is at http://voicethread.com/ One example of a good school activity is at a thread called "What Could It Mean?" at http://voicethread.com/share/48359
Sheppard Software supports a free website with general educational games such as basic chemistry, world and US geography and history. Main audience is kids but good for beginner to intermediate English learners of any age http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/




Grammar Exercises (home)

Basic

MES-Games Mostly grammar and some vocabulary. Best for beginner and low intermediate levels. http://www.marks-english-school.com/games.html
Better English - Easier While the title claims its a business English site, it mostly has general grammar exercises, though content is better-suited to older learners http://www.better-english.com/easier.htm
Verb Tense Tutorial All the verb tenses in English here. Good basic exercises. There are some explanations of how to use the tenses but they are separated from the exercises, which makes them a bit difficult to consult when doing the exercises. http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html
Super Quiz Machine Basic grammar quizzes. No categorization, no explanations. http://www.manythings.org/c/r.cgi/quiz
Mad Libs on the Web Not really a grammar quiz per se, more of a game where the participant is asked to provide words based mostly on grammatical category. It is a game native speakers (at least in the pre-digital age) have played. http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/yreaders/madlibs/fun.html
Intermediate
ESL Blues LARGE collection of grammar quizzes which are categorized. Some reading based quizzes, too http://ww2.college-em.qc.ca/prof/epritchard/trouindx.htm
330 Grammar Topics Fairly complete set of grammar exercises. Each category of grammar quizzes are preceeded by explanation/review. http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/index.htm
SMIC Interactive Exercises Mostly grammatical exercises with some vocabulary and 2 reading-based quizzes. http://www.smic.be/smic5022/Onlineexercises.htm
Professor Grammar grammar explanations, grammar exercises and video http://www.professorgrammar.com/
Advanced
Purdue OWL - ESL and Punctuation Exercises The ESL section is short but covers the most common errors ESL writers make. The rest of the quizzes tackle punctuation and other issues not restricted to the ESL learner. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/interact/
Multi-level
Internet TESL Journal - Grammar Exercises Extensive collection of Java-based quizzes at all levels. http://a4esl.org/q/j/
EFL Net Wide selection of grammar quizzes inclusing error corrections exercises similar to what is presented on the TOEFL. http://www.eflnet.com/grammar/
English Learner British English based site. Also includes some vocabulary work like crossword puzzles. http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/test.html
Free English Tests for ESL/EFL grammar, vocabulary and business English, with explanations http://www.english-test.net/



Grammar Tutorials (home)
onestopenglish.com - Grammar Reference Pure explanations, might be more useful to teachers than students. http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp?sectionType=listsummary&catid=58093
Grammar Safari This is a kind of "webquest" The purpose of this webquest is to find examples of grammatical structures and then create hypothesis as to the rules. http://www.iei.uiuc.edu/student_grammarsafari.html
Professor Grammar grammar explanations, grammar exercises and video http://www.professorgrammar.com/



Just for Fun (home)
The Speech Accent Archive This site is part of a research project of George Mason University. They have samples of native and non-native speakers of English saying the same paragraph which contains the all the phonemes of English. http://accent.gmu.edu/browse_atlas.php
Momma Said Jen Singer's collection of maternal wisdom. http://www.mommasaid.net/
Mad Libs on the Web Online version of the pen-and-pencil game that really is (was?) played by native English speakers. Good for reviewing grammatical categories and categories of vocabularies. http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/yreaders/madlibs/fun.html
Virtual Tourist Really good site to find out the main attractions of just about any country/city in the world. http://www.virtualtourist.com/
Overheard in the Office Collection of really dumb things people say. Some can be a bit crass. The site also has related pages like Overheard at the Beach, Overheard in New York, etc. http://overheardintheoffice.com/
Cupcake Wars So which are better??? Hostess cupcakes or Pinguinos???http://www.astro.ufl.edu/~levine/Cupcake_Wars.html
Daily English Activities This site have a wide variety of different types of activities in English. Some are standard, like grammar drills but most are interactive and authentic like chatting with Santa or learning a song in English. http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/2008/12/have-chat-with-santa.html
Voice Thread Here you can upload images or videos for others to comment on. The main page is at http://voicethread.com/ One example of a good school activity is at a thread called "What Could It Mean?" at http://voicethread.com/share/48359

English Learning Sites for Spanish Speakers (home)

Fiesta This site focuses on the grammar and vocabulary difficulties Spanish speakers have in English. Some reading exercises as well. http://www.geocities.com/suzkeadie/FIESTA.html
Tips for Spanish Speakers who are learning English List of common errors that Spanish speakers make in English http://www.angelfire.com/fl/espanglishtips/
Pumarosa English lessons at the beginner and intermediate level. http://www.pumarosa.com/
Sheraton English Online English course for Spanish speakers http://www.shertonenglish.com/



Listening Practice (home)

Basic

Randall's ESL Cyber-listening Lab Short listenings and related exercises divided into three levels of difficulty http://www.esl-lab.com/
English Club Monthly News Digest Easy listenings with transcripts and exercises based on news stories of the past month. Archive of stories available http://www.englishclub.com/listening/news.htm
About.com - Beginner Listening Exercises Nine conversations with accompanying exercises http://esl.about.com/od/listening/Beginning_Level_English_Listening_Comprehension_Exercises.htm

Intermediate

Interactive Online Listening Assistant Large collection of listenings with accompanying exercises. Need to download audio clips. http://iola.cityu.edu.hk/
About.com - Intermedate Listening Exercises Twenty two listenings and exercises. Some are business-related http://esl.about.com/od/intermediatelistening/Intermediate_Level_English_Listening_Comprehension_Exercises.htm
ELLLO a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3 http://www.elllo.org/
E.L. Easton Listening clips focusing on American pronunciation, especially reduction http://eleaston.com/listening.html
Randall's ESL Cyber-listening Lab Short listenings and related exercises divided into three levels of difficulty http://www.esl-lab.com/
Real English Listening - Short clips from British TV shows with exercise suggestions for the classroom. http://realenglishlistening.posterous.com/
Lit 2 Go - Downloadable audio mp3's of poems short stories and more for multiple levels with searchable database http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/

Advanced

Randall's ESL Cyber-listening Lab Short listenings and related exercises divided into three levels of difficulty http://www.esl-lab.com/
Internet Archive General archive of text and video from the WWW. Over 300,000 authentic videos. http://www.archive.org/index.php
BBC World Service This is the Web version of the BBC’s excellent news service. As well as texts, you’ll find sound and video clips too. Schedules of broadcasts can also be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/
Lit 2 Go Downloadable audio mp3's of poems short stories and more for multiple levels with searchable database http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/
Fancast American television shows and movies re-broadcast on the Internet http:www.fancast.com
Librivox Free audiobooks online http://librivox.org/
National Geographic Magazine Online text, audio, and video - American English http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
The Economist Online Magazine text, audio, and video -British English http://www.economist.com/
UC-Berkeley Audio and video webcasts of class lectures from the University of California at Berkeley http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_feeds.php
University of California at Berkeley YouTube channel various events academic English http://www.youtube.com/ucberkeley
University of Michigan corpus of spoken English Includes advising sessions, colloquia, dissertation defenses, discussion sessions, interviews, lab sections, lectures, meetings, office hours, seminars, study groups, student presentations, service encounters, and tours. Includes all academic disciplines. Audio recordings with written transcripts.http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micase/ Sound files are available here http://lw.lsa.umich.edu/eli/micase/Audio/index.htm
University of California at San Diego video lectures on demand in many academic disciplines http://www.ucsd.tv/library-human.asp
Reith Lecture series from the BBC world history http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/reith2008/
The Infinite Mind lectures in psychology http://www.lcmedia.com/mindprgm.htm
Delicious/lectures Academic lectures from various sources on many subjects http://delicious.com/tag/lectures
Delicious Listenings Authentic and Graded Listenings from various sources on many subjects http://delicious.com/Free_Online_English_Practice


Podcasts
Just a Minute - (U.K.) Game show where panelists must talk about a random topic for one minute. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006s5dp
Says You! - Game show from Seattle, Washington, USA http://www.saysyou.net/
Wait wait... don´t tell me - News broadcasts from National Public Radio (U.S.) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=35
The Guardian Podcasts - (U.K.) Podcasts from one of the largest newspapers in the United Kingdom. http://guardian.podcast.com/
UGoEigo Podcast site for English phonetics http://www.ugoeigo.com/
Learn English with the Bob and Rob Show podcast site for learning English http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=4371
The Word Nerds Podcasts about the English language, best for advanced learners http://thewordnerds.org/
BBC Six-minute English updated weekly http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/how2/
English Through Football for all you football (soccer) fanatics out there http://languagecaster.com/
Academic Word of the Day podcast including common academic English vocabulary, examples, exercises and linked texts. From Massey University, New Zealand http://tinyurl.com/6xy9hy

American RadioWorks site with collection of documentaries, mostly dealing with U.S. history and current issues Webby Award nominee http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/


General News (home)

BBC Learning English - News English English lessons based on news stories, mostly audio. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/newsenglish/index.shtml
English Club Monthly News Digest Easy listenings with transcripts and exercises based on news stories of the past month. Archive of stories available http://www.englishclub.com/listening/news.htm
Breaking News English Short news stories for English learners. Includes lesson plans and comprehension exerciseshttp:www.breakingnewsenglish.com/
CNN News Videos Not an ESL/EFL site but good site for authentic news video. http://edition.cnn.com/video/index.html
Listen to CBC News Radio Canadian radio in streaming audio. Click on a city to choose which station to listen to. http://www.cbc.ca/listen/index.html
NPR Radio Text-based news stories from US National Public Radio, including transcripts of radio shows. Links to affiiate radio stations. http://www.npr.org/
Euronews: English version A news round-up in English, presented here from a European perspective: http://www.euronews.net/en



General Video (home)

CNN Videos Mostly related to current events http://edition.cnn.com/help/video/
You Tube http://www.youtube.com/
English Trailers previews for movies made in English http://www.english-trailers.com/index.php
Stupid Videos The name says it all http://www.stupidvideos.com/
BBC World Service This is the Web version of the BBC’s excellent news service. As well as texts, you’ll find sound and video clips too. Schedules of broadcasts can also be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/
Adeaters http://www.adeater.com/
Yapper Like You Tube but set up for English learners. http://en.yappr.com/welcome/Welcome.action
Brain Pop short videos on academic subjects. Good for lower levels http://www.brainpop.com/
Moving Image Archive collection of hard to find video and digitized films freely available to the public http://www.archive.org/details/movies
Edublogs TV alternative to You Tube created by Edublog http://edublogs.tv/
A/V Geeks Educational Films - old school films from the late 1940's on http://www.avgeeks.com/our-films-online/
Vidipedia similar to Wikipedia but with video. Site setup is similar to Wikipedia as well Good source for intermediate level videos http://www.vidipedia.org/
Graspr Instructional Videos videos focusing on how to do things - categoried Good for intermediate level http://www.graspr.com/
American RadioWorks site with collection of documentaries, mostly dealing with U.S. history and current issues Webby Award nominee http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/

General Reading (home)

Basic

English Learner Basic Reading http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/beginner_reading_1.shtml
Encarta Microsoft's online encyclopaedia. Useful articles, including a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, quizzes and multimedia clicps: http://encarta.msn.com
Wordle is a site that generates "word clouds" by analyzing and demonstrating grafically the frequency in which words appear in a text. http://www.wordle.net/ Web English Teacher at http://www.webenglishteacher.com/ has ideas on how to use Wordles for pre-reading exercises.

Intermediate

English Learner Intermediate Reading Test http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/intermediate_reading_test_1.shtml
English 2 Go http://www.rdenglish.com/newE2G/index.jsp?idPais=mx&target=home
English Learner Upper Intermediate http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/mermaid.html
Mad Libs on the Web http://us.penguingroup.com/static/packages/us/yreaders/madlibs/fun.html
Encarta Microsoft's online encyclopaedia. Useful articles, including a dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, quizzes and multimedia clicps: http://encarta.msn.com

Advanced

Gutenberg The Project Gutenberg is a huge archive of free books which are in the public domain: http://www.gutenberg.org
The Free Library - offers free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and famous quotations can also be found on the site. Recently, The Free Library has been expanded to include a massive collection of periodicals from hundreds of leading publications covering Business and Industry, Communications, Entertainment, Health, Humanities, Law, Government, Politics, Recreation and Leisure, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. This collection includes millions of articles dating back to 1984 as well as newly-published articles that are added to the site daily. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/

Multi-level

Rong Chang Reading http://www.rong-chang.com/reading.htm
The English Page-Reading Room http://www.englishpage.com/readingroom/readingroomintro.html
ESL Reading mostly ghost stories and links to other readings. Some activities as well http://www.eslreading.org/

Research (home)

Google Scholar To search for academic sources on the Web http://scholar.google.com/
Wikipedia The most loved and hated online encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Yahooligans The Web Guide for Kids http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/
The Free Library offers free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and famous quotations can also be found on the site. Recently, The Free Library has been expanded to include a massive collection of periodicals from hundreds of leading publications covering Business and Industry, Communications, Entertainment, Health, Humanities, Law, Government, Politics, Recreation and Leisure, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. This collection includes millions of articles dating back to 1984 as well as newly-published articles that are added to the site daily. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/
The National Archives free online access to U.S. government records and historical documents http://www.archives.gov/
Scribd online collection of documents uploaded by the Scribd community http://www.scribd.com/
Archive Grid resource to search through the collections of archives from around the world http://www.archivegrid.org/web/index.jsp
Directory of Open Access Journals covers free full-text quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals http://www.doaj.org/
Fact Check Ed Educational version of the Fact Check website which provides lesson plans designed to get students thinking critically about what they see, hear and read in the media, including the Internet. Provides links to reliable sites for research purposes. Webby Award nominee 2009 http://www.factchecked.
EDSITEment Collection of humanities resources.
http://edsitement.neh.gov/



Role-Playing Games (home)

ElectroCity Webby Award nominee for Best Game. Be the mayor of a New Zealand town and manage its power resources http://www.electrocity.co.nz/
Workday Simulator simple game with simple vocabulary. Good for beginner level. Somewhat realistic and funny http://conceptlab.com/simulator/morning/clock800.html
Lemonade Stand Game unlike fantasy role playing games, your role is the owner of a lemonade stand with a goal of making as much virtual money as you can in 30 days http://www.lemonadestandgame.com/
Sharkrunners Game Webby Award nominee based on the Discovery Channel TV program. Players become "freelance shark researchers" assigned to track and observe a real-world shark through its online avatar http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/sharkweek/shark-runners/shark-runners.html
Fairyland - Download Page http://www.1010game.com/asp/downloadpage.asp
Everquest http://eqplayers.station.sony.com/index.vm
Hidden World http://www.hiddenworld.com/
Runescape http://www.runescape.com/
Altarion http://www.altarion.com/
FASCO (Crimson Room, Viridian Room, Blue Room and White Chamber) Good for beginner levels http://www.fasco-csc.com/index_e.php
Quest http://www.questrpg.org/
Cybertown Similar to Second Life but easier to learn http://www.cybertown.com




Speaking and Conversation Practice (home)

Text Chat
1-Language http://www.1-language.com/chat/index.htm
Espanglishchat Bilingual Chat http://espanglishchat.com/
Where Are You Now? http://www.wayn.com/
ESL Cafe Chat http://host8.123flashchat.com/eslcafe/
ESL Club http://www.englishclub.com/esl-clubhouse.htm
Voice Chat
Friends Without Borders A forum for people looking for chat partners on Skype http://www.cyber-courier.com/cer/japan/forum/viewforum.php?f=3
Yahoo Voice Chat http://beta.messenger.yahoo.com/download.php
My Language Exchange links to voice chat programs http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/VoiceChat.asp
Voice Forums
Voicethread site where you can upload a spoken response to an image or a video http://voicethread.com/#home for an example assignment see http://voicethread.com/#q+what+could+it+mean.b48359.i253548 or for even more ideas go to the Voicethread 4 Education Wiki at voicethread4education:home
Chinswing voice forum like Voicethread but not as visual, more conversational http://www.chinswing.com/



Vocabulary (home)
Word UpVocabulary quizzes at five levels http://www.teflgames.com/samples.html
Study Stack Web 2.0 application where you can take advantages of activites designed to help with memorization or create your own activities. For English learners, there is the English Vocabulary section at http://www.studystack.com/EnglishVocab and the English Verbs section at http://www.studystack.com/EnglishVerbs
Wordle is a site that generates "word clouds" by analyzing and demonstrating grafically the frequency in which words appear in a text. http://www.wordle.net/ Web English Teacher at http://www.webenglishteacher.com/ has ideas on how to use Wordles for pre-reading exercises.
English 2 Go http://www.rdenglish.com/newE2G/index.jsp?idPais=mx&target=home (scroll down and click on "Word Power" icon on left hand side)
Illustrated Vocabulary Around 500 basic words of vocab in English, primarily geared to French speakers but simple to use for other speakers as well. Simple multiple-choice exercises with pictures. Institut de la Providence, Belgium: http://www.illustratedvocabulary.ip-providence.net
Picture Dictionary A picture dictionary in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Also contains activities such as flashcards, fill-in-the-blank, etc: http://www.pdictionary.com
Michael Quinion's World Wide Words "Investigating international English from a British viewpoint" - a useful and amusing site that takes an oblique look at the English language: new words, weird words, fun words, slang, etc: http://www.worldwidewords.org
AllWords A useful multilingual online dictionary: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch. Also lots of useful links for word lovers: crossword puzzles, word games, glossaries, song lyrics, translation programs, etc: http://www.allwords.com
Goethe Vocabulary Tests site is not interactive, offers tests and answer sheets combining any two languages (e.g. Spanish-English) http://www.goethe-verlag.com/tests/index1.htm
English for Techies site is geared but French speakers but is an online database for learning technical English and translating specialist documents http://www.english-for-techies.net/
Frank's ESL Restaurant site with crossword puzzles mostly for intermediate learners grouped by topic. Also has bilingual crosswords for Norwegian Italian and Spanish speakers http://frank_esl2000.tripod.com/
Language Games site with various word games such as hangman, crossword puzzles and word searches http://www.languagegames.org/
Academic Word List Site to help students expand their academic vocabulary and tecnical jargon. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~alzsh3/acvocab/index.htm



Standard Exam Practice (home)

Watt Pad Academic readings for TOEFL iBT http://www.wattpad.com/172884-academic-readings-for-toefl-ibt
Encomium TOEFL Tips Geared for the TOEFL iBT http://www.encomium.com/toefl-tips?gclid=CNiQ1Z_z8KwCFQpS7Aod-g729Q
English for Phones TOEFLTOEFL quizzes for handheld devices http://www.english4phones.co.uk/toefl/toeflhome.xhtml
TOEFL Tips How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/TOEFL_Tips.pdf
One Stop English TOEFL http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp?sectionType=listsummary&catid=58086
TOEFL Basic Skills Daily Quiz Grammar section only http://www.gettoefl.com/cgi-bin/daily/daily.pl
TOEFL TV Youtube channel sponsored by ETS with mini-lessons and advice to prepare for the TOEFL exam http://www.youtube.com/TOEFLtv
Free English Tests for ESL/EFL grammar, vocabulary and business English, which explanations http://www.english-test.net/
Exam English free online practice for various tests such as TOEFL, TOEIC, CAE, and more http://www.examenglish.com/
Flo-Joe a comprehensive site for Cambridge exam preparation http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/



Writing and Composition/Rhetoric (home)

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English http://eslbee.com/
APA Citation http://www.apastyle.org/
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
Study Skills Presentations Five presentations covering the basics of academic writing, each one broken down into 'bite-sized chunks' of approximately five minutes each. From Massey University, New Zealand http://tinyurl.com/3gormp
Referencite Academic Referencing Resource from the University of Auckland. An online referencing tool providing guidelines and examples for a range of referencing queries in APA, MLA and Chicago formats (by clicking on the 'quickcite' button). Also has film extracts of a wide range of students talking about what academic integrity means to the as well as tutorials in evaluating the credibility of online sources. http://www.cite.auckland.ac.nz
Myths and Legends Story Creator - not all of it is strictly writing, but it is creative writing http://myths.e2bn.org/story_creator/


Comprehensive Sites (home)

Phone EnglishSite designed to be used on cell phones http://www.english-online.org.uk/mobileinfo.htm
Soccerlingua English - English lessons for soccer/football fans http://www.soccerlingua.net/en/index.php?page=index.php
Reuter's English to Go http://www.english-to-go.com/
Better English http://www.better-english.com/
E. L. Easton http://eleaston.com/%28click|http://eleaston.com](click on "English" tab)
LearnEnglish The British Council's free site for learners of English http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/|http://www.learnenglish.org.uk
English Page http://www.englishpage.com/
Language Guide.org site dedicated to beginner-intermediate vocabulary, grammar and reading lessons. It is a collaborative site, meaning students can participate adding content. http://www.languageguide.org/


Blogs, Wikis and Forums (home)
Blogger Probably the easiest blogging site for students to begin with. It has only basic functions but requires no downloading. http://www.blogger.com/http://www.blogger.com
Wordpress This is a more sophisticated method of creating blogs. Requires downloading of software (free) but has more tools to work with. http://wordpress.com/
Wikispaces This site is a wiki created at Wikispaces. All tools are online. Use of wikispaces' basic functions is free. Use of more sophisticated functions requires fees. http://www.wikispaces.com/
Dave's ESL Cafe Student Forums Asynchronous communication with rooms divided by topics such as music, current events, learning English and many others. http://forums.eslcafe.com/student/
Twitter Best-known "microblogging" site. Participants answer the question "What are you doing now?" to make blog entries. Also able to send messages directed at specific users. http://twitter.com/
-----Tweetscan site separate from Twitter itself, but designed to search Twitter, looking for posts containing keywords. Good for finding people to follow in Twitter. http://www.tweetscan.com/
-----Twemes Site that tracks topic markers in Twitter (e.g. #English) to quicking get a look at what people are talking about in Twitter. http://twemes.com/
-----Mr Tweet touts itself as "your personal networking assistant" Its a site to help find others on Twitter who share similar interests. http://www.mrtweet.net/
-----Twingly- microblog search engine http://www.twingly.com/microblogsearch



Webquests (home)
Webquest Repository This is a growing selection of WebQuests created by participants in the Consultants-E courses. They are presented with the permission of the writers. Please feel free to try them out - if you use them in class, please contact the author(s) who have asked to be contacted to let them know how they went. http://www.theconsultants-e.com/webquests/
Webquest.org This site was developed from a project at San Diego State University. It not only has sample webquests (ESL and other subject matters), it has pages devoted to explaining the how's and why's of using webquests for learning. http://webquest.org/index.php
CARLA Sample Webquests This is a collection of webquests in various languages, but there is no reason why a non-English webquest cannot be modified for an English class. http://www.carla.umn.edu/technology/resources/languages.html


Culture-themed websites
About: Famous Groundhogs For Groundhog's Day Feb. 2 http://pittsburgh.about.com/cs/famousgroundhogs/
Picturing America Collection of artwork depicting U.S. history. Sponsored by National Endowment of the Humanities. http://picturingamerica.neh.gov/
Calgary Science School Virtual Museum dedicated to Canadian history http://www.galileo.org/initiatives/vmuseum-v1/





Sites Students Can Contribute to (authentic production)
All Dict Online collaborative dictionary project Students can help! http://www.dicts.info/
Nibipedia a site created and run by two guys in a garage (much the way Microsoft started). The purpose of this site is to link educationally-valuable video (mostly from YouTube) with relevant Wikipedia articles and/or related videos. Students can add "nibs" (links to other videos or articles) http://nibipedia.com/
Voice Thread Here you can upload images or videos for others to comment on. The main page is at http://voicethread.com/ One example of a good school activity is at a thread called "What Could It Mean?" at http://voicethread.com/share/48359
Wikispaces This site is a wiki created at Wikispaces. All tools are online. Use of wikispaces' basic functions is free. Students can collaboratively create entire websites about topics that are lacking on the Web. http://www.wikispaces.com/
Wiktionary companion project to Wikipedia. Online multilingual dictionaries that anyone can edit. http://wiktionary.org/
Second Life The fastest growing Multi User Virtual Environment (MUVE) on the Web, a 3D virtual world that you can explore in the guise of your chosen avatar. Students can create spaces and objects here. http://www.secondlife.com



English Page Collaborators


Name (how you wish to be known here)
Contact Info (optional)
Leigh Thelmadatter
leigh@itesm.mx / osamadre@hotmail.com