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ESL/EFL Computer Resources

·American Indian and ESL Student & Teacher Resources: Educational information about US American Indians, including free lesson plans for the major tribes, ESL resources, essays, poems, & paintings by American Indians.
·AppliedLinguistics.Org: An applied linguistics website for students and teachers and linguists working on second language acquisition
·Custom Word Searches: This site is a word search puzzle generator. These puzzles are great for teaching vocabulary and spelling techniques for the English language. They serve as an exciting and fun way for students to learn a English as a second language.
·English the Easy Way: Everyone can learn English. This site explains English so that everyone can understand.
·ESL Partyland: An ESL learning site featuring lesson plans for teachers, and games, quizzes, and activities for students.
·Free English Exercises: Hundreds of free English grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension exercises.
·Free Materials to Learn/Teach English: Courses, games, tests, tools, resources for ESL teachers/learners
·Irregular verbs with examples and funny cartoons: The irregular verbs of the English language. Conjugation, pronunciation, translation and examples with funny cartoons.
·Kindersite Project: The Kindersite Project is a free resource for schools. It contains links to100s of graded games, stories and songs. It is being used in education in 140 countries for Pre-school, Kindergartens, Elementary, ESL and EFL, Special needs (Autism spectrum, Deaf) , Homeschool, Libraries and the home. Our mission is to understand how, or even IF, computers and technology should be introduced as a tool of education for young children.
·Learning English through Football (Soccer): Free weekly podcasts about football (soccer) with transcripts, worksheets and vocabulary lists: http://languagecaster.com/
·Lingua Spectrum: A site that enables teachers to create multimedia-rich, interactive online language lessons using nothing more than a word processor. A site that provides students with the most comprehensive language learning materials available online from experienced teachers.
·MES-Games - Talking ESL Flash Games: Free talking flash games and quizzes for students; grammar games, vocabulary builders, holiday theme games, and phonics programs. Have fun!
·Online English Forums: Learn and explore the English language with topics such as poetry, stories, medical and business English, letter writing, essay composition and general chit chat.
·Online Medical English: Medical English resources and exercises. Our site focuses on the many problems doctors, nurses, or anyone in the medical profession, may encounter while working in English speaking countries. The site is sponsored by the European Union and designed to help European professionals work abroad.
·Parapal Interactive Writing Exercises: A range of interactive English writing exercises, with an emphasis on essays and letters. It includes text ordering, proofreading, appropriate style et cetera.
·Real English Online: Real English Online Videos guide beginners, intermediates, and more advanced students in a functional and grammatical learning experience through London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin, Atlanta, and dozens of other towns and cities hroughout the English-speaking world in both hemispheres, especially in the USA. Real English offers free online English videos to help you with your English learning. This ambitious project is excellent for classes and individuals with fast Internet connections. Requires RealPlayer and subscription (free) for a password to use the videos.
·Really Learn English with Illustrations: Learn English step by step with this illustrated guide to English: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and short stories.
·ShiporSheep: Free online minimal pair practice with instant mouseover sound.
·SpokenEnglish: A free online grammar of spoken English, with instant mouseover sound. Over 100 pages of sample dialogs for practice, with British, Australian, and American speakers.
·Verbos en ingles: www.verbos-en-ingles.info is focused on English learning for Spanish speakers.
·Zozanga ESL - Learn English: Learn free and easy English with games and fun stuff. Articles, documents, useful links for teachers and students.

ESL/EFL Programs

·American Language Institute/San Diego State Univ: Offers year round intensive English programs for international students, professionals, corporations, and government agencies. Since 1974.
·English Encounters: We invite you to join us in a small, friendly language centre that provides an intimate atmosphere in which to improve your English skills. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality intensive English courses where the emphasis is on communication. Individual attention is our first priority and at English Encounters we make sure you receive the attention you need in a comfortable and convenient setting near Toronto.
·ESL Explorer: A better way to study abroad! Talk to previous ESL students and read student reviews on English language schools in London, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and around the world. You can plan your study abroad trip and find the best prices on English language courses at top schools.
·Oakland University ESL Summer Institute: Oakland University offers a six-week intensive program in English as a Second Language during the summer months (June-August). This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their English language skills and TOEFL scores in preparation for admittance to an academic program at a U.S. college or university.
·Royal Beauty Careers: The objective of the program is to help develop the skills of English as a Second Language for those students having existing knowledge, training, and/or skills and to remove the English Language barrier, allowing graduates to utilize existing vocational skills. The purpose of the program is to focus on development of listening, reading, writing, speaking (conversation), and grammar at all levels of the curriculum and to develop employment seeking skills necessary to compete in the existing market.
·Saint Michael's Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language: A master's degree program designed to be completed in three summers of part-time study or one-year of full-time study. Students may enter the program in June, September or January.
·The Language Centre of University College Cork, Ireland: The Language Centre of University College Cork, Ireland offers year round intensive and extensive English Language courses for adults. The courses are for general, academic and professional purposes. The centre also provides teacher training courses.
·University of Maine: Intensive English Institute: Our goal is to prepare students for successful university study or professional activities where English is the medium of communication.

ESL/EFL Resources for Students

·A Road To Grammar: 365 exercises for EFL and ESL learners.
·Antimoon.com: Learn English effectively. Includes advice from people who learned English successfully.
·Applied Linguistics Resource Area: The Cambridge Applied Linguistics Team invites you to visit our pilot online resource area. You’ll find a ‘Reading Room’ which includes exclusive access to free journals articles, Applied Linguistics author articles, and chapters of published works. A multimedia area offers podcasts and vodcasts of cutting edge authors discussing key issues, and there will be a regular ‘Featured topic’ beginning this month with ‘World Englishes’. These resources will be continually updated and expanded over the next few months. If there’s something you’d like to see there, or if you have any comments, please contact us at appliedlinguistics@cambridge.org.
·AppliedLinguistics.Org: An applied linguistics website for students and teachers and linguists working on second language acquisition
·Belajar TOEFL: TOEFL and ESL preparation for Indonesian speaking students.
·Bell Online: Learners who register with this free site get instant access to hundreds of language practice activities, some level tests and language games. The site records previous scores so that students can check progress.
·Blair English Online Business Vocabulary Exercises: This website provides free and quick online business and general English exercises and pronunciation help for people wanting to improve their level of English.
·Curso de Inglés a través de Chistes: Es un gran sitio para hispanos que están aprendiendo inglés. Tiene una colección de chistes en inglés con su vocabulario, gramática y expresiones comentadas. El desafío es doble. Los estudiantes tienen que entender el idioma y el sentido del chiste.
·English and Culture: Notes on Life and Language in the United States: Our blog contains resources for adult ESL students and international professionals. We provide short English lessons, video lessons and quizzes to improve listening, grammar, pronunciation, phrasal verbs, etc. We also have information about cultural adjustment and cultural awareness for English students who are living in the United States.
·English Corner: This site provides intermediate and advanced ESL/EFL students with grammar quizzes, tests, rules, and tables, as well as vocabulary and reading exercises.
·English Daily: This is an English site specially designed for non-English speakers who wish to learn English well.
·English for Everybody: A large free site with an English grammar course, games online and to download, reading and practice tests for the EFL exams
·English Grammar Blog: Offers free English grammar exercises, printable lessons, and a weekly newsletter.
·English Online Interactive: Interactive ESL exercises. Vocabulary practice with immediate audio response. Flash exercises and quizzes.
·English Puzzles: ESL puzzle website especially created for Turkish people. There are lots of ESL puzzles in each level.
·English tests: The website contains diversified English tests of grammar, vocabulary and word formation for those who learn English as a second language. Exercises at different levels make that both beginners and advanced can find tests appropriate to their language skills. Great way to prepare for fce, cae, cpe and other certificates. All the tests are available online and in printable version.
·English Vocabulary Message Boards: Keep an online vocabulary journal with English students from around the world. By sharing examples of how English words are used, we can begin using them when we speak and write.
·english-slang.com — a learning collection on English Language: Thousands of idioms to understand and get used to, most are accompanied by usage examples. Thousands of aphorisms and metaphors in English. References to related resouces and online lessons. Subscriptions helping to learn and drill the language.
·EnglishForMyJob.com: Free grammar and vocabulary practice exercises for hospitality industry workers, with separate sections for those working in the hotel, restaurant, and tourism industries.
·EnglishSpace: Free, online, interactive and collaborative lessons for EAL,ESL and EFL learners.
·ESL/EFL Resource: Contains activities in English Grammar on Spelling, Tense, Gender, Antonyms, Synonyms, Just One Word etc. in an interesting auto-corrected, auto-graded quiz format. Wonderful teaching and learning resource.
·eslnotes.com: Movie guides for advanced ESL learners,with each synopsis featuring a list of the major characters,a plot summary and an extensive glossary of all the vocabulary and cultural reference.
·Essay Tips: This site is a free resource with tips on essay writing. It contains help for all type of essays, ranging from homework essays to admission essays.
·Fiesta English: Extra practice for ESL students: grammar and vocabulary tests, vocab lists (Spanish-English), study tips and links.
·Free English Exercises: Hundreds of free English grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension exercises.
·Free English Lessons Online: Free English language learning site with online interactive word searches, crosswords, grammar & vocabulary quizzes and video lessons for English language students and young learners. Handouts, printable worksheets for classroom use and large print worksheets for learners with visual difficulties are also available. New, topical content is added to the site weekly.
·Frequently Asked Questions about English Grammar: Information on English language presented by John Lawler.
·How do you pronounce... (by EmbedPlus): A multimedia pronunciation dictionary and English word usage API. Search for a word and not only get an audio pronunciation but also videos of people speaking and using the word in context.
·How to pronounce words and use them: A multimedia pronunciation dictionary and English word usage API. Search for a word and not only get an audio pronunciation but also tagged and time-stamped videos of real people in real situations speaking and using the word in context.
·Idioms 4 You: Everything you always wanted to know about English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions including definitions, explanations, conjugations, scenarios and audio.
·Interesting Things for ESL Students: A free online textbook and fun study site.
·International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS): IJLS is devoted to all areas of language and linguistics. Its aim is to present work of current interest in all areas of language study. No particular linguistic theories or scientific trends are favored; scientific quality and scholarly standing are the only criteria applied in the selection of papers accepted for publication.
·KANETIX: ESL Learning for Traveling Students: A collection of online learning resources for English as a second language
·La Mansion del Ingles: Free site, aimed at Spanish speakers, and dedicated to the study of the English language. The site content is rich in pedagogical and educational material, and includes courses, grammar, vocabulary, exercises, books, educational programmes to download and a wide and varied selection of supplementary material.
·Language Quiz: Languages quiz for students of English: Advanced English quizzes on grammar and vocabulary to prepare for CFE and IELTS. Basic English quizzes for beginners. Italian to English quizzes, also German to English, Spanish to English, Swedish to English and Japanese to English quizzes.
·Laugh and Learn English: Students can learn vocabulary in context with these jokes, riddles, odd news stories and funny videos. Clear explanations help students understand easily while learning to understand humor in English.
·Learn English Free with Grammar, Idioms, and Songs: We have a Free English Site that has 100 free English Idioms, 20 English Songs, and 25 free grammar lessons.
·Learn English with Teacher Joe!: Interactive lessons for ESL and EFL students, including timed readings, audio jokes and dictations.
·LearnEnglish: LearnEnglish is a completely free site from the British Council to help you learn English. Play our interactive games, read and write stories and poems in English, and listen to songs by top British artists.
·LearnEnglishFeelGood.com: Comprehensive ESL portal with lots of free English grammar and vocabulary exercises, audio and video-based listening comprehension quizzes, lists of American idioms, phrasal verbs, differences between American and British English, and more.
·Learning English through Football (Soccer): Free weekly podcasts about football (soccer) with transcripts, worksheets and vocabulary lists: http://languagecaster.com/
·LivingBilingual: LivingBilingual is a language learning site with a focus on the benefits of learning another language and bilingualism. It also advocates the teaching of language to children and the various benefits of bilingualism.
·MES-Games - Talking ESL Flash Games: Free talking flash games and quizzes for students; grammar games, vocabulary builders, holiday theme games, and phonics programs. Have fun!
·Nik's Daily English Activities: This free site is for autonomous EFL | ESL learners. Here they can find simple online activities that they can do each day to help improve their English and digital literacy.
·Ohio ESL: Resource directories, study materials, things to read, and topics to talk and write about,lesson plans, professional development, and other help for the language teacher.
·Online English Degree Resource: A general information website that, over the years, has developed into a comprehensive guide on studying English through the medium of online education. The site is a location where individuals can access job trend information, salary data and access personal testimonials from past and present students of English.
·Online Medical English: Medical English resources and exercises. Our site focuses on the many problems doctors, nurses, or anyone in the medical profession, may encounter while working in English speaking countries. The site is sponsored by the European Union and designed to help European professionals work abroad.
·Perfect English Grammar: Free English grammar explanations and exercises with hundreds of practice questions in both interactive and PDF form. Covers verbs tenses, modal verbs, prepositions and much more.
·Readable Blog: A blog for intermediate to advanced learners of English (EFL/ESL), featuring free online self-study resources, culture notes, grammar discussions, etc.
·Really Learn English with Illustrations: Learn English step by step with this illustrated guide to English: vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and short stories.
·Saber Ingles: Learn English in a fun and interesting way! Use of TV shows, movies and songs to learn new vocabulary and grammar. Free English lessons and lots of exercises and resources for all levels.
·Schoolshape French Worksheets: A collection of freely available worksheets which can be completed and graded online. They cover all four skills and a variety of topics and levels.
·Schoolshape Spanish Worksheets: Freely available worksheets which can be completed and graded online. Includes many practice papers for GCSE and AP exams.
·Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students: A large collection of interactive quizzes in which you can see the correct answers right away.
·ShiporSheep: Free online minimal pair practice with instant mouseover sound.
·SpokenEnglish: A free online grammar of spoken English, with instant mouseover sound. Over 100 pages of sample dialogs for practice, with British, Australian, and American speakers.
·The English Forum: Ask your questions, post your problems, get and give answers.
·The Internet Grammar of English: The Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates.
·Toefl Book: TOEFL book is a community for students about to take the TOEFL test. Learn, share and prepare together with other students.
·Travel-with-English.com: Articles about English grammar, introductory lessons to Estonian.
·Vocabulary Learning Games: Using pictures, sounds and games to strengthen the memory of English words
·World English: Comprehensive site for students of English as a second and/or foreign language.
·World of English: Interactive English language exercises as Java applets.
·You Look Nice Today!: YouLookNiceToday.pl is a friendly way to have contact with the English language. Read stories, listen to audio recordings, and share your stories.

ESL/EFL Resources for Teachers

·Advice on Teaching English Overseas: Teach English Worldwide.com has a wide range of information on subjects like TEFL/TESOL certification courses, English teaching job prospects, and travel advice.
·An Applet for the Teacher: Facility for efl teachers to turn their exercises into java applets.
·Applied Linguistics Resource Area: The Cambridge Applied Linguistics Team invites you to visit our pilot online resource area. You’ll find a ‘Reading Room’ which includes exclusive access to free journals articles, Applied Linguistics author articles, and chapters of published works. A multimedia area offers podcasts and vodcasts of cutting edge authors discussing key issues, and there will be a regular ‘Featured topic’ beginning this month with ‘World Englishes’. These resources will be continually updated and expanded over the next few months. If there’s something you’d like to see there, or if you have any comments, please contact us at appliedlinguistics@cambridge.org.
·AppliedLinguistics.Org: An applied linguistics website for students and teachers and linguists working on second language acquisition
·BE Business Emporium: ESL EFL vocabulary: Business English taught professionally and with humor.
·Blog-EFL: Collaborative weblog examining the use of weblogs in ELT (EFL/ ESL). Please join in if you are interested in this subject. Comments, opinions, links, etc.
·Boggle's World ESL/EFL Resources: Free resources for language teachers. Lesson plans, articles, and discussion on teaching English as a Second/Foreign language.
·Educational Services at the Bangkok Post: Probably the most comprehensive educational site on the web for learning how to read an English-language newspaper.
·EFL Sensei: Speaking activities, board games, conversation questions, grammar lessons, and course lesson plans for busy teachers.
·English is a Piece of Cake: Free English lesson plans for ESL teachers and students, with listening, reading, grammar and pronunciation lessons
·ESL Teacher Reference Desk: Teaching and research ideas, tools, teaching materials and resources for ESL instructors and researchers.
·ESL Voices - Teachers Lesson Plans: Offers free, complete language skills lesson plans and job resources for teachers, plus interactive activities and cultural activities for students. Provides current news about education, technology, science, literature, politics, art, and business.
·ESL Wizard: Information and resources for teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Includes forums, job vacancies, flashcards, and activities.
·ESL/EFL Resource: Contains activities in English Grammar on Spelling, Tense, Gender, Antonyms, Synonyms, Just One Word etc. in an interesting auto-corrected, auto-graded quiz format. Wonderful teaching and learning resource.
·everythingESL.net: An award-winning resource for ESL, bilingual and mainstream teachers working with second language learners.
·Free English Lessons Online: Free English language learning site with online interactive word searches, crosswords, grammar & vocabulary quizzes and video lessons for English language students and young learners. Handouts, printable worksheets for classroom use and large print worksheets for learners with visual difficulties are also available. New, topical content is added to the site weekly.
·Language Lab: Language Lab is a free web app to help language teachers improve their students' listening and speaking skills.
·Linguapress EFL and ESL resources: A collection of free online resources for teachers and learners of English as a second or foreign language. Reading materials in graded English, with accompanying worksheets, clearly explained grammar pages, and a selection of thematic crossword puzzles and other word games.
·LivingBilingual: LivingBilingual is a language learning site with a focus on the benefits of learning another language and bilingualism. It also advocates the teaching of language to children and the various benefits of bilingualism.
·Mobile English: Download free ESL / EFL English animated lesson plans and PDFs.
·Nik's Daily English Activities: This free site is for autonomous EFL | ESL learners. Here they can find simple online activities that they can do each day to help improve their English and digital literacy.
·Schoolshape French Worksheets: A collection of freely available worksheets which can be completed and graded online. They cover all four skills and a variety of topics and levels.
·Schoolshape Spanish Worksheets: Freely available worksheets which can be completed and graded online. Includes many practice papers for GCSE and AP exams.
·Talk to the Clouds: For TESOL professionals: a blog on a variety of topics, including recommended resources, time management, pedagogy, technology, humor, etc., as well as personal reflections on teaching ESL/EFL and on learning Japanese.
·Teach ESL in Japan: Resources for ESL teachers in Japan. See blog section for helpful information.
·Teaching English with Technology: Our Online Learning Center (OLC) allows learners to complete interactive English quizzes and enables the teacher to review his/her students' attempts and control the learning process.
·Teaching ESL: We have a Teaching ESL blog located at http://www.successfulesl.com/Blog/ where we offer creative ideas for teaching ESL and tips for teachers. We are very proud of the content on our website, written by Daisy Stocker (MA Education) who was a teacher for 30 years. We have a variety of sample material available on our site and if you would like more, please don't hesitate to contact me.
·Teaching ESL to Adults: An ESL tutor's website with resources for teaching adults ESL, including lesson plans, grammar tips, cloze exercises, English pronunciation tips, ESL textbook evaluations, etc.
·TESOLacademic: This site disseminates TESOL-based research through a series of freely-accessible webcasts which are classified into 3 areas. In the “keynotes” section leaders in the field such as David Nunan and Keith Johnson talk about some of the big issues in TESOL; a “book authors and editors” section covers talks from people with recent publications; and the “research-papers” link includes talks from authors with publications in leading TESOL-based peer-reviewed journals such as The English Language Teaching Journal, TESOL Quarterly and System.
·The Internet TESL Jounal: A monthly web journal including articles & research papers, lessons & lesson plans and teaching techniques.
·The Language Menu: A site for language teachers. Make bilingual material and worksheets in 11 languages with or without pictures. Tools to use: matching, label the picture, crosswords, framework, bingo, gameboards, categories, fill in the blank, wordsearches, word spirals, missing words, split words, lined, scrambled sentences and more tools and languages to be added soon.
·Vocabulary Learning Games: Using pictures, sounds and games to strengthen the memory of English words
·World of TEFL: A new TEFL/ESL jobs listings website with vacancies from around the world updated on a daily basis.

TESOL Programs

·American TESOL Institute - Cambodia: This school focuses on the three steps to a new career in Teaching English emphasizing ESL work in Asia. First, the student completes the 160-hour comprehensive internationally accepted and accredited course. Next, the CV and Job Placement service find successful graduates guaranteed employment opportunities. Finally, graduates receive lifetime after-care support for well-paid work throughout their careers.
·Aprender Inglés Online: IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL learning material for Spanish speaking students.
·Belajar IELTS: IELTS learning material for Indonesian speaking students.
·Chiang Mai University Online TEFL and in house program.: Chiang Mai University is offering an Online TEFL/TESOL. This online TEFL/TESOL course is university accredited. Successful completion of this course results in TEFL certification to teach English abroad. Start your new career now and see the world. Visit our web site and also check out our very successful in house program.
·Columbia University's TESOL Certificate Program: A series of courses which prepares qualified candidates to teach English as a second or foreign language. Intensive 8-week summer program.
·Department of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh: Links to the TESOL Certificate Program and the English Language Institute.
·Inspire Education - Certificate IV in TESOL course: Inspire Education offers the Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to Australian students over 12 months via online study. The Cert IV in TESOL is an internationally recognised Australian vocational education and training course. Graduates of this certificate course will be able to apply for TESOL positions in Australia and overseas. Enroll today to start your new career and see the world!
·TEFL Teacher Training Course: Successful graduates from our 120+ hour course (held in Hat Yai, Thailand) will have been trained and certified by a widely recognized institute of education. Holders of this Certificate will be able to apply for teaching positions worldwide, knowing that they can teach effectively using proven methods and techniques which are based on a student-centered ‘Communicative Approach’ to language learning. A communicative approach is one in which the students are actively involved at every stage of the lesson and using the target language for a given purpose.
·TESOL Teacher Education at Payap University: Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand, offers TESOL teacher training and professional development programs taught in English. The MA (TESOL) is a three-semester program for teachers with some experience; the Certificate in TESOL provides the basic training for teaching English as a non-native language; the Advanced Certificate in TESOL is a four-week intensive program for groups of experienced teachers.