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Language ToolsThe GCFLearnFree.org Reading program is designed to help adults at all levels become better readers and to help non-native speakers improve their English vocabulary and reading comprehension. Explore whole texts or focus on individual words in our video dictionary. Repeat an activity as often as you want, whenever you want, wherever you want.
– See more at: http://www.commoncoreconversation.com/esl-resources.html#sthash.WrYtJ3gZ.dpufTop 14 sites for beginning English learners.
Number fourteen is from Houghton-Mifflin and is called WordBuilder. It has a zillion vocabulary exercises and helps students learn both spelling and pronunciation simply in context.
Number thirteen is BBC Bitesize Literacy. It has a number of great activities and games related to basic literacy.
Number twelve is Spoken Skills. It provides good, clear, listening practice, and also provides users the ability to easily record what they hear and play it back for comparison.
The original number eleven site has gone out of business.
Number ten is WordBuilder from I Know That. I think it’s the best site out there for phonics practice. And, yes, it has the same name as another “WordBuilder” site on this list. Like with all I Know That activities, when you click on it, an annoying pop-up asking you to register shows-up. Just click on “Maybe Later” and you’ll automatically proceed to the exercise. I’m also including the Social Studies page at I Know That. It has tons of different kinds of map games that are informative and fun.
Number nine is Kiz Club, a Korean site that has a ton of talking stories on a wide variety of topics.
Number eight is Literactive. It has hundreds of talking stories and other interactive activities. It’s free, though you have to register (it only takes a minute to do so). My students really enjoy this site.
Number seven is a text-to-speech tool, which my students have found very helpful in learning pronunciation. There are a bunch out there, though I personally prefer AT&T Labs.
Number six is an easy translation site. There are many on the Web. These translating tools all work in a similar way – they let you copy and paste words or sentences, and then pick the language you want it translated into. The translation then appears on the screen. Some also let you translate entire webpages. Jeffrey Hill at the English Blog rates Google’s tool as the best among the ones he has tried- by far. I trust his judgment, which is why I’m choosing Google Language Tools.
Number five is The Language Guide, clearly the best dictionary on the web for Beginning ELL’s. It’s easy to navigate, and has excellent images, audio, and text.
Number four is Mingoville. It’s an exceptional site from Denmark designed to teach Beginning English Language Learners. There are many interactive exercises and games, it’s very colorful, and there are both listening and speaking activities, including a voice recording feature. You can experiment with it as a guest for a few minutes, but then you have to register. It’s completely free, and registration takes about twenty seconds.
Number three is is Starfall, the established site that is rivaled by no other in providing accessible literacy activities to Beginning English Language Learners.
Number two is Henny Jellema’s Online TPR Exercises. You’ve got to see this site to believe it. I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into creating the exercises. However, as he cautions, it’s critical to combine using his online activities with real-life Total Physical Response lessons.
And now, for my choice as the number one pick for K-12 Beginning English Language Learners is…U.S.A Learns. It’s an incredible website to help users learn English. Even though it’s primarily designed for older learners, it seems very accessible to all but the very youngest ELL’s. It’s free to use. Students can register if they want to save their work and evaluate their progress. It’s a joint effort of the Sacramento County Office of Education(SCOE), Internet and Media Services Department and the Project IDEAL Support Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. I know they’ve been working on this for quite awhile, and it shows.
Here are some new sites for this list:
Strivney is a free new site for beginning readers (it has a special section for English Language Learners) with 1,000 interactive exercises and games. You need to register for most beyond the sample exercises, but it’s super easy to do so. The site also has printables you can use to reinforce the online activities.
ESOL Courses has a good, basic introduction to English.
Brainpop ESL has some decent activities. I wouldn’t included it on this list if you had to pay for it but, for now at least, it’s free.
English Central, of course, is an incredible place to practice reading, speaking, and listening.
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- Featuring the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a journey across America, Connect With English offers 50 fifteen-minute video programs that will teach English as a second language to high school students, college students and adult learners. Produced by WGBH Boston.
- The English We Speak – iTunes Free – Web Site
- Each week, the BBC looks at phrases used in the English language.
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- The OLI American English Dialect course from Carnegie Mellon supplies the necessary reinforcement of dialectical structure, audio, production technique and phonetic representation for each sound.
- 6 Minute English – iTunes Free – Downloads – Web Site
- Learn and practice useful English with the BBC.
- Better @ English – iTunes Free – Feed
- Focuses on conversational English, with an emphasis on idioms and slang.
- Business English – iTunes Free
- Learn the English you will need to function effectively in an American business environment.
- Effortless English – iTunes Free – Feed
- It gets solid reviews.
- English as a Second Language – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
- A very well liked collection of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the collection.
- English in the Real World – iTunes Free
- The focus here is on the business world and things financial.
- English for Spanish Speakers (’Por Fin Aprende Ingles’) – iTunes Free – Feed
- Si usted haya asistido al menos a un curso de ingles, y usted necesita la oportunidad de escuchar al ingles y hablar el ingles, entonces ‘Por Fin Aprende Ingles’ es el podcast perfecto para usted. Presentado por Carla Staufert-Sauvier, una profesora de Mexico, y Jade Lindquist, una profesora de los EE UU.
- ESL Business News – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
- A weekly wrap of international business news read in slow, clear English. Listen to the broadcast and follow along in the accompanying script.
- Film English – Web
- Site promotes the innovative and creative use of film in language learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. Recently won a British Council ELTons awards for Innovation in Teacher Resources.
- Grammar Girl – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
- Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.
- Speaking English – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
- 100+ lessons focusing on English pronunciation and vocabulary.
- Tu Ingles! – iTunes Free – Feed – Web Site
- “Tu Ingles” is designed to help Spanish-speakers improve their ear for English. The weekly program features drills of verb conjugation, interviews, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speeches and other recorded spoken material from famous English speakers.
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