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ESL / IELI

IELI/ESL Bookmarks from 2005, with minor updates.

This page was part of the ESL/IELI division at CU and is not being updated by the HLRC unless we receive requests to do so (2011). The IELI has moved to their own website.

Bookmarks:

  1. http://www.manythings.org/cs/
  2. http://a4esl.org/q/j/ck/ma-01.html
  3. http://iteslj.org/cw/
  4. http://yourdictionary.com/library/misspelled.html
  5. http://e3.uci.edu/programs/esl/ap4.html Exercises to supplement a text on American culture
  6. http://e3.uci.edu/programs/esl/21Alisten.html Listening exercises for a class at UCI
  7. http://www.eslhome.com/esl/listen
  8. http://www.eslhome.com/chubu
  9. http://www.eslhome.com/reviews
  10. http://www.mecca.org/~crights/dream.html Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
  11. http://www.discover.com/
  12. http://www.historychannel.com/
  13. http://animal.discovery.com/
  14. http://www.nationalgeographic.com
  15. http://www.biography.com
  16. http://en.wikipedia.org (free encyclopedia) More free resources here

More Internet Links for IELI with descriptions: (most recent links on top)

ESL Learning for Traveling Students - (Thanks to Girls Scouts from California) - Mar. 2013

Grammar Links for ESL Students (5minuteEnglishCOM) - (Thanks to Sarah at libraryresearch.org) - Jan. 2012

ESL Quizzes, Lesson Plans, Activities and More (5minuteEnglishCOM) - (Thanks to Sarah at libraryresearch.org) - Jan. 2012

Online Education ESL Reference Materials - (Thanks for the link by a student of the Valley Book Club) - Nov. 2011

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - many, many listening activities for all ability levels, with multiple-choice and cloze exercises, transcripts, and pre- and post-listening activities as well. A few exercises offer slideshows, too.

www.Englishtrailers.com - This is a fantastic, free site that currently offers 55 movie trailers for English listening practice. For each trailer, there is a cloze exercise, a script, and web links with additional questions. Most also have a quiz, and some offer some topics for discussion. Take a look!

www.manythings.org-

Interactive Learning Resources -Recently redesigned, with new exercises! Vocabulary and comprehension exercises based on CNN News stories you can read and listen to, from the California Distance Learning Project

Literacy Network Learning Resources - Advanced vocabulary and comprehension exercises based on CNN News stories you can read and listen to - most include short video clips

Sites with Audio and/or Video Files (no exercises):

Phonetics: The Sounds of American English -from the University of Iowa. This is a fantastic site with graphics, sound, and video. See an animation of mouth anatomy or a video of a native speaker pronouncing each sound. Click on "English sounds library" and then choose the sounds you want to work on.

Discovery Channel Canada - see and listen to lots of wonderful, new video clips on all sorts of interesting topics.

VOA Special English - Special English uses a vocabulary of 1500 words, spoken in short, simple sentences with no idioms, at about two-thirds the speed of standard English. The broadcasts include ten-minute news segments, alternating with features about various topics including: science, development, agriculture, environment, news events, American idioms or culture, history, medicine, space, important people, and short stories.

Favorite Poem Project - founded by Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, this project has collected hundreds of "favorite" poems. At this part of their site, you will find 44 short video clips of all sorts of people reading their favorite poems and explaining why they have special meaning for the readers.

Interesting Poem: An English Lesson

This is a short video of Brian Rhodes reciting the popular humorous poem that begins..."I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough?"

http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation/poem01.html

Harper Audio - Hear well-known authors read from their works. The works of famous writers from the past are read by actors. There is a wide selection to choose from including: Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Austin, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, Will Rogers, and William Shakespeare.

lstPerson.org - Read about interesting people, listen to reports and interviews, and read and post comments.

American Rhetoric Movie Speeches - Choose from a wide assortment of favorite scenes from well-known movies. See photos from the movie and read the script as you listen!

National Public Radio - This site features a huge number of articles, photographs, and sound files from a variety of non-commercial radio programs. Materials are available for an extremely wide variety of topics. This page offers a number of featured articles and reports, but it is also possible to do a keyword search or locate a particular program. Below are links to some of these wonderful radio programs. All of them offer many sound files for online listening.

The Savvy Traveler - Listen to feature stories about people and places in various parts of the world. Listen to the current program or click on "Archives" to choose topics from past shows.

Living On Earth - Host Steve Curwood "explores our environment, what we're doing to it, and what it's doing to us." You will find many feature stories, interviews, and thoughtful commentaries to listen to here.

Jazz Profiles - Hosted by Nancy Wilson, this program is "a compelling documentary series chronicling the people, places, and events in jazz." Choose "Online Show Summaries" to find a list of jazz artists that have been featured. There are many short sound files archived here.

Fresh Air® with Terry Gross - "Produced at WHYY in Philadelphia, PA, the show is known for captivating interviews with guests from literature, science, music, film, and more." This is a wonderful source for listening materials, as well as for biographical information.

Radio Expeditions - NPR and the National Geographic Society use state-of-the-art equipment to offer sound and video files on a variety of fascinating feature stories. "The general themes for stories are the natural world and threatened environments, diverse cultures, and exploration and discovery."

Car Talk with Tom and Ray Magliozzi
- listen as Tom and Ray joke with their callers and offer advice about car-related problems.

Talk of the Nation with Neal Conan - listen to archived files of listener discussions with guest experts.

Talk of the Nation
- Science Friday with Ira Flatow - listen to callers discuss recent news and events in science.

All Things Considered® is NPR's daily afternoon news program.

Morning Edition® is NPR's morning news show.

Weekend Edition® Saturday is the Saturday morning edition of the news.

Weekend Edition® Sunday is the Sunday morning news program.

Voice of America - the U.S. government funds this multimedia broadcasting service which offers programming in over 50 languages all over the world through radio, satellite television, and the Internet. This link goes to the English language website, where you can listen to news and features.

VOA News

VOA Special English - (see description above)

VOA Millenium Moments - Several special features are available here. You can choose to listen to RealAudio while reading the script for the story.

American Life - listen to stories about life in America

Grammar

English Language Centre Study Zone - from the University of British Columbia. Click on an ability level to find Grammar, Reading, and Writing exercises.

Dave's ESL Grammar Quizzes - from Dave's ESL Cafe, most by Dennis Oliver

Interactive Quizzes for ESL Students - from the Internet TESL Journal, all levels from easy to advanced

Self-Study Grammar Quizzes about Places - includes countries ranging from Australia to Vietnam, from the Internet TESL Journal

A Guide to Grammar and Writing - explanations and exercises by Professor Charles Darling of the Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut

Idioms & Slang Expressions

ESL Idiom Page - from Dave's ESL Cafe

Idiom, Phrasal Verbs, and Slang Quizzes for ESL Students - from the Internet TESL Journal

The Phrasal Verb Page - By Dennis Oliver, from Dave's ESL Cafe (This doesn't actually have quizzes.)

Commonly-Used American Slang - by Charles and Lawrence Kelly, (Interesting Things for ESL Students)

Listening

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - Many listening activities for beginning to advanced students

The English Listening Lounge - This site offers 30 free exercises for beginning through advanced students. (Additional exercises are available for paid members.)

VoiceNation (added 2010)

Pronunciation

Authentic American Pronunciation - many sound files for listening and practice, from Bob Easton. Click on the "Contents" tab to see all the options here.

American English Pronunciation Practice
- from "Interesting Things for ESL Students". by Charles I. Kelly, Practice minimal pairs, songs, and tongue twisters.

Mouth Manglers - fun tongue-twisters to listen to and repeat, by Adam Rado of the American Language Center, UCLA Extension

American English As It's Spoken - Listen to sound files of common "contractions and shortcuts used in daily speech", by Ben Holmberg

Reading & Writing

English Language Centre Study Zone - from the University of British Columbia. Click on an ability level to find Grammar, Reading, and Writing exercises.

Interactive Learning Resources - Vocabulary and comprehension exercises based on CNN News stories you can read and listen to, from the California Distance Learning Project

Literacy Network Learning Resources - More advanced vocabulary and comprehension exercises based on CNN News stories you can read and listen to, from the Western/Pacific Literacy Network

Writing DEN -articles with photographs and sound files, accompanied by vocabulary, comprehension, and notetaking questions at the word, sentence, and paragraph levels

A Guide to Grammar and Writing - explanations and exercises by Professor Charles Darling of the Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut

Practice Reading Test - a short article about the KU Natural History Museum with 20 multiple-choice comprehension questions, intended for low-intermediate students

Vocabulary

Crossword Puzzles for Studying English Vocabulary - Charles Kelly has added 155 fun crossword puzzles to the "Interesting Things for ESL Students" site. The first puzzles are small, but they get larger with more words as you go down the list. They provide practice with all of the VOA Special English words.

Internet Picture Dictionary - Learn and practice basic English vocabulary with words and pictures. Look for words by first letter or by category, or try an activity such as Flashcards, Fill-in-the-blanks, Word Scramble, Stinky Spelling, or Straight Recall.

Confusing Words Quiz #1 and Confusing Words Quiz #2 from the ESL Quiz Center at Dave's ESL Cafe

English Vocabulary Quizzes Using Images - by Charles I. Kelly, from Activities for ESL Students

Easy Vocabulary Quizzes with Pictures
- by Charles I. Kelly, from Interesting Things for ESL Students

Interactive Learning Resources
-Recently redesigned, with new exercises! Vocabulary and comprehension exercises based on CNN News stories you can read and listen to, from the California Distance Learning Project

Literacy Network Learning Resources - More advanced vocabulary and comprehension exercises based on CNN News stories you can read and listen to, from the Western/Pacific Literacy Network

Self-Study English Vocabulary Quizzes - from the Internet TESL Journal

Commonly-Used Proverbs - Interesting Things for ESL Students by Charles and Lawrence Kelly, Troublesome Words Quiz - by Vera Mello, Internet TESL Journal

Vocabulary Matching Quiz - by Charles I. Kelly, Internet TESL Journal

Scrambled Word Quizzes for ESL Students and Wordmeister Games for ESL Students - both by Charles I. Kelly, (Interesting Things for ESL Students)

More links from 2004 and earlier:

 A Free Online Textbook and Fun Study Site Non-commercial, no advertising
Activities for ESL Students (http://a4esl.org/)
Vocabulary exercises and games for ESL students (from New Zealand)
TOEFL.ORG Tutorials Interactive practice
TOEFL Preparation Exercises FREE online resources
A.Word.A.Day Has audio.
UT Austin links for Internet English
Language lab resources - U. of Illinois

Links from much earlier listings

The Monthly Idiom Has audio.
Famous Dave's Cafe Site 1995-today.
Ex-change - Learning English, Language Culture
Resources for Elections and Government