ENGLISH LEARNER RESOURCES

Here, you will find links to help practice your English, including everything from dictionaries to reading quizzes to citizenship test preparation materials. They are organized by topic: Beginning Topics, Listening, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, and Reading/Grammar.


Beginning Topics

Topics, vocabulary, and interactive language activities on a variety of real life situations and issues. Good for beginning learners.

Health – Health interactive language activities for ESL beginners. 

Family – Family interactive language activities for ESL beginners: includes very simple real family stories AND life skills, such as parent teacher conference prep

Work – Work interactive language activities. Excellent stories from real people about dealing with real problems at work. Slow reading for beginners with visual back-up.

Citizenship – Comprehensive resources for citizenship preparation, divided by level. 


Listening

Links for practicing auditory English skills, including videos and podcasts with transcripts so you can practice listening and reading along. Some websites have a suggested level assigned to them, so that you can self-pace your learning and choose resources appropriate for your abilities. These are organized by topic: News & General, Citizenship, and Academic.

NEWS & GENERAL

Voice of America News – Good for beginners and intermediates.

NPR News – High interest listening and video materials in the news. Advanced. 

NEWSELA – Delivers daily news articles at five reading levels from grade 3 through 12. Articles are accompanied by comprehension quizzes and other activities to ensure that the readers engage thoughtfully with the content. New articles daily!

Newsy – Features short news segments across a variety of topics from business to entertainment, international to US news. Each video is posted with a transcript of the news report, giving ESL students the choice of just listening, or listening and reading. Advanced level.

Breaking News English – This website features short news stories at seven different levels in addition to various activities that accompany each story.

Current English – Designed to teach natural English vocabulary, idioms, expressions, slang, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, and grammar that you need to take your English to the next level. Comprehensive site with natural sounding fluent speakers at different speech paces. 

Randall’s ESL Café – Short 30-60 second video clips about dozens of cultural/daily life topics and comprehension questions afterward

English Listening Lesson Library Online – Fluent speakers with different accents on audio and video tracks speak about a variety of topics, incl. current events and grammar. Transcripts are included. Some games, workshops and lessons as well. 

English 101 – Top 25 English phrases. Alisha hosts this “English 101” YouTube channel. You can find episodes on just about anything!

Many ThingsShort to long narratives shown line by line and spoken slowly. User can have the program repeat each sentence multiple times.

Real English – Videos of people recorded in public places in the USA with exercises, beginning to intermediate levels.

StoryCorps – Short, natural, very personal conversations and monologues, many on difficult topics, organized by theme, good for high intermediate or advanced learners.

REEPworld Health English Practice – Health interactive language activities for ESL beginners.

REEPworld Family English Practice – Family interactive language activities for ESL beginners. Includes very simple real family stories and life skills, such as parent teacher conference prep. 

REEPworld Work English Practice – Work interactive language activities. Stories from real people about dealing with real problems at work. Slow reading for beginners with visual back-up. 

CITIZENSHIP

USCIS Government Website – Student self-guided study and information about the test.

Civics Flash Cards – Flash cards for the naturalization test.

Civics Practice Test Videos – These short videos simulate the civics portion of the naturalization test.

ACADEMIC

REEPworld A collection of resources loosely organized by level. Look under the section titled ‘Student Links’. The ‘Story Lessons’ on the front page are also particularly useful. 

Larry Ferlazzo – Varied list of topics with many English practice sites. 

Activities for ESL/EFL Students – Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL).

Khan Academy – Free online content from different academic areas for learners of any persuasion. Great way to learn English via academic content–good for international TAs. 

USA Learns – This website has online books, videos, texts, audio files, and all sorts of resources. 

Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English – High interest listening and video materials in the news. You can search through the list for specific academic disciplines and find transcripts and tapes of real academic speech at a U.S. university. 

Sozo Exchange – This site contains pronunciation, vocabulary, and culture videos for professional English language development. Warning: contains many ads. 

English Listening: Varied Levels – Variety of speakers, levels, and difficulty. Some sources are free, others require a fee. 

English Central – Videos and courses on a variety of topics and levels, addressing a variety of skills; response to oral input of user. Requires free registration for extensive access. 

Ted Talks – Fascinating talks on all sorts of topics for change. Can watch with subtitles or read the transcript in English. Advanced.

This American Life – High interest podcasts with lots of cultural information. Advanced.

Coursera – Free courses online taught by verified university professors for self-paced learning. Advanced.

Free Rice – Games involving English language vocabulary, will donate 10 grains of rice for each correct answer. 

Writing Commons – Comprehensive, peer-reviewed open text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research. Advanced.


Pronunciation

Links to practice English sounds and pronunciation. These are organized by topic: Diagnostic, Segmentals (Vowels & Consonants), and Suprasegmentals.

DIAGNOSTIC

Pronunciation Diagnostic – The Perception of Spoken English (POSE) Test is a diagnostic test or tool being designed to help teachers and learners of English as a Second or Foreign Language to discover specific problem areas in the perception of spoken English. Advanced.

SEGMENTALS (VOWELS & CONSONANTS)

Phonetic Videos – Shows how sounds are pronounced in English. Do not worry about technical linguistics terms; just follow site to find sounds you need to practice. Also available as an app. 

Segmentals: Sounds of American English – This site contains animations, explanations, diagrams and videos of how to produce American English sounds. 

MSU American Vowel Sounds – This site contains a clear diagram of American vowel sounds, as well as exercises and audio recordings of sounds of minimal pairs.

American Consonants Sounds – This site has a basic diagram of American English consonant sounds and examples and exercises for each consonant sound. It includes commonly mispronounced consonant minimal pairs, exercises, and a quiz for listening discrimination. 

Sound Endings – This site provides practice listening to final sounds. Fun games and activities. Can be done with a partner. 

SUPRASEGMENTALS

Word Stress – This site has a good explanation and audio examples of common word stress patterns. Fun games and activities, too.

Sounds of English – This site has many activities for aural comprehension practice.

Rachel’s English – A great site for self-paced pronunciation work.

Pronunciation Around the World – This site provides user-submitted word pronunciations from around the world.

Sentence Stress Rules – This site provides an explanation of sentence stress and rhythm with British native speaker models. There are no practice activities.  

Sentence Stress Practice – This site provides an explanation of rhythm, stress, and timing. It also has links to practice activities.  

Word Practice – This site gives explanation of content vs. function words and some practice with audio examples. Advanced.

More Sentence Stress – This site provides sentence stress practice. Good for academic use, especially among CAELC students. Advanced.

Computerized Speech Simulator – This site allows you to write a sentence in English and then hear a computer-generated speech sample.

Rhythm – This site provides an explanation of sentence stress and rhythm with British native speaker models.

American Accent – This company provides accent training with American English for a fee. It also contains helpful grammar tips.


VOCABULARY

Links to vocabulary practice in a variety of topic areas.

Academic Vocabulary List – The top 1,000 vocabulary words have been chosen to represent difficult but common words that appear in everyday academic and business writing. These words are also the most likely to appear on the SAT, ACT, GRE, and ToEFL. If you only have time to study one list of words, this is the list to study. 

Math
https://www.msu.edu/~teamprog/mathtech.htm
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/math.aspx

Statistics
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/stats.aspx

Chemistry
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/chemistry.aspx
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/periodic.aspx  

Biology (British English Pronunciation) 
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/biology.aspx

Physics
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/physics.aspx

Computer Science
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/computerscience.aspx

Civil Engineering 
http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/civilengineering.aspx

Medicine 
http://www.hospitalenglish.com


READING/GRAMMAR

The following resources are helpful for practicing reading and grammar on your own.

Reading

Simple Wikipedia – This version of the popular encyclopedia is designed with English language learners in mind. Writers are encouraged to use basic English vocabulary whenever possible, and to provide clear explanations for field-specific terms. Not only is Simple Wikipedia an accessible reading source, but it also serves as a model for clear instruction. It is user-edited and reviewed, so be cautious in trusting its information. 

Grammar

Verb Tenses – A comparison of simple present and simple past tenses.

Learn American English – This website includes seven color-coded levels of instruction, ranging from beginner to advanced. Each lesson is introduced by a video that explains a grammar point and includes a series of grammar quizzes and dictation exercises (with answers) that you can use at home for additional controlled practice. For each level, there are a series of reading activities that reinforce the particular grammar point of the lesson. Excellent resource. 

Grammar Resource – A blog filled with resources arranged by level and helpful readings.

Action English Worksheets – Picture worksheets to practice your action words in English.