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English as a Second Language

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English Club: http://www.englishclub.com/
Resources for learning and teaching English on this site include lessons, games, videos, jobs, worksheets, forums, school projects, and admin. Its Members page allows users to network and share E.S.L. materials. On the bottom are links to pages by and for users, with practice exercises and other relevant information.
 
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): http://www.toefl.org/
This page is the official website for Test of English as a Foreign Language programs and services. This English proficiency test, developed by the Educational Testing Service under the direction of the TOEFL Board, is available to international students planning to study worldwide, wherever English is used in an academic environment. This site has all the information needed for you to get a good sense of what the TOEFL is about, testing requirements, and processes involved. The site also features tutorials and multiple links to related resources. Give yourself sufficient time to study and take practice tests before taking the TOEFL. Be prepared!
 
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) F.A.Q. page: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/faq
This link provides frequently asked questions about the computer-based test. It features information about the test, along with tips for before, while, and after taking it.
 
Self-guided Grammar Tutorials: http://www.englishgrammar101.com
This site provides free online grammar lessons, home schooling resources, materials for the classroom, and options for school districts and larger organizations. Most pages also feature PDF documents for printing, along with the option to upgrade for additional content. English Grammar 101 was created by a 35 year veteran teacher who wanted to make free access to a high-quality, comprehensive, self-guided study of English grammar available to anyone with access to the Internet. Originals ended here.
 
Dave’s E.S.L. Café: http://www.eslcafe.com/
This site is divided into four main sections: Jobs, Stuff for Teachers, Stuff for Students, and Stuff for Everyone. Resources include job boards, job links, job forums, teaching forums, and practice exercises, among others. News, podcasts, and specialized links are also available.
 
Interactive Games
 
Crossword Puzzles for E.S.L. Students – Easy: http://iteslj.org/cw/
This page has a variety of easier crossword puzzles to help build English vocabulary and language skills.
 
Crossword Puzzles for E.S.L. Students – Not So Easy: http://a4esl.org/a/c3.html
This site features more advanced crossword puzzles for vocabulary and language enhancement.
 
General Reference
 
Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/#es/en/
This sub-page of Google provides translation between English, Spanish, and other languages. Text goes into a box, and after pressing the Translate button, the translated text appears alongside.
 
Dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/
This dictionary site provides word definitions, a Word of the Day page, games, and slideshows.
 
Thesaurus.com: http://thesaurus.com/
This page features resources for finding synonyms of words, viewing slideshows, and accessing related information.
 
Vocabulary & Phrases
 
WordSteps Translation site: from Google Translate (English version)
 
WordSteps Translation site: http://wordsteps.com/ (original Russian version)
 
These two WordSteps sites feature dictionaries, online courses, word lists, and other resources to enhance English language ability. Learn your personalized vocabulary list through scheduled repetitions that will optimize memorization.
 
Idiom Site: http://www.idiomsite.com/
This page has a list of common English idioms and their meanings. This information is useful for learning conversational English and expressions.
 
E.S.L. Textbook Websites
 
American English File: https://elt.oup.com/student/americanenglishfile/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
On this site are interactive games with a clear focus on pronunciation. Materials cover Practical English, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Games for Levels 0-4. Level 4 also features Colloquial English, Idioms and Collocations, and Phrasal Verbs.
 
E.S.L. Party Land: http://www.eslpartyland.com/quiz-center/quiz.htm#toeflesque
Many resources for E.S.L. students are available on this page, including Quizzes and Games testing Business English, Grammar, Idioms, Slang & Phrasal Verbs, Reading, Trivia, Useful Expressions, and Vocabulary. The “TOEFLesque” section has error correction exercises to sharpen language skills.
 
English For Life: https://elt.oup.com/student/englishforlife/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
This site provides an easy-to-use course for adults who either want to learn English quickly for a specific purpose, such as travel, or who just prefer a much more straightforward approach to learning.  Activities are Play Games, Read and Listen to Stories, Take Tests, and Get Useful Study Documents, and Levels are Beginner through Intermediate.
 
Natural English: https://elt.oup.com/student/naturalenglish/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
This page features a communicative, speaking-oriented four skills course which helps students sound natural when using English. Exercises include Cartoons, Games, Grammar, Natural English, Phrase Bank, Puzzles, Text Builder, and Vocabulary. Levels are Elementary through Upper Intermediate.
 
Headway: https://elt.oup.com/student/headway/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
This website has six skill levels of activities to help E.S.L. learners. Activities are Everyday English, Games, Grammar, Test Builder, and Vocabulary. Additional resources on the homepage include Word of the Week, Phrase Builder, a Website Learning Record, and Dyslexic-friendly reading texts. Levels are Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, and Advanced.