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English as a Second Language

Learning English, or any new language, is an adventure and a challenge but it is really worth it when you can communicate with others in a language different from your mother tongue. It takes time, requires effort, and involves persistence. You will go through trials and errors during the learning process until you master the new language. We offer you some links that will help you to gather information in the process of learning English as your second language.

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Multi-Purpose E.S.L. Websites
Anti Moon – How to Learn English Effectively: www.antimoon.com
This website was designed by two Polish businessmen and educators living in Warsaw who taught themselves how to speak and write English using various programs and formats. Their site is free, and tutorial downloads are also available for purchase. “How to learn English” provides a six-step guide for language learners. “Other Articles” features topics related to language, and “Learner Reports” provides testimonials from users of the site. “Resources” has aids for English learners and teachers.
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.
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.
English Space: www.englishspace.ort.org
“English Space” is a free, Britain-based online English learning resource full of activities, games, communications, and tutorials designed to increase English language skills at every level. Membership and log-in are free, and the site is full of useful resources for both students and instructors.
E.S.L. America U.S.: www.eslamerica.us
Nine main categories are available to enhance English skills: Conversation, Dictation, Grammar, Holidays, Life Skills, Pronunciation, Reading, Vocabulary, and Writing. Each sub-page has numerous links with information and practice exercises.
E.S.L. Distance Learning/Online E.S.L. Tools to Learn English: www.esl-distance-learning.com
A free online English course is available on this page. Materials include a syllabus, textbook information, needs assessments, learning goals, and lessons on topics including Twitter, writing, and greetings.
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 Business English; Grammar; Idioms, Slang, & Phrasal Verbs; Reading; Trivia; Useful Expressions; and Vocabulary. The “TOEFLesque” section includes error correction exercises to sharpen language skills. Additional resources on the site include online lessons (under the Learn tab) and instructional materials (under the Teach tab).
Using English: www.usingenglish.com
This site’s sections are English Reference (vocabulary and grammar focus), Tools & Resources (reading help and more grammar items), Tests & Quizzes, [Material] For Teachers, Forums, Articles, and Latest Content Additions. Membership is free and provides access to additional resources. (NEW)
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.
English for Life Online: 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 prefer a much more straightforward approach to learning.  Activities are Play Games, Read and Listen to Stories, Take Tests, and Get Useful Study Documents; levels are Beginner through Intermediate.
Headway Online: 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. Six skill levels cater to every language learner’s needs.

English Grammar 101: http://www.englishgrammar101.com
This site provides free online grammar lessons, home schooling resources, materials for the classroom, and information 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.

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.
Idioms at The Free Dictionary: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/
The main page on this site provides a list of random idioms, each with a clickable link for an explanation. This list refreshes every time the page loads.

Writing Assistance
Doyle Online Writing Lab: http://academic.reed.edu/writing/esl_resources.html
Four main sections are on this site: (1) General Interest Sites for E.S.L. Students, (2) Grammar and Style Pages for E.S.L. Students, (3) Activities and Study Guides, and (4) Tutoring and Teaching E.S.L. Students. This information provides assistance with many aspects of the writing process.
St. Cloud State University and L.E.O. (Literacy Education Online): http://leo.stcloudstate.edu
The L.E.O. page provides assistance and links relating to all parts of the writing process, from starting and organizing to proofreading and revising—and most steps in between. This site is helpful for writers who are looking for assistance with specific portions of the writing process.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (O.W.L.)
E.S.L. Students Page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/5/25/
These O.W.L. resources will help E.S.L. students in second language writing. This section includes resources on writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, and it contains links to O.W.L. workshops and exercises useful for E.S.L. students. This section also includes links to other E.S.L. resources.
E.S.L. Instructors, Tutors Page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/5/24/
These O.W.L. resources will help E.S.L. instructors and tutors develop curricula for teaching second language writing. This section includes resources on writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, and it contains links to O.W.L. workshops and exercises useful for E.S.L. instruction. This section also includes links to other online E.S.L. resources.

Testing Information
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): http://www.toefl.org/
This page is the official website for programs and services for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. This English proficiency test, developed by the Educational Testing Service (E.T.S.) 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 you need to gain a good sense of what the TOEFL is about, along with testing requirements and processes involved. The page 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 exam, along with tips for before, while, and after taking it.
General Reference
Dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/
This website provides word definitions, a Word of the Day page, games, and slideshows.
Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/#es/en/
This sub-page of Google provides translation among English, Spanish, and other languages. Users type text into a box, and after they click the Translate button, the translated text appears alongside.
Thesaurus.com: http://thesaurus.com/
This page features resources for synonyms of words, the word of the day, brain teasers, and related information, among other items. These sources can help enhance your vocabulary and your understanding of the English language.