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BLOODY USEFUL SITES FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING ENGLISH




Hello hello everyone! I'm sharing some links with you regarding English learning/teaching websites. Some of these are really useful and others not so much. But it's a matter of personal choice.



UsingEnglish.com: On UsingEnglish.com, you’ll find an incredible collection of tools and resources for learning and teaching English as a second language, including a grammar glossary, printables, and teacher handouts. https://www.usingenglish.com



EverythingESL: EverythingESL is an awesome place to find ESL teaching resources, from lesson plans to teaching tips and resources. http://www.everythingesl.net




Colorin Colorado: Colorin Colorado is full of useful information, activities, and resources for ELL teachers, especially those at the Pre-K to third grade level. However, most activities can be adapted all the way up to high school, making this a diverse and useful website. 


What Works Clearinghouse: In the What Works Clearinghouse, you’ll find scholarly publications for effective outcomes in English language learning. 

National Council of Teachers of English: This professional association for educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts offers plenty of benefits for bilingual teachers. 


National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition: Find data, grants, even professional development resources for ELL educators from the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition. http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/publications 


TOEFL: As the official language test for education, TOEFL’s website is incredibly useful for sharing test-taking and studying information with students.



Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon: Check out this lexicon that offers images demonstrating the true meaning of the word, making it easier for English language learners to understand. http://capl.washjeff.edu/index.php 



ManyThings: On this website, you’ll find quizzes, word games, puzzles, and a random sentence generator to help students better grasp English as a second language. http://www.manythings.org




bab.la: Bab.la is a really fun site for ELL learners, with reference tools like a dictionary and vocabulary, supplemented with quizzes, games, and a community forum. https://en.bab.la/games




BBC Learning English: In this website from the BBC, students can find help with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, with plenty of references to current events. Plus, you’ll find a special section for ELL teachers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish




ESL Gold: ESL Gold is, no joke, golden, with seemingly endless learning resources for English. Students can practice pronunciation, find a book to study, and even talk to someone in English on this site. Plus, teachers can find a job, search for textbooks, discover games, and so much more. https://eslgold.com




Real English: Check out this free site for learning English, with loads of videos from real English speakers, plus quizzes and community support. https://www.real-english.com




ESL Cyber Listening Lab: Direct your students to this ESL cyber listening lab with study guides, quizzes, and even teacher features. https://www.esl-lab.com



Wordsteps: Wordsteps makes it easy for students to build their own vocabulary collection, and even access their vocabulary through a mobile device for English language learning on the go.http://wordsteps.com



Utah Education Network English Language Learner Resources: Check out this list of great resources for ELL, with teaching ideas, forums, and even news and research. https://www.uen.org/k12educator/ell



One Stop English: Specially designed for English language teachers, One Stop English has a monthly topics series, news lessons, and even an app for on the go ELL teaching. http://www.onestopenglish.com



Casa Notes: This ingenious tool allows ELL teachers to effectively communicate with non-English speaking parents. You’ll be able to quickly make and customize notes that you can translate and send home to parents, effectively communicating information about field trips, conduct, homework, and more. http://casanotes.4teachers.org



ESL Party Land: A great site for ELL teachers, ESL Party Land has lesson plans, strategies, worksheets, flashcards, quizzes, games, and even vocabulary resources to help you be a better ELL teacher.


Activities for ESL Students: Thousands of teacher contributions can be found on this site full of quizzes, exercises, and tests for teaching English as a second language. http://a4esl.org

Szoter: Using this online annotation tool, ELL teachers can write directly on images to explain their meaning to students. https://szoter.com/#intro 


Oxford University Press Learning Resources Bank: A service of Oxford University Press, this learning resources bank for English language teaching has courses, titles, and interactive English reading tools.


English-Test.net: Encourage students to self-test with this website, offering free English tests, grammar exercises, and worksheets. http://www.english-test.net



Dictionary.com: This site isn’t just for looking up words, although it’s quite useful in that function. Dictionary.com also offers a word of the day, games, quotes, translation, and much more. https://www.dictionary.com



Thesaurus.com: Like Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com goes beyond simple reference, bringing inspiration and fun in the form of synonyms, fun word facts, and even search trends. https://www.thesaurus.com



Common Errors in English Usage: Read Paul Brian’s Common Errors in English Usage on this website, and even get links to the book’s blog, calendar, and entry-a-day Facebook page. https://brians.wsu.edu/common-errors



Idiom Site: With the help of this site, English language learners can make sense of common idioms. http://www.idiomsite.com



Fonetiks: Direct students to this incredibly useful pronunciation guide with instant sound and samples by native speakers. http://www.fonetiks.org


Learning the Language: On Education Week, Lesli Maxwell covers educational policy and social issues relating to English language learning in the US.


Dave’s ESL Cafe: Check out Dave Sperling’s ESL cafe, where ELL teachers and students alike can enjoy a great community of English learning, plus job resources and stuff for teachers. http://www.eslcafe.com



Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: Want a regular dose of ELL resources? Check out Larry Ferlazzo’s blog that shares news, learning resources, and other great links for ELL teachers. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org



TEFLtastic with Alex Case: Follow Alex Case’s blog to find news, views, and reviews for English language teaching. https://www.tefl.net/esl-lesson-plans


The English Blog: Visit The English Blog to find resources, reviews, and much more for both learners and teachers of English.


Inspiration Lane: Inspiration Lane is designed to be an interactive reading activity to share with your entire ELL classroom with new learning content each day. http://inspirationlane.blogspot.com/


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