This page contains links to sources of information and activities of interest to students of the English language. They were selected mainly to meet the needs of those learning or teaching English as a second language. Can you recommend an appropriate site to add to the list? If so, please send in its URL.
- Charles Kelly's Home Page
- Charles Kelly of Aichi Institute of Technology maintains this page of activities, information, and links. There's a lot of fun to be had while learning English here.
- Common Errors in English by Paul Brians
- Professor Brians writes, "The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades, lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at the way you write or speak". The site consists of a list of grammatical errors with commentary, and is really intended for American university students. Bear in mind that rules and taboos are often subject to contradiction, and in any case may become outdated. When millions of people keep making a grammatical error, the error tends to become standard usage.
- Connecting People Through Language: The Stages of ESL Development
- This concise introduction to ESL language acquisition contains its own collection of links to resources that should be of interest to many teachers. The focus here is on English as a Second Language (ESL), as distinct from English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
- Corpus Linguistics
- Michael Barlow, a well-known writer and publisher in the field of corpus linguistics and the author of MonoConc, one of the most popular concordancing software programs, maintains this comprehensive page of links.
- E. L. Easton
- "Materials for teaching and learning". This site is for both ESL teachers and learners. You'll find information about various subjects including holidays and geography, as well as English and many other languages. It includes a collection of quizzes that you can use to test yourself. To go directly to that page, follow this link: http://eleaston.com/quizzes.html
- ESL Learning for Traveling Students
- A well-rounded collection of links to English-learning resources, clearly introduced and explained. The structuralist approach to grammar makes this a readily understandable starting point for learners and for those who assist them.
- ESL Quizzes, Lesson Plans, Activities and More
- A collection of links to ESL resources.
- Grammar Links for ESL Students
- The proprietor writes, "Learning English can be a tedious task for a person whos first language is not English. Games, quizzes, and other activities can make understanding the nuances of English grammar much easier to understand and comprehend. Below are some of the best resource[s] on the web for ESL learners!"
- Internet TESL Journal
- Here, the emphasis is on teaching ESL. Advanced learners may find it interesting as a means of understanding what teachers are trying to accomplish!
- LAL Learning Resources
- The proprietors write, "Here you'll find lots of useful language tips, facts and information to help you improve your English Language skills. We like to keep our material easy to digest with lots of great graphics and fun explanations. So come and explore the page, you'll be speaking better English in no time!"
- Latin Language and Literature Resources
- When you consider that roughly 60% of the English vocabulary comes directly or indirectly from Latin (even though English is a Germanic language), this site is practically a sine qua non for us teachers and students of English. Thanks to April Finley for alerting us to this!
- Learn British English
- This is the site of a teacher who offers online lessons for a fee but also presents many interesting items of information about British English, free to all visitors. It's nicely designed and fun to explore.
- Learn English 4 Free Online
- This site is based in Russia. The proprietor writes, "Visit our English Learner Forum and Chat to improve your English. Try a test, laugh at the jokes, read the news, sign up for our newsletter. Visit it today!"
- Learn German Easily
- That's right, it's "Learn German Easily"! Our collection of links was conceived for subjects related to English, but Lucas Kern's two sites (see below) for people who understand English and would like to learn German seem to fit right in. Lucas explains, "This site is for beginners and we will publish a new mini lesson every week."
- Leicht Deutsch Lernen
- This is the second of two sites offered by Lucas Kern. The name is in German, but the top page will greet you with information in English. Lucas explains, "We have many online lessons for beginners but also for advanced students."
- Linguistic Funland
- "The Linguistic Funland was created in 1994 as a list of various linguistics links on a personal homepage. Then a graduate student in linguistics, the author began to accumulate a list of resources that soon grew out of a single page and into this directory."
- Online Courses
- This is the site of "an online project that seeks to be a comprehensive, free educational resource for people interested in open online courses and classes. The courses collected on our site are from institutions such as Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Harvard, just to name a few. Unlike other open courseware sites available online, ours is designed to be easily accessed on any mobile device." Though this site is not directly related to the learning and teaching of English, its offerings may be of interest to learners and teachers alike.
- Rikai: Read English!
- Todd David Rudick's amazing site applies an English-Japanese dictionary to your browser screen. When the mouse pointer comes to rest on a word, Rikai displays a pop-up translation. For example, for the English word trail it displays a list of sixteen Japanese equivalents. Within the Rikai site you can view any other site on the Internet and have the Rikai dictionary at your service. This will never eliminate the need for language learning (we hope!), but it's a terrific Internet tool and really makes a fascinating language-learning tool as well.
- schMOOze University
- At this site you can practice English in a virtual world where you actually communicate with other people. Unfortunately, it's a very confusing site. It does not give clear guidance to new visitors, and the links may behave strangely when you use the Back button in your browser. If you go there, you're on your own! We can't help you learn how to use it. However, it does contain some introductory notes in several languages, including Japanese. SchMOOze U. is maintained by Julie Falsetti, an instructor at Hunter College in New York City, who writes, "It was established in July, 1994 as a place where people studying English as a second or foreign language could practice English while sharing ideas and experiences with other learners and practicers of English. Students have opportunities for one-on-one and group conversations as well as access to language games, an on-line dictionary, virtual stockbroker and many language games. Although schMOOze U. was founded with the ESL/EFL students in mind, it welcomes all people interested in cross-cultural communication".
- Tti School of English
- The owners of this school in London write, "London is the English capital of the world and we think that learning the English language in London is the most exciting way to invest in your future. We can offer you a great course that will guarantee you make progress whether you want to learn English for business, academic exams, culture, travel or fun."
Fukuoka Jo Gakuin
- Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University
- Fukuoka Jo Gakuin is a women's institution established in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1885. It comprises a university, secondary schools, a kindergarten, and a lifelong-learning program. The university includes two separate undergraduate departments for the study of English: one in the two-year Junior College, and another in the four-year Faculty of Humanities. The above link will take you to a Website published in Japanese.
- Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University Junior College
- The Junior College faculty of Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University is the home of Mission CALL, the computer-assisted language learning site from which The Today Page was adapted (for details, see "About The Today Page"). Mission CALL is not accessible via the Internet. The above link will take you to a Website published in Japanese.