“Vocabulary.com is the easiest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary. It combines an adaptive learning system (The Challenge) with the world’s fastest dictionary (The Dictionary) so that you can more quickly and more efficiently learn words.” These are their words and, believe me, it is true. If you are one of those who moans about how little vocabulary you know, or if you are a words freek, or just a regular student, this website will probably be of help.
Yes, there is a fun way to study grammar! Road to Grammar is a website specially disigned to offer fun exercises to practice any grammar difficulty you may have. All activities are adult orientated so you will not find them too childish. There you can find online quizzes, extra practice and games, they also do printables if you like to work on paper. If you have children learning English at school, there is a junior version that you can use with them and enjoy learning together. Thank you Antonio Jiménez for the tip.
When learning a foreign language writing and speaking are the two most frustrating skills students have to deal with; the former being a real stone in the shoe that may lead to quitting. There are many reasons for that, but the basic problem is that writing is a very demanding skill, it needs to be highly organized and structured. On top of that the person(s), whom the piece of writing is meant for, are not present, what implies an extra effort in providing the information in full, nothing can be left aside. I bet you are already yawning or put off just with the thought of it. Well, it is time for you to take a look at the website I am introducing today Writing Fun. Jenny Eather has gathered all the basic types of writing and made a useful presentation using the latest technology in order to help ESL students with their writing skills. There you will find explanations, exercises, printables and examples of how to write and organize your ideas in formal and informal pieces of writing. By the way, I must thank Laura Martín (ESL teacher at EOI Las Palmas) for the tip.
Here is a very useful site if you are a vocabulary fanatic!! Every day, the guys of Phrasemix give their readers an assortment of every day sentences together with the explanation about how and when to use them. The site is easy to use, very neat and the stuff they post will always be very handy, especially for students of more advanced levels. If you are of those who find it difficult to visit the page everyday, they have a profile on facebook or twitter so you can have their updates on your wall or time line. In case you’re not that geeky and you have a reader follow this link to add it to your feed reader. Now is time to pay a visit to the website and start improving your English.
Recently I’ve made this presentation to help my students to understand conditional sentences. Hope it is of help for you as well:
If ever you need to check any difficulty you have with any grammar point or any of the skills, englishpage.com is there to help you. It is simple, efficient and easy to handle. Obviously, it is not only a tutorial, each section includes a a good bunch of on-line exercises to help improve or correct any deficiency any student or speaker may have.
I have already talked about this site on this blog, but I thought it was a good idea reminding those who are new to all this. MEC is a multimedia website meant for English learners to improve their language skills. Here are a few words about themselves and their aims: “(…) a free online classroom to learn English, designed for students from all around the world. It uses authentic material and is targeted at students of English who already have a basic knowledge of the language, but there’s also a complete section for beginners. If you can read this and understand it (at least the general idea), then this virtual classroom is for you!(…)” Below you have the link to their website, there is also the possibility to follow their posts on Facebook.
There is a constant issue that worries students when they get to certain levels of language command; phrasal verbs: their use, meaning, formation… One of these linguistic tricks we all have had to face sooner or later. Well! This a good start point to visit phrasalverbdemon a website inspired by and for phrasal verbs, written by an ESL teacher from the Canaries. The site is useful for students and teachers alike, so do not rule yourself out and grab the opportunity.
No many words needed to introduce this new site, they have done that themselves. Here you have a brief and consistent explanation about their work:
“MULTIMEDIA ENGLISH CLASSROOM is a free online classroom to learn English, designed for students from all around the world. It uses authentic material and is targeted at students of English who already have a basic knowledge of the language, but there’s also a complete section for beginners. If you can read this and understand it (at least the general idea), then this virtual classroom is for you!“
Interesting, isn’t it! Don’t miss out and visit now Multimedia English Classroom