Attention English-learners! If you are connected to the Internet, you are never far from some amazing places to practice and improve your English! Let this collection of links from students and teachers be your gateway to improved English in the real world. (Remember that the virtual world is always changing, and sometimes dangerous–see “NOTES” at the bottom of this page.) At the moment, you’ll find tons of links on our old site: http://www.krigline.com/learner_links.htm (In China, my old website had a mirror at www.krigline.com.cn, but it disappeared in 2018. If you are trying to reach a particular page, REMOVE “.cn” and be sure all letters are lower case, not capitals.)
But while we work to test those links and add them to EFLsuccess, try these: [♥ means “favorite”]
- ♥ http://www.grammarcheck.net/infographics/ Added in 2016, this pages links you to “infographics” (a cool mix of text and art) to cover some great topics, like basic writing tips, misunderstood words and idioms, resume writing, how to study a foreign language, and much more. The broader website has even more to offer both students and teachers!
- ♥ http://www.englishclub.com/ For students and teachers, this free site has English lessons, interactive pages, forums, games, chat, penpals links and more. There is also a page with extra links to Chinese sites related to English learning and teaching
- ♥ http://www.usinfo.pl/zoom/ If you want to read about America, try ZOOM, a monthly magazine for English-learners from the US Embassy in Warsaw. You can even get a subscription to these colorful, informative, easy-to-read publications.
- ♥ http://www.edudemic.com/ (“Connecting Education and Technology”) has many articles about useful tools for students and teachers. Their posts are constantly changing, so if you can’t find the following, use their “search” feature.
- This website explains how to write an appropriate email from student to professor; if you have a teacher from a different country than your own, this might be very useful information!! How to email your professor.
- An American teacher (and friend) has created this site, where you can buy her excellent materials (and more). See Cathi’s website: http://eslwithcathi.com/
- [@Edudemic] Simple Tips For Students Learning English – Put away your fear, and focus on the fun of using your skills.
- [@Edudemic] 5-educational-websites-older-students-should-be-using/ – Educational websites meant for teens; even if you are a bit older, you might enjoy them!
- [@Edudemic] iPad Apps for ESL students – put technology to work for YOU!
- ♥ http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/getting-started – While visiting Thailand, I found this section of the Bangkok Post newspaper, specifically dedicated to helping you improve news-reading ability. It includes interactive “challenges”, a free “English level” test, and even a chance to get your own articles published.
- A visitor looking for help with English homework recommended this page, with links to a lot of helpful resources: http://www.freebooknotes.com/english-homework-help/
- Someone who found my webpage about Far and Away sent this link to interesting information about immigration to the US, past and present (with links to lots more information). Check it out! www.uscitizenship.info
- ♥ VOAnews (http://learningenglish.voanews.com/) has lots of resources, including audio programs that you can also read. Here’s one about a famous city on one of our home states: Charleston, South Carolina — http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/charleston-south-carolina-fort-sumter/1835785.html. If this article disappears over time, just find something else at VOA.
- Students thinking about “how to choose a career” might find these resources helpful (though they were written for Americans, not internationals): https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/careers
- Here’s a guide to preparing for interviews (esp. research-related): https://www.msu.edu/user/mkennedy/digitaladvisor/Research/interviewing.htm
- If you are a Chinese parent, or otherwise want to help small children improve their English, check out my friend’s unique learning system at http://www.pobomo.com/. (This website is in Chinese.)
- ♥ 100+ Resources for ESL/ELL Students, Teachers & Parents (2020) (https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/resources/esl-ell-student-parent-teacher-resources/); scroll down just a bit and you’ll see three orange tabs marked “Resources for Students,” “Resources for Parents,” and “Resources for Teachers.” I’ve not checked out many of these links, but they look useful–and this was working in 2020 (most of my links were created years ago). This link also connects you to apps, and you’ll see “Useful English Language Terms” section that explains the difference between ESL, EFL, TOEFL, IELTS and other common abbreviations.
- [@Edudemic] http://www.edudemic.com/12-best-ipad-apps-world-language-classroom/ Since her list passed “12” a while ago, this ever-changing list of apps can help language teachers in many ways.
- Teachers looking for specific resources (e.g., related to a specific topic) can request them here: http://educatorlabs.org/request-a-resource/
- Teachers looking for help in relocation/finding a job, can check out http://www.careeronestop.org/
- Some of the links in “for students” are also for teachers.
For those learning other languages (not specifically English). [I’m just starting to look for Cantonese resources, and will post the links here–mainly so I can come back when I have more time]:
- I found the following advice interesting. It is about people learning Cantonese, but I think his insights apply to anyone learning any language. http://www.fluentin3months.com/cantonese/
- These look like interesting places to start learning Cantonese:
- This is Pimsleur’s site (not free, but I’d like to look at this later; it looks like getting it directly from Pimsleur is better than using Amazon): http://www.pimsleur.com/learn-chinese-cantonese
- This is a learning game like Mahjong: http://www.tilespeak.com/play_tilespeak.php
- This is for Mandarin: http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese
EFL/ESL Teachers: Do you have “favorite links” that we need to know about? Write to me, and if we like them too we’ll add your suggestions to EFLsuccess.com. See “About us” for an email address.
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