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English as a Second Language (ESL)


It's always good to have helpful resources when you are studying, doing homework, or just want to gain important skills. Here are some great websites for help with writing, test preparation and test taking, building vocabulary, and more.

Useful Websites

Listening and Pronunciation on the Internet

Kan Talk

This website features the opportunity to practice English intonation and rhythm. Visitors can listen to the recordings made by others practicing their English or try making a new recording.

Cyber Listening Lab

The Cyber Listening Lab offers an array of topics and levels at which to study. Each topic includes pre-listening exercises, listening exercises, vocabulary activities, post-listening exercises and online investigations.

American English Pronunciation Practice

This site gives listeners the chance to practice distinguishing between similar sounding word pairs, such as seventeen/seventy, by taking interactive quizzes.

BBC Learning English

The BBC has many tools geared toward improving English vocabulary and understanding proper use of slang. This website is written in "Queen's English" so spellings of some words will vary from how they are used in America.

Building Vocabulary

The Free Dictionary

This site is not only a wonderful resource for finding out the definitions of words, it has additional features such as "Word of the Day," "Article of the Day," and "In the News." It also has "My Word List" so that you can create your own word list and several games that you can play to help build your own vocabulary.

Test Preparation

Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan offers a test preparation course for a fee with the benefit of taking practice tests in the same location as actual tests are administered.

Test Prep Practice

This site offers insight into a variety of tests like TOEFL, MCAT, GMAT, GRE,  LSAT, SAT, ACT, GED, PSAT and 50 other major tests.

Living in the USA

Life in the USA Magazine

This online magazine gives you insight into American culture and values written from many perspectives.

Last updated: 08/11/2016