Useful links for EFL teachers and learners

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I have been meaning to get this up on the blog for quite a while. I would love to hear of any other links you may have. Please email me or let a comment below and let me know. Thanks!

Lesson Ideas

There are many sites out there which will provide lesson tips, plans and ideas. Some require registration and will ask you to upload your own ideas and plans before you can download. Others will provide them free.

Many of these sites will provide materials to practise the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and also grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation).

  • BBC provides an excellent one-stop-shop for all things EFL.
  • About.com does many things so well and its EFL resources is another fine example.
  • The Language Point is a great starting point for all things EFL/ELT. They have a daily newsletter with tips, lesson plans and so on.
  • Side Vibe allows you to turn any webpage into lessons.
  • Free English lessons in video form here.
  • From the University of Victoria’s English Language Centre, an excellent self-study resource.

Writing

 Pronunciation

 Let’s start with the online site of the classic pronunciation book – Ship or Sheep.

What are the common pronunciation mistakes for different languages when speaking English?

For different varieties of accents (including Irish) this site is excellent.

How about a game to practise stress patterns in English.

Wondering what the phonetic transcription for reminisce is – this site will transcribe into phonemes as you write.

Useful videos and resources here contrasting American and British accents and pronunciation.

Check out this amazing video of different accents.

This dictionary will help you with pronunciation.

Vocabulary

 So many sites out there to help you prepare vocabulary lessons; here are a few of the best.

  • Want to know whether it is more common to say needs doing or needs to be done? This site will tell you. Just type in the word or phrase and it will give you the most commonly occurring collocations.
  • English Page provides a lot of practice for vocabulary too.
  • ESL-Lab may be better known for its listening resources, but its vocabulary section is excellent. It has interactive exercises available too.
  • Confused between the meaning of affect and effect or other confusing words. This site can help you.
  • This site can help you to improve your English vocabulary -

Grammar

Here are some reliable online English grammar resources. Also, check some of the sites mentioned in Lesson Ideas section for more grammar resources. There are so many English grammar sites.

  • englishpage.com is very comprehensive and has many downloadable materials.

Listening

  • Another good site here.
  • iTunes podcasts offer so much for EFL students too.

Reading

 Check some of the sites mentioned in Lesson Ideas section for more grammar resources. And don’t be afraid to try to design your own reading materials from reputable English language sites.

How fast can you read? Check it out here?

Speaking

Learn real English with the excellent Phrasemix.

Dictionaries

Examinations

The most popular and prestigious examinations are:

And of course, you will find a plethora of exam practice sites:

Here is a link to a glossary of terms for the Cambridge examinations.

Learning Styles and Learner Training

What are learner styles?

Using Internet in Class

If you are in a classroom with internet access the following can help you with incidental vocabulary items which may arise in a classroom setting.

Google images – try explaining the difference between a screw and a nail – google images does it instantly. It’s a yellow flower – what is? This is!

Youtube is another really valuable resource if you have internet access.

Click through the following to see how it could help you explain the difference between fall off, fall over, and fall down.

Want to help your students understand the polysemic swear word fuck? Youtube can help.

A great site that combine cinemas and learning English is Film English.

News

Want news stories? Want them at your level of English? Here you go!

Want another great site with brekaing news stories for English language learners? Here you go!

Twitter

Twitter is an excellent resource. Use it! Here is an excellent article on how EFL teachers can use Twitter from Russell Stannard.

And here is the UCC Language Centre’s Twitter page – follow us!

Facebook

 Similarly, Facebook offers much to teachers and learners of English. Most of the sites mentioned in Lesson Ideas have Facebook accounts. Here are some of the better ones:

Blogs

There are some excellent blogs online. Here is a selection of some really useful and informative ones.

Ana Cristina Pratas is one of the very best blogs online. Follow her on Twitter to get regular updates. She will lead you on to some amazing online resources for teaching and learning.

Nik Peachey has a wonderful blog, full of tips and resources for EFL teachers.

Dominic Cole’s excellent blog on all things for IELTS.

The excellent Stan Carey’s blog on all things to do with language and linguistics.

Oxford Dictionary’s blog. 

 Scott Thornbury’s – An A-Z of ELT      

The guru of the English Language – Sir David Crystal’s blog.

Chronicle of Higher Education - Language and writing in academe blog. 

Another excellent blog is Jo Gakonga’s.

Apps for Learning and Teaching English

Looking for apps to learn English? Here is a good place to start.

Cambridge University Press apps for learning English.