ESL Websites

The sites listed below for ESL students and instructors contain resources designed to improve grammar, vocabulary, reading, pronunciation, listening, and comprehension skills via exercises, games, puzzles, tests, and quizzes. The College of DuPage and the C.O.D. Library do not create or control any of these resources, and they will not be held responsible for the content within the Sites.

Online dictionary, thesaurus, grammar, usage & style, and writing resource

Glossaries by Language
A wide-variety of bilingual dictionaries and topical glossaries categorized by language from Language Automation, Inc.

Internet Picture Dictionary
Free, online multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and ESL learners

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
Provides a free online visual dictionary containing over 20,000 terms, more than 6,000 illustrations, and audio pronunciations


Dave's ESL Café
Helpful pages on idioms, slang, grammar, test preparation, jobs, message boards and links to other ESL sites
"Lessons, games, quizzes, forums, chat, lesson plans, jobs & more for ESL learners & teachers"

English Learner Movie Guides
Detailed summaries of popular movies including vocabulary glossaries, explanations of cultural references, and discussion questions.
Designed for advanced ESL students, contains reading, writing, vocabulary, listening, grammar and dictionaries

Interesting Things for ESL Students
A fun study site for students of English as a Second Language that includes word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs and more

Karin's ESL Partyland
This site has "over 75 interactive quizzes, 15 discussion forums, interactive lessons on a variety of topics, a chat room, and lots of great links."

Lantern Fish
"Lantern Fish is a resource site for TESOL, TEFL and ESL teachers who teach elementary and middle school English, ESL and EFL to kids." Includes exercises and games for improving English language skills

Grammar & Writing

Activities for ESL Students
This web site has over 1,000 activities to help study English as a Second Language including quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles
English as a Second Language Home Page

Chomp Chomp: Grammar Bytes
This site, created by a community college instructor, includes terms, interactive exercises (with answers/explanations), handouts and guidelines for quickly improving grammar ability. Appropriate for both GED students and instructors

English Grammar Reference and Exercises
Includes grammar topics, example sentences, and exercises

Listening, Understanding & Speaking

English Listening Lesson Library Online
Learn English by listening to English speakers from all over the world. Over 400 listening activities

National Public Radio: News and Analysis
Practice listening and understanding skills through the current event stories from NPR's many news programs, including All Things Considered, Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Many programs also include transcripts

Phonetics Flash Animation Project
Created at the University of Iowa, this site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
A free, interactive, educational site that uses both RealVideo and RealAudio technology for language learning. Allows visitors to self-test their English listening comprehension skills via JavaScripted quizzes

Reading Comprehension

Breaking News English
Free lessons based on current news stories, each available in 7 levels, from elementary to advanced. Lessons include quizzes, listening files, and classroom handouts.

CNN Interactive Learning Resources
This site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau news stories (a new story is added ever week). Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story

Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans
Guide to culture, customs, education and immigration as well as information about home ownership and making a living in the US

The New York Times Learning Network
Current event stories, quizzes, crossword puzzles and other vocabulary and knowledge building resources for students, parents, and instructors

Academic Sites

Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Provides explanations and illustrations of the basic grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage

OWL: English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources, Handouts and Exercises
Includes various materials for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers, which include resource pages, handouts, and exercises as well as links to over 60 additional grammar-related handouts and exercises

Ohio ESL
English student resources from Ohio University including grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, special topics, and additional resources

The official Web site for the Test of English as a Foreign Language

YouTube Channels

EF podEnglish
Learn English with bite-sized 5 minute English lessons.Includes videos for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Created by EF, the world's largest language school with over 400 schools in 50 countries worldwide.

Listen and Read Along
Videos show highlighted transcripts as speakers read aloud. Playlists include History, Songs, Conversational English and Stories.

Rachel's English is an online American English pronunciation resource. All videos have closed captioning to help non-native speakers understand. Playlists include Idioms, How to Say ... in American English, and American English in Real Life.

TOEFL TV has tips from real teachers and real students to help improve viewers' English skills. Students can hear what leading colleges and universities think about the value of students who can communicate well in English in an academic setting.

VOA Learning English
Voice of America's YouTube channel includes the Let's Learn English course, Learning English News, English in a Minute and more.

English with Jennifer: The host of this channel is an ideal ESL teacher for those who need more guidance than simply reading from websites. The user’s videos are separated into playlists covering vocabulary, verb tenses, pronunciation, and more.
Rachel’s English: Host Rachel offers a plethora of videos to help students learn all about American English pronunciation, including specific sounds you should make, as well as mouth position. New videos are uploaded to the site each week.
EF podEnglish: With English lessons on this site broken up into five-minute chunks and filtered by skill level, students can fit in a quick lesson through this modular method whenever they have the time.
Teacher Phil: This page offers lessons in basic English, business English, idioms, and more with Teacher Phil. You’ll learn how to speak with an American accent and use proper English, and even tackle some of the more complex and challenging language rules.
BBC Learning English’s Channel: Though we previously mentioned BBC’s great website for learning English, their YouTube channel has just as much to offer. Here, students can watch “The Flatmates,” a soap opera made for learning English, as well as learn about different idioms and more.

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