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BASIC ENGLISH WEBSITES TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

BEGINNER: 
1) www.ESLcafe.com THEN CLICK ON Dave's ESL café: many choices for students : grammar , idioms   ,pronunciation power, quizzes--- easy , medium and difficult levels. For the more advanced students there is a  photo gallery. 

2) www.ESL -lab.com : there are REAL VIDEOS for CONVERSATIONS...... general LISTENING Quizzes....easy, medium and difficult levels,

1. Blue Zone Recipes: Easy to follow healthy recipes which are of interest to
students who like to cook. I use this in class:

https://www.bluezones.com/recipe/


2. English Accent Coach: An assortment of survival phrases grouped by theme with
sound. Only drawback is that it is a British accent:

http://englishaccentcoach.com/validate.aspx


3. 725 Short Stories: This is a collection of short stories, some of which are
only a paragraph with a narrator: 

http://eslyes.com/


4. Breaking News English: Simplified versions of current event stories in six
different levels. The same story may be read in up to three different levels of
English: 

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/index.html


Practice tests for Canadian Citizenship:

1.The Richmond Public Library:

http://www.yourlibrary.ca/citizenship/

2. APNA Toronto

http://www.apnatoronto.com/canadian-citizenship-test-practice/

3. Citizen Quiz:

http://www.citizenquiz.com/canadian-citizenship-practice-test/

4. Greater Victoria Public Library:

https://gvpl.ca/audiences/multicultural/citizenship-practice-test


5. Discover Canada (The document students must study which is published by the
Federal Government)

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/discover/index.asp

INTERMEDIATE:
Short and Long Vowels

http://www.shiporsheep.com/

Starfall

Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary

The sounds of American English.

Storyline Online

English speak


Engvid

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening lab

A site to help you with information about finding an apartment in Montreal . it includes a copy of

the lease , my voice reading the lease and explaining it in easy language, and what

organizations can help you if you have problems with your landlord and many other topics



Staying healthy- a site that helps in finding medical help in Montreal,

medical dictionaries, symptoms, medical videos, questions to ask your

doctor or pharmacist etc.

Many Things

A great site that has links to many kinds of activities that include grammar, vocabulary, listening and

much more.


English Grammar and Exercises (also links to pronunciation of words and sentences)

Explanations for grammar and exercises to practice many grammar concepts

English page

Offers a variety of exercises on verb tenses, a variety of different grammar topics and vocabulary etc.


Learn English Grammar

Offers both rules and exercises on a variety of verb and other grammar topics. Will give you hints if you

are having trouble answering the questions.


eflnet- grammar (including verb tenses), phrasal verbs (including a phrasal verb dictionary), a picture vocabulary dictionary and difficult listening and reading.

http://www.eflnet.com/index.htm




ADVANCED:
1. TED     https://www.ted.com/

From the site: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Students can watch with or without subtitles.  Each talk on the site also is accompanied with an interactive transcript, which allows students to follow the talk and get a better understanding of how the ideas are presented (i.e. in chunks, phrases, and clauses).

2.  TED-ed      http://ed.ted.com/

From the site:  TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. 
 
Most of these talks are shorter (10 minutes or less).  They come with comprehension questions and links to explore related issues in a more in-depth fashion.


From the site:  Lingholic was founded in late 2012 out of a desire to tighten the community of language learners and polyglots that are scattered on YouTube and all over the web. It was created as a community hub to provide information, experiences and opinions on language learning from a wide range of perspectives. The language community’s experiences are used to make your life easier and to give you a greater understanding of how foreign language acquisition works.  There’s no magic; people who speak 10+ languages are not magicians, freaks, or geniuses that were born with the “language gene.” They are simply great, extremely passionate people!

This blog contains many interesting articles containing advice/strategies for learning English (and even other languages). This link will take students to a popular post on how they can use TED talks to improve their English.  It is a good companion site to the first two (i.e. TED and Ted-ed).


From the siteVocabulary.com has its roots in the Visual Thesaurus, the interactive thesaurus and dictionary developed by the team at Thinkmap, a software company known for using visualization to facilitate communication, learning, and discovery. As the Visual Thesaurus evolved, we recognized the need for an instructional technology that would empower learners to unpack the complexity and nuances of the English language in a way that was systematic, engaging and adaptive. Our multidisciplinary team of educators, lexicographers, data scientists, and developers, united by a love of words and a good challenge, designed and built Vocabulary.com.

Students can use this site as a general reference  for everyday vocabulary learning.  In addition, one may (or one's teacher may) join - it's free! - and create study lists for spaced repetition, a term that means reviewing information over time at less frequent intervals as a student acquires the vocabulary.  This is a great resource for helping students increase the quantity and improve the accuracy of their productive/active vocabulary!


From the site:  Open Education Database is the most comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses anywhere online. We welcome learners of all levels to explore their interests and prepare for exciting new careers, build on existing foundations of education and experience, or just satisfy a craving to learn something completely new.

This particular post contains 50 "must have" resources for ESL students.  The links are provided on the page, so this is an easy 'one-stop shopping" resource. On this page learners will find links to sites on grammar & usage, spelling & pronunciation, vocabulary and writing, quizzes and worksheets, podcasts, and youtube channels.  Fantastic!