For learners and teachers of English

Sunday, May 26, 2002  

Real English
Real English is a fun method for ESL students. All the lessons are based on videos of interesting people interviewed in the street. These people speak naturally. You need a fast connection to the internet – DSL, cable, or T1. The average video takes a minute to download with a fast connection.
The lessons and exercises are strictly organized grammatically. For the moment, there are 4 lessons on the Present Perfect and two on the Present Progressive. A new lesson is added every week or two. There will be over a hundred lessons when the on-line version is completed.
The one drawback - no transcripts of the interviews are available.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Sunday, May 26, 2002

Friday, May 24, 2002  

Let's Learn English
Claims to be "The world’s largest English self access centre". Written by ex-British Council teachers, Let's Learn English provides:
- A placement test to test your level of English.
- Six levels of difficulty, from Beginners to Advanced.
- Over 100 grammar units.
- Over 100 vocabulary units.
- Over 100 reading comprehension units
- Multiple choice and fill-the-gaps exercises.
- Over 3000 test items.
- A Grammar Doctor to answer any English questions.
- Self-study notes to help you learn from your mistakes.
- English Idioms explained and put into contexts every week.
- A joke of the week section.
- The world's largest database of language schools.
- Teaching tips and tactics for practising teachers.
Unfortunately, it's not free though there are some demo areas. Full access costs $15 per month.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Friday, May 24, 2002

Wednesday, May 22, 2002  

The Internet Picture Dictionary
The Internet Picture Dictionary is a completely free, online multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages. As the name suggests, you get pictures with captions in categories ranging from Animals to Vegetables. You can test yourself with Flashcards or play some neat word games. A pity there's no sound but you can't have everything!

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Friday, May 17, 2002  

You can improve your listening skills on this original site which uses an 'interactive learning system' consisting of authentic listening passages with transcripts and vocabulary notes. You can try a sample lesson for free and if you register you can enjoy more free lessons.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Friday, May 17, 2002

Tuesday, May 14, 2002  

Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans
The goal of this site is to allow the newcomer to enter American life with enough basic knowledge (or the knowledge of where to find it) so he or she does not have to figure everything out from scratch. So the major tasks of everyday American life from finding a job, to applying for a driver's license, to dealing with banks, to protection from street crime, to finding an apartment or even finding a lover are covered in a multitude of sub-sections. Life in the USA also gives the reader a critical overview of American values, with guidelines on learning more about the richness of American life. How Americans make friends, do business, deal with health problems, fall in love, entertain themselves, even the American funeral and death rituals. How Americans dress, eat, spend their vacations even how they deal with personal cleanliness and grooming.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Monday, May 13, 2002  

This interactive Web site, supporting the PBS series, has streaming imagery, animations, simulations, dynamic timelines, conversations with experts, current news bulletins, and extensive links to evolution-related learning resources worldwide. The "Teachers and Students" section features online lessons for students, online videos for students and for teachers, an eight-part professional development course for teachers, and a free, 40-page teacher's guide.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Monday, May 13, 2002


A series of hyperlinked 'e-books' organized in 'Channels' such as 'Flicks', 'Famous Trials', 'History', 'Disasters'. Click on the links in the story to see photos, graphics, visit other sites and get background information. Great for reading practice. The site uses Flash 5 but a static version is available.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Monday, May 13, 2002


Adult Literacy - The Learning Edge - an interactive, literacy newspaper - for adult literacy students
Although not designed specifically for EFL learners, this online magazine is a great resource. You can listen to the articles being read and there are interactive exercises and quizzes. The current issue (No. 3) includes an article on the Segway (transport) and advice on How to Write a Good Cover Letter. Issues 1 & 2 are also available.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Monday, May 13, 2002

Thursday, May 09, 2002  

American Business English Internet School
Those of you who are studying Business English might like to subscribe to BizIdioms, a regular e-mail newsletter which has a business text with vocabulary definitions. You can check your understanding of the business idioms by taking a short quiz at the BizEnglish website.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 09, 2002


English Exercises Online! (by Lilliam Hurst)
Lots of interactive exercises of all types from beginner to advanced level created using software developed by Martin Holmes. There's a great variety of material including crosswords, cloze tests, text reconstruction and reading quizzes as well as grammar and vocabulary exercises. The page design could be improved but it's an impressive achievement all the same.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 09, 2002

Wednesday, May 08, 2002  

Hot English Magazine - learn, listen to and practise English on-line
By far the best Online Magazine for English learners I've come across. Although you have to take out a subscription (11.75 euros for one year) to access all the content, there's plenty available for free. The magazine is divided into 8 sections (Culture, Business, Learning, Humour, Listenings, Games, Slang and Café) and there's a wealth of archived material in each one. Great stuff!

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Wednesday, May 08, 2002

Tuesday, May 07, 2002  

ESL Blue(s)
A superb grammar resource. You can take a diagnostic quiz which identifies your errors and takes you to the appropriate pages or go directly to the topics listed in the menu. There's a wide variety of exercise types and, unlike many similar sites, explanations and feedback are generally given. Highly recommended!

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Tuesday, May 07, 2002


Apostrophe Protection Society
No, it's not a joke! The APS is dedicated to preserving the correct use of this much abused punctuation mark. Don't miss the Examples Page which shows photos of apostrophe misuse.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Sunday, May 05, 2002  

WESLI English Online Crosswords
Over fifty online crosswords at three levels covering topics such as varied as 'Clothes', 'Gardening' and 'Politics'. Also check out the inappropriately named Slang section where you'll find several active discussion forums and the Resources, a one-page mega list of useful information on everything from Irregular Verbs to Holidays.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Sunday, May 05, 2002


Times Online - Real Player
You need to install Real Player to access the multimedia content on many sites (the BBC, for one). However, getting RealOne (the free version) is not as simple as you might think. This article explains the procedure in detail and tells you how to turn off unwanted options such as ads or newsletters.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Sunday, May 05, 2002


Times Online - Reference Sources
The Sunday Times has done a comparative test of six reference sources, lining up subscription-based sites Oxford Reference and Xreferplus in a contest with some of their competitors. The Encyclopedia Britannica’s American website, for example, is free to all, though it offers additional “premium” content for a monthly subscription of £7. Encyclopedia.com describes itself as “the internet’s premier free encyclopedia”, offering more than 57,000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia. Also in the race are Ask Jeeves and Google, which are not true reference sites, but two very different (and free) search engines that trawl the web.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Sunday, May 05, 2002

Thursday, May 02, 2002  

Concept to Classroom: Course Menu
A series of free workshops that cover all kinds of hot topics in education (Using the Net, WebQuests, Collaborative Learning...). Each workshop is illustrated with video clips (with transcripts!). An award-winning resource which will prove invaluable for anyone interested in current trends in the field of education.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 02, 2002


Arts & Letters Daily - ideas, criticism, debate
A wonderful site with links to newspapers, news services, journals and magazines, book reviews, radio news, e-zines and lots more besides. The design is quite original and you get a short introduction to each article or review. New material is added continuously and appears at the top of the columns - a bit like a weblog, in fact!

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 02, 2002


juiced.telegraph.co.uk - 'I will not tell you nothing!'
Making Interviews Work for You - from the student site of the Daily Telegraph

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 02, 2002


juiced.telegraph.co.uk - 21 steps to the perfect CV
From the student site of The Daily Telegraph

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 02, 2002


This is the site where you'll find my favourite links for learners of English. The links are presented in the form of 'Hotsheets', one for General English and another for Business English, and organised in categories such as 'Grammar', 'Vocabulary', 'Listening'. The best links posted on EnglishBlog will eventually find their way onto the EnglishNetLinks site (when I find the time!)

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Thursday, May 02, 2002

Wednesday, May 01, 2002  

Hi everyone. Welcome to EnglishBlog where I shall be posting sites of interest for learners and teachers of English.

posted by Jeffrey Hill | Wednesday, May 01, 2002