MATERIALS & RESOURCES

 
 
On this page you can find various links to help you with your English outside class and to help you focus on individual skills such as listening, reading, speaking, grammar and pronunciation. There are links to web sites, files (in .pdf format so you will need Adobe Acrobat to read them) and
feeds (and you will need iTunes, Juice, Doppler or another type of RSS aggregator to download and/or “subscribe” to them). Remember that you do not need an iPod to listen to podcasts: you can listen to them directly on your computer or on any other type of mp3-player. See Listening below for more information on podcasts.
 

Remember that most newpaper sites also have a lot of multimedia content (including podcasts) that you should explore. Some important sites are

  1. The Guardian provides complete access to both The Guardian and The Observer, as well as access to archives and multi-media content.

  2. The Times is another important UK broadsheet.

  3. The Daily Telegraph has several interesting features.

  4. The New York Times, which also has podcasts (see Listening), provides the current day’s paper, an archive of previously published material as well as multimedia content.

  5. The Washington Post is the another important liberal American newspaper.

  6. The International Herald Tribune (which is published by the New York Times) often has articles about Italy and other European countries.

  7. 10X10 presents the latest headlines from the world’s newspapers with pictures (which can also be used for speaking practice to prepare for the speaking part of the exam.).

  8. For those interested in science The New Scientist is an interesting and informative site.


  1. The BBC Learning English site is full of useful exercises including reading, listening and grammar practice.

  2. ELC study zone provides a number of different grammar and reading excercises for all levels.

  3. Dave’s ESL Cafe is full of great exercises for EFL and ESL students around the globe.

  4. If you would like to improve your pronunciation with excellent short films and explanations go to the English (Spanish & German) Phonology page.

  5. ESL Gold provides over 1,000 pages of resources for students.

  6. For an interactive grammar go to the University of Ottawa’s English Hyper-grammar

  7. For graded reading and listening exercises go to the CNN story archives.

  8. For students who are interested in improving their English through songs check out the Learn a Song Podcast site or the
    feed.
  9. The Lecture Browser at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory provides online recordings (RealPlayer format) of many interesting lectures and seminars.

  10. The Speech Accent Archive provides examples of various accents and dialects of spoken English, as well as data from non-native speakers of English.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

READING

LISTENING

EXAM PREP


  1. Podcasts (provide an excellent way to listen to audio files (mp3) on your PC or mp3-player. For an introduction to Podcasting check out the BBC site.

  2. You can also look on youtube to find out more about podcasts and how to use them. Check out this video. Youtube is also a great source for all types of listening material.

  3. The iTunes Music Store provides free access to thousands of podcasts (but you must first download and install the iTunes programme, which is available for Windows or Mac). Once you have installed iTunes you can find a list of ESL podcasts here.

  4. English Conversations (Practical Conversations for Language Learners) has some interesting podcasts with scripts.

  5. For C1 students who need to improve their English check out this site or the
    feed.
  6. The English Language Listening Lab has many listening activities with transcripts, quizzes and pictures.

  7. If you’ve ever wondered what kind grammar questions mother tongue speakers make or what questions they have about English grammar, you should go to Grammar Girl and listen to her informative podcasts (transcripts available as well).

  8. Randall’s Cyber ESL Listening Café also provides LC exercises for various levels and with excellent written exercises.

  9. American National Public Radio (NPR) has one of the largest selection of podcasts available.

  10. The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) has a number of interesting programmes available as podcasts, and many of the  transcripts are also available.

  11. For more listening practice with the latest news headlines go to this Breaking News English or the
    feed.
  12. There are many nightly or morning news (video) podcasts that you can download to improve your listening skills. Check out NBC Nightly News for example.

 

This list contains links to both PDF files and useful websites

  1. B2 students should download the following files:

  2. a list of appropriate composition topics: B2 Essay Topics.pdf 

  3. a list of common errors: B2 errors.pdf

  4. B1 students should download this set of exercises to prepare for the exam:

  5. botsford boyd B1 prep.pdf

  6. Purdue University has a very useful On-line Writing Lab (OWL). If you look hard enough on the site you can also find examples of B2 (First Certificate) and C1 (CAE) writing.

  7. The University of Toronto’s site offers information about writing an academic paper, including how to do research.

  8. The Using English for Academic Purposes (UEFAP) page provides a easy-to-follow guide for essay/composition writing.

  9. The University of Ottawa provides an excellent list of useful links for writing (as well as links to various online dictionaries).