Refine Your ESL Education!
In the melting pot of the United States, where people from around the world come to live, study and work, there is intense interest in becoming fluent in English through ESL education. The resources listed in this guide are intended to supplement structured ESL classes and help ESL students refine their vocabulary, grammar and writing. Students should have their instructor review and approve any material before using it.
Exercises, Quizzes and Activities
- Activities for ESL Students offers crossword puzzles, exercises, quizzes and tests to help ESL students perfect their vocabulary and grammar. English-only vocabulary and grammar quizzes, from easy to difficult, are provided. Bi-lingual quizzes are also available in dozens on languages including Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Indonesian, Malay and Spanish.
- At Dave’s ESL Cafe, in addition to quizzes, students can find lists of common idioms and their meanings, examples of how to use verbs in phrases and lists with examples of common slang terms. Grammar lessons are included under the hint of the day and cover conditional sentences, confusing words, conversational language, English sounds and spelling, gerunds, homophones and possessives.
- ESL Partyland makes learning English as a second language fun by focusing on real life interests. On its food page, ESL students take grammar and vocabulary quizzes while reading off of a real menu. From the dating page, students fill-in the blanks of a short story about dating and breaking up. On the music page, ESL students can practice pronunciation and learn about sentence structure while studying and reciting song lyrics from popular artists like U2.
Audio/Video Comprehension Practice
- The ESL Commando helps students out with their speaking, reading, listening, pronouncing and writing. Notable activities include a link where students help feed the hungry while taking an online vocabulary quiz, a fun video on American slang, and a listening quiz taken after viewing a trailer from The Dark Knight Rises. The Commando loves his iPad and has several lists with recommendations for the best ESL apps.
- At learnenglishfeelgood.com, ESL students practice comprehension while viewing video clips from movies like The Avengers, cartoons, like The Simpsons and movie trailers. This site also offers plenty of grammar and vocabulary exercises and worksheets.
- With Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab, ESL students can take hundreds of listening quizzes, from easy to very difficult, including to help prepare for the Test of English Language Fluency (TOEFL). Conversational subjects range from renting an apartment to saving the earth.
TOEFL and Writing Practice
Although really difficult to navigate,Mike Shelby’s Long Listing of ESL sites has a helpful list of TOEFL sites that includes a link to free exercises and a practice test. Mike also provides hundreds of links to general ESL sites including free interactive video lessons, free online tutorials and tips on the best ESL software.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab helps ESL students perfect their English writing. The lab provides detailed instruction including handouts on punctuation patterns,subject/verb agreement, verb tenses and infinitives. The lab also offers guidance on avoiding plagiarism and help with workplace vocabulary and writing.
The TOEFL-Prep Writing Practice Site will help students preparing for the TOEFL as well as other ESL students with improving their English-language writing. Broken into five lessons, this site explains how to structure a paragraph and how to write an entire essay.
It has never been easier to find help in learning English as a second language. With plenty of options available for free or at low cost on the web, diligent students can supplement their ESL classwork with online exercises, creative quizzes and fun activities. Become fluent in English today with the help of these ESL resources.