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FREE Resources for ESL Students

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Here is a list of useful English Web sites. They're all FREE.
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All-purpose Web sites
Business English
Comics online
Communication Services (MSN Messenger, Yahoo e-mail, Instant Messenger)
Cooking
Crosswords
Dictionaries
Document Viewers (Acrobat Reader, MS Word Viewer and MS Excel Viewer)
Encyclopedias
Games and activities
Grammar
Idioms and Slang
Learn English Online
Listening sites
Maps
Medical English
Mobile Phone Sites
Movies
Multimedia software (Flash, Java, Quicktime, Shockwave, Windows Media Player)
Museums online
Music
NASA
Nature
News
Nursery Rhymes
PC Protection
Podcasts
Poetry online
Pronunciation
Radio online
Reading online
Reference
Self-assessment
Sports
Sudoku
TOEIC and TOEFL
Travel
Video Online
Vocabulary
Writing


All-purpose Web sites

Tower of English
Links to over 300 fun and interesting Web sites in 34 different categories, including advertising, food, humor, mysteries, poetry and vocabulary.

University of Franche-Comte, Center of Applied Linguistics
This Web site has hundreds of useful links to suit all your needs. Online video, treasure hunts, art, science, medical English and pen pals - you'll find them all here!


Business English

Rong-Chang Li's Business Links
Click on 'Business English' to access lots of good Business English links: online lessons, practical tips, business correspondence and vocabulary.

Australia Network's The Business of English
The Business of English is a video presentation broadcast regularly on Australia Network and available here online. This 15-part series for intermediate to advanced English language learners looks at the language used in everyday business situations such as meetings, presentations and negotiations.

Meetings.
This is an excellent guide to how to conduct a business meeting in English. Very useful for people who travel overseas on business!


Comics online

Comics.com Home page
You can read 100 comics online here, including Snoopy, Dilbert, Jump Start and Lola.


Communication Services (MSN Messenger, Yahoo e-mail, Instant Messenger)

MSN Messenger
Better and faster than e-mail; do voice and/or video chat for FREE!
Japanese
English

Yahoo FREE Web-based e-mail
E-mail from anywhere with internet access.
Japanese
English

Yahoo Instant Messenger
Better and faster than e-mail; do voice and/or video chat for FREE!
Japanese
English


Cooking

Allrecipes.com
Thousands of recipes from all over the world. For Asian dishes, click here.


Crosswords

Crossword Express.
Bookmark this page and return each week for a new and challenging puzzle. Use the Hint button for help on the more difficult questions. Use the Save button so that you can come back later and continue solving the puzzle.


Dictionaries

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary Online

Cambridge Dictionary of American English

Cambridge Dictionary of Idioms
Explains the meaning of English idioms, with useful examples of how they are used.

Using English.com Dictionary of Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions
This dictionary also has an alphabetical index and lists of idioms by category.

Cambridge Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
Explains the meaning of two-word English verbs like 'get along' and 'take out' with useful examples of how these verbs are used.

Using English.com Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
This dictionary also has quizzes and an alphabetical index.

Roget's New Millennium Thesaurus
You can use this to enlarge your English vocabulary, or to say something in a more interesting way! If you type in a word, you'll get all its synonyms (words with the same meaning) and antonyms (words with the opposite meaning).


Document Viewers (Acrobat Reader, MS Word Viewer and MS Excel Viewer)

Adobe Acrobat Reader
View PDF files with Acrobat Reader. FREE!
Japanese
English

MS Word Viewer

Even if you don't have Microsoft Word, you can still read Word documents. FREE!
Japanese
English

MS Excel Viewer

Even if you don't have Microsoft Excel, you can still read Excel documents. FREE!
Japanese
English


Encyclopedias

Wikipedia
The free encyclopedia anyone can edit.

Microsoft Encarta
An informative online encyclopedia published by Microsoft.


Games and activities

Skillswise
This BBC Web site has fact sheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help you improve your English skills.

Oxford University Press Online Practice for Students
Interactive games for children, teenagers and adults.

Manythings.org
Lots of interesting activities for ESL students. Designed for students in Japan.

Activities for ESL Students
Lots of fun ESL activities for students at all levels. Thousands of games written by many teachers.

ESL Pro Systems English Games
Games that challenge learners of all levels in the areas of grammar, listening, reading, and vocabulary.


Grammar

English Club - English Grammar for ESL Students
A useful site for learners, with lots of quizzes to check your understanding.

Online English Grammar
Contains a wealth of information on the major parts of speech and links to several grammar-related sites.

Activities for ESL Students
A Web site developed in Japan, with lots of grammar quizzes for all levels.


Idioms and Slang

Rong-Chang Li's Idioms Links
Click on 'Idioms' and you'll find all the idioms links you could possibly want!

The Idiom Connection
Has a great collection of idioms, phrasal verbs and proverbs!

Paul & Bernice Noll's English Idioms
600 American English sentences with idioms. Each sentence comes with a translation.

English Daily's American Slang Expressions
An excellent page for people interested in American slang and idioms.

Dave Sperling's ESL Slang page
More American slang!

Jeremy Alderton's Cockney Rhyming Slang Dictionary
This kind of slang is distinctively British.

Koala Net's Australian Slang Dictionary
If you're looking for Aussie slang, you've come to the right place!


Learn English Online

Living English
Living English is a TV program and Web site for beginner students.

Study English
Study English is a series of programs for intermediate to advanced learners. It draws on authentic material that you can watch, read and listen to, plus study notes, tips and activities for practice and consolidation.


Listening sites

English Listening Lounge
A fantastic listening resource. Hundreds of short passages by native and non-native speakers of English, talking naturally about themselves and their lives. You can choose your own level and area of discourse.

Randall's Cyber Listening Lab
An excellent listening site for all levels, with hundreds of quizzes and lots of useful tips.

English Language Listening Lab Online
Lots of live interviews and listening games.


Maps

Google Earth
Offers free maps of any part of the world and also satellite images for regional searches.

Google Maps
Interactive maps and satellite/aerial imagery of the United States.


Medical English

Medline Plus Health Tutorial
This is the perfect site for Japanese doctors and nurses who need to communicate with English-speaking foreigners. The site contains almost 200 interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics, each tutorial explains a disease or a diagnostic procedure in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.

Englishmed.com
A medical English multimedia course with thousands of exercises and 90 minutes of animated English conversations. Excellent for medical students.


Mobile Phone Sites

BBC News

CNN News

Google

Orange News
The news from Orange, an innovative mobile phone and communications company.

Randomly Chosen Words in English and Japanese


Movies

The Internet Movie Script Database
The world's largest movie script resource. Free online movie scripts for reading and downloading. Hundreds of popular movie scripts available.

SimplyScripts
Has links to hundreds of free, downloadable scripts, movie scripts and screenplays. It also has transcripts of current, classic and soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime and radio shows.

ESL Notes.com
The ultimate movie guide for English learners. Has plot summaries and explanations of the more difficult phrases in the movie script. This is an excellent resource for advanced students.


Multimedia software

Apple QuickTime (and iTunes)
View Apple Movie files and download iTunes!
Japanese
English

Flash
Get Adobe/Macromedia Flash or Shockwave for enriched web content. Both are FREE!
Japanese
English

Shockwave
Japanese
English

Windows Media Player
View many different types of video files with ease. FREE!
Japanese
English

Java
Java applets let you play online games, chat with people around the world and view images in 3D. FREE!
Japanese
English


Museums online

Olga's Gallery
Olga's Gallery is an online collection of more than 10,000 works of art. Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Salvador Dali - you can find them all here!

Exploratorium
An online museum of science, art and human perception.


Music

Music.download.com
Music.download.com is your source for safe, legal and free MP3 downloads. You can download MP3s from thousands of artists. This site has more than 75,000 MP3s!

Song Lyrics.com
This site has the lyrics to over 2,000,000 tracks. And they're all free!


NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The home page of the National Aeronautics and Space administration.


Nature

National Geographic magazine
You can read lots of interesting stories about faraway places. Explore the world online!

Japan Atlas
Visual presentation of Japan's Historic Sites, Festivals, Architecture, Nature, Traditional Crafts, Advanced Technology, Communities and World Heritage Sites.

Mt Fuji's Story
The official guide by Shizuoka Prefectural Government.


News

BBC Learning English
A BBC Web site for students of English. There are hundreds of articles, with sound recordings and explanations of new words.

BBC News
The Web page for BBC news.

Breaking News English
Hundreds of current affairs stories in simple English, with interesting lesson activities.

National Geographic News for Kids
Stories about animals, nature, people and places.

Rong-Chang Li's ESL Web site
Click on 'Newspapers' to find links to more than 100 of America's top newspapers.

Internet Public Library
Online newspapers from around the world.


Nursery Rhymes

Enchanted Learning - Mother Goose Rebus Rhymes
Rebus Rhymes have colorful pictures that show the meaning of the words. These rhymes are designed for children who are learning how to read. Parents of young children will love reading these rhymes aloud to their kids. Young children will enjoy picking out the words they can read in their favorite nursery rhymes.

Nicky's Nursery Rhymes
Lots of nursery rhymes and children's poems. Some of them have music as well!

Nursery Rhymes - Their Lyrics and Secret Origins!
Have you ever wondered what the words in English nursery rhymes really mean and where they come from? Find out at this site!


PC Protection

Get rid of spyware and adware with Spybot. It's one of the best FREE utilities available.
Japanese
English


Podcasts

English as a Second Language Podcast
Download hundreds of English podcasts for free!


Poetry online

Representative Poetry Online
An award-winning site with thousands of English poems, created by the University of Toronto, Canada.


Pronunciation

Okanagan College, Canada - English Pronunciation & Listening
This is an excellent site with videos, MP3s, dictations and tongue twisters to help you improve your pronunciation.

University of Iowa Phonetics Flash Animation Project
A Flash animation guide to the sounds of English. Select American English, then click on a button in the pop-up box, to see a native English speaker make the sound you want to hear, plus an animation and step-by-step description of how to make the sound.

Paul and Bernice Noll's American Clear Speech Sounds
An online textbook with clear simple diagrams that show you how to make the sounds of English. The book also covers stress and rhythm.

Eva Easton's Authentic American Pronunciation
Has hundreds of Real Audio sound clips for English words and phrases, and exercises and quizzes based on the sound clips.


Radio online

Ohio University's Radio News links
Links to radio stations all around the world.

English Radio Stations for ESL Students
Lists the most popular English radio stations on the Internet. You can learn more by listening to the spoken word channels. Try recording programs and playing them back several times!

ESL Radio
Provides high-quality English language courses to international students. Produced by Monash University English Language Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

Radio + Text
This site has English radio with text.

Voice of America
A trusted source of news and information.

BBC Online
The British Broadcasting Corporation's main website. This is a large site covering television and radio in Britain and internationally.

Radio Australia
A news service for the Asia-Pacific region, from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

English Everywhere
Resources for teachers and students in teaching and learning English through radio.


Reading online

InsightIn.com - Reading Online with an English Dictionary
This Web site turns any Web page into an online reader. You can look up any word with just a click. It underlines uncommon words, and highlights idioms when you move your mouse over them. The dictionary shows up in a popup window.

InsightIn.com - Good Links for Reading Materials
Links to CNN, TIME magazine, Microsoft Encarta, Find Articles, Howstuffworks and Simply Scripts.

Internet Public Library of Online Texts
Thousands of books, classics, short stories, plays and poems.

The Online Books Page
Lists over 25,000 free books on the Web.

Bibliomania.com
Free online literature with over 2,000 classic texts.

World Wide School
The best place on the Internet to learn just about anything. African history, etiquette, Shakespeare, travel and bird-watching are just a few of the topics you'll find here!


Reference

Factmonster.com
A free reference site for students, teachers, and parents.

CIA World Fact book
A U.S. government resource which provides detailed information on countries and territories around the world.


Self-assessment

ESL PRO's English Assessment Test
Take a simple test and discover your true level! The tests cover reading, listening and grammar. ESL Pro Systems is a leading educational software developer and distributor.

English4Today.com - English Language Level Test and Assessment
This test covers grammar, vocabulary and usage, reading comprehension and listening.

Paul Nation & Batia Laufer's Online Vocabulary Level Tests
Do you want to know how big your vocabulary really is? Test yourself online and find out!


Sports

ESPN - The Worldwide Leader in Sports
Get all the sports news you want here!

Major League Baseball - The Official Site

National Basketball Association

Cricinfo.com - The Home of Cricket

NFL.com - Official Site of the National Football League

NHL.com - The National Hockey League Web site

UEFA.com - Europe's Official Football Web site


Sudoku

The official Web site of Sudoku. The rules are simple: "Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9." Once you start playing, you won't be able to stop!


TOEIC and TOEFL

Educational Testing Service
The official Web site which provides up-to-date information on the TOEIC and TOEFL tests, as well as study resources and useful articles.

Educational Testing Service TOEFL Practice Site
This is the ONLY Web site with previously administered TOEFL iBT test questions and exclusive scoring from ETS that helps you prepare for test day! Gives INSTANT scores and feedback for Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking sections. Offers a variety of practice tests so you can monitor your progress.

ESL PRO Systems online tests
This site has a free TOEIC practice test (Reading Section only), a TOEFL iBT test and a TOEFL CBT test.

TOEIC Examinee Handbook
Published by Educational Testing Service.

TOEIC Research Report - Utilizing the British National Corpus to Analyze TOEIC Tests
Lists 640 special words that you need for the TOEIC test. This report is based on a study of earlier TOEIC tests. The 640 special words are listed on pages 17-19 of the report.

EnglishClub.com - 20 TOEIC Tips

Free English Tests for ESL/EFL, TOEFL, TOEIC
This site has hundreds of free TOEIC and TOEFL exercises for students.


Travel

Lonely Planet World Guide
Comprehensive facts and advice for traveling, along with background material on the culture and history of the country.


Video Online

University of Franche-Comte, Center of Applied Linguistics
Lots of online video sites with exercises for students.


Vocabulary

English Vocabulary Quizzes by Charles Kelly (Aichi Institute of Technology)
Lots of Flash matching games for Japanese students of English. Ideal for junior high school, high school and university students.

English-Japanese Vocabulary Quizzes
Hundreds of quizzes for students at all levels.

Paul Nation and Batia Laufer's Online Vocabulary Level Test
Would you like to know how large your vocabulary really is? Test yourself online and find out!

John Bauman's version of the General Service List
The General Service List is a list of the 2,000 most useful words of English. It was developed by Michael West in 1953 and has been updated by John Bauman. This list has 90% of the words native speakers use in conversation! Alternatively, you can view the General Service list in both English and Japanese if you click here, then click on the V (View) menu, and then select C (Source Code).

Averil Coxhead's Academic Word List
The Academic Word list is a list of 570 words which are very common in books and newspapers. These words are also extremely useful for TOEFL and TOEIC students.

4,480 English Words You Should Know
Advanced students will enjoy this challenge! This vocabulary game tests your knowledge of the 4,480 words you need for the Cambridge First Certificate in English.

Frank Daulton's List of Common Gairaigo for Japanese Students
This is a list of common Japanese words which were borrowed from English (gairaigo).


Writing

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab has lots of information to help students improve their writing skills. There are more than 130 useful handouts related to: the Writing Process; Sentence Construction; Punctuation; Parts of Speech; English as a Second Language; Research Papers; and Spelling.

Common Errors in English Usage
Professor Paul Brians' online guide to correct English usage. An excellent resource for writers.