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Dictionaries/Thesauruses

A Web of On-line Dictionaries (http://www.yourdictionary.com/)

COBUILD (http://www.collins.co.uk/corpus/CorpusSearch.aspx)
This is the COBUILD home page.

Longman Dictionaries (http://www.ldoceonline.com)
Longman dictionaries home page

Roget's Thesaurus (http://humanities.uchicago.edu/forms_unrest/ROGET.html)
On-line version of the publication

Synonym Dictionary (http://vancouver-webpages.com/synonyms.html)
This home page carries lists of English synonyms

 

 

Encyclopedias

Britannica On-line (http://www.eb.com/)
On-line version of the publication

 

ESL-related Centres in Hong Kong

Centre for Independent Language Learning (http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/CILL)
Home page of the Centre for Independent Language Learning at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with many components and links

English Language Centre (http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/elsc/)
Home page of the English Language Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with various components; useful links are also available from the English Enhancement Programmes

English Language Centre (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/elc)
Home page of the English Language Centre at the City University of Hong Kong with links to listening and dictation exercises

Centre for Language in Education, Hong Kong Institute of Education (http://www.cle.ied.edu.hk/elc.htm)

The Independent Learning Centre (http://www.ilc.cuhk.edu.hk/english/index1a.asp)
English section of the home page of The Independent Learning Centre at the Chinese University of Hong Kong with many components and links

Center for Language Education (http://lc.ust.hk/)
Home page of the Language Centre at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with many components and links

Language Centre (http://lc.hkbu.edu.hk/)
Home page of the Language Centre at the Baptist University with many links to materials for self-access learning

Virtual English Centre (http://ec.hku.hk/vec/)
Home page of the English Centre at the University of Hong Kong with many components and links

 

ESL/EFL Publications

Cambridge Journals Online (http://www.journals.cup.org/)
An international abstracting journal for language teachers, educators and researchers published by the Cambridge University Press

ELT Journal (http://eltj.oxfordjournals.org/)
An international journal for teachers of English to speakers of other languages published by the Oxford University Press in association with The British Council and IATEFL

ENGLISH TEACHING professional (http://www.etprofessional.com)

The Internet TESL Journal (http://iteslj.org/)

TESL-EJ (http://www.tesl-ej.org)
On-line publication of Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, an academic journal

TESOL (http://www.tesol.org)

 

Games

Crayola (http://www.crayola.com/)
A site for games and activities

Dave's ESL Cafe (http://www.eslcafe.com)

eslgames.com (http://www.eslgames.com/)

KidsCom.com (http://www.kidscom.com/)
Interactive and fun site for children

 

Grammar

ESL Helper Center (http://eslcafe.com/help/)
Help for ESL/EFL students from an international team of ESL/EFL teachers

Good Grammar, Good Style (http://www.protrainco.com/grammar.htm)

Guide to Grammar and Writing (http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

Online English Grammar Resources (http://www.edufind.com/english/grammar)

 

Idioms

Animal Idioms (http://www.edufind.com/english/practice/rside/V_animaq.html)
On-line exercises to help students learn expressions containing various animal references

ESL Idiom Page (http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/)

Toon in to Idioms (http://www.elfs.com/2nInX-Title.html)
Cartoons and audio from Adam Rado

 

Language Arts

General

Yahoo!Kids (http://kids.yahoo.com/)

 Films

ESL Teachers Board (http://www.eslteachersboard.com/cgi-bin/articles/index.pl?noframes;read=878)

One Stop English(http://www.onestopenglish.com/) A leading ELT resource site.

 Poetry

American Poetry for Students of English Worldwide (http://www.fauxpress.com/kimball/ex/po.htm)
Collection from John Kimball of Miyazaki Medical College

English Poetry Database (http://www.letrs.indiana.edu/epd)
A full-text searchable database of hundreds of poems from the University of Virginia library

Giggle Poetry (http://www.gigglepoetry.com)

Glossary of Poetic Terms from BOB BYWAY (http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html)

Poetry Society of America (http://www.poetrysociety.org/)

Representative Poetry Online (http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/index.cfm)

Poets.org (http://www.poets.org/poets/index.cfm)

The Internet Poetry Archive (http://www.ibiblio.org/dykki/poetry/)

Twentieth-century Poetry in English (http://www.lit.kobe-u.ac.jp/~hishika/20c_poet.htm)

 Stories

Childrenstory.com (http://www.childrenstory.com/)
Groups include: Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, Interactive Stories and Holiday Stories

thekids.com (http://www.thekids.com)
An interactive reading site for children featuring folktales, rhymes, fables, and adventures from around the world

 

Lesson Plans and Materials

English Online: Materials for Teaching English (http://www.eleaston.com)

ESL Discussion Center (http://eslcafe.com/discussion/)
Forum for discussing ESL/EFL activities and games

ESL Help Center (http://www.eslcafe.com/help/index.cgi)

ESL Quiz Center (http://www.eslcafe.com/quiz/)
Self-study quizzes for ESL students on a broad range of categories, e.g. grammar, idioms, people, reading comprehension, science, slang, vocabulary, world culture, writing, etc.

learn English, the British Council (http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/)

Learning Resources (http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/)

Ohio ESL @ Ohio University (http://www.ohiou.edu/esl/index.html)

Teams Distance Learning K-12 Lesson Plans (http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/classrooms.html)
Links to lesson plans in all subjects and a variety of sources from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, USA

TeleNex, University of Hong Kong (http://www.telenex.hku.hk)

  

Mass Media

BBC World Service (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/)

CBC Radio (http://cbc.ca/radio/)

CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/)

Telegraph.co.uk (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/)

Newslink (http://www.newslink.org/)

Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/)

South China Morning Post (http://www.scmp.com/)

Guardian.co.uk (http://www.guardian.co.uk/)

The Standard (http://www.thestandard.com.hk/)

Times Online (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/)

USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/)

World Radio Network (http://www.wrn.org/)

 

Oral English

AT&T Labs: From Text to Speech (http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php)

   

Resources and Databases

Dave's ESL Cafe (http://www.eslcafe.com/)
Several interactive resources, e.g. ESL Question Page, ESL Idea Page, ESL Links Pages, ESL Help Center, ESL Discussion Center, etc.

English Language Teaching Resources (http://www.ohiou.edu/esl/index.html)
Collection of resources from Ohio University

Foreign Language Teaching Resources (http://babel.uoregon.edu/)
Resources from Yamada Language Center at the University of Oregon

Linguistic Funland TESL (http://www.linguistic-funland.com/)
Extensive links and more from Kristina Pfaff-Harris

Teachers Helping Teachers (http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/)
Teaching tips and ideas for teachers

The Internet Movies Database (http://uk.imdb.com/)
A database on movies

 

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