ELL/ESL Resources (English-language Learners/English as a Second Language)

There are many excellent web-based resources that address the needs of students who are nonnative speakers of English called either "ELL" (English-language Learners) and/or "ESL" (English as a Second Language) students, terms which are used interchangeably on this site.

The annotated list of resources has been grouped into several categories:


General ELL/ESL Resources

Activities for ESL Students  (published by The Internet TESL Journal)
An extensive, diverse collection of prescreened online activities for ESL students of all levels and their instructors and a link to The Internet TESL (teaching English as a second language) Journal, which is a valuable resource for teachers.
Dave’s ESL Cafe (created by Dave Sperling, The English Language Institute at San Diego State University)
A favorite of many students and their instructors. This megasite for ESL students and teachers organizes approximately 3,000 links into more than 100 categories, including conferences, poetry, phonics, lesson plans, linguistics, grammar, writing, literacy, business English, public speaking, publishers, translation, listening, bookstores, mailing lists and more.
English as a Second Language (created by Rong-Chang Li)
The hub of hundreds of free learning sites for ESL students and teachers. The site addresses areas including listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, lesson plans, newspapers, magazines, business English, ESP, pronunciation, quizzes, idioms, methods, games and dictionaries.
Story Archives (published by Cable News Network, Inc., CBS Broadcasting Inc., Literacyworks and Western/Pacific LINCS)
The site contains more than 50 news stories, each accompanied by RealVideo and/or RealAudio narration. Stories are presented in original, abridged and outline forms. Also included are many exercises to check reading comprehension (vocabulary, word selection, multiple choice, sequencing, conclusions) and practice exercises (writing reactions). The readings are categorized into content areas such as politics, science and technology and education.

College Writing for ESL/ELL Students

The resources listed here address writing for college assignments and can be helpful to all students seeking help with a written assignment. Some resources include information specifically for ESL students; the more general sites provide a wide range of advice, exercises and interactive tools.

Advice on Academic Writing (created by Dr. Margaret Procter, coordinator, writing support, University of Toronto)
A straightforward site from the University of Toronto that presents writing and grammar information on the college level in many categories including reading, book review and article critique; writing an annotated bibliography; the lab report; writing about history, physics, poetry, art history; style and editing; grammar and punctuation for TESOL (teachers of English as a second language) students; and specific types of writing.
Paradigm Online Writing Assistant (created by Chuck Guilford)
An award-winning online writer’s guide and handbook for writers at every level.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) (published by the OWL at Purdue University and Purdue University)
An extensive site dedicated to assisting users with numerous aspects of writing. Online help is offered in handouts and materials; downloadable PowerPoint workshops and presentations; an excellent search engine associated with Purdue; and current and back issues of a student newsletter about writing.
Writer's Web (published by the University of Richmond)
This site is organized to reflect the stages in the writing process and links to topics such as getting started; writing first drafts; focusing and connecting ideas, analysis and argument; peer-editing strategies; sentence structure and mechanics; editing for clarity and style; and  documentation and punctuation.

TOEFL Preparation

TOEFL Go Anywhere
This is the Educational Testing Service (ETS) site for the TOEFL. It offers online registration, a description of the exam, practice tests and links to other sites offering TOEFL preparation, English-language instruction and tips for studying abroad.

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