Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Beginner Resources for Studying English

Although some in this class are closer to intermediate level, the class is also for beginners. Many students in the class and subscribed to the blog are beginners. We should not forget them or overlook their learning needs.

Besides, review never hurt anyone. Sometimes, you can more from reviewing easier material than from making your head hurt with harder material.

Do you have a favorite study site that you would recommend to less advanced learners? Please share it in a comment on this post.

QUIZZES (most of the sites listed under other categories also have quizzes)

  • Wacky Web Tales - fill in the part of speech and write your own wacky web tale
  • Pizzaz! People Interested in Zippy and Zanny Z-scribbling. PIZZAZ! is dedicated to providing simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with copyable (yes, copyable!) handouts for use with students of all ages. Permission is given to use these resources for in-class, non-profit use only.
  • Computer Assisted Sentence Production Interactive guided-writing exercises. Learners provide data and short answers that the program uses to generate several correct versions of sentences and paragraphs. To enhance speed, the site excludes graphics, sound, or animation. Link to language games
  • Short writing topics
  • Writing informal letters


  1. I am very excited by seeing lot of good study materials,courses/programs I went some of them those are really very good I did some exercises too.I know few english learning site those are also good http://www.tolearnenglish.com/
    englishclub.com. http://www.english-at-home.com

  2. English Club and English-at-home are both excellent sites.

    Thanks for letting us know about The English Web and To Learn English.

    English Wed does seem more like a primarily commercial site with limited "freebies." That's OK - just as long as you are careful not to commit to purchasing or subsrcibing to services you don't want. In this case, it might make more sense just to use English-at-home since it is written by the same person.

    Better-English is another. Although it advertises itself as a business English site, it is also a good general resource.

  3. PS - I'd forgotten about this one...


    Do you use a dictionary when you are reading a web site in English? With Voycabulary, you can click on ANY WORD on a web page and instantly find the meaning or translation.

    The site is easy to use. First, open the Voycabulary page. Then copy-and-paste the URL from the web page you want to read into the blank on the Voycabulary page. You can also type or copy a passage into the blank.

    Then choose the kind of dictionary you want to use. You can use a regular English dictionary or thesaurus, or you can use a translating dictionary.

    Push the "Process" button, and you will see your web page. Now you're ready to use the Voycabulary. Try it. Just click on any word.

  4. I started secondlife recentry. I found free circle there, the name is cypris chat, and made by professor Merryman. I joined the member and started study. Do you know there? What do you think about that?

  5. Junai, I know about Second Life and where it is. I do not visit or use it though because I don't have DSL.

    Maybe you can write a post about your experiences with ESL in SL. I'll start a thread. In the meantime, commenting on such old posts can be hard to follow. It is also confusing when the comment does not seem clearly related to the post it comments on


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