50 Incredibly Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language

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Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective.

We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators.

Websites

Resource tools, printables, and other great stuff for ELL educators are all available on these sites.

  1. UsingEnglish.com: On UsingEnglish.com, you’ll find an incredible collection of tools and resources for learning and teaching English as a second language, including a grammar glossary, printables, and teacher handouts.
  2. EverythingESL: EverythingESL is an awesome place to find ESL teaching resources, from lesson plans to teaching tips and resources.
  3. Colorin Colorado: Colorin Colorado is full of useful information, activities, and resources for ELL teachers, especially those at the Pre-K to third grade level. However, most activities can be adapted all the way up to high school, making this a diverse and useful website.

Articles & Advice

Check out resource lists, journal articles, and ideas for best practices in ELL on these links.

  1. Preschool English Language Learners: This resource list from the state of Illinois has a variety of support resources for preschool English language educators, with scholarships, journals, books, and more.
  2. Doing What Works: Visit Doing What Works to find best practices for teaching Literacy in English to kindergarten through fifth-grade learners.
  3. What Works Clearinghouse: In the What Works Clearinghouse, you’ll find scholarly publications for effective outcomes in English language learning.

Organizations

Take advantage of the great opportunities and resources available from these organizations that benefit ELL teachers.

  1. National Council of Teachers of English: This professional association for educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts offers plenty of benefits for bilingual teachers.
  2. National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition: Find data, grants, even professional development resources for ELL educators from the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.
  3. TOEFL: As the official language test for education, TOEFL’s website is incredibly useful for sharing test-taking and studying information with students.
  4. International Reading Association: This association of literacy professionals has excellent resources for literacy educators, including journal articles and an educator community.

Learning Resources

Enrich your students’ learning by sharing these excellent English resources that they can check out in the classroom or on their own.

  1. Culturally Authentic Pictorial Lexicon: Check out this lexicon that offers images demonstrating the true meaning of the word, making it easier for English language learners to understand.
  2. ManyThings: On this website, you’ll find quizzes, word games, puzzles, and a random sentence generator to help students better grasp English as a second language.
  3. bab.la: Bab.la is a really fun site for ELL learners, with reference tools like a dictionary and vocabulary, supplemented with quizzes, games, and a community forum.
  4. ESL Basics: On this site, you’ll find free English videos for both students and teachers.
  5. English Pronunciation: Okanagan College’s resource offers 13 different unit lessons for learning and teaching English pronunciation.
  6. BBC Learning English: In this website from the BBC, students can find help with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation, with plenty of references to current events. Plus, you’ll find a special section for ELL teachers.
  7. ESL Gold: ESL Gold is, no joke, golden, with seemingly endless learning resources for English. Students can practice pronunciation, find a book to study, and even talk to someone in English on this site. Plus, teachers can find a job, search for textbooks, discover games, and so much more.
  8. Real English: Check out this free site for learning English, with loads of videos from real English speakers, plus quizzes and community support.
  9. Repeat After Us: In this online library, students can get access to a huge collection of English texts and scripted recordings.
  10. Google Translate: An awesome resource to use for simple translations, Google Translate can help your students see how its done and better understand translations between two or more languages.
  11. ESL Cyber Listening Lab: Direct your students to this ESL cyber listening lab with study guides, quizzes, and even teacher features.
  12. Vocabulix: This online tool is designed to help jumpstart students’ vocabulary skills, with more than 90 vocabulary lessons, and the option to create lessons of your own.
  13. Wordsteps: Wordsteps makes it easy for students to build their own vocabulary collection, and even access their vocabulary through a mobile device for English language learning on the go.

Teaching Resources

With these resources, you can find great ways to communicate more effectively, explore lessons, and be a great ELL teacher.

  1. Utah Education Network English Language Learner Resources: Check out this list of great resources for ELL, with teaching ideas, forums, and even news and research.
  2. One Stop English: Specially designed for English language teachers, One Stop English has a monthly topics series, news lessons, and even an app for on the go ELL teaching.
  3. Casa Notes: This ingenious tool allows ELL teachers to effectively communicate with non-English speaking parents. You’ll be able to quickly make and customize notes that you can translate and send home to parents, effectively communicating information about field trips, conduct, homework, and more.
  4. ESL Party Land: A great site for ELL teachers, ESL Party Land has lesson plans, strategies, worksheets, flashcards, quizzes, games, and even vocabulary resources to help you be a better ELL teacher.
  5. Clip Art Collection: Check out this collection of royalty-free, language-neutral clip art designed to be used for foreign language instruction.
  6. Activities for ESL Students: Thousands of teacher contributions can be found on this site full of quizzes, exercises, and tests for teaching English as a second language.
  7. Szoter: Using this online annotation tool, ELL teachers can write directly on images to explain their meaning to students.
  8. Oxford University Press Learning Resources Bank: A service of Oxford University Press, this learning resources bank for English language teaching has courses, titles, and interactive English reading tools.
  9. English-Test.net: Encourage students to self-test with this website, offering free English tests, grammar exercises, and worksheets.
  10. EduFind English Online Tests and Learning Games: Check out these test and games that offer a great way for students to test and improve their English language skills.

Reference

From reference books to a pronunciation guide, you and your students will get a lot of use out of these links.

  1. Dictionary.com: This site isn’t just for looking up words, although it’s quite useful in that function. Dictionary.com also offers a word of the day, games, quotes, translation, and much more.
  2. Thesaurus.com: Like Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com goes beyond simple reference, bringing inspiration and fun in the form of synonyms, fun word facts, and even search trends.
  3. Common Errors in English Usage: Read Paul Brian’s Common Errors in English Usage on this website, and even get links to the book’s blog, calendar, and entry-a-day Facebook page.
  4. Play & Learn English: Through the Early Childhood Education Network’s Play & Learn English resource, you can share letters, print, shapes, writing, and other relevant images for learning the English language.
  5. Idiom Site: With the help of this site, English language learners can make sense of common idioms.
  6. Fonetiks: Direct students to this incredibly useful pronunciation guide with instant sound and samples by native speakers.

Communities & Blogs

Get help and regular feedback for ELL education from these communities and blogs.

  1. Learning the Language: On Education Week, Lesli Maxwell covers educational policy and social issues relating to English language learning in the US.
  2. Dave’s ESL Cafe: Check out Dave Sperling’s ESL cafe, where ELL teachers and students alike can enjoy a great community of English learning, plus job resources and stuff for teachers.
  3. Englishtown: Join this community of English learners from around the world to gain insight for your ELL students.
  4. Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day: Want a regular dose of ELL resources? Check out Larry Ferlazzo’s blog that shares news, learning resources, and other great links for ELL teachers.
  5. ESL Podcast: Follow this podcast to share English language learning opportunities with your students on a regular basis.
  6. ESL Resource Center: The ESL Resource Center is “where English and people connect,” offering live chat rooms and forums for English practice. There are even ideas for drama and role plays, teacher development, and story telling resources.
  7. Teacher Talk: Several ELL teachers contribute to this blog, sharing teaching practices, materials, ideas, and guides.
  8. Pain in the English: This fun blog is a great resource for explaining gray areas of the English language to your students.
  9. TEFLtastic with Alex Case: Follow Alex Case’s blog to find news, views, and reviews for English language teaching.
  10. The English Blog: Visit The English Blog to find resources, reviews, and much more for both learners and teachers of English.
  11. Inspiration Lane: Inspiration Lane is designed to be an interactive reading activity to share with your entire ELL classroom with new learning content each day.

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  • j123

    Superb list, very informative and useful. It’s rare to find 50 quality sites that teach English. Well done.
    A personal recommendation to be included to any future list would be http://www.urdu-english.com which is a useful site for ESL learners.

  • femmaso

    Agreed! This is a great list. I would recommend that http://www.Voxy.com gets added. It’s innovative language learning technology that is the most student-centered approach I’ve seen. It creates English-language curriculum based on the user’s life and interests. Real-world, real-time.

  • Jaime Salcedo

    Please, take a look to “Inglés Mundial” at http://www.inglesmundial.com
    Sincerely yours,
    @jsalcedo13

  • Billy Kwong

    It’s really helpful

  • Tutors Nirvana

    Great links…and here’s another one… http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/.

  • augen_blick

    Another one for busy people. http://grammati.com
    5 quick questions every day.

  • Kathy Jones

    Grammati is a good suggestion, I also suggest http://www.chalksy.com for connecting with a tutor and learning online.

  • Simon

    Another site which is looks great is http://www.esltoolbox.com. It’s a new site with lots of resources for younger children.

  • Kardit

    http://www.grammarbank.com

    thousand websites are good for english learning….

  • Simon

    Yes, there’s many good sites out there if you have countless hours of free time to wade through 100’s – 1000’s of pages and compile what you need. That’s why I like esltoolbox because it’s all there in theamed units and therefore saves a heap of time that can be more productively spent doing other things.

    I guess it comes down to how much time you have available to spend preparing…. If you have a lot then yes there are many good sites.

  • http://www.classteacher.com/Math-Worksheets-for-Kids.php Susheel Kushwaha

    Classteacher World – India’s new address for teachers to mingle and communicate.

    http://www.world.classteacher.com

  • http://www.strategiesinlanguagelearning.com/ Andrew Weiler

    http://www.strategiesinlanguagelearning.com might interest both language learners and their teachers as it presents many insights, tips and tools to enable language learners to struggle less, enjoy more and get better faster!
    The assumption throughout the site being that we were all once great language learners, so there must be ways of tapping into the capacities we all developed learning our first language; as well as make use of the understandings we now have about what enables adults to become successful.

  • Shirley (Grandma) Whitney

    A trip overseas (to China) and having grandchildren who are learning to read inspired this Grandma to work on some English reading materials for our overseas friends and family. I hope you find something here that is useful to you or to someone that you are teaching.
    http://mygrandmatime.com/Shop/GrandmasBooks.html
    Blessings!
    Grandma

  • IlinaP

    Thinking Maps’ Path to Proficiency has been a fantastic tool. http://thinkingmaps.com/ell.php

  • stan

    http://www.lingleonline.com

    English lessons from todays News, updates News every 10mins.
    Over 150,000 leveled news article.
    Free lessons, Free Trial and regular free vocabulary of the day on blog.lingleonline.com.

  • Voice Activity Ltd

    Free add on to the English teacher toolbox:

    Designed for on-line recording and voice messages exchange. Real communication and collaboration tool.

    Integration with Dropbox. Record messages up to 5 min (worth to consider for bloggers and language learners).

    https://voiceactivity.com/
    https://svms.mobi/

  • http://twitter.com/#!/michalhudecek Michal Hudeček

    You may also like free articles at http://www.newsinlevels.com

  • SAT Classes in Pune

    I am Teacher In Spoken English Classes In Nigdi-Akurdi Pune & I Found Some Of The Link Very Important Specially For Teachers.

  • Nikki

    Do have a look at the guided reading program for kids from Snap! Learning.

    http://www.snaplearning.co

  • Emine GÜL

    I would recommend
    http://englishwsheets.com

  • ilopez000

    Synonyms, Antonyms, Definitions, Word finder…

    http://www.findmewords.com/

  • Emine GÜL

    http://www.englishwsheets.com
    English Grammar and Vocabulary Worksheets

  • Wassi zoe

    the list is great ,,,, I would recommend it to my colleagues and students at
    http//www.qu.edu.sa/en

  • Fatima Anwar

    Georgia Virtual School – Making Eduction Work for all Georgians
    Georgia Virtual School has over 100 course promotions in the primary content areas, world languages, CTAE, electives, and a wide AP course selection. http://schoolcolleged2l.blogspot.com/2013/10/georgia-virtual-school-making-eduction.html

  • Malik

    http://www.urdu-english.com

    Useful for beginner vocabulary.

  • Doug
  • Paul
  • leila

    http://www.my english printable worksheets.com

  • martin galmarino

    share this web site with tips and resources to learn English starting http://goidiomas.com.ar/blog/novedades/

  • martin galmarino

    I forgot, the following link of your list doesn’t work ;( ;( Play & Learn English

  • Simon

    For young learners try http://www.esltoolbox.com. The site has some great teaching resources that are bound to get your students talking and involved.

  • Jim O’Connor

    Try the free English Pronunciation lessons at http://www.mooec.com with online recording and graphical feedback on students wave-forms (shapes a phoneme makes) in comparison to a model. The application was developed after years of experience teaching Second language learners and targets specific challenges for individual language groups with dedicated lessons for Chinese speakers, Thai and Loa, Japanese and Korean, Arabic and Spanish speakers.

  • Carmen

    Take a look to this tool: https://www.vocabularynotebook.com/

    Really useful to improve Vocabulary, it’s like a digital vocabulary notebook, and you can listen the pronunciation and do tests.

  • Larryn

    Here’s a new site for practicing English conversation. You can actually take part in either side of the conversations. A good way to improve your pronunciation while building confidence. Lots of useful notes too. http://www.talk-english-now.com

    It’s also got support in several European languages to make it more accessible.

  • English Learning Games

    Learn English with English Learning Games http://www.englishlearninggames.com/

  • Zamera

    I spend a lot of time on http://www.englishforums.com/ which is an ESL community with a lot of volunteer experts.

  • phangkong

    Very useful, I’m a beginner vocabulary: http://www.phangkong.com/

  • xe cole

    Brushing up your irregular verbs is a great way to make progress fast with your English. At http://www.verbbusters.com you will find everything you need including a motivating quiz, lists and verb search with audio.

  • Annu

    You might check out this blog for improving your writing skills with sample essays : http://examwriting.blogspot.com/

  • John RealLifeEnglish

    Feel free to check out Real Life English. The site is free and a great place to make friends with other English language students from around the world.

    http://RealLifeEnglish.com

  • Jim

    For using video in the classroom go to: http://esltube.org

  • SpeakHut

    These are very useful tools. You can also take a look at http://speakhut.com/. The way it works is you have lessons and teachers to help you. The teachers act like “English moms” by helping you correct the areas where you need improving by focusing on the errors you make during conversations. It is aimed at intermediate to advanced learners.

  • Mohammed

    I like http://www.funkyenglish.com – it’s a free website community with all kinds of English learning activities.

  • Greg Majewski

    If you want to talk or chat in English please visit http://www.wetalke.com

  • Syed Muhammad Raza Jafri

    Good information. have More stuff about Effective Methods to Learn English to share..

  • http://www.lesson-up.com/ Korea Private Tutoring Servic

    Thanks for sharing this article.
    Private Tutoring Services

  • Shampa Thakur

    Reading is good “Passive” way of improving vocabulary, but when you are resorting to making lists, that is “Active” method. Problem with active method of learning words is that it is cumbersome and boring, and you doing retain and unless you use it in writing sentences to apply the word, very little chance is that you increase your lexical size.

    Improve Your Vocabulary – VocabMonk is an active learning tool which is personalized and makes sure you grasp the learnt words by applying it. It is lot of fun too as you can play vocab challenges with your friends.

    Give it a shot!

  • thespreadingoak

    About.com (Kenneth Beare), Quizlet, Rachel’s English (pronunciation), British Council’s learningenglish.com (British English), eslnotes (movie synopsis and vocabulary)…the list goes on and will be added to. Hard to keep up with new tools!

  • Peter Tomasovic

    Hi,

    If you like memory matching game and want to learn English (or other languages) you should check EDUXESO.
    iOS version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/peter-tomasovic/id891385339
    Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Explain3D

  • http://www.talk-english-now.com Larry North

    You can practice your spoken English with a virtual partner at this new site. http://www.talk-english-now.com There are many tips to help you improve.

  • ivanovicm223

    hello everybody, can you recommend me a chat for english learners, for free -clear:)

  • Emese

    I’ve just found a completely free site for students and teachers, tons of free lesson plans sorted by student age and level, tutoring board for learners and jobs board for teachers. https://eslready.com

  • jmtech

    Also try http://www.epiclanguage.com.
    JOZELLE
    EPiC Online ( http://www.epiclanguage.com )