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Resources for Learning English

Handouts for English Language Learners
(These handouts are also available in paper format in the Writing Center.)

General Resources
Conversation Partners Resource Packet (Popular Topics and Discussion Questions)

Vocabulary
Academic Word List (Abridged)
Negative Prefixes and Irregular Academic Plurals from Latin and Greek
Literary and Theater Terminology
Winter Holidays Vocabulary

Speaking
Presentations and Academic Speaking
Pronunciation Packet

Grammar
Grammar Packet
Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs

Test Preparation
GRE
TOEFL
TOEIC
IELTS

Have suggestions for other handouts? Email Liz at eursell@temple.edu

Online Resources for Learning English
(The lists below contain links to websites that can help with English language learning.)

The Academic Word List
This list was developed by Averil Coxhead and includes words most frequently used in Academic English. 
http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm

http://testenglish.info/sites/default/files/uploadfiles/awlsublists1.pdf

For more information on the development of this list, see http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/.


Free Links to Practice English Online

English Grammar Quizzes

www.usingenglish.com
Go to “English Quizzes” to access grammar quizzes.  You can also use the “Grammar Glossary” under References to review grammar terminology and usage.

http://a4esl.org/
This site offers, Easy, Medium or Difficult Grammar and Vocabulary quizzes, or you can access bilingual materials in your own language.

http://englishclub.com
This site has extensive lists of phrasal verbs and slang words.

http://www.chompchomp.com
This site offers in-depth explanations and practice exercises related to sentence fragments, run-ons, misplaced modifiers, punctuation, and more. Highly recommended.


English Homophones and Confusing Words

http://www.confusingwords.com/
This website is used to look up a word’s definition and compare the word to similar-sounding words. 

http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/homophones-list.htm
This website lists the most common homophones used in English.

 

Other Resources

http://www.onlinecourses.com/writing/
This website is a collection of open college courses. There is also an ESL section, completely free, that downloads to iTunes. Click on Browse Courses, then Languages to access the ESL Podcasts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
The BBC Learning English page has resources on idioms, slang, news, quizzes, and more.  Please note that all materials on this site are in British English.