ESL Chat Central
Main entrance to the ESL Chat Café.
First time users must register (you will need an email account in order
to receive a confirmation number). You must enter this number within a
short time period in order to be fully registered. It is used as a
precaution against others entering your name and abusing priviledges.
Afterwards, you will have access to the chat area and can choose a room
according to level/interests. There are separate rooms for teachers and
Kidlink is a grassroots organization
aimed at getting youth through the age of 15 involved in a GLOBAL
A Java based, easy to use chat site on
the www. You enter a name and off you go. The following additional
instructions might be useful to know: /quit This command will let you
leave the chat again.
/me does something. Sends an "action" or "emotion"
to a channel.
/msg username text Sends a text privately to the user with the given
/join channel Allows you to open another channel
/whois username Requests additional information about the user with the
/who channelname Shows a list of all the users in the given channel name
/users Shows a list of all users on the server
/ignore username Ignores the user with the given name, that means, you
will not receive any more messages from that user
/unignore username Stops ignoring the given user again
/ignorelist Shows a list of all users you ignore
/oplist Shows a list of temp and perm operators (ops) and marks the temp
ops with brackets.
/oplist channel Shows a list of temp and perm operators (ops) in the
/away message Switches to away mode and sets the away message
/away Leaves the away mode again
Learning HOW to
Okay, so you want to chat, but wait,
wait! Before you begin, I'd like to suggest a few ideas that will make
communicating at the Chat Center a fun experience. Includes simple
instructions and guidlines for CHAT etiquette/protocol.
Randall's ESL Chat
This site is designed for both ESL and
EFL students and teachers around the world. Visitors can chat in several
different rooms, create their own private chat areas, find pen friends
via the WebBoard, and more.
Teachers can use the Chat Center as part of classroom activities or as a
means of communicating with other educators.
Excellent variety of topics of interest
to young people. Because of the nature of chat as a means of
communication, it might best be categorised under the content block
"Oral Communication" as it is more oral in 'nature' than
Look up 124,800 acronyms/abbreviations
& their meanings.
A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about
all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications,
and the military.
Homophones are words that are pronounced
alike even if they differ in spelling, meaning, or origin, such as
"pair" and "pear". Homophones may also be spelled
alike, as in "bear" (the animal) and "bear" (to
carry). But this list consists only of homophones that are not spelled
Homonym is a somewhat looser term than homophone, sometimes referring to
all homophones and only homophones, and sometimes referring to the
subset of homophones that are spelled alike.
University Press Online Dictionary
Enter one word that you wish to search
for in the space provided.
For example, to search for the idiom try your luck, type either try or
You may choose from the Cambridge International Dictionary of English,
Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge International
Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs or Cambridge International Dictionary of
A collection of net acronyms, CHAT
phrases, email smileys... All about Internet language.
Dictionary word count = 2994189 words in
595 dictionaries now indexed This website indexes other dictionary
indexes. Simple to use
Alphabetical: Browse the thesaurus
through the alphabetical index of headwords
Categorial Outline: Browse the thesaurus through the six broad
categories into which Mr. Roget classified the entire vocabulary of the
Another version of the famous Thesaurus.
This is a project at Vancouver Webpages
to generate copyright-free lists of English synonyms for a search
engine. For a more comprehensive list, go to WordNet (http://vancouver-webpages.com/wordnet/index.html)
It's interesting the number of anagrams
that are fitting: Eternity and entirety, backward and drawback, discern
and rescind, demand and madden, comedian and demoniac, American and
cinerama, aspirate and parasite, oldies and soiled, lust and slut, to
name a few of many hundreds. Certainly there'd be some impact on the
meanings and popularity of words from how they sound and look. To some
small degree we've been subconsciously shaping our language to make nice
anagrams since it began.
Have a question about words, grammar or
What can I do with the rhyming
You can use it to help write poetry, song lyrics, greeting cards,
witticisms, and more. Using the three phonetic query functions described
below, you can find words that rhyme with, almost rhyme with, or sound
exactly the same as a certain target word. Using the two semantic query
functions, synonyms and ``semantic siblings'', you can find words that
approximate or have the same meaning as an intended concept. Combining
the two features can help you balance sound and meaning in a poetic
Acronym and Abbreviation Server
A list of (mostly) acronyms
(abbreviations constructed from the first letters [or first few letters]
of the words of a phrase. Technically speaking, an ACRONYM listing is
not a dictionary.
Type in your word or phrase and press
Like the famous CD Rom, only online and
free. Has map indexes, subject categories (physical sciences, life
sciences, geography, social sciences etc.). This is where a lot of
students get answers for homework assignments and/or projects.
Information about a large number and
variety of interesting topics. "A great homework helper".
Simply type a word into the form provided and press enter.
Practice your English... Take a free
minicourse. Listen! Speak!
Play a game. Sing along with Karaoke. Enjoy yourself and learn English
at the same time!
Chat with other English learners and teachers online--24 hours a day, 7
days a week.
Make sure all your English documents are perfect with the help of Your
Check out the GlobalEnglish Discussion Center and interact with other
people from all over the world.
English Language Centre
The Comenius Group developed this site
so that students, teachers and speakers of English from around the world
can have on line access to relevant materials, lessons and products.
Choose from the following selections
Learn about our Business and Academic English Writing courses.
Find software to learn English The Comenius Software Shop.
Meet English speakers from any country The E-Mail Key Pal Connection.
Improve your English by Fluency Through Fables.
Broaden your English vocabulary with The Monthly Idiom.
Learn about John Amos Comenius.
Learn about The Comenius Group.
Read press articles about The Virtual English Language Center.
Access some useful links for students of English.
Fun & Games:
A Java application that generates a word
games (word search, jumbled words and scrabble
Word and Sentence Scramble
Family Word Scramble
Clothing Word Scramble
Games of the Day
Got two minutes? Play a new puzzle every
day or visit our puzzle archive to play games you missed during the past
month. Our word puzzles come in four hot formats:
Use definition clues to unscramble three words before the bomb goes off!
It's as easy as matching the synonyms, antonyms, or slang terms before
time runs out.
Presto chango! Transform one word into another one letter at a time by
matching the clues.
Know your word histories? Or geography? Or history? Prove it with our
hot matching challenge
Includes games and puzzles using
This is a custom seek and find word
search game. You give FunBrain a list of words which it then hides in
the puzzle. Select a level and whether you want to play against FunBrain
or if you want the puzzle to be printed out on paper so you can play it
away from the computer. The site has four levels (easy, medium, hard,
super hard) based on the numbers of words, and has a variety of
vocabulary themes (fruit, pets, instruments, countries, etc) also
clearly labelled according to skill level.
The Indefinite Article
The Definite Article
Comparison of Adjectives
Comparison of Adverbs
Prepositions of Time
Prepositions of Place
The Simple Present Tense
The Present Continuous Tense
The Future Tense
The Simple Past Tense
The Past Continuous Tense
The Present Perfect Tense
The Present Perfect Continuous Tense
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
To Make and To Do
Been and Gone
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
To Make and To Do
These English grammar pages will help
you to study and understand the structure of English. Don't be afraid of
grammar! The grammar of any language is there to help you. Remember that
the language came first. The grammar is only a reflection of the
language.Verbs & Tenses
Present simple: I do
Present continuous: I am doing
Present perfect simple: I have done
Present perfect continuous: I have been doing
Past simple: I did
Future: will: I will do
Future: going to: I am going to do
Future: present continuous: I am doing
"Used to do"
"Be used to something"
Questions: Do you do?
Passive: It is done Modals
Have to (obligation)
Must not (prohibition)
Superlative: the biggest
Written by an ESL/EFL practitioner,
NetGrammar focuses on English grammar through interactive listening,
reading and writing activities.
Research in second language acquisition suggests that students expect
and need to learn the formal rules of a language in focus. That is why
NetGrammar was developed with that focus in mind where students will
practice new structures in a variety of contexts in order to help them
internalize and master the many structures of English. NetGrammar
provides an abundance of both controlled and communicative exercises so
that students can bridge the gap between knowing grammatical structures
and using them.
NetGrammar follows a six-step approach at the Unit Level. The first step
is contextualiazing the new content through clear objectives, language
functions and notes where new structures are shown in context. This is
followed by a presentation of the structures (Grammar Focus) with
grammar charts and explanations. The third step is listening where
students hear a variety of short conversations, interviews,
storytelling, etc. The fourth step is reading. Here, students can find a
variety of short authentic passage.. The fifth step is writing where
students can practice the new structures by cues given to them. They can
also e-mail their writing products to their instructor and/or other
friends. And finally, the six step is the review section, which can be
used as a self test. The exercises in this section test the structures
of the unit and can be e-mailed to the instructor and/or other friends.
This website includes an enormous table
of contents with hyperlinks to all the online grammar you could want!
You can scroll through the Table of Contents to scan down or up to the
item that you are looking for.
You can search by clicking on a letter of the alphabet which will take
you to the alpabetical category in the Subject Index
You can conduct a key-word search of the Table of Contents by using your
browser's 'find' option (in Netscape this is under 'Edit') and typing in
a word relevant to your search (note - this does not search the whole
grammar but only the Table of Contents.
This area is meant to be used by entry
levels of ESL classes at this point.
Advanced students should try "crazy English" or the
The English Grammar Clinic is an
oustanding resource for students and teachers as well as those who just
like the English language.
Send your English grammar question to us and the professional teaching
staff at Lydbury English Centre will post the answer where you will be
able to view it.
There is a page of FAQs (frequently asked question) pages for speedy
Finally, the grammar café for a chat with friends
Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need
help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the
sentence, our friends get a banana. And you know, a gorilla with a
banana is a gorilla with appeal. A fun activity for beginner and
Pick a subject area to browse all our
lesson plans for that subject regardless of grade level. You can also
view The Complete List—every lesson plan we’ve created, all on one
page.The Discovery Channel Lesson plans are each broken down into:
Vocabulary (with sound files to play a reading of a word in context from
the literature), WWW Links, Questions, Commentaries, Activities and
Educational Standards. A very useful resource.
English (ESL) Games
Welcome to some cool English Games Ideas
that will make your lessons seriously fun! The site targets the learner
level and includes a message about the skill that is being
developed/practiced: Vocabulary, conversation, Parts of the body, Days
of the week, listening... But the activities are lesson based plans to
be used in your CLASSROOM, they are not ONLINE games.
General listening quizzes using Real
Audio Player. Allows you to download files to use on a local PC and is
divided into three levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard. Also has a section
for advanced secondary called Listening for Academic or specific
purposes, divided into levels: Medium, Hard and Very Hard
300 pages for
Students and Teachers of English
The most important aims we had in mind
when we decided to create this website were:
To learn about and use new teaching techniques and resources.
To suggest new ways of teaching English that take advantage of current
communication and information technological advances and to integrate
them in the educational curricula of the Education Department of
Andalucia Autonomous Government (Spain).
To pay due attention to students’ diversity by adapting the curriculum
to their different needs and learning processes, thus implementing more
personalized teaching techniques.
To help students develop autonomous learning techniques through the
building up of new skills and study habits.
To improve EFL teaching and learning by incorporating new technologies
on a regular basis.
To establish a solid foundation for collaborative projects with teachers
of other school subjects, in the same school or with other schools in
Spain or abroad.
To enable students to familiarize themselves with multimedia software
and Internet tools (especially the web, e-mail and ftp), while using
English as a means of communication.
To use resources available on the Internet in order to foster the
practice of English. There exist websites with practical information
that can be used in TEFL classes: grammar practice, mailing lists,
listening activities, reading, etc.
To teach students how to use browsers, navigate through the web and
reach the information they need. The Internet contains authentic
material that can be used in a wide variety of project works.
To make students aware that the information available on the Internet
can help them in planning their own professional or academic future.
There exists a myriad of websites created by universities and private
To gather a series of multimedia grammar exercises for self-study and
To develop good group-work habits in students and teachers through the
use of the same or similar resources and the subsequent information and
experience exchange with other students in the same or a different
Speakers of Other Languages
This site is part of the English for
Speakers of Other Languages Resource Site. It contains information that
should be helpful for all ESOL students. There are links for beginners
as well as intermediate and advanced students organized into 8
Journal's Crossword Puzzle links
There are so many crossword puzzle pages
in this site, that I decided to include the page of links to the
crosswords. Teachers should read through the list and decide which
theme, topic, or level is appropriate to their individual needs. The
results of this self-access searching could then be communicated through
the discussion area of this web.
Fun site with variety of activities and
projects for ESL students to use and practice English
For younger language learners.
Tower of English
Fun site with variety of activities and
projects for ESL students to use and practice English
World Wide Kids
Links to lots and lots of fun stuff,
mostly geared to the younger learner.
CNN Newsroom and
A free, 30-minute block of
commercial-free news and features programming accompanied by a Daily
Classroom Guide, developed especially for school use.
CNN World News
A web site that will provide a wealth of
short human interest stories to motivate students to read short texts of
high interest and low level vocabulary. Changes constantly as a source
of texts for reading activities
Create Your Own
ESL Partyland News
News, magazines, Film, Television, and
Video Activities. It is difficult to find good sites with activities
engaging students of EFL in content from their popular culture. This
site is considered to be among the very best.
iT's Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine
for teachers and students of English around the world. It was first
published in 1990 as a magazine for teachers of English in Spain but
over the years has developed into an international magazine. The aim of
the magazine is to provide teachers and students with up-to-date
teaching material based on what is happening in the world today. iT's
Magazine can be used in different ways: Teachers can use the magazine as
a source of supplementary teaching material.
Students can use the magazine for self-study purposes. iT's Magazine can
also be used as an alternative to the traditional course book.
This is the LEARNING ENGLISH section of
the SOON ONLINE MAGAZINE in easy English. The whole magazine is designed
to help those learning English, or who speak it as a second language.
You will find many ideas, and links to other sites.
Sports Illustrated for kids.
USA Today Weird
A web site where teachers can find
interesting but strange stories from the news media. These stories are
high in interest and easy to read in terms of vocabulary.
Interactive English Language Exercises
for students of English as a foreign language (EFL). Grammar, Vocabulary
A collection of online quizzes that are
indexed according to their topic. Also indicates the expected level of
the student. Has material related to the TOEFL exam as well.
Dave's ESL Quiz Centre
[ Geography | Grammar | History |
Idioms, Slang, & Words | People | Reading Comprehension | Science |
World Culture | Writing ] From the ESL Café Guy!
Quizzes with Pictures
quizzes for students of English as a second language.
Perhaps native English-speaking children will find them fun, too.
Click the correct picture. You can use the RETURN key to close the alert
English Club Net
A page full of quizzes... Beginner,
Intermediate, Advanced in Grammar, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation
The tests on this page are in the order
of difficulty; "Intermediate" means approximately two years of
learning English (about 200 lessons); "Advanced" is somewhere
near Cambridge Proficiency level.
To view the following tests, quizzes and crosswords correctly, you'll
Explorer 3.0 or higher).
Some tests might load slowly; please be patient and wait till they load
A Very Large Collection of Quizzes for
Students of English as a Second Language
This is a part of The Internet TESL Journal's Activities for ESL
Students The site is organised along the following New Quizzes | Reading
| Writing | General Knowledge | Holidays | Trivia Grammar | Homonyms |
Learn About Places | Idioms, Phrasal Verbs & Slang | Scrambled Words
Spelling Rules and
Five Guidelines for Learning to Spell
and Six Ways to Practice Spelling
-a handout for students-
Help solve short mysteries.
The English Corner
Hello everybody! and welcome to ' the
English corner'. We sincerely hope that you find 'this page' interesting
and useful in your daily life as teacher and we would like you
contribute, sharing experiences, opinions, practical tips and
suggestions.The web has a number of subdirectories: Resources
Travels & Holidays
Information & Contacts
Learn some basic spelling rules, then
practice using them. Includes... Plural Nouns, [ed] and [ing] words,
Comparatives and Superlatives
Activities such as crosswords, reading
comprehension, grammar, and matching excercises.
Who else was born on your birthday?
The Internet Movie
The Internet Movie Database has the most
complete and up-to-date data on all the movies that your students have
watched, and will be watching for years to come. It is a great resource
for information to meet the needs and interests of students... Read
summaries of movie plots, find out about the actors, add your own
information. Locate short movie trailers, solve arguments!!!
The Carnegie Mellon University
Pronouncing Dictionary is a machine-readable pronunciation dictionary
for North American English that contains over 100,000 words and their
This format is particularly useful for speech recognition and synthesis,
as it has mappings from words to their pronunciations in the given
phoneme set. The current phoneme set contains 39 phonemes, for which the
vowels may carry lexical stress.
0 No stress
1 Primary stress
2 Secondary stress
Our online collection of Aesop's Fables
includes a total of 654+ Fables, indexed in table format, with morals
listed. There are many more on the way. Most were translated into
English by Rev. George Fyler Townsend (1814-1900) and Ambrose Bierce
(1842-1914) the rest are from Jean De La Fontaine in French and
translated to English by several good internet souls. Included are Real
Audio narrations, Classic Images, Random Images, Random Fables, Search
Engine, Message Forum and much more on the way. Recently added are 127
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen with 209 Grimms Fairy Tales
coming soon along with much more mythology and stories for your reading
Folk and Fairy
Tales from Around the World
Welcome to my archive of folk and fairy
tales. The stories in this collection represent a small sampling of the
rich storytelling art that is the common heritage of humanity. Stories
from many parts of the world are included here.
Cambridge EFL On-line is the website of
the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate, English as a
Foreign Language (EFL) Division.
In this site you will find full information on all of the Cambridge EFL
examinations and tests, as well as the latest news from Cambridge
Vocabulary with Pictures
The following categories are
Runs out of the Altavista Search engine.
As with most translators, you enter text or an http address, choose
which languages you wish to translate to and from, and the machine
translates (if possible) your request.
Babylon is Faster and Easier than any
Paper, electronic or CD-Rom
Translates expressions and abbreviations
Babylon translates expressions such as "make ends meet" or
"more or less" and abbreviations such as "btw"(by
the way) or "asap" (as soon as possible)
Babylon is comprehensive
Ultra rich vocabulary of words and expressions; Babylon not only
translates words and phrases but also proper names and geographical
Computer terms such as "ftp", "smtp"
Medical terms such as "macrosomia" and "endoscopic
Legal terms such as "seisin" and "arbitration
Mag's Word Finder
Ever wondered how many words you could
make out of the letters in your name? Choose a dictionary, type in a
word or phrase, and fire away! There is also a list of other word games
on the web
Spelling rules are there. The site will
not win any awards for visual design, but it has the most common rules.
Many people believe, myself included,
that vocabulary is best learned in context. With this idea in mind, I'd
like to offer this ever expanding vocabulary resource, placing
vocabulary in contextual areas and presented in a quiz format. You will
also find vocabulary reference tools and guides.
This page was originally developed as a
catalog of Quotation resources on the Internet; it has since evolved
into a large-scale Quotation site with many original resources.
The student showcase is an electronic
magazine, containing articles and
prose written by high school students.
Although minor changes may have been made, the materials contained
herein have not been professionally edited, and may contain errors in
or usage as they appeared in the students' original submissions.
Materials have been organized by content for easier browsing.Feature
Are You Stupid?
Cigarette Smoking: A bad or a good thing?
Drugs: Should we or shouldn't we?
Stop the Bloodshed
They are Not Different
To Serve or Not to Serve (That is the question)
Wacky Web Tales
Wacky Web Tales is a story generator.
Student inputs a series of required words (noun, past tense verb,
exclamation, etc) and the program generates a short story. There is help
on the parts of speech. There are also examples of published tales from
other students. Target is Grade 4 (native speakers presumably).