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An English Homophone Dictionary

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 alike.

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.


Australiana Slang

An 'insight' into Australian Slang...


Business Affairs - Links for Business

Site dedicated to some activities and lessons concerned with Business English Listening: U.S. Stock Market Commentary
Tasks: The Universal Currency Converter(tm)
Tasks: Heinemann Business Case Studies Index
Reading: Money Magazine
Reading: Fortune Magazine
Reading: AT&T Business Network
Reading: Business Wire
Tasks: HotSeat Mock Job Interview
Listening: CNN Newsroom for ESL


Cloze Excercises

Fill each of the numbered boxes in the following passage with one suitable word. Use the TAB key to go to the next box. When you have finished press the SEND button to have your answers checked.


CNN Newsroom and Worldview for EFL

CNN Newsroom is a thirty-minute program broadcast every Monday thru Friday at 04:30 (4:30 AM) Eastern Time (USA). It is sponsored by Turner Educational Services, Inc. and is broadcast on the regular CNN channel available via satellite or cable throughout the world. It is made available, free of charge, for use in classrooms and other educational settings such as this one.
Any school or educational institution may use the CNN Newsroom program free of charge. All institutions are required to fill out a simple School Enrollment Form. It is also possible to enroll from the CNN Newsroom Enrollment website.Each set of guidelines begins with a program rundown of what is included in the broadcast for that particular day, including time lengths for each section so that teachers will know what sections they can include into a limited amount of time. A short vocabulary list is followed by substantial groups of discussion questions and then usually by a student activity section including such activities as completing charts relevant to the content, doing further interview or library research, doing experiments, completing inventories, "fill in the blank" quizzes, or responding with opinionated answers to discussion questions.


CNN World News Fringe Stories

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


Discover Channel Lesson Plans

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 for Specific Purposes Links

Business English for Teachers and Learners. The most useful business English page.
Business English Exercises. There are over 140 exercises of different types.
Business Cards. Free English business language software.
American Business Jargon. All the business words in alphabetic order.
BizWeb. A Web Business Guide to companies.
Words that Confuse. Some exercises to help you learn how to use some confusing business words.
Monster English. Free business English word of the day mailing list.
Glossary of Culinary Terms. Terms with their definitions.
English for Specific Purposes. ESL Cafe's ESP message posting.
International directory for professionals in ESP.
On-line Guide for Scientific Presentation.
Roy's English for Science and Technology, created in 1993 by Roy Bowers.
Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use.
Online Dictionaries of different languages.
Online dictionary of Computing.
Topics in Medical English. Nutrition, sensory, skeletal, orthopedic anatomy, etc.
English for Science and Technology. Ruth Vilmi's comprehensive links for ESP.
ESP Dictionaries. Definitions of special subject terms.


ESL Electronic Workbook

Internet Mini Course
Make Your Own Homepage
Microsoft Word Tutorial
Advanced English Grammar Textbook
Other Interesting ESL and Academic Sites
Evaluating World Wide Web Information (Purdue University)


ESL Partyland News Activities

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.


Famous People's Birthdays

Who else was born on your birthday?


Humanising Language Teaching Ezine

An online magazine (e-zine) with a varitey of topics of interest to EFL teachers. Back issues are also available online. Includes editorial, major articles, short articles, ideas, lessons, student voices...


Impact Online

Welcome to Impact! Online, an interactive news magazine for intermediate and advanced ESL/EFL students. This web site features articles about current events, health, sports and entertainment, etc. In each article, certain words are highlighted. If you click on any of these words, you will be linked to a explanation page for that word.Some of these pages feature audio files, which will teach you how to pronounce the word


Internet Basics for ESL Students

A 14-Lesson Introduction to Using Computers and the Internet for Students of English as a Second Language. The Lessons...
Basic Computer Terms and the History of the Internet
Basics of the web browser
Hardware and Internet Software
ESL home pages
Computer Problems and Peripherals
Boolean search methods/search engines
Operating Systems - Windows 95
Introduction to UNIX
Using Email (1)
Send email to the teacher, cc and bcc friends
Search the Internet and identify 6 file types
Internet Service Providers
View 4 Okayama ISP's home pages
Using Email (2)
Join a mailing list (read the ML replies)
Email and Internet search
The Net
Write a basic web page
Mailing Lists
Find a mailing list
Ethics and Privacy
Examine cookie files and visit commercial sites
Find newsgroup archives
Business on the Internet
Take a quiz and show the class your favorite Internet site


MedSpeak: Terms used in TV program ER

Alphabetical listing (hyperlinked by letter) of words related to medical terms used in the very popular TV serial ER (Emergency Room) starring George Cluney (a.k.a. Batman)


Monster English

My web site is for students of English as a Second Language (ESL, EFL).
My name is Sharon and I'm an English teacher. I live in Scotland,
so there will also be a lot of information on Scotland! The Focus is on Business English


Nancy Drew Myster Site

Includes on-line mysteries, discussion group, game and lesson plans


Real Reading Book Reviews by Students

The book reviews in this website were written by adult English as a second language learners at the University of Kansas. The students chose to write about books they enjoyed reading and think other adult ESL students will also enjoy. Many of these books are under 100 pages and can be read in less than two or three hours! Book Categories:
History -- Read both true and untrue stories based on historical facts.
Biography -- Read about famous people and what motivated them.
Fiction -- Enjoy the world of adventure, mystery, relationships and romance.
Science -- Increase your knowledge in many areas of science.
Social science -- Learn about societies and cultures.
Self-help -- Get ideas for how to improve your life.


Roget's Thesaurus (2)

Another version of the famous Thesaurus.


Song Files

Now view more than 62,000 lyrics from their rapidly growing database of more than 130,000 songs. Includes a search engine to find lyrics for the song you need...


Sports Illustrated for Kids

Sports Illustrated for kids.


The Dictionary

Have a question about words, grammar or language?


The Hot Spot Mock Job Interview

Can you survive the mock interview and land the job?
It's one thing to read about practice interview questions, and another to actually brave them. So, take a seat and face your job interviewers in this wacky simulation game.
Choose the best responses to questions and you earn two points and move closer to a regular paycheck & benefits. Choose a mediocre or foolish response and you'll ease forward with just one point or get shown the door. Good luck!,1898,3134,00.html


The Internet Movie Database

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 Quotations Page

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 Writing Den

WritingDEN has seven basic aims. They are:

to improve writing skills and the ability to write a variety of essays
to develop communication skills
to expand vocabulary
to foster knowledge of a variety of cultural, historical and scientific topics
to increase visual literacy
to improve English pronunciation
to expand comprehension skills and critical thinking abilities
to use computers and the Internet to support the objectives of the 1996 Information Technology curriculum


USA Today Weird Stories

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.


Where's Waldo

Includes games and puzzles using Shockwave



A huge resource of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on internet. Use the search engine or use search in the Edit menu button of your browser to find key words related to your question



© Jamie Fowlie, 2000