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A Guide to Web Surfing for EFL Students

The Internet is very exciting. It is changing the face of human culture. However, the internet can also be intimidating and overwhelming, because there are so many websites. Good web surfers are good at searching for information and evaluating the sites that they find. And just like real surfing, it takes practice to become good at web surfing. You can learn alot just by playing on the web, but you can also waste a lot of time. Ask yourself these questions:
How can I find the information that I need most efficiently?
How can I evaluate the information that I find?
This site will help you learn how to be a better web surfer. Start by taking the Internet Knowledge Quiz.

http://www.miyazaki-mic.ac.jp/faculty/jreinhar/surf.html

 

A Web of On-line Grammars

This page maintains links with on-line grammars of as many languages as can be found on the Web. It includes all types of grammars: reference grammars, learning grammars, and historical grammars. Grammars are selected for their accuracy and effectiveness for learning the language they describe. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/rbeard/grammars.html

 

An Elementary Grammar

CONTENTS
Word Order
The Indefinite Article
The Definite Article
Nouns
Pronouns
Adjectives
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
Auxiliary Verbss
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
To Make and To Do
To Get
Been and Gone
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
To Make and To Do

http://62.6.162.42/intro.html

 

Cambridge 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 luck.
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 Idioms.

http://www.cup.cam.ac.uk/elt/dictionary/

 

Caroline's ESL Website

There are a copy of well presented texts for students to read and then answer questions. The questions are all multiple choice and the page automatically provides a score for the student.

http://members.aol.com/Ccochran50/reading.htm

 

English Club: English Grammar

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 ('obligation')
Must not (prohibition)

Adjectives
Adjective order
Comparative: bigger
Superlative: the biggest

Determiners
Each/every
Some/any

Prepositions
At/in/on (time)

http://www.englishclub.net/grammar/index.htm

 

English Pronunciation

Okanagan University College Pronunciation pages provide assistance in basic pronunciation. There is also a set of links to other WWW sites. You will need shockwave for some of the features on this site to work properly.

http://www.faceweb.okanagan.bc.ca/pron/

 

ESL Grammar Notes

Three links to detailed information on grammar points.

http://www.fairnet.org/agencies/lca/grammar1.html

 

Free English

A Free program of english classes. Useful for students for self-study and practice.

http://www.freeenglish.com/

 

Girl's Tech

Girl Tech's mission is to encourage girls in technology use by creating products and services just for them. Colorful and lively with areas such as Chick Chat, Game Cafe, Invention, Girl Views, Sports, Girls' World, Bowtique, Tech Trips.

http://www.girltech.com/index.html

 

Hypertext English Language Practice

These pages provide information and practice exercises about the grammar and vocabulary of English. Excercises include the following areas: Phrasal verbs with 'ON'

Phrasal verbs with 'UP'
Defining and non-defining relative clauses
Relative pronouns
Grammar Quiz
Animal Idioms

http://www.edunet.com/english/practice/rside/home.html

 

Learning English Online

Studying English on the Web
Grammar
Vocabulary and Idioms
Reading
Listening
Writing

http://www.aec.ukans.edu/leo/english/english.html

 

Net Grammar

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.

http://busboy.sped.ukans.edu/~allenq/netgrammar/Introduction/a101a1_101000.html

 

Online English Grammar

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.

http://www.edunet.com/english/grammar/toc.cfm

 

Online Grammar

This area is meant to be used by entry levels of ESL classes at this point.
Advanced students should try "crazy English" or the "terrible teacher"

http://www.clta.on.ca/grammmar.htm

 

Paragraph Punch Website

This web site is designed to help users learn how to write a basic paragraph. This is a free online lesson based on our popular Windows 95/98/NT application, Paragraph Punch.
Users develop an idea and write their own topic sentence, body, and conclusion. Program prompts guide students step by step through pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting, and publishing.
Students’ completed paragraphs can be transferred to a word processing program, HTML editor, or e-mail application

http://www.paragraphpunch.com/

 

PlanetEnglish

Planet English is an international English language course - designed by teachers and delivered through quality multimedia.

http://www.planetenglish.com/

 

Sounds of English

This page is an introduction to the sounds of English. It has pictures and photographs to help you pronounce sounds, as well as examples of those sounds. Some pages are still under construction. New sounds and pictures are being added regularly, so keep checking back.
There is a picture of the inside of your mouth and the important articulators, the parts of your mouth that help you to make the sounds. There are further linkes to learn about VOWEL and CONSONANT sounds and a page of links to other WWW sites related to pronunciation.

http://mason.gmu.edu/~swidmaye/sounds.htm

 

Study Com's English Online web

A free online english web with a variety of courses and classses for students.

http://www.study.com/index.html

 

Test Your English

Test your level of English. Follow the instructions on the main page.When you are done, and press the submit button, the test is marked and sent back to the user via email.

http://www.edunet.com/english/practice/test-ces.html

 

The Cornelius 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.

http://www.comenius.com/index.html

 

The English Grammar Clinic

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 research.
Finally, the grammar café for a chat with friends

http://www.edunet.com/english/clinic-h.html

 

The English Learner

Learners of English will find all types of interactive tests and exercises here:
grammar
vocabulary
reading
crosswords
hangman and more.
EnglishLearner.Com also offers English lessons by e-mail at three levels every week - completely free!

http://www.englishlearner.com/tests/test.html

 

The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

What can I do with the rhyming dictionary?
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 writing venture.

http://www.link.cs.cmu.edu/dougb/rhyme-doc.html

 

Webster's Thesaurus

Type in your word or phrase and press ENTER/RETURN.

http://www.m-w.com/thesaurus.htm

 

WriteExpress Online Rhyming Dictionary

Useful for song and poetry writing. Includes the following categories: End rhymes, last syllable, Double Rhymes (e.g. Conviction, Prediction), Beginning rhymes

http://www.writeexpress.com/online2.html

 

 

 

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