ESL Subject Guide
This research guide is a starting point for finding ESL materials in the Library.
Use the menu to the right to find books, videos and more in the Library and online.
Do you have any questions? Want to make a recommendation for purchase for the Library? Feel free to contact the Librarian for help or with your suggestions!
- CNN Interactive Learning Resources
This site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau news stories (a new story is added ever week). Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. The learner can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story
- Illinois Literacy LINCS
Developed by the Illinois State Library, this easy to navigate site offers adult learners information about literacy providers, current events, employment, and life skills
- Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans
Guide to culture, customs, education and immigration as well as information about home ownership and making a living in the US
- The New York Times Learning Network
Current event stories, quizzes, crossword puzzles and other vocabulary and knowledge building resources for students, parents, and instructors
- English Teaching Forum
English Teaching Forum is an online quarterly journal published by the U.S. Department of State for teachers of English as a foreign or second language. The web site contains articles from issues of the Forum dating back to 1993
- The Internet TESL Journal
Designed for ESL teachers, this monthly on-line journal has articles, research papers, lesson ideas, classroom handouts, teaching ideas, conversation questions, links, and online activities/quizzes for students
- Parents and Children Together Online Magazine
"The magazine's goal is to further the cause of family literacy by bringing parents and children together through the magic of reading. PCTO features original stories and articles for children, suitable for reading aloud. A special section for parents features resources on issues related to children's development and literacy learning, as well as reviews."
- Topics- Online Magazine for Learners of English
An online magazine for learners of English that contains student writings, teachers' projects, and interactive features.
- English Listening Lesson Library Online
Learn English by listening to English speakers from all over the world. Over 400 listening activities
- National Public Radio: News and Analysis
Practice listening and understanding skills through the current event stories from NPR's many news programs, including All Things Considered, Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Many programs also include transcripts
- Phonetics Flash Animation Project
Created at the University of Iowa, this site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language
- Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Search 922 online English dictionaries at once and much, much more!
Online dictionary, thesaurus, grammar, usage & style, and writing resource
- Glossaries by Language
A wide-variety of bilingual dictionaries and topical glossaries categorized by language from Language Automation, Inc.
- Internet Picture Dictionary
Free, online multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and ESL learners
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources
- Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
Provides a free online visual dictionary containing over 20,000 terms, more than 6,000 illustrations, and audio pronunciations
- Dave's ESL Café
Helpful pages on idioms, slang, grammar, test preparation, jobs, message boards and links to other ESL sites
This site has grammar, vocabulary and speaking with learning games, a free newsletter and more
"Lessons, games, quizzes, forums, chat, lesson plans, jobs & more for ESL learners & teachers"
Designed for advanced ESL students, contains reading, writing, vocabulary, listening, grammar and dictionaries
- Interesting Things for ESL Students
A fun study site for students of English as a Second Language that includes word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs and more
- Karin's ESL Partyland
This site has "over 75 interactive quizzes, 15 discussion forums, interactive lessons on a variety of topics, a chat room, and lots of great links."
- Lantern Fish
"Lantern Fish is a resource site for TESOL, TEFL and ESL teachers who teach elementary and middle school English, ESL and EFL to kids." Includes exercises and games for improving English language skills
- Literacy List
Adult Literacy Resource Institute has developed a one-stop Web site of literacy resources which features sites for teachers and adult learners, virtual tours from around the world and a children's literature Web guide
- Northwest LINCS
An excellent collection of lesson plans, student activities, free ESL online classes, and web learning sites
- Ohio ESL
English student resources from Ohio University including grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, special topics, and additional resources
The official Web site for the Test of English as a Foreign Language
- U.S.A. Learns
A free site for adults to learn English and improve basic reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving skills.