ESL Learning Center

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Books in Our Collection / Libros en Nuestra Colección
ESL Resources / Recursos de ESL

Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

Sign up to receive a daily e-mail to help you learn one new English word a day! Also includes pronunciation and grammar exercises.

Simple English News

Very short news articles, good reading practice for beginners. Articles are also arranged under different topics: World News, Business, Sports, Science & Technology, Entertainment, Health, etc.

Glossary of Grammatical Terms 

This glossary explains the meanings of different grammatical terms that you’ll need to know when learning English.

Basic Grammar Terms 

The Literacy Center at Loyola University Chicago lists and defines the parts of speech and defines terms needed for understanding grammar and sentence structure.

Word Central

This one is for people who don’t take the dictionary too seriously, a very fun site from Merriam-Webster that offers a dictionary, a thesaurus, and a rhyming dictionary. Students can even build their own dictionary with words they invent. And check out the Daily Buzzword!

Online Picture Dictionary

A picture dictionary that is divided into categories (animals, fruits, etc.). You may also learn letters and numbers. A great resource for beginners!

Breaking News English

News articles written just for English language learners, read them or listen to the podcasts. (Psst! Teachers, lesson plans and exercises are included and all content is copyright free for educators.)

BBC Learning English

Can’t keep up with current events? Keep up with what’s going on in the world and improve your English at the same time! 

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

The ultimate online dictionary, also includes a Word of the Day feature with more difficult words than in the Learner’s version.

The New York Times Learning Network

New York Times website for students, also includes a Word of the Day feature and how the word was used in a Times article. Practice your writing skills by submitting a letter to the editor.

Voice of America

Radio broadcasts read slowly in clear and simple English.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Access a number of the Cambridge dictionaries here, including a Learner’s Dictionary, Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, American English Dictionary, and a Spanish-English Dictionary. Visit every day to study and learn the Word of the Day.

Irregular Verbs

Conjugates those confounded irregular verbs.

5 Minute English

Perfect for busy students, offers bite size English lessons in grammar, reading, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, and writing.

If your English is getting better but it still seems like people are speaking in tongues, check out this handy reference guide to expressions used in English.

Phrasal Verbs

A dictionary of phrasal verbs with really good examples of how to use them.

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