ESL Resource Center
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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.
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!
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.
Conjugates those confounded irregular verbs.
5 Minute English
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.
A dictionary of phrasal verbs with really good examples of how to use them.