Wednesday, November 30, 2011

All kinds of educational games here.

This site has games (like hangman and snakes and ladders) to help you practice grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Have fun. :-)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Advanced English

The words in the Academic Word List occur in all subjects. All of the Academic Word List Words are included in these reading s and exercises. Start with the ones that look interesting.

California Distance Learning Project.

This is an excellent site to practice reading writing listening and spelling. You can choose from a wide range of topics read the full or basic story and also listen to it and watch an accompanying video clip (for some of the stories). After that you can do the activities. First learn the new vocab, do a spelling test, match words and definitions and pick answers (multi choice). You can print off your scores from teh tests or email them to your teacher.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

English Idioms and Idiomatic expressions

This site will help you understand all of those tricky English idiomatic expressions that can be so hard to understand.

More grammar exercises

These grammar exercises will keep you going for a while.

Easy and advanced grammar exercises

Here are some easy grammar exercises to try.

Once you can do these easily try the more advanced exercises with this link here.

Sentence structure writing practice

The are some very useful exercises here to help you with sentence structure to practice your writing.

This site has it all.

This site allows you to practise your English in many ways. There are reading passages that you can read alone, or listen while reading the text or simply listen to the text. There are vocabulary explanations that give synonyms, antonyms and word families as well as the correct pronunciation. there are cloze exercises with answers, crosswords and dictation. Well worth checking out.

Dictation exercises.

Two hundred dictation exercises here to help you with your listening skills. Be aware that some spelling may be unexpected as it is American English spelling and not British English spelling.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Vocabulary development

This game 'hangman' is challenging and will help you develop your vocabulary.

Here is another hangman site to play with.

And yet another hangman site
Enjoy. :-)

Maeklong train trackmarket, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

The Maeklong market in Thailand is built directly over the train tracks. Four times a day the vendors (with a one minute, audible, warning) have to clear their produce away from the train tracks to make way for the train to pass through. Seconds after the train has passed the market goods are set out once again and the tracks are filled with customers.

Intersection in India

This has to be seen to believed. How come there are no accidents. No traffic lights. How does this work?

Solar bottle lights in the Philippines

Necessity is the mother of invention. This video clip shows a simple cheap and effective solution for a major problem.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Learn English songs

Want to wow your friends at your next party then sing them some new songs in English. This site here will give you the lyrics. Then open up
'you tube' here to find the matching MP3 and you are away laughing. give it a go. Have fun. :-)

Vocabulary development

This site is useful for lower levels for vocabulary development. It has matching games and you can learn severlal languages as well as English (ChineseMandarin, Japanese and spanish).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Leisure activities

Don't need to be bored. Find something to do today or in the next 7 days. Want to find about about things that were on in the past? This is the place to look. Want to check on the weather. It is all here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ship or sheep

This site is very good for practising your pronunciation. Check out the minimal pairs and learn the International phonetic alphabet (IPA) sound / symbol relationships. This will aid your being able to work out how to pronounce words by looking them up in your dictionary

Improve your spelling

This site helps with commonly confused words and some tips on how to improve your spelling

Gap fills and more

There are exercises here for both general and academic wordlists to increase you command of vocabulary. Each week this site will feature links to practise your English on various sites, with exercises to work on vocabulary, grammar, reading, pronunciation, and listening. Have fun!

Everything you need to know about getting a job in New Zealand

This site will step you through everything you need to know about getting a job in New Zealand. It includes things like the training needed, personal requirements, the pay rates, how easy it is to get a job in that field just now, CV writing and more.

TOEIC practice materials (2)

Here is another excellent site with free materials to practice for the TOEIC test. Enjoy. :-)

TOEIC practice materials

Hello everyone,
I have enclosed here some practice materials for the TOEIC test. Have fun exploring this site. :-)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Talk online to improve speaking skills

This site allows you to talk to someone online in English. It's fun, it's easy and in some cases its free. You can talk to a conversation partner, a trained native English speaker, a personal tutor, a volunteer, or a language exchange buddy. Speak with new friends for free, or get a qualified tutor for a small fee.

Conversation topics to practice with friends

This site has a range of interesting topics to practice conversation from hypothetical situations (what would you do if...) situational conversation, descriptions, narrations (story telling), opinions, and instructions. Try then out with your friends to improve your speaking skills.

Giving an opinion (useful language).

This site has many useful links including this one that gives you the language to make a concession when agreeing that the person you are talking to has made a valid point but you still think you are right overall. This next page gives language used to give your opinion and support it and ask for details when the person you are talking to is giving their opinion.

Giving an opinion and other oral language skills

Here is a site that has pod casts of people giving their opinions on a range of topics. It will give you ideas for giving your own opinion (either spoken or written) and give valuable practice in listening to the opinions that other people give. Make notes as you listen so that you can report to a friend the opinions that people had on the topic being discussed. These pod casts are long (some 60 minutes) but still great listening practice all the same. Have fun with your listening.
Click on the word links at this site for more excellent educational links. See the drop down list. Try exploring the link for video lessons. there are very good clips for pronunciation, listening and speaking vocabulary and learning phrases, starting conversations greetings etc. Pause the video clip and repeat after the presenter until you can say the phrase easily.