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Compleat Lexical Tutor

A complete website for learning and learning about English and French words. You can test your vocabulary level, then work on the words at the level where you are weak. Use wordlists, online concordancer and dictionary, texts, and a database to store your work and view the work of others. French parallel site is almost complete.

 

Instructions for learners:

 

Lexical Tutor > Tutorial Guide (Original - about 2005 but still relevant)

You can use this site to expand your English vocabulary systematically (and your French vocabulary too). The site has a set of diagnostic vocabulary tests, and a corresponding set of vocabulary lists linked to concordance, dictionary, and quizzes to help you explore the nuances of form, meaning, and collocation of the words on these lists. Here's one way to proceed:

- Test yourself to determine your next zone of vocabulary growth. Start with either the Classic (GSL+UWL) or BNC (1-14k) word recognition tests (GSL=General Service List; UWL=University Word List; BNC = British National Corpus).
- Go to the Learn from Lists pages and find the level which you are weak on either the same scheme you chose for your test.
 Work your way through the list with the aid of the dictionary and concordance. Develop an approach that suits you--make notes, cut and paste examples and definitions to the Group Lex Database provided, or a spreadsheet on your own computer. Also, a set of progress tests is linked to the the 2000 and UWL lists at roughly 250-word intervals.

- If you do not like learning from lists, or want to learn more about new words by meeting them in other contexts, then you can paste complete authentic texts into VP Cloze, which will make you exercises for words from the frequency band you are working on.

- Or, if you want to work outside the frequency framework altogether, but not entirely independently, then you can read a novel  (Jack London's Call of the Wild or de Maupassant's Boule de Suif) with full click-on lexical support.  - or make your own resource-supported texts at Hypertext Builder


The 1000, 2000, and University/Academic Word Lists contain words you need to know - read the research page to learn why.

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Reading for advanced EFL: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Reading for advanced EFL: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | TELT | Scoop.it
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been one of my favourite books since I first read the trilogy in five parts at the age of 11. (It also led to me reading A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute,...
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Lesson plan and materials for reading from Sandy Millin.

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speech accent archive

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483 accents of English - audio files for the same text, male and female speakers from a variety of English-speaking countries plus non-natives.

 

Great for phonetics/phonology practice, or just demonstrating phonological variation to dispel the myth that there's one "standard" pronunciation.

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Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching

Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching | TELT | Scoop.it

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This site has animations with sound to help learners with sounds (diphthongs), stress (word and sentence stress), and intonation (rising and falling intonation).  It also has phonemic charts for English vowels and consonants - click on the symbol to hear the sound.

 

Useful for even beginning learners, and a good resource for checking general rules (e.g., word stress) and the phonemic inventory of English.  Teacher can supplement these basic rules with additional examples and more detailed rules for pronunciation.


Via Renee Maufroid, Juergen Wagner, Teresa MacKinnon, Shona Whyte
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A Day In The Life - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

A Day In The Life - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 | TELT | Scoop.it

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Nice short (2min 45sec) video, no speech, showing one man going about his day.

 

David Deubelbeiss suggests using it for speaking/writing about daily routines: "Ask students to describe (as you play) or write (during / after) what this guy does in his day. Nice, real context for practicing speaking about routines."  But it could just as easily be using for describing what is happening at the present time, to practice present continuous or for fluency.

 

 

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American Book Review: 100 best first lines from novels

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"Take my camel, dear," said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass. —Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond (1956)

 

 

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Nice little resource for something or other.

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The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
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Knowble for individuals | Knowble Articles

Knowble for individuals | Knowble Articles | TELT | Scoop.it
is an online language learning program that helps you improve your English for free.
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Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English

Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English | TELT | Scoop.it

"This site provides instructions for writing essays in English for a US academic audience. This site also contains academic essays by ESL and EFL students writing in English for university level classes."

 

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Erlyn Baack, ESL writing instructor, ITESM, Quertaro Campus (Mexico) maintains the site http://eslbee.com on advanced composition for non-native speakers of English: advice, examples and exercises for academic writing for intermediate learners and beyond.

 

Here's a review by Jennifer Banton (University of Quebec, Montreal)

"Advanced Composition is a clean looking unified site. It is well planned and easy to follow. There is no advertising to clutter the pages, and all images are directly related to the sites' content and purpose. The audience is specified, and the stated goals are achieved. The author takes great care to cite secondary information, and he includes useful links to related sites. All of this sets a very much appreciated formal and academic tone. In comparison to other Online Writing Labs, Advanced Composition stands out as one of the few which offers higher order writing instruction, including university level sample writing."

 

Via Vanessa Vaile of Blogging English.

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Language Garden

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Make grammatical trees with Language Garden: this video shows how to arrange and label words in sentences for teaching. 

 

You can subscribe for free resources, and David Warr has a discussion of grammar mindmapping using this tool here http://www.edukwest.com/language-gardening-using-grammatical-mind-maps-in-language-learning/

 

Via Vanessa Vaile of Blogging English http://blogging-learningenglish.blogspot.co.uk/

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