This website contains the text of a book by John P. Broderick entitled The Able Writer : A Rhetoric and Handbook, first published in 1982. The book was intended to be used in college composition courses or as a reference guide for writers. It explains how to organise ideas and express them clearly and persuasively in correct scholarly English. The text is available in PDF format chapter by chapter. The site includes summaries of important sections of the book, with illustrative exercises. There are paragraphs on audience, coherence, the placement of modifiers, and figurative language. An instructor's manual is also provided for those teaching classes using the book. The resource should prove useful to students requiring help with their written style, particularly at A-Level and undergraduate level.
The Acquisition of English by Spanish Students is an academic dissertation by Marta Balcells-Marcé of the University of Barcelona. It can be downloaded as a ZIP file from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) website.
The online resource 'Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Academic Writing' is a website of the academic journal under the same title, devoted to the issues of disciplinarity and communicating across the curriculum (CAC). ADT's goal is to be a resource for secondary school teachers, university instructors and researchers, by providing a platform to interact and get up-to-date information on the use of writing and speaking across the disciplines. This publication is the effect of merging two academic journals 'Language and Learning Across the Disciplines' and 'Academic Writing', and it continues to pursue the interests of these original journals. Some of the topics discussed in ATD articles include: 'Developing and Assessing an Online Research Writing Course' (2009); 'Client-Based Writing about Science: Immersing Science Students in Real Writing Contexts' (2008); 'Fear of the Blank Page: Teaching Academic and Professional Writing in Social Work' (2007). All articles are peer reviewed and are available online in full text. Although the existing collection is organised into annual volumes (2004 onwards), the editors promise that new materials are published as soon as they have been accepted. Sections 'Archives' and 'Current Issue' provide access to relevant documents. 'Archives' also link to issues of 'Academic Writing' (2000-2003) and 'Language and Learning Across the Disciplines' (1994-2003). The website publishes as well book and conference 'Reviews', submissions guidelines, and calls for special issue proposals. There are also pages of general information about the journal and its editors.
Applied Linguistics is based at the University of Wales Swansea and is accredited by the British Council. It specialises in teaching English as a foreign language. Applied Linguistics offers undergraduate degrees in language studies and teaching English as a foreign language; language courses for overseas students; examinations and certificates in English. The centre has a strong research group specialising in the area of lexical processes in second language learning and has a Distance Learning PhD programme.
The online version of ARIES ('Assisted Revision in English Style') is a set of English grammar tutorials developed by STELLA (Software for Teaching English Language & Literature and its Assessment) at the University of Glasgow. The site provides modules covering: the basics of punctuation: the apostrophe; further punctuation; spelling guidelines; and a reference unit. Each module explains usage rules and exceptions. Interactive exercises are provided, enabling users to test themselves. ARIES was originally provided only as subscription software, but this version is freely available.
The Asian EFL Journal is a peer reviewed journal published monthly. The journal is concerned with language acquisition and language learning issues, especially connected with teaching and learning English as a foreign language. All quarterly editions are published as e-books, online, and are free for downloading. The archive contains all volumes and issues from volume 4, issue 1, 2002. The site contains a selection of MA and doctoral dissertations, downloadable as PDF-files. The dissertations have been refereed and reviewed in a way similar to published articles in the journal. In addition, the site contains a blog where news and updates are published. This journal is of interest to anyone interested in applied linguistics and language acquisition as well as English as a foreign language.
AskOxford.com is a language-orientated entertainment and academic reference resource focusing on the needs and interests of undergraduates and the general public. It is maintained by Oxford University Press (OUP) as a gateway to primarily English language web-based tools. Current attractions include the quote and proverb of the week, the history of Scrabble and a popular guide to the origins and nature of World English.The site's major strength is a collection of links relating to the improvement of writing skills ranging from spelling, punctuation and vocabulary tips to more complex assistance concerning the preparation of essays, reports, and notes and presentations for meetings. Links to related commercially available OUP products are also provided.In addition, there are some general formatting and punctuation instructions in English for the proper preparation of documents in French, German, and Spanish, as well as a list of useful linguistic and cultural resources under headings for each of these languages and Italian.
'Breaking News English' is a website which uses current affairs as a resource for students learning English as a second language. It is aimed at teachers primarily but would also be a useful resource for education undergraduates and language researchers. It may well also be useful as self-help for English learners, as it is very easy to follow and use. The site's author, Sean Banville, is British but based in Japan, with a background in EFL and ESL education and research. His site provides differentiated lesson plans for students at basic and advanced levels, based on the news of the day. Each lesson plan contains the full article upon which it is based, an MP3 listening file, communication exercises and activities for individual and pair work, discussion topics, reading and vocabulary exercises. Also available are handouts for classroom use in Word and PDF formats. All the material on the site is freely downloadable with a month-by-month archive available. The news material covered includes political and social content and is suitable for secondary school students upwards. The only possible reservation teachers based in England may have is the potential confusion caused by the site's use of American English spelling. This is an inventive and generous resource, whose daily updating must involve considerable commitment from the author. It is straightforward to use and well-presented.
The website of the British Council works as a showcase for British culture, arts and science to other countries. The site is easy to navigate and provides information on a wide variety of subjects including: teaching and learning English; education and training; the arts and culture; science; society; and governance. The site is also useful for UK users, giving details on the Council's international exchange programmes and English teaching opportunities. The site lists the addresses and contact details for its offices around the UK and the world and forthcoming job opportunities, as well as giving details of the Council's many international projects. This resource is of immeasurable use for those wishing to find out about the United Kingdom, learn or teach English, or to find out about the work done by the charity in promoting British culture abroad.
The website of the Council for College and University English (CCUE) provides information on the representative body for higher education departments providing teaching and research in English language and literature in the UK. CCUE aims to: represent and promote the interests of English in higher education in the United Kingdom; provide a forum for higher education teachers of English; collect and exchange information; and to liaise with other institutions on matters relevant to the study of English. The site provides: the CCUE's constitution; a list of officers; an archive of minutes of meetings; and texts of current and previous CCUE consultations. This resource would be of interest to teachers of English in all UK higher education institutions.
The Converse website offers free multimedia: resources; games; and essays for teaching and learning English literature. The site is aimed at both students between the ages of 11-19 years, and their teachers. The project is hosted by the University of Cambridge, and is the work of members of the English Faculty and Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) at Cambridge, with contributions from school teachers and students. The resources are divided into: primary; key stage 3-4; and A-level, as well as: 'fun stuff'; teachers' resources; Chaucer resources; and an item called 'Personal Demons'. A range of topics and periods are covered, including: Chaucer/Middle English; Shakespeare; First World War poetry and propaganda; English language; and poetry. The resources are interactive, some requiring Flash and Adobe Reader, although text-only versions of many of the pages are available. The forums have now been disabled, and the live seminars are no longer running, but an archive of past seminars is available.
English For Specific Purposes is an online subscription journal that publishes articles and research notes on English studies and Linguistics. It will be of interest to university students as well as teachers of English and Linguistics. Topics which have been been featured in past issues of English For Specific Purposes displays a wide range of information from discourse analysis; second language acquisition in specialised contexts; legal writing; needs assessment; curriculum development and evaluation; materials preparation to teaching and testing techniques. The journal also contains reviews of textbook materials and scholarly books on topics like writing; genres; media; gender studies; and classroom dynamics. In addition, the online English journal welcomes suggestions for improvement and encourages discussions which identify which aspects require development. Although there is a plethora of information available only one volume is free to read. The others are available only to subscribers. Contents and abstracts are available online from volume 1, issue 1, 1980.
The English Project is a website of a project supported by the University of Winchester, which is devoted to promoting "awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future". The Project plans to launch as a major resource in 2012. The website provides information on the Project's activities, including events such as English Language Day, as well as publishing articles relating to its work and to the English language in general. The site also solicits input from users (for example in a texting survey) in order to collect more information on the changing nature of the English language and its usage. The website and the project are both a work in progress at the time of writing, but there is much of potential interest to students, teachers and speakers of English in general. Users of the site can sign up to be notified of future developments in the project, including a planned visitor centre in Winchester, and other related exhibitions and talks.
The website of the English Subject Centre is one of the key resources for English teachers in UK Higher Education. The Subject Centre forms part of the UK's Higher Education Academy (formerly the Learning & Teaching Support Network (LTSN)), which promotes the sharing of innovation and good practice in learning and teaching, including the use of communications and information technology (C&IT). The English Subject Centre provides the English Literature, English Language, and Creative Writing communities with news of government programmes and funding initiatives that have an impact upon English studies. The 'Explore' section of the website provides a schedule of events organised by the Centre, which includes workshops and conferences on diverse themes, from studying Shakespeare to various approaches on how to teach creative writing. Also in the 'Explore' section, the user will find a long list of resources for English teachers, addressing topics such as: legal issues; student assessment and examination; plagiarism; access issues; the use of information technology; and funding opportunities. A 'Projects' page details the various projects with which the Subject Centre is associated. The site features an online discussion board, and there are mailing lists related to e-learning and Subject Centre activities that users may subscribe to. The website is available in English and Welsh versions.
'FL Teach' is an online forum by the State University of New York (SUNY) for teachers of foreign languages. Although it is available in English only, the aim of the forum is to allow communication among teachers of all languages and all levels who wish to discuss any issue regarding: teaching methodology; classroom activities; and curriculum development. Communication between members is mainly done through an email distribution list, which anyone interested on the subject can easily join for free. Those who have not yet joined the list and/or do not wish to do so, may alternatively search the archive of past discussions. As it is possible to perform free text searches, this is a very powerful resource which may yield very fruitful results. The archive may also be browsed by date of posting; subject; and/or author of the post. A healthy resources section will also be of interest to language tutors. Links are organised by categories corresponding to 'General FL Teaching' and each of the languages covered.
The Web page 'Owl Mail: Harry Potter Resources for Teachers' is an interesting collection of links to online materials which help to use the texts of Harry Potter books to teach a variety of school subjects. The resources presented on this website are grouped into several categories, including 'An Important First Look at Harry Potter on the Web', 'Author Study Preparation', 'Special Classroom Activities', 'Thematic Resources, Teacher's Guides and Activities' and 'Interesting Resources'. It is a pity that a number of websites linked through this page are not available any more, however, those which are still accessible deserve the user's attention. In particular, the section 'Special Classroom Activities' provides references to several very interesting resources. For instance, 'Harry Cards' offers ideas how to use thematic cards, printable from the website, and the knowledge of the book characters, to teach reading, writing and vocabulary. In the section 'Thematic Resources, Teacher's Guides and Activities', there is a link to a comprehensive 'Unit Plan' which is designed to train, in a series of 30 classes, the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as to improve the students' analytical thinking, and the knowledge of literature and history. Needless to say, the central reference here is the Harry Potter series. Considering the range and focus of the materials provided, this online resource will be of particular interest to teachers of English, including English as a Foreign Language, at primary and secondary education.
This online course in English grammar, written in 1996-1998, was designed at the Survey of English Usage, a research unit based at University College London, and is funded by Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). It contains sections on word classes; phrases; clauses; sentences; form and function; a glossary of linguistic terms; grammar exercises; and a bibliography section. It is intended for university graduates and anyone interested in the English language (including teachers of English as a foreign language and learners). It is freely available to users from UK educational institutions. It is also available on CD-ROM.
This is the website of the Internet TESL Journal formed in 1995 for Teachers of English as a Second Language. The current and previous editions are displayed on the home page with access to an archive of the major articles from past years. MP3 files for the current issue can also be downloaded. A collection of articles from the journal may be browsed by subject. Lessons, techniques, conversation questions, games and activities for the classroom are suggested as well as an amusing page of jokes in English divided into short jokes, puns, riddles, long jokes and misuse of English! The 'Things for Teachers' section features links to various projects and web-based text books whilst the 'Activities for ESL Students' page provides quizzes and crossword puzzles. The 'Links' page is divided for the use of students and teachers.
This website is an introduction to traditional grammar for students of medieval literature. Written and edited by Dr Bella Millet of Southampton University, the site seeks to present the varieties of medieval grammar in an historically contextualised manner. The site is divided into two main sections: basic grammar (that is, modern grammar) - for example, syntax and parts of speech; Old English - basic grammar equivalents in Old English.There is also a very useful index of grammatical terms, complete with links to explanations and examples.
'Kritika Kultura' is an online peer-reviewed journal in English Studies published by the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. It is described as "an electronic journal of literary, cultural and language studies" which addresses 'issues relevant to the 21-century', such as language, literature, pedagogy, language teaching and learning, cultural and gender politics, national identity, postcolonialism, feminism, and others. The journal defines its objectives as 'exploring and examining contemporary issues in the complex nexus interconnecting language, literature, culture and society'. Apart from the current issue, previous issues are also available online in the archive section. The articles are available in full-text, and all the issues can be downloaded free of charge in the PDF format. There are comprehensive notes on the contributors, as well as instructions how to submit new articles. This online resource will be of interest, primarily, to students and researchers.
Language Teaching is a journal which appears quarterly and aims to keep language teachers, educators and researchers up-to-date with recent publications in the field of language studies in education. The journal is published in association with the Centre for Language Teaching and Research (CiLT) and the British Council. Each four-part volume contains around 700 abstracts, and each issue has a specially commissioned state-of-the art review article on an important aspect of language teaching. Contents and abstracts are available online from volume 1, issue 1, 1968.
The National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) website provides information and resources for its members. The association is run on a voluntary basis and acts to represent the views of its members to: national bodies; local education authorities; exam boards; etc. The association conducts research into the teaching of English and is involved with curriculum development issues, representing English teachers at all levels from pre-school to university. As well as promoting the association, the website disseminates news and information regarding: forthcoming conferences; publications; and positions vacant. There is also a discussion group, which appears to be well used, especially by secondary school teachers. The site also features book reviews and collects media articles of interest to English teachers. A useful selection of Web links is provided.
The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) is a UK organisation devoted to creative writing in education. All levels of education are covered, from primary to tertiary sectors, and all genres of writing fall under the association's remit. NAWE seeks 'to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of Creative Writing and to support good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.' They provide training workshops and publish a journal 'Writing in Education'. The NAWE website offers: a news service; details of forthcoming events and opportunities; information about writing courses, learning resources, and funding opportunities; links to other related sites. Each section of the site includes a chronological list of announcements or relevant references. The site also features a members' section that provides access to the articles published in 'Writing in Education' along with project reports, a members' directory, and an online discussion board. The site is well designed and easy to use. It should prove a useful resource for anyone involved with creative writing in education.
The excellent Old English Aerobics website uses a Java program designed to test students' knowledge of Old English (Anglo-Saxon) grammar. The site provides exercises on: cases; pronouns; nouns; verbs; adjectives; adverbs; and syntax; as well as on Old English student favourites such as i-mutation. Additional exercises are planned for metre and poetics. As well as the tests, the site also links to the 'Old English Aerobics Anthology' Web pages, which provide a number of full texts of Old English poems and prose, including: 'The Dream of the Rood'; 'The Story of Caedmon'; 'The Wanderer'; 'The Wife's Lament' and 'The Life of Aethelthryth' by Aelfric. The Old English Aerobics site is currently being re-written to accompany Peter S. Baker's 'Introduction to Old English', and can be accessed as part of the University of Virginia's Old English Resources website, together with the Anthology and a glossary. This site will be of great use to students starting to learn Anglo-Saxon, or to researchers who wish to brush up on their language skills.
Old English at the University of Calgary is a website that provides teaching materials for an online course in Old English language and literature (401) taught by Murray McGillivray. Students may register (and pay the course fee) if they wish to receive personal tuition, undertake assessed work,and receive credits. The central objective of the course is to enable students to read any Old English prose with the aid of a dictionary. The course site includes: information about the course; a menu of lessons; a wide selection of set texts; further lessons on grammar; and a short selection of related links. As the course advances students are also encouraged to use a Java-based flashcard system to assist the learning of vocabulary and grammar; and to translate sentences either from modern to old English or vice versa (also Java-based with instant feedback). The set texts for this course include: The Story of Abraham and Isaac; Ælfric's Colloquy; Bede's Account of the Poet Cćdmon; and Cynewulf and Cyneheard. A selection of texts used in a sister course (Old English 403) is also available.
The Quadrivium Project is an online resource for training doctoral students in Medieval English textual studies. The site is hosted by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Glasgow and is run in partnership with the Universities of: York; Birmingham; Queen Mary's London; and Queen's University in Belfast. The site provides a portal to training materials on: language (mainly Middle English); palaeography and codicology; and textual criticism and editorial practices. Another section on 'socio-historical context' is also under construction at the time of writing. The types of materials available on the site range from links to catalogues of medieval manuscripts and digitised manuscripts, to brief discussions on textual editing processes. The project also provides links to the partner projects and institutions, and to other related websites. This resource would be of interest to postgraduates working in: Medieval English; history; or manuscript studies.
The RCAguilar.com (formerly 'Language Learning Playground', and 'ASSK International') is a website that aims to provide students with as much exposure of Spanish, German and English as possible. It also provides review lists and material for teachers. This site includes grammatical explanations, online dictionaries, pronunciation exercises and vocabulary lists. In addition, it has links to other websites relevant to the learning of Spanish, German, and English, as well as culture-related Web pages. The site is free to access but carries advertising. One curiosity about the site is the fact that through MIDI files, learners can become familiar with traditional folk music from Spain, Latin America and Germany. Unfortunately the site has been static since 2006, but there is still much of use to students of German, Spanish and English.
The website 'Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK' is one of the British Library online learning resources. It is dedicated to the study of British accents and vocabularies, from a contemporary and historical perspective. Users can investigate recent trends in pronunciation, such as 'upspeak' or 'T-glottaling', or discover how the English of British Asians is influenced by their bilingual status. The resource includes a selection of over seventy audio recordings and more than 600 short audio clips from the British Library Sound Archive. Some of the materials were recorded in the 1950s and others almost half a century later, between 1998 and1999. The resource consists of five main sections: Regional Voices; Changing Voices; Your Voices; Case Studies; and Activities. The first two of these sections focus, respectively, on the regional and historical variations of English. 'Case Studies' looks into three specific English varieties: Received Pronunciation, Geordie Dialect, and the language of ethnic minorities in the UK. Suggested 'Activities' encourage users to investigate the use of English in their own communities, and 'Your Voices' provides them with an opportunity to publish their results on the site. With its interactive character and comprehensive set of audio data and their interpretations, this site is commendable to general audience interested in the subject, as well as students and researchers of linguistics, particularly phonetics and sociolinguistics.
This website from the University of Glasgow offers teaching software on a wide range of subjects, from language teaching and linguistics to English and Scottish language and literature, and includes: modern English grammar; semantics; metrics, history of the Language (Old English, Old Icelandic, Older Scots); Scottish literature; Renaissance literature; literature 1360-1540; and meaning, form and style. Some resources are free for educational institutions, but most of the materials can only be accessed after paying a fee. The site has very good links with other language and literature sites, and can be used by professionals in related areas, not necessarily interested in the teaching software. It is easy to navigate.
'TeachingEnglish' is a website produced by the British Council, in co-operation with the British Broadcasting Corporation, to promote English and support English language teaching. The resource provides a forum where teachers of English, from all over the world, can exchange their ideas and experiences, as well as a variety of hands-on classroom materials. All related material is organised into four main sections: 'Try', 'Think', Talk' and 'Transform'. 'Try' offers, among others, a collection of classroom activities, lesson plans, and very interesting resource kits 'BritLit', which help to incorporate British literature into language learning, at primary and secondary levels. 'Think' and 'Talk' pages are designed to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas on teaching methodologies and their application, featuring articles, fora and blogs. 'Transform' is concerned with the issues of professional development, providing information on available qualifications, training programmes and tools, and related institutions. In addition, there are also pages 'About Us', which explains the aims and content of this resource, and ''Help', which offers assistance regarding downloading materials from the website, registration and linking policy. Needless to say, this resource will be appreciated most by teachers of English at all levels.
Teachit is a vast resource for teaching English, Drama, Media Studies and Citizenship at primary and secondary schools. It is a collection of materials which have been created, tried and tested by English teachers. A majority of them is free, but some of the resources can be used properly only if you access them as a member. The website offers three different levels of subscription for individual members and school departments. Included on the site are downloadable and photocopiable worksheets, lesson plans and schemes of work - in fact, everything needed for planning individual lessons or even courses. Teachit uses frames for simplicity of navigation, and its resources are indexed in a number of ways: key stage, drama, media, online lessons, teaching aids, etc. The drama section, for example, contains lessons and strategies designed for teaching difficult topics such as gender representation or Stanislavski's acting system. In addition, this online resource has large sections devoted to games that can help bring texts alive to sometimes unwilling students. There are also numerous links to other websites, including Teachit's sister sites, that carry full texts of plays or study notes, and offer many other classroom materials.
This is the website of TESOL, a professional organisation for teachers of English to speakers of other languages, which aims at providing resources for teachers, educators, and researchers. It covers the full range of levels: primary; secondary; tertiary (higher education); and adult education. In order to obtain full advantage of this site it is essential to become a member of the association. This would allow users to access its online publications, such as: a newsletter; the scholarly journal TESOL Quarterly; and a quarterly magazine, the Essential Teacher. There are also online teaching certificate programs for those interested in teaching English as a foreign language. In addition, there are news and information about previous and future conferences. The site also offers free access to some resources, such as: Compleat Links, an online complement to Essential Teacher; a Question and Answers section, where users can find useful information on teaching vocabulary and grammar, and planning a lesson; jobs search resources searchable by: location; date; type of a job; and a level of education. Job applications can be completed online.
The website for TESOL Arabia, a non-profit organisation with the aim of supporting teachers of English in the Gulf region and around the world, provides more information on the organisation. The site gives information on how to join TESOL Arabia, as well as submission details for contributors to the organisation's journal 'Perspectives', which deals with teaching and learning English as a second language. From the website users can also access information about: grants for travel and study; contact details; and related events. This site is useful for teachers as well as researchers interested in issues related to teaching English as a second language.
TOEBI (Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland) is the website of an association that supports the teaching of Old English at university level. The website provides: details of how to join and participate in the work of the association; a list of Old English courses; and details of associated events and publications. A secondary aim of the website is to provide information on materials relating to teaching Anglo-Saxon: language; literature; and culture. Links and suggestions for language-teaching resources include sections on: course books and grammars; dictionaries; online teaching modules; and recordings. The association also suggests further background reading, and provides links to resources relating to: Old English texts in the original; other organisations; research projects; and museums and Anglo-Saxon sites.
UsingEnglish.com is a substantial online resource for students and teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language). The website features: online exercises; reference materials; articles; discussion forums; and teacher handouts. Some of the materials require user registration to access, but all are freely available. Reference materials include: an online glossary of English grammar; dictionaries; and guides to idiomatic terms, irregular verbs, and 'phrasal verbs'. Teacher resources include: lesson plans; quizzes and tests; and helpful articles on teaching methods and career development. UsingEnglish.com also provides a number of tools for statistical text analysis and grammar checking. Two pieces of free software may be downloaded from the site: an 'English Grammar Reference' and an 'English Irregular Verb List Viewer'. The online discussion forum is well used and exhibits a good standard of debate. This is an excellent site that contains a great deal of useful content. It is professionally presented and users should not have any difficulties finding the kinds of material they are looking for. It should be recommended to anyone teaching ESL.
Verbs Online is a simple website that provides practice in verb conjugation for: French; German; Italian; Spanish; Portuguese; and English. Conjugation exercises are completed online and corrected instantly, and users can select whether they wish an exercise to feature regular or irregular verbs, or both, and the number of verbs they wish to practise in any one exercise. Indicative, subjunctive and conditional tenses are all practised. Users should note that no translations of verbs are provided so this site does not lend itself particularly well to vocabulary building. However, as a means of gaining essential practice in verb conjugation, Verbs Online is ideal.
'Vocabulary training exercises' is an excellent website providing vocabulary testing in English, German, French, and Spanish. It is basically a collection of interactive exercises designed for the self-taught, or as tests to be used by teachers. The vocabulary required is loaded with the exercises and the range of subjects are divided both grammatically and thematically. Self-taught users may check their answers, although because this tool is not flexible it may not work accurately. There is an excellent section which allows the user to create their own test, which can be saved and used for teaching. This simple question and answer format can be used not only for language testing but for any tests utilising such a format. There are exercises set up for testing knowledge of tenses and adjectives, and the themed vocabulary sections include: general vocabulary; professions; hotel; travel; home; business; weather; and computers. Vocabulary lists range from about 50 words to over 100 and load speedily. A bibliography of reference sources is adequate but not exhaustive. Overall this is an excellent site for language learners and teachers.
Vocabulix is a website that provides free language learning resources for German, Spanish and English as a second or foreign language. It focuses primarily on vocabulary building and practice in verb conjugation by means of a series of exercises to be completed and corrected online. Users can select the vocabulary lessons by level or topic, and the conjugation drills by verb. The site allows users to create their own lessons: free registration with the site is required to do this as well as to access the existing user-created lessons. This is a fun resource and will quickly help students to build vocabulary and gain valuable practice in verb conjugation. However, the levels are simply numbered so it is difficult to tell whether the drill will be at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, and the topic vocabulary drills tend to be pitched primarily at beginner and intermediate levels. Nonetheless, this site is worth exploring for its provision of quick brush-up lessons.
World Englishes is a journal devoted to the study of English in a global context: varieties of English around the world; language policies and language planning; language teaching methodology; and related issues. The site provides access to: the journal's contents and abstracts, starting from volume 1, issue 1, 1981; article submission information; editorial information; and a sample full-text issue. Electronic access to the full-text of articles for downloading or printing is available through service providers. Access is given to members of institutions subscribing to the print version (librarians should be able to provide further details).
'Write Better English' is an Australian website which aims to connect "people who love words and who can write well with people who want to improve their writing". It is likely to be of use to undergraduates, budding writers, and any scholar needing to develop writing skills with an emphasis on style and punctuation, with an informal but accurate approach. The site can be browsed by type of user or their requirements. As an example, the section for students includes: access to the seminal work by William Strunk, 'Elements of Style', first published in 1918; a list of tips for essay writing; advice on common writing mistakes; and suggested words for developing a wider vocabulary. The resources section includes: a blog; a forum; and book reviews, many of which are available to more than one user-group. The site requires free registration for membership, although a considerable amount of material is open-access.
This online resource has been created to offer advice for faculty and students about using writing as part of studies in a wide range of disciplines. It can be of use to both English speaking and foreign students who wish to improve their writing skills. The website is divided into sections which are organised thematically. These include, for example, a comprehensive page 'Academic Writing' which offers advice on handling genres, such as literature review, book review and article critique, or on understanding approaches, such as reading critically, using thesis statements, integrating sources. The section 'Material for Faculty' focuses on the challenges of integrating writing into disciplinary courses, designing assignments, giving feedback, or helping second-language learners. The website also includes a comprehensive bibliography of relevant printed publications in the 'Books on Writing' section, and a page listing writing related links. The remaining sections provide details of the existing writing courses and centres at the University of Toronto.
The Universal Teacher website provides numerous resources for those teaching English literature, language and theatre studies at school and sixth-form levels in the UK. The site is approved by byteachers.com and adheres to the national curriculum as taught and examined. There are good online tutorials for specific texts, grouped according to level, including: Key Stage; GCSE; and A-Level standards. There are also sections for students with special educational needs, and teaching with ITC. Topics covered by tutorials include: researching dialects; language and gender; language change; Shakespeare's plays; Charles Dickens; Jonathan Swift; Arthur Miller; Thomas Hardy; Charlotte Brontë; John Steinbeck; Jane Austen; Geoffrey Chaucer; Ted Hughes; William Blake; Robert Browning; and popular films such as Forrest Gump and Star Wars. The site includes audio files of poetry, and various study guides. Resources for studying scripture are also provided. This is an excellent site that offers a wide range of resources and which has been carefully designed for its intended audience.