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.
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 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.
'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.
"E.L. Easton : Materials for Teaching and Learning" is an excellent website for both teachers and students of languages and English as a Foreign Language (EFL), which mainly serves as a gateway of links to helpful resources. The English online section features links to materials on topics including: grammar; business English; dictionaries; tests; pronunciation; and English around the world. The differing variants of English are all paid due attention, as is the history of the English language. This is a wide-ranging and fascinating section that also features links to thematic vocabulary ranges and tests, and thematically arranged texts. The extensive links relating to the English language are accompanied by similar but less extensive links concerning: Albanian; Arabic; Chinese; Croatian; French; German; Italian; Latin; Polish; Russian; Spanish; and artificial languages (Esperanto, Interlingua, and Volapuk). This is an excellent site for anyone beginning to learn a foreign language or for those teaching languages at various levels.
Education UK is a website produced by the British Council and others to help international students interested in studying for a UK course or qualification. Information is provided about degree, undergraduate and postgraduate study and courses in the UK - England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. There is useful information about living and studying in the UK. This includes a virtual tour of the UK, in which the user can click on the map to find out more about local tourist attractions. Background material on courses, places to study and entrance requirements is provided, as well as contact numbers for individual universities and colleges, and details of the new streamlined visa application process now in place for international students. News stories from UK academia are presented here to promote British education, teaching, and research. It is possible to browse the site by subject such as: history; philosophy; and general humanities. There is a course search facility specifically for English language courses in the UK. As well as information for those considering education or study in the UK, there is detailed information about online and distance learning degrees.The site is owned and operated by the Education UK website partnership (The British Council in partnership with Hotcourses, and UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) Enterprises Ltd and CSU Enterprises Ltd (a registered charity which supports the work of careers advisory services in higher education) trading under the name of Education Websites Ltd). If a users registers at the website then they can send an email, apply online and save courses to the My Education UK service. The British Council has produced similar presentations of Education UK specifically for audiences in countries across the world, including many Commonwealth countries, the USA, and Japan. These are linked to from the home page.
The ELT journal may be accessed through the Oxford Journals website. It is a quarterly publication for language teachers and other professionals with an interest in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. It addresses everyday practical concerns of ELT (English Language Teaching) professionals as well as more theoretical issues related to the fields of education; linguistics; psychology; and sociology. The site gives access to contents from the journal from volume 1, issue 1, January 1946 onwards. A Special link leads to a feature called Key concepts in ELT, which focuses on central ideas in ELT and contains abstracts and some free downloadable articles in PDF format. There is an online subscription form for the journal available; also a standard online form for applying for journal permissions. Agencies, companies and industry can also apply for bulk purchase of article reprints; bulk subscriptions; sponsorship of supplements; translation of previously published articles or supplements; and online access to articles and supplements for company websites.
English Today (ET) is a quarterly journal covering all aspects of the English language: its history, literature and linguistics; international variations; uses and abuses; neologisms; the influence of the new communication technologies on English; academic models of the language; teaching of the international standard language. ET will be of interest to linguists, teachers of English, advanced language students, and professionals working with the English language (writers, broadcasters, journalists). A ten-year thematic index is published in ET vol.11, No 1, January 1995. The site offers a general overview of the printed journal, its editorial board, and instructions for contributors. Special discounts are available for members of certain professional organisations. Abstracts are available online, starting with volume 1, issue 01 (1985).
Erfurt Electronic Studies in English (ISSN 1430-6905) is a peer reviewed online journal that publishes full-text articles and reviews across the broad spectrum of English studies, including literature, linguistics, film, humanities computing, English as a foreign language, cultural and gender studies. Although based at the University of Erfurt, Germany, the journal is in English. As a result, many of the articles consider issues raised by teaching English language and literature in a non-English culture. Some of the topics discussed in recent and earlier articles include: The Anatomy of Modernity: Browning and T.S. Eliot (2008); Global Gazes at British Literature: A Report on the 30th Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary British Literature, 2007; The Problems of Xenophobia and the Teaching of English at Japanese Universities (2002); Anne Finch Surveys Womankind (2001). The site links to other related Resources, including Prolepsis, the online book review journal for English Studies. A General Index is also provided, although discontinued in 2002.
The IATEFL site (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) aims to support English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching professionals worldwide. It includes conference information, English language teaching book publications and jobs. There is a specific section of the site for Special Interest Groups, which covers Business English, Computers, English for Specific Purposes, Global Issues, and more. The website is straightforward to use and well laid-out, with a comprehensive coverage of relevant issues for teaching EFL, in a user-friendly format. Full membership details are included, as well as news of live events.
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.
'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.
The 'Language Café' was a project funded by the European Union and coordinated by The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies. The project website offers materials to guide those seeking to launch a Language Café in any part of Europe. Information on the site includes: what is a Language Café; some useful activities; and how to publicise your own Language Café events (it is possible, for example, to register your own Language Café on the site). However, the site is not only aimed at organisers, and users may also select the version of the site for the country where they reside in order to find Language Cafés in their local area. Languages currently covered include: Spanish; English; French; Italian; British Sign Language; and Russian. In addition to a section with useful links, there are also some stories written by those who have participated in a Language Café. The site is overall very straightforward and easy to use, and it acts as a free resource for teachers and speakers of foreign languages eager to put their knowledge in practice.
Linguagum is a support service for students already enrolled on ESL and EFL courses, providing small chunks of practice at a sentence a day. It is suitable for English learners at beginner and intermediate levels and offers a choice of learning materials for different stages of experience. To take part, learners need to subscribe to a free email service which sends a simple sentence each day, to be saved to PC or an MP3 player and played back. The aim of the site is to enhance language courses by working on the speaking and listening aspects of learning a language, through the use of native-speakers with a neutral accent. An interactive feature is available whereby learners may submit language questions to be answered by the on-site tutor. These are also open to responses from other site users, offering the opportunity of contact and support. The onsite tutor has a blog which addresses the common problems and concerns of learners encountered in his daily work as a language specialist. The site is straight-forward to use and to navigate and may also be read in Spanish.
The website 'Linguapress' provides a collection of freely accessible online resources for students and teachers of English as a foreign or second language. This collection draws significantly on materials included in Linguapress EFL newsmagazines, published between 1980 and 2001. However, the editors of the website aim to extend the resource and they welcome new submissions from teachers all over the world. The teaching and learning material is organised into four sections: Free advanced level EFL resources; Free intermediate level EFL resources; EFL word games and puzzles; A clear guide to English grammar. Each section includes a number of textual resources for direct use in the classroom. In the first two sections (advanced and intermediate), each resource consists of a text for reading, a glossary of words which may be unfamiliar to students, and a worksheet which can include a variety of exercises that help improve the use of grammar and vocabulary, writing and speaking skills. Thematically, texts for reading focus primarily on the British and American history and culture. The grammar pages offer explanations and examples of use for most taught areas of grammar. The puzzles and word games are organised both thematically and according to the level of language competence. In addition, there is page on the history of English, and advice on how to choose a language school in England. Although the site promises that ESL material is also available, the resources it provides seem to be focused mainly on EFL learning. This resource will be of use mainly to teachers, but also to students, of English as a foreign language.
Nonstop English is an wesite developed and maintained by Hungarian English teacher, Laszlo Bujdoso. The site provides resources for teaching and learning English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). A range of online and interactive exercises are freely available, giving practice in grammar, spelling and reading. A practice exercise to prepare teachers for a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test is also provided. Students are encouraged to have fun learning English, with additional resources including: quotations; tongue-in-cheek historical biographies; vocabulary-building games; and crosswords . There is also a section on Business English. Students who subscribe (for free) receive motivating emails, extra exercises and score tracking. For subscribers there is also a unique personal page with activity history to see which exercises students have done, how many times and how successfully. New exercises are added every week, and in return for 20 free exercises, teachers are encouraged to submit one exercise to the site. The website is simple to navigate and is a helpful teaching and learning resource.
The 'Parapal Online English exercises' website features interactive model essays and letters for ESOL and EFL students. The site is in English, but is also available in: Hungarian; Korean; German; and Spanish. The exercises are interactive and aimed at improving the key skills of: writing; reading; listening; vocabulary; and grammar. There are Flash exercises to teach users how to write different types of academic essays and letters, and others covering topics such as: Cambridge general English exams; grammar; simple sentence structure; vocabulary; and business English. This site would be of use to both students and teachers of English as a foreign language. Users should however note that the chat room section of this site is no longer in use at the time of writing.
Short Stories at east of the web is a website that offers full electronic texts of a variety of short stories, both classic and contemporary. The site showcases previously unpublished works, ensuring a good general level of quality through the site's editors. The stories can be browsed by genre, including: children's; crime; fiction; horror; nonfiction; humour; and romance, and can be: read online; downloaded for use on handheld devices; saved for future reading; or printed out. A random story can be produced by clicking on a link on the homepage and stories may also be searched by keyword. In addition, the website provides information on: reading; writing; and teaching stories as well as a comprehensive links page. The design of the site makes navigation simple, and the word games provided for English teachers are also easy to use. The site would be useful: to students studying at undergraduate level; as an outlet for students of creative writing and unpublished writers; or for teachers of: English; creative writing; and new media.
This is the website of TESL-EJ, Teaching English as a Second Language, Electronic Journal. The journal is a refereed academic electronic publication for the English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics professional community. The site contains an archive of the full contents of the journal from volume 1 number 1, 1994. Abstracts are also available. The journal also carries book reviews.
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.
'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.
The Web Site "Word Surfing" is a programme designed to aid language learners by providing a strategy for the learning and accumulation of vocabulary. Originally conceived of as a tool for adult learners to learn English, it has now been used for a variety of languages. The Web Site consists of a detailed explanation of the system with sections on the basic concepts, techniques, lessons, tests, and games. The page on games contains links to other sites with useful material for students and teachers of English and other languages. An interesting site with plenty of opportunity on the forum and elsewhere on the site for feedback. Users will also find dictionary tools, listening tests and links to online video material that can be used to develop vocabulary.
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).