Here is a great site for ESL videos on many topics. Try them all.
Learning English is a difficult process. Many students have no problem completing written assignments, comprehending reading passages or scoring well on tests. These same students more often than not freeze up when it comes to English conversation in real life situations. This is where ELLLO.org comes in. ELLLO contains dialogues in English between real people with real English accents for students to practice listening skills. The conversations are transcribed and idioms used are defined. For English listening practice, ELLLO is a great tool.
This list comes from a great website that has helped many of my students.
- Positive sentences
- Negative sentences
- Subordinate clauses
- Position of time expressions
- Position of adverbs
The links above will take you to simple explanations of the sentence structures in English.
Languageguide.org is a site for English language learners to listen to and learn basic vocabulary. There are dozens of categories and each vocabulary word is represented by an image. By mousing over the image (don't click) the site plays an audio of the vocabulary word. The vocabulary word is also displayed as text on mouseover. This a perfect beginning ESL site. This site is also available in other languages like French, German and Chinese.
Starfall.com is a site that teaches basic phonics, word parts, spelling, reading and pronunciation. The site is designed for children but adult literacy students can use it as well. With animation, songs, mouse over audio, and a fun and easy to navigate structure, Starfall.com is a must see for anyone interested in mastering the basic reading skills of English.
Readingbear.com is similar to starfall.com. Readingbear is a little different in that is more focused on reading than the sounds of the individual letters of the alphabet. Starfall is appropriate for illiterate through beginning readers whereas Readingbear would be more appropriate for students that know their alphabet sounds but are ready to start reading. It requires a free registration, which makes it not as accessible as Starfall, but if you have an email address it only takes a minute. The registration also provides you with a bonus feature. Your progress through the program levels is recorded to keep users on track.
Englishspeak.com is unique. It contains categories of words, phrases and dialogues in English. It also provides audio so users can hear the correct pronunciation in English. What makes it unique is that it provides translations of the content in Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Korean, Russian, German, Bengali, Thai and many more languages. This site is a consistent favorite among beginning ESL students. I consider it one of the top ten ESL sites out there. Try it out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.