“This web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities. Even though the primary focus is for ESL, native English speakers may also find some interesting things on this site. This site is non-commercial and has no advertising. TESL/TEFL teachers may want to recommend this site to their students.”–From the website.
“U.S.A. Learns is an outgrowth of a project that was conceived by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL). DAEL promotes programs that help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens.”–From the Website. This is a free site to help adults learn English and improve basic reading, writing, speaking, and life skills.
This Voice of America guide is a database of pronunciation keys and audio files (mp3) with guidance for pronouncing names of people and places in the worldwide news. Four search types are available: exact search, near search, list lookup or origin browse.
“The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction”–From the Website.
“The Story Starter provides 763,591,140 creative ideas and writer prompts for writers of all ages. All of the story starters are randomly created. This idea generator can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.”–From the Website.
This is an easy-to-use multimedia tool that allows each user to see where the sounds of our language come from and to hear what they sound like. Users can view animations that illustrate the movement of each sound, or read step-by-step instructions.
This is a great site for all the word lovers! (And all those who answer the calls of word lovers…) Features of the site include: the International House of Logorrhea (an online dictionary of rare and obscure words), the Compendium of Lost Words, 2- and 3-letter Scrabble word lists, and many other etymology resources.
Here you can find a list of terms and abbreviations which are often used in local government settings. The list was created for newly appointed officials, but it could be equally helpful to all citizens. If you need to know what a swale is, or what TRIM stands for, check here. From the city of Port St. Lucie, Florida.