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The 600 NYC stories are exactly 150 words long, with Normal Audio and Slow Audio (but no exercises). These stories are for grade levels 0.1 to 13.2. The black number after each story title (see the Table of Contents) tells you the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (see Wikipedia or Readability-Score).
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—Mike February 20, 2017
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Look at the alphabetical list below. I add more as I find them, or as readers (like you!) suggest them. All the following links were working as of November 13, 2014 (which was a lonnnng while ago, I know).
English as a Second Language (ESL) Sites, plus Typing Lessons* and Reference Sites*
Most of these sites contain free content; many are for students and teachers. (NOTE. In alphabetical, numbered list below, * = non-ESL site)
a1. Three sites that will help you a lot when you're online are Google Search, Google Images, and Google Translate.
a2. If you want to learn everything about everything, visit Wikipedia (and please donate if you can) or YouTube.
a3. Who starred in what movie in what year? Go to the Internet Movie Database.
a4. For the words to all your favorite songs in English, go to lyrics.com, songlyrics.com, metrolyrics.com, or AZlyrics.com.
a5. Need a definition? Go to OneLook Dictionary Search. Need a synonym or an antonym? Go to Thesaurus.com.
a6. What English word rhymes with "orange"? Find out at RhymeZone or Rhymer.
a7. What does a particular abbreviation or acronym stand for or mean? Go to Abbreviations.com. How about definitions of legal words in plain English? See Nolo's Free Dictionary.
a8. Click on these links for U.S. Area Codes, U.S. ZIP Codes, and International Country Codes.
a9. Lost? Click on Maps of U.S. States, Counties, Cities, & ZIP Codes or Maps of the World.
a10. What's the Time and Date or the time now (WCAG 2.0 compatible) anywhere in the world?
a11. One pound equals how many kilograms?
a12. Which words begin with GRA? Try WordFind, MoreWords, or WordHippo. Want more word fun? Try Scrabble Word Finder, Word Search Puzzles, and Online Word Search Puzzle Games.
a13. Do you want to read new Fun Facts and play new Word Games every day?
1a. 4 Teachers (http://www.4teachers.org/) "Teach with Technology." This site is primarily for teachers, but it has lots of material for ESL students, too (just click on the many different links). It has a Spanish version, too. It needs donations to keep running, so please chip in if you can.
1b. * AcademicHelp.net (academichelp.net) "Expert Essay Pre‐Grading. Get an expert to analyze your paper to know your grade before turning in your paper. Free Academic Help Sample Collection Giveaway! Join hundreds of students who received exclusive samples to writing quality academic papers now! Sign up to download our eBook of 1,254 samples!"
2a. Activities for ESL/EFL Students (a4esl.org) Thousands of contributions from teachers, including tests, puzzles, exercises, bilingual quizzes, and iPhone/iPod. A project of The Internet TESL Journal.
2b. * Accredited Schools Online: A Guide to Online Schools (accreditedschoolsonline.org) "We analyze the current state of online education, where it stands and where it's heading. We'll take an in-depth look at the benefits and experience of an online education; choosing an online school or program; the methods, technologies and resources employed by schools in program and course delivery;online learning and students with disabilities; tips for student success; and many others."
2c. * Addiction Resource (addictionresource.com) "AddictionResource.com is created to help addicts and their loved ones overcome the addiction. Our goal is to provide you with valuable and verifiable information on substances abuse, addiction recovery, as well as direct you to the different sources of help, including The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) —the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
3a. Adele's ESL Corner (http://www.adelescorner.org/index.html) "Welcome to Adele's ESL Corner. This website is free for anyone to use on the Net. It's designed as a tool with which students can consolidate what has already been introduced in the classroom or learnt through self-study. It doesn't present grammar rules or show students how to answer questions apart from examples in some exercises. The simplicity of the design for the website has been intentional. Many of the migrants coming to Australia as refugees have few computer skills. So, site navigation has few levels to make it easier to learn English online. Disruptive, animated images have not been used. I hope Adele's ESL Corner proves useful to teachers and students alike."
3b. Adult Learning Activities —CA Distance Learning Project (cdlponline.org) Audio and video stories and exercises. Topics include Working, Law and Government, Family, School, Nature, Housing, and Money.
4a. * Affordable Colleges Online (http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/community-colleges/) "Affordable Colleges Online has created an expert-driven resource guidebook for students seeking advice and information about affordable programs from Community Colleges that offer flexible online learning classes. See which online community colleges stand out for the current school year." For everything you need to know about affordable Master's degree programs nationwide, visit Master's degree programs, and for info about affordable Ph.D. programs nationwide, visit Ph.D. programs.
4b. * Affordable Colleges Online (http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/best-colleges-online/) "With so many distance‐learning options now available, finding the best online colleges can be a tough task. What makes an online college great? How do today's online colleges differ and why? Which one is right for you? [This site] addresses these questions, and looks at institutions of higher learning that continue to raise the bar when it comes to online education."
4c. * Affordable Colleges Online (http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid-for-minorities/) "Minority students have an expansive selection of financial aid available to them, but finding and applying for those opportunities isn't always easy. Read on to learn how to begin creating your financial aid strategy."
5a. AgendaWeb: Free English Exercises (agendaweb.org) "The best free English exercises from the best free websites. Hundreds of free exercises to learn English online: grammar, verbs, vocabulary, listening, songs, and videos. Worksheets and handouts. English teacher resources. Phonetic. Translators, dictionary."
5b. * ASAM American Society of Addiction Medicine(asam.org) "ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional society representing over 3,700 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine. ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction."
6. BBC Learning English (http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/) "Inspiring language learners for 70 years." Many audios of six minutes and many of one minute ("Express English"), with exercises.
7. * Best Colleges (http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/writing-guide-for-undergrads/) "Writing Guide for Undergrads: Grammar, usage and writing skills are often not covered after middle school, and yet undergraduate programs have high expectations for the papers their students submit. Learn more about honing your writing skills for college."
8. Better English (AKA Business English Grammar Lessons) (http://www.better-english.com/) "Better English have been successfully helping people to learn Business English online since 1998. We started these online lessons to help our own students. Very quickly, people throughout the world found out about our lessons by word of mouth. Now almost 20,000 people use our Business English lessons every day. We send out a free English lesson by email most weeks. There is absolutely no charge and you can stop receiving them at any time, just by clicking on a link in the email." The site also has business English language lessons.
9a. Brain Pop ESL (http://www.brainpopesl.com/) "BrainPOP ESL uses lively, engaging content to teach English to speakers of other languages. Lessons are built around animated movies and supporting features that reinforce vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, and writing skills. See what a difference it can make for your ESL/ELL students!" It's a free and pay site.
9b. * BrokerCheck (http://brokercheck.finra.org/) "Check out your broker with BrokerCheck. FINRA oversees the people and firms that sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities. Simply type in your current or prospective broker's name to see employment history, certifications, and licenses—as well as regulatory actions, violations or complaints you might want to know about. You also can get information about your broker's firm. There's no reason not to check."
10a. Business English Site (businessenglishsite.com/) "Welcome to our site! BusinessEnglishSite.com is one of the best, and most popular, places online to learn and practice modern Business English. Our content was created by people with many years of corporate experience, people who actually use Business English on an everyday basis, so you know that you'll get the best, most accurate business vocabulary, phrases, expressions, and jargon. We have divided our content according to topic. You'll find exercises relating to accounting, sales and marketing, project management, interviews, information technology (IT), and more. We also have a series of exercises devoted to Medical English. We've tried to make these exercises as diverse as possible to give ESL students a chance to practice both Business English grammar and vocabulary. Whether you want to learn specialized terminology related to your field, or simply to practice the Business English that you already know, we hope you enjoy our site and find it helpful."
10b. Busy Teacher (http://busyteacher.org/) "Find That Perfect Worksheet: Browse our database of 16,202 worksheets created by other busy teachers like you." Its tabs are Worksheets, ESL Articles, Seasonal, More, and Our Store. Teachers will find plenty to like. It's a free and pay site.
11a. Carlos Romero (carlosromero.com) "Textos Fáceis para Ler e Ouvir em Inglês Audio: Clique em qualquer um dos dois links acima para ler um texto curto em inglês , bemfácil de compreender. Ao mesmo tempo em que faz a leitura, você também ouvirá o texto, ditado por uma voz clara e pausada."
11b. China 232 (http://www.china232.com/lessons#fun‐english) "Fun English Lessons: Listen to our Fun English lessons. These are 10‐15 minute mp3 English learning lessons. Learn how to speak real slang and sound like a native English speaker."
12a. * Consumer Dangers (http://www.consumerdangers.com/) "ConsumerDangers.com is dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public harm. Our website is continually updated with breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned citizens about Recalls and Safety affecting consumers. Our team strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm."
12b. * Dictionarist (http://www.dictionarist.com/) "Dictionary for 20 languages. Example sentences, Conjugation, Synonyms ... Dictionarist provides translations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese. We have example sentences for all English dictionaries and we have also a double click chrome plug‐in."
13a. * Dictionary.com (An Ask.com Service) (http://dictionary.reference.com/) Besides definitions, this site also has a thesaurus, translator, Spanish dictionary, quotes, word dynamo, writing dynamo, daily crossword, and crossword solver.
13b. * Discover Business.us (http://www.discoverbusiness.us/) "We strive to help future business students make better, more informed education decisions. We do this through our in‐depth resources, subject guides, and rankings." This site contains new guides and resources to help prospective college students who are thinking of attending a business school. Resources include List of Best Value Business Degrees, SAT Preparation Resource, ACT Preparation Resource, List of Business Degree Scholarships, and Best Value Accounting Degrees.
14a. * Dr. Grammar (http://www.drgrammar.org/) "Welcome to the Dr. Grammar website, a site devoted to providing helpful assistance for writers everywhere! It does not matter whether you are looking for help with comma rules or with formats for writing business letters (or with everything in between), you will find helpful assistance here. Each month, more than 30,000 visitors from across the globe consult the Dr. Grammar site for help with their writing ills. Thank you for joining them, and welcome to the site! Click here to find out more about the Department of Languages & Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa."
14b. * Duolingo.com (https://www.duolingo.com/) "Learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges. It's fun, easy, and scientifically proven."
15a. Educational Freeware: Free Educational Software and Games (educational-freeware.com) This site reviews (with links to) high-quality free learning software and websites from the Internet —mostly for kids, but also for grown-ups. Many software titles are multilingual. Categories include math (lots of it), science, typing, K-12, kindergarten, videos, music, reading, and 3D.
15b. Edufind: Online English Grammar (edufind.com) "The free online reference and guide for English grammar, writing, punctuation and learning." Watch video English lessons (english4today.com), ask grammar questions, and more.
16. EFL Net (http://www.eflnet.com/home) "Free English (ESL/EFL) Learning Resources: grammar, listening, reading, vocabulary."
17. Ego4U: English Grammar Online 4U (ego4u.com) An English/German site. Read and Learn English, Business English, Games and Riddles, Chat, E-Cards, and Daily English lessons with audio.
18. E‐Grammar (http://www.e‐grammar.org/) "Are you afraid of English tenses? Or verb forms? You can practice them on this website online for free in gap-filling, matching or multiple choice exercises. Some materials are also available as printable PDF grammar exercises with answers in ESL worksheets. (See the last item in the menu on the left at the website.) They are all for free, too."
19. EL Civics for ESL Students (http://elcivics.com/worksheets/reading.html) "ESL Short Stories: Reading worksheets with short stories about everyday problems. Improves problem solving skills. Learn ESL and EL Civics with Pictures,Easy Lessons, and Fun Activities."
20. ELLLO (http://www.elllo.org/english/1001.htm) "English Listening Lesson Library Online —learn English naturally. Videos, audio, quizzes, vocabulary. Improve your vocabulary with ELLLO audio notes. Over 2,000 MP3 files."
21. Englisch-hilfen: Learning English Online (englisch-hilfen.de/en) A dual English-German site. Learn English words, practice grammar, look at basic rules, prepare for exams, do tests or just have fun playing games. More than 650 exercises online. English forum and daily English lesson.
22. English Class 101 (http://www.englishclass101.com/) "Learn English with EnglishClass101! No more dry, out of date textbook story lines! Here at EnglishClass101, you'll learn English with fun, interesting and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to. But not only are they fun, they're effective too! Join the hundreds of thousands of people already learning English through the power of our mobile apps, desktop software and website with free English lessons released every week!...These podcasts offer a painless and FREE way to bone up on the language and culture in a relevant, real world way that you won't get in a class room or on a CDROM. Brian Heater, PC Magazine...500,000,000 lessons delivered and counting—join EnglishClass101.com today!" NOTE: This is a free and a pay site.
23. English Club (http://www.englishclub.com/) "Good afternoon, and welcome to EnglishClub —helping you learn English or teach English. You'll find everything from lessons for learners to jobs for teachers, including fun pages like games, videos, quizzes and chat."
24. English Exercises (http://www.englishexercises.org/) "Welcome. Here you will find hundreds of exercises to learn English online: vocabulary, grammar, listening, songs, etc. These exercises have been made by English Language teachers from all over the world. If you are a learner, you can use them to practice English. If you are a teacher, you can join us."
25. English for Everyone (http://englishforeveryone.org/) "EnglishForEveryone.org is your resource for printable English worksheets. On the left of this page you will find an index containing hundreds of quality teaching materials. To open a PDF file for printing, simply click on the topic of your choice, then select the desired worksheet from the links on that page. EnglishForEveryone is affiliated with Read Theory, English Maven and Citizenship Test —all excellent sites for online informational practice quizzes."
26. English Forum (http://www.englishforum.com/00/) "It's a great place on the web for students and teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL/ESL). There are interactive exercises, message boards, schools directories, ELT books, and masses of web resources, contacts and links. By the way, don't miss the Flags and Countries Quiz and the Online Magic!"
27. English Goes (http://englishgoes.com/) "EnglishGoes E-learning Center is a great site to learn English Online for ESL learners around the world. Learning English —We offer online English courses and free English lessons for learning English online. Our online English courses are conducted by live teacher at real time through an online classroom. Practice English —Our English lessons are designed with exercise practice so that you can learn English and practice what you learn at this site." This site is part free, part pay.
28. EnglishGrammar.org (http://www.englishgrammar.org/) "Here you'll learn all aspects of the English written language, enabling you to improve your writing skills in both personal and formal communications. Whether you're starting with the very basics such as understanding the meaning of verbs and nouns and correct apostrophe placement, or wanting to understand more complex topics such as conjunctions, syntax optimization and creative writing techniques, we have it all covered."
29. English Grammar Lessons (english-grammar-lessons.com) This is another of several sites created by Caroline and Pearson Brown. Many explanations, examples, and exercises, from present continuous to third conditional, from shall to should. Other Caroline and Pearson Brown sites: English Listening lessons, English Phrasal Verbs, English for Human Resources, English for Presentations, and Business English Language.
30. English Grammar Secrets (http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/) "We recommend that you read the grammar explanation on the first page of the lesson and then do the exercises, thinking all the time about the rules in the grammar explanation." Pearson Brown
31. English Hints (http://www.englishhints.com/index.html) "Learn More English: Reading, Vocabulary, and Grammar Hints and Practice. Find lessons and practice materials for ESL classes, review basic English skills and grammar, expand vocabulary, and increase comprehension with reading, explanations, and games." For ESL teachers and students.
32. English Maven (http://www.englishmaven.org/) "Helping students improve their English —one step at a time. Welcome to EnglishMaven.Org —your resource for free online English lessons and exercises. To the left you will find our index of English subjects. Click on the subject you wish to study. Then click on a link to open an exercise on the following page."
33a. English Page (englishpage.com) "Learn English using our in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises."
33b. English Speak (http://www.englishspeak.com/) "With over 100 lessons, Englishspeak.com provides a large amount of audio content. Users have access to two different speeds of playback for each item." Most of the 100 lessons are audio dialogues of a minute or less. Plus, there is audio for 1,000 most common phrases and 1,500 most common words. Plus, there are translations in each lesson for 17 other languages.
34. English with Rinat (http://www.englishwithrinat.com/) englishwithrinat is his English website, and enjoyenglish-blog.com enjoyenglish-blog is his Russian one.
35. English-Zone.com (english-zone.com) " the BEST English-Learner's site on the 'Net!" Site includes grammar, reading, verbs, basic skills, fun stuff, teacher aids, and idioms.
36. ESL.About.com: English as 2nd Language (esl.about.com) Videos, idioms, listening, speaking, reading, writing, tests, grammar, vocabulary, and more.
37. ESL Bits (http://esl-bits.net/) "The sole purpose of this site is to help students improve their listening and reading comprehension of the English language." Audiobooks, Short Stories, Sherlock Holmes, Intermediate, Advanced, Songs, English Idioms, Reading Activities and Test Preparation for the PET, Practice Using the Articles, Radio Audio Dramas.
38. ESL Blues New Index (ESL Blues) "The new ESL Blues offers quizzes, games and tutorials for English learners that work on all devices. ESL Blues is for people with different levels of English, mainly at the pre-intermediate and intermediate levels, but there are more and more quizzes being created for complete beginners. The site is highly interactive, with lots of feedback."
39. Dave's ESL Cafe (eslcafe.com) Dave's ESL Cafe is "the Internet's meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world!" His site includes slang, podcast, chat, jobs, teacher and student forums, and more.
40. ESL Desk (http://www.esldesk.com/) "Welcome to ESLDesk.com, a free site for English learners. Not being a native English speaker myself, I started this website a long time ago, in 1997, as an ESL activities page, and it's kind of grown from there. I do hope you will find vocabulary, grammar, spelling, reading and other resources on this site to be helpful in learning English Language."
41. ESL Fast (eslfast.com) Eslfast has many stories and exercises. (Eslfast and rong-chang used to be sister sites of eslyes.)
42. ESL Flow (http://www.eslflow.com/) "www.eslflow.com was created in 1998 as a resource for researching ESL/EFL ideas and creating lessons and courses as quickly as possible." —Peter Snashall. Many exercises are PDFs. There are also many non-PDF worksheets.
43. ESL-Lab: Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab (esl-lab.com) Sharpen your ear with hundreds of listening and vocabulary exercises, plus links to Randall's six other websites.
44a. ESL Lounge (http://www.esl-lounge.com/) "1,000 pages of interactive grammar, listening, vocabulary and reading exercises. Full English grammar guide and phrasal verbs section with definitions, examples and tests. Games, puzzles and more." Plus a blog, newsletter, and ESL lessons and materials.
44b. ESL Made Easy (http://www.eslmadeeasy.ca/) "As ESL educators in this day and age, we are surrounded with useful, informative and compelling resources available at our fingertips! And so the goal of this site is to seek out and share these resources, experiences, and tidbits that I believe are invaluable in today's classroom as well as for those working one on one with students."
45. ESL Party Land—Learn English, Teach English (eslpartyland.com) "A Fun Place to Learn English as a Second Language! Our site is made to help you learn or teach the language and become fluent in English."
46. ESL Podcast (eslpod.com) More than 600 podcasts spoken at a slower speed and using everyday expressions, with explanations of these expressions.
47. ESL Point (http://www.eslpoint.com/) "An online resource where teachers and students can get the help they need whenever they need it. Links to thousands of pages of ESL/EFL-related material, all categorized according to skill and difficulty. All materials are free of charge and have been catalogued for quick and easy access."
48. ESL Support Lab: Questa College ESL Support Lab (http://academic.cuesta.edu/esl/ESLLab.htm) "The ESL Support Lab offers students the opportunity to have individualized, self-paced instruction in writing, grammar, reading, vocabulary, speaking, listening and computer skills. There are almost 100 links to online language support and practice activities."
49. ESL Yes! (http://www.eslyes.com/) Let's not forget to visit THIS site. Where else on the worldwide web can you find 1,600 Free, original short stories (200 of them using Simple Present Tense only), 273 short dialogues, and accompanying exercises (Vocabulary, Cloze, Crosswords, Scrambled Sentences, Dictation) and/or audio? And don't forget to read the 600 New York City stories —150 words each, and each with two audio speeds and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level. Thank you again for visiting this site, and please tell your friends about it. And don't forget to buy the e-book, or the app, "English Learner 500 Short Stories" for only 99 cents!, available at Amazon-Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Play, Kobo. The Android version, titled Little Nothin's, is at Google Play.
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50a. * Find Your Context (http://findyourcontext.education/) "Deciding on an online bachelor's degree or master's degree is one of the biggest decisions of your life. During your decision-making process, you'll probably wonder, "What degree is right for me?" and "How will I pay for my degree?" Your answers will be different than those of your peers, because your situation is unique. We developed a better way to help you make your choice, a way that lets you learn about different programs, a way that creates customized recommendations—and delivers the data that backs them up."
50b. * fourhourworkweek.com (http://fourhourworkweek.com/) "12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time—The Only Post You'll Ever Need."
50c. * Free Dictionary (thefreedictionary.com) The world's most comprehensive dictionary: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian, Greek, Russian, Medical, Legal, and Financial Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one.
51a. * Free Translation (freetranslation.com) "SDL FreeTranslation.com is a free translation website allowing you to translate web pages and text into different languages. For professional, human translations see Click2Translate.com"
51b. Glossary of Grammatical Terms (athabascau.ca/courses/engl/glossary/glossary.html) This Canadian university site presents short definitions of grammar terms from A-Y (yes, Y) in plain English. Remember to click on "Transitional Devices."
52a. * GoGrad.org for Masters (http://www.gograd.org/online-masters-programs/) "A cursory search of available online master's programs can be confusing. Knowing where to look is half the battle. The information presented on this page can help point students in the right direction, and can guide them toward a program that meets most or all of their educational and professional needs. Find online master's degrees by subject, see the top programs in the country, and use the proprietary search tool to identify advanced educational opportunities according to personalized criteria. Selecting an online master's degree program is a major undertaking, but a little research and know‐how can make the process more manageable, and the outcome more rewarding."
52b. * GoGrad.org for Ph.D. (http://www.gograd.org/online-phd-programs/) "Online doctorate degrees were once a rarity in the distance learning space. Today, however, more and more institutions offer online PhD programs to help students meet a range of advanced professional goals. In a 2014 study, Learning House reported that 600,000 students who studied fully online were graduate level learners. The following page gives prospective advanced students a detailed look at the types of professional degrees available online and the subjects that attract this level of online education. See options, top programs and typical paths from selecting a program to earning a credential."
53a. Grammarist.com (grammarist.com) "Sarah Belliston's love for grammar dates back to fond memories of diagramming sentences in elementary school. After receiving her BA in English, she used her grammar knowledge in positions at Michigan State University and the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC. Besides writing here at Grammarist, Sarah is a freelance editor for fiction, nonfiction, and academic works. She also writes fiction for children and adults."
53b. Guide to Grammar and Writing, Dedicated to Dr. Charles Darling (grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/) Is there anything about English that this comprehensive site doesn't have? For example, why is "news" singular, and why isn't "family" plural? (Go to Index>Plural Noun Forms). Confused about Do and Make? Go to the Index. Donations are welcome.
54. Howjsay: Fonetics.org (http://www.howjsay.com/) This site enables you to compare the sounds of different words quickly and easily. For example, simply type in [war;were;where] and you can hover over those 3 words and instantly and repeatedly hear the 3 different pronunciations. The site has other features, such as shiporsheep.com, spokenenglish.org, foniks.org, and dictationsonline.com.
55. Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) The Internet TESL Journal For Teachers of English as a Second Language: Articles, Research Papers, Lesson Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas and Links. Home, Articles, Lessons, Techniques, Questions, Games, Jokes, Things for Teachers, Links, Activities for ESL Students.
56. John's Website (http://www.johnmh.com/esloriginal.html) "Links to English as a Second Language Learning Activities." Many great exercises on many topics —great for beginners.
57. * Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/) "A free world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge." Subjects are in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Subjects include Math, Science, Economics and Finance, Arts and Humanities, Computing, Test Prep, and Partner Content.
58a. KiCo 4U (http://kico4u.de/indexnew.html) "Welcome to "kico4u.de" - "school-english.de", a website dedicated to teaching the English language and providing an insight into British culture, taught to you by a native English speaker. We offer a range of over 1,200 exercises that can be accessed online and the same exercises can be accessed in the form of printable worksheets with solutions. A large amount is provided for free. We also offer a large range of interesting topics and stories concerning Great Britain and the English speaking world."
58b. Larry Ferlazzo's English Website (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/larry-ferlazzos-english-website/) For ESL, ELL, and EFL teachers and students, this site has it all. It will take you weeks to explore all the fun and informative material made available by the prolific Mr. Ferlazzo.
58c. Learn English Online (englishlearner.com) This site offers lessons and tests at all levels, using interactive tests and exercises. Categories include grammar, vocabulary, reading, crosswords, hangman, and more. The site also offers English lessons by email at three levels every week —completely free.
59a. * Learn.org (http://learn.org/) "We help almost half a million visitors each month save time and money on their education. Whether you're wondering which degree is right for you, looking for free education, or searching for scholarships, we have what you need. Our team of teachers and professional researchers and writers have put together the Web's best collection of resources that will help you reach your goals as efficiently as possible."
59b. * Learn 2 Type (learn2type.com) "Free Typing Test & Typing Tutor: Learn to type with free online typing lessons and free typing tests. Available around the clock anytime you want to practice —all you need is the Internet, a few minutes a day, and any computer to use this website and learn typing! There is nothing to download and absolutely no charge to learn typing skills. "
60. Learn American English Online (http://www.learnamericanenglishonline.com/) "This website is free for students and schools across the U.S. and around the world. There are seven levels of instruction: blue, red, yellow, green, purple, orange, and violet. LearnAmericanEnglishOnline.com has been providing videos, lessons, exercises, quizzes, and advice since 2003."
61. Learn English Online (learn-english-online.org) 52 lessons aimed at the beginner. Includes numbers, rhymes, songs, and quizzes.
62. Learn English Today (learn-english-today.com) "Free lessons, vocabulary, idioms, proverbs and business English, plus exercises and word games, for English learners of all levels. Links to English newspapers and radio, with podcasts. Fun activities: Jokes, Riddles, Games, Brainteasers, etc."
63. Learning Chocolate (http://www.learningchocolate.com/) "Vocabulary Learning Platform": dozens of categories, thousands of pictures and audio, with exercises —just a wonderful, fun site to learn English or five other languages.
64a. Linked English (https://www.udemy.com/linkedenglish-a-compact-practical-pronunciation-course/#/lecture/1930196) Linked English: Real-Life English Pronunciation. Ms. Elena Mutonono presents a 13-lecture Free course that will boost your English fluency, starting with five basic concepts. Visit her Russian and English website at eto-onlinenglish.com/.
64b. Many Things (manythings.org) "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." Site includes tongue twisters, jokes, and Voice of America material.
64c. * Masters in Education Guide (http://mastersineducationguide.com/) "The Best Resource for the Masters in Education, with 3,000+ M.Ed./M.A.T. Programs in our Online Database. Welcome to the largest, and one of the oldest, resources solely dedicated to graduate‐level Masters of Education programs. We have researched thousands of pages on the web, including schools, and have included teacher certification requirements by state, a teaching program directory of 3,000+ degree programs, student interviews, articles written by teaching professionals, and teaching career resources."
65a. * Med Assisting: Education for Medical Assistants (http://medassisting.org/) "Learning Resources for Medical Assistants: This collection of learning resources was compiled with the aim of helping future medical assistants and other healthcare workers. You'll find videos, articles, slideshows and flashcards to aid the learning process. This is not intended to be a substitute for a recognized medical assisting program or a good textbook. It is intended as a place to go when you want to read around a subject, to revise and to review. Not all resources are primarily intended for medical assistants. Some have been prepared for physicians, nurses or other healthcare professionals, and some focus on the informational needs of patients."
65b. * Med Assisting: Education for Medical Assistants (http://medassisting.org/) "Basic anatomy and physiology: Describing the human body; Organizational levels of the body."
65c. Merlyn's Pen (http://www.merlynspen.org/) "Merlyn's Pen: Fiction, Short Stories, Essays, and Poems by America's Teens showcases.the best student writing.for other teens to study as inspiration, motivation, and as a bridge to higher literature. Merlyn's Pen is a comprehensive teaching resource, with lesson plans, books, anthologies, ESL and EFL guides produced to complement it."
66a. * My Parenting Journal (myparentingjournal.com/) "At MyParentingJournal.com, we strongly believe in a healthy relationship between parents and their children. That's why we dedicated our time to writing and sharing the best information on a wide range of parenting tips, advice, best practices, as well as reviewing top rated products for babies. This website will act as an informational hub for parents around the world to actually come and learn how to successfully raise their children, how to control themselves under even the most stressful parenting situations, and how to equip their children with the best products possible."
66b. * Nitro Type (nitrotype.com) "Worldwide real-time typing competition: Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with typers from around the world. Compete against your friends, earn new cars, track your scores, and so much more. All 100 percent FREE!"
67. NonStop English (nonstopenglish.com) "You can practise your English grammar and vocabulary skills with interactive tests on this free website. You can receive free interactive email tests. If you register and login you can see which tests you have done and how successfully. Learning English with these free online tests is really motivating. New tests are added every week."
68. OTAN (Outreach and Technical Assistance Network) (otan.us) "OTAN provides electronic collaboration and information, and support for instructional technology and distance learning to literacy and adult education providers in California." Site includes resources for ESL teachers and students. Visitors must register. Students can register using their school name. If you don't attend a school, register by entering the info for the last school you attended. After you register, use this path to get to 232 ESL links: Teaching Tools and Resources>By Program Type>ESL>Sites to Use with Students>Program Areas>ESL>GO =232 ESL links!
69a. * Pinnington Law: Non-Lawyers Guide to Legal Terms (http://pinningtonlaw.co.uk/glossary/) "Divorce or separation proceedings can be a stressful and complicated process. Therefore, we have created this glossary to ensure you understand all aspects of the legal processes which you will need to follow." Note: This is a British site. (It uses British English!)
69b. * Power Typing (powertyping.com) "Learn typing with free online typing lessons for Qwerty or Dvorak keyboard. Use typing games to practice typing. Take timed typing test to find your typing speed. More!"
70a. * Practising Law Institute (http://www.pli.edu/) "Practising Law Institute Mission Statement: To enhance the professionalism of attorneys and other qualified persons by providing, in a cost effective manner, the highest quality and most innovative programs, publications and other services to enable them to practice law competently and ethically, and to fulfill pro bono responsibilities. PLI is a nonprofit continuing legal education and professional business training organization, chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. PLI annually awards more than 50,000 scholarships to its programs, and its more than 4,000 speakers include the most prominent lawyers, judges, investment bankers, accountants, corporate counsel, and U.S. and international regulators."
70b. * Project Know - Understanding Addiction (projectknow.com/) "This site provides pertinent information related to Addiction Treatment Centers in Brooklyn, NY and presents the risks brought by illicit substances and addictive prescription drugs. We're available 24/7 with 103 care providers in Brooklyn."
71a. Quia (quia.com/shared/) More than 100 topics to study, including English, ESL, Spelling, Reading, and Vocabulary. Each topic contains hundreds of activities. The ESL topic has more than 600 activities, and English more than 1,300. "Quia Web is one of the world's most popular educational technology Web sites." Teachers must pay an annual subscription rate to put their own activities on the site.
71b. * Quit Smoking Community (https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/) "Everything you could ever want to know about quitting smoking. While there are a number of ways to quit smoking, not all of them are equally successful. Here we will break down What Is the Most Effective Way to Quit Smoking that has been used with the most success by those who quit."
72a. * Readability Grader (Free Test) (https://jellymetrics.com/readability-grader/) "Free online readability calculator. Also, check the grade level of your blog content. Copy and paste a writing sample. This new site gives you Reading Ease, Grade Level (as measured by seven different instruments, plus the average score of all seven), Interpretation, and Comment. It includes Flesch‐Kincaid, Gunning Fog, SMOG Index, and more.
72b. * Readability-Score (https://readability-score.com/) "Free online readability calculator. Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning Fog, and more. Paste or type your text here to see its readability on the right. HTML will be ignored. Results update as you type." This is a great site for determining how simple or complex your writing, or others', is. (I use Flesch-Kincaid to show readers the grade level of my NYC stories here at www.eslyes.com.)
72a. Reading A-Z for K-5 Students (http://www.readinga-z.com/) "More than 1,000 leveled books in multiple genres and formats meet the unique needs of every student: Printable and projectable leveled readers at 27 reading levels,In-depth guided reading lesson plans, worksheets and assessments, Books and resources correlated to state and Common Core Standards. Reading A-Z was named the #1 teacher website for K-5 according to Education Market Research's January 2012 report." There is a huge English Language Learner section, too. This site is all pay.
73b. Read Write Think (http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/) "Looking for engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? The materials here are your answer —all of them created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school." For K-12 students.
74. Really Learn English (http://www.really-learn-english.com/) "Students: Do you want to pass the English exams? Get a better job? Go abroad? Communicate with people? Get more knowledge? In other words, you want to be able to USE English. Many people study English, yet still have difficulties in using English. And using is really the key thing. So let's start improving your English!"
75a. Rong-chang (rong-chang.com) This is one of the earliest, most comprehensive, and most popular ESL sites. It has many short stories with audio, short dialogues with audio, and a variety of exercises. It and eslfast.com used to be the sister sites of eslyes.com.
75b. * (Rx Dangers) "The purpose of RX Dangers is to educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States. While prescription painkillers and other drugs are being abused by addicts, other life-saving drugs, and devices that the general public has presumed safe are causing just as much harm to people’s health and even death in some cases."
76a. * Schools—Trade and Vocational (www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/) "Search Vocational and Trade Schools Near You. Vocational and trade schools vary in the types of education and training offered. To find the school near you that best fits your specific educational and career needs, use the search tool below." For A Guide to Scholarships and Grants for Vocational Students, visit Funding Your Vocational Degree .
76b. * Schools— Accreditation and Online Colleges (http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/online-colleges/) "Many junior and community colleges have embraced online learning, opening their doors to a more inclusive student body—from working professionals and stay–at–home parents to those who may not be able to commute to a physical campus. The following 2–year colleges offer some of the best combinations of online program volume, breadth, and affordability available today." For A Guide to Paying for Distance Education, visit Financial Aid for Online Schools.
76c. * Sense-lang (sense-lang.org) Touch-typing program, beginner to advanced, plus keyboarding tutor, typing games, regular keyboard and Dvorak layout, and keyboards in 20 different languages, including Arabic, Spanish, French, German, and Russian. Also has a feature for teachers.
77a. * StartBloggingOnline.com (How to Start a Blog in 20 Minutes) "I created this site to give beginners a fast, foolproof guide to starting a blog, without having to learn HTML or waste your time reading long, boring tutorials. In fact, over 9,500 people have already setup blogs using this guide!"
77b. Study Zone (http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/elc/studyzone/) "What do you do? First, choose your level. Then, choose a topic. Finally, choose a lesson. Study Zone is made up of levels. Each level has language topics. Each topic has lessons. Lessons include exercises to help you improve your English."
78a. Talk with Tutor Mike (eslfast.com/robot/English_tutor.htm) Have fun conversing with this robot, winner of several worldwide Artificial Intelligence prizes. Eslfast.com and rong‐chang.com are former sister sites of eslyes.com.
78b. * Teacher.org (www.teacher.org/) "If you are passionate about education and the well–being of children, you should teach. If you are one who believes they can lead and inspire children, you should teach. Every state has different requirements for becoming a great teacher. However, in most states, it is required that candidates hold at least a Bachelor's Degree, complete a Teacher Preparation Program, and pass the required state examinations. Click on your state to find out more about what will be required of you on your journey toward becoming a teacher."
78c. * Teacher Degrees (http://teacherdegrees.com/) "Teacher Degrees: The Education Program Guide. TeacherDegrees.com is one of the most comprehensive directories for teaching education on the web. With hundreds of teaching schools and thousands of teaching education degree programs in our database, we are helping connect students and schools to build a better teaching education system."
78d. * Teaching China (http://teachingchina.net/) "Your connection to over 500 direct employers across China. Find work abroad: Over 600 Top employers; teach English and Professional jobs in China: 100 cities. No Fees guarantee." Site includes free ESL games.
79a. * Title Capitalization (titlecapitalization.com) Do you have a title for your paper, but you don't know which words to capitalize? A common problem (for me, too)! Just copy and paste, or type, your title into the box, and this site automatically capitalizes the words correctly, per The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
79b. * TobaccoFreeLife (tobaccofreelife.org) Quit Smoking Already! It's disgusting, expensive, and causes cancer. And, it makes your breath STINK. "This quit smoking guide will help you understand your smoking habit and offer advice on the most effective smoking cessation methods and products to maximize the likelihood of successful quitting. This guide was created with the help of tobacco control professionals, smoking cessation experts, and with feedback from ex‐smokers."
79c. * TOEFL Guidebook (www.gograd.org/toefl-guidebook/) "Go Grad has created a comprehensive guidebook —Inside the TOEFL: What to Expect, Preparation Tips and Exam Practice —to help prospective graduate students plan and prepare for the TOEFL. It includes helpful TOEFL test-taking strategy videos, steps to help students register and prepare for the test, studying tips, tutoring resources, and more. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is one of the largest English-language standardized tests for non-native English speakers. More than 9,000 higher education institutions and agencies in 130 countries use TOEFL scores as part of the application and admissions criteria. The exam assesses 3 major competencies —reading comprehension and vocabulary, structure and written expression, and listening comprehension."
80a. Toni's ESL Space (toni-english.com/) "This is a place for people who are learning basic level English as a Second Language. I also use it to collect and share things with my ESL students. I created this hub of sites primarily for me and my ESL class. There are 5 subsites; each has a single purpose. This site has a variety of new material daily. There are things for learners to watch, read, and listen to. Teachers can find fresh content, info, and material for class."
80b. * Top Class Actions (topclassactions.com/) "Connecting consumers to settlements, lawsuits, and attorneys. Millions of consumer‐owed dollars go unclaimed every single day. We band together to make legal progress in the name of consumer justice. We're here to make the lives of consumers better by connecting them to credible news and reliable resources that ensure they come out on top, every time."
80c. * Translate, Google (translate.google.com) Translate text, a webpage, or a document. Google also offers translation tools and a Google Translator Toolkit.
81a. * TypeOnline: Learn to Type Online (typeonline.co.uk) "We offer: a structured touch typing course for motivated individuals looking to develop their keyboard skills, and a free resource to aid supervised keyboarding education in schools, companies, and organizations."
81b. * TypeRacer (typeracer.com) Who's the fastest gun in the West? Who's the fastest typist on the Internet? Do you think 85 wpm is fast? Think again! This is a great site for improving your typing skills and for challenging the world's fastest online typists, live and personal!
82. * Typing-Lessons: Peter's Online Typing Course (typing-lessons.org) Typing lessons for everyone, starting with where do your fingers go (the home keys). Lots of typing lessons and exercises.
83a. * Typing Web (typingweb.com) "TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor and keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb includes entertaining typing games, typing tests, and free official typing certification. Completely Free. Perfect for All Ages. Lessons for All Skill Levels."
83b. * Udemy (udemy.com) "We're the world's online learning marketplace, where 4 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography, and much, much more. Each of our 20,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device." Most courses are pay, but many are free.
84a. * UK Web Host Review (https://www.ukwebhostreview.com/) "Trying to find the best web hosting company can be a complete minefield of different options with a whole load of technical jargon to go with it! I have created a guide to help you make the right decision when choosing the best hosting for your Blog or Business. I have focused my guide on shared hosting plans. These are perfect for getting your website up and running whilst still offering great performance and reliability than some of the more expensive web hosts."
84b. U.S.A. Learns! (usalearns.org) A site for students to improve basic reading, writing, listening, speaking, and life skills. Beginning, low intermediate, and intermediate levels. Lots of videos and exercises. English and español.
85. Useful English (http://usefulenglish.ru/) "This website is for those who are studying English as a foreign language (ESL/EFL). The aim of this site is to help you to build a firm foundation for your English to which you will be able to add new knowledge yourself." It's in Russian and English.
86. Using English (usingenglish.com) "A large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics, covering the full spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas." This site includes tests, quizzes, and more than 3,000 idioms.
87. * Who Is Hosting This Website (http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/credible-sources/) "Considering the millions of websites that are out there, it's sometimes difficult to determine whether the information on a website is reliable. Due to a lack of regulation, websites can put out false information without worrying about the consequences. That's why it's so important that every user take the time to evaluate the credibility of a website."
88. * Wikipedia (wikipedia.org) An encyclopedia written by volunteers in many languages, Wikipedia is by far the most popular reference site online. (I use it all the time.) It needs our donations in order to remain ad-free, so PLEASE DONATE whatever and whenever you can at Wikimedia Foundation Wiki Ways to Give.
89. World-English (world-english.org) "The one-stop resource for the English language and more " Activities, exercises, and tests include vocabulary, grammar, speaking, reading, listening, and puzzles and quizzes.
90. * WriteLab (home.writelab.com/) "WriteLab is an online writing platform that offers immediate, objective, and constructive responses to any writer's prose. WriteLab uses machine learning, natural language processing, and established pedagogical principles to offer customized responses attentive to the nuances of individual writers' styles." It has free and pay accounts.
91. Yandex (yandex.ru/) Make Yandex your Russian homepage.
92. * Your Dictionary (yourdictionary.com) "YourDictionary is the easiest-to-use online dictionary. It is a dictionary you can understand with lots of tools to help you choose your words precisely, understand a word, avoid usage pitfalls and be confident in your use of words. YourDictionary is a comprehensive reference site." It also has an interactive forum page.
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