Free ESL Activities from Stuff.co.uk

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stuff.co.uk offers some interactive activities for ESL students to use online. The materials include practice tests for the TOEFL and IELTS exams and other exercises covering various topics related to English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and literature.

Features:

  • Sample test questions for TOEFL structure and written expression
  • Sample test questions for IELTS listening section 1
  • Grammar, vocabulary, and phrasal verb quizzes (intermediate level)
  • Phonetic study materials, with an interactive chart of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols for self-study and an accompanying quiz to check understanding
  • Matching quiz for testing knowledge of well-known literary works
Site URL: http://www.stuff.co.uk/english.htm

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Bad Human Factors Designs

Posted on Saturday, February 11, 2012

Michael J. Darnell's Bad Human Factors Designs is an interesting website that examines the designs of not-so-well-designed, at least in the author's opinion, everyday objects and provides suggestions on how to improve them. While it is oriented towards native speaker tech geeks, the site is also a useful source of reading material for ESL students.

Features:

  • Over one hundred stimulating articles looking at a range of objects with improvable designs
  • Sleek site structure providing easy navigation to articles about different types of problematic design such as things that don't work the way you expect, things that don't work well together, things that are hard to handle, etc.
  • Extensive use of pictures to clarify technical points
Site URL: http://www.baddesigns.com/index.html

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Little Explorers: Online English Picture Dictionary

Posted on Friday, February 10, 2012

Little Explorers is an exciting online English picture dictionary that will help children "explore" the treasure of English vocabulary. Learning to use a new word is both fun and easy with the help of this visual dictionary, which offers clear definitions of words and lively illustrations to further clarify their meanings.

Features:

  • Friendly design with an alphabetical index on front page linking to 2,509 defined words
  • Information-packed entries offering encyclopedic explanations of words, fully illustrated with photos, pictures, and diagrams
  • Companion activities provided to encourage learning, along with links to related entries for cross-references and further websites to explore
  • Bilingual versions available in several languages besides the monolingual English-English version
Site URL: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Dictionary.html

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