ELT Podcast

Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2012

ELT Podcast offers downloadable MP3 podcasts produced for students and teachers of English as a second or foreign language. The podcasts focus on developing students' listening and speaking skills as well as offer ideas and advice for solving some real-life English teaching issues. Although no longer updated, the site lists all of its past episodes in a user-friendly archive for easy download.

Features:

  • Basic and intermediate ESL dialog podcasts, each featuring a conversation between two or more speakers about an everyday topic, complete with transcripts and practice drills
  • Teachers' podcasts featuring ESL teachers discussing various topics related to education and English language teaching
  • Supplementary podcasts for students using the NorthStar Textbook
  • Phrase of the Week podcasts
Site URL: http://www.eltpodcast.com/index.html

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Idiom Quest

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Idiom Quest is a comprehensive, fully searchable database of American English idioms. This reliable online dictionary of idioms puts the meanings of popular and not-so-popular idioms at your fingertips and better still, it will help you find idioms that relate to a specific topic or idea, for example "happy" or "anger". This is just perfect when you are trying to express your thoughts in English or build your knowledge of idiomatic English around a given subject.

Features:

  • Large database of idioms that can be searched by keyword or browsed in alphabetical order
  • Includes idioms spanning a range of usage contexts (business, education, emotion expression, history, law, law enforcement, politics, popular culture, relationships, social life, sports, technology) and covering different linguistic categories (abbreviations, acronyms, double negatives, euphemisms, Indian English, idiomatic lexicon, loan words, metaphors, rhetorical questions, sarcasms, scat-related, slang, vernacular)
  • Full explanation of each idiom with example sentences illustrating their typical uses and cross-references to related idioms
Site URL: http://www.idiomquest.com/

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