Websites for ELL Reference, Activities, and Exercises



ELI-PAC

These websites and apps are for beginning level English learners.  The sites are listed by domain.

Reading

www.ReadingA-Z.com

This site has leveled readings with optional reading comprehension quizzes.  The readings begin at the two-word sentence level and continue to advanced level.  The readings include a nice mix of fiction and nonfiction.  The nonfiction includes history, geography and science content.

 

Vocabulary development

http://www.eflnet.com/vocab/picturevocab.php

This site has a drag and drop activity to match different categories of vocabulary with the matching picture.  The website has many other vocabulary exercises and activities.

www.englishforeveryone.org

The sentence completion exercises range from very basic to GRE level.  There are many grammar exercises as well.

www.k12reader.com

This site includes the Fry word list by 100s, the Dolch sight words, spelling exercises by grade, spelling rules, reading comprehension, grammar, and writing activities.  This is good for reviewing spelling and grammar basics.

www.freerice.com

Very nice site for practicing vocabulary meaning with one word synonyms.  It also includes grammar and other content areas.

 

Grammar

www.k12reader.com

This is good for reviewing grammar basics. There are grammar exercises to practice targeted grammar points.

http://www.eflnet.com/grammar

This site has basic explanations and many basic grammar exercises. 

 

Listening & Speaking

http://www.eflnet.com/listening

Includes several listening passages with listening comprehension questions.  This site also includes pronunciation contrasts of selected consonant minimal pairs and vowel minimal pairs.

 

Pronunciation

http://www.manythings.org/pp/

Pronunciation practice focusing on minimal pairs.  Students listen and then choose the correct word.  There is also a chance to repeat the words.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

This dictionary offers British and American pronunciation options.  This is good for students who want to contrast British and American pronunciation.

http://soundsofspeech.uiowa.edu/english/english.html

This website shows how and where phonemes are made in the mouth. It is excellent for beginners who are learning new phonemes that they do not have in their own language.

 

ELL 054-055, ELL 074-075

Reading

www.usingenglish.com

This site has a complete phrasal verb list with definitions. It also includes a very concise grammar glossary.  For each grammar point, there are drills which can be done online or printed out.  The drills and quizzes are divided into three levels of difficulty.  There are also reading comprehension pieces with multiple choice and T/F exercises. 

http://www.readworks.org/books/passages

This site includes leveled readings organized by grade level, lexile, topic, text type and skill/strategy.  At the end of each reading there are multiple choice comprehension questions followed by several open response questions.  The answers are provided on a separate page.  Students must create an account to use this site but it is free.

https://newsela.com/

Newsela is a daily online newspaper for students with selected high interest news stories.  This website allows students to choose the lexile level for each article.  After each article there are comprehension and writing activities.

Vocabulary development

www.englishforeveryone.org

The sentence completion exercises range from very basic to GRE (Graduate Record Exam) level.  There are many grammar exercises as well.

www.freerice.com

Very nice site for practicing vocabulary meaning with one word synonyms.  It also includes grammar and other content areas.

http://www.athabascau.ca/courses/engl/egh/

This is the English Grammar Handbook at Athabasca University.  It includes a great section on morphology (word forms) which includes prefixes with definitions, and suffixes broken down into verb suffixes, noun suffixes, and adjective suffixes with definitions.  This is a reference book and contains no exercises or activities.

https://www.usingenglish.com/reference/phrasal-verbs/

This site contains a very complete list of phrasal verbs with definitions and example sentences.  There are also many phrasal verb quizzes  (in the quizzes section) to check comprehension.

 

Grammar

https://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/

This section of the website contains many quizzes on all areas of grammar.  The quizzes are organized by level including beginning, intermediate, and advanced.  The quizzes can be done online and then the answers can be checked.  In another section of the website, there are brief definitions of many grammar words with examples.

http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Verb-Tenses.htm

This section of the website contains many drills to improve use of tense and aspect.

 

Listening & Speaking

http://www.agendaweb.org/listening/intermediate_advanced.html

This site includes many short listening passages with listening activities at the bottom of the page.  The transcript is included so students can follow along.

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/

Voice of America simplifies the news to increase comprehension.

http://esl-voices.com/students/basic-listening-practice/

This site offers listening passages from NPR and VOA with comprehension questions divided into levels.

Writing

http://www-tc.pbs.org/tenstepstocollege/write.pdf

This is a nice worksheet to prepare for a personal narrative.

http://www.k12reader.com/subject/composition/

This section of the site includes editing and proofreading, sentence patterns, topic sentences, transition words, writing introductions, and writing conclusions.  It is a nice site for students who need to learn and practice the conventions of American writing from the bottom up. 

Accelerated Learning Program ENG 099 and ENG 101

Reading

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z98jmp3

This is the BBC site for GCSE (British A-level exam) preparation.  There are texts in all subject areas with comprehension questions and then suggested answers.  The questions require open responses which is excellent practice for getting ready for regular college classes at MCC.

https://readtheory.org/

This site requires a pretest to determine reading level and then it requires students to register which is free.  This site guides the student to higher levels of comprehension and critical thinking.

Vocabulary development

www.freerice.com

Very nice site for practicing vocabulary meaning with one word synonyms.  It also includes grammar and other content areas.

www.englishforeveryone.org

The sentence completion exercises range from very basic to GRE level.  There are many grammar exercises as well.

Grammar

https://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/

This section of the website contains many quizzes on all areas of grammar.  The quizzes are organized by level including beginning, intermediate, and advanced.  The quizzes can be done online and then the answers can be checked.  In another section of the website, there are brief definitions of many grammar words with examples.

Writing

http://slc.berkeley.edu/writing-worksheets

This site has it all!  There are worksheets for every aspect of the writing process.

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/678/01/

This is the ESL section of the Purdue OWL site.  There are grammar and mechanics pages as well as a section on plagiarism.  Under the ESL Students heading there is much helpful information about studying at an American college or university.

http://englishforeveryone.org/PDFs/Run%20on%20sentences.pdf

This is a nice place to identify and correct run on sentences.

General Knowledge

https://quizlet.com/

Search for vocabulary quizzes and short answer questions about all subjects.

https://www.jognog.com/Towers.aspx

Take quizzes on all subjects.  There is an extensive literature section focusing on the canon in American high schools and universities.  There is also a nice section on developing vocabulary for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test).

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This is kahoot! which is absolutely addictive. It makes learning content into a competitive adventure.

Last Modified: 5/31/17