This section provides links to online resources for writers whose first language is not English. Here you will find assistance in many areas, including vocabulary, syntax and grammar, among others. In addition to the guides that provide you with information, this page also includes self-study tools that allow you to test your knowledge.
Academic Word List
This website lists 570 words that occur often in academic writing. The words are categorized into 10 lists in order from most frequently used to least frequently used. The words can be defined as well as translated into many different languages.
Activities for ESL Students (The Internet TESL Journal)
“Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL).”
Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English Collocations (englishclub.com)
Provides a comprehensive definition of “collocation” as well as lists of common English collocations, quizzes, and tips for learning them.
Dave’s ESL Cafe for Students (Dave Sperling)
Includes grammar lessons, idiom lists, phrasal verb examples, pronunciation tools, slang lists, and quizzes.
English Grammar Book
“Englishpage.com is constructing a grammar book of high-quality English lessons and exercises to help English learners learn English grammar online.”
ESL Lessons and Help (Wyzant)
“Here, tutors have shared their knowledge so that you won’t be confused as to what a preposition is. You can also brush up on irregular verbs and learn some cool new vocabulary strategies.”
Grammar for learners of English (Paul Shoebottom, Frankfurt International School)
“This section of the ESL website is for English language learners who like thinking about language and enjoy doing grammar exercises.” The website offers a variety of resources including: grammar quizzes, grammar notes, language words, language analysis, language differences, and English – an easy language?
Grammar notes (Paul Shoebottom, Frankfurt International School)
“This part of the ESL website contains explanations and examples of the most important aspects of English grammar, particularly the use of verbs.” The following is the full list of grammar points covered by the site:
Verbs – tenses
- Present simple
- Past simple
- Present continuous
- Past continuous
- Present perfect
- Past perfect
- More tenses
- Tense selector
Verbs – general
- Auxiliary verbs
- Irregular verbs
- Modal verbs
- Person / number
- Phrasal verbs
- Questions and tags
- Reported speech
- Parts of speech
- Relative clauses
- Word order
- More grammar
The Learning English Video Project (englishclub.com)
“The Learning English Video Project is a unique seven-part series of documentary films about people learning English in different countries around the world. Made by independent UK filmmaker Daniel Emmerson, the series features students from across the world who have different methods and reasons for learning English.”
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
This dictionary states definitions in clear terms and offers a variety of sample sentences.
Resources for English as a Second Language (englishlanguage.com)
This website has a variety of resources for both students and teachers, including quizzes and handouts. Resources include:
- 2,871 English phrasal verbs with definitions. Can search by verb or preposition or browse by letter. Also has a discussion forum.
- 3,483 English idioms with definitions. Can search, browse alphabetically, look by category, or see recently added. Has a discussion forum for any additional questions.
- List of 620 English irregular verbs. Can search or view alphabetically.
Resources for ESL Instructors and Students(Purdue OWL)
Includes grammar and mechanics resources, information on academic integrity, practice exercises, and tips on workplace writing.
Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students (The Internet TESL Journal)
About 1,000 HTML quizzes for multilingual writers to practice homonyms, vocabulary, idioms, and more.