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Are you tired of searching for quality ESL learning websites? Let EnglishClub do the work for you! EnglishClub routinely searches the ESL web and recommends special sites that we think are valuable for learners. The sites we choose are updated regularly and offer useful resources, lessons and activities to enhance your learning program in a variety of ways.

EnglishClub Site of the Month December 2012 ~ English Grammar Secrets
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English Grammar Secrets

English Grammar Secrets

English Grammar Secrets is a very basic site for learning and practising English grammar on your own. The index of lessons and exercises includes many of the grammar points teachers cover in class. After you review the grammar, you will get a chance to do several interactive exercises to prove to yourself that you understand what you learned.
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EnglishClub Site of the Month November 2012 ~ Renshaw Internet School of English
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Renshaw Internet School of English

Renshaw Internet School of English

If you’re preparing for a standardized test such as TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS, be sure to check out Jason Renshaw’s Internet School of English. When teachers are asked for a good online resource for test preparation practice, this is often the first one that comes to mind. On this site you will find video tutorials, practice tests, and sample responses.
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EnglishClub Site of the Month October 2012 ~ GCF Learn Free
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GCF LearnFree.org

The Goodwill Community Foundation’s Learn Free website offers practical online lessons for everyday living. The site includes interactive audio lessons, such as using the bank machine, paying with a debit card, and reading a subway map. There are also lessons on computer and career skills.
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EnglishClub Site of the Month September 2012 ~ Tiny Texts In English
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Tiny Texts in English

Tiny Texts in English

Tiny Texts in English offers free listening and reading materials for English learners based on interesting news stories that may not make the headlines. Each entry includes a short reading with an audio file and glossary. The recordings are provided by an English teacher with a Scottish accent.
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EnglishClub Site of the Month August 2012 ~ ESLPod
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ESLPod

ESLPod

ESLPod is full of English listening materials that are free for English learners and teachers. Two American professors who specialize in ESL run the site and record the podcasts. The dialogues in the podcasts use everyday English at a pace that is quite a bit slower than natural. The language and scenarios are explained in easy English following each dialogue. Topics range from travel and business to small talk and relationships. Serious learners who want more than listening practice can subscribe to ESLPod for a monthly fee.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month July 2012 ~ Interactives Spelling Bee
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Interactives Spelling Bee

Interactives: Spelling Bee

Interactives Spelling Bee is a site from Learner.org that is extremely useful for English learners who want to improve their listening skills. You will need to experiment a bit to find the appropriate level of activity since these cloze exercises are actually designed as grade school spelling tests. The Grade 1 level is suitable for English beginners, and the Grade 11-12 exercises are useful for advanced learners. Just like EnglishClub’s Weekly News pages, you have to listen to the audio and type in the missing words.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month June 2012 ~ English With Jennifer
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JenniferESL

JenniferESL

Jennifer is an online English teacher who has been uploading lessons to YouTube as JenniferESL since 2007. Jennifer has recorded pronunciation lessons, grammar lessons, vocabulary lessons, and mini-lessons on holidays and customs. You can also catch Jennifer on EnglishCafe’s Jim and Jen show, also available on YouTube. Her lessons are popular because she is a good teacher with a clear voice, and she understands the difficulties that ESL students have.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month May 2012 ~ uWall
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uWall.tv

If you enjoy learning English through music, try uWall. This is an alternative to YouTube, and can be useful for language practice. Discover new music genres by choosing from a variety of categories or photos. You can also choose music based on your mood. A single click will take you to a playlist of music that you can listen to for free. Choose “lyrics” to watch videos with lyrics.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month April 2012 ~ Listen and Write
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Listen and Write

Listen and Write

Listen and Write is a dictation site for language learners. Start by creating a login so that you can save your scores. Take a test to see what your listening level is. Note that your typing must also be good to get a high score! There are three different modes to use.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month March 2012 ~ Hungry for English
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Hungry for English

Hungry for English

Hungry for English is a free ESL Video series on YouTube. The current videos are suitable for beginner English learners, but new videos are being added regularly. The online lessons contain very little text. The main characters, “Joe” and “Jesse,” want learners to pick up the language by hearing it instead of reading it. The Hungry for English team hopes their simple videos will make it unnecessary to translate what you hear into your native language. The actors are playful and silly, and the outtakes remind English learners that language learning can be fun.  
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Site Of The Year 2011 ~ PhraseMix
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ESL Site Of The Year 2011This site is for advanced English learners who want to learn new words and expressions that are used “in the real world”, such as “Can I slide past you?” or “It seemed like a no-brainer”. A new phrase is added each day, along with a cartoon, an easy explanation, and a few examples. Phrases are “natural”, “useful”, and “memorable”. If you sat at a dinner table with an English family, you would hear these kinds of phrases.

The site is interactive in that learners can leave comments and even compete in competitions. Learners can also post questions in the forum. All of the previous phrases are available in list form. Aaron Knight, the creator of Phrase Mix, also shares tips for memorizing the new phrases. His blog has great ideas for English teachers and high level learners.

PhraseMix

www.phrasemix.com

EnglishClub Site Of The Month February 2012 ~ Espresso English
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Espresso English

Espresso English

If you have time for a daily coffee, you have time for a daily English lesson. This is the premise behind Espresso English, a new site for self-studying English learners. The site offers regularly updated short lessons and quizzes on English learning topics including Vocabulary, Business, and Pronunciation. Many of the lessons come with streaming audio. You can listen to a native speaker as you read along.
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EnglishClub Site Of The Month January 2012 ~ English Practice
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English Practice

English Practice

Learning a language online can be difficult. The best sites for English learners have a basic layout with simple navigation. English Practice has these important features. The home page features an index full of practice categories that are useful for English learners. These include standard topics that you will find on many practice sites such as grammar, punctuation, and IELTS.
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Site Of The Month December 2011 ~ Exam English
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Exam English

www.examenglish.com

If you’re preparing for an English exam, you’ll find plenty of free practice tests on the Exam English site. This site provides tips, articles, FAQ, and practice questions for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and other international ESL/EFL exams. The site will also help you determine the level you have already reached based on CEF levels.
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Site Of The Month November 2011 ~ The Free Dictionary
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The Free Dictionary

The Free Dictionary

You have probably come across The Free Dictionary when looking up definitions for words online. Many people do not realize that The Free Dictionary offers more than just definitions. Visit the homepage and you will find Word of the Day, Article of the Day, Today’s Birthday, Quotation of the Day, a Spelling Bee (listen and type), and a Word List.
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Site Of The Month October 2011 ~ English Online France
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English Online France

English Online France

This site is full of self-study activities that you can do to practise your English language skills. There are games, listening exercises, typing exercises, text reconstruction activities, and matching activities.
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Site Of The Month September 2011 ~ English Addicts
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English Addicts

English Addicts

English Addicts is a self-study site for English learners based on current events from around the world. Choose from over 1500 lessons ranging from easy to difficult. Lessons include vocabulary, reading, listening, and typing tasks. There are also discussion questions and speaking tasks for teachers to use in class. Audio files are downloadable, and a wide variety of accents are used.
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Site Of The Month August 2011 ~ Word Hippo
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Word Hippo

Word Hippo

Word Hippo is a simple vocabulary resource that can help you when you have a quick question. If you need to find a synonym of a word, simply type it into the field “What’s another word for…”. Looking up a word in this way is similar to checking an online dictionary. If you want the antonym, choose “What’s the opposite of…”. You can also find example sentences that use your word in context. Word Hippo also translates your word into other languages and gives you the plural form.  
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Site Of The Month July 2011 ~ Video Jug
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Video Jug

Video Jug

Are you good at life? Video Jug can help you learn English as well as thousands of other useful things. This massive collection of “how to” videos is divided into separate channels. You can watch videos on beauty, technology, dating, or any other subject you are interested in. The “how to” videos come with a transcript that you can print out or read as you listen and watch. Teachers can search for videos related to themes from a course book or curriculum.
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Site Of The Month June 2011 ~ VocabAhead
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VocabAhead

VocabAhead

VocabAhead is a vocabulary building site that is useful for advanced English language learners. Visit the study room, where you will find video explanations of at least 1000 difficult words. If you are preparing for exams or standardized tests, these words will be extremely useful for you. You’ll be less likely to forget the words because they are presented with audio and visual explanations.
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