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179 recommended websites for EFL/ESL teachers and learners
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Classroom Response Systems (6 sites)
Corpora & Concordancers (13 sites)
Creative (8 sites)
Dictionaries and Thesauri (8 sites)
Digital Noticeboards, Sticky Notes and Mind Maps (6 sites)
Games (11 sites)
Language Learning Platforms and Portals (9 sites)
Learner Management Systems (11 sites)
Listening (6 sites)
Pronunciation (5 sites)
Reading (13 sites)
Speaking (12 sites)
Standardized Tests (6 sites)
Text Analysis (10 sites)
Tools (6 sites)
Typing (3 sites)
Videos (11 sites)
Virtual, Artificial and Augmented Reality (2 sites)
Vocabulary (14 sites)
Wikis (4 sites)
Writing and Grammar (9 sites)
Chat Bots & AI
Edwin uses natural language processing, machine learning, and speech technology to provide personalized curriculums to students around the world.
When the original ELIZA first appeared in the 60's, some people actually mistook her for human. The illusion of intelligence works best, however, if you limit your conversation to talking about yourself and your life.
Evie is an AI and an advanced, emotional chatbot avatar. She can speak several languages. Evie's AI is shared with Cleverbot.
LangBot is a chatbot for Facebook Messenger which uses Spaced Repetition, Gamification and AI support to help learners attain language fluency.
Allows users to create realistic and entertaining chatbots with no knowledge of AI or programming required.
Award winning ESL-specific chat-bot from Ron Chang Lee
Classroom Response Systems
Create, play and share fun learning games for any subject, for all ages, for free.
Mentimeter allows your to create interactive presentations online.
Create and download interactive lessons, and collect and share student responses instantly.
Plickers is a tool that lets teachers collect real-time assessment data without the need for student devices.
Poll Everywhere lets you engage your audience or class in real time.
Create and administer quizzes and tests to whole classes and get immediate feedback on responses.
Corpora & Concordancers
Cambridge English Corpus
The Cambridge English Corpus is a multi-billion word collection of written and spoken English.
A searchable online corpus of contemporary American English.
Database of 'eggcorns', common mishearings of English words and phrases
FrameNet is a lexical database of English that is both human and machine-readable. It is based on annotated examples of how words are used in actual texts.
The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English is a collection of nearly 1.8 million words of transcribed speech from the University of Michigan.
The Michigan Corpus of Upper Level Student Papers (MICUSP) is a searchable corpus of "A" graded student essays and papers
Million Song Dataset
A large collection of song lyrics in 'bag-of-words' format for academic research.
The Open American National Corpus (OANC) is an open corpus of texts and transcripts of spoken data produced from 1990 onward.
The Sentence Corpus of Remedial English (SCoRE) is a free, open-platform, web-based data-driven learning (DDL) program.
Explore English language in more than one billion words from news, scientific papers, Wikipedia articles, fiction books, web pages, blogs.
Intuitive and user friendly interface to multi-lingual billion word corpora.
StringNet contains about two billion hybrid n-grams extracted from the British National Corpus (BNC), with each hybrid n-gram linked to all tokens attested in the BNC.
Large Creative Commons corpus of example sentences in hundreds of language pairs.
Easily create interactive video adventures online.
Pixton provide tools to create comics on the web. It features posable characters, dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, and more.
Create zooming presentations that make you more engaging and memorable.
Create engaging story books online.
Automated creative writing story prompts in a variety of genres.
Allows users to create storyboards, graphic organizers, comics, and powerful visual assets for use in an education, business, or personal setting.
Web-based timeline software for creating and sharing history, project planning and more.
An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.
Dictionaries and Thesauri
Cambridge English dictionary online.
A free online Japanese dictionary featuring example sentences and a discussion forum.
Web interface to the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary.
A free service which provides English or Japanese 'pop-up' translations for any website or text.
Web-based resource for English synonyms, antonyms, and definitions.
A visual thesaurus which graphically illustrates the links between words and their synonyms.
Visual dictionary, thesaurus and lexicon which illustrates the links between related words and phrases.
A good, free web-based English-Japanese dictionary.
Digital Noticeboards, Sticky Notes and Mind Maps
Easily create interactive multimedia posters.
Free web-based sticky and canvas service.
Easily create digital mind-maps or brain-storms, also available as a mobile app.
Digital sticky notes (formerly corkboard.me).
Intuitive and free digital noticeboard.
Easily create digital mind-maps or brain-storms, also available as a mobile app.
Cambridge English Online
Flash-based games and activities for EFL learners.
Draw a Stickman
A drawing-based adventure game in your web browser.
Games, songs, podcasts and activities for English language learners.
Learn words, phrases, sentences, with Phrase Quiz, Across'n'Down and LingoBingo from Kanji Games.
JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world.
A very large selection of games and activities for learners of English as a Second Language.
PhraseBot is an awesome puzzle game to actively learn any kinds of words, phrases or sentences.
A large selection of Flash-based reading, spelling, typing and vocabulary games. Try "Torture the Teacher" for a challenging spelling game!
A selection of Flash-based reading games, including a test of literary genre "Author's Purpose"
Fun, effective, and engaging spelling games for kids.
A free, immersive 3D video game for learning American English.
Language Learning Platforms and Portals
BBC: Learning English
The BBC's English Learning portal, featuring videos, news reports, pronunciation guides, and much more.
British Council: Learn English
The British Council's English Learning portal, featuring podcasts, grammar and vocabulary guides, games, test preparation, and much more.
Allows you to learn English and other languages online for free.
A learning and translation platform for English and a variety of other languages.
Learn English with movie clips and games.
NHK English Learning
English learning broadcasts from NHK.
Connects English learners with certified ESL teachers who train users through digital self learning content.
uTalk's method of using verbal, visual and fun exercises to teach languages increases your chance of success.
VOA: Learning English
A wide selection of video lessons, listening activities, quizzes and worksheets from Voice of America (VOA).
Learner Management Systems
A popular commercial LMS.
Fully featured cloud-based LMS.
Cloud based, Facebook-inspired social networking for school teachers and students.
A low-cost LMS hosted in the cloud.
Free web hosting for Moodle LMS.
Key to School
Professionally managed Moodle hosting provider.
A powerful and flexible, yet easy to use tool for creating online gap-filling exercises as well as drag and drop, dropdown and multiple choice quizzes.
Open source learner management system for school or college servers.
Create a student-centered, collaborative learning environment for your classroom, library, school, or district.
Cloud-based, user-friendly LMS for learners and educators.
Showbie combines all of the essential tools for assignments, feedback and communication into a single app.
A wide range of free English language listening activities.
English News Weekly
English News Weekly is a weekly English news podcast produced by Hiroshima University.
Provies free listening activities for ESL learners of a variety of ability levels.
Learn football related English through engaging and entertaining free podcasts.
Learn English and other languages through music and the lyrics of your favorite songs.
Listen to conversations featuring grammar points. Lessons come with a script, quiz and grammar notes.
The largest pronunciation guide in the world. Provides millions of words and phrases pronounced in their original languages.
Improve your pronunciation by listening to native speaker audio recordings of different words.
Improve your pronunciation by requesting native speakers to record samples of text you have written.
Online app for typing IPA phonetic symbols.
Search more than 20 million YouTube videos to find examples of the pronunciation of any English word or phrase.
Freemium extensive reading with teacher tracking tools and vocabulary quizzes.
Breaking News English
Free topical news-based language study activities and worksheets in a range of difficulty levels.
Easy English tweets on any topic.
A selection of graded texts for learners of English.
Thousand of free graded reading texts, comprehension quizzes, and a facility to email progress reports to teachers.
1,600 FREE Short Stories for English Learners, with Exercises, Audio, Grade Level
News in Levels
World news for students of English in three different difficulty levels.
News on Japan
Simplified and concise news articles relating to Japan.
News articles graded to different levels of ability. Includes teacher tracking and grading tools.
A daily life blog written in simple English.
A free website which provides in-line translations for websites and books, similar to PopJisyo.
Improve reading speed and comprehension with this speed reading tool.
Xreading is a cross-device compatible virtual library of graded readers, and makes it easy to monitor and assess students' reading progress.
A comprehensive, categorized list of conversation questions for English learners.
Language exchange partner matching site for native speakers of Japanese/English.
English Central uses pronunciation verification technology to evaluate how closely learners' speech matches native speaker models.
14,060 English Conversation Questions.
A new mobile-friendly language exchange community.
Get 1-on-1 online lessons with native language teachers, and connect to people around the world.
My Language Exchange
Another website for finding language exchange partners for text and voice chat online.
Provides comprehensive lists of the pros and cons for a wide variety of controversial issues.
Low-price online English lessons with Filipino teachers of English.
Tandem is a mobile app which helps students to find native speakers of English who want to do a language exchange.
A free educational website for finding language exchanges via Skype.
Create PowerPoint style shared audio recordings via desktop or mobile.
Information and practice activities for TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, and other standardized tests.
Official site for Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Magoosh TOEFL Blog
Videos, infographics, information and advice about all four sections of the TOEFL test
Official site for ETS Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Official site for ETS Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC).
TOETAL is a collection of test practice activities to help students and teachers prepare for standardized tests such as the TOEIC.
The Academic Word Suggestion Machine (AWSM) suggests academic words and phrases as you type.
Compleat Lexical Tutor
Online text analysis tools for determining word frequencies and other metrics.
Compare the differences between two texts.
LancsBox is a new software package for the analysis of language data and corpora developed at Lancaster University.
The Online Graded Text Editor (OGTE): Easily create graded vocabulary texts for learners of EFL/ESL.
Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension.
Another word cloud generator, with the option to print to a variety of media, including t-shirts, bags and mouse mats.
A selection of useful web-based tools for automatically processing texts, e.g. remove line breaks, compare strings, remove accents, etc.
WordSift helps to quickly identify important words that appear in texts.
Easily create graphical representations of word frequencies (word clouds).
Open source audio recording software.
Free screen recording software for Windows PCs.
Free screen capture and recording software for Windows PCs & Macs.
A tool that allows you to download and keep videos from popular streaming sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
QR Code Generator
Easily generate QR codes for any text or URL.
Another tool for downloading and saving videos from streaming sites.
Practice touch-typing with this fun and stress-free online app.
Typing Speed Test
A one-minute typing speed test measuring characters per minute (CPM) and words per minute (WPM)
Improve your typing speed and accuracy with this free shoot-em-up typing game.
Chasing Time English
Chasing Time English was founded on a clear premise: to provide engaging live-action narrative series and learning materials for teachers and learners of English language around the world.
Free English video lessons on a range of topics, including TOEFL and TOEIC.
This site features videos and quizzes for English learners, and allows teachers to create their own quizzes and track student scores.
A selection of free video-based lessons for a variety of language levels.
A vast selection of curated videos for language learners, featuring interactive subtitles for vocabulary study.
A tool that allows you to safely watch and share YouTube and Vimeo videos without adverts or distractions
Speech Yard provides English learning through videos with interactive subtitles.
Create interactive listening quizzes for subtitled YouTube videos.
Allows you to do synchronized note taking with any YouTube video.
VOA: English in a Minute
A selection of 1 minute video lessons from Voice of America (VOA). Each video introduces and demonstrates a different English idiom.
Learn English by watching TED talks, movies, and music videos.
Virtual, Artificial and Augmented Reality
ActiveWorlds is a sandbox platform for creating anything you can think of, inside a universe with hundreds of worlds, millions of objects, and a dedicated and friendly community.
With ARIS, you can build an interactive story, tour or game. Players can complete quests, collect items, and talk to virtual characters, all while exploring the world around them.
BNC Frequency Lists
Downloadable vocabulary frequency lists from the British National Corpus.
COCA Frequency Lists
Detailed and extensive word frequency information derived from the Corpus of Contemporary American English.
Study and create flashcards for a variety of subjects.
Improve your English vocabulary for free and donate rice to charity at the same time.
A complete list of English homophones (words pronounced the same but spelled differently).
Just The Word
JustTheWord is a completely new kind of aid to help you with writing English and choosing just the word.
Membean provides guided, engaging, multimodal vocabulary instruction.
Digital flashcard activites with more of a focus on language learning.
The New Academic Word List: A list of 963 high frequency academic English words.
The New General Service List: A list of 2800 high frequency English words.
Learn idiomatic English phrases, supported with illustrations.
Digital flashcard activities with over 85 million user-created sets for a vast array of academic subjects.
Test Your Vocab
Online English vocabulary knowledge test, recommended by The Economist.
Free vocabulary tests, games and more.
Easier English Wiki
Award-nominated Creative Commons reading from the New Internationalist.
An English Wikipedia written for and by non-native speakers of English.
A wiki-based dictionary with simple English definitions of words.
Easily host your own Wiki for educational purposes.
Writing and Grammar
Learn about many aspects of the English written language, and improve your writing skills in both formal and informal contexts.
English Grammar Basics
30 lessons on the principles of grammar.
The Ginger Grammar Checker helps students write better English and efficiently corrects texts.
A full-featured computerized English grammar checker.
A free online English grammar course from the University of Central London, now also available as a mobile app.
A free online writing exchange where you can receive native-speaker corrections on text you have written.
Open source proofreading program for English and several other languages.
Private and secure cloud-based blogging platform.
Write & Improve
Write & Improve provides automatic feedback on English spelling, vocabulary, grammar and general style.
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