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For students:

Grammar

The Internet Grammar of English: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/home.htm

English at Home – Grammar: http://www.english-at-home.com/grammar/

British Council Learn English – Grammar: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-grammar-homepage.htm

BBC Skillswise - Grammar: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/grammar/

Using English – Grammar Quizzes: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/

Mobile ESL: http://www.eslau.ca/

 

English4Today Grammar Topics: http://www.english4today.com/englishgrammar/grammar/grammar_topics.php


Vocabulary

English at Home – Vocabulary: http://www.english-at-home.com/vocabulary/

Oxford University Press – Headway Word of the Week Archive: http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/headway/wordzone/archive/

Oxford University Press – Headway Phrase Builder: http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/headway/everyday_english/

Using English – Idioms: http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/

Using English – Phrasal Verbs: http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/phrasal-verbs/

Pronunciation

Cambridge English Online – Phonetic symbols: http://cambridgeenglishonline.com/Phonetics_Focus/

Oxford University Press – Phonetic symbols: http://www.oupchina.com.hk/dict/phonetic/home.html

BBC Learning English – Pronunciation tips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/

Fonetiks.org – Pronunciation guides and activities: http://www.fonetiks.org/

Listening

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab: http://www.esl-lab.com/

BBC Learning English – Watch and Listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/multimedia/index.shtml

VOA News: http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/

BBC Skillswise – Listening: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/listening/

Speaking

English at Home – Speaking: http://www.english-at-home.com/speaking/

Oxford University Press – Headway Everyday Dialogues: http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/headway/preintermediate/f_everydayenglish/ http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/headway/intermediate/f_everydayenglish/ http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/headway/upp_intermediate/e_everydayenglish/

BBC KS3 Speaking: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/english/speaking_listening/

Reading

British Council – Learn English – Stories and Poems: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-stories-poems-homepage.htm

Love Reading 4 kids: http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/pw

British Council Cubed – Science articles: http://www.britishcouncil.org/science-cubed.htm

About.com – Reading comprehension skills: http://esl.about.com/od/englishreadingskills/English_Reading_Comprehension_Skills_for_ESL_EFL_Learners.htm

BBC Skillswise - Reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/reading/

BBC KS2 Reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/reading/

BBC KS3 Reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/english/reading/

Writing

Writing Den – Tips for writing: http://www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/contents.htm

PowerPoint Presentations on writing: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/powerpoint.htm

Purdue Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

BBC Skillswise – Writing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/writing/

Sentence Sense - A Writer’s Guide: http://webster.commnet.edu/sensen/

BBC KS2 Writing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/writing/

BBC KS3 Writing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/english/writing/

Spelling & Punctuation

BBC Skillswise – Spelling: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/words/spelling/

Using English – Spelling and Punctuation quizzes: http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/

BBC KS2 Spelling: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/spelling_grammar/

Newspapers

South China Morning Post: http://www.scmp.com/portal/site/SCMP/

Young Post: http://www.yp.scmp.com/

The Standard: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/

Student Standard: http://studentstandard.thestandard.com.hk/index.asp

BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/

CNN Student News: http://edition.cnn.com/studentnews/

CBBC Newsround: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/

Literature

About.com – Shakespeare: http://shakespeare.about.com/?once=true&

Giggle Poetry: http://www.gigglepoetry.com/

4Literature – 2000 books and stories online: http://www.4literature.net/

Poem Hunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/

BBC KS3 Romeo & Juliet: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/english/shakespeare_set_scenes/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/english/shakespeare_summaries/

Reference tools

Cambridge dictionaries online: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

The Internet Grammar of English: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/home.htm

Thesaurus.com – find synonyms and antonyms: http://thesaurus.reference.com/

English4Today Grammar Topics: http://www.english4today.com/englishgrammar/grammar/grammar_topics.php

 

For English teachers:

Professional development

BBC/British Council – Teaching English: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/

English Teaching Professional – practical tips: http://www.etprofessional.com/content/category/5/16/32/

International Association of Teacher of English as a Foreign Language: http://www.iatefl.org/

Humanising Language Teaching – Free online magazine: http://www.hltmag.co.uk/

English teaching resources

In search of Shakespeare: http://www.pbs.org/cgi-registry/shakespeare/shakesearch.pl

Interactive whiteboard lessons, resource packs and themes: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/

New Cutting Edge online: http://www.pearsonlongman.com/newcuttingedge/

Onestopenglish – lesson plans: http://www.onestopenglish.com/

Clip Art for busy teachers: http://www.caslt.org/resources/general/program-support-clip-art_en.php

Hot Potatoes software for making language exercises: http://hotpot.uvic.ca/

Free Flashcards: http://www.1-language.com/eslflashcards/index.htm

 

Study skills websites

Study skills help you to become an effective learner and to manage your own learning. Study smarter, not harder!!

Websites for S1-S3 students:

Time management

PBS – Kids GO! It’s my life: http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/school/time/index.html

University of Minnesota – Time-Use Chart: http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/summary_active.html

Note-taking

Teen Health – Note-Taking Tips: http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/school/take_notes.html

Exam revision

BBC Schools – Student Life – Revision and skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/studentlife/revisionandskills/

BBC Learning English – Exam Skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/teachingenglish/examskills/

Mind mapping

Adrian Bruce – Mind Maps: http://www.adrianbruce.com/computers/mindmap/mindmap.htm (Scroll to bottom of page and click on How to Draw Mind Maps.

Concentration and memory

Helpguide - How to Improve Your Memory: http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm

Palgrave Skills4Study: http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/learning/memory.asp

 

Websites for S4-S6 students:

Time management

RMIT University Learning Lab: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/07timemgmt.htm

University of Southampton Study Skills Toolkit: http://www.elanguages.ac.uk/los/sst/managing_your_study_time.html

Napier University – Get Ready for University Study: http://www2.napier.ac.uk/getready/managing_studies/time.html

Note-taking

RMIT University Learning Lab: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/05notetaking.htm

University of Southampton Study Skills Toolkit: http://www.elanguages.ac.uk/los/sst/how_to_take_good_notes_while_listening.html

University of Gloucestershire – Learning and Personal Development: http://resources.glos.ac.uk/pdp/pdpstudents/lpd/notetakingskills/index.cfm

Exam revision

RMIT University Learning Lab: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/04examrevision.htm

BBC Learning English – Exam Skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/teachingenglish/examskills/

Mind mapping

RMIT University Learning Lab: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/09mindmaps.html

University of Gloucestershire – Learning and Personal Development: http://resources.glos.ac.uk/pdp/pdpstudents/lpd/notetakingskills/index.cfm

Mindtools - Mind Maps: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_01.htm

Concentration and memory

University of Washington - Memory Games: http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chmemory.html

University of Alabama – Memory Skills: http://www.ctl.ua.edu/CTLStudyAids/StudySkillsFlyers/MemorySkills/memoryskills.htm

Helpguide - How to Improve Your Memory: http://www.helpguide.org/life/improving_memory.htm

Palgrave Skills4Study: http://www.palgrave.com/skills4study/studyskills/learning/memory.asp

 

Liberal Studies websites

 

Writing skills

RMIT University Study Smart - Essay Writing: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/study_tuts/studysmart/essay_writing.html

RMIT University Study Smart – Paragraphs: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/study_tuts/studysmart/paragraphs.html

RMIT University Study Smart - Academic Style: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/study_tuts/studysmart/academic_style.html

Critical thinking

The Unofficial Guide to A-level Critical Thinking (with exercises): http://www.criticalthinking.org.uk/

Hong Kong University – Critical Thinking Web: http://philosophy.hku.hk/think/

Asking the Right Questions - A guide to Critical Thinking: http://wps.prenhall.com/hss_browne_askingquest_7/

Describing graphs & charts

BBC Skillswise – Handling Data: http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/numbers/handlingdata/graphs_and_charts/index.shtml

Academic IELTS Writing Task 1 Sample Answers:

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/3896137/Academic-IELTS-writing-task-1-sample-answers

http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/ielts-writing-task-1/

Enquiry & Research

SchoolsWorld.tv – What are enquiry skills? A short video introduction: http://www.schoolsworld.tv/videos/enquiry-skills?SESSaef1b61f645a7b455a8871fb2d6604e6=967dce94de440c40a6db7f3c8bc94a42

BBC Key Skills: Top Tips for Research Skills: http://www.bbc.co.uk/keyskills/extra/module2/1.shtml

Google Guide: http://www.googleguide.com/

Internet Detective: http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/

Liberation – Using the Internet: http://193.61.82.57/liberation/web/

The Quick Guide to Checking Information Quality: http://www.nice.org.uk/niceMedia/documents/quick_website.pdf

Avoiding plagiarism (in the Independent Enquiry Study)

RMIT University Learning Lab: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/03plagiarism.htm

University of South Florida: http://www.cte.usf.edu/plagiarism/plag.html

RMIT University Study Smart – Referencing: https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/content/1_StudySkills/study_tuts/studysmart/referencing.html

Internet Detective: http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/thelaw.html

Biz/Ed - How To Cite References: http://www.bized.co.uk/reference/studyskills/references.htm