Cool Links for Learners of English

|Bilingual | Bookshops | Chat Rooms | Common Errors |Culture |

|Dictionaries | Exams | General | Grammar | Immigration | Listening

|Newspapers & Magazines | On-line Courses | Quizzes | Reading | Podcasts | Speaking

|Studying and Working Abroad | Translation | Vocabulary | Writing |



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Bookshops & Publishers

Bournemouth English Bookshop
English Book Centre
Keltic ELT Bookshop
CANADA Chapters
ESL Resources - Canadian Resources
Vancouver Community College
U.S.A.  Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Powell's - New & used
WORLD-WIDE Cambridge University Press  
Heinle & Heinle
Oxford University Press
Macmillan Heinemann


Chat Rooms

GlobalEnglish Voice Chat Room, hosted by native speaker teachers.  There are structured classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, and also an open class where all levels can go to ask the teacher questions about English, or to chat about any topic that they are interested in.  The purchase of a reasonably-priced course is necessary, but worth it! 

Common Errors  

Common Errors in English









Cambridge Dictionary of American English 

Collins Cobuild English Dictionary 

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Cambridge Dictionaries Online  


CAE - Advanced exam, recognised by British universities, and many overseas.

CPE - High-level exam, recognised by British universities and overseas.

FCE - Intermediate level, widely recognised in commerce and industry.

IELTS - for entrance to British, Australian, NZ, Canadian & some American universities. 

PET - Basic exam, testing language skills needed to survive in social & work situations. 




1-Language - Comprehensive ESL Site including forums, real-time chat, listening, TOEIC practice tests, a helpline, reading, games, and much more. - Articles on how to learn English effectively, based on the experiences of successful learners.   

Brain Gym – Cool exercises to help you concentrate in class.

British Council - Vocabulary, grammar games, magazine, songs, stories, and more.

Dave’s ESL Café - features vocabulary lists, quizzes, chats, and more.

English Club - Community for EFL/ESL students and teachers.

English Daily – Vocabulary, stories, grammar & common mistakes.

English Forum - Interactive Exercises, Message Boards, Links, Good School Guide, Web Directory, World News, Cool Tools ... and more! 

English Forums - Learn English with online help from volunteer teachers all over the world.  This is the world's busiest EFL forum!

English Portal - Resources and learning tips for students.

Lingualearn - One-stop-shop for language & culture products & services.

StudyMyEnglish - Reading comprension questions, sentence completion questions, antonym questions, etc.  Also vocabulary lists. 

Zozanga - Tips on how to improve your grammar, vocabulary, listening, pronunciation, reading and writing.


Advanced Language Practice - proficiency level grammar & vocabulary, by Michael Vince.  Buy at Keltic Bookshop

English Coach - Free grammar lessons for students and teachers.

English Grammar in Use: for Intermediate Students by Raymond Murphy 

English Tenses with Cartoons

English The Easy Way - Easy-to-understand grammar explanations 

Explanations, Examples, Exercises  - ESL Gold

Essential Grammar in Use: for Elementary Students of English by Raymond Murphy 

How English Works: for Intermediate Students by Michael Swan 

Zozanga - Free grammar lessons  


Canada Citizenship & Immigration

Canadian Immigration - A lot of free information to help you find out if you are eligible or not to move to Canada.

DIY Canada Immigration

Foreign-Born - for all foreign-born individuals entering or living in the United States

U.K. Immigration & Nationality Directorate

U.S. Green Card Lottery  

U.S. Green Card Lottery Application

U.S. Immigration: A Guide to the Visa and Green Card Process  

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service


BBC World Service

English Listening Lounge

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Sounds of the World's Animals - Animals make much the same sounds around the world, but each language expresses them differently. 

Voice of America - listen to American English while learning about a variety of subjects. 

Newspapers & Magazines

Asia Week - Asian news in English

BBC World Service - a news-based site aimed at language students

Globe & Mail - Canadian broadsheet

Guardian Unlimited - Quality British newspaper

News Stories for English language learners, with activities

The Sun - The most popular tabloid newspaper in Britain

The Times - The oldest broadsheet newspaper in the world

USA Today

On-line Courses  

American English Institute  



Talk to CanadaLearn English online from the comfort of your own home using certified teachers and Skype.  There are many courses to choose from and you can also have them create a customized solution for your English language needs.  We are also always on the lookout for new and qualified teachers to be part of the TalktoCanada team.



Activities for ESL Students

Goethe Tests - Multilingual vocabulary exercises in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian & Spanish. 

Interesting Things for ESL Students


Cool English Podcasts - Free and fun ESL podcast site for native speakers of Chinese who are learning English

Language Caster  - All the soccer news you could wish for brought to you by Damian and Damon in their weekly football podcasts.


California Distance Learning Project - contemporary news stories for English learners 

Chinese Fables  

Global Update - Articles for intermediate/upper intermediate level students

Jokes - especially for English learners

News Stories for English language learners, with activities

Reading Skills – Tips on how to become a better reader

Short Stories  

Skimming & Scanning


American English Pronunciation

English Club Pronunciation - Some good tips

Headway Pronunciation: Elementary (British) - by S. Cunningham & P. Moor

Headway Pronunciation: Pre-Intermediate - by B. Bowler & S. Parminter

How to pronounce "-ed" in regular verbs  

Introduction to British Pronunciation

Learn English - Click on a word or phrase, and hear it spoken . Great for improving your pronunciation!

Phrases for Conversation - ESL Gold 

Telephoning in English

What you can do to improve your spoken English  

Studying and Working Abroad

Canadian Education System  

Colleges in the USA - provides international students with the information they need to know about studying in the USA, including a searchable database of academic programs, English language tests, and information on what to expect when students arrive in the USA.

Education Systems in the UK, USA and Brazil  

English Programs Around the World - Directory of ESL Program Websites 

ESL in Canada - directory available in a number of languages

Language Traveler - Find a school

Schools in the USA

Study in Canada - Find out about courses, cost of living, visas etc.

Study Abroad

Study in the USA

The EFL Directory - English language courses in Britain

Top Language Jobs - Find a multilingual or bilingual job in Ireland.

University English Centres in Australia

Vamos a Canada - Canadian relocation, settlement and information services for newcomers and transferring employees to Canada. 


1-800 Translation  

Free Translation

Win-Di - English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese.  You can also listen to the pronunciation of words and sentences.


Australian Words & Definitions

Business Expressions - ESL Gold

Cliché Finder

Dave’s Idioms Page

Dave’s Phrasal Verb Page  

Dave’s Slang Page

Goethe Tests - Multilingual vocabulary exercises in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian & Spanish. 

Learning Vocabulary Can Be Fun - Games and quizzes for beginners 

Textbook Recommendations

The Idiom Connection - English idioms and quizzes

Vocabulary Builder - Build vocabulary with flash cards, dynamic test and games, for SAT, TOEFL, GMT, GRE and general vocabulary.  Free trial offered.  

Vocabulary Coach - Offers non-traditional activities to teach new vocabulary, with more than 4,000 words that appear in standardized tests such as the GRE, SAT, ACT, and LSAT, and also in newspapers, articles, books, and scholarly magazines.

Vocabulix  - Improve your English vocabulary.  

Words & Phrases  

Word Surfing - Vocabulary learning techniques


Academic Writing  

Common phrases for business letters  

Cover letters

Organizing & Composing  - ESL Gold

Owl on-line writing lab


Punctuation Made Simple

Textbook Recommendations - ESL Gold

WhiteSmoke - Professional English writing tool that performs sentence processing and computerized text enrichment.  Can download for free for an evaluation period.  

Writing Skills

Writing Tips - at English Writing Solutions.  Learn now to write emails, CV's, cover letters, business emails, business letters, and lots more.

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