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ESL/ELL Education: Interactive Websites for Learning

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries have compiled a research guide of interactive websites for learning for ESL/ELL students.

ESL Writing

Chuck Guilford's Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): ESL Students

University of Nevada, Reno's English Language Learners (ELL) Resources

University of Richmond's Writer's Web 

University of Toronto's Advice on Academic Writing

ESL Speaking

Eva Easton maintains a Web site, "Authentic American Pronunciation," that helps ESL students understand and speak American English using linking and reduction.

What is LINKING?


Easton's Authentic American Pronunciation is also available on YouTube.

ESL Listening

Randall Davis maintains a listening lab, "Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab," that provides more than 300 activities, lessons, and exercises for all-level ESL students to improve their communication and critical thinking skills.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab is also available on YouTube.

Excelsior Online Writing Lab

The Excelsior OWL is a FREE online writing lab designed to help English Language Learners with their writing. Excelsior OWL guides you through the various steps for writing a paper. It also provides a tutorial on plagiarism to teach you what plagiarism is and, importantly, how to avoid it.

Using English for Academic Purposes (UEfAP)

Using English for Academic Purposes (UEfAP) is a Web site that offers many activities on listening, reading, and writing skills in English for Academic Purposes.


1. Virtual Writing Tutor is an online grammar checker and proofreader designed for ESL learners and teachers. 

2. This index includes more than 400 references to the “Guide to Grammar and Writing” and “Principles of Composition,” which are two online resources sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation.

3. Frankfurt International School has an ESL site with grammar and vocabulary content for English language learners.  

4. EF Education First, Ltd., has compiled a comprehensive English grammar guide.

5. offers several online English courses.


1. Paul Brians, Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University, maintains a popular Web site, "Common Errors in English Usage," which is a guide to English usage.

2. Averil Coxhead, Senior Lecturer at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, developed and evaluated The Academic Word List (AWL) for her master's thesis.

3. EF Education First, Ltd., has compiled several English vocabulary lists to help you learn the most common words in English (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives).

4. offers a GRE vocabulary builder.

English Resources

1. Common ESL Errors Workbook is an online workbook that covers common ESL errors in English college writing. 

2. English Online France (EOLF) is a Web site that offers many resources, including online mini-courses, on grammar, pronunciation, Academic English reading & writing, and listening.

3. The Internet TESL Journal maintains a Web site with a host of TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL links for students and teachers of ESL.

4. Additional FREE English resources focused on listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary are available at

Scientific English Resources

English is the language of science, so you must have a strong command of English to succeed as a scientist.


engVid comprises 1,000+ FREE English video lessons, covering various topics (grammar, pronunciation, etc.) across three levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), delivered by experienced native English-speaking teachers.