Study Resources

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1) Reading

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Newspapers and Magazines:

http://guardian.co.uk
http://www.economist.com
www.telegraph.co.uk
www.empireonline.com/interviews (go to “text interviews”: how to express opinions)
www.telegraph.co.uk/comment ( how to develop opinions)
www.empireonline.com/reviews
www.time.com

Listening

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Tasks for self-study:

These are some of the basic things to do with these tools:

Before you listen
With all of them begin by looking at the title and predicting the content/ the vocabulary.

While you listen
Summarising is always a useful thing to do as well.
1. Podcasts: listen for attitude/opinion of speaker: e.g. bbc podcasts, mikesradioworld; (see below)
2. Reviews: identify main speakers; what they like/don’t like , e.g. www.soundonsight.org ,
3. Interviews: identify main areas discussed and take notes, e.g. www.abc.net. au/rn/podcast (see below)

After you have listened
Choose 5 words or expressions that you noticed and write your own examples with them.

Radio news and listening sites:

www.empireonline.com/interviews video interviews (C1)
www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts ( Different levels)
www.mikesradioworld.com radio news from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S. (Different levels)
http://www.economist.com/audio (C1+)
www.soundonsight.org “best films of all times”: trailers, podcasts
www.abc.net.au/rn/podcast Australia: forums, debates, talks, documentaries; etc. ( C1 /C2)
www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home B1 and lower
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice (Different levels)
http://edition.cnn.com/services/podcasting (C1)
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/listen-and-watch Different levels
www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/tae A2
www.manythings.org B1 and lower
http://www.listen-to-english.com B2
www.englishenglish.com beginners to advanced

Reading/ Listening/Viewing:

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Use these sites to find out about different topics and to develop your knowledge:

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk
www.factmonster.com
www.eatwell.gov.uk
www.cmha.ca www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff
www.abc.net.au
http://tinyurl.com/cudlhp7 “Stonehenge “ ; shortcut to PBS podcasts for listening
http://www.schulmediathek.tv/Englisch/

For self-study: lexis and grammar

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/grammar-and-vocabulary
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ quizzes, vocab exercises, tips for essay writing
www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar grammar and exercises
http://www.englishlanguageguide.com pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary exercises
http://www.esl-lab.com with lists of free webpages
http://a4esl.org quizzes
www.englishclub.com with list of useful sites
www.edufind.com/english/grammar/toc.cfm grammar topics, tests, quizzes
www.usalearns.org beginners to intermediate (complete online course)
www.englishenglish.com beginners to advanced www.rong-chang.com with list of useful sites
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/index.shtml grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation
www.oberoi-net.com/language.html with list of useful sites
www.towerofenglish.com/a-z.html
www.dienneti.it/risorse/lingue_straniere/inglese.htm
www.learn-english-today.com/index.html grammar lessons, idioms, phrasal verbs, vocab exercises www.english-online.org.uk grammar exercises at various levels
http://www.churchillhouse.com/en/online-english/activities/
www.usingenglish.com
www.manythings.org
https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/martinez-grammer/ punctuation
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar elementary to advanced
http://reske.us/scripts/rules.htm articles
http://www.grammarbook.com/english_rules.asp punctuation and spelling
http://www.englishpage.com/index.html intermediate to upper-intermediate
http://www.ihbristol.com/useful-english-expressions vocab building

Grammar and writing:

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http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/ (to prepare for university study)

Dictionaries and Reference

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www.oxforddictionaries.com
www.macmillandictionaries.com/dictionary-online
www.pons.eu
www.oxfordadvancedlerarnersdictionary.com
www.linguee.de
www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/dictionary.html


Corpora
www.webcorp.org.uk
www.americancorpus.org
http://ca.sketchengine.co.uk/open/corpus/bawe2/ske/first_form
www.lextutor.ca/concordancers/concord_e.html

Frequency lists
(for you to find out how frequent a word is):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_common_words_in_English
www.wordcount.org/main.php
www.wordfrequency.info/files/entries.pdf

Great Presentations
www.ted.com videos on various topics; great speakers

Useful phrases for telephone conversations
www.learn-english-today.com/business-english/telephone.html

International certificate preparation
http://www.churchillhouse.com/en/online-english/activities/ go to ”exam preparation“ ESOL
http://www.flo-joe.co.uk/
http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exam-preparation/index.html Free Preparation material for FCE
http://cambridge-english-advanced.cambridgeesol.org/exam-preparation-materials.html Free Preparation material for CAE
http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exam-preparation/index.html Free Preparation material for CPE

Crosswords and word games
http://a4esl.org
www.fun-with-words.com
www.free-english-games.com

Magazines: fashion/gossip
www.ok.co.uk
www.people.com

Finding a conversation partner
www.english-corner-online.com
www.busuu.com

Other
www.quotationspage.com
www.famous-quotations.com/asp/origins.asp
http://www.idiomconnection.com/mostfrequent.html

Useful hyperlinks for Academic Writing

Referencing
www.refworks.com
www.endnote.com
www.citeulike.org
www.apastyle.org
http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm

Research for essays
scholar.google.co.uk
answers.yahoo.com

Online podcasts or lectures
www.tedtalks.com
www.ocw.mit.edu
http://academicearth.org

Databases and journals
www.jstor.org
http://journals.cambridge.org
www.sciencedirect.com
www.openculture.com

Planning
www.mindmeister.com