These are some of the best online resources we have found for students learning English as a second language. We have also included some sites that should be helpful in learning to understand American culture and in following the news. If you have a site you’d like to add, leave us a comment below.
ESL Practice Websites
Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab. Not only can you listen to conversations at this site, but students can quiz themselves on listening comprehension and also access a hard copy of the conversations. It is organized around skill level as well as topics that students might use in daily life (like making complaints, renting a car, etc.).
Learning Chocolate: Vocabulary Learning Platform. This site is designed to help students learn new vocabulary through the use of pictures, sounds, and games. It helps with both pronunciation as well as spelling of the new vocabulary.
EL Civics for ESL Students This site “provides an easy way to learn about U.S. history, government, citizenship, geography, and culture” through the use of lessons, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and videos.
English Meeting with Dave Sconda. This site has free audio and video lessons from different instructors, including Dave Sconda himself. The topics include pronunciation, speaking, listening, grammar, writing, vocabulary, idioms, and more!
Dave’s ESL Café. This website includes a help center, quizzes, and student forums.
Fun ESL Games. This website is for beginning English learners and is a fun way to learn basic vocabulary and grammar.
Interchange: Teacher Resources. Interchange Fourth Edition offers a variety of free materials online that coincide with each component of the book we use with our ESL classes here at TFLI. There are games, worksheets, and language summaries. This website is great for teachers as well as students.
Lanternfish. This website offers a wide variety of practice for ESL learners and teachers. There are crosswords, flashcards, songs, games, and even printable worksheets.
ESL Notes. If you enjoy watching movies, this website is for you! Guides for American films are available that include a summary of the plot, a list of major characters, and explanations of vocabulary and cultural references. Watching movies is a great way to practice listening skills.
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary for English Language Learners. This website has more accessible definitions and example sentences for ESL students.
Word Hippo. This is a great website for finding synonyms, antonyms, definitions, rhyming words, example sentences, and even pronunciation.
BBC World News. This website includes international news and current affairs from the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Al Jazeera English. This website includes news features and analysis, documentaries, live debates, current affairs, business, technology and sports. The channel aims to provide both a regional voice and a global perspective for a potential world audience of over one billion English speakers who do not share the Anglo-American worldview.
The New York Times. This website is an online version of the American daily newspaper. The website is organized into sections: News, Opinions, Business, Arts, Science, Sports, Style, Home, and Features.
The Tennessean. This is the website for the daily newspaper circulating in Nashville and includes local news for 8 counties in Middle Tennessee.
Nashville Scene. The Nashville Scene is an alternative newsweekly in Nashville, and its website is great for information about music, arts, entertainment, and local politics in the area.
People.com. This website focuses exclusively on celebrity news.
Nashville Public Library. Having a library card is one of the greatest tools a person can have, and the best part is that it’s free! With access to the Nashville libraries, you can check out books, movies, music, use computers and internet for free, and access databases such as Mango Languages!
Visit Nashville, Music City. This site offers a ton of information about Nashville. It keeps up on events, fun things to do, great places to eat, and even discounts and deals going on currently in the city. If you are interested in family fun, historical sites, music, sports, shopping, or the arts, this is the website for you!
Hands-On Nashville. Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, and Hands On makes it easy to find volunteer opportunities all over Nashville. Help others in need, meet great people, and have fun all at the same time!
Meetup Nashville. Meetups are neighbors getting together to learn something, so something, share something…
Depending on your interests, you can sign up for events where people in the Nashville community get together and enjoy each other’s company.
Just for Fun
A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is the main character in a popular book series. Later, her story was turned into an iconic movie by Walt Disney. This is one of the memorable music scenes from the film that is fun for all ages.
Ultimate Dog Tease. YouTube has become an online sensation. It is a video-sharing website uploaded by individuals from all over the world. This particular short video is a lot of fun…especially for dog lovers!
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. This is an American late-night talk show that has aired since 1954 and is currently hosted by Jimmy Fallon. It’s an entertainment program that usually has celebrity interviews and live music performances.
Sophia Grace and Rosie on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
This television show is hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres. She frequently plays gags on her guests, asks them to participate in games, hosts celebrities, and showcases new music with live performances. Recently, Sophia Grace and Rose, two young girls from Britain, have amazed both Ellen and the World with their performances and charm.