The right resources makes it easier to meet your goals! Improve your language learning here at Footnotes English. Our Grammar pages are easy to understand, with lots of examples and brief explanations. Our Academic Skills pages break down citation and academic language so that everyone can understand.
Pages of help for grammar topics that language learners often have trouble with in English. We focus only on the parts that students need extra help on. These are often the grammar points left to the end, or added to the side, of your grammar textbooks. These pages were built from our experience working with international students at an American university for over 5 years.
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The idea of writing an essay for a college class can be intimidating. After all, American students also have to learn how to write in “academic style,” too. These pages will help you use sources in APA, use more academic vocabulary, and prepare for your time at the university.
Students often ask me how to improve their pronunciation. You can keep a journal of words that are difficult for you to say, or words you say that other people don’t understand.
Also, you can use a free resource – Google! – to practice certain sounds and words. Go here to learn more.
These are language study resources that we trust and recommend to our own students:
UsingEnglish.com Information and practice quizzes for grammar points
GrammarBank.com Short grammar exercises. Also includes reading and vocabulary practice
SoundGrammar Listening grammar practice by the same people from Listening practice site ELLLO.
EnglishForEveryone Many practice topis, including verb tenses, vocabulary, and reading practice.
AllThingsGrammar Worksheets for practicing basic skills
Readworks.org K-12 site for articles about science, social studies, etc. Includes reading questions and other activities.
Breaking News English News articles for ESL students
DreamReader.net A variety of articles from Easy to Academic.
Douglas College ESL Writing and Grammar resources
Typing Club Learn to type without looking at the keyboard
USAlearns.org Writing practice and all other skills!
Elllo.org Real conversations with speakers from all around the world, from high-beginner to advanced.
LyricsTraining Music-based listening practice
ESL-Lab.com Conversation listening with comprehension questions
VoA Listening practice with vocabulary and questions. Also includes articles about U.S. education
CNN10 News stories from the U.S. in 10 minutes.
BBC 6 minute English BBC stories in 6 minutes for language learners
ESL-Bits 2 speeds for listening and reading hundreds of articles, stories, and books
Rachel’s English Pronunciation videos for sounding like a American.
ElementalEnglish Youtube videos about pronunciation and intonation
ShipOrSheep.com Pronunciation practice for similar sounds
Pronunciation Practice Listening and Speaking practice for many minimal pairs.
DeepEnglish.com Read at the same time as you listen (shadow reading) with these true stories.
The Fox and the Grapes Listening for intonation with an old story. Other resources also on site.
Presentation Tips from Brown University
Sound Scripting A technique to practice intonation and word stress
Vocabulary Plus Independent at Townsendpress.net Unlimited vocabulary activities for $12 / 10 months.
Learner’sDictionary.com Vocabulary practice grouped by topic
Vocabulary.com Make an account and the site will remember words that you search for to study later.