English Language Resources
Below are helpful resources to help INTO students in all areas of listening, reading, writing, and speaking. If you find additional resources that were helpful to you, please let us know! We will add them to the list.
- OWL at Purdue – A traditional writing website used mostly for MLA and APA references.
- Son of Citation – A citation website for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago.
- YouTube channel on APA – A step-by-step video that guides the user through APA formatting using Microsoft Word.
- RefWorks – Refworks is available from the USF Library and free for all USF students. This site it particularly helpful for advanced students doing research projects
- AzarGrammar – This website is a great companion to the Azar Grammar books used in the tutoring center. Additionally, it can provide students with independent vocabulary worksheets and activities.
- Using English – This site includes reference guides for idioms, phrasal verbs, irregular verbs, and grammatical structures. There are also several articles related to ELT, and many of them are intended for students. Additionally, there are are a variety of grammar quiz handouts and study tips.
- Guide to Grammar & Writing – This website serves as a guide to grammar and writing from simple words to full presentations.
- Grammar Quizzes – This website provides grammar samples and quizzes.
- Grammar Girl – More likely for higher level students, this website provides fun and quick explanations for common mistakes.
- Grammar Revolution – A website to guide students and tutors through diagramming sentences.
- Fun Brain – An interactive website that creates a game out of understanding the different parts of speech.
- English Page – An excellent site for studying irregular verbs.
- Sounds of Speech – This is a great site for students working on pronunciation skills. It includes a variety of English sounds, as demonstrated from a side view, so that the student can really see the manner of articulation needed.
- UCLA Phonetics Lab Data – This website provides a variety of English language pronunciations with added references given to various other languages. You can even choose your region on a world map!
- Forvo – This website contains a pronunciation guide that is easy to use by students of all levels. Students can learn about English pronunciation differences among the following countries: Australia, America, and the UK. It is a great resource to help introduce the idea that, because of English spelling, some words have more than one acceptable pronunciation.
Listening and Speaking
- ESL Lab – A website that allows students to focus on listening skills through audio samples. It also includes quizzes based on the information discussed.
- Spreeder – A website that can help with a student's overall pace of reading.
- VOA Learning English – VOA Special English provides students with the option of listening to American news channels, but without the speed of the normal news casts/interviews. VOA Special English is specifically geared towards students in either Level 1 or 2. In terms of text, relevant news stories are also shortened in length. The students can first take notes, check what information they might have missed, and then follow along again. In addition, every single word of the transcript can be double clicked and automatically defined using the Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary.
- Antimoon – This website contains links to all the sounds of the English language, a forum for learners who are independently exploring their pronunciation, an online IPA keyboard, free software for pronunciation practice, and a guide on how to monitor your pronunciation through recordings.