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Learning How to Learn

  • This questionnaire shows your learning style preference. After completing this questionnaire, you can click on “helpsheets” to learn more about specific methods you can use to help you study.
  • This lists the main study strategies for language learning. Click on Appendices.
  • Although this site is for English speakers who want to learn Chinese, it has some great general advice on how to learn any language. These three articles on the site are particularly helpful:
  • This page has a wealth of ideas of how to study and learn more effectively. It is not specificially focused on language.
  • This site offers suggestions, plans and information for independent study of English.


  • A wonderful site that demonstrates how to pronounce individual sounds.
  • A useful site that focuses on difficult sounds. There are lots of practice activities.
  • This site focuses on stress- both in words and in sentences. Start off with word stress (above) and click on the links at the bottom of the page to go to phrasal stress, thought groups, and emphasis.
  • A great site that gives an overview on stress, rhythm, intonation, contractions and linking.
  • A great site for word stress, sentence stress and linking.

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  • This site offers short (2-8 minutes) monologues. You can choose from different levels and different accents. The site has a transcription that you can use as well.
  • An excellent summary of how to listen.
  • This is a special section of the Voice of America. It offers radio programs and scripts that use slower and simpler English. (This site is also good for people who want to practice shadowing)
  • (See also general sites)

Reading Strategies

  • This is written for university students, but the first 6 pages are very useful for ESL speakers.


  • This is an online grammar book. It features a free diagnostic test and an extensive list of topics.
  • This site starts with a diagnostic test which will guide your studying.

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Business Writing

  • Lost of grammar/writing help, very comprehensive, though mostly for an academic audience still very useful.
  • Power point presentations on various writing topics including email etiquette.
  • Professional Writing tips/handouts
  • Power Tools for Technical Writing – Sentence-level revision. Outlines some common problems and shows solutions.
  • Tips on building paragraphs, including rhetorical styles and methods/types of support


  • A great page on how to improve your pronunciation by shadowing (repeating) what someone has said.

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  • A good site on how to learn vocabulary. Has some good links.
  • A resource that explores roots, prefixes and suffixes
  • An online corordancer. Enter a word or phrase and see examples of how it is used in real life. You can choose if you want written or spoken English.
  • Subscribe to this site and receive a new phrasal verb each day.
  • (See also general sites)

General Sites (Listening, vocabulary, etc.)

  • This site has a free component and allows you to listen and read a variety of texts (articles, interviews, dialogues, etc.) and tracks your vocabulary. You can also import your own text into the site, so you can study the vocabulary that’s important to you.
  • This site offers free podcasts (along with detailed study guides that requires an annual membership) on a variety of business topics including socializing, meetings, presentations, telephones, etc.
  • A great online dictionary specifically for English as Second Language speakers.
  • A must-use for anyone seeking synonyms to either avoid repetition or liven up their writing.

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