In short: As of today, they have 52 different grammar points and 52 different vocabulary topics. They explain everything very clearly. Almost all of the topics have some game that you can play to help you practice what you’ve learned.
That might sound simple and boring, but the site is actually incredible. The site design makes it special. You’ll never have any trouble finding something on this site. The games will work quickly and they’ll be helpful. After two minutes, you’ll feel like you understand everything they do. Sound easy? It’s really hard to design a site like that.
For students: Just as an example, do you have problems using the word “get”? All the uses can give you a headache, but this section will help.
For teachers: The spelling games are particularly innovative. Students will see the words flashed at them and then they’ll need to spell them correctly. Your students who have spelling problems might enjoy these unique games. (Click here and scroll down to “Spelling Games”)
Website Review: Learn English—British Council
In Short: The best site on the internet for learning English. It’s multilevel. It’s really big. It’s really helpful.
First: Low-level, intermediate-level, and high-level students will all find great stuff.
Second: The site is really big. You can watch and listen. You can read and write. You can practice grammar. You can play games. You can make friends.
Third: The activities are helpful, interesting, and modern. The site is easy to use and looks great.
For Students: Here are three things you might really like on the site. For listening, Big City, Small World is great. Studying for the IELTS? Check out this section. Or, you might join the virtual community Second Life so you can speak and listen to real people in English all the time.
For Teachers: Send your students to the site and have them write their own reviews. Ask them to answer three questions: (1) What can you listen to on this site? Describe it. (2) Is this a good site? Why/Why not? (3) Would you recommend it to a friend? Why/Why not?
Website Review: Teaching English www.teachingenglish.org.uk/
In short: The best site for English teachers on the internet. If you only have time to visit one site a day, this should be it. What do you need? Activities for you classroom? They got ‘em. Training to make you a better teacher? Oh heck yeah. A worldwide community to bounce ideas off of, get help from, and have fun with. Si. Da. Nae. Hai. Tak. Yes. Yes. Yes.
For students: This site is mainly for teachers, but if your teacher isn’t using it, you might tell them about it. Also, check out their sister site for students: http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en
For teachers: If you can’t find what you’re looking for, they also have links to tons of other sites. Oh, and make sure to like them on Facebook…
Website Review: http://www.edochan.com/teaching/level.htm
For students: You can play these games with your friends. Also, check out this article. It’s about learning Japanese, but there is lots of good advice for learning any language.
For teachers: The authors of these games make them fun to read about and easy to understand. You’ll enjoy games that start like this: “Have the students remove their shoes to prevent bloodshed…”
Note: This is the main site, but most of it isn’t interesting for teaching and studying English.
Review Questions Game
This is a Jeopardy like game for classes that have studied a lot of materials
Create five categories For categories, you might choose “Grammar”, “Vocabulary”, “Spelling”, “Culture Bits” and “Your Teacher”. It depends on your class and your textbook.
Create fifty questions Now, think of 10 questions for each category. Order the questions by difficulty. The easiest questions will be worth 100 points. The hardest questions will be worth 1000 points.
Set up On the board, create a grid. Label the columns with the categories. Then there should be rows for 100 point questions, 200 point questions, etc.
Create teams and play Divide the class into teams. The teams choose a category and a point value. If they get the question right, they get the points. If they get it wrong, the next team gets a chance.
Website Review: improvencyclopedia.org
In short: Hundreds of games that performers use to sharpen their minds, but teachers can easily change to help students learn English. For example, in one game, people use flashlights to control where the performers go. Teachers might modify the game to say that students use flashlights to move two other students (who are reading a dialogue) around.
For students: There are lots of fun games on this site. You can play any of them in English (or your language) and have fun.
For teachers: As a homework assignment, you could ask students to choose a game and present it to the class. Most games have a small number of rules, so it’s a challenging, but not overwhelming descriptive task.
Website Review: englishonline.org.cn
In short: A great site. An amazing site. This is a really wonderful site.
Let’s start by saying that it’s difficult to describe this site “in short”. You’ll need about three hours to just look at everything. But the fine British Council folks in China have made a site that’s easy to understand and use. Grab a cup of tea and start enjoying all the great resources.
Then you might check out some idioms or other shorter bits of language on the site. They come with wonderful audio tracks, videos, or cartoons.
Maybe the best things on the site are the video and audio series. “Big City Small Word” is an audio soap opera that would be great for students studying alone or for a class to listen to together. If you’re looking for Business English resources, you’ll find an essential series that takes you from an employee getting fired through interviews and to a new person starting.
And everything is very interactive. You really feel like you’re part of a global English community.
For students: In addition to reading, listening, and following a series, you can also play lots of useful games. This site makes it easy to learn English. Have fun!
For teachers: Click on the “Go To English Online Teachers” tab to find a bunch of resources just for you. You’ll find downloadable workshops and other great tools to help you become a better teacher. There are even lesson plans that accompany some of the material on the main site.