Language learning

Breaking News English

Designed for ESL students, Breaking News English provides news articles about current events in seven reading levels with activities that can be printed. There are additional activities for each story, including a recording of the story, word jumbles, vocabulary and grammar practice, and spelling.

There are two types of news articles: those written in reading levels 0, 1, 2, and 3, or those written in reading levels 4, 5, and 6. Learners can practice reading the article in various reading levels from beginner to high intermediate.

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Breaking News English

Breaking News English

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Culips – English Podcasts

The Culips English Podcast teaches you how to speak English using podcasts and other audio clips. The hosts are all English teachers and each episode is designed to teach vocabulary, idioms, expressions, slang, and grammar. Hosts have various accents to help the learner become more familiar with English and the way its spoken by various people.

This resource is designed for people with an upper beginner to advanced level of English.

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Website – main page

Chatterbox – English conversations at normal speed

Catch word – idioms, phrases, and slang

Simplified speech – conversations at a slower speed

Real talk – every day English expressions

English tips from the hosts


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ELC Study Zone

The Study Zone was originally designed for students at the English Language Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria. ELC teachers create the English language lessons and practice exercises. Levels range from upper beginner to advanced.

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ELC Study Zone – main page

Lower intermediate


Upper intermediate



University of Victoria

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English language learning listening resources

The following websites offer a variety of resources, activities, games, and tools to help English language learners in their listening skills.

The resources include audio clips, videos, and news broadcasts from Canada and beyond. Some resources, like Learning English with CBC and engVid include activities and exercises to support the listening and help with skill building.

Levels range from beginner to advanced and all resources can be accessed online.

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English Video Lessons (engVid)

English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLLO)

Podcasts in English

Learning English with CBC

Voice of America Learning English


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English language learning vocabulary resources

The following websites offer a variety of resources, activities, games, and tools to help English language learners in their vocabulary skills.

Free rice is a vocabulary building website where you can collect rice in a bowl with every correct answer. It is funded by the World Food Programme which donates rice to those in need.

News in Levels provides news stories in Levels one to three. It has topical articles about the environment, world events, and general interest stories.

Levels range from beginner to advanced and all resources can be accessed online.

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Free Rice Website

News in Levels


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Using the evidence-based strategy of sentence combining, students combine multiple ideas into a single sentence. They then receive instant feedback designed to help them improve their clarity and precision.

Quill Connect – Designed to help you improve your writing in areas such as fragmented and run-on sentences to complex and well-structured sentences. Using the interactive tool, you combine multiple ideas into a single sentence. You then receive instant feedback to help improve your writing skills.

Quill Grammar – Quill Grammar has over 150 sentence writing activities to help you practice basic grammar skills, from comma placement to parallel structure. The activities are designed to be completed in 10 minutes.

Quill Proofreader – Proofreader teaches you editing skills by having you proofread passages. You edit passages and receive personalized exercises based on your results. With over 100 expository passages, Proofreader gives you the practice you need to spot common grammatical errors.

This resource is designed for people who read and write at an elementary level and above.

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Proof reader


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