English as a Second Language Resources

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Listening (20 results)
  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell (YouTube channel)
    YouTube channel with educational topics ranging from scientific topics to psychology and other current events.

  • CBC Edmonton
    Great listening exercises followed by vocabulary, comprehension questions, etc.

  • LingoRank
    Powerful talks to improve your English listening and vocabulary skills while learning about interesting topics and having a great time. 2000 talks analyzed for you. Find the most suitable talks for your English level and learn from them (ranked by speed and difficulty).

  • Learn English Through Story - YouTube Channel
    YouTube channel with English stories that are narrated while the text is displayed on screen. For learners that want to improve listening and reading skills or expand vocabulary.

  • English in a Minute
    This section from the Voice of America's language website provides a 1-minute video explanation of commonly used idioms in a very interesting manner. There is a short role-play which is followed by an explanation of the idiom.

  • Settlement.org
    First Days in Ontario. Services about Ontario and Canada, etc.

  • Learning English with CBC
    Listening practise. Good for the experience of listening to different speakers, real examples of speech.

  • Talk English-Listening/Speaking Index
    A list of over 900 English lessons. 

  • Simple English Videos
    This YouTube channel has loads of short videos explaining or comparing and contrasting various language points.

  • Rachel's English - YouTube Channel
    Self-study pronunciation. Video lessons with closed captioning to help non-native speakers. Specific mouth positions for each sound, and reduced word sounds to improve listening comprehension.

  • Janis Fair - 13th Hour
    Grammar Lesson & Self Correcting Quizzes.

  • Learning Enlgish VOA News
    Beginning Level: short videos that tell a story. Intermediate Level: videos on Health, Science, Arts and Culture. Students can listen and read at the same time. Advance Levels: news and podcasts.

  • Learning Chocolate
    Build your vocabulary.

  • Fonetiks
    Online dictations for high beginner to advanced students.

  • 123 Listening
    Free downloadable audio and free printable listening tests with images! Download MP3 audio with matching printable worksheets, make your own custom listening comprehension tests or print out free ready made materials.

  • Language Guide
    Visual dictionary with audio.

  • Online Self-Assessment
    Online Self-Assessment is a tool based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to assess language proficiency in reading and listening. The test results are unofficial and do not replace scores from a language assessment centre, ESL or LINC class.

  • Brain Pop
    Animated shorts on all academic topics from elementary plus.

  • James ESL English Lessons (engVid)
    Vocabulary lessons, to teach you how to express yourself more effectively.

  • CBC Podcasts
    A variety of Podcasts on all topics and genres for listening.

Speaking (16 results)
  • Canadian Idioms
    Commonly used idioms in Canada

  • English in a Minute
    This section from the Voice of America's language website provides a 1-minute video explanation of commonly used idioms in a very interesting manner. There is a short role-play which is followed by an explanation of the idiom.

  • Web-ESL.com
    Useful to learn all things including directional words (i.e. across, beside) and also practising some polite terms and grammar to make a request. Practise reading a simple map.

  • Talk English-Listening/Speaking Index
    A list of over 900 English lessons. 

  • Help Teaching-Life Skills
    Worksheet for Financial Literacy, Career Planning, Safety, Wellness, Parental and Child Care and more.

  • Citizenship Challenge-Historica Canada
    Lesson plans/Worksheets/Vocabulary Building/Comprehension Questions

  • Simple English Videos
    This you tube channel has loads of short videos explaining or comparing and contrasting various language points. Use it for functional language or to clarify the usage of a word or phrase. For example: "How to agree" "How to disagree" "How to pay a compliment" "How to say thank you" etc.

  • Rachel's English - YouTube Channel
    Self-study pronunciation. Video lessons with closed captioning to help non-native speakers. Specific mouth positions for each sound, and reduced word sounds to improve listening comprehension. Applied in real life conversations to show native speakers really talk.

  • Janis Fair - 13th Hour
    Grammar Lesson & Self Correcting Quizzes.

  • Phrasal Verb Demon
    A complete guide to phrasal verbs, including games, quizzes, a dictionary and audio clips.

  • Alice.org
    Chat with a robot to practice conversation and writing.

  • EZ slang
    A review of slang organized according to various themes. Includes dialogues with audio, dictation and quizzes.

  • Practical Conversations For English Learners
    Dialogues of conversation with audio. Includes review of vocabulary.

  • James ESL English Lessons (engVid)
    Vocabulary lessons, to teach you how to express yourself more effectively.

  • Canadian Citizenship Study Guide
    Free Canadian Citizenship Test Prep

  • Apna Toronto-Quality Tests
    A go-to platform for all students who have an upcoming driving test.

Reading (22 results)
  • Web-ESL.com
    Useful to learn all things including directional words (i.e. across, beside) and also practising some polite terms and grammar to make a request. Practise reading a simple map.

  • Help Teaching-Life Skills
    Worksheet for Financial Literacy, Career Planning, Safety, Wellness, Parental and Child Care and more

  • Citizenship Challenge-Historica Canada
    Lesson plans/Worksheets/Vocabulary Building/Comprehension Questions

  • Janis Fair - 13th Hour
    Grammar Lesson & Self Correcting Quizzes.

  • James ESL English Lessons (engVid)
    Vocabulary lessons, to teach you how to express yourself more effectively.

  • Canadian Citizenship Study Guide
    Free Canadian Citizenship Test Prep

  • Apna Toronto-Quality Tests
    A go-to platform for all students who have an upcoming driving test.

  • Resources For Learning English
    Education First has a great inventory of different aspects of the English language that learners can explore on their own time or that teachers can use to supplement grammar classes.

  • CBC Edmonton
    Great listening exercises followed by vocabulary, comprehension questions, etc.

  • CTV
    Read, watch and listen to local, national and international news.

  • CBC
    Canadian Broadcasting Company offical website. Read about and listen to local, national and international news.

  • Toronto Sun
    Online newspaper

  • MacLeans Magazine
    Online edition

  • Learn English Through Story - YouTube Channel
    Youtube channel with English stories that are narrated while the text is displayed on screen. For learners that want to improve listening and reading skills or expand vocabulary.

  • Settlement.org
    First Days in Ontario-Services, About Ontario, About Canada, etc.

  • ELC Study Zone - University of Victoria
    Grammar lessons and practise quizzes. Used specific lessons such as the following: advanced structures and verb tenses Ex. Adjective clauses, Modals for politeness etc

  • Online Self-Assessment
    Online Self-Assessment is a tool based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to assess language proficiency in reading and listening. The test results are unofficial and do not replace scores from a language assessment centre, ESL or LINC class.

  • Learning Enlgish VOA News
    Beginning Level: short videos that tell a story. Intermediate Level: videos on Health, Science, Arts and Culture. Students can listen and read at the same time. List of important vocabulary with definitions. Advance Levels: news and podcasts.

  • ESL Fast
    Reading, dialogues with audio, interactive self correcting vocabulary, cloze, sentences, short stories.

  • Reading Skills for Today's Adults
    Readings for beginner to intermediate students. Includes timed readings, prereading activities, vocabulary review and printing options.

  • Language Guide
    Visual dictionary with audio.

  • Book Rags
    Book Club Materials

Writing (17 results)
All Skills (23 results)
Canadian Citizenship (8 results)
Academic Testing (8 results)
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