English Language Study Source

Dave's ESL Cafe. This is perhaps the most famous site in the world for learners and teachers of English as a second language. Links to everything related to English learning.

Nippon.com News articles available in both Japanese and English versions. Read it in Japanese first, then read the English version, or vice versa.

日本語 The Japan Times Alpha. English news articles for students of English.

Many Things - "fun study site for learners of English as a Second Language" - Quizzes, games, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, slang.....

Effortless English. Courses, videos, blogs, some free resources, free sample lessons.

Useful English. A large resource with lessons in grammar, phonetics, idioms, vocabulary and much more.

A4ESL - A good list, frequently updated, of English learning podcasts.

Podcasts in English


Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

ELL Japan Numerous listening exercises for all levels.

A YouTube channel with Videos subtitled in English


EduFind's online English grammar resources

English quizzes from the Internet TESL Journal

Simple Online English Courses





Medical English


Check your vocabulary level. The Compleat Lexical Tutor.

A visual thesaurus. An interesting way to study vocabulary.

Multimedia News and Education Sites for English Language Learners

The BBC has a website specifically for English Language Learners.

Australia Network also has a section for English language learners called English Bites.

Canada's CBC has a site for English learners.

Voice of America. Many resources designed for speakers of English as a foreign language. Audio and video reports are spoken more slowly and with more basic vocabulary than those produced by mainstream media companies.

Dotsub The resources are user-created, like Wikipedia. Members voluntarily write transcripts and subtitles for video clips, in various languages, and upload them to the site. Very useful for English students.

Use search engines to look for both transcripts and video & audio of famous speeches and news reports. For example, you can easily find video clips on Youtube of Barack Obama's victory speech, and you can just as easily find transcripts of the same speech by searching on Google or other search engines.

English Textbook Websites:

Many publishers of English textbooks have created companion websites for their products. Here is an example of one good website you can use to do grammar, vocabulary, reading and listening exercises, and you don't even have to buy the textbook:

McGraw-Hill publishing: Grammar Form and Function Book 1     Grammar Form and Function Book 2     Grammar Form and Function Book 3

Multimedia News and Educational (more difficult - not designed for English language learners):

CBC (Canada)     ABC (Australia)     CBS (USA)     BBC (Britain)   CTV Specials (Canada) You can find many other sites like these, but some other media companies that require a payment in order to access their video broadcasts. The ones above are free. Read an article about a topic, then try a video report on the same topic.

Would you like to know what it would be like to study at a foreign university? Go to this website at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA to watch streaming videos of lectures by professors there. An excellent source for your improving your language skills, study skills and knowledge!

This website shows lectures in philosophy and ethics presented by Michael Sandel of Harvard University. You can watch both the professor's lectures and the students' questions at Harvard University. This video introduces the professor in a Japanese TV program. If you search for マイケルサンデル on youtube, some of his lectures can be found with Japanese subtitles included.

The website called TED has hundreds of interesting short lectures on a wide variety of topics. The videos can be freely downloaded and copied to portable phones, iPads etc... Many of the TED Talks can be viewed with subtitles and transcripts. Specifically, you can search for the TED lectures that have been translated into Japanese. You can access the Japanese translations also through Digitalcast's TED日本語 web pages.

English news media from various countries:

India    Germany     Singapore    Brazil  Russia   China   Iran  and many more news websites in English...

Dictionaries and Translation Tools

Pop up dictionary to use with a web browser: Popjisyo (to use with Internet Explorer) Rikaichan (to use with Firefox) or Rikaikun (to use with Google Chrome)

Online dictionary: WWWJDIC

Standardized tests of English as a Foreign Language:




International English Language Testing System (IELTS)