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Resources for Learning English

Handouts for English Language Learners
(These handouts are also available in paper format in the Writing Center.)

General Resources
Conversation Partners Resource Packet (Popular Topics and Discussion Questions)

Academic Word List (Abridged)
Negative Prefixes and Irregular Academic Plurals from Latin and Greek
Literary and Theater Terminology
Winter Holidays Vocabulary

Presentations and Academic Speaking
Pronunciation Packet

Grammar Packet
Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs

Test Preparation

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Online Resources for Learning English
(The lists below contain links to websites that can help with English language learning.)

The Academic Word List
This list was developed by Averil Coxhead and includes words most frequently used in Academic English.

For more information on the development of this list, see

Academic Phrasebank
This website provides a list of words and phrases that can be used in academic writing to introduce an argument, transition between paragraphs, define terminology, and more.

Free Links to Practice English Online

English Grammar Quizzes
Go to “English Quizzes” to access grammar quizzes.  You can also use the “Grammar Glossary” under References to review grammar terminology and usage.
This site offers, Easy, Medium or Difficult Grammar and Vocabulary quizzes, or you can access bilingual materials in your own language.
This site has extensive lists of phrasal verbs and slang words.
This site offers in-depth explanations and practice exercises related to sentence fragments, run-ons, misplaced modifiers, punctuation, and more. Highly recommended.

English Homophones and Confusing Words
This website lists the most common homophones used in English.


Other Resources
The BBC Learning English page has resources on idioms, slang, news, quizzes, and more.  Please note that all materials on this site are in British English.