Listen to the radio. ABC News Radio on 630 AM is great listening practice because the same stories are repeated again and again, and even if you don’t always pay attention, it will help you to understand where one word ends and the next word begins.
Listen to podcasts on your phone. Again, repeated listening will improve your comprehension. There are lots to choose from, e.g.
Read a little every day! Find something that you enjoy and that isn’t too difficult: comics, magazines, free local newspapers etc. Join your local library or find out how to use it:
Keep a vocabulary notebook – on paper or on your phone (My Wordbook is a great app – see Downloadable English below). Even 5 minutes a day revising vocabulary will make a big difference over time.
Keep a diary and write a little every day, get a penfriend and write to them regularly, or join a student forum like
Try to speak English every day. If you don’t have enough opportunities for speaking practice, join a group like Sydney ESL Meetup at
Install apps on your phone: there are lots of good free ones that you can use to improve all your skills!
|Dave’s ESL cafe||http://www.eslcafe.com/students/|
|Lessons & resources||http://www.englishpage.com|
|Word games, puzzles, quizzes etc.||http://www.manythings.org/|
|Quizzes, podcasts etc.||http://a4esl.org/|
|Listening quizzes and exercises||http://www.esl-lab.com/|
|Topics, links, activities||http://www.towerofenglish.com/|
|Includes test practice||http://englishstudydirect.com/OSAC/langacmenu.htm|
|Fun with grammar!||http://www.grammarmancomic.com|
|For students and teachers||http://www.usingenglish.com/students.html|
|Includes news stories & podcasts||http://www.englishclub.com/learn-english.htm|
|Online Grammar reference||www.edufind.com/english/grammar/index.cfm|
|English quizzes etc||http://esl.about.com/|
|General/ business English, exams||http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/index.php|
|British Council Learn English||http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish.htm|
|BBC Learning English||http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/|
|HSC Online study skills||http://hsc.csu.edu.au/study/|
|Uni of Victoria (Ca) site||http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/index.htm|
|Victoria University site||http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/elicall/web_resources_for_students1.htm|
|How to Study||http://www.howtostudy.org/|
|British Council apps page||http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps|
|Elementary podcasts for Apple iOS and Android devices.||http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps/learnenglish-elementary-podcasts|
|Australia Network App V.1.3||https://itunes.apple.com/app/australia-network/id503081098?mt=8|
|Free Pronunciation app for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android||http://www.macmillaneducationapps.com/soundspron/download/|
|MyWordBook interactive vocabulary notebook for language learners.||http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/apps/mywordbook-2|