Tips for Learning English

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.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/081222_download.shtml

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:
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/libraries/using-the-library

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
http://forums.eslcafe.com/student/

Try to speak English every day. If you don’t have enough opportunities for speaking practice, join a group like Sydney ESL Meetup at
http://www.meetup.com/esl-syd/

Install apps on your phone: there are lots of good free ones that you can use to improve all your skills!

New English File Websites

Elementary https://elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/elementary/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
Pre-Intermediate https://elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/preint/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
Intermediate https://elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/intermediate/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
Upper Intermediate https://elt.oup.com/student/englishfile/upperint/?cc=global&selLanguage=en

Other General English Resources

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/

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) resources

Study skills http://www.how-to-study.com/
Study strategies http://www.studygs.net/
HSC Online study skills http://hsc.csu.edu.au/study/
Uni of Victoria (Ca) site http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/index.htm
Study skills http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_ISS.htm
Victoria University site http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/elicall/web_resources_for_students1.htm
How to Study http://www.howtostudy.org/

Downloadable English (Apple Apps)

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