WRITING, READING, Dictionaries


www.newscientist.com/ (You need to register, but it's free. Let me know if you have problems outside UK.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/  (Young people's news programme/online news - easier!)

Phrasal verbs - try learning them in small groups!
https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/phrasal-verbs-list.htm


Word Families - British Council - vocabulary lists for all the class levels
22,000 vocabulary items arranged according to six levels aligned to the CEFR - search for one word, to find its level, OR search for all vocabulary appropriate for any one level


Wikipedia, but shorter and easier


VideoDictionary!


Phonetic Dictionary - for bad spellers
http://phoneticdictionary.com/
type 3 letters and see 6 ideas for the whole word 

Concordances - to see 2 words used together (collocations) 

http://www.just-the-word.com/ - fantastic site! 

Enter the keyword that you want to see used in a sentence,
Select In corpus: 'All of above (3+ m)'
If you'd like to see how you use the keyword with another word (e.g. a preposition), put the second word in the OPTION blank box, and say whether it's to the RIGHT or LEFT of the keyword,
Click 'Get concordance'

British National Condordance - see up to 50 random samples using your keyword

Netspeak.org - see how words are used in real online texts
Search * keyword  or  keyword *      and look at the options
Click on the '+' to see examples


How to write essays


CVs and covering lettersexcellent advice from The Guardian
Manchester University's guides to writing CVs and covering letters, etc. - longer documents, to download - lots of detail plus examples
http://www.careers.manchester.ac.uk/services/downloads/startingpointseriesofhandouts/



Punctuation 
http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/department/docs/punctuation/node00.html
A great guide by Larry Trask: quite easy to search and use for reference. 

Punctuation exercises
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm#exindex

Punctuation - apostrophes and semicolons - great cartoons from The Oatmeal
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe


Dictionaries 
Cambridge
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
Set to 'Advanced Leaner's Dictionary', or have a look at a few idioms or phrasal verbs.

A great site for vocabulary work
http://www.wordhippo.com// - look up synonyms, rhyming words, etc.

Longman's dictionary
http://www.ldoceonline.com/
An alternative dictionary.


Etymonline - word origins
http://www.etymonline.com/


Free online dictionary - gives lots of detail of different meanings - sometimes too much!
http://www.thefreedictionary.com

Free online Thesaurus - find synonyms 
http://thesaurus.com/
(You can also right-click the word in a word processor like Microsoft Word.)

Spelling rules
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/spelling-rules-and-tips

Spelling games and practice
http://www.manythings.org/e/spelling.html
http://www.elgweb.net/spell_act.html
lots of spelling links: http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Spelling/
make your own flashcards to practice vocabulary and spelling: http://quizlet.com/




Linking words and phrases
Basic
Higher level - includes a practice task
The Open University - includes a practice task


How to write well - a guide from The Economist

These are rules for CLEAR WRITING, not for writing IELTS ESSAYS,which are somewhat different (though not very different - clarity is still key!)

Idioms
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/
http://www.idiomsite.com/http://www.idiomsite.com/

Urban slang 
http://www.urbandictionary.com/
Be careful when you use these words and phrases - they're not always polite!

Create fabulous presentations
http://www.slideshare.net/

Make animated cartoons
http://www.xtranormal.com