English Language Learners

External Resources for English Language Learners

The following is a list of general, student (writing, reading, grammar, speaking, and listening), and instructor ESL resources. To recommend additional ESL-related links for the OWL, please contact us at writelab@uvu.edu.

To Schedule an Appointment

Go to the ESL Tutoring Website to schedule an appointment at the Writing Center.

For General Use

  • ESL Gold
    This comprehensive site covers speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, TOEFL/TOEIC preparation, and much more.
  • Activities for ESL/EFL
    The TESL Journal sponsors this site, which contains quizzes in almost every area of English language study.
  • ESL Studyhall
    The ESL Study Hall, sponsored by George Washington University, provides help with reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and US culture.
  • Dave's ESL Cafe
    Dave Sperling's ESL Cafe contains many resources for teachers and students of ESL, including an idiom page, discussion center, pronunciation help, and lots of other fun and useful resources.
  • UVU's ESL Program
    This website offer information about UVU's ESL Program as well as resources for current ESL students.

For Students


  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    This site, sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation, addresses word and sentence-level concerns as well as paragraph and essay issues.
  • Writing Handouts
    This site is offered by Purdue University and offers a multitude of handouts on writing principles and skills. Some handouts are especially for ESL students.


  • Online Newspapers
    On this site, readers can access hundreds of newspapers from around the world. These newspapers are in many languages.
  • Internet Public Library
    This is an in-depth site for reading resources. Books, magazines, newspapers, and so on are all available.
  • Newspaper Voyager
    The Newspaper Voyager allows readers to find and read newspapers from all states in the US.


  • Grammar Central
    This Centre for Language and Training Assessment (CFLTA) website has many excellent explanations and practice quizzes for beginning-level grammar students and links to Crazy English and Terrible Teacher for more advanced students.
  • Superteach Grammar Lessons
    This site has fun, easy to understand lessons in basic problem areas of English grammar. There are exercises and answer keys. The opportunity for students to e-mail for more information is also available.
  • Grammar Bytes
    Grammar explanations and interactive exercises are available on this site. This may be most useful to intermediate or advanced students.


  • American Slang
    This site is a good dictionary of American slang.
  • See ESL Gold and other general sites for more help with speaking.


  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
    This site has both short and long listening quizzes that are categorized as medium, difficult, and very difficult.
  • History and Politics Out Loud
    This site offers a wide range of audio material from public speeches to personal conversations that are considered significant in US history.

For Instructors

  • ESL Partyland
    This site offers teachers many ideas and lessonplans for ESL/EFL.
  • ELT Web
    This index of English language resources provides links to over 1200 ESL/EFL teaching resources.
  • Purdue OWL Handouts and Exercises
    The Purdue University OWL has an entire page devoted to material for ESL and writing teachers.