English Learning Products, Services, Books Reviews
The Practiced Business Writer - An ESL / EFL Handbook - Review
About.com guide review of The Practiced Business Writer - An ESL EFL Handbook by Veronica G. Sardegna and Joanne M. Slutsky published by Briefings Media Group
Guide review of The Twisted Doors - The Scariest Way in the World to Learn English by Dr. Kathie Dior for ESL / EFL learners and classes.
Review: "English for KIDS" by Edusoft
Review of English Kids a Young Learner's CDROM produced by Edusoft by your About guide to English as a Second Language
NTC's ESL Reference Materials Review
Review of reference materials especially designed with the special needs of nonnative speakers of English in mind
Pronunciation Review - American Accent Training by Ann Cook
A review of American Accent Training by Ann Cook and published by Barron's a book and audio CD program
Inglés Before You Know It
Review of Inglés Before You Know It by Transparent Language. This program is based around flash cards and is excellent for Spanish speakers wanting to learn key phrases in a number of standard English speaking situations.
EnglishNow! for Spanish Speakers
Review of EnglishNow! para hablantes de español. This program focuses on providing grammar in context. All explanations in Spanish.
Review of TeLL me MoreÂ® Premium
Review of TeLL Me More Premium English learning software
Bilingual Two Language Assessment Batery of Tests
Review of Branden Books' Bilingual Two Language Assessment Batery of Tests in English, Spanish, Portugese, Vietnamese, Italian and French.
Easy Writer - Review of Jane Boris' Easy Writer © CD Rom and Grammar Book
About.com guide review of Jane Boris' Easy Writer © for ESL students CD ROM and The Grammar HELP! © Student Handbook
English Grammar Workbooks
Top grammar workbook recommendations for English as a Second Language students and teachers. These grammar workbooks are used in both the UK and the United States for classes and self-study from beginning to advanced levels.
Recommended Books for Beginning English Learners
Recommendations for every beginning level American English or British English learner including course book, grammar books, exercise book, dictionary and vocabulary building resources.
English Learner Dictionaries
Top Recommendations for English Learner dictionaries for English as a Second Language learners and classes for both American English and British English.
Top Resource Books for American Idioms
Correct pronunciation can make all the difference when living in an English speaking country. This is especially true in the USA where the vast majority of citizens are not used to anything but standard US English. These books and cassettes will help you develop standard American pronunciation.
Top American English Pronunciation Help Books and Cassettes
One of the most frustrating aspects of learning a language is learning the idiomatic phrases, slang and common usage of native speakers. These five books focus on giving students a hand when learning North American idiomatic language. Some are reference guides, while others provide exercises to which can be used in the class or for self-study.
Top TOEFL Study Materials
Taking the TOEFL is a necessary step for any non US educated student wanting to study at a North American university. It is also increasingly required from other educational institutions throughout the world, as well as a desired or mandatory job qualification.
How to Choose Teaching Materials
This quick guide will help you in your decision making process and point you to some of the resources on this site that can help you find the right coursebooks and supplementary materials for your course
Top First Certificate Study Materials
Cambridge University's First Certificate Examination (FCE) is one of the most widely recognized qualifications around the world. The test is difficult requires serious preparation on very specific types of exam questions. These materials will help you prepare effectively for the examination.
Top Teacher Resource Books for K - 12 ESL Learners
The range of language skills that young ESL learners need to acquire goes from basic speaking skills to the ability to express themselves in writing. These books focus on providing young ESL learners with all the skills they will need to succeed at school in an English speaking environment. They also young learners improve their English through...
Top Beginning English Learning Software
Beginning English software packages focus on providing basic structures and vocabulary. Most include pronunciation help and a number provide assistance in the learner's native language. Topics are usually rather general and many are designed to help the learner use English when travelling abroad.
Top Intermediate Level English Learning Software
Intermediate level English software packages build on the learner's knowledge of basic structures and vocabulary. More advanced structures are added and vocabulary areas are expanded with more emphasis on specialized subject discussions.
Top Young Learners English Learning Software
English learning software for young learners provides entertaining immersive environments which help children learn English by participating.
Bubbles - Learning Software for Children
Fascinating software which puts the emphasis on teacher - learner participation. In contrast to other software programs, Bubbles is conceived as an aid to developing spoken communication skills between participants using the software.
NTC's ESL Reference Materials Review
This review takes a look at reference materials, guides and dictionaries designed with the special needs of nonnative speakers (English as a second language) in mind. These guides have all been written/edited by lexicographer Richard A. Spears Ph.D and are published by the NTC Contemporary Publishing Group.
PEAK English: Online Course Review
PEAK English is an excellent and reasonably priced online English course which not only provides high quality online instruction, but also gives teachers - ANY teacher - the chance to develop and deliver their own online course.
Review: American Accent Training
"American Accent Training" by Ann Cook and published by Barron's provides a self study course that is sure to improve any advanced level student's pronunciation. This package is especially interesting to non-native English speakers living in the USA or Canada.
Review: Bubbles - Children's Software
"Bubbles" is fascinating software which puts the emphasis on teacher - learner participation. In contrast to other software programs, "Bubbles" is conceived as an aid to developing spoken communication skills between participants using the software.
Review: Tell Me More v. 5
Product review of Tell Me More general English learning software for beginners by Auralog. This software provides a wide range of English learning activities with ample possibilities for choosing individual learning paths.
Review: Tell Me More® Kids
Review of an excellent young learner's English learning software product. This program is ideal for home or school use.
Review: Tertiary English Study Skills Program
The Tertiary English Study Skills Program helps non-native English speaking students who are planning on attending university in an English speaking country acquire the study skills they will need to be successful at university.
Software Review: "English+ for Kids"
CD-ROM specifically designed for young English learners from ages five to nine. The program leads young learners through a series of playful exercises that provide specific learning targets for young ESL / EFL learners.
Teacher Resource Books for ESL Adult Learners
As any ESL teacher knows, having a grab bag of enjoyable learning activities helps to liven up any ESL class. These activities are useful for teaching inductively, filling gaps and introducing topics. Here is a list of five books that are sure to help you times of need.
Teaching Book Review: The Internet and Business English
If you are a business English teacher, this book is a highly welcome resource that provides everything needed to successfully include the Internet into lesson plans.
TeLL Me More - v. 5
Tell Me More is a general English learning software package by Auralog. This software provides a wide range of English learning activities with ample possibilities for choosing individual learning paths.
Tell me More Kids Ingles
A fun and immersive software package that helps Spanish speaking children learn English while exploring an extremely well-designed virtual environment.
The Basic Cozy Grammar Course Video
This video / workbook course focuses on learning a solid grasp of English grammar structure. The tutorials are taught on beautiful Vancouver Island employing an excellently presented multiple-intelligence approach.
The New Oxford American Dictionary
"The New Oxford American Dictionary" is an outstanding dictionary for advanced level learners and schools. This dictionary offers a comprehensive resource of standard and idiomatic modern American English usage.
Effective Practices in Workplace Language Training - Review
Review of Effective Practices in Workplace Language Training - Guidelines for Providers of Workplace English Language Training Services
TEFL 101 Principles, Approaches, Methods & Techniques - Review
TEFL 101 Principles, Approaches, Methods & Techniques by Luan Hanratty provides an excellent resource for teachers with a year or two of teaching experience. This review discusses the book in more detail.
English Learning Apps from Red River Press
Review to English apps for the iPhone and iPad from Red River Press including English-at-Work, Travel English and Conversation English.
Cambridge English Online iPhone and iPad Apps
Review of a variety of iPhone and iPad apps by Cambridge English online focusing on learning English sounds and phonetics, as well as having fun for children and adults.
Review of Provoking Thought - Memory and Thinking in ELT by Hall Houston
Review of a resource book for ESL/EFL teachers entitled Provoking Thought - Memory and Thinking in ELT by Hall. This original book provides a wide variety of teaching activities centered on helping students integrate thought and memory into their learning patterns.
Master the TOEIC: Strategies by Chris Quinn
The series Master the TOEIC: Strategies by Chris Quinn is a unique guide on how to take the TOEIC, rather than a standard practice test book. It is well worth the investment and should boost TOEIC scores.