Improve Your English Language Skills
This site is designed for students at Spokane Falls Community College working on
completing their degrees. Even if you are progressing successfully in your program
of study, there may be certain English language skills you or an instructor have
identified as areas needing strengthening. The sites listed below were selected
to help you achieve these goals. You are welcome to work on your own, or work with
your instructor to develop an individualized, self-paced program of study.
Listening and Speaking Sites
Improving Listening Comprehension and Pronunciation
- Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab -
Improve your listening skills by working with these audio clips for listening practice
and quizzes. Different levels, content and purpose such as everyday listening activities
or mini academic lecture are there for you to listen to.
- English Listening Room -
Listening comprehension, new vocabulary, reading and MUSIC all in one site. Listen
to the words of the song and fill in the blank spaces. (Need Real Audio)
- Karen’s ESL Partyland -
Discussion Forums for Students. Topics of discussion are movies, music, travel,
dating, food, relationships and so on.
- BRAINPOP -
This is a subscription site; however, you can watch two movies a day without subscribing.
These are short animated movies with a narrator talking about current events.
Writing and Grammar Sites
Sites for sharing writing, looking at what others write plus grammar, punctuation
- English Club.com-reading -
Are Fizzy drinks bad for you? Do you want to read about pop music, high finance
or read exerts from Shakespeare? If yes, come on in an read articles from newspapers
and magazines, or read classic stories and short stories.
- Wacky Web Tales -
Although this is a site for kids, it’s a fun site for developing story telling skills
and learning the parts of speech in English. Try it! It’s wacky!
- Short Stories -
Large online library of short stories with monthly features and additions. Classics
and new writing - includes summaries, biographies and much, much more.
- BBC EDUCATION Online -
A site that provides students with the opportunity to hear and read news stories
about current events and pop culture. The site has vocabulary work, comprehension
questions, spelling activities, games and quizzes. (YOU NEED REAL PLAYER TO HEAR
the stories, but Real Player is free).
- Purr Magazine -
Purr is a poetry, short story, art and music e-zine. It has articles about children
and the Internet, music festivals, comic-book advertising and a "Special" poetry
section. Also, enter a writing contest.
- Twenty Great American Short Stories -
Read and discuss American short stories with discussion forum.
Don’t scratch your head in confusion. Check out the idiom, slang and vocabulary
Learn New Words
Reading, Grammar, Puzzles and Games
Various Skill Levels
All Language Skills