DICTIONARIES / VOCABULARY
Good online dictionary with British English audio files
American dictionary, again with audio files
The famous Collins English-Italian/Italian-English dictionary
Comprehensive list of English idioms and much else beside
Huge collection of idiomatic expressions arranged in categories
If you’re interested in the origin of words
A test to see which Cambridge exam you could do, plus some free practice tests
ENGLISH FILE 3RD EDITION TUTORIAL
If you’re having difficulties with your English File Scuolabook materials, you might find this online tutorial useful.
A guide to the Cambridge suite of exams
All the information you need on the TOEFL exam, your passport to studying/working in the States.
A wonderful site with lots of information, exercises, games, tests, etc. for young learners, adults and professionals. The tabs at the top will take you to the dedicated LearnEnglish, LearnEnglish Teens and LearnEnglish Kids sites.
Everything for the language learner
A wide range of activities for learners
Lots of exercises link to Oxford University Press’s many courses
Caroline and Pearson Brown’s excellent collection of useful exercises (and access to free email lessons) grammar, phrasal verbs, Business English, listening, etc.
For plenty of authentic listening, live or in daily podcast form
Several daily podcasts on a variety of topics in the news
Natural conversations with free transcripts
Large selection of regularly updated podcasts, including material for elementary learners
Improve your listening with dictations of news stories (American)
Great site where you can practise listening to songs and completing the lyrics.
Wonderful site where you can watch some fascinating talks from excellent speakers on a wide variety of topics, from technology to design, from entertainment to medicine, and from business to global issues
An amazing collection of “How to…” videos in different categories like ‘creative and culture’, ‘food and drink’, ‘health and wellbeing’, ‘technology and cars’. Accents are British and many of the videos also have English subtitles.
SPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN
Games, videos, stories and writing activities for younger learners, with or without their parents. Children can also become a member, create a character and make comments, enter competitions and write to other children on the site itself or on Facebook.
LISTENING FOR TEENS
A variety of frequently updated short news stories for English children aged 7 – 14 – learn what’s happening in the world through English.
Free audio stories for children: fairy stories, classics, Greek fables, original stories and loads more. The test is also available so children can listen and read at the same time.
Narrated videos (Amercian accents) about wild animals, pets, history, science & space, explorers, the forces of nature, etc.
An impressive selection of links to useful exercises for adults and teenagers at all levels. It includes a lot of audio/video files and material to help you improve your speaking and listening. It includes a good exam section with plenty of practice materials for the Cambridge exams
One of the world’s great websites and not only for news
The Financial Times site, political and financial news and much more besides
A great weekly news magazine, and not only economics. Pay a subscription and you can get their audio version too
A really intelligent and beautifully designed newspaper site
The American angle – the international version of the famous US daily Herald Tribune
The tabloid angle!
What’s going on in the world of science
A new online publication which gives the latest news on Italy and the Italians in English. There are also editions for several other European countries.
SHOPPING FOR BOOKS
For safe, easy general book orders
For ordering books for efl students
Britain’s official travel and tourism guide
A complete introduction to this wonderful city
The guide to what’s on in London and many other capitals
Access the vast European Union multilingual database – good for specific terminology and translations of single words
English-Italian, Italian-English dictionary based on the Collins Italian Dictionary and last but not least…
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST …