Tweeting around I came across VOA. They started following me or viceversa. Then, after some of their tweets I realized it’s a helpful resource for learners and teachers. VOA has more than one site and they have resource in different languages. The site provides lessons divided into two levels, 1 and 2. They have news and their scripts with highlighted words that are explained on the bottom of the script. People can also make comments on the news and await for feedback. It’s awesome to have the chance to practice and be assessed for free! I’ve read some responses that have been written one or two days after being posted. In addition, they have videos.
Perhaps you are thinking that news are boring. VOA has divided their news into topics: World,America,Health,Entertainment,Business & Economics,Science & Technology. There will be something that suits your interests. Another interesting feature I found was ‘Words and Their Stories’ which explains American English expressions (audio and script,too.)
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Confessions of an English learner A place for you to practice your writing. They post a weekly prompt, to give a chance to practice your writing and to comment on others’ writing. I haven’t read any comments, though. I’ll try writing something myself to see what people respond.
They also offer a free Wordbook with some explanations about parts of speech and informative images.It’s a simple and comprehensible dictionary with 1500 Words used by Voice of America’s Special English Announcers. It has a Special Words & Information section including basic business and computer terms, thus it contains maps and some diagrams.
Another resourceful site to add to the list is American English, a website for ESL teachers and learners managed by The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. If you browse VOA websites you can find nice surprises.
You can’t get enough from VOA. Try VOA Interactive Learning: Wordbooks. So many learning opportunities!
Other sites they have :
VOA youtube channel captioned videos!
http://voalearningenglish.org/ daily news reports with subtitles. English in minute: idioms explained in a minute
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