Monthly Archives: June 2008


My second post will be to describe a site which concentrates on EFL/ESL language tests. The site’s name is On this web you can find a good range of free language tests which  are distributed by levels (elementary, intermediate and advanced). The site offers preparatory tests for different EFL examniations like TOEICTOEFL,   GMATSAT,   GREMCAT,   PCAT,   ASVAB . There are also  worksheets, lesson plans, esl stories, a download section to work off-line, and a list of about a dozen glossaries and vocabularies with their correspondent tests, PDF prints and flashcards.  


I’d like to begin a series of posts to review some educational sites which I consider good resources for EFL teachers and students alike.

The first site I will mention has been developed for native speakers of English, but it might  well workfor EFL teachers and students, as far as they make a good choice of  places to visit and consider integrating their practice into their own curriculum. It is FUNBRAIN.COM. There are a few pages with some quizzes or rules for language practice which could as well work with students whose mother tongue is not English. Check these interesting sections and have fun while you learn:


The blue book of grammar and punctuation is a site developed by Jane Strauss with plenty of rules and quizzes to practise these areas of language learning. Although there is a subscription service to get all the content on-line, you can also access some very interesting activities to practice Spelling / Vocabulary / Confusing Words, Grammar Rules, Punctuation & Capitalization, Rules for Writing Numbers,Keystrokes for Signs and Symbols, More than Two Dozen FREE Quizzes in interactive format with answers


Next week the presential part of the Spanish conference INTERNET EN EL AULA will take place simultaneusly in four differente cities: Santander, Madrid, Granada and Barcelona. I live in Santander, so I will be one of the priviliged who will be able to attend this first major event in our country.

Internet en el aula has been planned by all regional authorities with the sole intention to make the whole teaching community reflect and know about the wide range of possibilities that ICT brings to the average classroom.

You can already see the programmes for the different  presential conferences.


Vivian Cook ‘s bibliography on Second Language Acquisition  contains more than 6300 references covering all periods of SLA research drawn from various sources. It deals with  diverse aspects of SLA research/ L2 learning.


I’d like to share a great tool for practicing spelling and learning new words, that I’ve just come across.

At you can practice and enhance both your vocabulary and spelling, by listening to lists of words which are pronounced alone or in a sentence and spelt out.

This free tool, which can be used as a refresher on the overhead projector or at a language lab for individual work ,  contains over 30,000 words including plurals, contractions, past and future tenses. You must register to make the most of it. Then you can make your own word list to do sound and sentence practice, some tests and play computer games. It uses a real person’s voice to represent the individual words after which they give you a whole sentence.

The pick a game section let you practice games with your own word lists or other peoples’ lists. You can play Word Search, HangMouse, Unscramble, Audio Word Match, Which Word?, Missing Letter or Unscramble Sentence

Angeles Hernandez
Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theoretical backup and practical issues

SOME WEBS TO PRACTICE VOCABULARY (1) is a fun site dedicated to helping you build reading, phonics, or English language skills. They offer Free Online Word Games which are specifically designed to build language skills and motivate people to learn through fun practice in spelling, phonics, and vocabulary.

Following their mission they have  built a site full of  vocabulary games separated into hundred of categories. “Many people learn English through a blend of methods – by taking English classes, reading books and watching movies in English, and studying English with English language software. Playing word and vocabulary games can be a valuable part of learning English. Not everyone is able to learn English through the immersion method, by moving to an English speaking country and only hearing and speaking English until they are fluent. “

They include a section for teachers where they explain some creative ways to use this web in class.

Angeles Hernandez
Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theoretical backup and practical issues