SAC Links

The Self-Access Centre finds the following links useful for self-study.

All Skills

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish
Practise your English with a wide range of interesting resources: get some help to understand the news, expand your vocabulary, revise your grammar in a very innovative way, practise your pronunciation or business English skills, learn about UK culture, etc.

http://australianetwork.com/learnenglish/
This website provides a series of videos on everyday life topics (Living English), news stories (English Bites), business situations, etc. There is also a TV programme about daily life in Australia (Nexus) and IELTS preparation tasks.

English for Academic Purposes

http://www.uefap.com/
A site that specializes in academic English.

http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/main.html
A very good resource for many aspects of academic English.

http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/
A university website with some excellent resources.

Writing (to improve your writing skills, also look at the Grammar links)

http://www.esc.edu/online-writing-center/
An essay writing workshop, from the pre-writing stage of developing ideas to shaping information into coherent paragraphs.

http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu
Writing guidelines for Engineering and Science students. Information and exercises are available on formal reports, proposals, journal articles and academic writing style.

http://www.ohio.edu/linguistics/esl/#Paragraphing
Activities on essay and report writing as well as links to writing sites.

http://vlc.polyu.edu.hk/AcademicWriter/Organization/organization.htm
Tips on the organization of academic essays. Useful frameworks to follow for beginners.

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/sitemap.aspx#Reports
A thorough presentation of the different parts of a formal report with writing tasks for acknowledgments, contents, literature review, methodology, findings, recommendations, appendices, etc.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
The Purdue University online writing lab. A wealth of resources and exercises on academic and professional writing with a good collection of sample letters.

Speaking

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/pronunci.aspx
Resources and activities on pronunciation features and the use of the IPA.

http://www.eslcafe.com/idioms/id-mngs.html
Collection of useful expressions and idioms classified in alphabetical order.

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/ipa.aspx
Practise recognizing the IPA symbols by clicking on them and listening to how they are pronounced.

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/ipatypewriter.aspx
A typewriter to use phonemic fonts in your word documents.

Listening

http://www.esl-lab.com/index.htm
A wealth of conversation and listening comprehension exercises classified by level and themes. Each listening comprehension task is followed by a revision exercise.

http://ec.hku.hk/epc/telephoning/
Some sample telephoning conversations. The rest of the site offers good practice of business English skills.

http://esl.about.com/od/englishlistening/English_Listening_Skills_and_Activities
Effective_Listening_Practice.htm

Listening quizzes and tips at various levels.

http://www.rthk.org.hk/rthk/news/englishnews/index_news.htm
News summaries prepared by the RTHK news team at hourly intervals. High level.

Reading

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/wordsinthenews/
These articles on recent news have been simplified and have vocabulary explanations.

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/
Hong Kong local news in short, simple articles.

http://www.newscientist.com/
Interesting, short articles about new scientific developments.

http://www.newsweek.com/
Longer articles for higher levels.

http://www.linguarama.com/ps/reading.htm
A series of texts related to business or workplace themes with comprehension exercises.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/
Articles on geography, ethnography, wildlife and nature.

Vocabulary

http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/
Texts and exercises to help you master the list of 450 academic words.

http://esl.about.com/od/vocabularyadvanced/Vocabulary_for_Advanced_Level_English_Learners.htm
A wealth of activities for learners of advanced vocabulary.

Grammar

http://esl.about.com/od/advancedgrammar/Advanced_Level_Grammar_for_ESL_Learners.htm
Rules and exercises on a wide range of grammar structures.

http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Grammar_and_English_Usage/
A list of links on a wide range of grammar topics.

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/grammar.aspx#ELC
Many exercises and explanations of grammar structures.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
Detailed explanations on grammar, sentence structure, parts of speech and writing skills.

http://www.uottawa.ca/academic/arts/writcent/hypergrammar/claustyp.html
An online writing centre with explanations on sentence structure, relative clauses, parts of speech, tenses, etc.

English Language Tests

http://www.ielts.org
All the information you need about IELTS and many downloads available, including the candidate handbook.

http://www.bulats.org
An increasingly popular English Business Test in Hong Kong.

Dictionaries and Thesauri

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
Very clear definitions and example sentences.

http://www.ldoceonline.com/
Provides information about word frequency for both written and spoken English.

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/
Gives information about word frequency and different levels of formality.

http://5yiso.appspot.com/
This dictionary will help you to find common word combinations.

Learning Styles

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_styles
A reading text about learning styles.

http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
A learning style quiz.

http://www.learning-styles-online.com/
Information which will help you determine your learning style.

http://www.ldpride.net/learning_style.html
A questionnaire with feedback which will help you determine the type of learner you are.

Games and Fun Activities

http://www.ohiou.edu/linguistics/esl/webquest/index.html
A series of webquests which you can complete in groups.

http://www.gunnar.cc/quotes.html
Some interesting quotes on a variety of topics.

http://www.onestopenglish.com/games/
A selection of free, fun games to practise simple areas of English grammar.