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 Goal setting

How SMART Goals can help you improve your English.

  PhD Coffee Time Set Thesis Writing Goals that WORK | SMART goals

Walden University: Writing a Paper: Examples of Effective

 Academic and professional writing

 Introduction to Academic Writing: The University of Auckland  

 The Write Site (The University of Sydney)    
The Write Site provides online support to help you develop your academic and professional writing skills.  

Ten Top Errors when Quoting
Explanations of these errors and quick tips to help you solve them. 

York Writing Centre Academic Writing Videos & Transcripts

 Grammar and vocabulary

English teacher Melanie
Podcasts, blog posts, video lessons, and social media to help students learn vocabulary and natural, spoken American English.

Visual online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts to produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net and learn to associate words.

Learn English grammar through in-depth tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises.

Onscreen Academy
Developed by SFU’s Dr. Steve Marshall, OnScreen Academy offers 35 short videos (most under 5 minutes) on English language and academic writing, which include clear description of rules and forms, practice tasks, and a summary.


5 Ways To Improve Your Listening Skills At Home
Learn how to be an active listener to improve your listening skills

 Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab
Everyday conversations with adult and children’s voices.

British Council
Practise and improve your listening skills for your school studies and English exams.

 Reading/current events

 The New York Times Learning Network 
Daily resources for teaching and learning with The New York Times, including lesson plans, questions for writing and discussion, quizzes, monthly contests and more. Join the conversation by commenting on any post.

 Breaking News English
Interactive and printable English lessons; 26 page handouts, 2-page mini-lessons, and more tan 30 online activities


Dr. Tim Mossman offers these strategies for improving comprehensibility and intelligibility by speaking in thought groups, pausing, and stressing key words.


Sounds of English
Pronunciation pages - pictures, sounds, and videos to help you with English pronunciation.

The Speech Accent Archive
Presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Speakers of various World Englishes read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. Good site to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.

 Learn English through movies

Full length movie with English subtitle. Click on any word in the subtitles and get a translation via Google translate.

Learning English through media.

Learn English Feel Good
Movie clips to improve your listening comprehension skills

Film English
Award winning intermediate to advanced English language teaching material using films

Movie Scripts and Screenplays
Hundreds of movie scripts

 English language schools

English Live
Online award-winning English language school. Boost your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with hundreds of hours of interactive English lessons designed for learners of all levels. Pricing: 24/7 access to courseware + conversation classes, $69 US per month.

English Live Daily English lessons via e-mail (no charge with free membership)
Email English is an easy and fun way to boost your English skills, with daily lessons delivered to your inbox for as long as you want.

 Library resources

Resources for EAL and English Language and Culture students
Tips and links for finding books and online resources for grammar, writing, IELTS and TOEFL tests, and other topics at the SFU Library.