Resources on the Net - what's out there?

Critics have had a lot of things to say about the Internet and so have the enthusiasts.

It's time for you to give some advice to your fellow English students. Where should you look if you want an interesting useful site? To help you there are some links below, but you don't have to stick to those sites. Feel free to find others if you prefer that.


Submit a comment to your project discussion:

Comment on three of the sites. What is interesting and useful?
The navigation. Is it easy or difficult to find things? The design. Is it boring or beautiful? Why should somebody visit - or stay away from - this site?

One paragraph about each site is quite enough.


Note that some of the links below will take you to yet another list, and there you have to choose a site.

 Exercises for English students on the net

Wicked Stuff, pronunciation, listening, reading etc. Quite fun!
Study, a place with activities (chat etc.) and free English courses...
English Net, tips and activities for students of English.
Dave's ESL café, a lot of exercises! Chat etc.
ESL lab, listening exercises, not that difficult, but fun to try.
English-to-go, exercises on a news text. A good place!! 
The Comenius group, a lot of different activities, idioms, quizzes etc.

News/magazines on the net

CNN, news, video clips.
, news and video (from Great Britain).
The Paperboy, a list of papers from all over the world and radio stations.
Reuters, news.
The New York Times, a special on line edition for schools.

Watch and/or listen to the news (CNN, ABC etc.). Streaming audio and video makes it possible to listen and watch without waiting for half an hour.

Radio stations If you want a list of stations that are on the net go to Yahoo, click on the headline News, then click on Radio and finally click on Internet broadcasts and you'll get a list of radio stations on the net.


Walt Disney's homepage -well, they certainly want you to visit. Quite a few things to look at.
Sony, visit a studio, read about your favourite tv-show etc.
ABC, American tv channel, shows, news etc.
NBC, more tv-shows, watch demos etc.
Warner.bros, movies etc. They claim they are the hottest online.

Merriam-Webster's WWWebster dictionary.
Netlingo, on line dictionary search for new vocabulary that has to do with the technology and community of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
A list of on-line dictionaries, grammars etc. An impressive list from around the world.

Music and odds and ends
MTV, the television channel has its own homepage of course.
New Musical Express online, the online version of the magazine.
Lycos entertainment, news, links, top 5% sites and more.
Top 40-hits, from 1930 -1999, find the lyrics.
Meaningful lyrics, The homepage of an Australian, he has collected the lyrics of songs he finds meaningful. Look at them and see if you agree, also look at his ideas on what to do with the lyrics.

More things you can do

 Subscribe to words!
You'll get a new (difficult) word in your mailbox everyday.
New word, you can discuss words, and get a new one in the mailbox every day.
A word a day. Get a word a day.


Some of the sites for students have chatsites and/or mailinglists, newsgroups etc. where you can practise your English. The search engines also have chatsites and if you join one called "reading" or something, you should be able to find some serious people to talk to.

Mailing lists and Newsgroups
Join an e-mail list, newsgroup etc. where people discuss something you're interested in (everything from Icelandic horses, gardening and cooking to Jane Austen novels is being discussed somewhere). You can search for mailinglists and newsgroups in the search engines.

You can listen to radio news, watch music videos etc. Many events are broadcast on the net. Excellent listening practise! Post any interesting thing you come across in the newsgroup.

Use the search engines
Google Lycos, Excite, Webcrawler, Yahoo, etc. They work differently, some search everything on the net and some only have sites that that have been checked. The important thing is that you spend some time figuring out how they work. And if you are looking for an interesting site about skiing, for instance, it's not a bad idea to start with the sites the search engine recommend (Lycos for instance has "Top 5 %" where you'll find the most popular sites. Infoseek will give you rated sites etc.)

And as you start looking at all the sites for students of English you'll find other things (idioms, stories etc.) that you can subscribe to and exercises to do.