English Links

Train Times UK | Express Coaches | London Transport | search The Guardian Newspaper | World Clock |
Live Rail Departure Boards: London Road Brighton | Brighton Station | Three Bridges | Gatwick Airport | London Victoria

-------BBC TV Weekly Schedules:---------1 --------- 2--------- 3--------- 4--------- News--------- Parliament
----------------Films on ITV & BBC TV:-----------This week--------------Now & soon--------On iplayer
----------------BBC Radio Weekly Schedules:----- 4--------- 7--------- World Service------Sussex

----------------Watch British TV: BBC iPlayer | All | Current

  1. Online stores with search engines-------------------------------------------------------------BBC 4 TV Schedule
  2. Search for an English language school or English language coaching in the UK

  3. Long Distance Travel
  4. UK Rail, Express Coaches and Buses

  5. Specification of language syllabuses and levels

  6. Examination Boards & Bodies for Learners and Teachers of English
  7. Internationally Recognised (Cambridge) Examinations for English Language Teachers and LT Managers

  8. ELT and Applied Linguistics magazines
  9. Higher Education and Career Development in the UK
  10. English Encylopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and Vocabulary Acquisition
  11. Resources for Translators (especially French-English & Anglais-Français)
    Postgraduate Training (MA or Diploma) in Translation

  12. Writing - paragraph and essay construction for students planning to go to UK universities
  13. Speaking - Common pronunciation problems, phonology and phonetics

  14. Newspapers, Radio and Television
  15. ELT Authoring Software
  16. Royal Mail: postage rates and tracking---------------------------Listen again: I-Player for BBC Radio

Brighton and Hove Community Radio | www.youtube.com | What's on at The Duke of York's

SEARCH ENGINE: use the input box below to search The Internet TESL Journal, which includes self-correcting exercises.
You can enter search strings such as "phrasal verbs" (exercises by different authors) or "Ted Power" (links to my own!).


Browse: Links for Students, Links for Teachers or What's New

01 Online stores with search engines

Used Books: Abebooks.co.uk | Abebooks.com | Adall.com | Hay-on-Wye | Fetchbook | ibuk.com | justbooks.co.uk

Ebay Books: Home | English Language &/or Grammar | ELT | TEFL | Language Study | Book info: ISBN / ISSN = Title?

CDs LPs Vinyl: Alt Vinyl | Musicstack

02 Search for an English language school or English language coaching in the UK

Course search: ARELS or try my old school The English Language Centre in Brighton & Hove.

www.findcourses.co.uk - allows you to search more than 500 course providers ready to give free information on the hundreds of different training courses (e.g. Coaching, Leadership, Health / Work environment, Pro IT courses, Financial Management, Law / Legal, Executive MBA, Project Management, Sales, Instructor courses & Teacher Training.

Language coach: Corballis Communication can offer online coaching or face-to-face (1:1 or small group) coaching based in London. Tony Corballis is widely experienced in teaching English in many overseas locations and at tailoring English language coaching to specific requirements. Other services offered by his company are Copy writing, editing and proofreading.

Tourist information: Visit Britain | S.E. Tourist Board | National Trust - what's on?

03 Long Distance Travel

The Man in Seat Sixty-One - How to travel by train & ship. Maybe you don't like flying, or are concerned about air travel's contribution to global warming. Or perhaps you just prefer real travel by train or ship, where the journey is part of the adventure... Either way, The Man in Seat Sixty-One will tell you how to travel overland comfortably & affordably where you might think that air was now the only option. (a) within the UK & Ireland. Train times & fares for train travel in the UK: UK page How to travel from the UK to Ireland by train+ferry: Ireland page. (b) from the UK to Europe. How to travel by train from London to almost any country in Europe: Europe page. (c) in Asia, Africa, America, Australasia.

Airports: London Heathrow | London Gatwick | London Stanstead | London Luton | East Midlands

Airlines: | Easyjet | Ryanair | BA Dep + Arr | Monarch | Flybe | British Midland | Opodo [access to 500+ airlines]

04 UK Rail, Express Coaches and Buses

Train journey planning: UK Rail Planner | The Train Line [bookings] | Mobitix: London (Euston) to Manchester | Eurostar

UK coach travel: National Express Coaches | Multimap (UK)

Buses in UK Cities: UK Public Transport | Transport in London | Brighton & Hove buses

05 Specification of language syllabuses and levels

The Common European Framework of Reference uses six levels (A1 to C2) to describe language ability.

Waystage 1990: Council of Europe"---------Threshold Level 1990: Modern Languages"

Where can I find clues to syllabus content?
See 3.6 Content coherence in Common Reference Levels (pages 33-36) of 264-page PDF complete document or read some of the Cambridge ESOL examination handbooks (downloadable from their resources for teachers section).

Why will I only find clues?
It has become fashionable to specify language syllabuses in terms of communicative language competences, a vague phrase which invites pages of tedious explanation, often of little practical use to teachers and learners. Cambridge ESOL Exams sensibly refer to these competences as 'Can Do' statements.

Why does the current Common European Framework of Reference avoid specifying topics, settings and vocabulary areas?
It is argued that a common framework scale should be context-free in order to accommodate generalisable results from different specific contexts.

In what ways were previous Council of Europe syllabus specifications better than today's Common European Framework of Reference?
Earlier Council of Europe specifications such as Waystage 1990 (at pre-intermediate level) and Threshold 1990 (at Intermediate level) attempted to link the Notional/Functional approach to structural syllabus design. They were shorter, more manageable documents. They also gave greater practical help to teachers and learners by providing detailed lists of microfunctions, grammatical forms, and vocabulary. No teacher or learner operates in a context-free environment, and those following general English courses or examination syllabuses such as Cambridge ESOL's FCE should expect topics such as Meeting and Greeting, Home Life, Education and Work, Free Time, Leisure and Entertainment, The Media, Holidays and Travel.

Why should learners be careful when language schools describe their approach as 'communicative'?
Pinning down the perfect communicative syllabus requires a model as complex as John Munby's "Communicative Syllabus Design". The model is so detailed that few language schools would have sufficient resources, time or skills (among their teaching staff) to deliver it. This kind of approach, too frequently hyped as Communicative Language Teaching when only general English is really on offer, comes into its own in the field of English for Specific Purposes in one-to-one classes or small groups when teachers are already very familiar with the particular variety of English required and the context in which it is used. This usually needs an overseas posting of at least two years on-site within specific settings e.g. a telecommunications company or an advertising agency.

If given the choice between the King's new invisible clothes and a suit which you can touch, take the suit!
If you really require general English you should look for teachers with a good knowledge of the structural syllabus (covering several different levels of proficiency) and the ability to represent syntax by picking out useful language functions. An experienced teacher also ought to be able to anticipate the most useful (survival) topics and to have rehearsed the vocabulary syllabus. A teacher who advertises their approach as 'communicative', 'authentic', 'task-based', 'learner-centred' or 'tailored to your needs' may not be able to meet any of the real requirements. Buzz-words and marketing terms will rarely lead you to a good teacher. It is better to look for one who has an interest in language as syntax and semantics.

06 Examination Boards & Bodies for Learners and Teachers of English

Cambridge English Exams are accepted by 20,000 universities, employers and governments around the world, so their examination board CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH is the leading one in the UK for English language learning, offering KET, PET, FCE, CPE, etc. They also offer CELTA and DELTA as exam qualifications for teachers of English.

Using the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference,

Sample Learners' exams for KET / PET / FCE / CAE / CPE / SKILLS FOR LIFE and the examination handbooks can be downloaded from here.

Teacher Training Exams: CELTA | DELTA | Trinity College

International bodies involved in ELT: The British Council | IATEFL

07 Internationally Recognised (Cambridge) Examinations for English Language Teachers and those who train them

ELT to Adults: CELTA [Certificate] | DELTA [Diploma] | Train The Trainer

08 ELT and Applied Linguistics magazines

EL Gazette | ELT Journal | Applied Linguistics | Journal of Semantics

09 Higher Education and Career Development in the UK

www.postgrad.com | LearnDirect.co.uk. | Hot Courses

Open University: Distance Learning Open University | OU Business School

Grants / Funding: Family Action | Research Councils UK | www.studentmoney.org

Search for funding by UK organisation you wish to attend or subject you wish to study: www.studentmoney.org

10 English Encylopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and Vocabulary Acquisition

Wikipedia encylopedia | Wordsmyth Dictionary/Thesaurus

British National Corpus

Top 1000 English words | Easy Word Java Hangman | Anagram Server

Wiktionary | Cambridge Dictionary Online | Webster's Online Dictionary

yourdictionary.com | A comprehensive directory of bilingual & multilingual dictionaries | yyy

Slang & Colloqialisms | From British slang to American English | From Internet and mobile slang to English

BBC websites: Voices: English accents | International English | Poetry: Poetry Archive

Bartleby provides free online access to books.

11 Resources for Translators (especially French-English & Anglais-Français)


Word Reference French-English dictionary | English-French dictionary

Français-Français: définitions, synonymes, conjugaisons: Dictionnaire de la langue française | 16th-19th centuries: Dictionnaires d'autrefois

Synonyms, Antonyms and Frequency : Dictionnaire des synonymes (410,000 synonymes)

Acronyms Acronymes de l'école | First names: Le guide de prénoms | Crosswords: Dictionnaire de mots croisés

Jargon, slang, insults and special registers: Le jargon français

French cultural terms: http://franceterme.culture.fr/FranceTerme | la Délégation générale à la langue française

Computing: English-French Word List of Common Computing Terms | Dictionnaire de l'informatique et d'internet

Finance: Lexique de l’assurance insurance

Food and drink: French-English Wine Glossary

Science: Glossaire genetique moleculaire

Dictionnaire chromatique | Thesaurus D'Astronomie (Français)

Recreation, Sport and Culture : Dictionnaire des termes d'escrime | Lexique le golfeur

Spanish Dictionary - (Real Academia Espanola) | Translation corpus based on parallel Portuguese and English texts

Systran to translate a block of text | Translators' Café

12 Writing - paragraph and essay construction for students planning to go to UK universities

Lower levels: BBC Skillwise: writing | Higher levels, including students at university: The Royal Literary Fund

English for Academic Purposes (UK Univ of Hertforshire) | The Centre for English Language Teacher Education (UK Univ of Warwick)

Writing Lab - The OWL (univ of Perdue) The Virtual Language Centre | Writing at the Univ of Toronto

13 Speaking - common pronunciation problems, Phonology and Phonetics and Intonation

Online English Pronouncing Dictionary

English vowel sounds: | RP 1 | English RP 2 | Northern | The vowel machine

English consonant sounds: RP 1 | RP 2 | Transcriber - phonemic transcription

Phonetics: V Grid - vowel quadrilateral | IPA Consonant Sounds | Phonetics Tutorials

Phonology materials from: John Maidment | Univ College London | Virtual Language Centre

Intonation: Intonation practice drills | Plato - 'Place the tonic' | Toni - 7 tunes (days of week) | Toni - 7 tunes (sentences)

Unicode & Fonts: IPA in Unicode | IPA Transcription with SIL Fonts | Unicode Home Page

14 Newspapers, Radio and Television

Brighton UK: The Argus | News Archive | Letters Page | London: Time Out [London]

UK News: The Guardian | Guardian Crosswords | The Times | Electronic Telegraph | British Library: newspapers 1800-1900

UK Economy: The Financial Times | The Economist | UK Government Information

BBC Television---------1 --------- 2--------- 3--------- 4--------- News--------- Parliament

BBC Children's TV--------- CBBC--------- CBEEBIES

ITV Television: ITV 1,2,3,4 | Radio Times

BBC Radio---------4--------- 7--------- World Service

UK Radio: BBC Radio Listen Again | BBC World Service | BBC Radio Home

UK Education: English Language Gazette | Times Educational Supplement | Higher Education Supplement

USA News: Time | Newsweek

15 ELT Authoring Software

For making tests (gap-fill, multiple choice etc) &/or crosswords which correct themselves: Hotpot

See Isabel Perez's English Language web site for good examples of how to author with the above, and a lot more.

Language Lab - Schoolshape Language Lab is a free service to help language teachers improve their students' listening and speaking skills. Teachers set multimedia activities for students to complete on-line. Choose resources from the community library or create your own using sound, video, pictures, quizzes, essay questions and more. Used by over 300 schools in the UK and US.

16 Royal Mail: postage rates and tracking

Prices for post within UK | International prices for Airmail and Surface Mail | Royal Mail - track and trace

Address Finder - enter "postcode" and get "road, street, etc".

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