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EAP resource bank (online)Some great online resources

There are a lot of EAP resources available online. The following are some highlights that are personal favourites of mine or which have been recommended by other EAP teachers. If you have any suggestions you think should be added, feel free to drop me a line.

The resources are organised into the following categories:

General EAP websites

The following are the two most well-known EAP websites.

EAP Foundation

This site! Covers all areas of English for Academic Purposes.

Using English for Academic Purposes, by Andy Gillett.

The following are some other general EAP websites.

Academic English Online

Online academic English resources from the University of Queen Mary.

English for

A website for students of academic English and advanced English.

EAP Wiki

A Wiki for EAP, with useful information and links to other sites.

English Help Online

Videos on academic English from Griffith University.


The following are some general resources for academic writing.

Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

The Writing Center

Tips and tools from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Harvard College Writing

Some useful resources, especially Strategies for Essay Writing.


Lots of useful resources from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

University Writing

Writing guidelines from La Trobe University.

Writing Activities

Online writing exercises from the British Council.


The following sites give information on academic reading.

Navigating the page

Academic reading guide from the University of Southampton.

The following are some sites which provide graded reading material. Although EAP tends to use authentic texts, graded readers can still have a place in the EAP classroom, especially for engaging lower level or younger students.

News in Levels

World news for students of English, graded into 3 levels.

Science News for Students

Age-appropriate science news for learners, parents, and educators.


The following sites help with academic speaking skills.


The following sites help with listening skills. They are mostly general English listening practice, since there are few specialised academic English listening sites. Sites marked with an asterisk * are ones which use YouTube or Vimeo and may not work in all countries.

Tube Quizard*

YouTube videos with gap fill exercises.


Uses YouTube videos to model English words in context.

Free Video Lectures*

Free online lectures, mainly in the maths and sciences areas.


Over 2,500 listening lessons from English Listening Lesson Library Online.


Many podcasts available from National Public Radio.

ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Listening comprehension quizzes for EFL/ESL students.


The following sites focus on vocabulary.

Academic Phrasebank

Some useful academic phrases from the University of Manchester.

English Vocabulary Exercises

Exercises for academic and general English vocabulary.

Compleat Lexical Tutor

Highlighters, concordancers and other vocabulary tools.

The following sites give information on academic vocabulary lists.

The Academic Word List

Information on the Academic Word List (AWL) from Averil Coxhead.

Academic Vocabulary List

An updated list of core academic vocabulary, developed in 2013.

New General Service List

An updated version of the GSL, developed in 2013.

New Academic Word List

A corresponding update of the AWL, developed using the NGSL.


Although EAP courses tend not to include a specific focus on grammar, there are some areas which may be focused on, e.g. passive structures for report writing, and students often need remedial grammar practice. The following are some resources for grammar.

English for Uni

Grammar and academic writing exercises, with some cool videos.


Information on spelling, punctuation, and other areas of grammar.

Study skills

Critical thinking

Critical thinking information (including checklist) from the University of Sussex.

Prepare for Success

An interactive tool for students preparing to go to the UK.

Student Toolkits

Study skills advice from the University of British Columbia.

Study guides

Study guides (not just study skills) from the University of Reading


The following sites provide useful reference information that could be used in various ways. For example, I've used the CIA World Fact Book to provide students with data to create charts and give presentations.

History Today

An archive of articles from the world’s leading serious history magazine (since 1951).


Biographies of famous people, from the present and the past.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Online version of the famous encyclopaedia.

How Stuff Works

Easy-to-understand explanations of how the world works.

How Everything Works

Explains science in general and physics in particular.

The British Library

The British Library online. The Discover and Learn section is especially useful.

The following are some popular online dictionaries (and one thesaurus). There are many more - all major paper dictionaries have online versions. Many online dictionaries now include translation, e.g. the Cambridge dictionary.

Cambridge Dictionary

Cambridge online dictionaries (five different dictionaries included).


Dictionary and thesaurus from M-W.

Your Dictionary

A comprehensive dictionary and reference site.


Online thesaurus from

Oxford Learner's Dictionaries

Many useful resources from Oxford University Press, including a CEFR level text tool.

Sheldon Smith

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