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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
EAP Foundation

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

UEfAP.com
UEfAP.com

Using English for Academic Purposes, by Andy Gillett.



The following are some other general EAP websites.

Academic English Online
Academic English Online

Online academic English resources from the University of Queen Mary.

English for University.com

A website for students of academic English and advanced English.


EAP Wiki
EAP Wiki

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

English Help Online
English Help Online

Videos on academic English from Griffith University.




Writing

The following are some general resources for academic writing.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Purdue Online Writing Lab

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

The Writing Center
The Writing Center

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


Harvard College Writing
Harvard College Writing

Some useful resources, especially Strategies for Essay Writing.

Writing

Lots of useful resources from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


University Writing
University Writing

Writing guidelines from La Trobe University.


Writing Activities
Writing Activities

Online writing exercises from the British Council.





Reading

The following sites give information on academic reading.

Navigating the page
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
News in Levels

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


Science News for Students
Science News for Students

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



Speaking

The following sites help with academic speaking skills.




Listening

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.

Free Video Lectures*
Free Video Lectures*

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



Tube Quizard*
Tube Quizard*

YouTube videos with gap fill exercises.

YouGlish*

Uses YouTube videos to model English words in context.


ELLLO*
ELLLO*

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


NPR
NPR

Many podcasts available from National Public Radio.

ESL Cyber Listening Lab
ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Listening comprehension quizzes for EFL/ESL students.




Vocabulary

The following sites focus on vocabulary.

Academic Phrasebank
Academic Phrasebank

Some useful academic phrases from the University of Manchester.

English Vocabulary Exercises

Exercises for academic and general English vocabulary.


Compleat Lexical Tutor
Compleat Lexical Tutor

Highlighters, concordancers and other vocabulary tools.



The following sites give information on academic vocabulary lists.

The Academic Word List
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
New General Service List

An updated version of the GSL, developed in 2013.

New Academic Word List
New Academic Word List

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




Grammar

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
English for Uni

Grammar and academic writing exercises, with some cool videos.

Grammar
Grammar

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




Study skills

Critical thinking
Critical thinking

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


Prepare for Success
Prepare for Success

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

Student Toolkits
Student Toolkits

Study skills advice from the University of British Columbia.


Study guides
Study guides

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



Reference

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
History Today

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


Biography
Biography

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

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica

Online version of the famous encyclopaedia.


How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works

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

How Everything Works
How Everything Works

Explains science in general and physics in particular.


The British Library
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 Dictionary

Cambridge online dictionaries (five different dictionaries included).

Merriam-Webster
Merriam-Webster

Dictionary and thesaurus from M-W.


Your Dictionary
Your Dictionary

A comprehensive dictionary and reference site.

Thesaurus
Thesaurus

Online thesaurus from Dictionary.com.


Oxford Learner's Dictionaries
Oxford Learner's Dictionaries

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







Sheldon Smith

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