Every weekday morning, I get an email from Delancey Place. It’s a non-profit organisation that sends short excerpts from non-fiction books and if you buy the book through the link they provide to Amazon, they make a donation to children’s literacy programmes. For me, it’s a short piece of good writing I can enjoy when I have a 5 minute break in my day. For you, it could be a nice way to have a broad choice of things to read...
This I Believe–Essays from ordinary Americans
It’s difficult to become a good writer without spending a lot of time reading good writing. And I think we all know the quality of most of the writing on Facebook and Instagram. So where do you find good writing that’s not 350 pages long? One place where you can read (and listen to!) short essays about hundreds of different topics is at This I Believe. The website is a revived version of a radio programme in the 1950s where...
Karaoke at home
Doing grammar exercises is not the only way to improve your English! Sometimes you just want to have a little fun and sing a song. Karaoke Party is a clever website where you can sing a bunch of different songs for free. You can search by genre, year or keyword and you will see a flash video with or without the words and a representation of the melody (kind of like SingStar for the PS3). You can already sing a few songs without registering,...
Documentaries from Australia
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has some fantastic resources online: Catalyst is a 10 minute documentary programme with transcripts, and Foreign Correspondent is a 30 minute news documentary programme with transcripts. Both shows have a short introduction before the transcript begins.
Watch the news in English
The news is a great learning resource because you usually already know the context. Just by looking at a few pictures, you can usually guess what the story is, so it’s easy to listen and connect what you hear with what you already know. Euronews provides a transcript with each video in their “OUR LATEST VIDEO NEWS” section so you can listen first and then read if you’d like.
English blogs for English readers
Do you have English websites that you like to read? Here are some blogs and journals that are updated regularly, maybe one of them will make its way into your bookmarks bar! Boing Boing Wonkette Jezebel You Are Not So Smart Bad Science Lifehacker Monbiot News of the Weird