Resources for Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Free Technology Tools Online Courses, Communities, and Materials For Teachers For Students CALL Resources Pronunciation Links Apps

Free Technology Tools

Audacity: software for recording and editing sounds
VLC Media Player: plays many multimedia formats
Google Docs: Create and share your work online (word processor, spreadsheet, presentation)
LIveCode a rapid application development tool

“a toy for creating word clouds”

Free Tech Tools for ESL Educators: a longer list of free tools

Online Courses, Communities, and Materials

E-Teacher Scholarship Program: Online courses for which EFL teachers may receive scholarships
Shaping the Way We Teach English: Online community of English teachers
ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS INDIA - RELO Connect Regional English Language Office in India
Electronic Village Online: Free 5-week courses that are offered by TESOL CALL Interest Section each January and February
Learning2gether: Online community of English teachers who meet weekly to teach one another
MOOCs: Massive open online courses
Kahn Academy: Over 1200 videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, and biology.

iTunes U:

Choose from multiple topics and take a course or listen to a lecture from top universities across the U.S.

Ted Talks: engaging, entertaining, inspiring talks to stir your curiosity. Browse by subject, length, or rating. Choose from over 700 talks. Captions can be added in English to aide comprehension if desired.

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, including RSA Animate: Using speed-frame technology, viewers listen to a short lecture, and the animators animate the ideas as they speak They provide scaffolding for the nonnative speaker to gain access to complex, interesting ideas of the day.

Coursera massive open online courses (MOOCs)
Film English: This site promotes the innovate and creative use of English Language teaching and learning through the use of video.  All the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English.


For Teachers

American English: A Website for Teachers and Learners of English as a Foreign Language Abroad
American English Facebook page: "American English at State is a Facebook page that provides English language learning materials for both learners and teachers."
English Teaching Forum: A quarterly journal for professionals teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language, published by the Office of English Language Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Hot Potatoes Information about Hot Potatoes, tools for creating interactive exercises
Dave's ESL Café: comprehensive site with discussion boards, jobs, activities for students
Discovery Education Puzzlemaker: Make word searches, crossword puzzles, etc using your own word lists
Graphic Organizers: over 20 free graphic organizer templates

eltpics: Free database of photos for English instruction by category


Creates online media posters.  You can embed your own videos, images, and sounds.

Photo Peach: Free website to create easy slideshows with captions and comments

Voicethread 4 Education:

Interactive tool for having conversations around media, either photos,illustrations, and video, or a combination of all 3

Instant Poetry Forms: over 40 forms with easy-to-use templates

ReadWriteThink classroom resources; sponsored by IRA and NCTE
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: pairs American culture, literature and history around music. The "lesson plans" tab is an excellent start to increase motivation, interest, and reach different modalities.
Teaching Channel: promotes professional development for teachers via video
UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library: 3000 images designed for language instruction
Visuwords: online Graphical Dictionary

Wikimedia Commons: database of freely usable media files
Word Processing-based Activities
for a Language Class

Suggestions for communicative uses of word processing


For Students

American English: A Website for Teachers and Learners of English as a Foreign Language Abroad
Self-study quizzes: low-tech exercises
Interesting things for ESL/ESL Students: various activities for language practice
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab: listening activities and quizzes
English as a Second Language Writing Online Workshop: website designed to guide non-native speakers of English through each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing processes
Rewordify: website that simplifies text
ESL Quizzes: Self Study: dozens of quizzes for ESL students
English Access Microscholarship Program a public group on Facebook
Dave's ESL Caffe "the Internet's meeting place for ESL + EFL teachers and students from around the world"
Voice of America website for international news
Activities for ESL Students: quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language
GrammarCheck a free grammar checker


General information about CALL: links to organizations, journals, websites
An Invitation to CALL: Foundations of Computer-Assisted Language Learning, by Phil Hubbard
free e-book
ICT for Language Teachers comprehensive online course on CALL

Pronunciation Links English language pronunciation practice with minimal pairs
MInimal pairs, homographs, and homophones comprehensive listing of minimal pairs in English RP
Games list of games and classroom activities


American English Mobile App Improve your English: read e-books for learners, listen to audiobooks, explore American songs, and play a language game. works with Android operating system and uses very little data
15 Great Free Android Apps for English Language Learners list of useful apps
ESL Apps: 15 English Language Learning Apps for iPhone and Android another list of apps
The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Your ESL Students another list of apps
5 Great Apps for Learning English and more...
Claire's home page:
professional and personal links


Last revised: November 8, 2021

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