Speaking & Listening

Resources in this section can be used to practice:

  • Speaking fluency and pronunciation
  • Listening comprehension

  • All Things Grammar

    Online Resource All Things Grammar

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    All Things Grammar is a free resource. The site has numerous worksheets with free downloads, including answer keys, on a variety of grammar topics. The site also has games for every level.

    Subjects include: sentence structure, articles, adverbs, and adjectives

    https://www.allthingsgrammar.com

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  • All Things Listening

    Online Resource All Things Listening

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    All Things Listening is part of the All Things site series. The site is full of English language learning resources that cover a variety of topics. The activities are grouped according to different topics (e.g., beach, cats, colours, weather). Each activity can take the form of Audio Files or Videos with Interactive Quizzes and can be used in tutoring sessions or between sessions with learners at different levels.

    Subjects include: vocabulary, listening and comprehension

    Please note that there are a few adverts on the site that can be distracting to some users.

    https://allthingslistening.com

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  • All Things Topics

    Online Resource All Things Topics

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    All Things Topics is part of the All Things site series. The site is full of English language learning resources that cover a variety of topics. The activities are grouped according to different topics (e.g., beach, cats, colours, weather). Each activity can take the form of Audio Files, Videos, Interactive Quizzes & Printable Worksheets and can be used in tutoring sessions or between sessions with learners at different levels.

    Subjects include: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing.

    Please note that there are a few adverts on the site that can be distracting to some users.

    https://allthingstopics.com

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  • Bow Valley Readers

    Online Resource Bow Valley College Readers

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    Bow Valley College has developed seven sets of readers at different levels for ELL or beginner/intermediate learners. Each reader has content relevant and important to everyday adult life. There are lots of photos for readers to refer to. There is an audio recording for each text that a reader can listen to as they read.

    https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/learners/readers.php


  • British Council Learn English

    Online Resource British Council Learn English

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    This site is full of clear and simple explanations and exercises where a learner can practice their literacy skills and increase their understanding of English. Exercises are divided into different levels – beginner, intermediate and advanced. The site provides great resources to use in a tutoring session ~ reading, writing, speaking and listening and covers grammar, vocabulary and basic writing skills.

    https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/

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  • Citizen Literacy


    Online Resource Citizen Literacy

    Citizen Literacy Learner web app is free to use and requires no registration from users. It features a voice driven interface suitable for low literacy learners with two virtual teachers that provide instruction and instant personalized feedback. With interactive learning and gameplay, by the end of lesson 2, learners are beginning to read and write simple sentences.

    For tutors who are new to the use of phonics methods then working their way through the app also serves as a practical phonics training resource. For more information please visit the Supporting Tutors page.

    Literacy Unlimited has accompanying learner workbooks and tutor guides in the library for tutors and learners to borrow.

    Link to the resource: https://citizenliteracy.com/app/

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  • English Lessons Brighton

    Online Resource English Lessons Brighton (ELB)

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    ELB contains articles on grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary and other English skills, designed to help students at an intermediate level and above. You will find an archive of over 200 articles to help learners improve.

    The site also contains links to many other great English language learning resources.

    https://englishlessonsbrighton.co.uk/free-lessons/

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  • EnglishLinx

    Online Resource EnglishLinx

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    Englishlinx.com is a free resource. The site is full of worksheets that cover a a variety of topics. The worksheets may be used in tutoring sessions or between sessions and address a variety of grade levels.

    Subjects include: spelling, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing.

    Please note that there are a few adverts on the site that can be distracting to some users.

    https://englishlinx.com/content-by-subject/

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  • ESL with Jennifer

    Online Resource English With Jennifer

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    This YouTube channel is a great place to go for any English language learner. Many of her lessons are free to view (there is a paid membership area where there are additional videos).

    Lessons start from basic English language topics like: Greetings, useful expressions and basic grammar. There is lots to choose from and each video lasts between 3 and 15 minutes. Something you can share and watch in a tutoring session or ask your learner to review for homework.

    https://www.youtube.com/c/Englishwithjennifer/featured


  • Graphogame

    Graphogame

    This App uses game-play to encourage learners to practice connecting spoken sounds with letters and words. Each lesson is easy to understand, interactive, and quick. This phonics-based App is a fun and effective way for beginning readers to learn how to read.

    Players earn rewards with every correct answer and learning sequence completed. After 15 minutes of play, they can use rewards to customize their avatar!

    Visit the Apple, Google Play, or Microsoft stores to purchase the App for CAD$3.49

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  • Kahoot

    Kahoot!

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    Kahoot is an online game based learning platform. Tutors can set up fun web based activities for learners to review lessons on any subject. Once comfortable with the platform, learners can be encouraged to create a quiz themselves and share it with their family or friends – a great way to promote family literacy!

    https://kahoot.com/schools-u/

    Watch this video to learn more:

    https://youtu.be/7XzfWHdDS9Q


  • Learnhip

    Online Resource Learnhip – Tips and Resources, Puzzles and Games

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    Learnhip is a great website where you can find all sorts of resources and tips for your tutoring session. It has interactive games, puzzles, activities and exercises aimed at learning and teaching English and other subjects online. Contains some great ideas for screen sharing activities in remote tutoring.

    http://learnhip.com


  • Listen and Learn English 1

    Listen and Learn English 1 – Adults Phonics Course via Video

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    This video Adult Phonics Course is geared for ELL learners but is appropriate for beginner English-speaking literacy learners who are learning the basics of phonics. The videos cover the alphabet, short and long vowel sounds, consonant pairs and vowel pairs. There are 70 separate lessons which last 10 minutes on average.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp5zSGEKWyU6FrxaRZkxieeP7dk4Hu6H6


  • Listen and Learn English 2

    Listen and Learn English 2 – Basic English Course via Video

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    This video-based Basic English Course is geared for ELL adult learners but is appropriate for beginner English-speaking literacy learners who are learning foundational grammar and vocabulary. There are 54 bite-sized lessons around 10-12 minutes in length that cover foundational grammar and vocabulary

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp5zSGEKWyU4Xmzj3obJHMAFkiLpf7rE5


  • Listen and Learn English 3

    Listen and Learn English 3 – Adult Phonics Course via Video

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    This video-based Basic English Course is geared for ELL adult learners but is appropriate for beginner English-speaking literacy learners who are focused on reading comprehension and writing. There are 70 bite-sized lessons and practice tests around 10-12 minutes in length that cover new vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading comprehension and writing.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp5zSGEKWyU7e5qniGH3XcxwL_47hX8c9


  • Literacy Centre for Expertise

    Online Resource Literacy Centre for Expertise Interactive Readers

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    If you work with a beginning or low lever reader, this resource might be for you. The Literacy Centre for Expertise has created 40 interactive phonics-based stories for adult literacy learners.

    • All stories are aimed at adults, present relatable topics, and feature photos/audio of actual students and teachers from The Immigrant Education Society.
    • They can be viewed on any digital device (computers, smartphones, smartboards, etc.) and can also be printed to give to students.
    • Each set of 10 stories has a specific phonics focus for different levels of literacy learners, including initial sounds, short vowels, long vowels, and comparing long and short vowel sounds. 
    • The interactive stories are formatted into sections, each with a different focus:
      • Oral language: audio is paired with correlating images
      • Story: audio paired with correlating images and text
      • Explicit phonics practice: interactive review of different phonics features
      • Sight words: review page highlighting sight words from the story
    • Along with interactive and PDF versions of each story, you will also find teacher’s guides and instructional videos that provide direction on how these resources can be fully utilized in the classroom.

    https://literacycentre.immigrant-education.ca/reading-skills-stories/phonics-stories/

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  • PB Phonics

    PB Phonics – Levels 1 – 3 and 4 – 7

    This App takes learners through lessons where they learn the alphabet, letter sounds, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Each lesson is easy to understand, interactive, and quick.

    Please note: only available for Apple devices

    Find it in the Apple store here: PB phonics in the Apple Store

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  • Randall’s Listening Lab

    Online Resource Randall’s Listening Lab

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    This site is full of listening exercises that focus on everyday English comprehension skills at three levels based on content, voices, vocabulary, and natural speed. A combination of adult, teenage, and children’s voices are included. If you are looking for listening comprehension activities to share with your learner, this is a great place to go.

    https://www.esl-lab.com/

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  • Sentence Master

    Sentence Master

    Sentence Master is a fun and educational game for all levels. Users practice English grammar by ordering the words to form correct sentences and sayings. Players are presented with a set of words, they must tap the words to complete a sentence. Players are timed to see how long it takes to make a full phrase. Each phrase is given a rating, with 3 stars denoting good work and 1 star denoting poor work. The number of mistakes is also recorded.

    Learners play the game in single-player or multiplayer mode. There are 5 levels to choose from: beginner, competent, professional, expert, and one called proverbs.

    Link to the resource:

    For apple devices: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/learn-english-sentence-master/id980204043
    For android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mojoegames.sentencemaster&hl=en&gl=US

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  • Ultimate Phonics


    Online Resource Ultimate Phonics

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    The Ultimate Phonics complete program consists of more than 4,400 words and 2,100 sentences organized into 262 lessons. The lessons are grouped into 12 levels, teaching the entire phonics system of English.

    You get the first level (lessons 1 to 50) for free as an App and you can do a free 10 day trial of the Windows or iOS version for laptops. There is the option of purchasing additional levels or a license. To find out more about this App go to the Spencer Learning Homepage.

    You can learn more about this resource from an LU Tutor who is using this software by visiting our Let’s Zoom TNT recording from January 2021.

    Ask the LU program director for more information on this product and getting a license.

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