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University Bridging Program

Borrow Books from U of S Library

You may be able to find books you need

CanTEST Preparation

The Language Centre offers CanTEST testing sessions four times a year. You can buy the study kit and practice tests at the Language Centre when you register. Find more information here.

You can buy the same preparation material here.

Free TOEFL & IELTS Preparation Courses

Grammar

University of Victoria ESL Study Zone
  • upper beginner to advanced
  • lessons, exercises
University of Ottawa Writing Centre - HyperGrammar
  • advanced
  • electronic grammar course
Online English Grammar Book
  • grammar tutorials & reference tools
  • complete index of grammar topics
English Page
  • this website is like an online textbook - grammar lessons, tutorials and exercises

Listening

Dreamreader
  • free online English listening practice
  • Easy, interesting, fun, practical and academic English
  • most articles have free worksheets, vocabulary lists & quizzes, downloadable audio
  • practice reading, listening, writing, vocabulary
ManyThings Listening
  • listen and read along
  • practice listening, reading, pronunciation
  • topics include stories, science, language, and other themes 
Pulse of the Planet - The Sound of Life on Earth
  • real spoken English
  • two-minute interviews or articles, downloadable or playable from web browser
  • transcripts available
  • international topics
  • expanded stories with images and/or video
English Language Listening Library Online (ELLLO)
  • high beginner to advanced
  • natural conversations, newscasts, songs, music and lyrics
  • practice grammar, pronunciation, reading speed, reading in chunks and common slang and idioms
My English Pages - Listening
  • intermediate to advanced
  • study materials, lessons, exercises, songs
  • comprehension tests

Reading

Expand your vocabulary!

Saskatoon Public Library - for ESL Learners (SPL)

  • e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines - simple English for adults or children
  • stream movies, music, TV shows, documentaries, instructional videos, also on your mobile device
  • Did you know that you can borrow books from the Saskatoon Public Library online?

  • You can get a temporary card online which will allow you to borrow digital resources.  You do not have to go to a Saskatoon Library branch for anything.

  • Here is the link https://www.saskatoonlibrary.ca/membership where you can apply for a library card.

  • Some of the resources you can borrow include e-books, and audiobooks, and movies you can stream https://saskatoonlibrary.ca/digital-library/all-resources

Dreamreader

  • free online English reading practice
  • Easy, interesting, fun, practical and academic english topics
  • most articles have free worksheets, vocabulary lists & quizzes, downloadable audio
  • practice reading, listening, writing, vocabulary
English as a Second Language
  • beginner to intermediate
  • free short essays - listen and read
  • topics include cultural traditions in America
Open Culture
  • free cultural and educational media
  • e-books, audiobooks, podcasts, movies (some with transcripts)
  • download on your computer or mobile device

Speaking & Pronunciation

VOA Learning English
  • Beginner to intermediate
  • American English - current news stories
  • lessons on speaking (record your voice, practice pronunciation), vocabulary, writing
  • includes transcripts
  • for students and teachers
ManyThings
  • Watch and read along to short videos
  • practice your reading, pronunciation, listening
Sounds of English
  • Intermediate to Advanced
  • American English
  • similar to "Pronunciation Power" in USLC Computer Lab
  • improve your pronunciation, stress, intonation, spelling, reading

Vocabulary

Quizlet
  • sign up for a free account
  • access and practice vocabulary - games, exercises, quizzes
  • find vocabulary sets created by teachers
  • listen to pronunciation, use flashcards and other practice materials
  • download the free app at the App Store or Google Play
New General Service List (NGSL) on Quizlet
  • most common general English words
  • Ask Chris in USLC Library to help you bookmark study sets from the NGSL
New Academic Word List (NAWL) on Quizlet
  • most common academic English words
  • Ask Chris in USLC Library to help you bookmark study sets from the NAWL
NGSL and NAWL with definitions in many languages
  • download a spreadsheet with the English words and definitions in Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish
  • PLEASE NOTE: these definitions may not be accurate

Writing

U of S Writing Help
  • free for U of S students, graduate or undergraduate
  • online tutoring, writing workshops, drop-in tutoring
  • reference managers (Refworks, Endnote, etc.), writing & style guides, workshops
Elemental English - Writing
  • videos to improve your writing, grammar tips, vocabulary & how to improve English for Chinese speakers
Harvard Writing Project
  • writing guides for disciplines, specific courses, genres or general education
University of Toronto Writing Advice
  • scroll down to the bottom for links to "Student PDFs" for more help
Purdue Online Writing Lab
  • free help
  • contains a special section with exercises for ESL students

Applications & Software

TOEFL Go! Official App
  • Practice for TOEFL iBT test
New General Service Word List (NGSL) app or New Academic Word List (NAWL) app
  • Free apps using NGSL and NAWL
  • English version - words and definitions in English only
  • Japanese and Thai versions - words in English, instructions in Japanese/Thai
Quizlet app
  • download the free app at the App Store or Google Play
  • sign up for a free account
  • search and create vocabulary lists for themes (ex. biology, business)
  • find vocabulary sets created by teachers
  • listen to pronunciation, use flashcards and other practice materials
  • play games
Mindly app
  • Mind mapping tool for brainstorming & organizing ideas
  • Mac OS, iOS & Android
  • many languages supported

Dictionaries

Dictionaries & Dictionary Apps

Oxford Learner's Dictionary

  • find word lists in general and academic English - downloadable

Oxford Language Terminology

  • dictionary of words used to talk about grammar and other language aspects

Graph Words

  • free visual dictionary and thesaurus
  • find the meaning of words
  • find the connections among words

Snappy Words

  • free, online, interactive dictionary and thesaurus
  • find the meaning of words
  • find the connections among words

OPAL (Oxford Phrasal Academic Lexicon)

  • vocabulary for academic writing and speaking
  • listen to pronunciation

Oxford Phrase List

  • the most important phrases to learn in English

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary app for iOS

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary app for Android