CNN Student News
CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion website are available free of charge throughout the school year.
This site has a great many free learning activities for all English skills. It includes iPad-ready activities and a Japanese interface
is also available.
This is a the popular YouTube channel of a bilingual Japanese woman who creates many fun and instructive English learning videos.
This site is very popular with English native speakers. The concept is simple: experts and activists from various fields give short lectures about their specialty in a way that a general audience can understand. Very advanced students might opt for the English site with all the talks, but most students will prefer this Japanese TED site
which has Japanese subtitles (sometimes with interactive features) for many of the English talks.
Vocabulary Exercises for the Academic Word List
EAP Vocabulary: Exercises
AWL Practice Pages
These 3 sites above all provide vocabulary exercises based on the Academic Word List (AWL). The AWL is a list of English words that are most frequently used in educational contexts, and therefore it is especially useful for students planning to study abroad.
This site allows learners to listen to authentic English materials, such as news, commercials, and speeches. Not only do learners listen and study scripts, but they can also record their own lines and listen to them.
Students can listen to various lectures by professors at different universities in English speaking countries such as MIT and UCLA. There is a course description, and students can choose the videos by professors, universities or subject areas.
BBC Learning English: Words in the News
1-2 min news with/without subtitle, and the important words phrases are highlighted with detailed explanation.
Space ALC: EIJIRO on the web
Online English dictionary (English ⇔ Japanese) that tells the meaning of the words and phrases together with plenty of example sentences.
VOA Special English
English news from the Voice of America. VOA news provides coverage from around the world and learning English lessons from VOA Special English.
BBC Learning English
Online English learning resources for speakers of English as a second language through news, sport, pictures, video and audio resources. The site also offers help and support on how to learn English by specialist English language teachers.
British Council Learn English
Learn English online with the help of this free website from the British Council with games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises. You can search for your favourites, or have a look at the site map to find out where everything is.
This has mostly advanced-level video material.
This site has a variety of activities for grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, speaking, listening and video.
This site includes explanations with visual aids on certain topics that college students can learn about.
Students can read and listen to both international and domestic news in English.
This is created and maintained by ESL writing instructors at Purdue University in Indiana. It contains loads of second language writing resources that (relatively advanced) students can use to improve their English writing. There is also a grammar blog linked on the site that is worth looking at.
This site contains teacher-donated videos and quizzes about them, on a range of topics, organized by difficulty level. Some of the videos have subtitles. Of possible additional interest is the presence of music videos with fill-in-the-gap quizzes on the lyrics.
Activities for ESL students
Thousands of online self-study English-learning activities, quizzes, puzzles, etc. contributed by teachers through the Internet TESL Journal. Many are arranged by difficulty level.