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Resources for Learning English

This site lists various sources for finding materials for academic assignments, activating your English vocabulary, extending your grammar, and exploring jobs or placements in the UK and USA.

Information on Social Work, Health, Care, Education

Social Work and Society. International online peer-reviewed journal. Open access; non-governmental. Dedicated to critical analysis of the relationship between social work, social policy, the state and economic forces.

 

Find Articles. 10,000,000 (news) articles on a very wide range of topics, including health, fitness, adolescence, AIDS, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, OT, education.

 

Scholar Google. Excellent search machine searches only academic sources. Many research articles on pdf. Unfortunately quite a few articles are password protected.

 

Social Work Today. Newsmagazine for Social Workers (US) many topics; relatively short, accessible (non-academic) articles.

 

Social Work Search. Provides information and links to other websites of interest to social workers and other helping professionals. Useful links to field work, implementation programmes, etc.

 

Department of Social Services (US). Statistics and assistance on, for example, child and family, debt, grants, lawyers, assisted living, elderly care, welfare.

 

The Virtual Classroom for Social Work in Europe. A fascinating Europe-wide elearning project. Take classes for ECTS credits during the semester or in a summer school. Linked to the European Platform for Worldwide Social Work, a network 'based on mutual trust and the will to actively contribute towards the improvement of Social Work, both as education and a profession'.

 

Europe-Institute for Social Work Berlin. Valuable information on English language masters programmes in social work, summer schools, and an online multilingual social work dictionary.

 

Social Work Associations

European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW). Includes news bulletins, research links, conference information.

 

International Association of Schools of Social Work. Includes newsletter, policy documents, funding sources and international guidelines for research and practice.

 

British Association of Social Workers (UK). News, articles and events related to social work in the UK. Discussion forum and links to jobs, professional issues and other social work websites.

 

National Association of Social Workers (US). Provides news, magazine articles, code of ethics, information on specific topics (aging, behavioural health, children and families, etc).

 

International Federation of Social Workers. Policy papers (on health, migration, women, youth, older persons, indigenous peoples, etc), ethical documents, human rights manuals, newsletter, jobs.

 

Academic Writing Tutorials

Essay writing skills. Excellent interactive tutorial from RMIT University, Australia. Goes through all the stages of academic writing.

 

Academic Writing Module. Exercises on topic sentences, paragraphs, using sources and writing an essay from the University of Wellington.

 

Academic Writing. Advice on all stages of academic writing from the University of Glasgow EFL-Unit.

 

Academic Essay Writing. Advice on all aspects of academic essay writing from the Writing Tutorial Services at Indiana University Bloomington.

 

Vocabulary - Mostly interactive tasks

Interactive CEF test (assess your level, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2)

 

Beginning vocabulary ? if you know these things, you have a good basis for speaking more freely. Choose topics which interest you.

 

These three have many links.Choose reading, listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, dialogues:

1. Beginner English,

2. Intermediate English,

3. Advanced English.

 

Excellent quizzes, crosswords, word searches

You choose your topic and your level. From lower intermediate.

 

Vocabulary Quiz (from lower intermediate).

 

Vocabulary Quiz (for advanced).

 

Links to a range of tasks, games, vocabulary, crosswords, etc. For all levels.

 

Two interactive vocabulary games. From intermediate (registration required, but it?s free).

 

Games (hundreds of games; intended for kids, therefore useful *and* potentially fun).

For example:

Good vocabulary for intermediate (synonym toast) and lower intermediate.

 

Memomo. Vocabulary trainer. Requires registration but is free and effective.

Grammar

330 grammar exercises by Martin Holmes at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. All you could ever need. All levels.

 

Grammar Quizzes from the Internet TESL Journal. Particularly useful for essay writing. All levels.

 

Grammar of cause and effect. Intermediate.

 

Passive and active voice. A quiz with links to explanation charts. Useful for academic essays.

Careers Information

Social Service. Jobs in the social service field (US)

 

Careers information for social care and social work (UK). Information on training and qualifications, and stories from people working in social care and social work.

 

The Guardian. Large selection of jobs in health, government, education, social care, housing (UK). Also voluntary (unpaid) vacancies and placements.

 

Freeware - Language activities to download

PCs: List of several (freeware) programmes to download / nearly free CDs for language learning (vocabulary and word games).

 

Macs: Freeware programmes to download for Apple.

 

Resources for Teachers

Dave's ESL Cafe and Internet TESL Journal. English Language Teaching resources (lesson plans, activities, etc).

 

EAP. Links to English for Academic Purposes publications (mostly password protected)

 

IATEFL. International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

 

ELTABB. English Language Teachers Association of Berlin and Brandenburg. Organises frequent events, workshops and monthly ?Stammtisch?.

 

www.answers.com. Gives dictionary definition, encyclopaedic references and links to sites using the search term.

 

Hot Potatoes. Excellent software for designing computer-based language activities.

 

 

 

 

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