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Hypertext Webster Gateway
Enter word here:
Exact Approx     [A "blank query" provides information about the gateway.]
The Hypertext Webster Gateway provides a definition of the word you enter (select either an exact match or an approximate match). Words in the resulting definition are hypertext linked back into the dictionary, allowing you to use your mouse to access the definition of those related (and unrelated) words. You can obtain a list of words with a specific prefix, also.
Bennet Yee

A very challenging test (with answers provided). Also, check out the weekly QUIZ.
Knowledge Master

English Accuracy Test
See if you can select the correct sentence. A variety of other online tests (multiple-choice, cloze, etc.), with instant feedback, are also available.
Elek Máthé

Word Police
Site provides quizzes with instructional explanations of challenging word usage and grammar. Take the Entrance Exam to become a Word Police Officer and issue Grammar Citations. There's even a diploma you can display (and print) when you pass the test!!
The Atlantic Monthly

(American) English Language Proficiency Test
This multiple-choice test utilizes standard grammar and vocabulary to help you assess your proficiency level in English and your command of the language.
Transparent Language

English Grammar and Usage Quizzes
Includes a variety of grammar tests as well as these (include your name and/or email address to be added to the high scores list):
Jim Schweizer

English Language Center
Martin Holmes has designed a vast array of activities to reinforce language skills. Select a level and choose from Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Puzzles, etc.
Language Centre at the University of Victoria

Grammar Quizzes
A variety of tests of correct grammar and english usage are available. Also check out the other learning activities, including:
Pearson Brown

Grammar Quizzes
Easy to use, interactive games; a wide variety of topics, including: Plurals, Prepositions, Pronouns, Sentence Structure, Verbs, Sequence, and Word Choice. While designed for ESL students, these Interactive JavaScript Quizzes are useful for all students interested in enhancing their reading comprehension and language skills.
The Internet TESL Journal

EFL/ESL Students' References
This site provides a variety of study materials and links for those studying English; includes topics such as vocabulary, grammar, Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes, irregular verbs, etc.
Nick Miller

Kaplan's Home
Games, and simulations -- Test Prep that's FUN and FREE with many other useful features, including:
  • Study Skills
  • Math Power
  • Grammar Power
  • Word Power
  • Writing Power
  • Parenting Skills

Pop-up Grammar
This online English grammar instruction site allows students to test and improve their English grammar skills by taking these interactive JavaScript quizzes online.
Northern Illinois University

Grammar Usage
These materials (from a GMAT test prep section) provide examples, test-taking tips, and practice questions for six common areas of grammar usage, including:
  • Pronoun Errors
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Misplaced Modifiers
  • Faulty Parallelism
  • Faulty Verb Tense
  • Faulty Idiom
Majon International

This English grammar on-line course provides easy-to-understand explanations and examples of correct punctuation, sentence construction, spelling, diction, etc.
Unviersity of Ottawa

Webgrammar's Tips
Need to know more about spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and related stuff? Webgrammar answers your questions. Covers common errors in spelling, grammar and usage; provides clear explanations and examples. Also, check out The Busy Person's Guide to Basic Business Grammar.
Judy Vorfeld

On-Line English Grammar
A fine resource providing summaries (including examples) of the parts of speech, as well as proper usage of determiners, possessives, etc. comes with this easy-to-use, searchable, table of contents.
Anthony Hughes   Digital Education Network Ltd.

English Basics
Each section features all new weekly worksheets, provided free for teachers and parent-teachers to copy for their kids. Especially suitable for upper elementary and middle school skill levels, as well as enrichment and remediation. Reading Comprehension and Reference Skills sections are also available.
RHL School

Living English
This site presents authentic language in meaningful real-life contexts and helps develop English language skills by integrating listening, speaking, reading, and writing; available in both English and Spanish.
Living English

The English Institute's Preliminary Grammar Book provides information about usage and structure for different parts of speech, sentence structure, word order, etc. Particularly useful for those learning English as a second language, or those needing to review grammar and sentence construction.
The English Institute

The Holiday Zone: Activities for English Language Learners
Reading Comprehension, Notable Quotes, and Language Activities are provided for each holiday, as well as songs, games, arts and crafts, etc. to make reading and language learning enjoyable.
Julie Vickery

CyberStory is devoted to uplifting, feel-good stories that will bring a smile to your face, inspire you, offer you a new perspective or get you thinking about how you too can make a difference in someone's life. If you've got a great story to tell, why not share it with the world. Submissions are welcome: Why not make your story a CyberStory!

Poetry Contest
The International Library of Poetry will award 250 prizes totaling $58,000.00 to amateur poets in the coming months. Anyone can enter the competition simply by submitting ONLY ONE original poem, 20 lines or less, any subject, any style. All poets who enter will receive a response concerning their artistry within seven weeks. GOOD LUCK!!
International Library of Poetry

Pre-Writing / Brainstorming
A handy, interactive, mind-focusing activity. Enter the main idea and sub-topics on the form; select key words by check-marking your choices. Links are provided to several search engines.
Robert Bunge

A Quick and Dirty Term Paper
The Twelve-Step Guide to Producing Literary Scholarship describes in exacting detail the steps to creating a no-muss, no-fuss scholarly work; if you dread writing papers, this approach may serve you well. Jeff Hooks' Home Page provides a wealth of other resources, as well, including Five Tools for Writing Timed Essays much of which applies to all academic writing.
Jeff Hooks

Type Correctly and Type Safely
Outlines the important elements of safe typing.
PORT 2000 Newsletter

Bean's Typing Game
Practice your keyboarding online with this easy-to-use Java applet. Type the sentence, click done, and find out your typing speed.
Chong Xu Jenn

Typing Test of Speed and Accuracy
How fast a typist are you? This easy-to-use test will provide an accurate accessment of your typing speed. Online Typing Lessons are also available.
Kent E. Gunnison

Interactive Online Crossword
Crossword puzzles online!! Select a size (or theme), save games, check answers as you go, even cheat (if you want). Instructions are provided.
Philadelphia Online

"Mad" WebLibs Game
Fill in words of the specified types (nouns, adjectives, etc.) then read the sometimes-wacky story!!
Darryl C. Burgdorf

Finger Speller
Learn American Sign Language (ASL) -- many options included -- provides instruction and practice for all levels (you can even set a cookie to keep track of your current settings and exercise set). This exceptional resource is easy to use and you'll have so much fun you won't realize you're actually learning, too. Also available:
Greg Gay

Of Silence and Slow Time
Read an excerpt from Karawynn Long's novelette (included on the 1996 Preliminary Nebula Ballot); this work provided the seed for her first novel (now in progress), which will be a broader look at the same subject: essentially, the effects future technology will have upon Deaf people and Deaf culture. It is as yet untitled, but you can read a more detailed synopsis of this novel-in-progress. You are also invited to help with research (there's even a mailing list for discussion of the novel and related topics which you may join).
Karawynn Long

Learn Vocabulary SYNDICATE
Learning vocabulary can be fun for everyone! This site provides interesting and challenging puzzles -- you can even compete for prizes in monthly word puzzle contests (FREE!!).
Carey Cook aka "Rich Encounter"

Hypertext Webster Gateway
Provides a definition of the word you enter (select either an exact match or an approximate match). Words in the resulting definition are hypertext linked back into the dictionary, allowing you to use your mouse to access the definition of those related (and unrelated) words. You can obtain a list of words with a specific prefix, also.
Bennet Yee

Words that end in -gry
Okay, you've probably heard the puzzle in at least one of it's permutations.
From the Hypertext Webster Gateway FAQ:
As I understand it, this whole brouhaha started with a bad puzzle -
"Angry and hungry are common english words that end in 'gry'. What is the third word that ends in 'gry'? It is a common word that you use every day and if you were listening closely, you've already heard it".
The answer is hungry - the third word of the puzzle that ends in gry.
Here is an entire FARQ (Frequently Asked Reference Questions) page on the topic.
The Internet Public Library

World Wide Words
Investigating international English from a British viewpoint. Includes reviews and book notices as well as interesting articles on language such as
Michael B Quinion

Use this easy Site Map to locate the wealth of resources on this site. Access the WWWebster Dictionary; utilize the WWWebster Thesaurus; test your wits with the Daily Word Puzzle; many other useful materials to explore!

Terminology Collection: Online Dictionaries
Includes: WORD-ONLINE , with links to general language dictionaries available free online (including both mono- and multi-ligual dictionaries); TERM-ONLINE providing links to glossaries from a wide variety of fields (e.g. computing, medicine, pharmacology, etc.); Online Acronym and Abbreviation Dictionaries. A Frames Version is also available.
Anita Nuopponen   Department of Communication Studies, University of Vaasa, Finland

See how many words YOU can form in three minutes. For a more realistic Boggle! game, try Boggle Jumbled! in which the letters are not necessarily all right-side up. For a greater challenge, try Boggle for Fingerspelling! in which the ASL signs for each letter are shown. The clock starts as soon as the game finishes loading (full instructions are provided below each game).
Greg Gay

Richard Lederer's Verbivore Page
If you enjoy wordplay you'll LOVE this site! This is THE place to "feast on the English language. Ours is the only language in which you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway and night falls but never breaks and day breaks but never falls."
Richard Lederer
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Articles Relating to the English Language
Explore this interesting array of topics and assorted words to ponder. You'll find out you're NOT the only one who thought the English language was filled with peculiar and confusing words.
Mary W. Matthews

The Natural Language Playground
This site at Carnegie Mellon University contains a variety of useful links to interactive language tools, including Doug Beeferman's A semantic rhyming dictionary.

Quotations Home Page
Thousands of quotations -- searchable alphabetically by author or topic. "This site is intended as a place for enjoyment, enlightenment, exploration and general reference."
Steve Spanoudis

The Instant Access Treasure Chest
The Foreign Language Teacher's Guide to Learning Disabilities would be useful to any educator, parent, etc. who wants information about effective techniques for use with a variety of learners. Sections include:
  • Assistive Technology
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Auditory Deficits / Visual Deficits
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning Styles
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities
Sonja Moore, Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Gateway to Educational Materials
The Gateway provides easy access to high quality Internet lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources by linking to over 1300 resources on 12 Internet sites. Conduct full-text, subject, keyword, or title searches, then select desired grade or education level and submit the search.
Nancy Morgan, GEM Coordinator

Terrific resources for creating your own professional portfolio, developing a unit on student portfolios, or establishing a program utilizing portfolio-based assessment of students or staff.
  • Portfolio Sampler
  • Using a portfolio in your Job Search
  • Step-by-step planning guide for setting up a portfolio program
  • Life-long learning and other uses of portfolios at the college level
  • How-to article for vocational educators using portfolios in school-to-work programs
  • Portfolio Creation Tips (including digital portfolio design)
Amby Duncan-Carr / works by Martin Kimeldorf

Helping Your Child Learn to Write Well
One of a series of pamphlets and brochures, now available online, designed to address parental concerns about education published by OERI. Other Publications for Parents include:
U.S. Department of Education

Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers
This well-constructed and informative article on designing useful homework is also available in portable document format (pdf) from this site. Includes resources and references.
U.S. Department of Education

Free Online Language Courses
This incredible collection of links is provided in the hope helping all people develop a better understanding of others through the use of language.
Rivendell International Communications


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