Online language courses & resources

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Websites & apps

  • Twiddla – a “free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas”.
  • Simple Mind – mind map creation software, good for brainstorming topics.
  • Bab.la email phrases – tons of phrases for emails and other business topics, along with guidelines about how formal/informal they are.
  • Quizlet: Input your own new words and definitions in sets, then do mix-match exercises to practise. Super useful for storing and learning one-off vocab in spare moments. It even gets most Arabic pronunciation right.
  • TED talks: videos on particular subjects.
  • Podcasts: The BBC podcasts are all brilliant. So are the Guardian Long Reads.
  • Newsmart – articles and videos from the Wall Street Journal, focused on business English, with exercises.
  • Flipboard – personalized magazine, pulls out interesting news according to your interests.
  • Macmillan pronunciation app. Tap to hear a phoneme, press down on the symbol to hear a word which contains that sound.

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