ElementalEnglish.com is a collection of clearly explained video and audio lessons about English, including pronunciation and grammar. The pronunciation videos are particularly helpful because of the details and the helpful visuals.
English Accent Coach contains interactive, research-informed games that help users better recognize consonant and vowel sounds. By actively listening to and correctly identifying difficult sounds, learners can also improve their pronunciation.
English Central is a terrific tutorial website to help students improve their speaking clarity, listening skills, reading comprehension and vocabulary. The videos are very modern and consistently updated.
Rosetta Stone is language learning software that helps students learn a new language. It uses images, text, and sounds to teach students words and grammar. Click here to get started.
TED.com has a collection of short, powerful talks (know as TED Talks) that students can watch for free. Videos cover a range of topics – from science to business to global issues. Most videos have an interactive transcript that you can use to imitate the speaker’s intonation, timing, and stress. Some recommended videos are below.
- Matt Cutts: Try Something New for 30 Days
- Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
- Gever Tulley: 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do
- Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity
- Isabel Allende: Tales of Passion
- Adora Svitak: What Adults Can Learn from Kids
StoryCorps is an online archive of interviews from everyday people in an effort to preserve and highlight unique stories and experiences. In addition to mirroring the intonation, rhythm, and thought groups of English speakers, students can also observe and practice conversational language occurring between two or more people in the interviews. All recordings have corresponding transcripts.
This I Believe is an international organization and radio program on National Public Radio. It features contributors reading personal essays that discuss “the core values that drive their everyday lives.” To work on connected speech, thought groups, and pauses, students can listen to the audio and follow along with detailed transcripts.
Hear Names is website where you can type in a name and hear it pronounced. Users can submit names to add to the growing database if the desired name isn’t already there.