Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Links for teachers

  • Writing for a Purpose from the British Council's LearnEnglish website offers academic writing materials from British universities, drawing on Nesi & Garner's classification of genre families of assessed student writing and evidence from the BAWE corpus.
  • Breaking News English - Ready-to-use lesson plans based on current affairs. Graded news articles, listenings and communicative activities uploaded daily.
  • Teaching English is a co-production of the BBC and the British Council, to act as a resource for materials, activities and ideas, and as a forum. See also the Beeb's Learning English site.
  • Book publishers often have useful sites, many with online resources, activities and magazines: Macmillan onestopenglish.comOxfordCambridge and Longman for example.
  • The Internet TESL Journal is a monthly web journal carrying articles "which are of immediate practical use to ESL/EFL teachers" rather than theory: handouts, lesson plans, teaching techniques etc., plus literally thousands of links, all categorised.
  • Ted Power is a Brighton-based teacher who offers many worksheets and lesson plans plus lots of useful material on phonology and an excellent section on Common Mistakes in English by Language Background.
  • Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students includes some exercises.
  • Online Materials for Language Teachers - loads of links from E.L. Easton.
  • ESL Lounge specialises in easy lesson plans for ESL teachers. There are student surveys, jigsaws, flashcards, games, discussion prompters, role cards, readings, pronunciation activities, board games, songs, grammar summaries and more.
  • Top English Teaching is a guide to ELT resources on the Internet: games, songs, activities, worksheets, books, videos, printables, ideas, etc.
  • InTuition offer 'English in a Teacher's Home' courses - a possible job opportunity for trained teachers.

  • There's a wealth of great literature on the Internet. The University of Sussex Library is a good point from which to dive in, or try the Online Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Literature Online is a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.Resource only accessible on campus

  • IATEFL - The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
  • BALEAP - The British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes.

Journals available to Sussex staff and students

For full-text access to subscription journals off campus, you may need to go via the Electronic Library although I have tried to allow for this in the links below.

  • ELT Journal seeks to bridge the gap between the everyday practical concerns of ELT professionals and related disciplines such as education, linguistics, psychology, and sociology that may offer significant insights. NB: We have an archive on CD for 1981-2002 in the Language Learning Centre (LLC).
  • English Teaching Professional is more of a practical magazine than a journal - we subscribe in the LLC.
  • TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal.
  • World Englishes journal is committed to the study of global varieties of English in their distinctive cultural, sociological and educational contexts.
  • The Linguistics Journal is a refereed publication which aims at providing free on-line access to all those involved in the research, teaching and learning of linguistics.
  • English for Specific Purposes journal.
  • Assessing Writing frequently publishes articles about the assessment of writing in the fields of composition, writing across the curriculum, and TESOL.
  • TESL-EJ, being the Electronic Journal of the mailing list for Teachers of English as a Second Language.
  • The Internet TESL Journal is a monthly web journal carrying articles "which are of immediate practical use to ESL/EFL teachers" rather than theory.
  • The Reading Matrix - an international online journal on the teaching and learning of reading, the application of technology to literacy instruction, and issues in second language learning and teaching.
  • English language CALL is catered for by the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG. The Polish branch of IATEFL also run a quarterly online journal, Teaching English with Technology

See our page of general language links for teachers for more journals and organisations not specific to English.

Textual analysis

  • Frequency Level Checker can be used to analyse the vocabulary level of a text to see whether it is appropriate for a certain group of learners, or to predict words that might cause difficulty for a certain group of learners.
  • The Academic Word List - 570 word families most used in academia; there's also a Highlighter and Gapmaker online for use with your own texts.
  • The British National Corpus is a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources. There's a simple search box on their website to show up to 50 examples, or come into the Language Learning Centre where we have the full package installed on our server (quick guide and exercises on using the BNC for English language study).
  • corpus.byu.edu from Brigham Young University has a dozen or so corpora, mostly English.
  • Compleat Lexical Tutor at Université du Québec has a useful web interface to a variety of interesting corpora and plenty of other interesting vocabulary tests etc.
  • WebCorp uses search engines to provide concordances from the web - the largest and most up-to-date corpus available! Ideal for aspects of a language which are too rare or too new to be evidenced in ordinary corpora. Courtesy of Birmingham City University.
  • Academic Vocabulary - expand your academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List; includes a feature to create a gap-fill exercise from any text, highlighting the academic words.
  • WordbanksOnline features the Bank of English corpus from which Cobuild is derived, and subscription provides an interface for concordancing, collocations etc. The basic demo version has unfortunately been removed.
  • Concordancing with Students - a web handout by Vance Stevens. See also his pages on Concordance and Collocation and Sources of Texts and Corpora.
  • TypeIt provides a simple interface to help you type IPA phonemic symbols. IPA Typewriter and the Unicode Phonemic Typewriter do much the same thing for English sounds, whilst PhoTransEdit goes a step further and transcribes small English texts into broad phonetic transcriptions for you, as well as providing a phonetic keyboard and a library of phonetic transcriptions.