Hello young learners! The internet has some of the best resources for English, and they are in such abundance that there is no way to include each and every one of them. What we can do, however, is let you know about some of them.
So, here are some other extraordinary resources for English listed below! Don’t forget to browse through Part 2.
Visuwords is a visual dictionary and thesaurus that lets its users creates network of words that connects each word to another word instead of merely defining them.
Visuwords is perfect for students to learn word association and gives them clarity in meaning, connections and relationships through visualisation when the words are presented in this giant web format.
The way it works is quite simple. The user has to search the word in the search bar. For example, upon searching “fantasy”, the website creates a lexicon of words related to fantasy like “illusive”, “imagination”, “bubble” and “wishful thinking” among many others.
The lines connecting the words to “fantasy” are called “nodes” and each node is specified as a noun, adjective, verb and adverb for detailed understanding. This is brilliant for students who wish to increase their vocabulary and grammar!
Here is an exercise for you. What words do you think Visuwords would connect to the word “creation”? Why don’t you check? https://visuwords.com/creation
Another really fun thing is when you visit the website daily, they have a new Visuwords web on their homepage. This can be a quick word association mind workout for you every day.
- My English Teacher.eu
This website focuses on improving the eloquence of students speaking English. It does so by giving insight into the way natives speak and interact, replacing textbooks with actual conservations with people.
The website includes explanations of phrases such as “set fire to the rain” and “get to the bottom of something” and also has short articles written on like “ways to ask for applause” or “ways to say thank you”, where the goal is to teach students creative phrases which they can use rather than the old, boring ones.
There are also plenty of quizzes and explanations available for students to hone and test their grammar skills.
Additionally, the infographic section is designed to make learning fun. Teaching students “25 idioms about love and what they mean” and “Meaning and origin of words” with visual representations is much more entertaining for them to learn, rather than just listing them down. Truly, the website has some of the best resources for learning English!
Check out this infographic:
Do you want to find out what Adele’s “set fire to the rain” means https://www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/meaning-of-set-fire-to-the-rain-idiom/? Or, finally you want to learn what “TBH” means. You will find the information you’re looking for on the site.
Here’s a challenge for you: Come up with 80 ways to say “in conclusion”. Oh you give up? Then head to their site in penance.
This is a game-based learning platform targeted mostly at increasing vocabulary. Perfect for teachers who teach online, the website has a number of games for students to play and learn from!
There are study sets available for subjects such as Science, History, Arts and Music. So, whether you are interested in learning biological terms, names of historical figures or important landmarks, Knoword has the perfects pack of word quizzes and trivia.
With topics like “Breakfast”, “Marvel trivia” and “Christmas”, Knoword challenges students to think of words while only their description is given. This stimulates thinking and problem-solving, all the while increasing vocabulary! Moreover, teachers can also create custom packs which can be more relevant to their students’ learning material.
Here’s one question from the Coming of Age vocabulary quiz:
verb. capture the fascinated attention of.
The word starts with E.
Here’s one more from the SAT vocabulary quiz:
to reduce pain
- Kids on the Net
This is a brilliant website which invites children to submit their own writing pieces. Be it poems, stories, articles, reports or opinions, students can submit their work and have their voices heard.
They can also read other children’s writing from all over the world, and take part in word games and interactive activities, like the “Metaphor quiz”, where each metaphor is broken and divided into two columns, and students have to match the two columns correctly. This teaches students to write remarkably well, increasing their knowledge of the English language.
The website also has Dragonsville, Monster Mote, Adventure Island and the Kid’s Castle, where students can go and browse stories to read, and do related activities!
Kidnsonthenet is the type of website you go through and can’t get enough off. I spent almost two hours just exploring the many different things that the website had to offer for teachers, parents and children alike!
Here are some of the children’s work and other exciting pages on this website.
- News for Kids
Have you ever wanted your children to know more about the world? Have you ever wanted them to read the daily newspaper?
Perhaps News for Kids is the answer for you and your child.
The website is a fascinating platform which makes news accessible, exciting and engaging to kids. Stories are presented in a way that is easy for students to understand, all the while increasing their knowledge about the world.
The website has sections for news regarding Sport, Science, Arts etc., and also has news divided according to continents, making it easy for students to browse and choose.
Interesting articles such as “Barcelona Kids are Taking the ‘Bike Bus’ to School”, “Countries Take Action to Protect the Ocean” and “Scientists Teach Goldfish to Drive a Car on Land” allow students to learn different things about different parts of the world.
News for Kids is truly wonderful for increasing knowledge about the world and its current affairs!
Here’s what they have to say about who they are in their own words:
NewsForKids.net – Exciting, interesting articles written with kids in mind. Up-to-date news with pictures to help you see it and the background you need to understand it.
Real News, Told Simply.
- Poetry Society
This is a membership organisation which aims at making poetry enjoyable, promotes its study and use, and is accessible to all. Users can read countless poems and take part in poetry competitions from anywhere around the world.
The website https://resources.poetrysociety.org.uk also has teaching resources which include lesson plans on topics related to reefs, the universe and cell tissue and are for Early Youngers up to middle graders. Just browse a little and you will definitely find poems and their resources on topics you love!
The lesson plan “We are Cell Tissue” breaks Kitty Joyce’s poem “Epithelium” down into the basics, key information, ‘did you know’, discussion points, extension activity and finally encourages students to write their own poem. Along with academic information, pictures are also provided for better understanding and learning!
The Poetry Society resources are best used by teachers or parents as the complete lesson details are provided along with activity sheets.
Some may argue using poetry as a tool of creating connections, learning language and having fun would be the best thing for students of all ages.
You can catch one of their KS1 resources for teachers here: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/education/poetry-train/.