English Website Recommendations

English Language Learning Sites

Storyline Online  is a wonderful free resource presented by SAG (the Screen Actor’s Guild!) It features well-known actors reading popular picture books, and includes supplemental lessons and activities. A great site!

LiveBinders is a bit confusing to use, but it compiles links to MANY different sites that promote English Language learning and reading. Topics include phonics, reading games and activities, books you can listen to online, as well as many others.

Learning Games For Kids has a lot of teaching games and activities for pre-school and elementary-aged kids. There is a wide variety of language games (in addition to math and science games). For the younger kids, you need to click on the pre-school tab.

Starfall is a free public service which teaches children to read with phonics. Their systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is geared towards preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).

Game Goo Educational Games has a large variety of free, fun, educational games designed to teach early reading and language skills. The site was developed by Earobics, a leading provider of language and literacy software.

World-renowned children’s book author Jan Brett has a wonderful website with all sorts of language activities, crafts, puzzles and coloring pages.  Lots of fun!

Scholastic Kids has videos, games and other English language activities for children. They also have LOTS of information on authors and popular books series, to support kids’ reading.

Scholastic also has a great site for parents, with learning ideas and interactive activities for kids.

Surfing the Net with Kids is a wonderful collection of educational games for children.

National Geographic Kids is a great website with tons of interesting, educational content- perfect for encouraging reading.

Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The site’s mission is to help boys, who can sometimes be more reluctant readers, become self-motivated, lifelong readers. A fabulous website!

Literacy Center Education Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to deliver free, professionally-designed, education material to preschool-age children. Not the most exciting website, but they have a lot of print-outs and interactive lessons to teach early-reading. It also offers lessons in French, Spanish and German!

Fun Brain is a great, free site put together by MacMillan Publishing with lots of games and activities centered around their popular children’s books- great for elementary-aged readers. They also have a FABULOUS Junior Madlibs game that helps kids learn the different parts of speech in a super funny way!

Junie B. Jones is a wonderful site centered around the extremely popular Junie B. Jones book series. It has lots of great games and activities aimed at fostering a love of reading.


General Foreign Language Learning

Memrise is an absolutely beautiful free site to help you learn vocabulary in English (and fifty other languages!)  in a creative and fun way! The site is continually improving through a community of learners who help to add mnemonics, pictures, videos and audio to help you learn vocabulary in your chosen language. Users can create flashcards for only the words that interest them. We just love the simplicity of design and the creative approach to vocabulary building that this site offers… for free!

Language Lizard is a great blog that focuses on helping parents and educations promote bilingualism in children. It has a section on English Language Learning that is very helpful. The site also has its own set of proprietary language books, available in over 40 languages.

Mis Cositas is not the prettiest website, but it has an AMAZING amount of extremely useful tools for teaching Spanish, English, French and Chinese. You can watch and listen to videos and picture books in Spanish, download teaching materials, and access thematic units, with lessons, handouts and cultural connections.  Just click on the link for the language you want, and enjoy. All for free!

Nanduti is a comprehensive resource on foreign language teaching and learning in grades preK-8, part of the Center for Applied Linguistics. The site provides lots of great articles, research and resources for teaching foreign languages to children. The site also supports a fabulous listserv Nandu, for language educators (or for curious parents!)