Yearly archives: 2011

European language levels – Self Assessment Grid 1

How well do you speak English? Do you know?

Check out your language Levels with the Self Assessment Grid of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Create your Language ePortfolio now! 1

The EAQUALS-ALTE ePortfolio (e ELP) has been created to act as a tool to help you develop your capacity to reflect on objectives, ways of learning and success in language learning, as well as plan and assume more responsibility for your own learning.

The ePortfolio uses electronic technologies as a container (rather than the folder in the paper-based version) allowing you to store items in many media (scanned documents, audio, video, graphics) – this becomes a digital archive of your work which allows you to develop a portfolio that meets your goals.

It is important for you to register for access to the ePortfolio as your email address will be used to keep you informed of upgrades to the ePortfolio.

Register to download your EAQUALS-ALTE ePortfolio

You can also download the EAQUALS ALTE Guided Pathway: A Guide to Navigating the EAQUALS ALTE Electronic European Portfolio. This Guided Pathway will help you work with your eELP.

View EAQUALS ALTE Guided Pathway PDF

Europass – Get your Europass Language Passport and be mobile! 1



Europass brings together into a single framework several existing tools for the transparency of diplomas, certificates and competences. Helping citizens to better communicate and present their qualifications and skills throughout Europe, Europass will promote both occupational mobility, between countries. Read more he 

Business -and other- Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen: a must to keep smiling…

Cartoon of the day by Randy GLASBERGEN, an american cartoonist publishing comics around various themes including business, computers, etc; (more…) Mobile Apps (iOS, Android) brings you the perfect app to learn languages on the go:

  • Extensive vocabulary – over 3,000 words and key phrases
  • From beginner to advanced intermediate levels (A1 – B2)
  • Covering 150 different topics using day-to-day situations
  • Comprehensive audio-visual learning material with photos and recordings by native speakers
  • Sections include vocabulary, dialogues and interactive tests
  • Works on iPhone (incl. iOS 4, optimized for Retina display), iPad, iPod touch and Android – no internet connection required
  • Free version includes 20 complete learning units – full content can be purchased inside the app!
  • Learning progress can be synchronized with your profile on, the famous online community for learning languages with over 3,000,000 users

Download them directly from the iTunes Store or the Android Market to your mobile device!

Busuu! Learn English online for free! 1 is an online community of people who love learning languages. The busuu website contains materials for people learning English, French, German, Spanish, Portugese, Italian and Russian. There are interactive language courses and lessons, and opportunities to practice your language skills with other members of the busuu community. You can join free.

And, best of all,  there is a special Listen to English group on busuu where you can discuss and write about the topics in Listen to English podcasts and other language material.

Download Podcasts to your SmartPhone! 1

There is a new feature on Listen to English which allows you to download podcasts direct to your iPhone or other Smart Phone.

Below each podcast there is a link “Download to your SmartPhone”. Click the link to display a QR barcode. If your phone has a camera, an internet connection and a barcode reader, the phone will be able to read the barcode and download the podcast mp3.

This feature is still experimental. Please let Peter Carter know if you find it useful, and if you find any problems with it.

Here, the image above right is an example of this podcast

Try something new 1

I have something new for you to try.

There is an organisation called TED, which stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design”. You can find its website here. TED is interested in ideas – Ideas Worth Spreading. It organises a couple of conferences every year, but – much more important – it makes videos of most of the talks and presentations at its conferences, and puts them on the internet for everyone to see, or to download if they wish. The talks are no more than 20 minutes long, and many of them are much shorter. They cover all sorts of topics, from science to society; some are serious, some are funny; all of them are interesting. The page for finding these talks is here.

Now, here is the bit that makes these talks really useful for English learners. Most of the talks have subtitles in English, and many have subtitles in other languages too. There is a box below each video where you can select the subtitles. And on the right hand side of the webpage (on the TED site), most of the talks have a transcript as well as notes about the speaker, and a summary of the talk. So you can follow the talk in English, or in your own language, as you wish. You can even click on the transcript to restart the video from any point, so you can play a section several times if you find it difficult to understand.

I have chosen one short talk to give you an idea of what TED can offer. It is by Matt Cutts, and in three and a half minutes he tells us how to Try Something New for 30 Days. Have fun!

Intelligent Business English (Pre-intermediate) 1

“Intelligent Business” is a dynamic and flexible English Coursebook with an integrated range of components to develop student’s knowledge of the business world and the skills to work within it.

Follow this link to the “Intelligent Business” “Companion Website”

Coursebook | Audio CDs | CourseBook CDs | Workbook | Workbook CD | Teacher’s Book | Test Master CD-ROM | CD-ROM

One-minute World News on Video 1

 Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

Learn English: Some great links! 1

Learn English: Some great links!
ESL Learning Centre  ESL Clubhouse  ESL Teachers Lounge  ESL World

Grammar  Vocabulary  Pronunciation  Listening  Speaking  Reading  Writing
ESL Help  ESL Games  ESL Quizzes  ESL Forums  ESL Chat Room
Business English  English for Work  Young Learners  ESL Exams  ESL Jokes  ESL Articles

Easy English: Brain Training Games 1

Tease your brain here!

 Welcome to! Test yourself online in English free! You’ll receive answers and marks for each test. Plus we give you easy explanations, and suggest what you need to study. “Question of the Day” gives you a new test every time, or you can choose from “Free English Test” or “Free Personalized Test” at any level. Visit Easy English every day and your English will improve much faster. English is easy at! NEW! ESL Chat Room Thousands of other English learners and teachers want to chat with you.

The Learning English Video Project 1

The Learning English Video Project is a unique 7-part series of documentary films about people learning English in different countries around the world.

Made by independent UK filmmaker Daniel Emmerson, the series features students from across the world who have different methods and reasons for learning English.

The Internet is such a splendid tool for communicating with people and finding out how people are doing things differently all over the world. I want The Learning English Video Project to really be a part of that. ” says Daniel Emmerson, Director of The Learning English Video Project.

Each film averages 15 minutes in length, and is available with and without English subtitles.


  1. Encounters in the UK (17 minutes)

“You sleep on it and next day you feel…yeah, something got in, you know?”
Encounters in the UK is the 7th and final film in this documentary mini-series. It tells the story of four girls from different countries who travel to Cambridge in England to study English and stay with local families in what is called a “homestay” arrangement. In the film, we also meet several of the host families as well as a consultant who helps match homestay students to families. For the four girls the homestay arrangement is a positive experience. As one of the homestay hosts explains: “It’s going to be a great experience, not only in terms of learning English, but in learning about life.”

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  1. Thoughts from Brazil (17 minutes)

“The more you talk, the better you get.”
Thoughts from Brazil looks at modern trends in learning English, especially for children and teens. This instalment will be of particular interest to all those who long for a learning experience that is more interactive and communicative. Teens and young adults will find new ideas for combining personal interests such as music, gaming and social media with self-study. As Daniel Emmerson talks to learners and teachers of English in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he discovers that many of them have found for themselves the principle of learning by doing and have readily adapted it to the Internet era.

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  1. Insights from China (18 minutes)

“Never say die.”
Based in the busy, cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, Daniel Emmerson’s latest film Insights from China takes us inside the worlds of English language learning and teaching and the airline industry in China. “Insights from China” focuses largely on the staff and management of a Chinese airline company that has recently committed to learning English. Spring Airlines is the first low-cost airline in China. Determined to become a successful international airline, the company has insisted that all of its workers learn to speak fluent English. The CEO of Spring Airlines, Zhang Xiuzhi, has set the bar high. She began learning English “from scratch” 18 months prior to her interview for this film. Like the majority of other language learners, the main stumbling block for the CEO is finding enough time to study. Zhang takes English homework to bed at night and even studies in her car.

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Tout savoir sur le TOEIC Test: Une pésentation générale 1

Pour tout savoir sur le Test TOEIC, voici ici une présentation générale.

Translation of some English Prepositions in French 1

Ultralingua offers a translation of some English Prepositions in French (en Français ici)