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English Language - Recommended Sources

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 2007 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. Look out for all the useful documentaries.

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Freely available, high quality dictionaries in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish with translations into other languages also provided. Audio files give the pronunciation for every word listed.

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A high quality alternative to Wikipedia – also containing dictionaries - which even shows you how to reference items found. Try out the 'mind map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work.

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A good site for helping with your reading and writing

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The official website of the UK government, making it the best place to find government services and information.

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The most trusted source about words in English, containing definitions, plus very detailed word histories.

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Access a range of English and multilingual dictionaries, including synonyms, abbreviations and acronyms

If you are not a native English speaker, try these sites to improve your English: 

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Improve your listening skills by listening to the latest news

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Go to 'Stuff' for Students for grammar lessons, pronunciation, quizzes etc.

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Grammar exercises, listening practice and much more (including links for teachers).

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Grammar exercises, listening practice and much more (including links for teachers).

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A range of activities including listening and writing exercises to help improve your English.

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A free website from the British Council, including Listen & Watch, Grammar & Vocabulary, Fun & Games. 

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Try out a wide range of fun resources designed to help you improve your pronunciation and knowledge of phonetics

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A site recommended by your lecturers to help improve your reading skills

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A site recommended by your lecturers to help improve your reading skills

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A good resource for English Language teachers compiled by the British Council and BBC World Service

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Links about life and culture in the UK, plus advice on how to improve your English

All classification numbers in the 400s in the University Library deal with different aspects of Language. Specific numbers of interest for English include:

discourse
English & Old English languages
English grammar
English language study and teaching
English teaching practice
historical & geographical variations of English
history of English
language policy
linguistics
teaching English

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