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  This section of the website provides useful links for you to practise and improve your English. It is divided into several sections:  
   

 

   
 

Practise your English

  BBC World Service - Learning English
 

The Learning English section of the world-famous BBC website is an excellent resource for the English language learner and has sections such as General & Business English, Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation, Community, Quizzes, etc.

Words in the News is where you can read and/or listen to the latest news stories with vocabulary help at the end. You can also access previous articles in the archives.

   
  Englishclub
  This site will help you to learn English and improve your English skills including reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Try the special interest section: English Jokes and English for Business.
   
  English@home
  Learn English grammar, vocabulary, tenses and verbs and speaking with ESL games, an English newsletter and more at this website.
   
  ESL Town
  Find pen pals, play ESL games, make new friends, chat with people around the globe, improve your English skills, listen to English stories, take online quizzes for fun and more at this fun and interactive website!
   
  Better English
  Like Business English exercises? Then try this site with over 250 free exercises to do including grammar, vocabulary, spelling and more!
   
 
 

Exams

  IELTS
  The official IELTS website which covers everything from the format of the test to where you can take the test to sample online practice material.
   
  BULATS
  The official Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) website provides information about everything you need to know about the test as well as some sample papers from the different sections of the test.
   
  Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English Language)
 
   
  TOEFL
  The official TOEFL website detailing information for people planning on taking TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TSE (Test of Spoken English).
   
 
 

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
 

The Second Edition of the OED is currently available online and is updated quarterly with at least 1000 new and revised entries. OED Online offers unparalleled access to the ‘greatest continuing work of scholarship that this century has produced’ (Newsweek). To find out more about the OED Online, follow the free tour.

About the Oxford English Dictionary’ invites you to explore the intriguing background and distinctive character of the OED. Here, you will find in-depth articles about the history of the OED, an inside look at the programmes used to enlarge and update the OED entries, little-known facts about its content, and much more.

   
  Web of On-line Dictionaries
  Here's a dictionary and a thesaurus all on one site. You can search for any word in almost any language and you'll be able to find everything you ever wanted to know about a word and more besides in 270 different languages. The Library has fascinating articles with all sorts of little-known facts about words and languages. For game enthusiasts, the Gameroom will accommodate both adults and children.
   
  Cambridge Dictionaries Online
 

This site allows you to search in various Cambridge dictionaries including the:

  • International Dictionary of English
  • Dictionary of American English
  • International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
  • International Dictionary of Idiom
   
  Merriam-Webster OnLine
  The complete American Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus - free and searchable with definitions and audio pronunciations. You can also read the Word of the Day and play Word Games.
   
  Dictionary.com
  Free English dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, Translator, Word of the Day, crossword puzzles and other word games.
   
  MSN Encarta
  A concise version of the Encarta Encyclopedia with features such as a Dictionary, Maps, Guides, Quizzes, etc.
   
  Encyclopedia.com
  This free online encyclopedia provides users with more than 57,000 frequently updated articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Seventh Edition. Each article is enhanced with links to newspaper and magazine articles as well as pictures and maps - all provided by eLibrary.
   
 
 

Newspapers and Magazines

  The Standard
  Greater China's Business newspaper.
   
  TIME
  The online edition of TIME magazine contains articles from the US and around the world. Includes a searchable archive of articles since 1985.
   
  BC Magazine
  Asia's leading English language entertainment magazine offers a comprehensive guide to movies, music, theatre, bars, clubs, restaurants, reviews and sports in Hong Kong.
   
 
 

Miscellaneous

  BBC
  One of the United Kingdom's biggest and best website offers numerous in-depth sections including News, Sport, Music, Films, Games, Television, Radio, Business, Health, Learning and Languages. Check it out!
   
  Internet Public Library
  This online public library features directories of online texts, newspapers, magazines and reference materials.
   
  Phonetic Sounds
  Download this PowerPoint presentation to practise English sounds.
   
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