Free Resources

Immigration & Legal Help

Steps to Justice
Offers free legal information from Community Legal Education Ontario.

General ESL Resources

Toronto Public Library
The Toronto Public Library has ESL materials, as well as a learning centre where you can book an appointment.

University of Toronto Immigrant Support & Awareness
The University of Toronto Immigrant Support & Awareness (UTISA) is a student-run, community-driven organization that strives to provide ongoing practical and social support to newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area. 

British Council IELTS Practice Tests
Offers free online IELTS practice - listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Reference

Merriam-Webster OnLine
Online dictionary: just enter a word to find the definition and click the speaker symbol to hear the word pronounced! This site also has a thesaurus, word games, and spelling bees. Don't forget to sign up for "Word of the Day" and "Learner's Word of the Day" to be sent to your email. Listen each day to the podcast.

Wikipedia
A free, online encyclopedia.

Grammar and Vocabulary

Free Rice
Build your vocabulary and help feed the hungry. 

Dave's ESL Cafe
The Cafe has free, on-line practice quizzes.

Self-Study Grammar Quizzes
Grammar quizzes on everything from articles to sentence structure to word choice.

Business English Grammar Exercises
Test your grammar while building your business vocabulary.

The Idiom Connection
This site has an extensive list of idioms and their definitions, followed by quizzes.

Self-Study Idiom Quizzes
Hundreds of idiom quizzes.

ESL Partyland
Grammar and vocabulary exercises ranging from easy to difficult.

 

Reading

The English Department
Reading comprehension exercises based on newspaper articles or short stories (upper intermediate, advanced)

University of Victoria
Reading comprehension exercises divided into different levels of difficulty.

ESL Partyland
Reading comprehension exercises divided into different levels of difficulty.

Writing

University of Toronto Writing Centre
Advice on academic writing, including planning and organization, style and editing; grammar and punctuation; and ESL Answers. 

Purdue OWL Writing Centre
Reviews all steps in the writing process and has an ESL section. 

Listening

CBC
CBC has an on-line ESL centre with an excellent section on "Listening," as well as reading comprehension problems.

English Listening Language Lab Online
Hundreds of listening comprehension exercises. Play the slide show, take the quiz, read the transcript, and hear the audio notes.

Intermediate Level English Listening Skills for ESL, EFL Learners
Dozens of listening comprehension exercises including dialogues and quizzes. These exercises are intermediate, but the site also offers beginner and advanced exercises.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Over 100 easy, medium, and difficult general listening quizzes.

Speaking

University of Iowa Phonetics: The Sounds of American English
Offers pronunciation practice. Hear the sounds and see how each sound is formed.