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502 Words that Can Be Learned with Total Physical Response (TPR) (Reid Wilson)
stand up, sit down, walk, stop, turn left, turn right, ...

6,000 most frequently used English words (Bruce Zhang)
Ranked by frequency and linked to an online WordNet dictionary

A short (20,000) word dictionary of English (Mike Hammond)
Search by spelling, number of syllables, stress pattersn, frequency or combo.

Big Doggy's Word Lists (Brian Wagner)
Perhaps useful for materials writers. -ABLE, -AGE, BIO-, CON-, -FUL, etc.

A concordance generator for the Macintosh (Beta version is freeware.)

Daulton's Japanese Loanwords & English Vocabulary Acquisition Homepage (Frank E. Daulton)
Daulton's research papers online.

Differences between British, Canadian and American Spelling and Vocabulary (Karen Barnes)
Just what the title says it is.

Forbidden Words, Expletives and Obscenities
Introduction to American English, University of Tampere

FreeText Archive (Freeware) (Mark Zimmermann)
Concordance software: Mac HyperCard Stack and 32-bit DOS version

Homophone Zone (Alan Cooper)
The site uses a 'modern' web design that may not work for your browser.

List Frequency Search (Department of Psychology, University of Essex)
Input a list of words and get their associated frequencies per million.

List of High-Frequency Baseword Vocabulary for Japanese EFL Students
By Frank E. Daulton, The Internet TESL Journal, July 1999

List of High-Frequency Baseword Vocabulary for Japanese EFL Students #2
By Frank E. Daulton, The Internet TESL Journal, March 2003

MyWord.info - Study Prefixes (Bob Ware)
anti, arch, auto, bene, circum, co, counter, de, dia, en, ...

Paul Nation's vocabulary programs (DOS Software)
Can be used for looking at the occurrence of various levels of vocabulary.

Second language vocabulary resourses (Rob Waring)
Word lists, 23,000+ item bibliography, links and papers

Simple Concordance Program (Alan Reed)
Freeware for 32bit Intel Windows 95/98/NT4/ME/2000

Simplified English (Userlab Inc.)
See the link to the 34 pg. PDF file on rules and approved vocabulary.

The Business Emporium - Advertising Vocabulary (Chris Yukna)
Vocabulary list with definitions and 3 related pages.

Two Thousand Regularly Decodable Words (Douglas Corin)
only one sound per alphabet letter and only the single sounds of the alphabet

Variation in English Words and Phrases (Mark Davies)
Quickly and easily search the 100 Million Word British National Corpus. It may be a little confusing for students to use without guidance from a teacher.

Web Concordancer (Chris Greaves)
Simple Search / Associated Words

Web Vocabulary Profiler (Tom Cobb)
Paste in text and see the number of words by frequency level.

Web Vocabulary Profiler (Paul Nation / Tom Cobb)
Paste in text and get it back color-coded according to word frequency.

Why example sentences in dictionaries are more important than definitions. (Tomasz P. Szynalski)
An article aimed at high level ESL students.

www.englishforitaly.com - Hear Country Names with British English Pronunciation (Jacqueline Cooper, Derby, England)

www.ESLsite.com - Animal Idioms (Lesson Idea) (Frank Black)
Brief introductory ideas and a handout for the students.

www.ESLsite.com - Your Own Lexicon (Lesson Idea) (Frank Black)
Give each student a word, they look it up, then explain it to other students.

www.EverydaySpelling.com (Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.)
For native English speakers, G1 to G8. Puzzle Place, Words in the News, Lists, .

www.forumeducation.net - ESL/EFL teachers' vocabulary (Sven Cederberg)
A world wide project to assess the vocabulary of non-native ESL/EFL teachers

www.tefl.net - ELT Industry Terminology (Tara Behari)
A guide to the abbreviations and acronyms commonly used in the ELT world.

www.TheIrregularVerbs.com (Adolfo Bieri)
The Irregular Verbs with examples and funny cartoons

z_Concordances of Great Books (William A. Williams, Jr)
Texts and Fully Searchable Concordances

z_z_www.4-esl.com [FRAME] (Diana Campbell)
Note: Site has problems when visited with Netscape 4.8. Flashcards with pictures, ...

zz_Paul Nation's Computer Programmes to Examine Vocabulary in Texts
Only for Windows.


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