My Favorite EAP Resources

Taking some inspiration from Joanna Malefaki, I thought I’d share some of my favorite EAP resources. I’ll list my most used resource for each of the functions below. Feel free to share your resources that you use in the comments!

For texts

For journalism-style texts, which have broad usage in EAP, I use Newsela. Newsela offers many free and paid services, but most of all I use them as a source of graded current event texts. You can find a single article written at four or more different language difficulties, and the original article (“Max” level) is always included.

For videos

TED Talk has enough videos to appeal to anyone and they are easily exploitable for a range of functions.

For listening practice

It’s hard to list only one, but I’ll start with Randall’s ESL Lab, which offers listenings at a range of levels, and includes short academic lectures. More listening sources are here.

For citations

I show students how to use bibme.org to make their citation life easier.

For looking up definitions

My favorite online dictionary has always been Webster’s Learners Dictionary because of the simple explanations of vocabulary. You don’t want to be bogged down with difficult vocabulary when you are looking up the meaning of difficult vocabulary, do you?

For teaching and learning vocabulary

Hands down, Quizlet is the go to tool for teaching and learning vocabulary. I use it personally for things I am studying, and I know my students love using it too. I can’t say enough good things about Quizlet! Check out their new “Gravity” game – it’s really fun.

For using academic phrases

I often use or direct students to use the Academic Phrasebank, which is a quite comprehensive list academic language use patterns.

For checking linguistic hunches

There are many corpora I use to check my linguistic hunches. The one I rely on the most for quick, in class checks is Netspeak, which offers a simple Google-like search interface with very simple search language. However, I’ve found many instances of the same text represented in their corpus, so I wouldn’t trust them with anything more than basic pattern checking.

For finding comprehensive grammar information

I love using Grammar-Quizzes.com, which offers great examples, explanation, and most of all – quizzes, for a variety of different grammar points. This is a great resource to adapt or supplement with.

For professional development

It’s a toss up between Twitter and Google Scholar!

 

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