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Keywords: ESL, english-as-a-second-language, ELL, english language learner, hindi as a second language

We all know the advantages of knowing a second language.  It is especially poignant when we would like to teach children a language through which they can connect to their cultural roots and their extended families. 

Learning English as a second language opens up doors to better employment prospects and it is always better to start young.

With that said, here we compile a list of sites that offer language lessons for children and adults.  We ask our readers to suggest websites, books, movies or other recommendations about things they have found to be useful in teaching or learning another language.  Please email us here with your suggestions.

Learning Hindi

  • A Door Into Hindi is a multimedia Elementary Hindi learning resource consisting of video-based lessons with transcripts and notes on grammar and culture. Funded by the US Department of Education
  • Global Online Language Support System: GLOSS lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills. Reading and listening lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities.
  • Hindi Dictionary Mobile App: Academic Room Hindi Dictionary is a Hindi to English dictionary app developed in the Harvard Innovation Lab. Its database provides over 350,000 definitions. The dictionary is designed with students and scholars in mind, to help them translate words and idioms from modern Hindi, Urdu, Khariboli, Brajbhasha and Avadhi. All words can be searched using a Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard. The present database continues to grow as more words are continually added. Avaiable through itunes for iphone and ipad, for android users and for the blackberry.


Learning English

  • KS1 Bitesize Literacy  Fun english literacy activities for 4-6 years old children.
  • Magic Key Unlock the secrets of sentence writing and work out new words with characters from 'Magic Key'. For 5-7 year olds.
  • The Little Animals Activity Center  The Little Animals Activity Centre has a wide range of activities for 4 to 8 year olds, for learning english as well as  stories, maths and music games.
  • School Radio  School Radio offers a number of teaching resources to support the primary english and english literacy curriculum for ages upto 12 years old.
  • BBC Learning English  A wonderful resource for older children and adults who want to learn english or improve their english literacy skills.
  • Grammar quizzes  Self study quizzes for english as a foreign students and english language learners.
  • English grammar and usage worksheets  This webpage features original English grammar and usage worksheets for teachers and parent-teachers to copy for their kids. Use them for teaching, reinforcement, and review. Many of these free worksheets can be used as the basis for lesson plans.

Updated June 2012