Here I'll put some links useful for the topic of university life: videos (accessible in China), podcasts, articles, vocabulary etc.
British Council - Learn English
Videos, audio and exercises (all completely free) from the China version of the British Council, so the videos are always accessible in China.
(For students outside China, these links will still work. You can also just remove the ".cn" from the URL to get the international site.)
Free podcasts from a Canadian ESL site, although some extra materials require paid membership.
Some articles & websites with useful info about university life in the US.
Here are some links to vocabulary lists from ESL dictionaries. Explore them and click on a word to see definitions and example sentences.
Here are some useful links for our class on the post office: vocabulary lists, visual dictionary pages and podcasts.
Click on each word in the lists for more info, example sentences etc.
Images and vocabulary from the Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary. Click on each image to go to the page where you can see definitions for each item.
Some podcasts you can download and listen to.
My student Hanz in China writes:
Today I'm reviewing "What’s Your Lifestyle" part 2. There is a sentence which I don't understand. Could you please explain it for me? Thanks.
[Question edited by me]
Update 2016-07-24: Added Phonescoop glossary to Telephones > General.
A big post with lots of vocabulary lists from online dictionaries of words related to ICT (information and communication technology): telephones, computers and networks & systems like the internet, the worldwide web and e-mail. Go to the list and click on the words to see definitions, examples, pronunciation etc.
This vocabulary can be useful for our classes on: using the telephone, mobile phones, technology, office work, digital marketing, innovation, e-mail, communication etc.
UPDATE 2017-05-23: Added Culips Simplified Speech #024. 2017-05-16: Added Culips Real Talk #14; expanded description of studio flat. 2017-03-22: Added British Council videos. 2017-2-27: All ESLPod.com links changed to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken.
Here's a big post with videos, podcasts and vocabulary lists designed for students of English, related to finding a home.
NOTE: In English, we often use the word "house" in conversation, compound words, phrases and idioms when talking about our home, even if it's actually an apartment.
Update 2017-2-27: Added Oxford images & links.
Re our classes on neighbours, neighbourhoods and homes, I'm posting some relevant images from the Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary and the Oxford Learner's Dictionaries.
Click on each image to see the page in the dictionary, with definitions and more info & vocab.
Here are some podcasts related to the topic of projects and project management, suitable for intermediate ESL learners.
Update 2015-10-17: Added info about video on Investopedia and "Executing a SWOT Analysis".
A SWOT analysis is a way of analyzing a business situation and understanding how it affects (now) or might affect (in the future) your company, project management, business plan, sales etc.
A SWOT audit can be very useful in creating your marketing plan, so that you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your products, opportunities to increase its sales, and threats that could reduce its sales.
Dictionary definitions of SWOT analysis
Here are some dictionary links (with definitions and example sentences):
Articles with more info on SWOT analysis
Here are some articles from encyclopedias and other sites, with more information and explanation:
ESL Podcasts on SWOT analysis
Here are some ESL podcasts from Business English Pod (which you can download, to listen to on your phone, on the way to work etc), where two people in an accounting firm are discussing a SWOT analysis for the firm's marketing:
BBC China Learning English has a Chinese-English podcast on the English words for many spices and herbs (and some condiments too) used in food, especially in Britain's favourite type of food, curry.
These words could be useful for explaining food when entertaining customers or visiting (and eating in) other countries on business trips.
You can listen online, download the MP3 and read the PDF.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
Some tips and links on learning English.