This is the last part of a three-part series on developing oral English skills. The previous two lists were The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English and The Best Websites For Learning English Pronunciation.
You can access those two lists, as well as forty other of my “The Best…” lists at Websites of the Year.
All the sites on these lists can also be found on my website.
Of course, all these sites are also all free, or they wouldn’t be on the list.
Here, in my opinion, are The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills:
Number eight is 1-Language. It offers a free audio course comprised of forty units. Each one includes a written dialogue , audio, and exercises. It’s broad and accessible.
Number seven is a tie between a number of sites that have audio and animated exercises for Beginning English Language Learners. There used to be one or two that had a bunch, but those sites recently went “down.” The ones I’d like to highlight on this list are: Jr Naver, which has a number of conversations (don’t worry about the Korean writing, it’s in English) — just remember to click on the little box within the animation so you can see the words as they are spoken; Yahoo Korea, which has thirteen similar animations though, here, click on the circle; and another Jr Naver site that has thirteen dialogues.
OmAudio is number six, and is similar to 1-Language. It also has a lot of other resources on its site.
Everyday English from the Headway series, published by Oxford University Press, has six sections on conversations, and I’m ranking all six of them at number five. They are rated Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, and Advanced.
Number four is LiveMocha, which I’ve ranked highly on a number of other lists. It’s excellent for developing oral, and other, English skills.
English Baby! is number three. It has daily exercises, subtitled videos, dialogues, the works!
I’m putting English Listening Language Lab Online (ELLLO) at number two. It has over 1,000 audio slideshows, games, exercises, songs, etc. — all geared towards developing conversational skills.
And, now, for The Best Site For Developing English Conversational Skills…..it’s the British Council’s J@M. They have a series of excellent audio and animated stories related to everyday situations. Be sure to click on “dialogue” within the animation to see the words as they’re spoken.
My next “The Best…” list will be The Best Sites For Developing Academic English Skills and Vocabulary. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for that list, or comments and differing opinions on this one.
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