Voice Of America has long been known for its many English-learning features, especially what they called “Special English.” However, relatively recently (I can’t be sure exactly when, but I just discovered it today) they dramatically redesigned and expanding their offerings. And, boy oh boy, they are terrific!
Where should I start?
First, they now have a very attractive page where you can access all of their leveled interactive exercises, as well as their “Special English” news stories.
Their Go English site has long had specific excellent English-learning bilingual programs in Chinese, Farsi, Russian and Indonesian. But now they’ve also added Vietnamese.
The VOA Newsroom videos have all been integrated with English Central, which, in my opinion, is the best site on the web for learning English. What was particularly surprising to me, though, was that you don’t have to register on English Central in order to watch, listen, and practice speaking (and get graded on it) with all the videos. Maybe that’s the way English Central has been all along, or maybe its a new development just for VOA, but I had always assumed the speaking feature was only available once you sign-in to the site. Not having to register just makes it that more accessible.
And they also have a brand new Learning English main site.
Whew! That’s a lot of stuff….
I’m adding all these sites to The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites.
I’m adding the new Vietnamese site to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Learning English.
Is VoA best positioned to teach good quality English? Most of what I’ve heard in American broadcasting leaves a lot to be desired – especially with pronunciation.