Sunday, 28 February 2010

English Online ResourcesNew English File

New English File Online is a website hosted for English language students by Oxford University Press. You can learn more English here with interactive exercises, useful downloads, games, and weblinks. Practise your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and reading, and have some fun too.

There are different sets of pages for pages for Beginner, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-intermediate and Advanced and Grammar ,and within each level linksto Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Practical English and 'How Words Work activivities along with Learning Records , Text Builders and Weblinks .


Saturday, 27 February 2010

English Online

U.S.A. Learns ( is a free ESL instructional program developed primarily for immigrant adults with limited English language skills who cannot attend traditional classroom programs because of difficulty with schedules, transportation, or other barriers.

The site was developed by the Sacramento County Office of Education in partnership with the University of Michigan, and is based on greatly expanded curriculum from Putting English to Work I, English for All, and the California Distance Learning Project Web site.

The U.S.A. Learns Web site consists of 3 unique programs:
- First English Course – 20 video-based, beginner-level units,
- Second English Course – 17 video-based, intermediate-level units, and
- Practice English and Reading – 42 intermediate-level stories and activities.


Friday, 26 February 2010

Medical Online is a website that aims to be "a quick, free, easy, and complete reference guide of medical professions and the schools across the USA that offer the courses necessary to obtain these careers."

You can look up any of the listed medical careers and find out their roles and responsibilities, average salaries, educational requirements, and associated affiliations with your career option. They also have links to obtain quality medical equipment, books and uniforms online.


Subject Resources:Textbook: Unit 1 / Parts 1-3

As noted previously, the textbook for this semester is English for Medicine: Part 2 by our very own Prof Chaudrey Zahid Javid. Unfortunately the book is currently not finished yet as a decision was made to make some changes to it based on feedback we received from students about it last semester.

As a result, for the next couple of weeks, I will be posting pdf versions of the sections of the Chapters to be covered here on the blog. Copies will also be available in your various photo copy sections before class hopefully [guys, the photocopy section already has copies]. Please, therefore, find copies of links to pdf versions on Sections 1-3 of Unit 1 of the textbook which will focus on the Respiratory System.

Textbook: Unit 1-Sections 1-3 [RS] [DF]

Worshop Powerpoint:Week 1 Review Activities

Please find below links to the Powerpoint for the Week 1: Workshop session which aimed to introduce you to some of the activities you might do in the Review Section of your Practical sessions.

Among the activities reviewed are:
* Word Searches * Fallen Phrases
Message Unscrambles
* Cryptograms
* Tongue Twisters * Bingo
* Jazz Chants & * Information Gaps

I have also included links to:
* a pdf of the workshop handout [with answers] &
an mp3 of the Jazz Chant "My Blue Jeans"

If you have any problems or questions please let me know.
n.b. Just click on the RS or DF link options to get the files

Workshop Powerpoint: Week 1 [RS] [DF]
Workshop Handout: Week 1 [RS] [DF]
Jazz Chant: My Blue Jeans [RS] [DF]

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Lecture Powerpoint:Week 1: Introduction

Please find below links to the Powerpoint for the Lecture for Week 1 entitled "Introduction" which looked at:
* the Subject's Aims

* the Assessment

* the Theory Classes

* the Practical Classes

* the Textbook; &

* the Blog

As always, if you have any trouble with the links please let me know.

Lecture Powerpoint: Week 1 [RS]
Lecture Powerpoint: Week 1 [DF]

Message from Simon:Course/Subject Outline

Dear Guys and Gals, Please find below the Subject Outline for this semester.

As you will notice there is information about:
* the aims of the study
* the assessment items
* the lectures and workshops; and
* the textbook

Please note that while the topics of the lecture sessions will be the same for all students, the topics of the Workshop sessions may differ from teacher to teacher. All teachers however will ensure that you are prepared to undertake the various assessment items.

Remember, if you cannot download any of the files I post anytime, please let me know by email and I will send them to you as attachments.[p.s. 'RS' and 'DF' refer to 'rapidshare' and 'depositfiles'].

As always, be good and happy, Simon

p.s. remember you can always subscribe to the blog or comments posting on it by scrolling down the column to the the left and clicking on the icons below the 'Subscribe To' heading.

Subject Outline [RS]
Subject Outline [DF]

Message from Simon:Welcome Back!!

Dear Gals & Guys, Welcome Back!! I know it was not a particularly long break but I hope you are reasonably rested and ready to get back in to studying. I want to also partocularly welcome the students from the woman's college who I am hoping will become more regular users of the blog this semester. Remember if any of you [and that includes the guys as well] have any questions about or suggestions for the blog, I am always just an email away [].

As was the case last semester, I will try and keep you up the date with what is happening in the course and also try and keep you supplied as regularly as I can with Powerpoints, Handouts and other resources produced by myself [Simon Combe] and other members of the course team [Maryam Abdul, Faten Alhumyanee, Hashim Khan and Taqiyyah Yasin] we will also try and feed you links to resources on the web you find useful in helping you improve the English you will need in the future in your academic, professional and personal lives.

For now, best wishes, and als always, be good and happy, Simon

English Online Resources:Repeat After Us

Created by a high school student, RepeatAfterUs is an award-winning online library with what it claims to be the "best collection of copyright-free English texts and scripted recordings".Their free audio clips provide, as they note, "an excellent resource for students and literature lovers of all ages".

Among the genres of texts and recordings they have are: Poetry, Drama, Prose Fiction, Children's Stories, Nursery Rhymes and Tongue Twisters, Memorable Quotes and In Your Own Words


English Online is a Web site that helps English learners and teachers by providing useful resources such as Web-based lessons, quizzes, games, forum, chat, and blogs. This Web site consists of five sections: Learn English, Teach English, ESL Resources, ESL World, and My EnglishClub. Each section provides several sub-sections with rich learning and teaching activities and resources. In the grammar section, for example, learners can read the explanations on verbs and then take verb quizzes if they want.

An interesting feature of the site is the The Learning English Video Project which consists [so far] of 7 documentaries filmed in 7 countries: Morocco, Romania, USA, Spain, China, Brazil, UK each of which deal with questions such as "Why are people learning English?" and "What tips and advice can learners offer?" In the film on Morocco, for example, staff and learners discuss the advantages and challenges of English language learning in Morocco. Interviewees touch on a variety of topics including British vs. American accents, multi-level classrooms, and the similarities of English to French and Spanish.


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

English Online is a web site that offers free Englisdh lessons every three or so days. All lessons are based on stories currently in the news -and are also downloadable in Word.doc and PDF formats.

Most of the lesson plans have vocabulary exercises and discussion exercises as well as reading and listening. The material is for intermediate and above students. and the lessons based dealing with such topics as: Business English, the Environment, Health, Lifestyle, Current Issues, Famous People and Gossip, Technology and World News.

Among the recent stories covered on the site is one about a Yemeni-American rapper who Hagage 'AJ' Masaed believes he can help in the fight against terrorism through rap. Check out the story here.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

English Online

The aim of is to help adults improve basic skills like reading and spelling using real-life stories on topics of interest to adults. The stories are based on real life situations of interest to adults. Many came from television news stories. The site notes that some of the stories are now more than a year old, however, and things may have changed in that time.

What you do to use the site is to:
1. Pick a topic that you like by clicking on a topic or picture in the top bar of the homepage.
2. Pick a story by clicking on a story name in the list. then
3. Read the story t[if you want to hear the story, you can click the "Listen"]

When you are done reading the story, you click the "Next" button at the bottom of the page to go to learning activities based on the story.


Monday, 22 February 2010

English Online Resources: ELLLO: English Listening Language Lab Online

ELLLO is a collection of over 800 audio activities that ESL, EFL, and English students and teachers can access freely via the net. Most audio comes with pictures of the speaker, the transcript, and downloadable audio in mp3 format. Among the resources in the site are: views, Mixer, Games, Videos, Songs, News and Points.

If your interested in how a site like this started and operates you can watch a video talk
about how ELLLO first got started and the inspiration here.


Sunday, 21 February 2010

English Online Resources:Good Luck IELTS

While many sites have information and advice related to the various exams students need to do in order to get into Universites in countres such as Australia, Canada, England and the USA, there are also sites devoted to these exams.

One of these sites is Good Luck IELTS. The makers of this site endevour to show users how they can 'do their best on the day of the IELTS exam'.

The information is divided into three main areas:

  • IELTS test knowledge - so you know what to expect on the test
  • IELTS test skills – so you know which techniques can increase your scores
  • IELTS test resources – so you can prepare easily, effectively and efficiently

You can also find lots of IELTS tips, IELTS advice, and IELTS secrets to ensure success on your test. "Created by a team of experienced teachers", this site, the team claim "can prepare you to get higher IELTS scores, without the fear, frustration, and loneliness that often accompany studying for English proficiency exams".


Saturday, 20 February 2010

English Online

English-at-home is a site that enables you to improve you English grammar, vocabulary and speaking with games, a blog, forums and more Make new friends as you learn English.

Among the pages on the site are those to do with: Speaking English, Grammar and Tenses, Vocabulary, Getting a Penpal, Real Life English , Games and Quizzes, Idioms and English Reading


Friday, 19 February 2010

English Online

InnerBody is another of the guides to the human body that can be found online. A comprehensive guide to anatomy and physiology of the human body, you can study all parts, organs and systems using anatomy charts, models and diagrams. I'm sure you will find its a valueable resource durin g the next semester of English classes!!

In addition to information on the human body there are also links to a number of cognitive training and learning games that you can use to improve memory and attention. These include the:
Information Processing Game: Speed Match
Attention Game: Lost in Migration
Memory Game:
Memory Matrix
Flexibility Game: Word Bubbles
Problem Solving Game: Word Sort


English Online

At EFL.NET ]not to be confused with you can listen to songs, stories, poetry and world news in easy English, while you read the texts on the screen.

On the site you can also do cloze tests, play word games and improve your grammatical and idiomatic English.


English Online Resources:EngVid

There are a number of sites in line that provide videos along with other resources. One site whose main resource are videos in engVid aims to bring its users you free English video lessons every day. Their hope is that users can improve their skills for TOEFL, IELTS, and TOEIC exams, or just get general English grammar and pronunciation tips.

They have lessons for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students and cover such topics as business english, grammar, idioms, phrasal verbs, pronunciation, reading, slang, speaking, vocabulary and writing. They also provide tips for their users to improve their English.


Thursday, 18 February 2010

English Online is the result of the work of Rich McGirr who is an English instructor at various schools in San Diego for more than 12 years. He is currently working as a web developer for the San Diego Community College District.

The site has links to grammar, phrasal verbs , vocabulary ,listening (advanced) and reading (advanced) activities.


Tuesday, 16 February 2010

English Online Resuirces:EFL Club

If you are an advanced student of English as a foreign language, then I think you have come to the right place. EFL Club is a web site that has been on the Internet since 1999. While up until 2008, it was a place for young learners of English as a foreign language, from 2009, it began to focus on the needs of more advanced learners.

Among the resources on the sites are: Quizzes, Songs , Stories, Games, and Movies.


Monday, 15 February 2010

English Online is a web site is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.


Sunday, 14 February 2010

English Online Resources:Activities 4 ESL Students

The Internet TESL Journal is a monthly web-based journal that began publication in 1995. In addition to publishing articles, it has many activities for students and various things for teachers

From the main page of the student website - - students can access all the main sub-menus of the site. Both the grammar quizzes and the vocabulary quizzes are sorted into six levels from easy to difficult. The bilingual vocabulary quizzes are sorted by language and the crossword puzzles are sorted into easy and not so easy. For the convenience of visitors who may not be able to use JavaScript or the Flash plugin, there are additional menus listing the quizzes as HTML-only, JavaScript or Flash quizzes.


Saturday, 13 February 2010

English Online Resources:Churchill House School of English

EEnglish language schools often have sites where they offer online activities and lessons for free and one such site is the one sponsored by Churchill House. On this site you can test your knowledge of English, try out our online activities and even win a free English course.

They claim to have created a number of interactive exercises for you to practise your English online. In the 'Exam preparation' section, for example, you'll find exercises in the style of the most important public English exams, at all levels: Elementary, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, Advanced


Friday, 12 February 2010

English Online Resources:BBC - Learning English

The BBC World Service's - Learning English site aims to provide "comprehensive materials for intermediate to advanced ESL learners from the BBC World Service".

It uses simplified news stories to present English in context along with extensive audio and video clips. It also provides grammar and vocabulary feedback along with discussion groups and quizzes.


Thursday, 11 February 2010

English Online

English-Zone.Com is a privately owned personal website that, according t it, "began as a site for students and teachers of English, but has rapidly expanded to include native speakers of English brushing up on their English grammar skills, and children looking for a safe and educational site to visit."

English-Zone.Com aims to be a fun site for students who are learning English as a Second Language, or studying English in general. On the site you can learn some idioms, practice with English verbs, test your grammar, check out the fun stuff page, write a silly story, or visit links to other English sites.


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

English Online ResourcesLEO Network

According tho their Website, the LEO [Learn English] "has served up a wealth of resources to help people around the world learn English free online" since 1999. "From dictation and pronunciation files, sections on the basics of English, spelling, grammar and other activities such as games, tests and quizzes". In addition, they notes, there is an extensive vocabulary section which uses pictures and sound and sections on British culture, customs and traditions.

Among the resources on the site are those related to:
English Grammar, English Games, English Quizzes, English Dictation, English Pronunciation, Common Mistakes


Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Message from Simon:Pdf of Blog

Dear Guys & Gals, I hope all is well and that you both did well in your exams and are enjoying your break. I am just writing to let you you know that as far as I know I will be back preparing the classes for next semester and so if you have any questions please send me an email, text message or phone.

I have also prepared a pdf which contains all the postings on this blog last semester. If you'd like a copy of the Blog pdf, just go to the link below. If you have any problems downloading the file, please let me know. For now, be good and happy, Ma as-salaamah, Simon

Simon's Medical English Page [pdf]

Monday, 8 February 2010

English Online Resources:English 4 U

English 4 U is a website specially made for ESL students in their first years of study. Main aims of the page is to provide explanations as to how to use grammar combined with exercises. It also includes information and exercises about countries and cities and some crosswords, irregular verbs exercises, texts and quizzes.

All your answers can be checked directly by clicking the check button on the bottom of each page. Among the links on the page are: Grammar, Grammar Exercises, Countries & Cities
Quizzes & Texts, Crosswords, Irregular Verbs and Vocabulary


Sunday, 7 February 2010

English Online Resources:The Study Zone

Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting information about some of the the English Language learning sites on the web. One such site is the The Study Zone produced by Canada's Victoria University. The Study Zone is for students of the University's English Language Centre (ELC).

The English-language lessons and practice exercises are created by teachers at the ELC. While the site is designed to support their adult English-language learners, all are welcome to read the lessons and try the exercises. Among the links on the sites are those for: Upper Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced students .

The Study Zone [The Victoria University]

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Medical Online Resources:1 StopESL IELTS-Medical Terminology

If you have time, check out 1StopESL-the ESL Online Centre's IELTS Medical Terminology Page where there are a number of activities and quizzes of interest to medical students.

The exercises have been created using the resources on Quia aims to help educators teach better by giving them the tools to create, customize, and share learning activities. Quia helps students learn more by bringing the resources of hundreds of thousands of educators together in one place.

p.s. if you don't have it, you will have to download the free Java plug-in to enable your browser to display the activity. Just follow the links.

1 StopESL IELTS-Medical Terminology

Monday, 1 February 2010

Medical Online Resources:Medical Procedures and Skills

For a collection of Step by Step Guides to over 40 Medical Procedures and Skills, check ouout the link below. Among the procedures and skills documented are those relating to:

01..Temperature 02..Pulse. 03..Respiration. 04..Blood Pressure 05..Pulse Oximetry 06..Capillary Blood Draw 07..Venipuncture 08..Blood Draw from a Central Venous Catheter. 09..Nasopharyngeal Swab. 10..Throat Culture

Medical Procedures and Skills []