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English


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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 328,008,138

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

Spoken in:
 
United Kingdom, United States, American Samoa, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guyana, Honduras, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia (Peninsular), Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Pitcairn, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

 

History:
 
English is a West Germanic language related to Dutch, Frisian and German with a significant amount of vocabulary from French, Latin, Greek and many other languages. English evolved from the Germanic languages brought to Britain by the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and other Germanic tribes, which are known collectively as Anglo-Saxon or Old English. Old English began to appear in writing during the early 8th century AD.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

Books

Grammar Listening Reading TOEFL
Additional books are available - please stop by to see what else we have to offer!

 

Grammar

 
Basic English Grammar (Second Edition)

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1996
ISBN-13 9780133683172
No of Copies

 
Basic English Grammar (Second Edition Teacher's Guide)

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1997
ISBN-13 9780133683257
No of Copies

 
Fundamentals of English Grammar

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1992
ISBN-13 9780133275520
No of Copies

 
Tell Me About It!

 
Author: Cynthia McKeag
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1993
ISBN-13 9780838436080
No of Copies

 
Test Bank for Understanding and Using English Grammar

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Pearson Education
Copyright: 2001
ISBN-13 9780139586958
No of Copies

 
Understanding and Using English Grammar

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-13 9780139436147
No of Copies

 
Understanding and Using English Grammar (Second Edition)

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1993
ISBN-13 9780139285653
No of Copies

 
Understanding and Using English Grammar: A Reference Grammar (Second Edition)

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1993
ISBN-13 9780139482335
No of Copies

 
Understanding and Using English Grammar: A Reference Grammar (Third Edition)

 
Author: Betty Schrampfer Azar
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 2000
ISBN-13 9780139587030
No of Copies

 
Vocabulary in Use: Upper Intermediate (With Answers)

 
Author: Michael McCarthy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 1999
ISBN-13 9780521577687
No of Copies

Listening

 
Active Listening

 
Author: Steven Brown
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 2007
ISBN-13 9780521678131
No of Copies 12

 
Active Listening: Teacher's Edition

 
Author: Steven Brown
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 2007
ISBN-13 9780521678148
No of Copies 1

 
Advanced Listening Comprehension (First & Second Editions)

 
Author: Patricia Dunkel
Publisher: Newbury House Publishers, Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1982, 1996
ISBN-13 9780838448427
No of Copies

 
All Talk: Problem Solving for New Students of English

 
Author: Jann Huizenga
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1992
ISBN-13 9780838439791
No of Copies

 
Basics in Listening: Short Tasks for Listening Development

 
Author: Michael Rost
Publisher: Longman Asia ELT
Copyright: 1985, 1995
ISBN-13 9789620010293
No of Copies 11

 
Basics in Listening: Short Tasks for Listening Development (Teacher's Edition)

 
Author: Michael Rost
Publisher: Longman Asia ELT
Copyright: 1985
ISBN-13 9789620010309
No of Copies 2

 
A Conversation Book 1, English in Everyday Life

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1998
ISBN-13 9780137924332
No of Copies 4

 
A Conversation Book 1A, English in Everyday Life

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1998
ISBN-13 9780137924585
No of Copies 13

 
A Conversation Book 1B, English in Everyday Life

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1998
ISBN-13 9780137924820
No of Copies 14

 
A Conversation Book 1, English in Everyday Life: Teacher's Edition

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1995
ISB-13N 9780130537607
No of Copies 2

 
A Conversation Book 2A, English in Everyday Life

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1998
ISBN-13 9780137281145
No of Copies 14

 
A Conversation Book 2B, English in Everyday Life

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 1998
ISBN-13 9780137925322
No of Copies 14

 
A Conversation Book 2, English in Everyday Life: Teacher's Edition

 
Author: Tina Kasloff Carver
Publisher: Prentice Hall Regents
Copyright: 2000
ISBN-13 9780137281220
No of Copies 1

 
Focus on Pronounciation: Principles & Practice for Effective Communication

 
Author: Linda Lane
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Copyright: 1993
ISBN-13 9780801308062
No of Copies

 
Sounds Great: Intermediate Pronunciation for Speakers of English (Book Two)

 
Author: Beverly Beisbier
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1995
ISBN-13 9780838442739
No of Copies

 
Sounds Great: Low Intermediate Pronunciation for Speakers of English (Book One)

 
Author: Beverly Beisbier
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1994
ISBN-13 9780838439647
No of Copies

 
Sounds Great: Low Intermediate Pronunciation for Speakers of English (Book One Teacher's Manual)

 
Author: Beverly Beisbier
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1994
ISBN-13 9780838442722
No of Copies

 
Strategies in Listening: Tasks For Listening Development

 
Author: Michael Rost
Publisher: Longman Aisa ELTs
Copyright: 1995
ISBN-13 9789620010330
No of Copies 14

 
Strategies in Listening: Tasks For Listening Development (Teacher's Edition)

 
Author: Michael Rost
Publisher: Longman Aisa ELTs
Copyright: 1995
ISBN-13 9789620010330
No of Copies 2

Reading

 
Beginning Reading Practices

 
Author: Keith S. Folse
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Copyright: 1993
ISBN-13 9780472083947
No of Copies

 
Cause and Effect: Intermediate Reading Practice

 
Author: Patricia Ackert
Publisher: Newbury House Publishers
Copyright: 1987
ISBN-13 9780883773215
No of Copies

 
Intermediate Reading Practices: Building Reading & Vocabulary Skills

 
Author: Keith S. Folse
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Copyright: 1993
ISBN-13 9780472082063
No of Copies

 
Reading Drills (Advanced Level)

 
Author: Edward B. Fry
Publisher: Jamestown Publishers
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-13 9780890615331
No of Copies

 
Reading Drills (Intermediate Level)

 
Author: Edward B. Fry
Publisher: Jamestown Publishers
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-13 9780890615324
No of Copies

 
Reading Drills (Introductory Level)

 
Author: Edward B. Fry
Publisher: Jamestown Publishers
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-13 9780890615317
No of Copies

 
Reading Faster & Understanding More: Book One (Third Edition)

 
Author: Wanda Maureen Miller
Publisher: Scott, Foresman, and Company
Copyright: 1990
ISBN-13 9780673399380
No of Copies

 
Reflections: An Intermediate Reader

 
Author: Suzanne Griffin
Publisher: Newbury House Publishers
Copyright: 1979
ISBN-13 9780883771297
No of Copies

TOEFL

 
Building Skills for the TOEFL

 
Author: Carol King
Publisher: Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-13 9780175557295
No of Copies

 
Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test

 
Author: Jolene Gear
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright: 1994
ISBN-13 9780521421911
No of Copies

 
Essential Idioms in English

 
Author: Robert J. Dixson
Publisher: Regents Publishing Company, Inc.
Copyright: 1983
ISBN-13 9780883455326
No of Copies

 
The Heinemann TOEFL Practice Tests

 
Author: Carolyn B. Duffy
Publisher: Heinemann Publishers LTD
Copyright: 1995
ISBN-13 9780435263003
No of Copies

 
Heinle & Heinle's Complete Guide to the TOEFL Test

 
Author: Bruce Rogers
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 2001
ISBN-13 9780838402269
No of Copies

 
The Heinle & Heinle TOEFL Test Assistant

 
Author: Milada Broukal
Publisher: Heinle & Heinle Publishers
Copyright: 1994
ISBN-13 9780838442814
No of Copies

 
Listening to TOEFL Workbook

 
Author: ETS
Publisher: Educational Testing Service
Copyright: 1984
ISBN-13
No of Copies

 
Longman Introductory Course for the TOEFL Test

 
Author: Deborah Phillips
Publisher: Pearson Education
Copyright: 2001
ISBN-13 9780130333995
No of Copies

 
Longman Introductory Course for the TOEFL Test (Tapescript & Answer Key)

 
Author: Deborah Phillips
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-13 9780130333995
No of Copies

 
Newbury House TOEFL Preparation Kit

 
Author: Daniel B. Kennedy
Publisher: Newbury House Publishers
Copyright: 1989
ISBN-139780066326115
No of Copies

 
Reading for TOEFL Workbook

 
Author: ETS
Publisher: Educational Testing Service
Copyright: 1987
ISBN-13
No of Copies

 
Three Easy Pieces: Reading English for Fluency and Enjoyment

 
Author: Fraida Dubin
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
Copyright: 1984
ISBN-139780201100792
No of Copies

DVDs

 
Baby Boom

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 110 min
Rating PG

 
Back to the Future

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 116 minutes
Rating PG

 
Bend It Like Beckham

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Spanish
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 112 min
Rating PG-13

 
The Boy Who Wanted to be a Bear

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles None
Running Time 74 min
Rating G

 
Breaker Morrant

 
Audio Tracks English, Dutch
Subtitles English
Running Time 107 min
Rating NR

 
Breaking Away

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, French
Running Time 100 min
Rating PG

 
Coach Carter

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 136 minutes
Rating PG-13

 
Don Juan DeMarco

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, French
Running Time 97 min
Rating PG-13

 
Do the Right Thing

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English
Running Time 100 min
Rating R

 
Driving Miss Daisy

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Spanish
Subtitles English, French Spanish
Running Time 99 min
Rating PG

 
Edward Scissorhands

 
Audio Tracks English French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 105 min
Rating PG-13

 
E.T.

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, French Spanish
Running Time 115 min
Rating PG

 
Field of Dreams

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, French Spanish
Running Time 106 min
Rating PG

 
Gladiator

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles None
Running Time 155 min
Rating R

 
Groundhog Day

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 101 min
Rating PG

 
A Hard Day's Night

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 92 min
Rating G

 
Harrison's Flowers

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 122 min
Rating R

 
Hitch

 
Audio Tracks English, Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 118 min
Rating PG-13

 
Howl's Moving Castle

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 92 min
Rating G

 
The Last of the Mohicans

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 117 min
Rating R

 
The Last Unicron

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English
Running Time 93 min
Rating G

 
Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles None
Running Time 40 min
Rating NR

 
Little Big Man

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 139 min
Rating PG-13

 
Miracle

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 136 min
Rating PG

 
Miss Congeniality

 
Audio Tracks English, Russian, French, Hawaiian, Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 109 min
Rating PG-13

 
The Mosquito Coast

 
Audio Tracks English, Spanish
Subtitles English, Spanish, French
Running Time 107 min
Rating NR

 
Moonstruck

 
Audio Tracks English French, Spanish
Subtitles English, French Spanish
Running Time 102 min
Rating PG

 
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, Greek
Running Time 95 min
Rating PG

 
My Neighbor Totoro

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles None
Running Time 87 min
Rating G

 
The Net

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Running Time 114 min
Rating PG-13

 
Parenthood

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 124 min
Rating PG-13

 
Peaceful Warrior

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, Spanish, French
Running Time 121 min
Rating PG-13

 
The Phantom of the Opera

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles None
Running Time 107 min
Rating Unrated

 
Pleasantville

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, Spanish, French
Running Time 124 min
Rating PG-1

 
The Princess Bride

 
Audio Tracks English, Spanish, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 98 min
Rating PG

 
Princess Mononoke

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles None
Running Time 134 min
Rating PG-13

 
Project Nim

 
Audio Tracks English French
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 93 min
Rating PG-13

 
Pursuit of Happyness

 
Audio Tracks English French
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 117 min
Rating PG-13

 
Remember the Titans

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English
Running Time 120 min
Rating PG

 
Schindler's List

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Spanish
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 196 min
Rating R

 
Sense & Sensibility

 
Audio Tracks English, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles Chinese, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Running Time 136 min
Rating PG

 
The Secret Life of Bees

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 114 min
Rating PG-13

 
Shane

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 117 min
Rating Unrated

 
Smoke Signals

 
Audio Tracks English French
Subtitles English, French
Running Time 89 min
Rating PG-13

 
Spirited Away

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Japanese
Subtitles None
Running Time 125 min
Rating PG

 
To Kill A Mockingbird

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English, Spanish, French
Running Time 128 min
Rating Unrated

 
What Women Want

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English
Running Time 126 min
Rating PG-13

Software

Camrbidge Preparation for the TOEFL Test

The Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test, Fourth Edition, helps students master the language skills they need to succeed on the new TOEFL iBT and communicate effectively in an academic setting. The program presents several practice tests in an electronic format that simulate the online TOEFL. This software cannot be circulated outside of the lab, but is available for in-lab use.

 

Focus on Grammar

Focus on Grammar is an interactive English grammar program available for use on LLRC computers. It provides a communicative review of English grammar that covers all language skills through a comprehensive, motivating, and fun practice.

For assistance with FOG, feel free to ask one of the LLRC staff members or see the Getting Started with Focus on Grammar guide.

 

Mavis Beacon

The LLRC offers Mavis Beacon typiing software for use on lab computers. Mavis Beacon is one of the best selling typing programs and helps you to type faster and more accurately through a variety of fun activities.

 

Pronunciation Power

Pronunciation Power is an English pronunciation program available for use on LLRC computers. The program offers thousands of words and phrases for you to hear and to practice speaking.

For assistance with Pronunciation Power, feel free to ask one of the LLRC staff members or see the Getting Started with Pronunciation Power guide.


Rosetta Stone V3 - English Levels 1 & 2

One of the leaders in language learning software, Rosetta Stone allows you to learn a new language almost effortlessly. The interactive software helps you learn through imersion rather than repetitive memorization. Learn the essential structure needed to help you develop a foundation in the language. Rosetta Stone cannot be checked out and is for in-lab use only.



Tell Me More - English

Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your vocabulary, Tell Me More is a great tool to help you develop your language skills. With hundreds of hours of language practice and thousands of exercises, you'll be on your way to learning a new language in no time.


Ultimate Speed Reader

Ultimate Speed Reader helps you to improve your timed reading skills, whether you're a native English speaker or English is a second language. The program is available for use on LLRC or personal computers (including off-campus use) with your Mikenet account.

For assistance with Ultimate Speed Reader, feel free to ask one of the LLRC staff members or see the Getting Started with Ultimate Speed Reader guide.

TOEFL Resources

Books

Please see our TOEFL books section.

Software

Camrbidge Preparation for the TOEFL Test

The Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test, Fourth Edition, helps students master the language skills they need to succeed on the new TOEFL iBT and communicate effectively in an academic setting. The program presents several practice tests in an electronic format that simulate the online TOEFL. This software cannot be circulated outside of the lab, but is available for in-lab us

Web-Based Resources

 
ETS Online Practice Test

The only official practice test for the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) and the only test preparation that uses real TOEFL iBT questions. With this official practice test, you can improve your skills, receive instant scores and performance feedback. $44.95 / test.

 
i-Courses

Provides students with several practice exams for download. $24.95 / test. Optionally, can purchase specific sections (reading, listening, speaking, or writing) rather than purchasing a full exam.

 
Learn 4 Good

Offers a variety of FREE practice exercises for the TOEFL exam.

 
TOEFL iBT Total Preparation

A variety of TOEFL preparation materials available for purchase ($5.00 per download). Choose from vocabulary, reading, or listening preparation materials, or purchase a practice exam.

 
TOEFL iBT Information

Information and links compiled by Saint Michael's professor Christine Bauer-Ramazani regarding the new TOEFL internet-based test (iBT). Outlines the format, time limits, scoring format, etc.

Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages offers ESL courses for the following native speakers: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.. Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

For assistance with Mango, please see the Getting Started with Mango Languages guide.

 

Web-Based Links


Cambridge Dictionary

Free online dictionary from Cambridge University Press. Also includes dictionaries for learners, advanced learners, idioms, phrasal verbs, Spanish/English and French/English.


Christine's Links to Useful TESL/CALL Web Resources

A compilation of links to various ESL websites, courtesy of Christine Bauer-Ramazani of the Applied Linguistics Department.


Dave's ESL Cafe

The Internet's Meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students from around the world.


 ESL Audio Practice

The exercises on this page are good preparation for taking the TOEFL and TOEIC exams. It has sentence completion exercises for many levels, including practicing idioms.

 

 ESL Cyber Listening Lab

This page contains many online listening exercises and quizzes ranging in difficulty from easy to very difficult.

 
Global Road Warrior

Use this database to get acclimated to a country's business culture and etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire), society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality) and travel tips (money & banking, transportation, and more) for 175 countries.

 

Google Groups

A free online community and discussion group service.


 
MLA Census Map

A map of the US that shows where people speak different languages and how many people live in those areas.

 
OWL ESL Resources, Handouts and Exercise

Offers links to ESL resources for students and teachers: grammars, distance education schools and courses, great ESL web sites, and much more.

 
Phrasal Verbs

 Online quizzes to help with phrasal verbs.

 
Ten by Ten

An interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as images with links to related news articles.

 
TOEFL Homepage

The Official TOEFL homepage.

 

UCLA Language Materials

Thematic lesson plans for educators teaching or students learning another language at any grade level. Site includes lesson plans and individual and supported practice materials for developing language communication skills.


Wordcount

An interactive presentation of the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked and scaled in order of how often each word is used.


Yappr

A site with many interesting tools to help you learn a new language. Yappr features videos of native English speakers, allows you to record your voice and play it back to practice pronunciation, and even broadcasts live English clssses.