Academic English Speaking and Writing

These resources will help you with pronouncing special terms and symbols. Some are written sources and some contain audio.

Essential Skills for Academic Success

This terrific site from Monash University in Australia has everything you need for research and writing. There are resources for studying, writing assignments, samples of assignments and different kinds of writing from different fields (e.g., lab reports in engineering, poster presentations in education, etc.), thesis writing, and the publication process.

Academic Phrasebank

This site from the University of Manchester in the UK is your new best friend! There are hundreds of useful phrases that can be used for academic writing and speaking (e.g., introducing research questions, presenting data, discussing findings, etc.).

Verbal Stratagems

Looking for more variety in your spoken English—particularly for situations at school? This site offers short phrases for situations such as giving feedback, disagreeing, expressing gratitude and includes audio of a native speaker. Thanks to Dr. Barbara Imber and Carson Maynard at the University of Michigan for this excellent site.

Academic Word List

This is a 10-page PDF listing the most frequently used academic words in American English. The list is broken into 10 subgroups and below there is a link to video of American English speakers pronouncing each list.

Academic Word List Audio

These videos demonstrate the pronunciation of all of the vocabulary in the above word list.

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

This is the “grand daddy” of all online writing labs! Here you will find information on everything from citation guides, grammar usage in writing, tips for second language speakers of English, samples of cover letters and resumes, etc. An excellent resource for students and professors alike.


Special Resources for the STEM Fields

Handbook for Spoken Mathematics

Do you teach math or a subject that requires a lot of math? If so, this resource will show you the English needed so that you can explain the special symbols and numbers needed in mathematics. There is no audio here, but the explanations are still very useful.

Technical Terms Audio for Math and Science

This site has audio on how to pronounce technical terms in math, statistics, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, biology, and business.

Khan Academy

This site features hundreds of video lessons in math, science, and several other fields. This is usually used as a resource for English speaking students (grade school through university), however international TAs will find lots of useful teaching language for explaining difficult concepts. Transcripts and subtitles are also available.


Teaching in the United States

Instruction at FSU - Chapter 6 - Especially for TAs

Helpful tips and resources for FSU teaching assistants.

Teaching in America: A Guide for International Faculty

International teaching assistants and faculty at Harvard University discuss their experiences of teaching in the U.S.

Instruction at FSU - Chapter 8 - Using Active Learning in the Classroom

A thorough resource guide explaining many kinds of active learning strategies and activities.

Classroom and Teaching Techniques

This page offers specific instructional strategies to enhance student engagement and learning in the classroom.

Teaching Workshops at FSU

Come join fellow TAs and instructors discuss strategies and techniques that promote excellence in teaching and learning.


MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Look under "Search MERLOT" for resources.


Pronunciation and Listening

Rachel’s English

This excellent site has hundreds of videos demonstrating specific sounds as well as other pronunciation features such as reduced speech (e.g., gonna), stress patterns, and intonation. There are also many videos to help you with everyday vocabulary, conversation, and pronunciation for job interviews and phone calls.


Type in a word or phrase, select the kind of English you want (US, UK, or Australian) and you Youglish will show you hundreds of video clips in which your word or phrase is spoken. This allows you to hear how native speakers pronounce a word within a sentence.

American Rhetoric

A database of full text, audio and video version of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, interviews, etc.

English Page Listening Resources

This page has links to both US and British radio programs-great for listening practice.

Phonetics: The Sound of Speech 
An excellent resource from the University of Iowa which demonstrates how to produce all of the sounds of American English. The site now has an app for your phone.

TED Talks

TED Talks are videotaped presentations of varying lengths (3-25 minutes long) on a variety of topics from art to science to technology. You can view most of the talks with subtitles in several languages, and transcripts are usually available in several languages. TED Talks are a great way to practice listening and also learn new vocabulary.


Grammar and Vocabulary

Activities for ESL students

This site has a list of bilingual quizzes for reviewing vocabulary in English and many other languages.

English in a Minute from Voice of America

Short video lessons on idioms and common phrases in American English.

Eng Vid: Free English Video Lessons

This site features videos of English language teachers presenting short lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, slang, TOEFL preparation, etc.

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