Web-Based Academic Language Exercises

Direct Links to Web-Based
Academic Language Exercises

We educators often provide parents and students with website addresses where they can further search for particular exercises; however, just the process of searching and figuring out the website organization can be disheartening.

We hope this blog will help educators, parents, and students find exercises and games to help improve academic language understanding and use.  Academic language, found in content area textbooks, consists of complex sentences,   multi-syllablic words, and figurative phrases such as similes and metaphors.  Below are brief descriptions and direct links to web based exercises and games that should help with understanding and using all of these language forms.


1. Root words, prefixes, suffixes: http://www.prefixsuffix.com/rootchart.php

This website has a list of prefixes, roots, and suffixes that will help students figure out meanings of words, and includes two games Rooty and  Meany which allows students to practice using roots to define words.                    

2. Translators: http://www.spanishdict.com/translation

Translators combines  world-class dictionaries, verb conjugations, video Spanish translations, and English to Spanish machine translations into one very powerful search box.


1. Grammar Practice: http://www.rong-chang.com/ex/contents.htm

Students complete grammar exercises including complex sentence and scrambled sentence exercises. Although the site does not have pictures, it does give feedback about performance on exercises.

The user will need Flashplayer to play the online games available. 

2. Preposition Practicehttp://www.mcedservices.com/Prepex/QUIZEX.HTM

The student looks at a picture, listens, answers a question, and repeats short sentences using frequently occurring prepositions (e.g. to/from, on/off, etc.)

3. Conversation Practice: http://www.eslfast.com/easydialogs/index.html

This site features Average Daily Living Conversations:  Students can listen to, read print, and repeat functional conversations.

4. Question Practice: http://www.rong-chang.com/tutor.html

Type in a questions to ask Mike the robot, and he will answer back. 

5. Math Vocabulary: http://www.mcedservices.com/math/mathindex.htm

This site provides a multi language glossary, definitions of terms through algebra and geometry levels, and practice problems which are read aloud to the student before answering them online.

6. Basic Vocabulary: http://www.learningchocolate.com/?gclid=CMGVtqn90rcCFck-MgodH0QARQ

The site features games that have students matching a word heard to either a printed word or picture. The vocabulary used includes adjectives and antonyms.

7. Vocabulary games including similes: http://englishclub.com/esl-games/vocabulary/index.htm

This website provides links for other sites that allow students to practice read, oral, and written vocabulary within games. Practice of similes are included in many of the sites.

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