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Grammar: Advanced Grammar in Use. With Answers and CD-ROM. (Taschenbuch) von Martin Hewings (Autor)
Dictionary: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (DCE), m. CD-ROM
German-English Dictionary: PONS Großwörterbuch Englisch: Englisch-Deutsch / Deutsch-Englisch. Rund 390.000 Stichwörter und Wendungen
Visual Thesaurus http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ (You can try this out online.)
Dave's ESL Cafe (covers everything from grammar to pronunciation to job opportunities and teacher training programs) http://www.eslcafe.com/
The Guardian (UK) http://www.guardian.co.uk/
To improve your own writing, especially in the areas of grammar and punctuation, please consult this website from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University in the US.
Here you can find a variety of lectures which various universities make available to the public:
This is a general website where you can find lectures as well as online courses: http://www.openculture.com/2007/07/freeonlinecourses.html
Here is one specific example of US university which makes its lectures available to the public:
University of California at San Diego:http://www.uctv.tv/education/
But check other universities, since most have similar websites. Another source is youtube, where you can find lectures and seminars.
National Public Radio (US) http://www.npr.org
Minnesota Public Radio (US) Prairie Home Companion http://www.phc.mpr.org
Learning English http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
6 Minute English http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/how2
Grammar Challenge http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/gc
TV shows - full episodes available on line:
Parodies of Songs: http://www.capitolsteps.com
In addition, here are some sites on regional, social and ethnic dialects of modern English.
New online access to "Varieties of English" and "The Atlas of North American English""
You can now access the online version to "Varieties of English", which covers varieties of English spoken all over the world. This works the same way as the "Atlas of North American English" (actually, since it is the same publisher, the format is identical, making it much easier to use)
Varieties of English website: http://rzblx10.uni-regensburg.de/dbinfo/detail.php?bib_id=ubol&colors=&ocolors=&lett=f&titel_id=7174
You just type in your new library username and password (the one that has four letters and four numbers).
The great thing is that you can even use this databank at home (ah, the glories of cyberspace!) You will need earphones to hear the audio samples. The websites allow you to listen to reading passages as well as free passages from English accents all over the world (VAE) as well as from different parts of North America (ANAE).
Here is the link to the Atlas of North American English:
This is the British Library's Sounds Familiar website, which shows the different dialects found in the UK today
This is the website that accompanies the DVD and book "Do You Speak American?", both of which are available in the university library. http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/americanvarieties/
Among other fascinating spots on this website is the following map, which you can click on to listen to radio stations from all over the US. http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/americanvarieties/radio/#
I would encourage to just look around on the site; there is a plethora of audio and visual material here which will help you in your study of American dialects.
America's Regional Accents, Holding Fast
Dictionary of American Regional English
This is the website of the Dictionary of American Regional English. It includes dialect maps, but also audio files of samples of speech from speakers of many different American dialects.