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English Learning Resources Guide

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English Language Learning: eBooks at UNB Libraries

Find grammar, reading, writing, and oral comprehension help for English language learners in these ebooks:

English Language Learning: Print Books at UNB Libraries

Find grammar, reading, writing, and oral comprehension help for English language learners in these print books. Books can be signed out at an Access Services Desk. Fredericton students can request books located at Hans W. Klohn Commons in Saint John via our document delivery service and vice versa.

More English Language Reading Practice

Press Display is a great resource for practicing your reading and comprehension skills in English from newspapers and magazines across the world. You can also use this resource to access and read newspapers in your native language.

The HIL-JUV collection at Harriet Irving Library offers books written in accessible English for a younger audience that provide a great opportunity for beginner English students interested in practicing their reading and comprehension skills. See also the HIL-EASY collection for children's books.

Audio Visual

Film Collections

Practice your English comprehension skills while watching films from the UNB Libraries' electronic and DVD film collections:

Search films in UNB WorldCat catalogue by title, author (i.e., director), or subject/keyword(s). Limit "Format" in the left hand column of search results to available "Video" options (eVideo, DVD, etc.).

Audio Files in UNB Libraries' Databases

Interested in improving your pronunciation and listening comprehension? A few electronic library resources provide audio files along with text files for your convenience.

Feel free to submit any file type and web content into text-to-speech software in order to hear content read aloud. See the Text-to-Speech tab in this guide for free software suggestions.

English Tests Prep

UNB Libraries' CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) prep materials

Read this information about CAEL and find free sample tests.

UNB Libraries' IELTS (International English Language Testing System) prep materials

Read this information about IELTS and find free sample tests.

UNB Libraries' MTELP (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency) prep materials

Read this information about MTELP and find free sample questions.

  • Barron's How to Prepare for the Michigan Test Battery: Covers All 3 Tests in the Michigan Test Battery, Aural Comprehension, English Proficiency, Composition
    HIL-REF PE1128 .S49 1982
  • Melab Strategy: Winning Multiple Choice Strategies for the Michigan English Language Arts Battery
    HIL-REFDSK PE1128 .M37 2015

UNB Libraries' TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prep materials

Try these free sample questions from TOEFL.

Print Books



General English Language Test Prep

Free Online Resources

Free internet resources for students of English as a foreign language

These resources are freely available to anyone and do not require proxy authentication.

  • Academic Phrasebank from the University of Manchester
    This is a great resource for academic writers with phrase suggestions for how to introduce your work, refer to sources, describe methods, report results, discuss findings, and write conclusions.
  • Tests and exercises for ESL students
    In this resource, you will find worksheets and exercises that will help you with English grammar, synonyms, business English, common errors in English usage, and idiomatic expressions. The materials are organized according to elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels.
  • A World of ESL Resources
    Find free reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and listening materials as well as links to dictionaries.
  • OEDb Open Education Database
    Use this resource to find free grammar guides, pronunciation and spelling exercises, vocabulary practice and writing activities, quizzes and worksheets, podcasts and YouTube channels related to English language acquisition.
    In this resource, you will find a wealth of materials for learning English vocabulary and grammar, listening and reading comprehension, business English help, and writing practice.
  • Rong-Chang Li’s site
    Find free listening comprehension and speaking exercises as well as reading practice materials.
  • Activities for ESL students by The Internet TEST Journal
    Find activities for English learners, such as quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles.
  • Listening and oral practice – Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
    Try these listening exercises and quizzes to improve your oral comprehension.

New Brunswick Public Libraries also offer free online language learning tools to anyone with a library card. Get free access to Rosetta Stone that delivers interactive instruction in thirty different languages and more advanced lessons for a core set of languages that include English and French.

Academic Services

Writing & Study Skills Centre

Students of English as a foreign language at UNB can seek free help to improve all aspects of their academic writing from the UNB Writing Centres located on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses.

Writing Centre consultants help students improve their own writing abilities through individual tutoring sessions that focus on academic assignments, including such topics as clarifying ideas, making an outline, developing a thesis statement, thinking critically, structuring an argument, and effective editing. The goal is to help students improve the clarity of their own thought and expression.

Learn more about the services offered by the Writing Centre in Fredericton and in Saint John.

STU students can seek help from the STU Writing Centre.


International Student Services at UNB and STU

The International Student Advisor's Office offers advice and support on a wide range of topics to facilitate your transition as an international student in Fredericton.

See the International Student Services website for assistance at UNB SJ.

See the International Students website for assistance at STU.


Free Text-to-Speech Readers

Interested in improving your pronunciation and listening comprehension? Use text-to-speech software to hear text files and web content read aloud.

Learn how to activate the text-to-speech recognition feature on your Mac here.

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  • UNB Fredericton
  • 506-453-5017
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