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Medical-English Links

Links for those preparing for grad school or standardized tests

Links related to studying overseas or on-line      

Student "product descriptions" of websites

Links and advice for listening resources          

Student reviews of websites

The  "thumbs up" means a site is highly recommended.

NOTE: visiting websites can allow viruses into your computer. Be sure your anti-virus software is up to date!

I'm sorry if these links do not work--the web is constantly changing! In addition, several of these links are occasionally blocked in China (but work elsewhere).

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See Student Connection (as well as our Resources page) for things at Krigline.com for students. Also check out our popular English-learner "Movie Study Guides." Current students, click here for a copy of class resources.

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Get yourself an English name (look for "search baby names" or try this link; the last time I visited, you didn't have to register to use the site). You can change the box after "search" from "this name" to "this meaning," and type in the meaning you want your name to have. But first, you might want to read my Thoughts on Choosing an English Name.

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Do you have an iPad? Check out these articles about apps for ESL learners. (both 2014) http://www.edudemic.com/12-best-ipad-apps-world-language-classroom/ and  http://www.edudemic.com/top-9-fantastic-ipad-apps-esl-students/

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[broken link?] The Chinese Online Writing Lab (OWL). This looks like a great website for Chinese English-learners. You can get free help for your English writing, attend on-line seminars, learn about technical and professional writing, and more.  http://www.cc.nctu.edu.tw/~tedknoy/html/lla_eng.html

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An American OWL--Online Writing Lab at Purdue (a well-known university in Indiana):  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

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http://www.englishclub.com/ For students and teachers, this free site has English lessons, interactive pages, forums, games, chat, penpals links and more. There is also a page with extra links to Chinese sites related to English learning and teaching

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http://www.usinfo.pl/zoom/ If you want to read about America, try ZOOM,  a monthly magazine for English-learners from the US Embassy in Warsaw. You can even get a subscription to these colorful, informative, easy-to-read publications.

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www.kanetix.ca/esl-learning-for-traveling-students This Canadian page (sponsored by Kanetix Insurance) can link you to many resources. Headings include Grammar, Reading and Writing, Vocabulary (& idioms), Spelling, Punctuation, Listening, Converters & Calculators (very handy), and General ESL resources. Check it out!

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The Elements of Style (link to William Strunk, Jr.'s The Elements of Style--one of the best writing manuals for anyone who writes in English)

 

On-line research--places to start:

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The Free Library I've only glanced at this, but it looks like a great place to do online research, especially if you don't have access to an extensive physical library. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/

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The Virtual Library is www.vlib.org or http://vlib.org/

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For technical info and definitions in our changing hi-tech world, try http://whatis.techtarget.com/

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For rather detailed information on every country (from an American authority), see the CIA factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

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MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary is one of the resources linked to this page's medical section (below right)

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For quotes, try www.quotationspage.com

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www.bartleby.com looks like a wonderful place to search for quotes, definitions, synonyms, and general information, though non-native English speakers might have difficulty figuring out where to start.

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http://americaslibrary.gov (an interactive link to the US National Library)

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[broken link?] Try the New York Times CyberTimes Navigator, a collection of links reportedly used by reporters at one of the world's most respected newspapers. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/technology/ cybertimesnavigator/index.html

 

The following have longer descriptions below (in reviews or product descriptions written by students):
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www.putclub.com is a Chinese-language based website that aims to help your listening ability. MANY of my Chinese students say this is very helpful.

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www.neworiental.org is a Chinese-language-based website that offers a wide selection of useful content and allows visitors to actively practice English on-line.

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www.study.com, with help designed for students at different English levels.

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[broken link?] www.BBClearning.com, with educational programs, links, and help for your your writing, speaking, spelling and grammar.

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[broken link?] www.hjenglish.com (沪江英语) is a Chinese-based website for English learners, offering help with standardized English exams, English-learning courses, materials for downloading and more. For a longer description, see the student reviews below (or click here).

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http://a4esl.org/; lots of quizzes, exercises and puzzles to help you study English using things you are interested in, as well as materials for students who want to take IELTS or TOEFL.

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www.Antimoon.com provides advice and inspiration to English learners, as well as presenting the Antimoon Method to help you learn more effectively.

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www.EnglishChina.com, for Chinese English learners, includes sections like Chatting in English, On-line English schools, English engagement, Celebrities, and Customs of different nations.

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www.news.google.com provides the latest news from different sources. As you read, note the new words and new ways to use them—you will be amazed at how it improves your English!

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http://edu.sina.com.cn/en. Sina’s Education Website is very helpful for Chinese students who want to improve their English. (But I've had trouble viewing this website in China)

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The Voice of America ( [broken link?]  www.voanews.95.cn) presents updated news reports and offers you the chance to practice listening skills.

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www.elfs.com is Adam Radon’s English learning fun site, with features like “humor me” and “mouth workout.” Registered members get access to many practical English programs.

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www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish has the latest news, colorful photos, and sections for grammar, vocabulary, business English, music and more.

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www.cycnet.com/englishcorner/index.htm provides many reading materials and helps improve your listening as well as speaking.

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www.google.com can help you "search your way to better English." It is your Internet doorway to the English world.

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www.yahoo.com is a search engine and more, with several separate parts that cover news, sports, entertainment and so on. The education section links you to on-line lessons where you can consult teachers and get information about how to learn English.

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www.chinadaily.com.cn/en/home/index.html; China Daily's site gives you the latest news with pictures, and also helps improve your English in an efficient way.

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 [broken link?] www.englishbase.net provides a world of help for English students of all ages, including help with basic words, terms in textbooks, test preparation and English news.

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www.goenglish.com (operated by Cornell University teacher Adam Sullivan) offers help with English idioms that can make your English more colorful.

More sites for English learners:
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http://www.economist.com. My Xiamen University economics students like this site, which is full of international news and views.

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[broken link?] Business English Pod provides free weekly MP3 podcast ESL lessons for intermediate and advanced business English learners.

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http://esl.about.com/ has lots of great materials and links, including offers for free courses and a newsletter. It also links you to an article about English Learner Language programs.

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www.englishgateway.com Online vocabulary lessons (with audio) for intermediate and advanced ESL learners. Exercises on idioms, phrasal verbs and collocations. Student/teach blog and worksheets. (They wrote to me and asked to be added to this list; it looks like a helpful website.)

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ManyThings.org for ESL students

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http://esl-lab.com

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http://www.efl.net/ Another site with lots to offer, including audio and video resources.

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http://www.cri.com.cn (this was recommended by an NPU student in 2004)

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http://learning.sohu.com/waiyutiandi.shtml (this "English on-line" site was recommended by a senior)

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An Elementary English Grammar Book (online version) (this website asked me to add a link to these basic grammar pages; you can also try www.eurotemp.co.uk/english/index.html)

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Sentence Master (games, articles and links for English learners and teachers--Canadian website) http://www.sentencemaster.ca/

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http://www.english-test.net/ English-learning quizzes, synonym worksheets, idiomatic expressions, common errors in English usage, and the site says you can "click to subscribe to a free email English course" or post grammar/vocabulary questions

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 [broken link?] http://www.learnenglishguide.com/english/online/ This page links you to sub-pages where you can learn more about English Language, its grammar, its vocabulary, online courses and online dictionaries. (This is from an organization in Spain that says it can help learners find places to study in English-speaking countries.)

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http://www.britishcouncil.org/central.htm?mtklink=central-learnenglish-portal-main-promo Learn English Central is part of the British Council website. They say it is especially designed to make learning fun for teenagers and adult learners.

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Do you like English idioms? Click below for an article about the 1500's origin of English expressions:  [broken link?] http://www.vintiques.com/just-for-fun/life-in-the-1500s; here is a similar web page: http://www.writersrelief.com/blog/post/Common-Expressions-and-Their-Origins.aspx

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[broken link?] http://www.allsortsofeverything.co.uk/xinhua/ This site is maintained by English majors in China, for English majors (with the help of one of my colleagues); it includes many links, as well as forums you can participate in.

 

Medical English:

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www.englishmed.com (from Europe) focuses on basic medical English, particularly in the context of writing and speaking abilities. It also has dialogs to watch and listen to, and exercises too. For a longer description, the student reviews below (or click here).

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www.talkingmedicine.com (intermediate medical students) has several free lessons to download, plus others you can buy. The talkingmedicine medical resources page has many good links, including some of the following.

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MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary
Hosted by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). An illustrated medical encyclopedia is also available on the site.

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AddictionLibrary.org
This supplements the MedlinePlus dictionary, as it seems to be more specific when it comes to addiction-related terms. (And check out their "resources" links.)

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MedTerms Medical Dictionary
From MedicineNet.com, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms.

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University of Bath English Language Test (medical English). This test (a fee is required) is used to assess the English level of non-native speakers applying for some medical positions in the UK.

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[broken link?] Medical Terminology Web (from Hong Kong) will help you learn medical English by focusing on the parts of words (prefixes, suffixes, etc.). It also has sections for Chinese medicine, dentistry, medicine, medical engineering and nursing, as well as links and more. (formerly http://ec.hku.hk/mt/, the link didn't work when I last tried; but try http://caes.hku.hk/home/learningresources# and click "Medical Terminology")  For a longer description, the student reviews below (or click here).

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Oxy Medical English Information Network features information on medicine and nursing in Chinese and English; 12 bilingual tabs help you navigate through the site. (www.medicaleng.com) For a longer description, the student reviews below (or click here).

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[broken link?] Mededucation is a double-language-based website with helpful sections like medical news, forum and reporting and reference. (http://mededucation.bjmu.edu.cn/ For a longer description, see the student reviews below (or click here). (I can't view this site at home, but my students have access on campus.) NOTE: in March 2010, I couldn't reach this site.

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www.nature.com presents articles in the realms of science and medicine. It includes downloadable podcasts, medical articles recent research and more. For a longer description, the student reviews below (or click here).

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The Self-Study MEDICAL English Site” (Turku University, Finland) is described in my student reviews below (or click here). Their Medlinks page will link you to other resources for medical students, including:
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http://users.utu.fi/micnel/medical/medlinks.htm.

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Turku U's home page for med students is http://users.utu.fi/micnel/medicalindex.htm

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Medline Plus (http://medlineplus.gov/), part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, can be used to answer health questions and watch surgery videos, and it also has information about drugs, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news. For a longer description, see the student reviews below (or click here).

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DrugWatch (www.drugwatch.com) is a comprehensive resource about various medications distributed worldwide. DrugWatch is not affiliated with any drug manufacturers, so it is probably a resource you can trust for honest information.

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Please tell me about your favorite medical-English websites!

Special Links for English Teachers

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Jian Hua's links page for teachers

(with links to over 35 web pages; most have a brief explanation)

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Dave's ESL Cafe

(the web's best-known ESL website, and you should see his "link" page!)

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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language

(I have been a member of this professional organization--TESOL--for many year. Their website offers a number of resources to teachers. You should also consider joining!)

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ESL resource page (ESL in Canada)

(a link to helpful ESL resources for teachers and learners)

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EnglishClub.com

(For students and teachers, this free site has English lessons, interactive pages, forums, games, chat, penpals links and more. There is also a page with extra links to Chinese sites related to English learning and teaching)

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[broken link?] The Amity Foundation

(links to the Teacher Resources page, with several useful handbooks and more)

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A wonderful collection of Grammar Explanations; Guide to Grammar & Writing

(linked with permission from Capital Community College
in Hartford, Connecticut, USA; http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/)

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Resources for Teachers

The US Embassy in Poland has posted this collection of links to resources for teachers (including some specifically for ESL teachers). http://krakow.usconsulate.gov/studyus/resources-for-teachers.html

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Shambles Website (SE Asia Resources)

This site began in 2002 to support international school communities in SE Asia. It has a wealth of links and resources. www.shambles.net/esl/

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http://www.plagiarism.org 

(recommended by a colleague at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an)

 

Teachers: the following are at Krigline.com:

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Successful Writing for the Real World

(For pages related to my advanced writing textbook)

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"Better Writing Study Guide"

(The guide I created to help my students understand and overcome problems commonly made by Chinese English-learners)

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Summary of Types of Writing

(My handout about the structure of several major types of American English writing that might be useful to students for whom English is a foreign language)

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Correction Key

(My handout showing abbreviated marks for correcting student essays)

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Welcome Handout

(My handout outlining the expectations I have for my classes)

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Interest Survey

(A ranked list of topics my students were interested in--2007, Kunming Medical University)

 

Post-graduate exam preparation:

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http://learning.sohu.com/kaoyan.shtml

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http://kaoyan.com/

 

Standardized test preparation:

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You should see my advice here.

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TOEFL home page: http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org/ Includes test-taking tips and info about the test and where to take it. In 2009, this site said that TOEFL is accepted at over 7300 places worldwide (you can find a list at this website).

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TOEFL practice essay topics: http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/989563wt.pdf

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TOEFL http://www.bridge.net.cn

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TOEFL http://www.cycnet.com

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TOEFL http://esl.about.com/cs/toefl/a/a_toefl.htm

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TOEFL http://www.learn4good.com/languages/spec_english_toefl.htm

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TOEFL http://www.infozee.com/

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About.com gives a lot of good information about several standardized tests:
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Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE) http://esl.about.com/cs/britishcambridge/a/a_fce.htm

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IELTS http://esl.about.com/cs/quizzesandtests/a/blielts.htm

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TOEFL http://esl.about.com/cs/toefl/a/a_toefl.htm

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IELTS home page www.ielts.org or http://www.britishcouncil.org/china-exams.htm  In 2009, a British Coucil website said that "1400 US universities and colleges recognise IELTS for proof of English language ability for students, including Princeton, Duke and Harvard Business School."

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IELTS, resources for teachers: http://www.ielts.org/teachers.aspx

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[broken link?] http://www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/ielts/

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Selfaccess offers online preparation courses for several tests (there are fees involved, but the site offers free samples) http://www.selfaccess.com/sa_ver2_kereru.php?page=courses

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http://www.ielts.org/institutions/test_format_and_results.aspx  This page gives an idea of what your IELTS score means.

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Let me know if you know of other sites!

 

Regarding education overseas or online:

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US Department of State website; "Your guide to US education." http://www.educationusa.state.gov/ graduate/pubs/iywts2

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The US Embassy also provides several "Educational Advising Centers" in China (and many other countries); for a list of Centers, click here (http://www.educationusa.info/centers.php)

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Englishclub.com has a "Guide to Online Degrees," which is a great place to start if you are considering this option. If you heed it's warnings you could save yourself a lot of pain and expense.  [broken link?]  http://www.englishclub.com/online-degrees/index.htm

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 [broken link?] Online Graduate Programs (www.onlinegraduateprograms.com) can not only lead you to online programs (via an electronic form), but also has interesting articles about a number of related topics. The webmaster contacted me personally, seeking to help my visitors find relevant information. Check it out!

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TOEFL® Scholarship information (http://www.ets.org/toefl/scholarships?WT.dcsvid= NzA4ODAzNTg4NQS2) If you live in China or several other Asian countries, a TOEFL® scholarship can help you study at over 8,500  institutions. This program is designed to award TOEFL test takers for achieving academic excellence, exhibiting leadership skills, performing extracurricular activities and demonstrating English-communication proficiency.

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To learn about accreditation and accredited schools, look here.

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How to apply to US graduate schools http://home.vef.gov/download/US_Grad_App.pdf

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Worldwidelearn is another online resource, linking students to schools (esp. those that advertise on the website). Check out their informative Guides (to majors and programs) as an early part of your search.

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Link to ESL (English-learning) programs in Canada, including articles to read, links and more. http://www.eslincanada.com/

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How to get into America's best schools (onWiki)

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http://www.princetonreview.com and http://www.princetonreview.com/grad (This Princeton site has many resources for the college-bound, including prep for GRE, SAT, GMAT etc. However, I often can't get it to load from inside China. If the link doesn't work, try to copy the address into your browser.)

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The US University Directory has information about US State Universities, online universities and college rankings, including tools to help you evaluate them.

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Regent University (Virginia USA) is a great school that offers many online degrees. This link takes you to a quiz to help you decide if "online learning" is for you.

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If you are interested in working abroad, look at the links on our Resources page

 

Links and advice for listening resources

US audio headlines (click "news headlines" at the bottom of the linked page, and hear a summary of recent news)

 www.audiomedica.com. Audiomedica, Medical News Interviews, is a remarkable British website that presents free audio interviews for clinical doctors and medical professionals on a range of topics including global health, oncology (肿瘤学), medicine and cardiovascular (心血管的) issues. For a longer description, see the student reviews below (or click here).

Kekenet.com (www.kekenet.com/broadcast/) is a Chinese-language website that offers free downloads of recent broadcasts from VOA, BBC and other sources. My students recommend this site!

open.163.com is also recommended by my students; it is a Chinese-language website that offers free classes from international universities. (If you can't read Chinese, use Google-translate!)

 

--I asked a Canadian colleague for help in finding “good things” my medical students could listen to. Here is her helpful response.
       1. What better way to understand English culture than to listen to the children's stories that form the basis of many of our common sayings? Storynory.com is a great site that has stories of all kinds and you can also read the story as it is being told (by a British woman). The spoken and written texts are not always exactly the same but it is excellent practice in listening to fluent English.
       2. cbc.com (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) has many of its broadcasts available on "podcast". The items are very interesting and vary in length from 5 to 20 minutes or so.
       3. 2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/ is from the Centre for Disease Control in the US. Medical students will like these programs about different kinds of diseases and how they can be prevented and controlled.
       4. Do a websearch on any topic - for example <<dinosaurs podcast>> or <<dinosaur mp3>> and you will get a list of things to choose from. Some podcasts are only in the ipod format and need access to itunes. When I tried <<vocabulary podcasts>> I found lots of sites that took interesting words, defined and explained them and then gave sample sentences. It was great for my students.

 

There is more detailed information below!!

Here are essays from my students (in random order), promoting various websites that can help you practice English. I’ve done little or no editing on these “product description” style pieces, but most were written well enough to help YOU find help! They were written in 2003, so the web addresses may have changed, but I encourage you to give these links a try. Michael Krigline

Welcome to WWW.STUDY.COM (Hady)

Here is good news for students who want to improve their English. Study.com is a website which can help students at different English levels study English effectively. On this website, different kinds of programs are designed for students at different English levels. Here you can choose your teacher and request English lessons. The teacher will instruct you to study English based on your English levels. You also can chat with the teachers through the Voice Chat programs and ask any questions about English studies. In addition, you can learn about daily news and read some very interesting stories on the website. You may even inquire about teaching online if you think you are qualified for teaching, and anyone who does a good job can be awarded a teacher certificate. Since www.study.com can help you so much in English learning, isn’t it time to go to www.study.com?

www.BBClearning.com (Jenny)

Have you heard of www.BBClearning.com? BBC learning is a website that can help students improve their English. It consists of four parts: Search for Courses, Guidance on Learning, The Learning Zone and BBC Learning on TV. Search for Courses contains courses from universities and colleges, and you can find hundreds of materials from top universities all over the world. Visiting Guidance on Learning, you can get a lot of information and skills that are helpful for your English studies. The Learning Zone can broaden your horizons, and help you improve your writing, speaking, spelling and grammar. BBC Learning on TV is a unique educational TV channel. Programs cover a huge range of subjects so you’re sure to find something that interests you. BBClearning.com brings together the best guidance and information on learning, and it is a good assistant to help you learn English.

Students' First Choice--http://a4esl.org/ (Becky)

In recent years, websites have played an important part in English learning, and http://a4esl.org/ should be a student’s first choice. This website puts emphasis on cultivating students’ interests instead of forcing them to accept the information. There are 1,000 quizzes, exercises and puzzles to help you study English as a Second Language, which will improve your English ability in a short time. The Grammar Quizzes help students gain a good command of grammar in an effective and interesting way. By doing Vocabulary Quizzes, students can enlarge their vocabulary and learn how to use words properly. If you want to know about different cultures and customs in English-speaking countries, you can get related information through Culture Quizzes. There are also some special quizzes and study materials prepared for students who want to take IELTS or TOEFL. Http://a4esl.org/ not only inspires your desire to study, but also effectively improves your English level through the quizzes on this website.

Antimoon.com: How to Learn English Effectively (Daisy)

Antimoon.com provides advice and inspiration to learners of English as a second language. It also presents a philosophy of learning English, namely the Antimoon Method, which is based on the successful experiences of English learners. This website aims at telling people how to learn English effectively, motivating people to learn English and explaining English to people--especially the important things which are often ignored by teachers, such as pronunciation. Compared with other similar websites, it has some advantages. It talks about both American and British English, teaches modern learning techniques (such as the SuperMemo method), and utilizes psychology to improve people’s motivation for learning English. In addition, it often recommends commercial products that make it easier to learn English. Antimoon (www.Antimoon.com) will help you learn English effectively by providing advice and inspiration as well as by teaching you the Antimoon Method.

EnglishChina.com (Jay)

EnglishChina.com is a wonderful educational guide for Chinese English learners. The homepage will link you to several major features, including Chatting in English, On-line English schools, English engagement, Celebrities, and Customs of different nations. Chatting in English serves as a way for you to practise English on line. On-line schools gives people opportunities to learn, especially those who have no chance to enter school but are eager to learn English. English engagement offers EnglishChina members the chance to get to know each other better in English. The Celebrities section presents anecdotes of prestigious people in all walks of life. Customs of different nations provides you with information about the customs of more than 100 nations. There are also many other features, including everyday English, today in history, and English riddles. They all can help you learn English. EnglishChina (www.EnglishChina.com) is a good partner for English learners.

News.google.com (Jean)

Enter www.news.google.com, and then you will improve your English through reading various updated news articles. News on this website is automatically selected from nearly 4,500 news sources worldwide. By taking note of the way different news organizations report the same story, you can learn how to use various ways to describe the same thing in English. In addition, the news is well arranged in eight different categories, such as Top stories, World, and U.S. You just click the item that interests you, and then go directly to it. Topics are updated every second, so you will see new stories whenever you check the page to get the latest news. As you read, make notes about the new words and new ways to use them—you will be amazed at how it improves your English! Providing the latest news from different sources, www.news.google.com offers you a convenient way to improve your English!

Sina’s Helpful Website (Ada)   LINK DIDN'T WORK May06

Sina’s Education Website is very helpful for Chinese students who want to improve their English. Come to http://edu.sina.com.cn/en; you will find a lot of information on English studies. In the English news section you can read the latest news. Through the English media page, you can communicate with other learners and English teachers. You can discuss problems together and ask questions to each other. Third, you also can search for some information on English schools, examinations and studying abroad. Furthermore, English jokes, activities, productions and modern English plays are all available. If you want to learn more, you can download some software according to your English level at the website. Reading English news, solving English problems, or learning more about English are all only a click away. Just go to Sina’s Education Website (http://edu.sina.com.cn/en); you will get a lot of help there!

Voanews.95.cn (Dina)

The Voice of America (www.voanews.95.cn) is a website that covers many kinds of English knowledge, presents updated news reports, and offers you the chance to practice listening skills. It is mainly divided into five parts: common English, special English, information download, listening and buying on line. The common English section contains the latest world news and some information about art or business around the world. The special news section provides some international news, several types of reports and special report subjects. It also offers you some information about American idioms and VOA Popular American English. Furthermore, there are some links to other helpful English language websites. Voanews.95.cn gives you a direct way to learn and study about English.

A Helpful Friend to Your English Learning –www.elfs.com (Bruce)

Welcome to Adam Radon’s English learning fun site. The website is a good English learning place. It serves English learners of different levels. It consists of three main parts: information pages, guest area and member area. You can learn about the website from the information pages. New visitors can train their weak English learning ability in the guest area. For example, you can improve your vocabulary in the “humor me” section. In addition, you can listen and repeat many times to improve your oral English in the “mouth workout” exercises. If you register to become a member, you will get access to many more practical English programs for learning English. The website also provides a special program for TOEFL learners. You will find that the website—elfs.com—is a helpful friend to your English learning because you can train yourself in the many different programs which the website provides.

BBC Offers a Helpful Website for English Studies (Mary)

If you are interested in English or want to improve your English, log on to www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish. Then you will enter an English world that is full of information. The latest news, along with colorful photos, tells you what happened around the world. The grammar and vocabulary section can help you study everyday English easily and answer your language problems. The business English section introduces you to successful businessmen and improves your understanding of job hunting. If you are tired, you can appreciate the pop music. After relaxing, if you want to test your knowledge, you can try the quizzes. You can also make friends and send postcards through the communication section. Once you see how interesting and helpful it is, tell your friends and classmates to join you at www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish.

Cynet: an Ideal Website for Learning English (Linda)

You can find an ideal website for learning English at cycnet.com/englishcorner! Sponsored by the Communist League of China, the elegantly-designed website has several significant advantages. First, it is very convenient. The front page shows you its main columns, tells you “what is new,” and even allows you to look up words. Second, it has a number of interesting reading materials that include considerable information. The columns of English Digest, Translation Tips, Background Information, Humor & Jokes, etc., cover lots of English knowledge, touching stories and amusing jokes. These materials make you enjoy your reading. Third, this website also offers you a way to practice listening and speaking on the Internet. Many English learners like its English songs and movies, and enjoy communicating with others in English here. This convenient website (www.cycnet.com/englishcorner/index.htm), provides many reading materials and helps improve your listening as well as speaking. Cynet is an ideal website for learning English.

Google.com: Search Your Way to Better English (Fraya)

You may feel puzzled when trying to choose a website to improve your English skills. Google (www.google.com) is just the one you need. Google can help you to find the most important, relevant and precise information that you want. Furthermore, you can get the latest news by using “Google Search,” which will improve your advanced English reading skill. Google link you with a lot of other English websites. It is easy for you to log on to other places. Meanwhile, Google Search is so simple and convenient that you only need to type the key words and hit “Enter” or click “Google Search,” and then you will get the information you seek. Simple and convenient searches make Google your right choice. Remember “www.google.com”—your Internet doorway to the English world.

Use Yahoo! to Improve Your English (Helen)

Surfing on the Internet is an efficient way to improve your English. Yahoo.com contains lots of helpful English materials, and it can help you improve your English. Yahoo has several separate parts that cover education, news, sports, entertainment and so on. Through the education section, you can link to on-line lessons where you can consult teachers and get information about how to learn English. Through the other sections, you can get various up-to-date information about events in the world. In addition, there is a BBS where you can exchange ideas with others. Yahoo.com’s homepage consists of many words and pictures, and if you are tired you can also watch some interesting flashes for relaxation. Yahoo (www.yahoo.com) can enlarge your vocabulary; it is a good website for English learning. Visit today and you will see why!

China Daily.com: Learn English Visually! (Lucia)

If you want to learn English in a visual way, ChinaDaily provides a site from which you may not only get the latest news with pictures, but also improve your English in an efficient way. ChinaDaily on line (www.chinadaily.com.cn/en/home/index.html) has several parts: Business tells you what is happening in business and gives some tips about how to be professional, International shows you up-to-date events around the world, and Top News gives you a general idea about what mattered during the past few days. There are also many other parts, like Dragon Kids (containing cartoons and MVs that help children easily learn common sense) and BBS (a discussion area to exchange feelings). ChinaDaily’s English-learning website, consisting of many pictures and flashes, will make you excited and interested to study and improve your English because it is really a rich and helpful website!

Introduction of Englishbase.net (Kiki)

Log on to www.englishbase.net and you can get access to a world that will be a great help to your English studies. This website is divided into five categories. The first category is about basic study, including some simple words and sentence structures. The second one introduces many useful resources for high school students, such as new textbook words, corresponding comments and listening materials. The advanced study category is mainly about CET 4 and CET 6, where simulated as well as authentic examinations are provided. The fourth part concentrates on examinations for going abroad, such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE and GMAT. The last category is about English news, which is updated daily. In this category we can also freely listen to BBC and VOA broadcasts. Some links are introduced on this website that are also helpful for English studies. With five categories (including basic study, advanced study, and preparation for study abroad), EnglishBase is especially suitable for Chinese students. Come to www.englishbase.net for the help you are looking for.

Learn English Idioms at GoEnglish.com (Jordan)

Do you want to make your English more colorful? GoEnglish (www.goenglish.com) is an English website established for English learners. It is based in Seattle, Washington, and operated by Cornell University teacher Adam Sullivan. It offers a lot of English idioms, which can help improve your oral English and make your written English more colorful. These idioms are offered with examples to show you how to use them properly. There is an alphabetical index of all the idioms. Just log onto this website and type in your keywords. GoEnglish.com will find your idioms itself. It is your honest servant and will make your English studies a pleasure. GoEnglish is an English-oriented website that can help you learn English freely. Make www.GoEnglish.com your helper and make your English studies more interesting.

The following are reviews, written by my medical students in Kunming, 2007, 2008 & 2009.

Englishmed.com is an English-language website that presents medical topics, including materials to help you learn English, particularly in the context of writing and speaking abilities. In it, you can not only get information about your medical specialty, but also whatever interests you. Type www.englishmed.com into your browser, and click "enter" on the keyboard. On the left of your screen you can see the main sections of the website. Look down to find "log in" and click "create new account," then type in your data. After registering, come back to "home," and then you can choose your specialty or what interests you. This website is very useful because you can also use their "search" box to find what you need, click on "exercises" to practice your English, see helpful "dialogues" (animated!), or link to a "resources centre." Englishmed.com is a very good website because its pages and resources help you to upgrade your medical English level, especially in your professional specialty. (Team E: Maggie, Linda, Persephone, Sophia, Ethan; 2007)

 

Founded in April 1996, “the Self-Study MEDICAL English Site” (http://users.utu.fi/micnel/medicalindex.htm) is specially designed for first-year students taking medical English at Turku University, Finland, who are doing the Internet Course option. This site contains four main areas. 1. On-line terminology: The section is composed of medical terminology, and it is renewed each week on Fridays. It can enlarge your medical English vocabulary, and it can help you cope with medical English texts. 2. Terminology Quizzes: After each course, you can take a final test about terminology to check how well you learned the material. 3. Medical Links: You can link to Medline plus to look for many authorities’ abstracts, reviews and journals from NLM, NIH, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. 4. Academic Reading: You can find a lot of useful guidance on how to deal with academic texts. Turku University’s medical English site is not fancy and the pages may load slowly in China, but its reading and listening resources are particularly valuable; the more you use, the better your special medical English will become. (Team G: Gao Chang, Chen Min, Rose, Daniel, Tanya; 2007)

 

Medical Terminology Web (http://ec.hku.hk/mt/; NOTE, as of 2013 this had been removed, but you can find many of the original features at http://www2.caes.hku.hk/caes1511/medical-terminology/ ) is an English medical-terminology website. It provides several resources to help you understand the formation and definition of medical terms, primarily by explaining the parts of words. The subjects of main pages are shown here in bold type. Prefixes and suffixes are added to the beginning or ending of a word (respectively) to form another word. Studying medical word roots (such as cardio- and ped-) teaches you about the main meaning of a word. Self assessment tasks test your recognition of medical prefixes, suffixes and word roots. A pronunciation page lets you see and hear the sounds used in medical terms. The website even has a searchable glossary, specially designed to show how medical terms are formed. Most of these pages are interactive so you have to guess the meaning of prefixes, terms, etc., before seeing the answer. This makes it challenging and educational. By focusing on the parts of words, Medical Terminology Web helps students to build and actively use medical vocabulary. (Team K: Puredoctor, Julie, Robin, Wan Jia, Judia; 2007) 

Oxy Medical English Information Network (www.medicaleng.com) is a free web site, which features information on medicine and nursing in Chinese and English. Twelve bilingual tabs at the top of each page take you to major parts. Medicine (医学英语), Nursing (护理英语) and News (医学新闻) provide bilingual articles. Dictionary (专业词典), which is an on-line translating tool, can help people learn new terms. Reference (学习参考) recommends some English materials and their download addresses, as well as several English-learning websites. Literature (医护文书) gives some examples on how to write a patient history, medical record review, etc. Pharmacy (医药大全) gives information about many drugs in English and Chinese, making it an electric drug dictionary. The Exam (考试培训) and Overseas (出国指南) tabs offer useful information to those who want to go abroad for further study. In Forum (社区论坛), people can freely exchange information. Home (首页) and About us (关于我们) tell about the website itself. Medicaleng.com's bilingual layout makes it easy to use (even if you don't read much Chinese), and the website's dictionary, drug information, bilingual articles and reference sections are particularly convenient and useful for medical students who are learning English. (Team R: Sharron, Iris, Emma, Mason, Winson; 2007)

MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/), part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, can be used to answer health questions and watch surgery videos, and it also has information about drugs, interactive patient tutorials, and the latest health news. On the home page, nine tabs at the left lead visitors to major parts, and four useful links are at the right. Health Topics presents information about all body systems, and includes photographs of body parts and an alphabetical list of illnesses. Drugs & Supplements explains the usage, dosing, special precautions, and side effects of various drugs. Dictionary will help when new terms pop up. News, which is updated every day, gives the latest health information. Medical students will find Interactive Tutorials (互动教学) extremely helpful, because it discusses most diseases and when you select one, you find the symptoms, causes, treatments, and prevention advice described by slideshows (幻灯片) with sound and pictures. It’s like taking free English medical courses. Another special characteristic is Surgery Videos (手术录像), offering prerecorded webcasts (网上直播) of surgical procedures, which is good for your listening practice. MedlinePlus.gov, with audio/video/text information on health, medicines, surgery and more, not only improves your medical English but also enhances your professional knowledge. (Team R: Gregory, Angela, Atlas, Lacy, Selma, Zhong Xiao-bin, Burk, Tracy; 2008)

HJ English Net (http://www.hjenglish.com/) is a Chinese-based free online platform for English learners of different levels, which has an abundance of sections and encouraging interactive communities. The home page has twenty-four abbreviation-tabs that help you navigate within the website. For example, click Listening and Speaking (听说) and you will find many listening materials from VOA, BBC, and CNN. Star-teacher Blog (名师博客) has advice from teachers at prestigious schools about learning foreign languages. CET, IELTS (雅思), BEC (商英), TEM (专英), and PETS (公共英语) are for the different English tests. Tribe (部落), Program (节目) and Team (小组) are main interactive communities where you can select original articles and practice English online every day. Other tabs offer individuals the chance to ask questions, take tests, look up words, and more. With 24 tabs to choose from, offering an abundance of learning opportunities using encouraging methods, HJ English Net will put you into an active English-learning environment that takes the drudgery (苦差事) out of studying English. (Team R: Gregory, Angela, Atlas, Lacy, Selma, Zhong Xiao-bin, Burk, Tracy; 2008)

The bilingual website for Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC; http://english.bjmu.edu.cn) is a wonderful place for Chinese English-learners to learn about this famous university, its affiliated hospitals, current research, and the school’s international programs. The front page shows you the site’s main sections and also tells you about the address, campus life, scenery at PUHSC, library and alumni. The main sections are Academics, Hospitals, Research and Cooperation. You can find out about the schools and departments in the Academics part; just click your relevant discipline and check it out. The Hospitals section tells you about each affiliated hospital and shows their competitive ability, which aims to attract patients to these hospitals and show how many resources they have. By clicking the Research tab, you can investigate PUHSC’s key scientific research institutions. According to the website, they have “20 national key disciplines, 1 national key laboratory, 10 key laboratories for the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education, and over 50 institutes and research centers.” Finally, the Cooperation section tells you about the exchange activities and programs PUHSC has set up with lots of famous foreign counterparts. This may be your ticket to study opportunities abroad. The PUHSC website can promote your English learning, introduce you to a great school, and inspire you to continue your studies in Beijing or aboard in the future. (Team R : Selinda, Ellen, Fanny, Liu Mingshui, Michael, Andrew; 2009)

Nature.com (www.nature.com) is an interesting website that presents important breakthroughs and articles in the realms of science and medicine. The contents are abundant, including blogs, downloadable podcasts, medical articles and recent research. Through reading articles on the web site, we can increase our vocabulary and build our ability to understand medica] information in English. If you read and study the research reports, you can learn about the thinking behind English thesis writing. I like reading the research reports related to my major, from which I can learn about the newest research hotspots all over the world. The site also has a Chinese "regional website," so we can read some of the articles in both English and Chinese. Since nature.com offers English-learners current information, new vocabulary, and insights into advanced-level English, it is very useful to help us improve our English and knowledge levels. (Team L: Gloria, Tina, Yuan Limei, Yu Guihui, Henry; 2007)

 

Putclub. The website www.putclub.com is a Chinese-language based website that aims to help people who want to improve their listening English. It is divided into seven parts. (1) DAILY ENGLISH (每日听力) offers training materials for English listening learning. (2) GENERAL LISTENING MATERIALS (每日泛听) presents materials mostly originating from English teaching programs, such as those on BBC and CNN. (3) E-BOOKS (听力E书) is a free, downloadable collection of audio books. (4) In CLASSIFIED LISTENING PROGRAM (分类听力), people can choose material from several classifications: special, standard, audiovisual, multi-subjects, spoken English and informal academic & cultural talk. (5) LISTENING GUIDE (听力指南) presents approaches to auditory training. (6) LISTENING MATERIALS (听力资源) supplies recordings for vocabulary and listening comprehension, and useful courses such as "step by step" and "listen to this". (7) In THE FORUM (听力论坛), people can get information by communicating with others. The "put" here stands for "Postgraduate students + Undergraduate students + Teachers". Putclub.com is a valuable website for anybody who wants to improve his listening skills; everybody will find some useful information and training programs for themselves. (Team F: Helen, Zoe, Seawind, Fisher, Echo; 2007)

New Oriental (www.neworiental.org) is a famous corporation in China that helps many Chinese people to improve their English. I like their Chinese-language-based website because it offers a wide selection of useful content and allows me to actively practice English on-line. Some of the website's main features include topical news (新闻纪事), language training (报班), test preparation (考试), international study preparation (留学), online education (网上教育), life (人生), and campus (校园). In addition, you can register a blog (博客) or participate in a forum (论坛) on the website, so you can communicate with others to use and improve your English. The New Oriental web site is in Chinese, so those who can't read Chinese won't find it helpful; there are, however, several explanatory pages in English. But all the information and the news you find on the website are free. I visit www.neworiental.org often to chat in a forum or scan the news about domestic and international issues, and I recommend this website for every Chinese English learner. (Team U: Terry, Ding Lin-fen, Gao Ying-ying, Wu Lin-xiong, Xiao Yu-liang; 2007)

Mededucation. The web site http://mededucation.bjmu.edu.cn/ is a double-language­based website, supported by the China Medical Board, that aims to build an enlightening and dynamic center for learning medical English. It's eight main parts are listed here in English and Chinese. First, medical news (医学新闻) offers the latest news in medical and related areas. In case research (案例研究), we can find many realistic and classical cases that we can't easily find in books. Part 3 is reporting and reference (报告及参考). This has excellent articles in several classifications, such as basic medicine, clinical medicine and public health. Medical writing and editing (写作编辑) presents lots of useful methods and skills to help you write a perfect report (if you already have a comprehensive grasp of the vocabulary). The vocabulary (医学词汇) section gives us plenty of medical words and phases and includes several kinds of online dictionaries. In parts 6 and 7 the website provides quite a few free downloadable audios and videos. Finally, if you want to communicate with other people interested in medicine, you can choose to enter part 8, the forum (医学论坛). With helpful sections like medical news, forum and reporting and reference, the "mededucation" website is a valuable place for anybody interested in medical English. (Team T: Kitty, David, Lucy, Trudy, Jane; 2007) (Note from Michael: I've had trouble viewing this website in Kunming, but my students have access on campus.) NOTE: in March 2010, I couldn't reach this site.

 
Audiomedica, Medical News Interviews (www.audiomedica.com), is a remarkable British website that presents free audio interviews for clinical doctors and medical professionals on a range of topics including global health, oncology (肿瘤学), medicine and cardiovascular (心血管的) issues. There are eleven icons at the top of the homepage. For example, by clicking on Archives (档案馆), you can find materials in two ways--by Category and Month. Unfortunately, none of the recorded interviews on the topics mentioned above are presented with text, so non-native English users may find them hard to understand. But the website has a convenient way to download and listen to the articles; the audio player is built in, so all you have to do is click (no software needed). Most of the materials relate to the latest clinical research findings published in the core medical journals and to international conferences/meetings. Audiomedica.com is a unique medical website because it presents oral interviews with medical experts in the fields of cardiology, oncology, medicine or global health, and delivers the latest research findings. (Team R: Gregory, Angela, Atlas, Lacy, Selma, Zhong Xiao-bin, Burk, Tracy
; 2008)

 

[broken link?] The Thomson-Reuters website (thomsonreuters.com/products_ services/healthcare.htm) is a useful place for students who want to improve their English while learning about medical resources and scientific research. This website claims to be “the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals”. It consists of six parts: Financial, Healthcare, Legal, Media, Science and Tax & Accounting. Visiting Healthcare, you can get a lot of information on medical skills and the latest research. This section is relevant to your studies and can enhance your competitive intelligence. The Legal section can tell you how to protect your achievements, such as your published papers. Media can introduce new scientific and medical innovations to you, while you may search 16,000 journal titles in the science part—both of these can be helpful when doing research. The Financial and Tax & Accounting sections relate to the Thomson-Reuters company, but Chinese medical students might take a quick look, if only to get a glimpse of the American “world of tax complexity”. Thomsonreuters.com is designed for native English speakers, so English-learners will find its content challenging, but those who accept this challenge will find a helpful hand for future research, and a vast resource for information about scientific and medical innovation. (Team R : Selinda, Ellen, Fanny, Liu Mingshui, Michael, Andrew; 2009)

 

Harvard University. A useful website operated by America’s most famous university, www.harvard.edu introduces you to this top-seat university (and Harvard Medical School) through pictures, school-related news, and library information. The website has three main sections: Schools, Offices, and About Harvard. Click School and you can find out about Harvard University’s different majors. Simply select your specialty or what interests you. For example, if you choose Medical, then you can use their "search" box to find what you need, or link to "resources," which provides useful links such as Publications and Technology Development. Click Office, and you can find Harvard’s libraries. Harvard has put many things from its vast collection on-line. Furthermore, this on-line library not only provides good resources, but also supplies readers with useful research tools, which is helpful for your academic experiments. The pages and resources on Harvard’s website (www.harvard.edu) can help you to upgrade your medical English level, learn about a world-famous place, and also supply you with current medical research in almost every discipline, especially in your professional specialty. (Team R : Selinda, Ellen, Fanny, Liu Mingshui, Michael, Andrew; 2009)

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