English for Specific Purposes – weblinks

Click here to see the weblinks Pete collected during his session in Ulm in September 2007

Meta-search Engines

Vivisimo
http://www.vivisimo.com
Searches several major search engines and automatically organises the results into categories. Uses all the main search syntax to allow you to refine your searches.

Dogpile
http://www.dogpile.com
The .com version searches Google, although the .co.uk version does not! Categorises results. Has lots of advanced features.

Kartoo
http://www.kartoo.com
Provides a visual map of the results of your search. Limited number of results but possibly a good way to demonstrate links between words.

Ithaki
http://www.ithaki.net
Not swift but searches a wide range of other search engines and sometimes turns up results missed by the others.

Websites

http://www.summertown.co.uk
There is a .pdf containing a data-bank of useful web-sites. The first section is dedicated to ESP topics.

http://www.uefap.com
Generally-acknowledged as one of the best sites for English for Academic purposes.

Web-sites for ESP

Accountancy

A Report
http://www.areport.com
Quick access to the company reports of the World 1000 top companies. You can search by business sector; country, size and which stock market the company is listed on. An easy way to find examples of balance sheets, profit and loss accounts etc.

Energy

Nuclear Power Plant Demonstration
http://www.ida.liu.se/~her/npp/demo.html
Interactive exercise in which the user has to try and prevent a meltdown. Not at all easy. Learners can predict what will happen and report back. Good for practising instructions.

Engineering

PBS Building Big
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig
Part of the US Public Broadcasting Service web-site dedicated to education about civil engineering. Aimed at children but the interactive labs are great for discussing building materials and introducing all the language surrounding their use and properties. Look at the ‘Forces Lab’ for interactive discussion of the physics of civil engineering.

How Stuff Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com
A huge range of everyday subjects explained in clear language supported by graphics and interactive diagrams. The website is divided into sections on computer, science, cars, money etc. Excellent for vocabulary, presentation preparation, copying and pasting text for gap-fill exercises, etc. etc.
Information Technology

whatis.com
http://www.whatis.com
Portal to several on-line databases of technical terminology as well as news about Internet technological developments, other Internet and computer specific reference web-sites and ‘Ask an expert’ facility.

Podcasts

The website of Price Waterhouse Coopers has a range of podcasts which will be of interest to financial students.
http://www.pwc.com/extweb/home.nsf/docid/4FF4881A401FB664802572990035E757

Specialist dictionaries

http://www.yourdictionary.com/diction1.html#multi

Concordancers

http://www.lextutor.ca/multi_conc

Blogs

Price Waterhouse Coopers – blogs by financial experts
http://www.pwc.com/extweb/home.nsf/docid/2EA02BDED1D5DA6A8025729C0043A0AA

Websites collected duringPete’s session in Ulm, September 2007

Wikipedia
http://www.wikipedia.org
Excellent vocabulary source BUT be careful of wikipedia accuracy

Dictionaries and translation tools

http://www.wordchamp.com/lingua2/Home.do

http://leo.de

http://dict.uni-leipzig.de

http://www.onelook.com

Medical English

http://www.tk-online.de/rochelexikon
Roche medical German-English translations

Telecommunications

http://www.siemens.com

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/wps/portal
Many texts on latest technology in German + English

Chemistry

http://www.webelements.com
The periodic table. Sheffield Hallam University describes all you need to know about every chemical elements and the component it forms

Engineering (roads)

http://www.cbrd.co.uk
Describes in detail all British roads, has lots of specialist vocab on road engineering

http://www.engine-magazin.de
engineering articles / vocab / audio

Electronics

http://www.electronicstalk.com

Military English

http://www.mod.uk/defenceinternet/home
MOD UK military English / security issues

Technology

http://www.ted.com
Technology videocasts from inventors and innovators

Legal English

http://www.translegal.com
Good for Infoquests / teaches about how to use the Internet for legal research

Other legal sites: EU laws and statutes on all kinds of different subjects in various languages / Institute of chartered accountants of UK and Canada / Accounting, consulting, auditing, financial reporting (GAAP and others) / Some of these require you to be a member.

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