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How to find the best EFL resources online

Downloadable PDFs of the Useful Websites and Advanced Google Search Terms by Mike Turner 

FREE LESSON PLANS, RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES

Although not designed for EFL or ESOL students, the site contains a wealth of subject-based resources and activities in English. A great way to supplement CLIL- based lessons.

CHOOSING APPROPRIATE COURSE CONTENT

Appendix E is particularly useful, as it contains a list of functional language by level.

INFORMATION ABOUT BRITAIN

Lots of useful information about visiting Britain, it’s regions, towns and cities.

A collection of current and historical data about life in Britain, its society and economy, plus surveys on the views, values and attitudes of its people.

  • Government Departments and public bodies www.gov.uk

    Contains a huge amount of information about UK laws and public policy.

    These two websites form a wonderful project developed over many years by Mandy Barrow. It started when she was working as a teacher at Woodlands Primary School in Kent and contains facts and information about practically every aspect of life in Britain.

    Working google advanced search operators: based on a 2018 list but updated by removing deprecated operators listed Jan 2021

    “search term”

    Force an exact-match search. Use this to refine results for ambiguous searches, or to exclude synonyms when searching for single words.

    Example: “steve jobs”

    OR

    Search for X or Y. This will return results related to X or Y, or both. Note: The pipe (|) operator can also be used in place of “OR.”

    Examples: jobs OR gates / jobs | gates

    AND

    Search for X and Y. This will return only results related to both X and Y. Note: It doesn’t really make much difference for regular searches, as Google defaults to “AND” anyway. But it’s very useful when paired with other operators.

    Example: jobs AND gates

    -

    Exclude a term or phrase. In our example, any pages returned will be related to jobs but not Apple (the company).

    Example: jobs -apple

    *

    Acts as a wildcard and will match any word or phrase.

    Example: steve * apple

    ( )

    Group multiple terms or search operators to control how the search is executed.

    Example: (ipad OR iphone) apple

    $

    Search for prices. Also works for Euro (€), but not GBP (£)

    Example: ipad $329

    define:

    A dictionary built into Google, basically. This will display the meaning of a word in a card-like result in the SERPs.

    Example: define:entrepreneur

    cache:

    Returns the most recent cached version of a web page (providing the page is indexed, of course).

    Example: cache:apple.com

    filetype:

    Restrict results to those of a certain filetype. E.g., PDF, DOCX, TXT, PPT, etc. Note: The “ext:” operator can also be used—the results are identical.

    Example: apple filetype:pdf / apple ext:pdf

    site:

    Limit results to those from a specific website.

    Example: site:apple.com

    related:

    Find sites related to a given domain.

    Example: related:apple.com

    intitle:

    Find pages with a certain word (or words) in the title. In our example, any results containing the word “apple” in the title tag will be returned.

    Example: intitle:apple

    allintitle:

    Similar to “intitle,” but only results containing all of the specified words in the title tag will be returned.

    Example: allintitle:apple iphone

    inurl:

    Find pages with a certain word (or words) in the URL. For this example, any results containing the word “apple” in the URL will be returned.

    Example: inurl:apple

    allinurl:

    Similar to “inurl,” but only results containing all of the specified words in the URL will be returned.

    Example: allinurl:apple iphone

    intext:

    Find pages containing a certain word (or words) somewhere in the content. For this example, any results containing the word “apple” in the page content will be returned.

    Example: intext:apple

    allintext:

    Similar to “intext,” but only results containing all of the specified words somewhere on the page will be returned.

    Example: allintext:apple iphone

    AROUND(X)

    Proximity search. Find pages containing two words or phrases within X words of each other. For this example, the words “apple” and “iphone” must be present in the content and no further than four words apart.

    Example: apple AROUND(4) iphone

    in

    Convert one unit to another. Works with currencies, weights, temperatures, etc.

    Example: $329 in GBP

    source:

    Find news results from a certain source in Google News.

    Example: apple source:the_verge

    _

    Not exactly a search operator, but acts as a wildcard for Google Autocomplete.

    #..#

    Search for a range of numbers. In the example below, searches related to “WWDC videos” are returned for the years 2010–2014, but not for 2015 and beyond.

    Example: wwdc video 2010..2014