Online Language Lab Assists ESL Learners is a Web site that aims to help English as a Second Language (ESL) learners gain better speaking and pronunciation skills. Created by a 17-year-old high school student from California, the site contains audio versions of famous copyright-free texts. The thousands of speeches, p'ems and literary works available on the site have been narrated so that ESL learners can gain a better understanding of proper pronunciation. The site’s recorded works include the writings of William Shakespeare and Aristotle, as well as speeches by John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill. Visitors can browse titles by genre, author’s last name or by subject to help them find the right audio clip and accompanying text.

This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2005 issue of THE Journal.

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