About the ESL Center

The English as a Second Language Center is an academic support center on NOVA's Annandale Campus. Our goal is to provide additional academic assistance to both credit and continuing education ESL students who are enrolled at the Annandale Campus.


Spring 2015
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) CLOSED
March 9 - 15 (Spring Break) CLOSED
June 4 (staff training day) CLOSED
June 12 (staff training day) CLOSED

Click here for tutoring hours.


CG 408 Godwin Building
Annandale Campus


Brian Adler, Center Supervisor

ESL Center Resources

English at Your Fingertips

English at Your Fingertips has been created by faculty and staff of NOVAs Annandale campus. Each person has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to ESL teaching and research, and English language study in general. We have created modules that can assist you in your writing. These modules will help you with paragraph and essay structure as well as in sentence level construction. There are lessons on different rhetorical forms, such as opinions, comparisons, and narratives.

Video Tutorials: Lessons in Grammar I

Video Tutorials: Lessons in Grammar II


  • Visual Merriam-Webster
    This website offers visual reference to words which is ideal to language-learning. Words are grouped in themes for easy reference. It is an invaluable resource for ESL/EFL students.
  • Picture Dictionary
    An excellent visual resource for beginning to intermediate level ESL/EFL students. Words are grouped in categories. This website offers fun activities to support learning vocabulary and spelling.
  • Onelook
    This website provides links to word definitions and various dictionaries. This website can be customized to one’s own preferences when searching for word definitions.
  • The Free Dictionary
    This website provides comprehensive definitions of English vocabulary. It functions as a dictionary and a thesaurus. It is a wonderful resource for ESL/EFL students who would like to expand their vocabulary.
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Online
    This is the online version of the CD-ROM of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Updated Edition. It offers quickest and easiest way to look up any word while you are working on the web.
  • Dictionary of English Idioms
    ESL/EFL students often struggle in finding the meaning of idiomatic expressions. However, ESL/EFL students need not worry anymore because this website has a dictionary of 3,435 English idiomatic expressions.
  • Dictionary of English Phrasal Verbs
    This website has a list of 2,671 phrasal verbs most commonly used in the English language. The site offers wonderful definitions and lots of examples.


  • 20 Common Grammatical Errors
    This website gives you a list of the 20 most common grammatical errors in writing, and concise explanations and examples for each error pattern. An excellent resource for any college student.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    ESL students need not search anymore. The index in this site contains references to almost all of your questions regarding grammar and writing plus ESL students can link to lots of interactive grammar quizzes.
  • Articles
    Any English language learner knows that articles are one of the hardest grammatical units to master in the English language. This website from UNC provides one of the most detailed explanations on article usage.
  • eWriting
    This website groups grammatical lessons into six levels. Grammar lessons are presented via powerpoint presentations with lots of grammar practice worksheets.
  • The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation:
    A useful website that explains English rules with lots of helpful examples, amusing quizzes and video presentations on grammar rules such as use of punctuation and subject-verb agreement.
  • Grammar Lessons from 5 Minute English:
    Short and easy grammar explanations and exercises that you can practice any time!
  • Daily Grammar Lessons:
    A wealth of grammar lessons one can easily practice with by clicking the Lesson Archive. This website offers daily grammar lessons and a quiz every Saturday.
  • Grammar Monster:
    An excellent website that gives clear explanations of grammar rules. This website contains a comprehensive list of common grammatical errors ESL/EFL students often commit.
  • English Grammar Express:
    A free site for English language students who want to improve their grammar.


  • Breaking News in English
    Develop your listening skills by studying current events and news by podcast. This website was developed with ESL/EFL students in mind. Podcasts are usually 2 minutes long.
  • English Listening Lesson Library Online
    This website contains lots of dialogues on various topics by English speakers worldwide. Each dialogue is accompanied with the written text of the dialogue and an audio slide quiz to test for listening comprehension.
  • Activities for ESL students
    An excellent site for ESL/EFL students. This website has hundreds of ESL podcasts and ESL grammar videos from YouTube to choose from. This site also offers a listen-and-read-along activity on lots of topics.
  • Best of the Web:
    Resources for International and ESL students, handpicked by the NOVA library.