Recommended English Study Websites

Level(s)

Study focus(es)

Website

Brief Overview

1-8

Vocabulary

One Look

This ‘meta-dictionary’ allows you to easily check 1,001 free online English dictionaries. You’ll receive a ‘quick definition’ and links to other definitions.


1-8

Vocabulary

Pronunciation

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This American English dictionary includes a sound file for each word, allowing you to hear the pronunciation.


1-8

Listening

Pronunciation

Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab

Created by an American English instructor, this is an amazing collection of short listening exercises. Exercises are organized by level of difficulty – from easy to very difficult.

1-8

Grammar

Vocabulary

NEW Headway textbook series online exercises

Click on the book corresponding to your level to find grammar and vocabulary exercises to practice what you have studied in class.

Levels 0-2: Beginner, Elementary

Levels 3-4: Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate

Levels 5-6: Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate

Levels 7-8: Upper-Intermediate, Advanced


1-6

All Skills

Listening

Vocabulary

Grammar

Pronunciation

English for All

This excellent and free online course is sponsored by California’s Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN). Enjoy video lessons followed by grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation exercises.


1-5

Grammar

Vocabulary

Reading

English for Everybody

This British website offers grammar and vocabulary lessons for beginning and intermediate level students.


2-8

Grammar

Vocabulary

Listening

Better-English

Focused on American business English, this site offers many useful exercises. Specialized topics include ‘Human Resources’ English.


3-6

Listening

Speaking

Focus English

Dedicated to helping English learners to develop conversation skills, this site includes dialogues and related exercises on work, telephoning, the weather, traffic, eating, communication, and health.


3-6

Grammar

Reading

Vocabulary

ESL Blues

First, take a ‘Diagnostic Quiz’ and answer the questions. When you finish, you will be told what exercises on the website that your should study. If you get a perfect score on the quiz, the website may be too easy for you.





3-8

Vocabulary

Reading

Writing

Wikipedia

This ‘public’ encyclopedia is not only is free but also allows the user to add or edit entries. Editors later check added or changed entries for accuracy.


3-8

Grammar

Vocabulary

English Page

This valuable grammar and vocabulary resource provides lessons and quizzes. The lessons on verb tenses are especially good.


4-8

All skills

Grammar

Vocabulary

Listening

Reading

Pronunciation


BBC World Service Learning English


This British website provides many intermediate to advanced level ‘courses’, lessons and exercises on all aspects of English. It’s especially good for learning vocabulary.

5-8

All Skills

Reading

Grammar

Vocabulary

Listening

Action Through Words: Learning English Through Learning about the United Nations

Created by Pat Duffy, an English instructor at UNHQ, this website allows you to develop your English skills while also learning more about the United Nations.


5-8

Reading

Vocabulary

Listening

Literacy Net

This website uses CNN and CBS stories that you can read and/or listen to with follow-up exercises that can be used for both reading and listening practice.


5-8

Reading

Vocabulary

Listening


California Distance Learning Project

Click on a topic and then on the title of a story to read and/or listen to a CNN story. Follow-up exercises test comprehension, vocabulary, and awareness of the story’s organization.


5-8

Grammar

Vocabulary

English-test.net

This website provides online practice tests for TOEIC and TOEFL, which can also be helpful for preparing for the United Nations English Proficiency Exam. There are also many grammar and vocabulary self-study quizzes at various levels.





5-8

All Skills

Grammar

Vocabulary

Pronunciation

Listening

Learn English

Sponsored by the British Council, this website includes grammar lessons, games, cartoons, polls and more.

5-8

Grammar

Writing

Guide to Grammar and Writing

This site provides many lessons and quizzes on many grammar and writing topics. Click on INDEX for a list of topics.


5-8

Grammar

Writing

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

An excellent resource from Purdue University with a great deal of lessons and quizzes on grammar and writing.


5-8

Grammar

Grammar Check

The ESL Programme at San Mateo Community College offers these grammar lessons and quizzes.


6-8

Vocabulary

World Wide Words

This British website by Michael Quinion has a very large collection of articles on words. Do you have a question about a word? Look or ask here and you are sure to find an answer.


6-8

Grammar

Punctuation

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

A website designed for native speakers and based on a book by Jane Straus. It includes excellent lessons and quizzes for both punctuation and grammar that is confusing for native speakers.


7-8

Writing

Plain Language

Dedicated to improving communication from the US Federal Government to the Public, this website provides valuable tips for clear and concise writing.

7-8

Grammar

The Internet Grammar of English

Designed for university undergraduates at London’s Global University in Great Britain, this is a very advanced English grammar course.

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