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English language learning resources


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Free online test assesses your level of English in Grammar, Listening, and Reading.

Exam English
Free online practice tests for the most important English exams: IELTS, the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, and the Cambridge English exams such as CAEFCEKET and PET.

Grammar and Spelling Diagnostic Websites
Online grammar assessment, self-grading online vocabulary quizzes, grammar, punctuation and spelling diagnostic tests.

Grammar and vocabulary

English teacher Melanie
Podcasts, blog posts, video lessons, and social media to help students learn vocabulary and natural, spoken American English.

Visual online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts to produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net and learn to associate words.

Learn English grammar through in-depth tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises.

Onscreen Academy
Developed by SFU’s Dr. Steve Marshall, OnScreen Academy offers 35 short videos (most under 5 minutes) on English language and academic writing, which include clear description of rules and forms, practice tasks, and a summary.


Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab
Everyday conversations with adult and children’s voices.

British Council
Practise and improve your listening skills for your school studies and English exams.

Reading/current events

The New York Times Learning Network
Daily resources for teaching and learning with The New York Times, including lesson plans, questions for writing and discussion, quizzes, monthly contests and more. Join the conversation by commenting on any post.

Breaking News English
Interactive and printable English lessons; 26 page handouts, 2-page mini-lessons, and more than 30 online activities


Sounds of English
Pronunciation pages - pictures, sounds, and videos to help you with English pronunciation.

The Speech Accent Archive
Presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. Good site to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.

Learn English through movies

Full length movie with English subtitle. Click on any word in the subtitles and get a translation via Google translate.

Learning English through media.

Learn English Feel Good
Movie clips to improve your listening comprehension skills

Film English
Award winning intermediate to advanced English language teaching material using films

Simply Scripts
Hundreds of downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of current, classic and maybe a few soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime, unproduced and radio shows

Movie Scripts and Screenplays
Hundreds of movie scripts

English language schools

English Live
Online award-winning English language school. Boost your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with hundreds of hours of interactive English lessons designed for learners of all levels. Pricing: 24/7 access to courseware + conversation classes, $69 US per month.

English Live Daily English lessons via e-mail (no charge with free membership)
Email English is an easy and fun way to boost your English skills, with daily lessons delivered to your inbox for as long as you want.