English Study Resources
We’ve put together a list of resources to help you further study vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, test preparation, and more. We hope you’ll find these useful and, as always, our teachers are here to help you improve as well.
A great tool for English learners, especially at the intermediate level and higher, as it doesn’t provide translations. Get definitions of words, phrases and idioms that are used in both American and British English along with the audio pronunciations.
This site offers both grammar and vocabulary practice. Use their library of over 1,000 exercises to learn and practice words and phrases, work on grammar rules, prepare for exams, test your knowledge and play games.
A pronunciation dictionary. Search for a word, then find the pronunciation in different accents. It is populated by crowdsourcing, so users can submit their own recordings. This will give you a variety of styles and accents to choose from.
Search for a specific word or phrase. Then, YouGlish will find videos on YouTube that use this word or phrase in context. Search over 50 million videos to get examples of how to use words correctly in English
This is a simple yet helpful site which allows you to type in a word or phrase and get the phonetics for it. See results for IPA, the American Phonetic Alphabet, SAMPA, Shavian and see where the word stress is.
TED talks are a great way to improve listening and comprehension skills along with learning about new ideas. With this site, students can search through a large database for a topic that interests them. Each video has activities to complete after watching to check understanding.
This tool will help you improve your English while watching movies and TV shows you enjoy. It provides subtitles based on your settings and allows you to build up a personal vocabulary list from the media you watch.
This is a radio program for English learners that airs new content every day. Each broadcast is around 15 minutes long, and includes a transcript and vocabulary words to listen for. There is also a library of past broadcasts to browse through and listen to.
With activities ranging from basic to advanced, this tool allows students to listen to a recording and test their understanding. It provides three steps where students first listen only, then take the quiz, and finally see the dialogue transcript to check comprehension.
This site uses technology to mark your submitted writing and give you a grade. You’ll receive a score based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and it will give you feedback on how to improve.
A site that’s free to use and doesn’t require registration. Choose the language you are learning, and the language you are fluent in. Then, it will give you words either by themselves or in a sentence. You will spell the word in English, and check to see if you’re right. Great to use throughout your English-learning journey.
This site allows you to paste in writing, or create a piece of writing right on the site. This is a great tool for more advanced writers who want to improve their usage of adverbs, passive voice, and clearly-structured sentences.
With real news stories available nearly every day, there are a lot of different topics to choose from. There are also seven different levels of difficulty, although some stories are limited to a few options. Stories come with a ton of great material to check comprehension and study the vocabulary.
There is more than reading to this resource, but they have a helpful library of reading exercises as well. Choose from elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced exercises. Then, choose from a list of different readings and types of questions to answer to check your understanding.
These are a great way to keep up-to-date about news from around the world, and get exposed to different types of English.
New York Times – An American newspaper, featuring world and American news.
Get all of the information you need about the PTE exam on their website. They’ll help you understand what the exam is, what the format will look like, how to prepare for the exam, how to book the exam, and how to understand your score.
This is a comprehensive site providing information about the PTE, along with practice exams, various modes of difficulty, tools to give you feedback, and a timed environment to simulate the actual exam.
This site provides a multitude of IELTS preparation materials to help students get ready for each part of the exam. It also has a quick IELTS challenge every day, like these daily IELTS challenge flashcards below.
This is both a web and mobile app providing test preparation for the TOEFL and IELTS exams, along with other higher education exams like the GRE, GMAT and more. You can also brush up on your general English vocabulary with their handy vocabulary flashcard app where you can compete with other people from around the world to learn new vocabulary.
There are two English level tests on this site: Grammar & Vocabulary and Listening. They also provide information and free practice tests for the TOEFL, IELTS Academic and General, TOEIC, Cambridge, and PTE Academic and General exams.
Learn English online using resources like audio, video, test preparation, quizzes and more to quickly improve your English. This website is created for adult learners of English by the British Council, the world’s English teaching experts.
BBC has a large library of helpful grammar guides, videos, courses, business lessons and more to offer English learners. They provide multimedia English language teaching materials to meet learners’ needs.
English Grammar in Use
English Grammar in Use with Answers is the most popular in the series. Written by Raymond Murphy, is for intermediate (B1-B2) learners and covers all the grammar required at this level. It is a self-study book with simple explanations and lots of practice exercises.
Fiction books are stories consisting of people, places and events that are either partly or entirely imaginary. Here is a list of a few books from different genres and levels of difficulty. Reading books in English can help you further develop your vocabulary and learn about cultures of native English speakers.
This book is written for young adults, so the writing is simple in general. That said, there are also many new words the author has created for her imaginary world, so there will be some new vocabulary. It is also written in British English, which will help you learn some British vocabulary as well.
This book was made into a movie in 2015 starring Matt Damon, however, we recommend reading the book first. This is a science-fiction classic about a man who gets stranded on Mars and has to find his way back home. Since the book is mostly based on one man’s experiences, there is little dialogue, but there are a lot of space words and phrases.
This is another book that inspired a movie that came out in 1983. It is a classic young adult fiction book that is short and perfect for newer learners. The sentences are short and the vocabulary is relatively simple. It is about life for two opposing teenage gangs when they take things a little too far.
This is a New York Times Bestseller that follows the story of friendship and betrayal between two boys who grew up in Kabul. This is a moving book that takes the reader through the rich culture of the Middle East.
This novel is a classic, and is one of the main reasons why Ernest Hemmingway received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. It is about an old Cuban fisherman who faces a long, difficult battle with the best fish he ever caught. Although there is a bit of difficult vocabulary, this is a short book and is good for readers who want a little challenge.
This is a contemporary romance novel about a woman who is about to get married but loses her wedding ring and has her phone stolen. She goes through many hilarious and unexpected events after that. This book has a lot of conversational phrases and is written in first-person, so the reader will get many good examples of how English speakers talk.
Non-fiction books involve anything that is factual and true. There are many different categories, and it’s hard to choose just a few. We recommend researching areas you’re interested in to find some non-fiction books you might enjoy. Here is a list of a few books we’ve found to be good for English learners.
In this book, the author talks about successful people and what makes them different. In an entertaining and enlightening tone, the reader will get examples of high achievers from around the world and how they got that way.
These books are based on a variety of topics: positivity, pets, being a teenager, couples, etc. The books are a collection of real-life stories that are motivational and inspirational for people in various stages of life. The short stories can make these books a bit easier to read.
This is an environmentally-focused book about farming, eating, and human knowledge surrounding the process. It introduces a different kind of system for agriculture and focuses on health and balance. There are a lot of environmental and agricultural vocabulary words presented in this book.
This is a very popular self-help book about managing finances and thinking differently about money. It talks about the difference between working for money and having money work for you. The reader will get some vocabulary and phrases about finances and investing in this book.
This was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The author goes on a year-long experiment to find what creates true happiness for people. There are examples from people’s experiences along with scientific terms and classical philosophy throughout this book.
This is a self-help book that gives the reader perspective to focus on the important things in life. It’s easy to read and has a lot of useful advice people can incorporate into their lives and any stage.
This is one of the most popular personal development books that talks about methods to increase your likability, persuasiveness, and more. It guides the reader through methods to create and improve relationships with others.
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