English Language Learners
Practice your English Language skills at home with these free useful resources. Browse the links below to start learning.
General English Language Learning
- USA Learns offers lessons on reading, listening, grammar, vocabulary, and writing for beginner, low intermediate and intermediate level learners.
- Manythings has activities in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, and much more.
- engVid contains over 1000 video lessons. You can sort by topic, level, teacher and more.
- Learn American English Online has seven levels of language instruction with instructional videos.
- ESL Partyland Click on "Learn English" to browse lessons and activities on different topics like food, music, internet, dating and relationships, and more.
- TV411 features interactive videos, lessons, and articles on topics like money, parenting, people, and health. The website also focuses on reading, writing, and vocabulary.
- We Speak NYC Click on “Learn English” to browse activities paired with videos.
- GFC Learn Free Learn and develop the skills needed to advance in work and life.
- Google Applied Digital Skills Learn practical digital skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow with free video lessons.
- Northstar Digital Literacy Test your computer skills, build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges.
- Breaking News English has over 1,700 ESL lessons each with activities in reading, listening, comprehension, fill in the blanks, vocabulary and group work for intermediate to advanced level students.
- The Times in Plain English takes articles from newspapers like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal accessible to language learners. The site is formatted like a newspaper.
- News in Levels describes itself as "News for students learning English." Each news article contains three levels of difficulty, beginning at Level 0 for beginners. Levels 1 and 2 have audio so you can listen while you read and level 3 has a video component.
- Reading Skills for Today's Adults has readings for many different levels of ability. A student also has the option to time their reading and chart their progress.
- Newsela is another website that takes daily news articles from real newspapers and re-writes them at different levels of difficulty, with quizzes to test your comprehension.
- Learning Chocolate uses pictures, sounds and games to make learning vocabulary fun. Students can choose activities on various topics and activities that interest them.
- A4esl contains numerous easy, medium and difficult interactive exercises for students in the areas of vocabulary and grammar.
- Adult Basic Skills Professional Development Project is for advanced ESOL learners seeking to increase their vocabulary.
- Quizlets accompanies the lessons above.
Grammar and Writing
- Adele's Corner is a simple website for beginner level students. This is a good tool for students to practice the grammar, listening and vocabulary they’ve learned in the classroom through quizzes.
- A4esl contains many easy, medium and difficult activities and quizzes for students, especially in the areas of vocabulary and grammar.
- Capital Community College’s Guide to Grammar and Writing site covers writing from word/sentence level up to essay, with many grammar explanations, and exercises.
- Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab is ideal for life skills-based listening activities. Lessons are divided into easy, medium, and difficult levels and include pre-listening, grammar, vocabulary and comprehension activities. This is a useful resource for a teacher-led lesson or individual practice.
- Daily ESL helps students learn language used in everyday conversation. Choose a topic, listen, read along, answer questions and more.
- Lantern Listening has many short conversations for students to listen and read along with. There are dialogues for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
- Elllo is another listening lab website with thousands of exercises focusing on natural conversation with vocabulary and comprehension exercises. Some audio contains English speakers from other countries.
- Morning Edition NPR has current news stories. The topics change daily but archived stories are also available.
- Listening and Dictation Practice has different listening tasks with quizzes to check your understanding.
- Manythings has a specific section on minimal pairs (words that are very close in spelling and meaning, such as “forty” and “fourteen”) listed under "American English Pronunciation Practice" (2001).
- English With Jennifer, English with Stacy, English Meeting with Dave Sconda are all helpful YouTube channels.
- English Central allows students to watch a video, learn new words, speak the new words in context, and have a one-on-one conversation about the video online.
Games to Learn English
- Games to Learn English has many beginner-level games that let students practice vocabulary, listening, spelling and more.
- USA Games is full of games to help students learn about the United States, its geography, state capitals and history.
Apps and Other Resources
- Pronunciator contains fun, personalized courses, movies, music and more. It is available through Branford Blackstone Library and Guilford Free Library, with a library card. If you are a Branford resident and do not have a library card, they are available here.
- Mango offers online language courses through the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton. You need a Clinton library card to access Mango.
- Duolingo is a free app and website that lets you strengthen your English language skills with just a few minutes a day.