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English Language Learners

Practice your English Language skills at home with these free useful resources. Browse the links below to start learning.

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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.

Reading

  • 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.

Vocabulary

  • 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.

Listening

  • 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.

Pronunciation

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.