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Welcome to our collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, and educators.

We have lots of free videos that will help you improve your English and also advice and tips for English proficiency examinations like TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

TOEFL or IELTS? Which exam should you take?

The IELTS Test

IELTS is available in two test formats:
Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but different Reading and Writing modules.

Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. Depending on your test center, the Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts.

The IELTS Test IELTS Listening Test
IELTS Reading Test IELTS Reading Test
IELTS Writing Test IELTS Writing Test
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
IELTS Essay Writing Techniques IELTS Essay Writing Techniques
IELTS Discussion Essay Outline IELTS Discussion Essay Writing
IELTS Discussion Essay Writing IELTS Discussion Essay Writing
IELTS Argument Essay Thesis IELTS Argument Essay Outline
IELTS Argument Essay Writing IELTS Argument Essay Cleanup
IELTS General - Letter Writing IELTS Speaking Test Overview
IELTS Speaking Test Tips Do's and Don'ts in the Speaking Test
IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 IELTS Speaking Test Parts 2 and 3

Study English - IELTS Preparation

Lessons from Australia Network

Series One

Episodes One to Four Word families and spelling
Ways of discussing a topic
Fact and opinion
The language of description
Businesses & economic information
Making comparisons
Looking at prepositions of time.
Episodes Five to Eight Brainstorming, taking notes and developing ideas
The language of cause and effect
Names of countries and nationalities
The types of language needed to describe processes
The relative pronouns, "that, which and who" and linking words
Episodes Nine to Twelve: Acronyms, abbreviations and names
Ways of connecting ideas
Ways to talk about something that's happened in the past
How to describe cycles and also the use of phrasal verbs
Episodes Thirteen to Sixteen Articles, indefinite articles 'a' and 'an' and the definite article 'the'
Conditional sentences
Sentences that use 'if'
How to talk about things in the future
Episodes Seventeen to Twenty Some of the features of formal, written English
Language used to describe processes and transition signals
Listening to numbers and practice saying and spelling them
Talk about places, locations & directions
Episodes Twenty-One to Twenty-Four Continuous tense and practice some sentence stress
Listen to a finance report and learn about numerical data
Ways to describe appearance, character and behavior
Intonation and the use of the comma
Episodes Twenty-Five to Twenty-Six Simple present tense, definitions and technical vocabulary
Classification and pronunciation of final s sounds

Series Two

Episodes One to Four Pronouns, homonyms
Practise using suffixes
Different ways to use the word "say"
Common collocations
Spatial relationships
Words we use to describe weather
Episodes Five to Eight Linking words
Many uses of the word "there". Describing how something works Describing colours
The words "some" and "any"
About space and astronomy
Present perfect & simple past tenses
Episodes Nine to Twelve The use of contractions in spoken English
How to use reflexive and demonstrative pronouns
The language of speculation
How to identify the future tense
Expressing attitude
Using the words "so" and "such"
Episodes Thirteen to Sixteen The use of noun, verb and preposition phrases
Tenses and different ways of making comparisons
IELTS Speaking and Reading tests
English users indicate negative meanings
Episodes Seventeen to Twenty Practice your reading comprehension skills
Practice using hyphens
Showing contrast
The various functions of sentences in English
Discuss infinitive verbs
Common conversation markers
Episodes Twenty-One to Twenty-Four IELTS Listening Test. Strategies for improving listening comprehension
Using context to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words
Practice pronunciation
Four: Adverbs
Episodes Twenty-Five to Twenty-Six Tips and strategies for answering Task 1 IELTS Academic questions
Tips about letter writing, one of the tasks in the IELTS General Training Writing test


Series Three

Episodes One and Two IELTS Assessment Criteria - writing and speaking modules
Writing Task Response for the academic and general IELTS tests
Episodes Three and Four Coherence and Cohesion in Writing
Sentence Types - demonstrate grammatical range and accuracy
Episodes Five and Six Vocabulary Range - vocabulary criteria used to assess candidates
Question Tasks and Topics in the essay section of the IELTS test
Episodes Seven and Eight The IELTS Speaking Test
Speaking Fluently.
Episodes Nine and Ten Speaking Coherently
Vocabulary for Speaking
Episodes Eleven and Twelve Grammatical Range in the Speaking Test
Intonation in the IELTS Speaking Test
Episodes Thirteen and Fourteen Reading Skills and Question Types
General Training Reading
Episodes Fifteen and Sixteen Listening for Signpost Words
Listening for Numbers in the IELTS Listening Test
Episodes Seventeen and Eighteen Talking about Festivals & Celebrations
Labeling and Describing an Object
Episodes Nineteen and Twenty Labeling a Flow Chart
Giving Example

The TOEFL iBT Test

The TOEFL iBT takes about four hours. It is administered via a computer from a certified testing center. Instructions are embedded within each section. The test comprises of four sections - reading, listening, speaking and writing. All the four sections are taken on the same day. Note taking is allowed during the whole exam.

Download TOEFL iBT Tips - How to prepare for the TOEFL iBT

The TOEFL Test TOEFL Reading Section
TOEFL Reading Section TOEFL Listening Section
TOEFL Listening Practice TOEFL Listening Samples
TOEFL Speaking Section TOEFL Speaking Section
TOEFL Speaking Section Question 1 TOEFL Speaking Section Question 1
TOEFL Speaking Section Question 2 TOEFL Speaking Section Question 2
TOEFL Speaking Section Question 3 TOEFL Speaking Section Question 4
TOEFL Speaking Section Question 4 TOEFL Speaking Section Question 5
TOEFL Speaking Section Question 6 TOEFL Sample Questions from theTOEFL official site
Compare TOEFL and TOEIC TOEIC Sample Tests
TOEIC Listening and Reading
TOEIC Speaking and Writing
TOEIC Bridge

English As a Second Language Lessons

Tongue Twisters

The following lessons are mainly from English with Jennifer (American)

English Vocabulary 2 English Vocabulary 3
English Vocabulary 4 English Vocabulary 5
English Vocabulary 6 English Vocabulary 7
English Vocabulary 8 English Vocabulary 9
English Vocabulary 10 English Mini Lessons 1
English Mini Lessons 2 English Mini Lessons 3
Basic English Grammar Basic English Grammar The Simple Past Tense
English Grammar Conditionals 1 English Grammar Conditionals 2
English Grammar Prepositions English Grammar The Passive Voice
English Grammar"Seem" English Grammar Present Perfect Tense & Present Perfect Progressive
English Grammar Reported Speech 1 English Grammar Reported Speech 2
English Grammar Reported Speech 3 English Grammar Phrasal Verbs and Double Comparative
English Grammar Articles 1 English Grammar Articles 2
English Grammar Modal Verbs, Gerunds & Infinitives Advanced English Olympic Games
Advanced English Yard Sale Common Mistakes in English Advise/Recommend/Suggest
Common Mistakes in English Think/Thinking Common Mistakes in English Requests
Common Mistakes in English Wish & Hope Common Mistakes in English ing/ed adjectives
Common Mistakes in English Whether
Used To
Common Mistakes in English Too/Enough
American Slang I American Slang II
American Slang III Pronunciation of English Vowels Front Vowels
Pronunciation of English Vowels Back Vowels
Central Vowels
Pronunciation of English Vowels Diphthongs
The following videos are mostly from EnglishCafeDotCom (American)
Learn English with Jim 1 Learn English with Jim 2
Word of the DayEnthusiast, Hectic, Inclement, Prolific Guess the Word of the Day 1
Guess the Word of the Day 2 Guess the Word of the Day 3
English Quiz of the Day Customer Service English
Words at Work Learn English for Job Interviews
A Day in the Life of ... A Day in the Life of ...
Learning Spoken English Conversational English
Aesop's Fables: The Fisherman and the Little Fish
The North Wind and the Sun
The Ant and the Grasshopper
The Moon and her Mother
The following videos are mostly from Learn American English Online
American Citizenship Test Questions and Answers Days of Week
Months of Year Telling Time
Numbers: 0 to Billion Ordinal Numbers
Greetings Multiplication and Division in English
Shapes, Lines, Height and Weight in English The Verb "Be"Present Tense
The Verb "Be"Questions and Answers Nouns, Plural Nouns, Irregular Plurals
Nouns Countable and Uncountable Possessive Nouns
"Much, Many, A Lot" Direct and Indirect Objects
Subject Pronouns, Object Pronouns, Reflexive Pronouns Possessive Pronouns, Possessive Adjectives
This, That, These, Those There, Their, They're
Present Tense - learn, be, do Present Continuous Tense
Past Tense for the Verb "Be" Past Tense Regular Verbs
Past Tense Irregular Verbs Past Tense Negative
Past Tense Have, Has, Had Future Tense"Going To" and "Will"
Present Perfect Tense Questions, "be" Present Perfect Tense Passive Voice, Past & Present Tense
Past Continuous or Past Progressive Tense Past Tense vs Past Continuous Tense

Present Perfect Continuous Tense
Past Perfect Tense Future Continuous Tense
Review of Verb Tenses Using the Past Participle
Adjectives & Possessive Adjectives Adjectives - "ing" and "ed"
Comparative & Superlative Adjectives Order of Adjectives
Modal Verbs Modal Verb - "Have to"
Idiomatic Modal Verbs
Infinitives Gerunds
Adverbs & Comparative Adverbs Prepositions - at, on, in
Prepositional Phrases Passive Voice
Passive Voice Past, Present, Future Tense Passive Voice Present Perfect, Present Continuous, Past Continuous Tense
Passive Voice Modal Verbs, Infinitives, Gerunds Causative Verbs
Articles a, an, the Questions Who, What, Where, When and How

Some, Any
Hope/Wish, So/Too, Either/Neither Should, Ought to, Had better, Could, Being, Been
Always, Usually, Often, Sometimes, Never, Already, Yet Can, Could, Be able to, May, Do you mind, Few, Little, Must, Have
Other, Others & Another, Each Other, Every Other Actually, Really & Very, What, Enough
Pretty, Still & Anymore, Likely, Last Conjunctions And, Therefore, However, Consequently
Conjunctions Because, Due to, Not only, Both, Although, Even though Conjunctions Otherwise, In addition, Furthermore, Unless
More Conjunctions Types of Sentences Interrogative, Declarative, Imperative and Exclamatory
Imperatives - Commands Parts of a Sentence
Independent and Dependent Clause Difference between Clauses and Phrases
Noun Clauses Adjective Clauses
Relative Clauses Adverb Clause
Compound Sentences Complex Sentences
Indirect and Direct Speech Conditional Sentences Future, Present, Past
Tag Questions Embedded Questions

Daily Doses of English (British)
Daily Dose of English 1 Daily Dose of English 2
Daily Dose of English 3 Daily Dose of English 4
Daily Dose of English 5 Daily Dose of English 6
Daily Dose of English 7 Daily Dose of English 8
Daily Dose of English 9 Daily Dose of English 10
Daily Dose of English 11 Daily Dose of English 12
Daily Dose of English 13 Daily Dose of English 14
Daily Dose of English 15 Daily Dose of English 16
Daily Dose of English 17 Daily Dose of English 18
Daily Dose of English 19 Daily Dose of English 20
Daily Dose of English 21 Daily Dose of English 22
The following videos are from MisterDuncan (British)
Lessons 1- 4Introduction, Hello/Goodbye, Please & Thank You, Response to Please/Thank You Lessons 5 - 8Good/Bad, Happy/Sad, Health & Exercise, Stress & Worry
Lessons 9 - 12 Fame, Saying Sorry, Irony & Coincidence, All About You Lessons 13- 16 Grammar, Body Language, Slang, Technology
Lessons 17 - 20 Time, Small Talk, Rules, More Slang Lessons 21 -24 Compliments, The Way You Feel, Faults/Bad Habits, Changing English
Lessons 25 - 28 Speech Making, On & Off, Noun/Verbs, Intonation Lessons 29 - 32 Jokes & Humour, Abbreviation, Lies, Fear
Lessons 33 - 36 Questions & Answers, Political Correctness, Making Mistakes, Phonetics Lessons 37 - 40 Fashion, News, Money, Complaint & Complain
Lessons 41 - 44 Influence, Action, Superstition, Word Association Lessons 45 - 48 Describing Things, The Human Body, Punctuation, Death
Lessons 49 - 52 Food, Samuel Johnson, Giving Your Opinion, British & American English Lessons 53 - 56 The Office, Winter Snow, Love, Springtime
Lessons 57 - 59 By the Sea, Going on Holiday, Autumn Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 1
Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 2 Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 3
Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 4 Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 5
Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 6 Learning EnglishAsk MisterDuncan 7
The following videos are from EF PodEnglish (British)
Learn English 1 Learn English 2
Learn English 3 Learn English 4
Learn English 5 Learn English 6
Learn English 7 Learn English 8
Learn English 9  
Learn English 10 Learn English 11
Learn English 12 Learn English 13

English for Kids (British)

High Frequency Words

High Frequency Words 1 High Frequency Words 2
Days of Week, Months of Year, Fruit Names, Numbers  

Alphabet letters and sounds - phonics

Phonics Songs A, B, C, D
E, F, G, H I, J, K, L
M, N, O, P Q, R, S, T
U, V, W, X Y, Z and Review
Phonic Sounds
R-Controlled Vowels: ar, er, ir, or, ur ch, sh, th, wh, ph sounds
oa, oi, oo, ow sounds ee, ss, ll, zz, ff sounds
qu, ck sounds ear, air, igh, ure sounds
pl, bl, cl sounds fl, gl, tw sounds
br, cr, dr sounds fr, gr, pr, tr sounds
sc, sk, sl, st sounds sm, sn, sp, sw sounds
ng, nd, pt, ct sounds xt, nt, lk, lt sounds
sk, sp, st, nk sounds ld, ft, lp, mp sounds
str, shr, thr, squ sounds spr, scr, spl sounds
nch, tch sounds  
Alternative Sounds and Spellings
Soft c and soft g Short oo and long oo
ai, al, au, aw sounds ea, ew sounds
ie, ue sounds ou, ow, oa, oe, o sounds
y, ay, ey, oy sounds ch, sh, zh, dg sounds
are, air, ear, ore, tion sounds More Alternative Spellings
Silent Letters
Silent e Silent letters: b, c, g
Silent letters: h, k, w  
Grammar for Kids
Nouns Proper Nouns, Pronouns
Spelling for Plural Nouns Adjectives
Verbs, Adverbs Compound Words, Question Words, Rhyming Words
Prepositions, Connectives  

Vocabulary & Flash cards for Kids (American)

Letters of the Alphabets Phonics Songs
Reading Songs Tell the Time Songs
Numbers 1 - 10 Numbers 1 - 20
Animals 1 Animals 2
Body Parts Clothes
Home Colors
Family Members Feelings
Fish & Sea Animals Food
Fruits Insects & Bugs
Jobs, Occupations, Professions Months of the Year
Nature Places
Preposition of Places and Movements School
Shapes Sports
Summertime Town
Toys Transportation
Vegetables Weather
Nouns & Pronouns Verbs


English Idioms

English IdiomsArms, Athletics, Achilles' Heel English IdiomsBall, Bean, Bee, Bird
English IdiomsBite the Bullet, Blue, Body Parts, Boxing English IdiomsCat, Color, Cut from the Same Cloth
English IdiomsDog, Egg, Eye English IdiomsFish, Food, Football, From Scratch, Fruit
English IdiomsGold, Green English IdiomsHair, Head, Horse, Horse Racing
English IdiomsIce Skating, Insect, Leg English IdiomsMonkey, Mouth, Music, On the Tip of the Tongue
English IdiomsPie, Pig, Play it by Ear, Red, Rock the Boat English IdiomsSilver, Step up to the Plate, Tea, Tongue
English IdiomsMeat, Seafood, Vegetables  

English Pronunciation (American)

Learn English through Rhymes Short Vowel Sounds
Long Vowel Sounds Short and Long Vowels
"AA", "AW", "AH" Vowel Sounds "EE", "EH", "IH" Vowel Sounds
"OO" Vowel Sounds "UH"and "UR" Vowel Sounds
"I" and "EE" Vowel Sounds "H" English Pronunciation
"L" English Pronunciation "R" English Pronunciation
"Y" English Pronunciation "B" and "P" English Pronunciation
"B" and "V" English Pronunciation "D" and "T" English Pronunciation
"F" and "V" English Pronunciation "G" and "K" English Pronunciation
"L" and "R" English Pronunciation "V" and "W" Pronunciation
"S" and "Z" English Pronunciation "SH" English Pronunciation
"TH" English Pronunciation "WH" English Pronunciation
"CH" English Pronunciation "AI" Diphthong
"AY" Diphthong "EW" Diphthong
"OW" Diphthong "OH" and "OY" Diphthongs
"NG" Sound "HH", "LL", "NN", "RR" Sounds
"SP", "ST" Sounds /ZH/ Sound
"TL", "THS", "TH" Sounds "ED" Ending Sounds
Word Stress More Word Stress
Thought Groups Stress Patterns
Advanced Stress Patterns Intonation
Can / Can't True T/ Flap T
The following videos are from Sozoexchange.
English Lesson English Vocabulary & Pronunciation A1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation A2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation A3
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation B1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation B2
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation C1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation C2
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation C3 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation D1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation D2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation E1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation E2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation F1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation F2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation F3
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation G1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation G2
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation G3 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation H1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation H2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation I1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation I2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation I3
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation J1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation K1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation L1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation L2
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation M1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation N1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation N2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation O1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation O2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation P1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation P2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation P3
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation P4 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Q1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation R1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation R2
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation S1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation S2
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation S3 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation T1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation U1 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation V1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation V2 English Vocabulary & Pronunciation W1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation XY English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Z1
English Vocabulary & Pronunciation Z2  

Frequently Mispronounced Word

These common English words are frequently mispronounced by ESL speakers

Mispronounced Words 1 Mispronounced Words 2
Mispronounced Words 3  
Minimal Pairs
Learn how to pronounce confusing word pairs. These words have only One sound that differentiates them
Minimal Pairs 1 Minimal Pairs 2
Minimal Pairs 3 Minimal Pairs 4
Minimal Pairs 5 Minimal Pairs 6
Embarrassing mistakes
These common words are often pronounced in very embarrassing ways
English Pronunciation 1 English Pronunciation 2
English Pronunciation 3 English Pronunciation 4
More English Vocabulary with Pictures and Videos
Learn English Words 1 Learn English Words 2
Learn English Words 3 Learn English Words 4
Learn English Words 5 Learn English Words 6
Learn English Words 7 Learn English Words 8
Learn English Words 9 Learn English Words 10
Learn English Words 11 Learn English Words 12

English Pronunciation (British)

Short Vowel Sounds Short Vowel Sounds
Long Vowel Sounds Diphthongs (Double Vowel Sounds)
Diphthongs (Double Vowel Sounds) Voiced Consonant Sounds
Voiced Consonant Sounds Voiceless Consonant Sounds
Voiceless Consonant Sounds Other Consonant Sounds
Other Consonant Sounds  

English Pronunciation (Mixed)

English Examples 1 English Examples 2
English Examples 3 English Examples 4
English Examples 5 English Examples 6
English Examples 7  

Commonly Confused Words and Homonyms

Homophones & Heteronyms (American) Homophones & Heterophones
Advice & Advise
Before & Ago
Bored & Boring
Bring & Take
During & While
Effect & Affect
Here & Hear
Someone, Anyone, No one
Fun & Funny
Its & It's
Other & Another
To, Too, Two
They're, There & Their
Who's & Whose
Wish & Hope
You're and Your
Live & Live
Look, See & Watch
Listen & Hear
Want & Need
Advise, Recommend & Suggest
Make & Do,
Other, Others & Another
Either & Neither
Good Morning Evening Night
Recipes, Receipts, Bills & Prescriptions
Hot & Spicy
Cardinal & Ordinal
Its & It's
Sometime &Sometimes
Some & Any
Eat & It
Other Commonly Confused Words

English Conversation

English Conversation 1 English Conversation 2
English Conversation 3  

Business English (British)

BBC Business English 1 BBC Business English 2
BBC Business English 3 BBC Business English 4
BBC Business English 5  

Business English (American)

Business EnglishJob Interviews Business EnglishBusiness Vocabulary, Writing Letters
Business EnglishMore Job Interviews Business EnglishWorkplace Expressions
Business English Handling Problems, Expand Your Vocabulary Polite English I
Polite English II Learn Business English Vocabulary 1
Learn Business English Vocabulary 2 Learn Business English Vocabulary 3
Learn Business English Vocabulary 4 Learn Business English Vocabulary 5

Business English (Australian)

This 15-part series for intermediate to advanced English language learners looks at the language used in everyday business situations such as meetings, presentations and negotiations.

Business EnglishPleased to meet you
Why don't you join us
Getting acquainted
Any other business

Business EnglishHear Hear
What are the options
A Report on progress
Graphs and Trends
Business EnglishA customer survey
Wrapping it up
Can I help you
Business English We might have a deal
A formal speech
Until next time

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