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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

  • 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'
    Adjectives
    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
    Paragraphs.
    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
    Tenses
    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

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.

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


English As a Second Language Lessons

Tongue Twisters

Daily Doses of English (British)

English for Kids (British)

Vocabulary & Flash cards for Kids (American)



English Idioms

English Pronunciation (American)

Frequently Mispronounced Word

These common English words are frequently mispronounced by ESL speakers.
Minimal Pairs
Learn how to pronounce confusing word pairs. These words have only one sound that differentiates them.
Embarrassing mistakes
These common words are often pronounced in very embarrassing ways.
More English Vocabulary with Pictures & Videos

English Pronunciation (British)

English Pronunciation (Mixed)

Commonly Confused Words & Homonyms

English Conversation

Business English (British)

Business English (American)

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.

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