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Business English Level Test - Take this Test to...
English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
TOEFL Grammar Quiz
This TOEFL grammar quiz focuses on the type of English grammar at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.
Advanced English Grammar Review Quiz
Advanced level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Beginning English Grammar Quiz
Take the beginning English grammar quiz to test your knowledge of English. Each question is followed by an answer, as well as information to study.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Reported speech Quiz
Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
Simple Past or Present Perfect Quiz
Choose between the simple past or present perfect tense in this quiz which includes a short guide to usage. Each question is followed by the correct answer.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Intermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
Intermediate level English grammar review quiz testing the tenses, clause use, conditional forms, modifiers and more with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Differences between British and American...
Quiz testing the differences between British and American English
Confusing Words Quiz
Test your knowledge of confusing words in English such as accept and except. This quiz provides the correct word for each sentence. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Prepositional Phrase Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Gerund or Infinitive Quiz
Choose between the gerund or the infinitive form for the second verb in this quiz. Each question is followed by the correct answer.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
TOEFL Vocabulary Quiz
This TOEFL vocabulary quiz focuses on the type of English vocabulary at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.
Basic English Questions Quiz
This English questions quiz tests basic English questions used in beginning conversations in English. Each question provides the correction.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Preposition Quiz In On At
Test you knowledge of the prepositions in, on and at when used with dates and times. This quiz provides the correct answer for each question.
Parts of Speech Quiz for Advanced Level English...
Quiz focusing on the eight parts of speech for advanced English learners and classes. Students choose the appropriate part of speech for each vocabulary item in context.
Prepositions of Place Quiz - In At and On
Test you knowledge of the prepositions in, on and at when used with places and positions. This quiz provides the correct answer for each question.
Learn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
Definite and Indefinite Article Quiz
Definite and Indefinite articles use quiz which provides a short explanation and the correct answer for each question.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Make or Do Quiz
The difference between make and do is very minimal and causes a lot of problems, try this quiz to see if you know when to use make or do.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Beginning English Quiz
Beginning level English quiz tests basic English tenses, conditional and superlatives, and simple conversational English with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Prepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Beginning English Multiple Choice Tests
ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
Parts of Speech Quiz
Quiz on the eight parts of speech in English such as nouns, verbs, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, etc. with answers.
TOEFL Grammar Practice Quiz
This TOEFL grammar quiz focuses on the type of English grammar at a level generally found on the TOEFL test with follow-up corrections.
Beginner Verb Tense Quiz
Beginner verb tense quiz checks your understanding of basic tenses including the present simple, continuous, future and past simple including answers.
Inglés Básico - Presente Simple o...
Este cuestionario se Cuándo Usar Presente Simple o Presente Continuo.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
Past Tenses Quiz
Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
Beginning English Grammar Review Quiz - 3
Beginner English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Conditional Forms Quiz
Conditional forms quiz tests your knowledge of the first, second and third conditional forms for real, unreal and imagined past situations. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Preposition Use - in / at / on - prepositions...
Explanation of common prepositions of place use in English including in on and at for movement, surface, cities, and places with example sentences.
Ask and Answer Questions - 50 Basic English...
50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
Advanced Confusing Words Quiz
Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
This lower intermediate English grammar quiz focuses on the present, past and future simple tenses, as well as other appropriate grammar.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
1000 Most Common Nouns in English A, B, and C
Nouns that begin with A, B, and C taken from the 1,000 most often used words in English.
Basic English - Essential Lessons for Beginning...
Essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. Each lesson includes a short quiz to test your understanding of these basic English concepts.
Present Simple Quiz
This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Expressing Quantity - Much, Many, Little, Few,...
beginning, level, quiz, expressing quantity, much, many, some, a lot of, few, little
How to Write a Business Email
Examples and discussion of how to write a business email in English so that you will make a professional impression on your business partners. Page 3.
Beginning English Grammar Review Quiz - 4
Beginning English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between present simple or continuous.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Future Forms Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Ordering Food in a Restaurant - Beginner's...
Beginners English guide to ordering food in a restaurant including basic food vocabulary
Word Form Quiz - Economic Situation in the US
This word form quiz concentrates on the noun, verb, adjective and adverb forms of content words in English with corrected answers.
Relative Clause Quiz
This relative clause quiz tests your understanding of relative pronoun use in English. Each question is followed by the answer.> <link rel=stylesheet href=
How to Write a Business Report
Examples and discussion of how to write a business report and other important company documents.
Adjective Preposition Combinations Quiz - about...
Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions about, at, by, for and from for English language learners.
Job Interview Questions and Answers
Tips on how to prepare for job interview questions and answers in English and important vocabulary to use when speaking about skills.
English Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Sentence Changes Quiz
Sentence transformation quizzes ask you to change a sentence with a few words to keep the meaning but change structure.
Financial Terminology Quiz
This financial terminology quiz focuses on common expressions used when speaking about finance and money in English.
Beginning English Multiple Choice Test
Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.
Prepositions of Place Quiz
This quiz focuses on prepositions of place.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Prepositions of time and place - in - at - to -...
Introduction to English Prepositions of place, time and position
Brain Gym® Exercises
A quick guide to basic Brain Gym® exercises which help improve concentration for any classroom activity, as well as ESL EFL leaning situations
ESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension -...
Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on the present simple tense
Active Voice to Passive Voice Quiz
Intermediate level English practice changing active voice sentences into the passive voice for ESL EFL students and classes
both ... and, neither ... nor, either ... or
Both ... and and neither ... nor are paired conjunctions. As such, they take two different subjects which can change the conjugation of the verb. Learn the correct usage of these two constructions to avoid one of the most common mistakes in English.
Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
This - That - These - Those - Here - There
Use these rules and examples of this, that, these, and those - important English words that you can learn to point out things that are here or there.
Indirect Questions Quiz - Forming Indirect...
Quiz on forming indirect questions for ESL learners and classes with example situations and questions..> <link rel=stylesheet href=
Countable and Uncountable Quantifier Quiz
Grammar Quiz focusing on countable and uncountable nouns and their quantifiers including, few, little, some, any, much and many with answers.
Basic English Conversations
Basic English conversations help beginning learners build basic English skills. Each conversation group includes a few short conversations introducing basic English phrases.
Was Were - Past Tense of the verb "To Be"
simple present, yesterday afternoon, tense, english lesson
How to Teach the Present Simple
Guide to teaching the present simple for English teachers who teach ESL and EFL classes with appropriate lesson and activity suggestions.
Place and Movement - In At and To Quiz
Quiz on the prepositions in, on, at and to with places and movement for English learners followed by the correct answer.
ESL: Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced...
Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.
YouTube in the Classroom!
YouTube offers authentic examples of everyday English used by everyday people. These videos are perfect for use in the ESL classroom.
Differences Between American and British English
A discussion of the differences between standard American and British English in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar with examples.
Free E-Mail English Courses for Learners and...
Free English courses through email provided by Kenneth Beare guide to English at About.com. Courses for beginners, grammar, vocabulary and teaching.
Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the present continuous form in English..> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Adverbs of Frequency Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Any or Some Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
English Listening Quizzes
Listening Quiz Repository at esl.about.com covering a number of areas
What should you say when you just don't want to...
Expressions and structures used to have the final word or insist on ending a conversation in English. Examples provided with usage explanation.
How to Write a Business Memo
Examples and discussion of how to write a business memo in English that will be shared with a number of people in the office. Page 2.
Word Form Quiz - Oscar Wilde Paragraph
This word form quiz concentrates on the noun, verb, adjective and adverb forms of content words in English with corrected answers. The text used was written by Oscar Wilde.
How to Study English Effectively
This short introduction to how to study English effectively provides helpful hints and exercises to help you study English well.
Idiom and Phrase Quiz - 1
Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Quiz - for / while / during
Take this quiz on the use of the prepositions for while and during including a follow-up correct answer for each question.
Basic English Modals Quiz
This quiz focuses on basic modals used in English.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Should You Take the TOEFL or IELTS Exam?
Choosing which English test to take can be confusing. Often the choice comes does to either the TOEFL or IELTS. This guide will lead you through the main differences between the IELTS and TOEFL, as well as important points to take into consideration.
The A An Quiz
This quiz focuses on Articles - The A An.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Comparative Quiz
Test your knowledge of how to use the comparative form in English by selecting the correct ending. Each question is followed by a correction.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
ESL: 20 Things to Teach Absolute Beginners
Course Outline and Objectives for ESL Beginning Students to Establish Basic Communication Language Functions in English Teacher Lesson Plans
Number Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
Customer Request Listening Quiz
Customer request listening quiz for English learners focusing on a returned gift and exchange with drop down answers to check.
English Learners Should Check Out These...
Examples and worksheets focusing on key collocation for English learners in various TESOL settings, as well as for self-study. Each sheet includes a number of collocation examples.
Prepositions of Time Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Simple Ways to Improve Your Reading Skills
This short description of four basic reading skills are aimed at improving reading skills and include skimming, scanning, intensive and extensive reading.
Reporting Verbs for Advanced Level ESL Learners...
A reference guide to various reporting verb forms: infinitive verb esl learners presentation examples preposition verbs
Free TOEFL Study on the Internet
A step by step tour of free TOEFL resources on the Net
Practice Reading and Speaking English with...
Learn English by practicing dialogues that focus on a wide variety of topics listed by grammar point, class level or purpose.
Word Form Quiz - Dimensions
his word form quiz concentrates on the noun, verb, adjective and adverb forms of content words in English with corrected answers. The text is about dimensions.
Intonation and Stress in English
The correct use of intonation and stress is the key to understanding and being understood when speaking English.
Noun Preposition Combinations Quiz
Noun and preposition combinations quiz to test your knowledge of prepositions for in of to with and between with corrected answers.
How To Write a Business Letter
A simple how to on writing basic English business letters for English learners which will ensure good structure and understanding.
Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself
Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Introducing Yourself
Tenses Chart
Tenses chart for English language learners and classes. Each picture provides visual clues for all major tenses in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and grammar explanation is also provided.
ESL: Learn to Write a Professional Letter of...
Business letter for Letters of Acknowledgment Business English learners including helpful phrases and example letters.
8 Common Word Syllable Stress Patterns in English
This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.
Adverb Clauses Quiz
This adverb clause quiz tests your understanding of dependent and independent clause use of time, manner, cause and opposition.
A Simple Way to Write an Essay
How to write a standard essay in English following a common essay outline structure also known as the hamburger essay.
Vocabulary about Travel
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Travel
A, An, The
Explanation and guide to the usage of A, An and The indefinite and definite articles including exceptions and multiple examples for each rule.
ESL: Learn the Most Helpful Telephone Phrases
Guide to the special language of telephoning in English including standard English phrases and idioms used on the telephone.
Irregular Past Verbs Quiz
This quiz focuses irregular verb past forms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Practice These Simple Tips to Master Your Next...
This look at telephone conversations focuses on the standard patterns often found in business telephone conversations. It includes an overview, a role play and other classroom activities to help English learners learn standard telephone conversations.
Past Simple Quiz
This quiz focuses on the past simple tense in English used to express actions completed in the past.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Should You Use "Have" or "Have Got"?
A guide to when to use the possessive verb forms Have and Have Got with multiple example sentences of correct and incorrect usage.
Formal Letter Structure
A guide to formal letter structure especially written for English learners in ESL or EFL classes. This guide also provides standards formulas for common requests, offers of help and inquiring for information.
Essential ESL: Practice Writing in English with...
Beginning level dictations for English learners focusing on introductions, instructions, present simple habits, past events, comparisons and questions.
Asking for Things
Guide to common phrases used for asking and requesting things in English for English learners and classes.
Reported Speech
Guide to using reported speech in English including detailed information on sentence transformation through changing tense, use of reporting verbs and the change of time expressions, pronouns and more.
Much and Many Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between much, many, few and a lot of.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Non-Continuous Verbs
A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.
How to Speak English
This step by step guide on how to speak English will help you perfect a study plan to help you speak English within a reasonably short amount of time. Strategies and objectives are provided to help you speak English with ease.
Action Idioms Quiz
Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Use of Any and Some for Beginners
The use of some and any for beginning level learners including statements, negatives and questions.
Basic Key Words for English Learners
List 1 of basic list including Basic Verbs, Prepositions, Articles, Pronouns, of 850 words which can help you speak English in a well-rounded manner.
How to Write a Business Letter That Will Make a...
A guide to the basics of writing letters to respond to inquiries especially written for English learners and business classes.
Countable and Uncountable Nouns - How much -...
A beginner's guide to countable and uncountable nouns and the use of
How to Write an Informal Letter
English writing lesson plan focusing on how to write informal letters with vocabulary drill and structure analysis.
Basic English - Imperative Forms Quiz - 30...
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
ESL Colloquial Pairs Quiz
This colloquial pairs quiz focuses on pairs of words that come in a set order in English and may not be reversed followed by corrections.
How To Tell Time in English
Telling the time in English for beginner level students and teachers
How to Write a Great Resume in English
How to write a resume or CV in English. Follow these steps to write a standard resume as used in the United States.
Top 10 Lesson Plans
The most popular English learning lesson plans on esl.about.com for use in ESL and EFL classes. Lessons include activities and printable worksheets, as well as step by step instructions.
Making Suggestions Quiz
Useful phrases for making suggestions in English for upper level ESL English students - quiz
Guide to Future with Will and Going to
Guide to learning Future with Will and Going to for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.
Homophone Quiz
Homophone quiz focusing on some of the most commonly confused homophones such as i, eye, and aye in English including corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
Try English Dialogues for Anyone Learning the...
Dialogues are used in ESL classes as role plays to help students learn new forms, practice different situations and gain confidence.
Help students understand basic structure by...
This beginning level lesson encourages students to label parts of speech in order to better understand structure and context.
Tips and Strategies for Teaching English...
Tips and strategies concerning the teaching of English conversational skills
Polish Your English Skills with Tips on Adverb...
Grammar guide to using adverb clauses in English for ESL EFL TEFL or ESOL classes and learners.
Inversion
Guide to inversion and the various forms used for inverted sentences such as the negatives never, scarcely, only after, little, etc.
Adjective Preposition Combinations - of on to...
Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions with follow up quiz to test your knowledge for ESL EFL English students
Idioms and Expressions - Time - Quiz
Quiz focusing on idioms and expressions with Time for upper level ESL students and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Starting a Conversation - Top Ten Questions
Here are ten questions that will help beginning level learners of English when starting a conversation. Each question is followed by a number of questions to continue the conversation.
English Listening Exercises - Intermediate...
Intermediate to upper-intermediate level listening comprehension quiz concerning a new job opportunity
Time Expressions and Tenses
Guide to the use of time expressions with various tenses in English.
Questions with Like Quiz
This quiz focuses on using like.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
British vs. American English Vocabulary...
Commonly confused words in British and American English
Vocabulary about Crime Justice and Criminals
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to the crime criminals and the justice system
Important Job Interview Vocabulary
List of descriptive action verbs perfect for use in job interviews and resumes for English language learners. Page 2.
Difference between OF and FROM in English
A discussion of the differences between of and from in English which often cause learners difficulty.
Improve Your Reading Comprehension: Practice...
Beginning level English reading comprehension focusing on adverbs of frequency and the present simple tense.
When to Use Any or Some
This basic English lesson focuses on the use of any and some to speak about a non-specific amount and for compound words.
Useful English Phrases for Participating in a...
Phrase Reference Sheet for Participating in a Meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.

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