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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=
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.
Business English Level Test - Take this Test to...
English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
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=
Reported speech Quiz
Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
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=
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.
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=
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.
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.
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=
Prepositional Phrase Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Learn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
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=
Beginning English Multiple Choice Tests
ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
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.
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=
Past Tenses Quiz
Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
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=
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=
Prepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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=
Reduced Relative Clause Quiz
Test you knowledge of reducing relative clauses to shorter phrases to modify a noun. This quiz provides the correct answer for each question.
1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
What's the Difference Between American and...
A discussion of the differences between standard American and British English in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar with examples.
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.
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.
The 50 Basic English Questions
50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
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=
Indirect Questions Quiz - Forming Indirect...
Quiz on forming indirect questions for ESL learners and classes with example situations and questions..> <link rel=stylesheet href=
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.
Grammar Basics: Learn the Prepositions "In,"...
Explanation of common prepositions of place use in English including in on and at for movement, surface, cities, and places with example sentences.
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=
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.
Expressing Quantity - Much, Many, Little, Few,...
beginning, level, quiz, expressing quantity, much, many, some, a lot of, few, little
How to plan ESL lesson plans
Guide to standard lesson plan format for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.
Get daily or weekly English lessons delivered...
Free English courses through email provided by Kenneth Beare guide to English at About.com. Courses for beginners, grammar, vocabulary and teaching.
Ordering Food in a Restaurant - Beginner's...
Beginners English guide to ordering food in a restaurant including basic food vocabulary
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.
Number Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
ESL: Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced...
Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.
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=
Did you know that "receive a discount" is a...
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.
Differences between British and American...
Quiz testing the differences between British and American English
Prepositions of time and place - in - at - to -...
Introduction to English Prepositions of place, time and position
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.
Sentence Changes Quiz
Sentence transformation quizzes ask you to change a sentence with a few words to keep the meaning but change structure.
Adverbs of Frequency Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Present Simple
Present simple chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the present simple in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and grammar explanation is also provided.
ESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension - Two...
Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on basic personal information and the verb to be with follow-up comprehension quiz
Adjective Preposition Combinations Quiz - about...
Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions about, at, by, for and from for English language learners.
Inglés Básico - Presente Simple o...
Este cuestionario se Cuándo Usar Presente Simple o Presente Continuo.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Use this template to learn how to write a...
Examples and discussion of how to write a business report for English language learners including an example business plan to use as a template.
Beginning English Multiple Choice Test
Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.
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.
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between present simple or continuous.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Was Were - Past Tense of the verb "To Be"
simple present, yesterday afternoon, tense, english lesson
Adverb Clauses Quiz
This adverb clause quiz tests your understanding of dependent and independent clause use of time, manner, cause and opposition.
Present Simple Quiz
This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Active Voice to Passive Voice Quiz
Intermediate level English practice changing active voice sentences into the passive voice for ESL EFL students and classes
English Listening Quizzes
Listening Quiz Repository at esl.about.com covering a number of areas
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.
A few examples of exercises for the "whole brain"
A quick guide to basic Brain Gym® exercises which help improve concentration for any classroom activity, as well as ESL EFL leaning situations
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.
ESL: 6 Steps to Master Small Talk
Many English students are more interested in making effective small talk than knowing correct grammar structures - and rightly so! Here are some tips to improve small talk skills.
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.
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
Financial Terminology Quiz
This financial terminology quiz focuses on common expressions used when speaking about finance and money in English.
Homophone Quiz - Homophones that are commonly...
ESL EFL English reading comprehension and recipe exercises concering the history of Thanksgiving and the holiday turkey.
British vs. American English Vocabulary...
Commonly confused words in British and American English
Thanksgiving Traditions fro English Lea...
Thanksgiving English learning resources including reading comprehension and recipe exercises concerning Thanksgiving and the holiday turkey.
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.
Preposition Use - in / at / on - prepositions...
in / at / on - prepositions of time and date - English prepositions of time and date usage for English Learners
Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself
Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Introducing Yourself
English Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Job Interview Tips for ESL Interviewees
Tips on how to prepare for job interview questions and answers in English and important vocabulary to use when speaking about skills.
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.
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=
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=
Idiom and Phrase Quiz - 1
Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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=
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.
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.
Choosing which words to stress will improve...
The correct use of intonation and stress is the key to understanding and being understood when speaking English.
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.
Difference between OF and FROM in English
A discussion of the differences between of and from in English which often cause learners difficulty.
Reporting Verbs for Advanced Level ESL Learners...
A reference guide to various reporting verb forms: infinitive verb esl learners presentation examples preposition verbs
Irregular Verbs - Example Sentences in All Tenses
English learning resource providing example sentences of irregular verbs in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.
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=
Tim's Day Reading Quiz
Tim's day is an English reading comprehension quiz about a typical day in Tim's life using the present simple and including answers.
ESL: Learn to Write a Professional Letter of...
Business letter for Letters of Acknowledgment Business English learners including helpful phrases and example letters.
Vocabulary about Travel
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Travel
ESL: What You Need to Write a Letter of Inquiry
A guide to the basics of writing an inquiry letter for business English learners including helpful phrases and examples.
Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Improve your English listening skills with...
Improve you listening skills with RealAudio and these listening strategies
Teaching Grammar in an ESL / EFL Setting
An overview to teaching grammar in an ESL / EFL setting. This article discusses the questions that need to be asked before beginning to teach the class as well as an explaination of the importance of a bottom up style of teaching.
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing descriptive paragraphs helps English learners use a wide variety of vocabulary and structures to improve their writing skills.
Present Continuous for Action at the Moment
Present Continuous tense chart for English language learners and classes. This picture provides visual clues for the present continuous tense for action happening at the present moment in English, as well as an example sentence to help illustrate. A quick conjugation and grammar explanation is also provided. Page 2.
Any or Some Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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.
The A An Quiz
This quiz focuses on Articles - The A An.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
8 Common Word Syllable Stress Patterns in English
This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.
Personal Descriptions
This lesson focuses on learning how to write personal descriptions about yourself and others. The exercise provides tips to remember when writing personal descriptions.
How to Write an Informal Letter
English writing lesson plan focusing on how to write informal letters with vocabulary drill and structure analysis.
English Listening Exercises - Intermediate...
Intermediate to upper-intermediate level listening comprehension quiz concerning a new job opportunity
How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
Conversation Helpers for English Learners
These speaking strategies will help English learners improve their conversational skills.
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.
ESL: How to Use Expressions of Time
Guide to the use of time expressions with various tenses in English.
English Grammar - Causative Verbs
Explanation of the Engilsh causative verbs have, make, and get with examples of structures and usage including example sentences.
Prepositions of Place Quiz
This quiz focuses on prepositions of place.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Learn to order the events in written story in...
Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs for lower level English ESL EFL learners and classes
Asking for Things
Guide to common phrases used for asking and requesting things in English for English learners and classes.
Small Talk - Lesson Plan
Small talk conversation lesson plan helping ESL English learners improve their small talk skills.
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.
English as Second Language Grammar Help -...
Guide to the use of adverbs of frequency for intermediate level ESL EFL students and classes.
ESL: A Guide to Using Inverted Sentences
Guide to inversion and the various forms used for inverted sentences such as the negatives never, scarcely, only after, little, etc.
Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters
Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.
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.
ESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension -...
Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on the present simple tense
Free TOEFL Study on the Internet
A step by step tour of free TOEFL resources on the Net
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.
Present Perfect Worksheets
Printable present perfect worksheets for online and in-class use. These present perfect worksheets begin with a quick review of the present perfect and common time expressions used with the present perfect.
Auxiliary Verbs Quiz
English Grammar Review Quiz for ESL EFL English learners and classes focusing on auxiliary verbs.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Countable and Uncountable Nouns - How much -...
A beginner's guide to countable and uncountable nouns and the use of
Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the present continuous form in English..> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Telephoning English
Five short English conversations which focus on telephoning in English to be used to practice telephoning English.
Non-Continuous Verbs
A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.
In / On / To / At
30 essential basic English lessons for beginning English learners. This lesson focuses on prepositions of place and is followed by a short quiz to test your understanding. Page 2.
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.
Common Mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two...
Quiz about some of the most common mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two.
Irregular Past Verbs Quiz
This quiz focuses irregular verb past forms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Here's a business meeting role play to practice...
This example business meeting provides all the language that students need to participate successfully in business English negotions and meetings.
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.
Tips and Strategies for Teaching English...
Tips and strategies concerning the teaching of English conversational skills
How To Tell Time in English
Telling the time in English for beginner level students and teachers
Asking for a Favor in English
Learn how to ask for a favor in English, as well as granting and denying a favor request with these common phrases and role play examples.
Use of Any and Some for Beginners
The use of some and any for beginning level learners including statements, negatives and questions.
Common Mistakes in English - Has gone to vs....
The present perfect forms have gone to and have been to are often interchanged in English. However, there are clear differences between the two forms. Have gone to indicates that someone is still not here, whereas have been to indicates a person has returned.
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.
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.
ESL: How to Keep Improving Your English
This guide on how to improve your English provides specific suggestions to making a plan for improving your English with specific goals in mind.
Making Suggestions
How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
ESL: Get Ready for the Airport with this Roleplay
Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - At the Airport
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.
Advanced Time Expressions Grammar Review Quiz
Time expression quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Vocabulary about Crime Justice and Criminals
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to the crime criminals and the justice system
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