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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=
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=
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.
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.
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=
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.
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.
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 Quiz
Beginning level English quiz tests basic English tenses, conditional and superlatives, and simple conversational English with corrected answers.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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.
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=
How to plan ESL lesson plans
Guide to standard lesson plan format for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.
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.
Learn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
Number Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
Prepositional Phrase Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Reported speech Quiz
Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
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.
Beginning English Multiple Choice Tests
ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
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=
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=
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=
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.
1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in English
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.
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.
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=
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.
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.
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.
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=
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
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.
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=
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.
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.
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.
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=
Prepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <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.
Learn 10 idioms with 'draw' in English with...
Here are ten idioms with the verb 'draw' in English. Learn idioms through definitions, examples and follow-up quiz and discussion.
ESL: Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced...
Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.
10 Common Sentence Mistakes in English
Ten of the most common mistakes made in English sentences including run on sentences, parallel structure, conjugation and more.
Learn some quick tips on writing cause and...
Here is a short guide to writing cause and effect essays and para graphs prepared especially for English language learners.
Prepositions of time and place - in - at - to -...
Introduction to English Prepositions of place, time and position
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
ESL: Learn to Write a Professional Letter of...
Business letter for Letters of Acknowledgment Business English learners including helpful phrases and example letters.
Learn 10 idioms with 'eat' in English with...
Here are 10 idioms with the verb 'eat' for English language learners. Definitions and example sentences are provided, as well as follow up exercises.
Adverbs of Frequency Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <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.
Sentence Structure Chart
This sentence structure chart provides an overview of the thirteen present, past and future tenses including the continuous and perfect forms. Using this chart will help you focus on the minor changes made in the structure of English sentences to help perfect your tense usage.
Ordering Food in a Restaurant - Beginner's...
Beginners English guide to ordering food in a restaurant including basic food vocabulary
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.
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.
Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself
Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Introducing Yourself
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=
Learn how to write a business email for formal...
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.
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=
Ideas on how to improve your English on your own
This guide on how to improve your English provides specific suggestions to making a plan for improving your English with specific goals in mind.
Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters
Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.
Preposition Use - in / at / on - prepositions...
in / at / on - prepositions of time and date - English prepositions of time and date usage for English Learners
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.
Elementary Level Syllabus for Beginner Level...
Part 1 of an elementary level ESL EFL English syllabus aimed at adult learners who need English for the working world
It's always a good idea to be polite when...
Learn the best phrases to use when asking for things in English including direct forms and polite forms.
Any or Some Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Differences between British and American...
Quiz testing the differences between British and American English
Difference between OF and FROM in English
A discussion of the differences between of and from in English which often cause learners difficulty.
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.
Was Were - Past Tense of the verb "To Be"
simple present, yesterday afternoon, tense, english lesson
How to Ask Questions
How to ask questions in English depends on the type of question you would like to ask, and the situation. Direct questions are the most common type of questions, but you can also learn how to ask indirect questions to be more polite, or how to ask questions with question tags to check information.
Prepositions of Place Quiz
This quiz focuses on prepositions of place.> <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.
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.
Present Simple Quiz
This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.> <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=
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.
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.
Conversation Helpers for English Learners
These speaking strategies will help English learners improve their conversational skills.
How to Improve your English via the Internet
Here are some tips on improving your English language skills, covering internet resources and overall learning routine.
Equivalency Chart
Use this equivalency chart to write the same idea using different forms. Equivalencies are used to vary writing structures for good writing style.
English Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Beginning English Multiple Choice Test
Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing descriptive paragraphs helps English learners use a wide variety of vocabulary and structures to improve their writing skills.
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.
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.
Common Mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two...
Quiz about some of the most common mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two.
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.
Improve English Quickly - Learning Tips
English learning and teaching tips and ideas to quickly improve your English.
Improve your English listening skills with...
Improve you listening skills with RealAudio and these listening strategies
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 Writing Workshop 1
Lesson one of four lessons aimed at helping young learners learn how to write essays for ESL EFL English Classes
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between present simple or continuous.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
The A An Quiz
This quiz focuses on Articles - The A An.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
British vs. American English Vocabulary...
Commonly confused words in British and American English
Expressing Quantity - Much, Many, Little, Few,...
beginning, level, quiz, expressing quantity, much, many, some, a lot of, few, little
Information Technology Vocabulary
List of 200 essential words for the Information Technology industry for English language learners
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.
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.
Telephoning English
Five short English conversations which focus on telephoning in English to be used to practice telephoning English.
Telephone English Practice Exercises
Exercises to help students and teachers improve telephoning skills especially for Business English ESL EFL TESOL TOEFL students
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.
Speaking Practice Online for English Learners -...
Short listening exercises that provide the opportunity to practice speaking English by taking roles in dialogues.
ESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension -...
Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on the present simple tense
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.
How To Improve Your Pronunciation
How to improve your English pronunciation. Whether you prefer US or British pronunciation, follow this guide to help you improve English pronunciation skills fast!
Adverb Clauses Quiz
This adverb clause quiz tests your understanding of dependent and independent clause use of time, manner, cause and opposition.
Vocabulary You Should Use for Writing Business...
Useful vocabulary useful for writing business letters in English for Specific Purposes. These phrases are important for any English learner using English on a daily basis for work.
Prepositions Noun Combinations Quiz - For In By...
This prepositions and noun combinations quiz tests your knowledge of noun combinations with for, in, by and on with corrected answers.
Nursing Vocabulary
List of 200 essential words for the nursing and health-care industry for English language learners.
Learn some of the most common syllable stress...
This page introduces the eight most common word syllable stress patterns in English with listening examples.
Inglés Básico - Presente Simple o...
Este cuestionario se Cuándo Usar Presente Simple o Presente Continuo.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
English Verbs - Tense Resources
Guide to verb tense resources including tense explanations, quizzes, tense related lesson plans, tense review in context resources.
Base your sales letter on this example if you...
Sales letters for business English learners including essential points, useful phrases and example letter.
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.
Learn how to use complex subjects both and,...
Both ... and and neither ... nor are paired conjunctions. As such, they take two different subjects which can change the conjugation of the verb.
Offering Help
How to offer help in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
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.
English Grammar - Causative Verbs
Explanation of the Engilsh causative verbs have, make, and get with examples of structures and usage including example sentences.
Giving and Receiving Presents in English
Learn what to say when giving and receiving presents in English. Included are phrases for lots of situations, as well as role plays for practice.
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.
Indirect Questions Quiz - Forming Indirect...
Quiz on forming indirect questions for ESL learners and classes with example situations and questions..> <link rel=stylesheet href=
Idiom and Phrase Quiz - 1
Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Vocabulary about Travel
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Travel
ESL: Do You Know How to Ask Questions?
Lesson aimed at helping lower-intermediate level students improve their question asking skills.
Tenses in English
This quick overview of tenses in English provides a quick look at how many tenses there are in English including the basic function of each tense.
Practice greeting people in both formal and...
Learn how to greet people in English and the differences between saying hello and saying goodbye. Practice with a few role plays.
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=
Tips and Strategies for Teaching English...
Tips and strategies concerning the teaching of English conversational skills
First Name, Last Name or Title?
Discussion of the correct use of informal and formal forms when speaking about and to people including when to use last names, titles and first name only.
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.
Parts of Speech Quiz
Quiz on the eight parts of speech in English such as nouns, verbs, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, etc. with answers.
ESL: Essential Phrases You Need to Run 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.
Find the right phrase to express sympathy for...
Guide to common phrases used to express sympathy in English for a variety of situations, as well as for writing short sympathy notes.
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.
Adjective Preposition Combinations Quiz - about...
Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions about, at, by, for and from for English language learners.
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.
Daily English Lesson
Free English lesson every day including listening, reading, idiomatic language, about your favorite stars and subjects.
Types of Nouns
The guide to different types of nouns includes explanations for concrete and abstract nouns, countable and uncountable nouns, pronouns, common nouns and collective nouns. Explanations are in easy English which make this article especially useful for ESL learners and lower level English classes.
Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Making Suggestions
How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
Introducing Phrasal Verbs to ESL Students
Lesson focusing on developing and solidifying phrasal verb vocabulary skills
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.
Learn to order the events in written story in...
Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs for lower level English ESL EFL learners and classes
Appropriate Classroom Materials
A discussion of appropriate teaching materials for the ESL classroom
Use the trick of finding a focus word to help...
Learn how to find a focus word to help you with your pronunciation in English. Using a focus word helps guide us through our conversations.
Emphatic Expressions Quiz - Strong Collocating...
A quiz focusing on strong collocating emphatic expressions used in formal written and spoken English for English learners and ESL classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
How is teaching grammar in an ESL class...
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.
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