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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=
Business English Level Test - Take this Test to...
English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
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.
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=
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=
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 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.
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.
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=
Prepositional Phrase Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz for learners of English testing word combinations with prepositions. > <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
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=
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.
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 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.
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.
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=
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.
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.
Indirect Questions Quiz - Forming Indirect...
Quiz on forming indirect questions for ESL learners and classes with example situations and questions..> <link rel=stylesheet href=
Past Tenses Quiz
Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
Prepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <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=
Inglés Básico - Presente Simple o...
Este cuestionario se Cuándo Usar Presente Simple o Presente Continuo.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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.
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.
Present Simple Quiz
This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.> <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.
Beginning English Multiple Choice Test
Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.
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 Grammar Review Quiz - 4
Beginning English Grammar Review Quiz beginning 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=
The 50 Basic English Questions
50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
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.
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.
ESL: Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced...
Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.
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.
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=
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between present simple or continuous.> <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.
Sentence Changes Quiz
Sentence transformation quizzes ask you to change a sentence with a few words to keep the meaning but change structure.
Differences between British and American...
Quiz testing the differences between British and American English
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=
Prepositions of time and place - in - at - to -...
Introduction to English Prepositions of place, time and position
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.
Ordering Food in a Restaurant - Beginner's...
Beginners English guide to ordering food in a restaurant including basic food vocabulary
Financial Terminology Quiz
This financial terminology quiz focuses on common expressions used when speaking about finance and money in English.
ESL: Learn to Write a Professional Letter of...
Business letter for Letters of Acknowledgment Business English learners including helpful phrases and example letters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Know When Writing 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.
English Prepositional Phrases Quiz
Prepositional phrase quiz testing common expressions with prepositions followed by nouns for English learners with corrections. > <link rel=stylesheet type=
Number Pronunciation And Spelling in English -...
Pronunciation and spelling guide to numbers in English
Adverbs of Frequency Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself
Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Introducing Yourself
Was Were - Past Tense of the verb "To Be"
simple present, yesterday afternoon, tense, english lesson
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.
Adjective Preposition Combinations Quiz - about...
Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions about, at, by, for and from for English language learners.
Expressing Quantity - Much, Many, Little, Few,...
beginning, level, quiz, expressing quantity, much, many, some, a lot of, few, little
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
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
Preposition Use - in / at / on - prepositions...
in / at / on - prepositions of time and date - English prepositions of time and date usage for English Learners
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.
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.
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.
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.
ESL: How to Use Expressions of Time
Guide to the use of time expressions with various tenses 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=
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.
Improve your English listening skills with...
Improve you listening skills with RealAudio and these listening strategies
Active Voice to Passive Voice Quiz
Intermediate level English practice changing active voice sentences into the passive voice for ESL EFL students and classes
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.
Adverb Clauses Quiz
This adverb clause quiz tests your understanding of dependent and independent clause use of time, manner, cause and opposition.
How to Write an Informal Letter
English writing lesson plan focusing on how to write informal letters with vocabulary drill and structure analysis.
Small Talk - Lesson Plan
Small talk conversation lesson plan helping ESL English learners improve their small talk skills.
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=
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.
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.
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing descriptive paragraphs helps English learners use a wide variety of vocabulary and structures to improve their writing skills.
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.
English Listening Quizzes
Listening Quiz Repository at esl.about.com covering a number of areas
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.
Any or Some Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <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.
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.
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.
Asking for Things
Guide to common phrases used for asking and requesting things in English for English learners and classes.
Parts of Speech Quiz
Quiz on the eight parts of speech in English such as nouns, verbs, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, etc. with answers.
Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters
Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.
Free TOEFL Study on the Internet
A step by step tour of free TOEFL resources on the Net
English Grammar - Causative Verbs
Explanation of the Engilsh causative verbs have, make, and get with examples of structures and usage including example sentences.
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.
Non-Continuous Verbs
A look at common verbs that are not used in the continuous - progressive - forms.
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=
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.
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.
Vocabulary about Travel
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Travel
Difference between OF and FROM in English
A discussion of the differences between of and from in English which often cause learners difficulty.
The A An Quiz
This quiz focuses on Articles - The A An.> <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.
Do you know the difference between it's and its?
It's easy to confuse 'its' and 'it's' in English. In fact, this is probably one of the top two or three written mistakes in English by native speakers, as well as non-native speakers. Learn the difference between these two sound alike forms.
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.
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.
Reporting Verbs for Advanced Level ESL Learners...
A reference guide to various reporting verb forms: infinitive verb esl learners presentation examples preposition verbs
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.
How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
Learn to order the events in written story in...
Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs for lower level English ESL EFL learners and classes
Idiom and Phrase Quiz - 1
Idiomatic phrase quiz for intermediate to advanced level ESL EFL learners and classes.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Compound sentences are two sentences turned...
Learn the basic of writing compound sentences with this introduction to the use of coordinating conjunctions to combine sentences into compound sentences.
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.
Prepositions of Place Quiz
This quiz focuses on prepositions of place.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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
Countries, Nationalities and Languages in English
Guide to Countries Nationalities and Languages around the world for lower level English classes with pronunciation sound file.
British vs. American English Vocabulary...
Commonly confused words in British and American English
Past Continuous Worksheets
Printable past continuous worksheets for online and in-class use. These past continuous worksheets begin with a quick review of the past continuous used to express what was happening at a specific point of time in the past.
Participles
This guide to participles discusses the various uses of the present and past participles in easy English with multiple examples of each learning point.
Telephoning English
Five short English conversations which focus on telephoning in English to be used to practice telephoning English.
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 Study English Effectively
This short introduction to how to study English effectively provides helpful hints and exercises to help you study English well.
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.
Common Mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two...
Quiz about some of the most common mistakes in English - To vs. Too vs. Two.
Top ESL Conversation Lessons Plans
Top ESL conversation free lesson plans for use in class with beginner to advanced level classes. Each lesson includes a short overview, lesson objectives and outline and copyable materials for in-class use.
Making Suggestions
How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
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.
8 Common Word Syllable Stress Patterns in English
This page introduces the eight most common word stress patterns in English with listening examples.
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.
How to Greet People in English
How to greet in English for ESL learners.
ESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension -...
Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on the present simple tense
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.
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.
How To Tell Time in English
Telling the time in English for beginner level students and teachers
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.
How to Teach the Past Simple to ESL Students
Guide to teaching the past simple for English teachers who teach ESL and EFL classes with appropriate lesson and activity suggestions.
Vocabulary about Family and Relationships
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Family and Relationships
Vocabulary Workshop 1000 Most Common Words in...
Vocabulary Workshop Page 2 of a list of the 1000 most often used words in English
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.
Explanation of Subject and Object Quest...
Explanation of Subject and Object question forms quiz for lower intermediate to intermediate ESL EFL TEFL English students
Countable and Uncountable Nouns - How much -...
A beginner's guide to countable and uncountable nouns and the use of
Use of Any and Some for Beginners
The use of some and any for beginning level learners including statements, negatives and questions.
Types of Business Letters
This guide to different types of business letters provides a short introduction to some of the most important types of business letters in English for English learners who are interested in English for business purposes.
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
A guide to the basics of countable and uncountable nouns in English including a discussion of commonly confused uncountable nouns.
Tips and Strategies for Teaching English...
Tips and strategies concerning the teaching of English conversational skills
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.
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