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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=
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=
Business English Level Test - Take this Test to...
English level test for Business English learners - 100 questions
Reported speech Quiz
Intermediate level English practice on direct and indirect or reported speech for ESL EFL students and classes
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.
The 50 Basic English Questions
50 basic English questions used to ask and answer questions about most daily tasks for English language learners.
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.
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 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.
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=
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.
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=
Learn the Basics to Writing a Business Letter
Business letter writing basics for English language learners including essential formatting, writing, and phrases.
Beginning English Multiple Choice Tests
ESL EFL English Multiple Choice Tests For Beginning Level Learners for in class use or on your own
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Past Tenses Quiz
Past tenses quiz checking the past simple, past continuous and past perfect tenses including the correct answer after each question.
Learn 10 of the most common baseball idioms in...
10 baseball idioms in English including explanations of each idiom's origin in baseball to its use in everyday English by native speakers.
Prepositions Quiz - English Grammar Review Quiz
Prepositions Quiz for intermediate level for ESL EFL English learners and classes.> <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.
ESL: Do You Know the Difference Between Voiced...
Guide to the basic differences between voiced and voiceless consonants in English pronunciation.
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.
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=
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=
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.
Find out which type of business letter you need...
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.
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: 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.
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.
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
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.
1000 Most Common Vocabulary Words in English
Vocabulary Workshop Page 1 of a list of the 1000 most common vocabulary words in 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.
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=
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.
Business Letter Writing: Claim Letters
Example business letter for a claim letter for ESL EFL ESP Business English Classes.
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=
Ordering Food in a Restaurant - Beginner's...
Beginners English guide to ordering food in a restaurant including basic food vocabulary
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=
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.
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.
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=
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.
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.
Prepositions of time and place - in - at - to -...
Introduction to English Prepositions of place, time and position
Beginning English Multiple Choice Test
Beginning English multiple choice quiz focusing on past, present and future simple tenses, and simple conversational English with corrections.
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.
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.
Difference between OF and FROM in English
A discussion of the differences between of and from in English which often cause learners difficulty.
Present Simple Quiz
This quiz focuses on the use of the present simple to describe routines, habits and facts.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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
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.
Base your sales letter on this example if you...
Sales letters for business English learners including essential points, useful phrases and example letter.
ESL: Learn to Write a Professional Letter of...
Business letter for Letters of Acknowledgment Business English learners including helpful phrases and example letters.
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.
50 Basic English Questions Quiz
Printable beginner English Grammar Review Quiz beginning level ESL EFL learners and classes focusing on body idioms.
Was Were - Past Tense of the verb "To Be"
simple present, yesterday afternoon, tense, english lesson
Sentence Changes Quiz
Sentence transformation quizzes ask you to change a sentence with a few words to keep the meaning but change structure.
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.
Parts of Speech Quiz
Quiz on the eight parts of speech in English such as nouns, verbs, conjunctions, adverbs, prepositions, etc. with answers.
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.
Adverbs of Frequency Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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=
Beginner Dialogues - Introducing Yourself
Dialogue for Beginning Level English ESL EFL Learners and Classes - Introducing Yourself
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.
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: 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.
Dialogue: Interview with a Famous Actor
Beginner level dialogue for roleplay with follow up multiple choice quiz. This reading focuses on speaking about daily routines with the simple present
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=
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=
Improve English Quickly - Learning Tips
English learning and teaching tips and ideas to quickly improve your English.
How many forms are there for the future in...
Review of future forms used in English including the simple future (will), future continuous, future perfect, and future perfect continuous.
Preposition Use - in / at / on - prepositions...
in / at / on - prepositions of time and date - English prepositions of time and date usage for English Learners
Conversation Helpers for English Learners
These speaking strategies will help English learners improve their conversational skills.
Learn to order the events in written story in...
Introduction to writing narrative paragraphs for lower level English ESL EFL learners and classes
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.
Telephone English Practice Exercises
Exercises to help students and teachers improve telephoning skills especially for Business English ESL EFL TESOL TOEFL students
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=
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.
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.
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.
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between present simple or continuous.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
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.
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.
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.
How to teach English one to one successfully
Discussion and overview of the advantages and disadvantages of teaching English one to one. Tips are provided on doing a needs analysis, as well as planning lessons to make sure students come away satisfied.
Expressing Quantity - Much, Many, Little, Few,...
beginning, level, quiz, expressing quantity, much, many, some, a lot of, few, little
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.
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 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.
Learn some of the most common syllable stress...
This page introduces the eight most common word syllable stress patterns in English with listening examples.
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.
Present perfect worksheets in English
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.
Any or Some Quiz
This quiz focuses on the choice between any or some.> <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.
Differences between British and American...
Quiz testing the differences between British and American English
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.
How to Pronunciate Past Tense Regular Verbs
Past Tense Regular Verb Pronunciation exhaustive list for beginning level ESL English learners.
Adjective Preposition Combinations Quiz - about...
Quiz testing common combinations of adjectives followed by prepositions about, at, by, for and from for English language learners.
Adverb Clauses Quiz
This adverb clause quiz tests your understanding of dependent and independent clause use of time, manner, cause and opposition.
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.
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.
Learn English
Learn English at this site with resources including grammar explanations, vocabulary reference pages, quiz sheets, pronunciation help, and listening and reading comprehension strategies.
15 + short stories to learn idioms and...
Short stories using idioms and expressions in context for English learners followed by a quiz to improve your are your class' understanding of English idioms.
Useful Vocabulary for the Resume and Interview
Guide to finding a job in an English speaking country - appropriate vocabulary
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.
Telephoning English
Five short English conversations which focus on telephoning in English to be used to practice telephoning English.
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.
Key Business Meetings Phrases - Conducting a...
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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.
ESL: 8 Ways to Improve Your English Vocabulary
A guide to a number of methods to help you improve your vocabulary.
How to Teach Pronunciation
This guide on how to teach English pronunciation provides suggestions, activities and lesson plans appropriate for each level.
Improve your English listening skills with...
Improve you listening skills with RealAudio and these listening strategies
Financial Terminology Quiz
This financial terminology quiz focuses on common expressions used when speaking about finance and money in English.
Follow these tips on how to improve your...
Whether you prefer US or British pronunciation, follow this guide with tips on how to improve English pronunciation skills fast!
Guide to Present Tenses
Guide to learning present tenses for students and teachers. This guide includes a brief description, links to detailed explanations, quizzes, free lesson plans, related activities and worksheets.
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.
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.
English Listening Quizzes
Listening Quiz Repository at esl.about.com covering a number of areas
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.
Follow these tips and methods to quickly...
This short introduction to how to study English effectively provides helpful hints and exercises to help you study English well.
The A An Quiz
This quiz focuses on Articles - The A An.> <link rel=stylesheet type=
Speaking Practice Online for English Learners -...
Short listening exercises that provide the opportunity to practice speaking English by taking roles in dialogues.
Writing Sentences for Beginners
Learn how to write sentences in English by starting off at the beginning and learning five basic patterns of sentences through step by step practice.
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.
ESL Beginning Level Reading Comprehension -...
Beginner level reading comprehension focusing on the present simple tense
Writing Descriptive Paragraphs
Writing descriptive paragraphs helps English learners use a wide variety of vocabulary and structures to improve their writing skills.
How to Write an Informal Letter
English writing lesson plan focusing on how to write informal letters with vocabulary drill and structure analysis.
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
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.
Making Suggestions
How to make suggestions in English for upper level ESL EFL TESL TOEFL English students
Tell others what others have told you using the...
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.
ESL Writing Workshop 1
Lesson one of four lessons aimed at helping young learners learn how to write essays for ESL EFL English Classes
How to Teach Pronouns
This guide on how to teach pronouns provides a framework within which you can introduce subject, object, and possessive pronouns, as well as possessive adjectives to beginning level English learners. It includes lessons and activities to help English learners practice.
Vocabulary about Travel
Vocabulary, phrases and words concerning and relating to Travel
Complex Sentence Worksheet
Learn the basics of writing complex sentences with this introduction to the use of coordinating conjunctions to combine sentences into compound sentences.
What is Collocation?
Collocations can be concerned as words that co - locate - in other words they stay together. This introduction to collocations provides basics on collocation use in English, as well as point to further resources to help English learners improve their understanding of the importance of collocation use in English.
9 Tips to Help You Master English Conversation
Mike Shelby offers sound advice on a number of techniques designed to help students master English conversation and vocabulary.
Double Comparatives
Guide to the correct and incorrect use of double comparatives in English. The form double comparative is often used to describe the incorrect use of two comparative forms together. However, double comparatives is also used to refer to the use of two comparatives within a sentence.
Active Voice to Passive Voice Quiz
Practice changing active voice sentences into the passive voice for with this English learning quiz for intermediate level learners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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