A selection of articles and essays related to learning English as a second or foreign language. If you wish, you can submit an article for publication.
7 free apps for English learners
With the help of modern technology, it is now easier than ever to learn English
Learn English with movies
If you’re trying to improve your English language skills, here are some tips on how to use movies to your benefit
Learn English with music
If you’re trying to improve your English language skills, here are some tips on how to use music to your benefit
How to use your body to pronounce English better
An article that teaches ESL learners proper pronunciation by using the body, as well as the differences between vowels and consonants
Learn English Faster With These 4 Cognitive Strategies
A guide for ESL learners that describes some tips for improving learning and retention, as well as practical steps for using them
5 Tips on How to Reach Your English Learning Goals
Insights into improving your English by setting measurable goals. You can also improve your English by working with native English speakers
Does Grammar Include Punctuation?
People often wonder whether the term “grammar”, when referring to English learning, includes punctuation or not. Let’s find out.
Six New and Effective Apps for Learning English
There are so many ways to learn English online, but here are just six of the most innovative ones
How I learned English from watching movies (and how you can too)
Movies are a great medium for learning a new language; here is how they helped me become fluent in English.
Why You Need a Speaking Partner
This article helps students find a speaking partner and offers practical tips on becoming fluent in English.
9 Useful Expressions for Business Negotiations in English
One way to reduce the risk of miscommunication is to get a firm grasp on the most commonly used business English words and phrases in negotiations.
5 Writing Tips for the IELTS Essay
Helpful tips to succeed in the IELTS writing exam: understanding the prompt, outlining, good vocabulary, supporting details, and proofreading
7 Slang Phrases for a 7+ on IELTS Speaking
This article shows IELTS students that they should use informal language on Speaking Part 1 for improved lexical range scores.
Online Privacy Vocabulary
A look at the words we use to talk about invasion of our privacy by the likes of Facebook and Twitter…
Sports Idioms: Sound Like a Native Professional
Ten idioms with definitions and example sentences that can be used at work, so students can sound more like a native and less like a textbook.
A Tip for the Possessive Apostrophe
Apostrophes need not be learning catastrophes
by Rolf Palmberg
Poolside Interview with Peter Tuinstra
Meet Thailand's American superstar in this interview with Josef Essberger.
Poolside Interview with Brian Boyd
Josef Essberger interviews the creator of Grammarman, the world's first and only grammar superhero.
Successful Public Speaking in English
How to prepare and give the perfect presentation in English.
Poolside Interview with Matt Errey
Josef Essberger interviews the inventor of Word Up, the popular ESL board game.
Listening - A good way to learn English
Are you still a baby?
The First Christmas Card
Today, we send millions of Christmas cards every year. But in fact the Christmas card is a relatively modern invention.
What do words like "gonna" and "wanna" mean?
Speaking versus Writing
The pen is mightier than the spoken word - or is it?
English is Not Phonetic
Spelling and pronunciation are not the same in English.
Five Tips for Easy Email
How to write "good" emails and make life easier for everyone.
The Olympic Games
This article tells the story of the Olympic Games from ancient to modern times, and describes the symbols, music, medals, motto, people and events.
40,000,000 Christmas Puddings! That's a lot of Pudding!
As the year draws to a close, people in Britain tuck in to one of their favourite traditional recipes.
Homestay for Language Holidays - and More
The benefits of staying with a family when studying English abroad - or even when not studying!
Language Holidays - What are they and Why?
The benefits of learning English on a Study Abroad program.
Improve your English through Reading
How to make progress by reading.
"Ghoti" = "Fish"
English is not phonetic. Why you can't tell how to pronounce a word by looking at it.
Job Letters in English
How to write letters of application to go with your CV or resume.
Tips for Language Learning
Here are some suggestions to help you practise your language skills.
A "quotation" is usually a short text - perhaps one or two sentences - written or spoken by one (usually famous) person and often repeated or at least known by others.
How to Make Progress in English through homestay
Living with your teacher.
Chatting in English
How to practise your English by chatting online.
What's IN a Preposition?
When is a preposition not a preposition?
Self-Study = Distance Learning
How computers and language learning software are giving learners more options.
Grammar is your Friend
How grammar can help you to learn a language more easily.
A guide to writing letters in English.
Millennium - 2000 or 2001?
When does a century change?
e-ENGLISH IYKWIM ;-)
Internet abbreviations, codes and lingo.
Your CV or Resume in English
How to write your CV or resume in English.
Better Homework, Revision & Examinations
Tips for making progress.
Word and Sentence Stress - The Key to English Pronunciation
Why stress can help your pronunciation.
Practising English outside School
How you can still make progress even when you're not at school.