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.
Some surprising mistakes can keep you from sounding like a native U.S. English speaker. Here’s how to fix them.
The article is aimed at English learners who lack confidence in speaking English, and teaches three ways to help build confidence.
This article explains the three most common citation styles used in research papers with an example for each.
The term Brexit entered the English language in the year 2012 and has since spawned many variants and alternative terms, most of them humorous.
It’s not always easy to get the verb and the subject to agree in terms of number. Even native speakers sometimes get that wrong.
Andrew Forrester looks at different uses of “by” as a preposition, and gives you practical examples
An online multiple-choice quiz to test how much you know about the IELTS Academic Writing and General Training Writing exams
Ten practical tips about preparing for and taking IELTS
Miley Wils offers her choice of mobile apps for learning and teaching English.
Non-native English speaker Cheryl Alvin offers practical ideas to help other non-native English speakers become good English writers.
Follow these ideas and learn new English words more easily.
Less is more. Six easy ways to say more in fewer words.
A few tips to help you check your writing and make sure it is always correct.
10 useful tips from IELTS experts on on how to improve your IELTS score.
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.