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Are you tired of searching for quality ESL learning websites? Let EnglishClub do the work for you! EnglishClub routinely searches the ESL web and recommends special sites that we think are valuable for learners. The sites we choose are updated regularly and offer useful resources, lessons and activities to enhance your learning program in a variety of ways.

Games to learn English
Editor
This wonderful ESL games site has been around since 2010 but has been updated to avoid the use of Flash and to be user-friendly on Android and iOS devices. Created by Owen Dwyer, Games to learn English is packed with online games where ESL learners can play independently to practise their English. It’s a beautifully […]

The English Bug
Tara Benwell
Site of the Month for English learners – December 2015

Lingua.ly
Tara Benwell
Site of the Month for English learners – November 2015

Bee Oasis
Tara Benwell
Read Big with our latest Site of the Month!

English for University
Tara Benwell
Are you attending or planning on attending an English-speaking university or college? English for University is a site that focuses on academic English for English language learners. The content and support is provided by an American university professor. On the navigation bar on the homepage, you will find links to useful pages that contain tips […]

Words To Use
Tara Benwell
Are you always looking for the perfect English word to use in your writing? Words to Use is a unique site that suggests words by subject. The subjects are useful, everyday topics that you might write or blog about, such as Food, Business, and Love. Unlike a thesaurus or dictionary, the subject-related words are organized […]

Easy World of English
Tara Benwell
Easy World of English is a self-study website for English language learners. You can use this site to practise grammar, pronunciation, reading, listening, and vocabulary. Beginners will enjoy the talking picture dictionary, while more advanced learners will appreciate the audio support that goes along with the grammar pages.

FluentU
Tara Benwell
FluentU is a language learning site that helps you learn English through videos and vocabulary practice. You can sign up for a free account to see how it works before you decide to pay a monthly or annual subscription. There are two subscription rates to choose from. Choose your level first. Then select some videos […]

Ship or Sheep
Tara Benwell
Ship or Sheep is a useful website for practising pronunciation. This site focuses solely on minimal pairs. Minimal pairs are words that vary by a single sound. On this very simple site, you can listen to minimal pairs for many different sounds. First click on a pair from the chart on the homepage. Then mouse […]

ESL Corner
Tara Benwell
Settlement.org has a free language learning section for ESL students whose goal is to immigrate to Canada. The reading and listening lessons in ESL Corner offer useful practice for any English language learner who is thinking about settling in an English-speaking country. Topics include employment, law, daily life, and community services. The dialogues are recorded […]

The English Student
Tara Benwell
The English Student is a fun site for visual learners. ESL tutor Jenny combines her love of teaching with her love of illustration. She creates attractive visual aids for English language learners, and makes it fun to learn new words and phrases. She also writes useful blog posts in easy English. Jenny thinks of interesting […]

Daily Step English
Tara Benwell
Daily Step English is a site for English language learners that features Audio English lessons. It is produced by Jane Lawson, an experienced English language teacher based out of London, England. The audio lessons are available in five different levels, from beginner to advanced. The audio is available in British English and American English.

Language Learning Portal
Tara Benwell
If you’ve been thinking about learning English in a foreign country, the Language Learning Portal may be a good place to start. You can use this site to search for courses all over the world. Filter your search by language, level, intensity, duration and group size. You can also search for language learning opportunities in […]

LinkEngPark
Tara Benwell
LingEngPark offers a large variety of audio materials for English learners. The site will save you from searching online for self-study resources. You will find a collection of podcasts, audiobooks, videos, films, and transcripts. Some of the listening materials are authentic (not designed for English learners), while others were created specifically for English learners. The […]

ESL Site of the Month – The Phrontistery
Tara Benwell
The Phronitistery is a website full of language resources and word lists for English language enthusiasts and writers. At the “thinking place” you can study word origins, root words, suffixes and prefixes – all useful ways of improving your understanding of the English language. If you enjoy writing in English, the site will help you […]

Learn English with Audio
Tara Benwell
Learn English With Audio is a simple site that is useful for beginners who are learning English vocabulary. Vocabulary is presented in a variety of categories. Some categories offer audio and translation, while others include video flashcards (with audio).

ReadItEnglish
Tara Benwell
ReadItEnglish is a free site for English learners who want to develop their reading skills through authentic texts. In the first session, learners respond to several multiple choice (gap-fill style) vocabulary questions. ReadItEnglish analyses the results and determines an appropriate reading level. Each time the user logs in, ReadItEnglish recommends a few articles. The type […]

World Wide Words
Tara Benwell
World Wide Words is a website for language lovers. The site is maintained by Michael Quinion, a British English etymologist (one who studies the history of words) and writer. The site contains over 2000 entries on the origins of English words and phrases, including new words, words from the news, and words that have

Happy English
Tara Benwell
Happy English is a free podcast for English learners. English teacher Michael offers a variety of useful tips and lessons for English learners in his short audio clips. These lessons are in American English. Michael’s clear spoken voice and fun sound effects will keep you interested and awake while you learn English. You can find […]

Engames
Tara Benwell
This site offers a useful way for visual learners to understand the structure of the English language. Each grammar point includes a short introduction, followed by a visual mind map. After learning the grammar visually, learners can try simple games and quizzes to review the language point. The graphics are categorized by level or subject.

The Naked Scientists
Tara Benwell
The Naked Scientists is a science podcast and Q and A radio show developed by a team of scientists and researchers from the University of Cambridge. High-intermediate and advanced learners will enjoy listening and following along with the podcasts and interviews. Creator Dr. Smith says that the goal of his team is to “help people […]

English With A Twist
Tara Benwell
English with a Twist is a blog about learning the English language. Blogger Shanthi, a freelance English language teacher, writes reader-friendly articles that are useful for English language learners and teachers. English learners who want to expand their vocabulary will find this blog fun and educational.

Elemental English
Tara Benwell
Elemental English is a free site for English learners. It provides practical conversation lessons in American English. The site offers podcasts, videos, blog posts, grammar tips, and discussion questions related to language learning and American culture.

Games to learn English
Tara Benwell
Games To Learn English is a flash-based site full of free grammar and vocabulary review games that you can play on your computer at home or in the classroom. The games test your speed, memory, and understanding of basic English. Each game comes with a short explanation by the game maker himself. Owen is an […]

Grammar YUNiversity
Tara Benwell
The Grammar YUNiversity blog is full of cartoons and graphics for visual learners. It was created by an English major in California who was bothered by the fact that most grammar explanations on the Internet were long and boring. The grammar guru enlisted the help of some of his friends to respond to common grammar […]

Doing English
Tara Benwell
On his Doing English website, Julian explains that he is an experienced English language teacher and researcher who is interested in helping learners who are “serious” about English. Doing English offers free lessons and tips for English learners via email and video. Many of Julian’s tips are motivational. He also recommends courses and materials that […]

Learner’s Dictionary
Tara Benwell
If you enjoy using online dictionaries, check out Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary. This dictionary (also available in app form) is designed specifically for English learners. Search for a word that you want to look up, or learn the Word of the Day. You will also find 3000 entries for the most commonly used words in spoken […]

Tweet Speak English
Tara Benwell
The goal of Tweet Speak English is to help English learners understand and begin using everyday English. English language teachers Nate Hill and Jason Smith dissect tweets that they find on twitter. “We only use tweets because people tweet how they speak, and that means it’s a good way to learn natural phrases that people […]

Simple English Videos
Tara Benwell
Simple English Videos is a site by English language teacher and author Vicki Hollett. On this site, you’ll find excellent language learning videos that Vicki made herself, as well as other short movie trailers and videos that can help you learn English. The videos are categorized by genre. Each video comes with a handy clickable […]

Myovient
Tara Benwell
Myovient is a website provided by English language teaching professionals of Ovient, Inc in California. The site provides materials for business professionals who want to increase their English language proficiency. It specializes in American accent training and has plenty of free materials to help you with your pronunciation.

It’s Fluency MC
Tara Benwell
Jason Levine, also known as Fluency MC, makes songs and videos for learning English (and other subjects). “Jase” believes in teaching language in chunks. These language chunks are also called “collocations”. He wants English learners to become familiar with the words that “sounds right” together. He uses the short form “collos” to refer to “collocations”. […]

engVid
Tara Benwell
EngVid is a website full of videos for English learners. You will find videos on common grammar mistakes as well as tips for using slang, phrasal verbs, and other common expressions. There are also videos that provide useful tips for students taking standardized tests like IELTS, TOEIC, and TOEFL. The videos are made by English […]

Just The Word
Tara Benwell
Just the Word is a tool that can help you choose the right words and phrases in English. It can also help you correct your writing mistakes. It is a combination of dictionary and thesaurus, and is very useful for learning collocations. Collocations are pairings or groups of words that are commonly found together. To […]

English Leap
Tara Benwell
English Leap is a website for English learners based out of New Delhi, India. You can use some of the resources on the site for free, including video lessons, learning tips, vocabulary lists, and explanations about common mistakes in English. If you like what you find on English Leap, you can register and create an […]

Two Minute English
Tara Benwell
Two Minute English is a new YouTube channel featuring everyday American English conversations. The English speakers use simple, clear English that you would hear in a variety of situations. You will find useful topics, such as shopping for groceries and going to the gym. You will also find conversations that feature functional English, such as […]

ESL Fast
Tara Benwell
Are you looking for free English listening practice? ESL Fast has hundreds of English stories and conversations to listen to. The audio files also have transcripts so that you can read along as you listen. Many of the speakers in the recordings speak slower than natural English speakers, so the recordings are ideal for beginners […]

Misterduncan
Tara Benwell
Mister Duncan is an expressive English teacher who teaches English through his YouTube channel. He speaks British English naturally and clearly, and his videos are useful for listening practice. You can listen to more than 70 videos chronologically, or browse through the index to choose videos that interest you. The lessons include captions so that […]

English Grammar Secrets
Tara Benwell
English Grammar Secrets is a very basic site for learning and practising English grammar on your own. The index of lessons and exercises includes many of the grammar points teachers cover in class. After you review the grammar, you will get a chance to do several interactive exercises to prove to yourself that you understand […]

Renshaw
Tara Benwell
If you’re preparing for a standardized test such as TOEIC, TOEFL, or IELTS, be sure to check out Jason Renshaw’s Internet School of English. When teachers are asked for a good online resource for test preparation practice, this is often the first one that comes to mind. On this site you will find video tutorials, […]

GCF Learn Free
Tara Benwell
The Goodwill Community Foundation’s Learn Free website offers practical online lessons for everyday living. The site includes interactive audio lessons, such as using the bank machine, paying with a debit card, and reading a subway map. There are also lessons on computer and career skills.

Tiny Texts in English
Tara Benwell
Tiny Texts in English offers free listening and reading materials for English learners based on interesting news stories that may not make the headlines. Each entry includes a short reading with an audio file and glossary. The recordings are provided by an English teacher with a Scottish accent.

ESLPod
Tara Benwell
ESLPod is full of English listening materials that are free for English learners and teachers. Two American professors who specialize in ESL run the site and record the podcasts. The dialogues in the podcasts use everyday English at a pace that is quite a bit slower than natural. The language and scenarios are explained in […]

ESL Site of the Month – Interactives Spelling Bee
Tara Benwell
Interactives Spelling Bee is a site from Learner.org that is extremely useful for English learners who want to improve their listening skills. You will need to experiment a bit to find the appropriate level of activity since these cloze exercises are actually designed as grade school spelling tests. The Grade 1 level is suitable for […]

EnglishClub Site Of The Month June 2012 ~ English With Jennifer
Tara Benwell
Jennifer is an online English teacher who has been uploading lessons to YouTube as JenniferESL since 2007. Jennifer has recorded pronunciation lessons, grammar lessons, vocabulary lessons, and mini-lessons on holidays and customs. You can also catch Jennifer on EnglishCafe’s Jim and Jen show, also available on YouTube. Her lessons are popular because she is a […]

EnglishClub Site Of The Month May 2012 ~ uWall.tv
Tara Benwell
If you enjoy learning English through music, try uWall. This is an alternative to YouTube, and can be useful for language practice. Discover new music genres by choosing from a variety of categories or photos. You can also choose music based on your mood. A single click will take you to a playlist of music […]

EnglishClub Site Of The Month April 2012 ~ Listen and Write
Tara Benwell
Listen and Write is a dictation site for language learners. Start by creating a login so that you can save your scores. Take a test to see what your listening level is. Note that your typing must also be good to get a high score! There are three different modes to use.

EnglishClub Site Of The Month March 2012 ~ Hungry for English
Tara Benwell
A free ESL Series on YouTube.

EnglishClub Site Of The Month February 2012 ~ Espresso English
Tara Benwell
Practise English daily like you’d have a morning coffee.

EnglishClub Site Of The Month January 2012 ~ English Practice
Tara Benwell
A practice site for English learners without any bells and whistles.

Site Of The Month December 2011 ~ Exam English
Tara Benwell
If you’re preparing for an English exam, you’ll find plenty of free practice tests on the Exam English site. This site provides tips, articles, FAQ, and practice questions for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, and other international ESL/EFL exams. The site will also help you determine the level you have already reached based on CEF levels.

Site Of The Month November 2011 ~ The Free Dictionary
Tara Benwell
You have probably come across The Free Dictionary when looking up definitions for words online. Many people do not realize that The Free Dictionary offers more than just definitions. Visit the homepage and you will find Word of the Day, Article of the Day, Today’s Birthday, Quotation of the Day, a Spelling Bee (listen and […]

Site Of The Month October 2011 ~ English Online France
Tara Benwell
This site is full of self-study activities that you can do to practise your English language skills. There are games, listening exercises, typing exercises, text reconstruction activities, and matching activities.

Site Of The Month September 2011 ~ English Addicts
Tara Benwell
English Addicts is a self-study site for English learners based on current events from around the world. Choose from over 1500 lessons ranging from easy to difficult. Lessons include vocabulary, reading, listening, and typing tasks. There are also discussion questions and speaking tasks for teachers to use in class. Audio files are downloadable, and a […]

Site Of The Month August 2011 ~ Word Hippo
Tara Benwell
Word Hippo is a simple vocabulary resource that can help you when you have a quick question. If you need to find a synonym of a word, simply type it into the field “What’s another word for…”. Looking up a word in this way is similar to checking an online dictionary. If you want the […]

Site Of The Month July 2011 ~ Video Jug
Tara Benwell
Are you good at life? Video Jug can help you learn English as well as thousands of other useful things. This massive collection of “how to” videos is divided into separate channels. You can watch videos on beauty, technology, dating, or any other subject you are interested in. The “how to” videos come with a […]

Site Of The Month June 2011 ~ VocabAhead
Tara Benwell
VocabAhead is a vocabulary building site that is useful for advanced English language learners. Visit the study room, where you will find video explanations of at least 1000 difficult words. If you are preparing for exams or standardized tests, these words will be extremely useful for you. You’ll be less likely to forget the words […]

Site Of The Month May 2011 ~ Storynory
Tara Benwell
Storynory is a collection of free audio stories. Every week, since November 2005, Storynory has been publishing a new audio story on its site. You can imagine how big the collection is! These stories are a combination of classics, fairytales, original stories, and adaptations from around the world. You can read along with the text […]

Site Of The Month April 2011 ~ Storyline Online
Tara Benwell
Storyline Online is a website produced by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. It features streaming video of actors reading popular children’s stories. Captions are available for each story, so that you can read along as you listen and watch. The professional actors provide extremely animated readings that can help you become familiar with the rhythm […]

Site Of The Month March 2011 ~ PhraseMix
Tara Benwell
This site is for advanced English learners who want to learn new words and expressions that are used “in the real world”, such as “Can I slide past you?” or “It seemed like a no-brainer”. A new phrase is added each day, along with a cartoon, an easy explanation, and a few examples. Phrases are […]

Site Of The Month February 2011 ~ Vocaroo
Tara Benwell
Vocaroo is a voice recording service that requires no registration. All you need is a microphone (built in works fine) and something to talk about. After clicking “Allow”, record your voice instantly. Then decide how you want to share your recording. You can email it to a friend or embed it in a blog. If […]

Site Of The Month January 2011 ~ VocabSushi
Tara Benwell
This is a vocabulary building site that is useful for advanced learners and those who are taking standardized tests such as the TOEIC, TOEFL, or SAT. The founder is an SAT tutor whose theory is that vocabulary should be learned in bite-sized pieces. The vocabulary is taught in context using contemporary examples from the news […]

Site Of The Month December 2010 ~ Fotobabble
Tara Benwell
If you want to practise speaking online, Fotobabble is an excellent website. Many English learners complain that they don’t know what to talk about. Talking about your family, friends, country and hobbies is a good start. At Fotobabble you can upload a photo and then record your description of it.

Site Of The Month November 2010 ~ English Teacher Melanie
Tara Benwell
Teacher Melanie’s motto is “Do something in English every day”. Her website for English learners is updated weekly. You will find free English lessons in the form of blogs, podcasts, and videos. Not only are her explanations clear and easy to understand, her true life stories about living in Canada make learning English fun!

Site Of The Month October 2010 ~ PicLits
Tara Benwell
This site offers a fun way to learn new vocabulary and play with word forms and sentence structure. Choose from a variety of photos. Then drag and drop nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, prepositions, and punctuation to create your own description.

Site Of The Month September 2010 ~ howJsay
Tara Benwell
This large English pronunciation dictionary, is part of the Fonetiks family of websites and offers quick reference to the pronunciation of English words. If you are ever in doubt about the proper pronunciation of a word, simply type the word you want to hear into the search field on the homepage and enjoy instant sound. […]

Site Of The Month August 2010 ~ Learning Chocolate
Tara Benwell
This website is great for beginner to intermediate language learners who want to learn vocabulary and pronunciation. The site is very simple to use, with 5 different types of quizzes for each category. Vocabulary categories include Animals, Body, Home, Nature, Food, Computers, and more. Learners simply choose a category and begin. Some games ask you […]

ESL Site of the Month – TalkEnglish
Tara Benwell
One complaint many English learners have is that they can’t get enough English speaking practice online. TalkEnglish is a free program based on the idea of mimicking correct sentences. While a memorization style “listen and repeat” program may not be the golden ticket to speaking English, this site certainly offers you plenty of speaking practice. […]

ESL Site of the Month – Grammaropolis
Tara Benwell
Grammaropolis is a colourful site where kids can learn the parts of speech without a textbook. The parts of speech are personified with cute characters that are appealing to young learners. For example, the Preposition is a little green character whose profile says “Yes I’m small, but that doesn’t mean I can’t locate an object […]

ESL Site of the Month – The Learning Network
Tara Benwell
The New York Times recently moved its education section to a blog. This interactive learning section offers plenty of online reading. You can also learn new vocabulary, submit your opinion, take quizzes and try puzzles. The content is primarily American and some of it is meant for teachers to print. While the target audience is […]

Site Of The Month April 2010 ~ Brain Pop ESL
Tara Benwell
Brain Pop ESL is currently being offered free of charge for users! Lessons are based on colourful three-part movies featuring animated characters Ben and robot Moby. Units are divided by level and include a variety of lessons to help you learn English vocabulary, expressions, grammar points, and proper pronunciation. Quizzes and activities reinforce and test […]

Site Of The Month March 2010 ~ ESL Blues
Tara Benwell
English learners are always asking for more online quizzes. Quizzes are a way to practise English and determine areas of difficulty. ESL Blues has a large collection of short quizzes that are categorized based on level and language focus. Some quizzes only focus on a single item, such as “must” vs. “have to” and others […]

Site Of The Month February 2010 ~ Word Champ
Tara Benwell
Word Champ is a Language Learning Network for learners of many different languages. English learners will find a selection of free features on this site, including a helpful webreader and many activities, flashcards and drills to learn English at a safe and challenging pace. Learners can track their progress and search for other language partners […]

Site Of The Month January 2010 ~ ESOL Courses
Tara Benwell
This free English learning site is accessible to English learners of all levels. Activities include reading and vocabulary exercises, video quizzes, and games. Some learners will be interested in the “English for Work” section while others may prefer lighter activities such as picture quizzes, crosswords, and matching. Review the “Topics Menu” to find activities and […]

Site Of The Month December 2009 ~ EnglishCentral
Tara Benwell
EnglishCentral is a new website with a growing library of interesting videos. The subtitled videos are categorized by difficulty level under a variety of interest topics including Sports, Daily Life, Environment, and Travel. The unique aspect of EnglishCentral is that you can plug in a microphone and record the lines you hear and read. A […]

Site Of The Month November 2009 ~ Magazines Plus
Tara Benwell
Mary Glasgow Magazines have been available since the 50s. The magazines are unique because they are written specifically for teen (or YL) English language learners. Understanding the digital learning trend, the UK publisher recently launched Magazines Plus, a website for their teen readers. Like the magazine, the website materials are for various levels of learners. […]

Site Of The Month October 2009 ~ ESL PodCards
Tara Benwell
Sending a postcard while traveling abroad may sadly be a thing of the past. On the other hand, listening to podcasts on an Ipod is one of the latest trends. Combine the two and you get PodCards, a unique and modern way to learn English and explore the world. ESL PodCards is a work-in-progress, offering […]

Site Of The Month September 2009 ~ elllo
Tara Benwell
If you want to practise your listening and comprehension skills, elllo is a great site to bookmark. The free site contains hundreds of listening activities with short quizzes to test your comprehension. While you listen you have the option to show or hide the text. The text version also offers audio explanations of difficult words […]

ESL Site of the Month – About.com ESL
Tara Benwell
About.com is an information website about various topics written by experts in each field. The ESL section has been online since 1997. The ESL guide for About.com is a teacher and writer named Kenneth Beare. The categories on the site make it simple for learners and teachers to find suitable resources. Beginner and low-intermediate learners […]

Site Of The Month July 2009 ~ English-Online
Tara Benwell
Unlike many language learning websites, English-Online has no “bells and whistles” and focuses on one skill: reading. More like a magazine than a website, the home page contains one simple table of contents where articles are grouped by subjects, such as hobbies, technology, or travel. The latest

Site Of The Month June 2009 ~ ESL Culips
Tara Benwell
ESL Culips is a Canadian based website with playful podcasts to help you learn English. The focus of these podcasts is on real language and its everyday use. Episodes are divided into fun categories including “Close Up”, “Catch Word” , “Chatterbox” and “Curious Questions”. Podcasts can be downloaded or played in a popup window. Extra […]

Site Of The Month May 2009 ~ International Students NZ
Tara Benwell
This podcast for academic learners is based out of the Student Learning Centre of Massey University in Auckland. Each podcast focuses on a single academic “Word of the Day” with explanations in a real world context. The podcasts include a listening section accompanied by a

Site Of The Month April 2009 ~ Grammar Bytes
Tara Benwell
Grammar Bytes, “grammar instruction with attitude,” offers well presented explanations of the most common English grammar terms and rules. Site creator Robin Simmons uses simple examples and graphs to explain grammar points, including important exceptions to the

Site Of The Month March 2009 ~ English at Home
Tara Benwell
English at Home is a website for learners who like to participate. Instead of putting your hand up to ask a question or make a comment you can type it. On this learning site you will find just about everything you need to practise English at home, including vocabulary lessons, reading

Site Of The Month February 2009 ~ ESL Reading
Tara Benwell
ESL Reading offers free reading materials for learners of all ages. Some of the readings are original and others are adaptations of classic stories. There are ghost stories, true stories, and stories about fun facts. There are also some interesting stories to read about the