Free to use and excellent English study resources
Here are the best free English resources I have discovered on the internet and used in my teaching. Each resource can be used for self-study, and all are free to use.
Breaking News English
Free, ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news -in 7 levels. New lessons uploaded every 2 days. Each lesson includes a 26-page PDF containing all-skills activities, a 2-page mini-lesson, 5-speed listening, multi-speed scrolled reading, interactive dictation, 30+ online quizzes… and more.
An all-in-one English language website that covers everything a learner will need for their studies. Grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening and how to study tips. Plus a section for teachers including activities and lesson plans.
English to English dictionary with US and UK versions. The grammar explanations are clear and concise as they have been written by Oxford University grammar academics.
Click here for the Oxford Dictionaries website.
Cambridge Dictionary website
An excellent free dictionary website from the Cambridge University Press. Full Bilingual dictionaries available in: Japanese, Indonesian, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish,
Click here for the Cambridge Dictionary website.
BBC learning English website
English learning website from the BBC (The oldest UK national television and radio broadcaster). Updated daily with topical and news related learning articles. Well made and available in Chinese, Russian, Thai, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian and Vietnamese.
BBC pronunciation tips
This website has a guide for pronunciation for learners of English. It includes videos and exercises to work through. Good for students who want a methodical and theoretical approach to pronunciation.
Click here for the BBC pronunciation website.
This website has many self-study exercises for students to work through on their own. Completely free and hundreds of different of topics covered.
Activities for ESL students
Another massive website with hundreds of grammar and vocabulary quizzes. There is also a section containing bilingual quizzes.
I think this is made by the same people as the above website. This website has a huge selection of longer articles with audio, listen and read video (including, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, topical and recent news-style reports with subtitles), articles on American History, American stories, people, places and health amongst many other topics. A great resource for learners and completely free.
This website collects all the free to use media in the world and places it on the internet for anyone to access. Primarily they are collecting material that is out of copyright, or creative commons licensed. This website can be used as a library and is great for anyone looking for free reading material.
A section of the Internet archive introduced above. This is the free audiobook area of the website. There are some classics here (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Dracula, Great Expectations, and so on). If you want to practise listening to native readers, this is the website for you. If you have the book why not listen and read at the same time, super language learning here we go!
Click here for the audio library website.
Adam Buxton – Podcast
Mr Buxton is one of the most popular podcasters in the UK. His podcasts are not targeted at English learners, as such, but rather for a native UK audience, particularly, adults who want to listen to something lighthearted and irreverent.
I’ve included his podcast here so that language learners can get used to authentic English. Adam made his name with a BBC 6 radio show and is a comedian as well as a well-renowned podcaster.