Getting started

The problem is that there are so many it’s difficult to choose.We have made a selection of web pages to help you quickly locate useful ones.

There is a brief description of each resource – except for those that need no introduction.

Our criteria for selecting exercises :

the objective is learning and understanding (that is, they’re not just tests of knowledge), images, graphs, examples and/or other ways of leading to understanding are included, immediate feedback is given to each question, the context is as realistic as possible, they are interesting and fun to do. The links lead to resources as directly as possible. The links are to pages rather than to sites.

About Search Engines

Use these to find the name of the person or the subject you want to find on the Internet. Type in a name or phrase and the search engine will give you a list of sites. Be as precise as possible or you will get lost in hundreds, and even thousands, of answers. Google is probable the best search engine at the moment.

Basic Search Tips
English through the Internet A course created by a teacher in Israel. You learn to use the Internet step-by-step.
Free Email Address Directory You will need to have an e-mail address to use forums, chat rooms and, of course, to write to your friends.

Pronunciation exercises

Where is the primary tonic stress?
Accent de la phrase
Accent tonique de 34 adjectifs ou adverbes
Tests phonologie
Dictées de symboles
Phonemes in the English language
Mute Letters
Match vowel sounds
Verbe ou nom ? Où tombe l’accent tonique
Minimal Pair Practice & Quizzes
Audio Concentration Games Match the pairs of identical words just from listening.
Words and Pictures
Sandcastle Quiz
Drag ‘n’spell
Pounce! Click on the word that you hear.
Phonetics Focus A large number of pronunciation exercises. Some are more suited to children.
Phonetics: The sounds of American English An illustrated academic course with animated diagrams, Flash movies and sound.
Word Stress and Sentence Stress


What are Podcasts?

Wikipedia : “A podcast is a series of digital-media files which are distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and computers. The term is a portmanteau of the words “iPod” and “broadcast”, the Apple iPod being the brand of portable media player for which the first podcasting scripts were developed. Such scripts allow podcasts to be automatically transferred to a mobile device after they are downloaded.”

At the time of writing – January 2010 – you didn’t have to pay or register for the podcasts below, but you may have to register for transcripts and/or pedagogical notes.

You can listen on your computer, but you will need to have QuickTime installed.

BBC Learning English Downloads of last 7 days’ audio, video and text
Better at English Lori — Authentic conversations with transcripts and language notes.
Breaking News English  Sean Banville — Lesson plans for teachers and online quizzes for students.
Business English Pod Peter Atkinson — Register for Study Notes
Business English Pod – Video The videos are on YouTubeRegister for Study Notes
Business English Study Register for the PDF lesson.
ELLLO English Language Listening Lab Online — 1,000 listening activites + transcipt and interactive quiz.
Mixer People giving their opinons about pets, ghosts, money, TV, etc…
Listening Games Elementary level
Talking Points Designed to be short talks to help students on standardized tests like TOEFL®, TOEIC® and IELTS®
News Center Can help students learn academic English and develop test taking skills for standardized listening tests such as TOEFL®, TOEIC® and IELTS®
English Through Stories Lucy Tse and Jeff McQuillan — Center for Educational Development, Los Angeles. With transcripts.
ESLPodcast Lucy Tse and Jeff McQuillan — Center for Educational Development, Los Angeles —The podcasts are free but it costs $10 for the Learning Guide (transcripts, definitions, comprehension questions, additional explanations…).
ESL mp3 files Choose a podcast from the list.
Grammar Challenge BBC — A weekly commentary on grammar point.
How to… BBC — English for everyday situations
Listen to English – Learn English Peter Carter — Two short (3 to 5 minutes) podcasts every week in clearly spoken English.With transcriptions.
Living on Earth Public Radio International — A weekly news and information program from about the world’s changing environment, ecology, and human health. Transcripts.
Podcasts in English Richard Cain and Jackie McAvoy — Free but you have to register for transcripts and worksheets.
EFL podcasts Charles Kelly and others — Direct links to interesting podcasts.
VOA Learning English Podcasts Voice of America  — News and feature programs in special English, core vocabulary of 1500 words, short simple sentences (read at about 2/3 of the speed of standard English).
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab Lots of dialogues at all levels with exercises and transcripts.
Welcome to London BBC Learning English
The Web Language Lab Robert Tuffigo — Recorded texts with transcriptions and exercises. Key vocabulary translated into French.
Mixer People giving their opinons about pets, ghosts, money, TV, etc…
Listening Games Elementary level
Talking Points Designed to be short talks to help students on standardized tests like TOEFL®, TOEIC® and IELTS®
News Center Can help students learn academic English and develop test taking skills for standardized listening tests such as TOEFL®, TOEIC® and IELTS®
Songs A list of selected songs.
BBC Learning English Audio news items + transcripts
News English
Business Words in the News
Beyond the Postcard A series that looks at some not so well known features of some very well known places.
The Flatmates An English language teaching soap.
CNN Story Archives Each module includes the full text of each story and interactive activities to test comprehension. Your can choose to read the text, listen to the text, and view a short video clip of the story.
Living on Earth Public Radio International — Programs on environmental issues + transcripts.
The World Today ABC — Current affairs radio programmes with transcripts from Australia.
Listening Comprehension Michel Barbot
G. W. Bush’s address to the nation September 11th, 2001
I have a dream… Martin Luther King
Takako’s Great Adventure A story in 10 episodes with transcriptions, vocabulary help and interactive exercises.
Listen and Read Along Charles Kelly — As you listen to the story, the words that are being spoken will be shown.
Breaking News English Ready-to-use EFL / ESL lesson plans based on current affairs. Graded news articles, listenings and communicative activities uploaded daily.
The Moonlit Road Many professionally told stories about the American South. With transcripts and illustrations.
The Smithsonian Associates  Radio broadcasts on Current Affairs, History, Literature and the Performing Arts. No transcripts or exercises.
Everyday English in Conversation Dialogues Trancripts and exercises.
Interactive Health Tutorials MedlinePlus — Animated graphics with each tutorial explain a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.
EZSlang Randal Davis — Reduce your accent, speak more naturally, and understand conversational speech.
Repeat After Us A collection of copyright-free English texts and scripted recordings : poetry, drama, children’s stories, nursery rhymes, fiction, non-fiction. Made by High School students.
BBC 4 Audio Interviews  Famous writers, painters, filmmakers, musicians, scientists, sports personalities, etc. from the BBC archives. No transcripts.
The Reith Lectures Listen to the prestigious annual BBC lectures on various aspects of contemporary life by famous speakers. Transcripts but no exercises.
Just for fun !
TTS (Text-to-Speech) Demo AT&T — Type in a text and hear it spoken aloud in (almost) natural speech.
Text-to-Speech Oddcast — Type in a text and hear it spoken aloud by a “bot”.
Artificial Intelligence Robot SPEAKS to you
Other lists of links
Listen to English E. L. Easton
Language Activities : Listening & Speaking English Study Direct

Online videos with exercises for students.

These online videos and films present in English in natural contexts and exercises require students to interpret what they see and hear  through exercises which appeal to their intelligence and intuition.

Elllo Videos Short videos of intermediate level. Click on the CC (closed caption) button to practice “shadowing” : that is, reading “karaoke style” with the speaker.
Living English Australian elementary level course.
Lingualnet Learn English through media. A variety of types of films and clips, with and without subtitles. There are also quizzes and “reviews” where you can give feedback on the films.
Michel Barbot : Listening 2 - Movie Sounds and Clips
In America
The Luzhin Defence
“Wanna” Watch Some Movies? – My Cousin Vinny  Buth Al Othman
Real English® A very attractive website with exercises and authentic videos. You have to register but a lot are free. (We also have Real English videos and a CD-Rom in the CLA media centre.)
Real English® video exercises Josef Schiele – With and without the sound. Short clips from YouTube with comprehension questions.
Beyond the Postcard, BBC Learning English – Watch the videos and answer the questions
Bristol – Wine Trade
Winchester – King Alfred
Oxford – Carfax Tower
Windsor – Herne the Hunter
Greenwich – The Queen’s House
Brooklands – Aviation
Edinburgh – Greyfriars Kirk
Video Nation, BBC Learning English – Listen to the video diaries and do the exercises
Denise Lester- Spain
Perry Lee- Liverpool
Jayne Davis – Cardiff
Mark McClean – Belfast
English Bites Australian news clips with transcripts, vocabulary help and multiple choice quizzes.
Story Archives CNN and CBS news stories Full and short versions + exercises + video + transcripts
thedailyenglishshow Sarah – a New Zealander based in Japan. A large number of quizzes based on videos and popular song clips from YouTube and similar sites (organised by level, with transcripts).
Online videos - but no exercises
Videojug Life explained on film – Short “how-to” films on many subjects with transcripts. Very clear and easy to understand.
Teacher Tube  Lessons on different subjects of variable quality but many of them are clear and easy to understand for learners of English. Downloadable.
Euronews With transcriptions and podcasts.
Moving Image Archive An American free collection. Can be downloaded and used for academic purposes.
Free Movies Entertainment Magazine Over 200 public domain movies and videos, music videos, classic TV shows and movie trailers.
The National Archives UK public information films - Can also be downloaded and used for academic purposes. With transcriptions. Often amusing.
Top 100 speeches American Rhetoric. Audio and video with transcriptions.
Movie speeches Other American rhetoric
For fun !
German Coast Guard Video
For teachers
Video: Active listening & watching techniques for children Pamela Albert, Glenys Hanson, Donna L’Hôte. Many are also appropriate for adults.
Movie sounds & clips Michel Barbot
English Dictations Kico4U – Nicola Dökel — You don’t need to understand the German instructions to do the dictations.
English Dictation Tests  Lynne Hand — Traditional dictations on various subjects. Elementary & Intermediate.
In-House Listening Quizzes 11 sentences.
Short online dictations English Club — Very brief recordings for beginners.
Medium online dictations English Club — Mid-length recordings for intermediate learners.
Long online dictations English Club — Long recordings of a full paragraph or more for high-intermediate or advanced learners.
Graded Dictations Tim Bowyer — Mainly taken from classical literature.
Learn a Song Podcast Learn to sing folk songs, campfire songs and group-singing songs that native English speakers sing.
Karaoke English Here’s some karaoke English on a site where you can pick your song and sing along! Another site with pop music you can learn to sing.
EFL Club songs room
Charles Kelly
Arkansas Traveler
Buffalo Gals
Little Bo Peep
Little Liza Jane
Swanee River
Weeping Willow
EFL Club songs room Chris Elvin
Help!- The Beatles
In My Life – The Beatles
Yesterday – The Beatles
Let It Be – The Beatles
I’m a Believer – The Monkeys
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Streets of Laredo – Roger McGuinn Darren Rigby
Elllo : Songs Listen and read the lyrics phrase by phrase Just mouse over the words to hear the music.
The evolution of man by Johnny Berliner
Glucose, Glucose by Greg Crowther Archive of song lyrics
Interactive telephoning exercices
Phone Numbers-1 Lauri’s ESL Website — Listen and click on the right number.
Phone Numbers-2
Following Directions on the Telephone
Listening: Telephone Conversations Lauri’s ESL Website — Click on “Play” to listen. Then answer the questions.
Business Communications ESL-Lab — Listen to a business telephone conversation and answer questions
Telephone Conversations: Taking and Leaving Messges
Answering Machine ESL-Lab — Listen to a phone message and answer questions.
Phone Message
Telephoning OUP — I’ll call back conversation
Can I help you? Australian network — Video + transcript + quiz
Effective Telephone Techniques -Training video
Information but no audio recordings
Telephone English – Important Phrases — No audio recording
Telephone English – Leaving Messages
Tips for Getting People to Slow Down!!
Telephoning Michel Barbot — Crossward quiz for French speakers


Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check A simple but effective technique BBC
ESL Desk Quizzes
Common Errors in English Exercise
Spelling quiz – numbers, length, weight, time… Easy
Pronouns spelling quiz
1000 Most Used English Words
English Irregular Verbs
Irregular Plurals of Nouns
Commonly Misspelled words
Advanced English words spelling test
Spelling INTERLINK Language Centers — 5 Levels each with 20 exercises Charles Kelly- our favourites
Choose the Correct Spelling
Every Other Letter Game
Vocabulary Word Lists Choose a word list and then choose from over 20 different games to play.
Capital Community College Foundation Spelling Quizzes
Number One
Number Two
Number Three (Endings)
Number Four (with sound)
Number Five (with sound)
Number Six (with sound)
Number Seven (with sound)
Plurals of nouns ending -f
Spelling- -ance or -ence?
Test your Spelling
American & British Spelling
Capital Letter & Lower Case
Days of the Week
Its & It’s
Months of the Year
Spelling- ‘ie’ or ‘ei’?
Spelling- ‘n’ or ‘nn’?
Spelling- -or or -er?
Spelling- Plural Nouns
Spelling- Silent Letters
Test your Spelling
There, Their & They’re
Spelling it Right A useful and complet site of spelling tips and exercises

Exercises to help you understand English grammar.

Grammar doesn’t mean learning rules by heart, it means understanding and feeling how the language is structured. Small children learn the grammar of the language(s) spoken around them because it is contextualised by what they see and hear. The grammar exercises selected here aim to make meaning clear in a similar way through the use of images and concrete examples.

English grammar exercises All with graphics, mainly low level.
Cloze test creator Lucy Georges - CRELENS-UHP Nancy 1 — Make your own blank-filling exercise. Paste in your text and the application will make an interactive exercise for you.
UVic’s 200 Grammar Topics (Elementary level)
UVic’s 330 Grammar Topics (Elementary/Intermediate level)
UVic’s 410 Grammar Topics (Intermediate/Advanced level)
Verb Tenses and Quizzes Reviewing All Verb Tenses Advanced reading; includes a link words module.
UVic’s Pulp Friction  Erlyn Baack
Beginner’s page Michel Barbot — A lot of varied grammar exercises, some for French speakers only.
Building questions
Grammar Magda Kalinowska — A very useful list organised by grammatical themes.
Verb Tense Tutorial — Grammar exercises contrasting the uses of different tenses + explanations of the tenses with diagrams.
Grammar Quizzes Julie Sevastopoulos - College of San Mateo
Essential English Grammar Linguapress – Andrew Rossiter — Grammar explanations with many examples

There are lots of grammar quizzes and exercises on the Internet. You’ll also find grammar explanations but they are often over simplified, don’t take into account modern usage, and sometimes are just plain wrong.

Here are some other ways of investigating how English is really used :

Grammar Safari University of Illinois — Using the Internet to find examples of specific words. The article is quite old.
British National Corpus – 1980s-1993 The concordancer will give you examples of how is a word is used in context. Based on several large corpora of modern spoken and written British English. Gives complete sentences.
Corpus of Contemporary American English – 1990-2007 Similar to the British one, but with a larger corpus.
Voice of America’s special English Programs Charles Kelly — Complete sentences given. The examples are easier than the other concordancers.
The Compleat Lexical Tutor Tom Cobb – Université du Québec — A very original site with a lot of different ways of working on words. For some of them you have to down load a plug-in.
Online Corpora

Quizzes and games for practicing your English

A funny house ! Renée Maufroid — Interactive exercise with animations.
Tanbur Music Education Links David French — An amazing selection of music quizzes.
English Quizzes Tereza Neves — A very attractive site with a lot of nice graphics; all levels including a lot of easy ones.
ESL Blues Eifion Pritchard — A variety of quizzes plus some animated grammar lessons.
Activities for ESL Students — The Internet TESL Journl
Phrasal Verbs Quiz Discovery English — Logical, mathematical, reasoning, etc. puzzles.
Brain Boosters The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Longevity Game General knowledge quizzes
History Games BBC
Zero Wing Correct the aliens’ English
Dvolver Moviemaker On this site you can create a silent movie cartoon with your own dialogue and send it by e-mail to your friends.
Jack the Pirate
Help Roger decorate his room Follow his instructions and select the furniture he wants.
Destination Impossible Read and follow the instructions on a map.

A multi-source dictionary search service.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary You can add it to your browser.
Longman English Dictionary Online You can hear the pronunciation of some of the words.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary You can hear the pronunciation of words. An English pronouncing dictionary of words and phrases with instant sound. Human voices. Translations available.
Forvo Words in many languages pronounced by human voices.
The Free Dictionary English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library. You can hear the pronunciation of words.
Language Tools
Your  More than 1500 dictionaries representing more than 230 languages.
IATE Inter-Active Terminology for Europe — The EU inter-institutional terminology database
Wikipedia The most popular free open-content encyclopedia in many languages.
Translator | Google Translate Machine translations of texts.
Formal or Informal : Rank the texts UniLearning
Pulp Friction UVic English Language Centre, Canada — A complete module including: Pre-reading, skimming, scanning, reordering, scavenger hunt (unfortunately many dead links), essay writing. A particularly useful exercise : Review of Cause and Effect Linking Words
An Academic Writing Module : Paragraphs Victoria University, NZ — Including exercises on :

  • Topic sentences
  • Building Paragraphs
  • Incorporating Sources
  • Types of Paragraphs
  • Sample Essay
Efficient reading skills Including :

  • - Scanning to locate specifically required information
  • - Surveying the text
  • - Using the title
  • - Skimming a text using first lines of paragraphs
  • - Skimming a text using first and last paragraphs
  • - Skimming a text, using section headings
Reading strategies for academic texts Advice followed by lots of short articles for practice
MOTS LIENS Institut de langues vivantes at the Université catholique de Louvain — Many other grammar exercises, too.
Academic Vocabulary University of Nottingham — Gives some suggestions about using the Academic Word List. The AWL Highlighter and the AWL Gapmaker to help you expand your academic vocabulary.
The AWL Highlighter 
  • - Find a text that interests you.
  • - Copy and paste, or type it into the AWL Highlighter.
  • - Process it.
  • - You will see the academic words highlighted in bold.
The AWL Gapmaker Copy and paste your text into the Gapmaker. It will automatically gap the academic words that were highlighted in the previous exercise and produce a gapfilling exercise for you to do.
VocabProfile English Paste a piece of text into the box and it will tell you how many words the text contains from the following four frequency levels :

  • the list of the most frequent 1000 word families,
  • the second 1000,
  • the Academic Word List,
  • words that do not appear on the other lists.
Essay Fundamentals Multiple choice exercise about topic sentences, thesis statements, etc.
Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English Erlyn Baack — Advice on how to organise ideas and write the 5 paragraph essay + interactive quizzes.
Proofreading Practice Practice correcting passages for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and usage. Writer’s Choice
TESL-EJ APA Style Guide A brief guide to the rules for academic citations
Style tips APA Online
Programs for creating automatic references and citations
Reference Machine for Journal Articles Hong Kong Polytechnic University — The English Language Centre
Reference Machine for Journal Articles
Reference machine : Internet pages
Harvard Bibliography Reference Generator Neil’s Toolbox

Professionnal English

Business English A variety of articles, audio programs
Ten Days in Manchester An interactive intermediate business English course with audio and video.
Business Meetings
Travel and Tourism A site with useful vocabulary for those in the tourist trade.
Business English Michael E. Riccioli, Université Paris IX-Dauphine — Revision Exercises
Business English Exercises Pearson Brown
Business Studies Course – Investment company Related to buying and selling shares
Business English Pod | Video Vocab
Negociating a Commission Negociate in English
Break-Even Analysis Simulation
Investopedia Stock Simulator
Trading Around the World IMF
Lemonade Stand
The Complete US Federal Budget With quizzes.
Business Netiquette International Not very easy to read but some useful information.
Quizzes and Tests
Money Trivia Quiz
Do you know your money basics? A 10 question quiz.
Negotiating word matching
How to Write a Business Email Kenneth Beare -
Linguarama Lots of articles with vocabulary exercises
Other lists of links
Business English E. L. Easton‘s very comprehensive list.
Anglais Post-Baccalauréat – BTS Darren Rigby and Yvan Baptiste‘s list of buisiness orientated links. For most of them, knowledge of French is not necessary.
Business Week online
Financial Times
Wall Street Journal
The Economist
Pearson Brown
Effective Public Speaking Skills Complete course with numerous quizzes
How to Beat Panic When You Present Effective Presentation Skills (single page)
Joseph Essberger
20 Presentation Tips for Your ESL Students (single page)
Public Speaking in English: Presentations — 7 essential points on one page
Business Presentations & Public Speaking in English — A complete tutorial in 8 parts.
The Art of Communicating Effectively Art Feierman — Useful tips all on one, long, page
Kenneth Beare
Key Phrases for Making a Business Presentation — Includes advice as well as useful phrases (in 8 parts).
How To Make a Speech — About.comUseful expressions for interrupting, asking for information, etc.
Signposting David Block — One page of tips on delivery, pacing, body language, etc.
Simple Presentations ESLgold — A list of expressions with audio
Ways of agreeing — Interactive quiz
Ways of disagreeing
Working Abroad This is an international networking service for volunteers, workers and travellers on volunteer projects in over 150 countries worldwide.
International Voluntary Service The International Voluntary Service is the British branch of Service Civil International (SCI), a peace movement which was founded in the aftermath of the first world war. SCI works with a world wide network of like-minded voluntary organisations promoting peace and justice through voluntary work.
Workplace Writers OWL at Purdue University
Cover Letters Jobsite UK
CV Library UK’s leading independent job board
The Commandments of Cover Letter Creation Science Magazine
Applying for Jobs Graduate Prospects, Ltd.
Cover Letter Tips and Samples Arizona State University
What is the Right Resume for Me ? JobStar
Resume & Cover Letter Writing Help Before and after examples in several fields
Business English E. L. Easton — Lots of links
Brain Pop Animated science movies for kids, some of the films are free,  to see the others you have to suscribe to the site.
Windows to the Universe A user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public. The site is written in three reading levels approximating elementary, middle school and high school reading levels. These levels may be chosen by using the upper button bar of each page of the main site.
Science in the News Voice of America, Special English
How Stuff Works Adult Learning Activities — California Distance Learning Project.
How Stuff Works This is an entertaining and fascinating place for people to learn about the world we live in.
The Why Files University of Wisconsin — The science behind the news.
PLoS Public Library of Science. Open access scientific articles. Biology and Medecine.
SciVee Online video lectures. Mainly biology and medecine. Can be downloaded as podcasts.
MIT OpenCourseWare The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides free access to virtually all MIT course materials for educators and learners around the world – including videos.
The Naked Scientists Science radio and podcasts.
Science and Development Network News, views and information about science, technology and the developing world Creative CommonsThe Naked Scientists Online Radio programs about science.
CELLS alive! Video clips of living cells and computer animation.
Domestic animals Vocabulary exercise
Cover crops Text reordering exercise
How to start a garden Exercises based on a Videojug film
Agriculture Intermediate level radio articles
Cherries Charles Kelly — Read and listen
Agricultural Market Development — MCQ
ESL News New Zealand
Carbon Emissions
Meat Industry
World Food Conference
Vocabulary exercises – ‘The Plant World’ Nonstop English
Agriculture Quiz Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Learn More About Biodiversity Using Multimedia Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Worm Watch is getting the dirt on earthworms
Glossary of flowers
Campaign maps Varied maps which can be download and used for oral tasks. (Intended to be used with the Campaign textbook).
War and the Media Constitutional Rights Foundation lesson followed by a role play.
Military quizzes
War words quiz Today in the Military
The French Foreign Legion Useful advice for those thinking of joining.
Commonwealth Institute Project on Defense Alternatives
Soldier Magazine of the British Army
Some articles
Afghanistan — Bagram Airbase
The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases Global Policy Forum
Civil-Military Co-operation Wikipedia
Military ranks
Military definitions
US Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

For professional or university objectives you may need to prove your level in English.

The following certifications and diplomas are nationally and internationally recognised.

Click on the links to find more information about each one. For most of them you will also find online practice tests.

DCL Diplôme de compétence en langue
TOEIC Test of English for International Communication
TOEFL Test Of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS International English Language Testing System
Passer le TOEIC au CLA
Préparer le TOEIC au CLA
Passer le DCL d’anglais au CLA
Préparer le DCL d’anglais au CLA

You can also find on line the “annales” of the Baccalauréat d’anglais.