Websites for learning English

Grammar, Vocabulary and English in general

The BBC website for learners of English. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/ 

The website of the British Council (equivalent of the Alliance Française). http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/

A clearly organized site that enables you to work on all different language skills : grammar, vocabulary and pronuciation.


The website of the Université de Franche-Comté. Excellent grammar exercises.


Variety of different types of exercise.



Grammar rules, some grammar exercises. Good for vocabulary related to themes.

www.e-anglais.com- explanations in French, exercises, answers.


Radio programmes of the BBC. Go to “radio programs”, choose one (eg. Science in Action) and click on “Highlights” or “Listen again” or “Archive”– these are permanently there, they do not change. You can also try “more audio and video news”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/ 

 National Public Radio (USA), also has “archives” - www.npr.org

Recordings from Voice of America in clear, comprehensible American English, with transcripts. An excellent resource for lower-intermediate students - www.voanews.com/specialenglish

Daily news from CNN with questions to answer about the news, transcripts are available. student news. 10 minutes every day with questions and transcripts - www.cnn.com/education

English Listening Language Lab Online - http://www.elllo.org/

Short and easy recordings. Perfect for practice listening to a variety of different accents.

Listening activities and exercises for different levels and purposes, post-listening exercises as well, transcripts are available - www.esl-lab.com 

30 free activities, otherwise a paying service. Exercises, transcripts -  www.englishlistening.com

News from CBS and CNN with interactive exercises and transcripts - http://literacynet.org/cnnsf/archives.html

MP3 recordings organised according to level in different languages - http://www.audio-lingua.eu/



Video extracts with transcripts (however transcripts are not always accurate - www.pbs.org/newshour/video 

Listening material related to technology, with transcripts (British) - www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova

Video clips from the latest film releases, film reviews, commercials - www.ifilm.com

Science, health and many other things, games and quizzes too - www.discovery.com



British press 

The Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/

The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/

The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/

American press

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/

Time magazine: http://www.time.com/time/

Newsweek: http://www.thedailybeast.com/content/newsweek.html

Short stories

www.short-stories.co.uk -  short stories, discussion forum on short stories, writing “tag stories".
www.americanliterature.com - 20 short stories.
www.pagebypagebooks.com - an online library.


Chat, discussion forums

www.eslpartyland.com/default.htm - the student pages have interactive quizzes.




www.4tests.com/exams/examdetail/asp?eid=74 - click on "Begin exam", you can only access the exercises in order.

TOEIC: http://www.etsglobal.org/Tests-Preparation/The-TOEIC-Tests/TOEIC-Sample-Tests

CLES: useful information on how to prepare for this exam on the CLES website.