ONLINE ENGLISH LESSONS
Are you looking to increase your chances of landing an international job? Would you like to be able to communicate with more than 1.5 billion people around the world? Want to be able to understand millions of song lyrics, movies, and TV series without the help of subtitles? Start learning English online today from the comfort of your home and soon you’ll achieve your linguistic goals! Our instructors at Listen & Learn are native speakers of the language who will help you understand all the nuances of English, so you will become fluent in as quickly as possible!
What will you learn with us?
If you’re just getting started with English and your level is basic, you’ll begin by developing your vocabulary and grammar skills. Our native-speaking instructors will expose you to the language from the very first lesson and encourage you to communicate in English, so you can start polishing your speaking skills and pronunciation right away. For example, you will begin your online English course by acquiring some simple communicative functions, like asking for information, making requests, and using formal and informal greetings, like “Hi,” “Hello,” and “Good afternoon,” and learning in which contexts you should use each one.
Once you are using English to a higher level, you will continue with a tailor-made online program that adjusts to your needs and requirements. In general, you’ll acquire more complex grammatical structures (like anticipatory it, embedded clauses, or mixed conditionals) while building up your vocabulary and improving your skills by using motivational games and fun real-life materials. For instance, you can learn English by watching hilarious TV series, like Friends, top-notch movies, like Independence Day, or all-time-famous songs, like Thriller by Michael Jackson. It’s your call!
Why study English online with us?
- It’s safe and convenient. You don’t even have to leave your home to take your lessons. This also means that your tutors will have more flexibility to reschedule, as long as you communicate with them with at least 1 business day’s notice.
- You can study alone or in small groups. If you have friends, family, or colleagues who are also interested in learning English, they can join your sessions. Just take into account that the maximum number of people allowed per group is 8.
- You’ll get the support you need. Our agents can help you download and set up Skype if you don’t have it yet. And that’s it! You only need a computer or phone, a headset, and a stable Internet connection to get started.
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Learning English is one of the most valuable skills you can equip yourself with: knowing the world’s lingua franca will enable you to communicate with 1.5 billion people who speak English as their first or second language. Thus, being proficient in English also opens doors to other opportunities, such as expanding your professional and cultural horizons.
Of course, to become fluent in a second language, you need to study and practice...a lot. This includes undertaking self-study and finding ways to put your skills to the test in the real world, even if you are taking group or individual lessons.
To help you learn as thoroughly and consistently as possible, we (with the help our experienced English tutors) have compiled a set of online resources to improve your skills in a short time and in a fun, entertaining manner!
It’s rare to hear someone say they have a “passion for grammar,” and there’s a simple reason for this: grammar, although essential, tends to be boring and complicated, and it is often the case that there are long sets of rules to be learned by heart. English grammar is no exception! Fortunately, there are plenty of interactive resources online that can make this task much more accessible, fun, and motivational.
BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE There are many tools to help students learn verb conjugations, in the present, past, or future tenses.
Practicing outside the classroom is crucial to truly acquire a grammatical structure. Take advantage of the countless sites that offer exercises for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level students, and put to use everything you learn with us at Listen and Learn!
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Grammar Bytes offers interactive exercises on tenses, pronoun agreement, comma splices, word choice, irregular verbs, and more!
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Daily Grammar has more than 400 lessons and quizzes covering parts of speech, the parts of the sentence, and the mechanics of grammar (such as punctuation or capitalization).
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED The British Council grammar reference can help you if you need clear explanations about grammatical points (adjectives, pronouns, determiners, verbs).
There are many more resources that can help you improve and practice your language grammar skills. Read about them in this blog!
Movie Segments to Assess Grammar
BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Looking for a meaningful way to practice grammar or test your achievements? Beatrice, one of our experienced English teachers, recommends using Movie Segments to Assess Grammar, where you will find short clips from well-known movies for both children and adults. Each clip is accompanied by exercises and interactive tasks that focus on certain grammatical points. The site is suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students!
Looking for some resources to improve your pronunciation on your own and sound as native-like as possible? Try out these resources!
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Pronunciation Manual is a YouTube channel that features the correct pronunciation of English terms that are commonly mispronounced, like names (Saoirse or Vaughn), objects, places, medical terms, and more!
- ADVANCED Resources on Estuary English. English is a language with many varieties, accents, and dialects, such as Estuary English (a variety spoken in London). If you plan of spending time in this wonderful city, access these resources and prepare your ear before you travel!
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Pitch and intonation are crucial components of correct pronunciation and are hard for non-native English speakers to attain. That is why you need to be exposed to spoken language as much as possible. So, you can find some input and exercises regarding pitch and intonation in English on this web page.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED A pronunciation dictionary, as the name implies, this dictionary does not just contain the definition of terms but also demonstrates the correct pronunciation via phonetic symbols and, sometimes, recordings of native speakers saying the words. Try it out here!
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Put your knowledge of different English accents to the test with a guessing game and have some fun! Listen to a couple of lines from a poem read by native speakers from different English-speaking countries, then take a guess at their country of origin and see how high you can score. This game is great for advanced students who want to check how much they have learned in their lessons with us at Listen and Learn.
It can be tough to remember thousands of words, especially if you are not very good at memorizing long lists of words. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn; just that you need a more engaging method. Try out these games and resources to see if they help you to remember new words in a more enjoyable way!
Collocations are ways in which words can be combined. For example, you don’t say “do an effort” but “make an effort”.
Games & Visual Resources
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE Duolingo: Duolingo is a free app that offers bite-sized lessons in more than 30 languages, including English. It features interactive exercises and tasks which focus mostly on teaching useful vocabulary for every level of proficiency.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Free Rice Vocab Games consist of choosing the synonym or antonym of a target word in an interactive way. And the best part is that you can adjust the level of difficulty of the game, so you won’t feel discouraged if you are just starting to learn English!
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Business English Visual Vocabulary: Learning English for business is a smart move, especially if you are working in an international company. Try out this website where vocabulary is grouped into different industry topics (marketing, advertising, sales, finance) and the words are accompanied by visuals, interactive exercises, and short tests to assess how much you have learned.
When learning English, you won’t only be reading novels or short stories, but you will also need to know how to decode signs, news articles, webpages, games instructions, recipes, food labels, and more! Put your reading skills into practice, even if you are just a beginner, and increase your understanding of English!
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Breaking News English is a site that features graded news: that is, the same event but written several times at different levels of linguistic complexity, so that beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level students can read them!
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED ESL Lounge graded readings has an array of texts that range from news articles to short stories and poems, graded by level (from elementary to advanced). In addition to the text, you will find multiple choice and fill-in-the-blanks exercises to test your comprehension.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED The English Club Short Stories is another great resource that features short stories graded by level. If you are a beginner, you will find texts of up to 3,000 words using everyday vocabulary and simple tenses, so you can put your skills to use. Advanced users of English, on the other hand, will be able to read classics, like The Monkey’s Paw (10,000 words).
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED The British Council also offers a section on its website with reading comprehension self-study lessons. They are categorized by level and include fiction and non-fiction texts, together with interactive exercises.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE Fleex for TV series: Fleex is a great app that lets you add subtitles in English to almost any TV series. For some of the most popular shows, you can also add the audio in English, so you can practice your listening comprehension in addition to reading. The best part is that you can even click on the subtitles to quickly get the definitions of any words you do not know.
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Find in our article some great suggestions of newspapers you can read to improve your reading skills even more!
Listening is one of the most difficult skills to develop as it involves knowing vocabulary, intonation and pitch patterns, pausing and hesitation, regional varieties of English, cultural references, etc. Further, if there is something you don’t understand, you cannot pause a conversation in mid-flow!
Fortunately, the web has countless resources that can help you develop your ear and improve your interpretation skills.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Daniela, one of our EFL teachers recommends using Ted-Ed, a wonderful resource to learn much more than English. This platform has thousands of animated videos on hundreds of different topics that range from Norse mythology to the benefits of yoga or voting systems. All the videos are spoken and subtitled in English!
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED The BBC Radio is great for intermediate and advanced students of English to fine-tune their listening skills while acquiring vocabulary related to the news and every-day events.
- BEGINNER As a beginner, it can be hard to practice listening comprehension because real-life materials can be too complicated to understand. If that’s the case for you, access the British Council Recordings for Beginners, where you will find an array of recordings featuring real-life situations (conversations at the mall, at work, etc.) that have been graded for beginner-level students.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Lyrics Training is a great app for those who love music and want to combine this passion with learning English. It works in a very simple way: just pick your favorite song and fill in the missing words from the lyrics as you listen to the track.
Looking to improve your writing skills in formal and informal contexts? Try the following resources.
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Cambridge English Write and Improve is an amazing site where you can find essay prompts categorized by level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and business). Pick the one you like the most, write the required number of words (from simple sentences to 600-word essays) and you will receive feedback within 48 hours! Some topics include describing the area where you live, movie reviews, short stories, and reports.
- ADVANCED The Hemingway App is a tool aimed at advanced users of the language. The app helps you perfect your writing skills by identifying punctuation issues, overly complex sentences, overuse of connectors and adverbs, comma splices, and wordiness.
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Free Writing resources is another great site to visit if you want to dramatically improve your English writing skills. You will find tips that go from how to hook readers with an attention-grabbing opening sentence to how to end fiction on a cliffhanger.
- ADVANCED If you are in any doubt about where to places commas or how to use semi-colons, you should check out these resources on punctuation, where you can find style guides, books, and exercises to polish up your use of English punctuation marks and mechanics.
Practicing speaking without a partner is difficult but not impossible. Take a peek at the following websites to see how they can help you improve your speaking skills from home!
- INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED There are plenty of books that can help you improve your speaking skills in a variety of contexts, such as in the workplace. These books will give you tips on how to organize your speech, use gestures, and interpret other non-verbal cues, take part in a debate, and more! Read this blog post and get to know more about some of them!
- BEGINNER INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED Are you looking for partners with whom to speak in English? Then, try out Conversation Exchange, a website that will connect you with English students with whom you can meet up online or in-person for free! Other similar sites include Meetup and InterNations.
Looking for some resources to help your children learn English? Here are some of our highlights:
- Cambridge Monkey Puzzles games are a great resource to test your child’s English level using 8 fun minigames.
- The British Council has a section for kids to improve their reading and writing skills. The activities are interactive and fun! They are aimed at children over 10 years old.
- Playtivities offers a list of creative, unique ideas to help your children spell words correctly while having fun!
- If you are looking for engaging activities and games that take your kids’ vocabulary to the next level, you should check Fun English Games, which features games like Scrabble, Pictionary, Guess the Action, and Sentence Betting.
Also, you can find some interesting book recommendations to engage young learners and help them take their skills to the next level.
These miscellaneous resources will also help you in your English language journey:
- Linguee is a great tool if you need to translate from your native language to English or vice-versa. Linguee shows you how journals, newspapers, and other reputable sources translate the terms you require.
- Assess your English skills in an easy, convenient way with our Language Level Tests and discover your English level of proficiency. This FREE resource will give you and your teacher a general idea of your current ability and where you may still need to improve.