Welcome to Tim’s ESOL Classes. Section 1 has links to websites for learning English, such as British Council and BBC. There is also an on-line dictionary.
Sections 2, 3 & 4 have interactive mini-lessons for you to do on-line. Each one takes about 20-30 minutes, and you get feedback at every step. Choose the section for your level of English (Entry Level1 or Entry Level2 or Entry Level3); then click on the topic you want. The lesson starts in a new window.
Sections 5 & 6 has links to a mix of YouTube videos and other websites, for interest or for fun. Some of the videos have subtitles which you can switch on or off.
Section 7 has some grammar notes that you can print.
(The lessons marked MOHT come from the Move-On Hot Topics collection. To go to the next screen, click the MoveOn button on the bottom-right.)
1. British Council and BBC…
The British Council and BBC websites are excellent for everything: video clips, reading, writing, speaking and listening practice. The list below shows the levels for each website, from Entry Level1 (E1) to Level2 (L2).
For listening practice, try British Council or BBC Learning English. There are lots of video & audio clips, which you can pause when you need. You can also look at the text, at the same time, if you want: try listening without the text, the first time, and with the text the second time.
- British Council – ESOL Nexus (E1-L2)
- British Council – Learn English (E2-L2)
- BBC Learning English (E2-L2)
- BBC Skillswise – English & Maths (E1-L2)
The EsolCourses.com website has lots of short English exercises. First choose your level, at the top: eg Beginner or Advanced. Then choose an activity: eg a grammar exercise, a quiz, a video clip or a song.
This English Dictionary has many languages. Choose the language you want – Arabic, Polish, Spanish etc.
2. Mini-lessons ~ Entry Level 1
- Simple Statements
- Street Map – Directions
- Taking Medicine
- The Doctor
- What Is Wrong?
- Writing Exam Practice
3. Mini-lessons ~ Entry Level 2
- Registering for a Course Study & Courses
- Your Future Plans
- Listening Exam Practice
- Writing Exam Practice
- School Education
- School Letters
- Phone Call for Interview Job Applications & Work
- Past Work Experience
- Talking About the Past
- Talking About the Present
- Finding Your Way at Work
- Health & Safety at Work
- Following Instructions
- Asking Politely
4. Mini-lessons ~ Entry Level 3
- My Job – Speaking & Listening (MOHT E3)
- How Does it Work – Listening (MOHT E3)
- A Good Place to Work – Vocabulary (MOHT E3)
- Accidents Happen – Form Filling (MOHT E3)
- Write for Work – Emails & Messages (MOHT E3)
- Restaurant Complaints
- Talking About the Future
- Technical Instructions
- The Accident
- The Council Letter
5. YouTube & video websites
Here are some videos for fun, or to practice your listening skills. The talking is fast: but you can select subtitles if you want.
mmmEnglish has videos about cooking and eating. It’s good for Entry Level 1,2&3 speaking, listening and especially pronunciation. The style is friendly and helps you to be more confident. Try it.
Learn English with Britlish has videos about daily life (transport, food etc), and stories and cartoons. It’s good for Entry Level 1,2&3 vocabulary, listening and pronunciation.
English With Lucy has videos about grammar and vocabulary. It’s good for Entry Level 2&3 and Level 1. The style is friendly.
Elllo.org has videos for listening practice (with the script), and grammar lessons. It’s good for Entry Level 2&3 and Level1.
6. Websites of general interest
Gov.uk is a website with information and advice about many aspects of living in the UK, your rights and responsibilities: eg the education system, the health service, UK law, and voting. It is a UK Government website, a reliable source of information written in clear English.
The Citizens Advice Bureau is another service, especially for people who need advice and help with some problem, such as discrimination at work or being in debt. The website is clear and reliable, and you can also visit their offices for one-to-one confidential advice. They are a charity, and this service is free for everyone.
Here is a calendar showing religious holidays for many different faiths, and the BBC website on religion and ethics:
Some useful services:
7. Grammar notes & other docs
- Rules & Tools – ESOL Summary Booklet E1
- Rules & Tools – ESOL Summary Booklet E2
- Rules & Tools – ESOL Summary Booklet E3
(I’ll put some more grammar notes and some practice exam papers here soon.)
(You can find more website links like those in Sections 1, 5 & 6 in Tim’s ESOL Classes (L1, L2).)