Learn English Online

Learn English Online

With the whole world on the web, nearly everything is available online - including English courses. Learning via an online course is a convenient and more flexible approach for those seeking to learn English in their own time and from home. All that's needed is an internet connection.

With the growth of the World Wide Web, the supply and demand for online learning has rapidly increased; the result being a wide range of options for students wishing to take this approach. Whether it is a starter course for those wishing to gain a knowledge base before taking further education or a specific focus on a chosen topic, there really is a course for everyone.

Online courses

The positive aspects of online learning are the flexibility and convenience it offers. Students are not location dependant and can work at their chosen time of the day or night. Development and growth within this sector has resulted in the creation of well-produced learning material, with relevant and quality content.

However, students must be aware that learning online often involves isolated learning, which can be tougher than learning in a classroom due to the lack of interaction and discussion about the topic. Additionally, not having a teacher to guide you may also slow down the learning process. It is, however, worth noting that many distance or online courses do have additional resources such as online tutorial videos or accompanying audio. Some courses also provide a tutor who can be contacted via phone and email to help with any questions and queries.

Below are some suggestions on where to begin searching for learning English online.

The London School of English - www.londonschool.com

This established English school in London offers an online course in Practical English focusing on grammar, listening and reading. Benefits include weekly email contact with a mentor to help guide students through the course.

Churchill House School of English Language - www.churchillhouse.com

Another established English school with an online presence, offering students the resources of free online lessons, tutorials and exam preparation.

Learn Direct Ltd - www.learndirect.co.uk

One of the first and leading companies for online studying, students receive all books and materials for their chosen course as well as a contact tutor, available over the phone for help and guidance.

Courses available:
Certificate in Adult Literacy Levels 1-3
Short courses in specific areas of reading, writing, grammar, speech and vocabulary.

IELTS 4 U - www.ielts4u.net

An online course dedicated entirely to those studying towards IELTS exams. Benefits include video tutorials and unlimited exam testing.

Learn English - British Council - www.learnenglish.britishcouncil.org

For more general learning this website from the British Council is a FREE online learning centre for those wishing to improve their English or study for the IELTS exam. The site's games, stories, listening and grammar activities are a great resource for students. Learn English also offers specific business language courses on their website.

Further resources

To learn whilst at home or on the move, there are plenty of podcasts available for students to use on their listening device. All of the below are free and available on iTunes.

Effortless English Podcast
AJ Hodge
A succinct and accurate podcast aimed at improving listeners' spoken English.

English Grammar Help - www.eslhelpdesk.com

A podcast focused on simplifying and explaining how to use grammar within the English language.

Business English Pod - www.businessenglishpod.com

A popular podcast aimed at assisting students in learning business English.

Languages Out There - www.languagesoutthere.podomatic.com

A community learning based podcast where listeners are taught different topics and then actively encouraged to practice with native speakers.

Those with a smart phone or tablet can also learn on the move with some of these available apps.

Cambridge Apps - www.cambridgemobileapps.com

A high quality selection of innovative apps covering subjects from listening and grammar to fun tests and exam practice.

Conversation English - www.redriverpress.com/

A 5 star rated app focused on conversation, available on iTunes app store.

Intelli Vocab - www.faqden.com

An intelligent vocabulary app that tracks students' weaknesses and focuses on improvement.

101 IELTS Phrasal Verbs
iTunes App Store
This App is focused on the most common phrases required when studying IELTS.