Good websites for learning english

Ideas in English has IELTS-style articles and short videos for learning English.

This page has links for other good websites and resources for learning English.

To go to a website, just click on the logo or picture or any text that is underlined.

Reading and Listening Websites

BBC 6 Minute English is an excellent listening resource. Every week, two people talk about an interesting topic and teach you some new words. Audio scripts are available, too. 

News in levels has news stories to listen to or read in three different levels of difficulty. Try level 1, then 2, then 3 of the same news story. 

Other websites for learning English - Lyrics

Lyrics Training is a fun site to practise listening. It’s like a game in which you listen to songs and fill in the missing words while you listen.

Elllo is a great resource for listening. It has short conversations and audio scripts that you can read. It’s especially good for lower level students as you can choose your level.

Other websites for learning English - TED

TED has short talks about  interesting topics and is a good way to improve your English and learn some interesting stuff. Here are their 25 most popular talks

Other websites for learning English - Psych

Not designed for language learners, but Psychology Today is a good place to get an introduction to interesting ideas in psychology and improve your reading skills.

IELTS Websites

IELTS Liz is a good place to start. The site has lots of information about the test, practice materials and YouTube videos, and it’s easy to use.

IELTS Advantage is popular website that has free lessons, courses and YouTube videos, as well as a (not free) writing feedback service.

E2 IELTS is YouTube Channel that has nice, clear videos about all aspects of IELTS. Lots of tips and techniques and a full mock test with help. 

Other websites for learning English - Keith

Keith Speaking Academy has tips and information about the speaking test, really good speaking videos on YouTube, and a Facebook group.

Other IELTS websites.

IELTS Charlie is a popular website.

IELTS Buddy has nice writing lessons for task 2. 

IELTS Podcast has good information to listen to.

Daily Dictation – listen and write down short excerpts from IELTS tests. 

IELTS Test Practice

British Council has two full practice tests.

The websites below have many practice tests. I haven’t checked them carefully, so I can’t guarantee that they are authentic tests.
Mini IELTS  
IELTS Simulation
IELTS Online Tests

Websites for Academic English

The Academic Word List is a list of 570 words that are very common in academic texts.  You can download a PDF of the full list here, and this website has exercises to practise. 


Manchester University has an a great academic writing website. It includes lessons on essay writing and very thorough academic phrasebank.

The Royal Institution has lectures on scientific topics. You can see full lectures and shorts on YouTube, and their past Christmas lectures on their website.  

Grammar and Vocabulary Websites

BBC and British Council

Here are some good web pages from the BBC and British Council for intermediate level learners: 6 Minute Grammar and 6 Minute Vocabulary from the BBC, and grammar lessons and grammar videos from the British Council. 

The BBC also has 6 Minute Grammar videos for lower level learners. 


Here are some links for good learner dictionaries:

Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary.

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary.

Your Dictionary allows you to see a word in lots of example sentences.

Other Vocabulary Resources

YouGlish is useful for pronunciation. Type in a word, and it will show you different people saying the word in Youtube clips.

The Online Collocation Dictionary will help you to understand which words go together.

Thesaurus dot com tells you synonyms of words.

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