Does this sound like you?
I never know when to use articles. When
should I use ‘a’ or ‘the’?
Yes, it's a real pain trying to remember
all those horrible grammar rules!
Carry on! Take care of your sister!
Beware of the dog! I can never remember all these different
Yes, there are so many to remember and there
don't seem to be any easy rules.
I hate writing – I make so many
grammar mistakes and I can never find the right words in
A limited vocabulary is one of the main
problems that students have to face. If you don't know the
English word, how can you write?
How can I ever prepare for Section C?
The exercises in the Reading and Language Systems section
are so difficult!
Yes, I admit, there are lots and lots of
really, really difficult things to learn! Nevertheless,
you can learn if you are positive and you try to increase
your exposure to English. You can become a more natural
speaker, someone who increases their vocabulary and has
an ear for what sounds right and wrong if you practice every
Remember, exposure to English is important.
One way to increase your exposure or to get help with specific
exercises is to use the Internet. There are lots of things
on the Internet that can help you with your English. You
can improve your English by looking at some of these sites.
They have online activities to help with grammar and vocabulary.
They can also help you to improve your reading, listening
and writing. All these things can be fun, painless and are
better for your health than last minute grammar exercises!
Remember the old saying – practice makes perfect!
There are lots of sites to choose from but
here is a selection of some of the more useful sites. Which
ones do you find useful? Most sites have links to other
- BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
world service – learning English
There is a variety of good resources on
News. There are lots of up to the minute
current affairs and news stories.
Games and grammar exercises. There are
also sections on learning English with on line games, quizzes,
stories and videos. The pronunciation is good and it uses
Video clips. Lots of relevant topics.
This is a great site for improving your
English. There are lots of good practice exercises for HKAL
and for HKCEE. You can practice and check your answers.
Also there are lots of good links. Here
are some of the listening links from hkedcity. Some of the
links provide video, audio and transcripts.
Council Listening Downloads
You can download or play
the MP3 audio files online for stories, poems
and articles offered on this British Council
website. You can also read the scripts as
you listen and do related language activities.
New content is updated every fortnight. (Last
updated date: 30 Mar 2007)
- English Language Listening Lab Online
This website is updated
weekly with listening quizzes spoken by English
speakers all over the world. You can also
play listening games and listen to songs.
Transcripts are provided. (Last
updated date: 19 Jan 2007)
English with the CBC
A total of ten lessons
let you improve your listening skills by understanding
the Canadian culture in a fun way. Listen
to the videos and try out the activities.
Transcripts and answers are provided. (Last
updated date: 26 Jul 2006)
Check out this interesting
site which shows video clips of different
people's lives across the UK. You can listen
and learn about their lives and the world
around them. Test your comprehension, vocabulary
and listening skills by doing the exercises.
Answers are provided and transcripts are available
for all the clips. (Last
updated date: 28 Jun 2006)
Listen to the short audio
clip and then try the questions. This web-page
is updated from time to time with new clips
and exercises. (Last
updated date: 21 Nov 2005)
Asia Pacific: IELTS Preparation
These programmes cover
various topics and aspects of the English
language. Watch or listen to the clips and
try the online quizzes. You can download the
scripts. Study notes, tips and activities
are also provided for further practice. (Last
updated date: 25 Oct 2005)
Improve Your English
Listen to songs, features,
stories and poetry. Full scripts are provided.
Some of them are provided with cloze exercises.
date: 20 Sept 2005)
Asia Pacific: English Bites
A feature story is available
every weekday with video clips and full scripts.
Watch them and try the online multiple choice
quiz. Explanation on the grammar and words
& phrases is provided. (Last
updated date: 8 Aug 2005)
- ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company)
ABC has a lot of things that can help you
with your studies.
TV. Their TV programmes are free if you
have broadband – you can find it on channel 61. There
are some good programmmes for ESL learners. Each programme
is supported by study notes and activities. These study
notes and activities are very useful, even if you don’t
watch the programme itself. You will find their series on
writing particularly useful.
Radio. There are a variety of relevant
Study tips and grammar help. Here is an
example of the guidelines and tips that you can find at
this site. When writing remember the whole paragraph
needs to focus on the main idea stated in your topic sentence.
The remaining sentences in the paragraph support and develop
the idea with examples, explanations, clarifications, illustrations
or other points. The supporting and developing sentences
need to be logically ordered. Together these would form
a well-written paragraph. http://abcasiapacific.com/studyenglish/
- Interesting things for ESL
Games, quizzes and jokes for second language
ESL Cyber listening lab
There’s lot’s of short listening
passages that are graded by order of difficulty. The accent
is very American and I find the pronunciation strange!!!
There are also vocabulary and grammar exercises, which are
A good site with lots of exercises and games.
I like the link, which tells you about today in history.
Lots of useful exercises and resources for
Help with writing compositions – exercises
and examples of good practice.