Improving your English

A web study guide


This website is a compilation of resources aiming to help you improve your English by studying at home. If you have been studying English for some time already, or is currently studying it now, be it in a school or on your own, here are some useful tools for you.

TED lectures

According to the website, TED is "a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues."

An excellent resource for authentic listening material, in the website you can find many interesting lectures about many different subjects. You can watch the lectures with or without subtitles (the website offers many language options).

Below is a suggested TED Talk you can start with. Besides the listening practice, it can be a good prompt to reflect about English learning.
You can also try the TED.ed website! The project is similar to TED, but here, instead of lectures, we have lessons on many subjects. Is there a better way to learn a language than using it to study something else?
Suggested lesson: "Those songs that get stuck in your head"
Earworms: Those songs that get stuck in your head - Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis


What is EduCanon?

According to the website,

eduCanon is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students. By time-linking activities that students engage with as the video progresses the content is segmented into digestible components - increasing student engagement and, through our real-time monitoring, informing the next day’s lesson planning.

You can use it to learn English too! Browse the website and you'll find the category "English", which contains subcategories such as grammar, spelling, reading, writing, pronunciation, etc.

eduCanon Introductory Video

BBC Learning English

An excellent website to help you improve your English. It features "The English We Speak", a section about idiomatic expressions; Words in the News, a section that uses the news to help you learn; "6 Minute English", 6 minute audios for listening practice; "Pronunciation", which helps you with the sounds of English; and "Drama" a section where you can listen to famous book of literature in English.
Suggested activity: 6 Minute English: How quickly can you learn English? (listening practice)


Suggestions of Youtube channels dedicated to English learning.


James ESL English Lessons

Learn English - 4 ways to understand what you hear

Phonetics: The University of Iowa

If you really want to improve your pronunciation, you'll want to learn about the sounds of the English language. This is an excellent website about this. It features all the sounds of the English language and it shows how to articulate them.