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Learning English Online: Start with a Plan
Picture of a desert island with a treasure chest being dug up, a treasure map, & the words 'find your treasure.'
Study English Online: You need a plan to win at chess-- or English. Start here!

Photo of a man studying a chessboard.
Medical English: Communication Techniques & Resources for Medical Professionals

Photo of several smiling doctors and nurses with stethoscopes
Study English Online: You need a plan to win at chess-- or English. Start here!

Photo of a man studying a chessboard.

Start Learning English Online Here:

*Learning English Online explains how to plan to meet your goals in English. *Study English Online suggests the best pages on EnglishHints (and a few other high quality sites) for different levels of English and different needs and goals (from better reading comprehension to test preparation to business.)

 What's New? reports the newest (or newly updated} pages on EnglishHints.

English Writing

ESL Writing Tips: photo of a man writing on paper.
title: TOEFL or IELTS Essay Sample, with a picture of a clock & a list of 4 hints for essay success on timed tests. (See the page for the hints.)
How to Read & Explain Charts & Graphs, with pictures of various kinds of charts: a pie chart, a bar graph, a line graph, & a table of data.
title: TOEFL or IELTS Essay Sample, with a picture of a clock & a list of 4 hints for essay success on timed tests. (See the page for the hints.)

Grammar

Why English Grammar Lessons? Pictures: a doubting woman & a detective: 'Knowing basic English grammar will help you understand & be understood in English (+ questions: Who? etc.)
Picture of a plate with salmon, salad & a lemon. 'I've been trying to eat healthier foods. Yesterday I ate fish and vegetables for dinner.'
A man looking through binoculars
Picture of a plate with salmon, salad & a lemon. 'I've been trying to eat healthier foods. Yesterday I ate fish and vegetables for dinner.'

 Reading, Listening, & Speaking

Listening & Reading Comprehension Exercises: Check your understanding of what you read & hear with these quizzes & practice (+ photos of a lady with hand to ear & ofa girl with earbuds, reading)
Vowel Digraphs: vowel sounds written with 2 letters (for example: OU)
Then a list of words including 'ou', with a few pictures of them.
English Conversation Practice: Hints for Getting Started
Photo of a young man and two young women talking at a table over lunch
'Check your understanding of what you read & hear with these exercises and practice.'
A woman with hand to ear, a young woman reading & listening with earbuds.

Vocabulary
(see also the 2 sections below this)

2 young people discussing their (English) study
surgeons in the operating room
Chess game with a man moving a piece
2 young people discussing their studies

Vocabulary  Practice 

Young people studying in a sunny library with the top of a crossword puzzle on Essential Academic Vocabulary
'Practice to make the words you've learned yours.'
Picture of part of a crossword puzzle and a word scramble.
'20+ puzzles to make learning academic vocabulary fun' & a picture of a crossword puzzle

Vocabulary by Subject
(Including Voc. Practice & Quiz Sections)

Young people studying in a sunny library with the top of a crossword puzzle on Essential Academic Vocabulary

Roots, Prefixes, & Suffixes

Tree with leaves at its roots, along with its title
Roots, Prefixes, & Suffixes Worksheets to Boost Vocabulary
4 fish, 3 similar fish swimming together & one swimming the opposite direction. One says, 'He always was a nonconformist.'
Title superimposed on a tree with colorful fall leaves with its roots showing
Tree with leaves at its roots, along with title

Idioms

Train tracks crisscrossing as an illustration of being 'sidetracked'
Lady sneezing into a tissue and thinking 'I wish I could just get over this cold!'
Women on the phone: 'Hey Susan, I need to get a hold of Mr. Anderson. Is he in?' 'Not now. Do you want to leave a message?' 'No, thanks. I'll try to get a hold of him next week.'
Women on the phone: 'Hey Susan, I need to get a hold of Mr. Anderson. Is he in?' 'Not now. Do you want to leave a message?' 'No, thanks. I'll try to get a hold of him next week.'

Quizzes & Tests

English Language Test Prep: Get Ready for Tests like the TOEFL or IELTS

Picture of a man studying at a computer
ESL Quizzes: Find Out What You Know-- & What Needs Study

Picture of students at desks taking a quiz
Courses to Help You Master English Test Vocabulary
4 picture collage: a lady reading, another listening with headphones, a man writing, & 2 women talking
English Language Test Prep: Get Ready for Tests like the TOEFL or IELTS

Picture of a man studying at a computer

Games

ESL Games: Have Fun Practicing English
Picture of several ladies playing a game matching cards.
Picture of a grid of cards laid out for the game Concentration, with three turned over (find, found, & know) & the text: 'Here's one match. Now' find the card with the past tense of 'know.''
Picture of one person saying 'I'm thinking of a...' & other people facing him and asking
ESL Games: Have Fun Practicing English
Picture of several ladies playing a game matching cards.

Lesson Plans & Help for ESL Teachers

ESL Lesson Plans & Resources
An ESL class talking around a table with their teacher standing by to help.
'Communicative lessons, activities, & planning for adult ESL classes'
17 Adaptable ESL Activites, from Icebreakers to Info Gaps & Jigsaw Readings to Mingles
Photo of students standing around a table working on an activity
Print & Play ESL Classroom Games
Picture of bingo cards with green markers on some past tense verbs
Caption: Irregular past tense bingo
ESL Lesson Plans & Resources
An ESL class talking around a table with their teacher standing by to help.
'Communicative lessons, activities, & planning for adult ESL classes'

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