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English Language Acquisition (ELA): Sarah's Favorite Websites

Sarah's Favorite Websites

Below are some of the favorite websites for English study compiled by RTC Basic Studies adjunct faculty member, Sarah Zugschwerdt, in 2017.  At the bottom of this page is a link to a single MS Word document with all of these sites.

[Many of the sites have advertising, and some of the sites provide paid instruction in addition to the free materials and lessons they provide.  The RTC Library does not endorse any of the advertising or take any position on the value of the paid instruction.  There is enough variety in these sites that you will probably find something free, useful, and interesting!]

General English Study Sites

List of Sarah's Favorite Websites for English Study (MS Word Doc)

Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation Focus

Vocabulary and Spelling Focus

Reading and Phonics Focus

E-Reading Worksheets - The resources on this website cover a broad range of reading, writing, and language arts skills (scroll down to see the lists). Everything on here is free for home and classroom use.

Pumarosa (for Spanish speakers) - este sitio fonético y bilingüe está diseñado para ayudarte a aprender inglés tan rápido y fácil como sea posible.

Starfall - This is a free public service to teach children to read. It includes language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade.

Writing Focus

Idiom Connection - English Idioms and Quizzes, arranged alphabetically and by subject.

Idiom Site - over two hundred American English idioms explained.

Purdue Online Writing Lab - The OWL has resources for English Language Learners and all writers of English.  The site includes explanations of citations, grammar, and much much more.

WritingDEN - has explanations and tips for writing sentences, paragraphs, and essays.  The site also offers a free subscription to a Word of the Day.

Math Focus - provides free math worksheets, on over 94 different math topics, for teachers, parents, students, and home schoolers. - includes over 58 thousand free math worksheets that may be used to help students learn math. Math worksheets are available on a broad range of topics including number sense, arithmetic, pre-algebra, geometry, measurement, money concepts and much more.

YouTube Channels

Beginning English

  • Harry Kindergarten Music - HIP SONGS & VIDEOS for the K-2 classroom! Simple catchy songs are excellent English practice tools.
  • kidsTV123 - Educational songs and videos for children, toddlers and babies.
  • Super Simple Songs - Learn and explore through song and movement with Super Simple Songs! (Practice English and dance too!)
  • ELF Kids Videos - ELF has created a fun mix of animated songs, vocabulary videos for EFL/ESL children, and a lot of alphabet, phonics and reading videos for young learners to enjoy.
  • ELF Learning - More songs and educational videos, short and fun!


Television-style videos


Grammar Lessons

  • Anglo-Link - short and medium-length videos about grammar and vocabulary to help you build confidence when speaking and listening in English.
  • Beta College of English - Short videos from an online English language school.
  • Crown Academy of English - short and medium-length video lessons on English grammar, vocabulary, listening skills, reading skills, speaking and pronunciation, punctuation and writing.
  • English with Ronnie · EnglishLessons4U - English lessons in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, slang, spelling, and more!
  • Learn With Sam And Ash - A full IELTS course for free, and many more English tutorials (medium to long videos).
  • EnglishAnyone - shorter and longer videos for learning to speak confident, fluent, English!
  • Englishclass101 - shorter and longer videos showing how to use English to discuss many different topics.
  • Learn English with Rebecca · engVid - medium to long videos that help you upgrade your speaking, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, business English, IELTS, TOEFL, and more.
  • Go Natural English - short to medium videos with advice to help you speak English like a native, with real English conversation and listening practice.
  • JenniferESL - short to medium videos about all aspects of learning English.
  • Shaw English Online - Learn English conversation, pronunciation, vocabulary, and listening with hundreds of free English videos for ESL students (both short and long videos).
  • Learn English with Steve Ford - High quality English lessons from basic to fluency levels taught by Steve Ford (generally short videos).
  • EspressoEnglish - "Learn to speak English fast, and faster" (short videos).
  • Let’s Talk - A convenient way to learn English with short video lessons.
  • Oxford Online English - An online English school offering premium-quality online English lessons to suit your needs (medium to long videos).
  • Twominute English - "Learn English with two minute lessons". (Most of the videos are longer than two minutes.)


Business English

  • Business English Lessons - Lessons cover business English topics and skills: English meetings, presentations in English, talking on the telephone, job interviews in English, negotiating, business English conversation, and more.
  • TESOL Rich English - Short to medium tutorials in Business English and General English.


  • Rachel’s English - An online American English pronunciation resource. All videos have closed captioning to help non-native speakers understand. New videos added every week!  Highly recommended.