Getting started with our free resources

Getting started with our free resources

Improve your English with our free resources

Learn English online using our high-quality resources to improve your English. This website is created for adult learners of English by the British Council, the world's English teaching experts.

Learn English every day

Whether you have ten minutes or an hour to practise your English, you'll find a wide variety of learning materials to help you make progress and improve your language skills. All the activities on the LearnEnglish website are designed for self-study to support your learning, with interactive exercises and worksheets. 

Practising little and often is the best way to improve your English, so come back regularly to see what's new on the site. 

Take our free online test

Start by taking our online level test to give you an approximate indication of your English proficiency level. You can then use the result to help you find content on our website that is appropriate for your English language ability.

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Improve your English skills

Improving your skills will help you use English more effectively so that you can do well in your studies, get ahead at work and confidently communicate in English in your free time.

  • Practise and improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • Learning materials organised by language level (CEFR A1–C1)
  • Variety of types of texts, recordings and videos

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Practise your English grammar

By revising and practising your grammar, you will increase your accuracy and confidence in English and improve your overall language level.

  • Clear and simple grammar lessons
  • Check your understanding and practise using English grammar
  • A grammar reference helps to explain the verb tenses and grammar rules 

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Increase your English vocabulary

Learning new words helps you to increase your understanding and express yourself clearly in English.

  • Learn new words at your level
  • Vocabulary organised by topic
  • Practise spelling and using the new words in a variety of contexts

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Develop your business English language skills

Studying business English allows you to develop English language skills that are useful in many working environments. 

  • Wide variety of activities to develop your interview skills, write clear emails in English and learn about up-to-date business topics and issues
  • Specially designed tasks to help you understand the topic and use the language skills that you have learned

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Improve your general English

Improving your knowledge of everyday English helps give you the confidence you need for socialising with friends and colleagues.

  • Wide range of reading, listening and language practice activities
  • Short, interesting articles for you to read about special days and global issues
  • YouTube videos about a wide range of topics, with learning materials to improve your comprehension and check your understanding

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Be part of the LearnEnglish community

We run live, online teacher-led events and webinars where you can listen, learn and practise with other learners. Get help from our online community to help you reach your goals.

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Find online English courses to suit your learning style

Whether you want to improve your English reading and writing skills, learn to speak English more fluently or simply develop your English vocabulary, we offer a range of flexible and personalised online courses to suit your unique style of learning.

Choose between self-study or teacher-led learning and discover a wide variety of exclusive learning materials to support your study of the English language. Experience live, online group classes, personalised learning pathways, detailed progress tracking and valuable feedback.

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Find courses for your children

Discover our English courses for children of all ages, developed by our team of English language experts.

Study with our LearnEnglish apps

We have a selection of apps for both adult learners and primary-age and pre-school children.

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Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram where we share lots of interesting videos and links to help you with your learning. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel too!