10 Links for Learning English at Home

A Deaf teenage girl uses a laptop computer to communicate with another person in sign language.
Practice your English before you arrive in the United States by using these free ESL resources.
  1. Dave's ESL Cafe: Links for ESL students and teachers.
  2. English Access Microscholarship Program: Provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through after-school classes and intensive sessions. 
  3. English Daily: TOEFL vocabulary practice, grammar lessons and exercises, transcripts from movies, ear training, and sections on slang, idioms, and proverbs.
  4. ESL Resource Center: Lessons and exercises, resources and links, and information and tools for learners and teachers of English.
  5. Exam English: TOEFL and IELTS practice tests to prepare for taking the English proficiency tests.
  6. Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP): Six-month virtual English language proficiency course that is open to the public on an application and fee basis. Students planning to enter into IDPP's public policy program may be eligible to take the English course for free.
  7. Learn English Feel Good: ESL grammar and vocabulary tests, video and audio exercises, and specific ESL lessons for travelers.
  8. Matador Abroad: Lists free online resources for teaching and learning English," plus reviews of many resources on ESL grammar, vocabulary, games, speaking, listening, reading, writing, and more.
  9. U.S Department of State, American English: Provides resources for teaching and learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL), exploring American culture, and encouraging conversation within the global EFL community.
  10. Voice of America Learning English: Satellite TV, radio and website for people around the world to improve their listening, pronunciation and understanding of American life and world news. The short sentences, limited vocabulary and slow pace of speaking make it easy to understand. Internet and TV users can also listen to programs on the Special English Web site while reading the text.

The NCDE, a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by MIUSA, launches the #AccessLanguages campaign to encourage more people with disabilities to learn and teach a foreign language abroad, including English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL)!