Welcome! This site is for students to practice their English and keep up to date with environmental issues.

You can find a mixture of reading, crosswords, videos and short English lessons: these will normally be vocabulary, but I may also treat you to some grammar!

There are now over 260 lessons on this blog. Look through the Blog archive, Post labels and Popular Posts to find what you want.

If you want to print a lesson, click on the lesson title and then look for the Print Friendly icon.

''Let nature be your teacher''
William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

''Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift''
Albert Einstein, physicist, 1879-1955

''... to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed''
P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Online learning - recommended sites

There are many online learning opportunities. I have already posted some of the great material from the BBC Learning English website. Here are some others:

Studying Online was established in 2007 by a very experienced teacher. It offers professional English courses, but also has a lot of good and easy to use exercises for free. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The British Council has a free online learning page, with games, stories, listening activities and grammar exercises. They are also on Facebook

A site that I have used a lot and would recommend is Busuu. Their online learning is easy to use and covers all the language skills you need. This is their Facebook page.

One of many websites that offers online English learning is Bell English Online. I haven't used them, but they seem very popular and also have a good-looking Facebook page.

Many websites offer basic courses and learning for free. You can pay for more advanced services, but it looks like many people just use the free stuff!

So, what sites do you use? Which ones would you recommend (or not!)?
Let us know please.


  1. Hi Mark,

    Thank you very much for mentioning my site (Studying Online).

    I like your blog's focus on Environmental English and I've just spent an enjoyable half an hour reading your posts :-)


  2. Hi Angela
    Thanks for your comment - I'm glad you like the blog!