Finding the Best Websites to Learn English Online

Do you spend a lot of time searching for new websites or resources to learn English online?

With thousands of websites, it takes a lot of time to find even one website that you’d like to come back to…

A few weeks ago, I started searching for some of the coolest apps, websites, podcasts, and video series that English learners and ESL teachers should know about to make learning fun, interactive and effective. Some of these websites completely blew my mind! I had no idea they existed and I am really excited to share them with you.

Learn English with Music, Videos, and Apps

Make learning fun to stay motivated and look forward to your study sessions! These websites use music, videos and television style series to teach you vocabulary, grammar, how to improve your listening skills and even your pronunciation in an interactive way.

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Interactive English Learning Activities with Videos

Keep learning fun and interactive with the videos on the iSLCollective website. Students can find different videos with English learning activities that have been created by other teachers.  The website has 1000’s of videos for language learners of every level to improve your listening, vocabulary, grammar and speaking skills. Visit the iSL Collective website, select your level and start learning.

For Teachers:  This is a seriously amazing tool if you haven’t checked it out! Use the iSLCollective video quiz maker (a free web-based tool) that allows teachers to create your own interactive video quizzes around YouTube and Vimeo videos. The interactivity and gamification adds playfulness with various play modes (e.g. the classic Casino game where you bet on the right answer) and features like the tapping game where students tap on objects seen in the paused video screen. Create your own account and learn how to create your own video quizzes less than 5 minutes! Register your free account and get started!

Speak English with Confidence and Better Fluency!

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Using Music and Videos to Learn Languages

If you enjoy music, you are going LOVE LyricsTraining! There are thousands of available songs of different genres that will help you to improve your listening skills and also practice speaking by singing along to your favorite songs. Great for those studying independently and also a fantastic resource for teachers to have fun learning in the classroom. LyricsTraining has really made the lessons feel like you are playing a game by allowing you to earn points, compete with others. Visit their website here or download their new app!

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Fluency MC

Making English Practice Fun with Songs

Practice speaking and have fun with songs and videos with Fluency MC. Learn English grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary that’s easier to use and remember in fun lessons that help you to speak with more confidence and fluency in every situation. Try a Weekly English Workout Lesson with Fluency MC. 
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Listening and Pronunciation in Context

Now you can search for a specific word or phrase and hear it being used in context in a YouTube video! Youglish is able to search the subtitles for more than 20 million videos to find the exact moment in the video where that exact word or phrase is used in dozens of different videos. YouGlish gives you fast, unbiased answers about how English is spoken by real people and in context. Try searching for a word now from the YouGlish homepage.

Learning English Online with these Excellent Resources

Learn with podcasts, excellent online courses, and lessons, advice to reach fluency and improve your listening skills These websites with lessons that can be used by students who are studying independently and also teachers that are looking for new materials to use with their students.

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Real English Conversations

Communicate Confidently with Real People in the Real World

Helping students to learn how to speak more fluently and understand what they hear using efficient learning methods. Check out our podcast here!

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English Class 101

English Learning App & Website for All Levels

Learn English with fun, interesting and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to and fun to learn from. English Class 101 has podcast audio lessons, word lists, speaking practice activities and flashcard tools to learn new vocabulary fast. Create your free account and get access to new lessons every week.

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To Fluency with Jack Askew

Improve Your English Speaking & Fluency

To Fluency focuses on helping learners improve their speaking from anywhere in the world using our simple yet effective self-study method. However, just knowing how to use this method isn’t enough. That is why we wrote the 5 Step Plan for English Fluency. This book, which is free to download, gives you a strategy that you can implement straight away ensuring that you consistently make fast progress with your English.

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All Ears English

Podcasts & IELTS Preparation

At All Ears English, we believe in Connection NOT Perfection. Showing you how to break out of the “perfection” mentality and finally have fun learning English. Check out an episode and find out why 20,000+ daily listeners love the All Ears English Podcast here.

IELTS logo all earsPreparing for an IELTS exam? All Ears English also has the IELTS Energy podcast and a special section of their website dedicated to showing you the smartest and easiest way to achieve a 7+ or higher score on the IELTS Exam. Jessica Beck is the top expert in the IELTS world with more than 12 years of experience as an IELTS professional. Join our Free Insider Masterclass and learn how to avoid all common IELTS failures.


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Online Conversation Classes for Professionals

OLA helps you reach a high level of confidence and fluency in spoken English for professional reasons. Through 1-to-1 English Conversation Classes via Skype with qualified, native English teachers. If you feel embarrassed when you speak, have problems understanding native speakers, or feel stuck when you’re trying to express yourself, their highly effective classes will help you soon become an advanced speaker! Download their free e-book called:  English Quick Fix: 16 Steps to Fix Your Broken English

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RealLife English

Don’t Just Learn English, Live It!

RealLife English believes that learning English should never be a dry and boring school subject, but instead, a life-changing adventure where you don’t just learn it, you live it. A really great website with an entertaining podcast, great videos and a strong community of learners to connect you with other people to a world beyond borders. Try this lesson that has 14 Hilarious TV Series Lessons to Catalyze Your Fluency from some of their best lessons to “Learn English with TV videos with clips from FriendsBig Bang TheoryHow I Met Your MotherTwo and a Half Men, and Seinfeld (PDF included!)
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Leo Listening

Watch Your Favorite Films and Shows without Subtitles

Cara Leopold has been helping bookworms and vocab nerds break free from subtitles. If you’re stuck reading the subtitles in this golden age for TV, then you are missing out on the action. Leo Listening will help you get subtitle-free so you can stop “reading” your favorite shows. Learn the 15-minute system to understand what you hear without needing subtitles in this free video lesson

Resources for Teachers

Find lesson plans, tips for teachers and even ways that you start your own business as an independent teacher. In case you jumped straight to this section, note that these resources are also websites to check out to use with your students in classes:

See List of Resources for Teachers and Students
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Teaching ESL Online

Helping Teachers Get Started & Succeed Online

Jack Askew from To Fluency ( has put together a website to share his experience and top tips. Advice that is helping teachers find their own private students to start teaching online and finally take control over their teaching and income. Join this free Video Training Mini-Course that gives you an overview of how other teachers are doing this and how you can do it too!

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Angloville for Teachers

English Immersion, TEFL Training & Scholarships

Bringing together teachers and learners in a little “English village” during a fun-packed language camp. Offering a unique experience of teaching abroad in beautiful countryside venues (free accommodation & full board) and partly sponsored AngloTEFL scholarships to enrich your résumé. Learn more about Angloville and their TEFL training and scholarship opportunities.

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Find 100’s of Online Teaching Jobs Across the World

Jooble is the second most visited job search site with 90 million visits per month on average. As you can imagine, hundreds of job listings for Online English teachers are waiting to be found by you. See which job opportunities are waiting for you here with the search: Online English Tutor Jobs Here


Online English Teaching Jobs

A helpful website for anyone seeking a job teaching English online. It provides a list of jobs for native teachers and one for non-native teachers as well. Beyond that, you will find articles and resources focused on how to improve your chances of getting a better, high paying job. Check out the latest ESL Teacher Job Listings on!