ESL Articles

A selection of articles and essays related to learning English as a second or foreign language. If you wish, you can submit an article for possible publication.

Key grammar points for English learners
Altiné Moumouni
Some simple grammar rules that are key to your understanding

Learn English more quickly with mind mapping
Chris Parker
Boost your English learning with mind maps to improve memory and comprehension, plus all the core English skills

9 benefits of online English classes for adults
Altiné Moumouni
From convenience to cost-effectiveness, from pace to resources

7 tips for memorizing English vocabulary
Altiné Moumouni
If you are learning English and struggling to remember vocabulary, you are not alone; many students face the same challenge of retaining new words

9 online games for English learners
Altiné Moumouni
Practice language in fun, interactive environments that cater to various learning preferences

9 best podcasts for learning English and drastically improving your life
Altiné Moumouni
Whether you are looking for advice, motivation or entertainment, I encourage you to take your English learning to the next level with podcasts

7 language-learning chatbot apps that will help you become fluent in no time
Altiné Moumouni
I have been playing with ways to make language-learning easy and cost-friendly. I discovered that chatbot apps can help

Take your English learning to the next level with podcasts!
Altiné Moumouni
Listening to podcasts is a great way to learn new words and expressions, develop your listening skills, and practice pronunciation

7 free apps for English learners
Altiné Moumouni
With the help of modern technology, it is now easier than ever to learn English

Learn English with movies
Chris Parker
If you’re trying to improve your English language skills, here are some tips on how to use movies to your benefit

Learn English with music
Chris Parker
If you’re trying to improve your English language skills, here are some tips on how to use music to your benefit

How to use your body to pronounce English better
Chris Parker
An article that teaches ESL learners proper pronunciation by using the body, as well as the differences between vowels and consonants

Learn English Faster With These 4 Cognitive Strategies
Chris Parker
A guide for ESL learners that describes some tips for improving learning and retention, as well as practical steps for using them

5 Tips on How to Reach Your English Learning Goals
Conor Monaghan
Insights into improving your English by setting measurable goals. You can also improve your English by working with native English speakers

Does Grammar Include Punctuation?
Martin Lassen
People often wonder whether the term “grammar”, when referring to English learning, includes punctuation or not. Let’s find out.

Six New and Effective Apps for Learning English
Bilal Zou
There are so many ways to learn English online, but here are just six of the most innovative ones

How I learned English from watching movies (and how you can too)
Bilal Zou
Movies are a great medium for learning a new language; here is how they helped me become fluent in English.

Why You Need a Speaking Partner
Catherine Grant
This article helps students find a speaking partner and offers practical tips on becoming fluent in English.

9 Useful Expressions for Business Negotiations in English
One way to reduce the risk of miscommunication is to get a firm grasp on the most commonly used business English words and phrases in negotiations.

5 Writing Tips for the IELTS Essay
Angela Fabunan
Helpful tips to succeed in the IELTS writing exam: understanding the prompt, outlining, good vocabulary, supporting details, and proofreading

7 Slang Phrases for a 7+ on IELTS Speaking
Jessica Beck
This article shows IELTS students that they should use informal language on Speaking Part 1 for improved lexical range scores.

Online Privacy Vocabulary
Armando Pannacci
A look at the words we use to talk about invasion of our privacy by the likes of Facebook and Twitter…

Sports Idioms: Sound Like a Native Professional
Jessica Beck
Ten idioms with definitions and example sentences that can be used at work, so students can sound more like a native and less like a textbook.

5 Research-Based Facts About Vocabulary Learning to Help You Learn Faster
Vanessa Teng
Vocabulary learning is hard, and this article is here to provide 5 tips based on research to help learners learn more efficiently.

Why Everyone Needs To Do More Listening
Alastair Budge
Working on your Listening skills is much more important than you think. The good news is that it has never been easier.

Want to Get Rid of Typos? It’s Time to Turn Off Spellcheck
Johnnie Mercurio
If you are just learning English, getting a Spellchecker sounds like a good idea to help in communication. Actually, it is not. And here’s why.

8 reasons why your English isn’t improving
Bhagya Azariah
Are you fluent in English? What holds you back from improving your English skills? Let’s answer all these questions.

10 Must-Watch YouTube Channels for ESL Learners
Andre Oentoro
Thanks to the internet, specifically some YouTube channels in this article, you can now learn English online with e-learning videos. What’re your favs?

5 English Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2020
Marijana Dojcinovic
The article is about the amazing benefits of podcasts. It also suggests which podcasts to listen to when learning English.

Why is OET the Best Test for Nurses & Doctors Moving to USA?
Tasneem Suhail
OET grades are now recognized in the US for doctors and nurses due to the emergency requirement of professional assistance to address the pandemic.

The Strange Language of Journalists: A Brief Introduction To Journalese
Neil Wright
‘BOSSES BLAST CHIEFS’ — or so a typical, tabloid headline might read. It is technically an English sentence. As in, it has a subject, a verb and an object, but the meaning is obscure. That’s because it is a sentence written in journalese: the language of newspapers. Journalese is generally spoken unconsciously, by tens of […]

5 Simple and Effective Ways to Expand Your Vocabulary
Andrijana Ikonic
The article is about fun, yet effective ways to improve English vocabulary.

5 Ways to Use Translation to Boost Your English Learning
Ofer Tirosh
Tomedes translation company details five ways to use translation to boost your English learning, from music and film to cooking.

5 Things to Keep in Mind While Preparing for TOEFL
Alla Golydbina
There are several important things you need to know to prepare for TOEFL properly and get the desired result.

12am & 12pm – What’s the difference?!
Owen Vickery
Learn about the difference between am & pm as well as other keywords for telling the time.

How to Structure Your IELTS Essay
Ben Worthington
I often discover that students don’t know where to start structuring their essays for their IELTS exam. This post shows you how to structure your essay.

5 Steps to English Fluency
Oli Redman
Speaking English fluently is a goal for many English learners. Learn the steps to English fluency with these proven tips.

7 Ways to Boost your English Skills during Quarantine
Andrijana Ikonic
This article will give practical tips on how to boost your English while you’re self-isolating and saving the world.

How to Improve Your Spoken English Naturally
Richa Bhatia
To improve your English naturally, efforts in the right direction have to be made. Here’s how…

The Easiest Ways to Build Your Vocabulary
Rahul Harper
Here are the six best ways to boost your vocabulary within the shortest possible space of time.

Business English for Your Career
Richard Cooper
What makes Business English different? If you’re learning for your job and career you want to get more fluent quickly.

How To Prepare For IELTS Writing Task 2
Charles Cornelius
Prepare for IELTS Writing Task 2 using these 8 effective methods.

6 Essentials Every English Learner Should Have
Sean Hopwood
In this post, we’ll take a look at six essentials every English learner needs to have an effective, fun and enriching learning process.

Resolve to Improve Your English Communication Skills in 2020
Nancy Goracke
Make it your 2020 New Year’s resolution to improve your English communication skills. It can broaden your cultural view and broaden your horizons.

3 Main Differences between British and American English
Andrijana Ikonic
Andrijana Ikonić looks at the principle differences between the American and British varieties of English, with some useful examples.

Learning English? ‘Snow’ Problem. Chillax and Use Your Common Senses!
Nancy Goracke
Learning English well is similar to experiencing a blizzard. For best results just ‘chillax’ and use your common senses–it makes sense!

7 Best TV Shows to Learn English
Andrijana Ikonic
Watching TV can be a fun, easy and effective way to learn English!

8 Tips to Write Better Essays in English
Adela Belin
When you’re learning English as a second language, writing is one of the most common challenges new learners face. However, it’s only with practice that you can get over your apprehensions and improve your command over the language. So, follow these eight tips and you’re sure to get better at writing essays in English.

8 Tips to improve your English learning skills
Steffen Carter
With the availability of a number of techniques and methods, you can improve your English learning skills without making grammatical mistakes.

What does Fluency Actually Mean?
Kerry Campion
Do you understand what it really means to speak a language fluently? The majority of students don’t which holds back their language learning progress.

A Tip for the Possessive Apostrophe
Apostrophes need not be learning catastrophes
by Rolf Palmberg

Poolside Interview with Peter Tuinstra
Meet Thailand's American superstar in this interview with Josef Essberger.

Poolside Interview with Brian Boyd
Josef Essberger interviews the creator of Grammarman, the world's first and only grammar superhero.

Successful Public Speaking in English
Josef Essberger
How to prepare and give the perfect presentation in English.

Poolside Interview with Matt Errey
Josef Essberger interviews the inventor of Word Up, the popular ESL board game.

Listening - A good way to learn English
Weena Kanadpon
Are you still a baby?

The First Christmas Card
Josef Essberger
Today, we send millions of Christmas cards every year. But in fact the Christmas card is a relatively modern invention.

Informal Contractions
Josef Essberger
What do words like "gonna" and "wanna" mean?

Speaking versus Writing
Josef Essberger
The pen is mightier than the spoken word - or is it?

English is Not Phonetic
Josef Essberger
Spelling and pronunciation are not the same in English.

Five Tips for Easy Email
Josef Essberger
How to write "good" emails and make life easier for everyone.

The Olympic Games
Keith Landry
This article tells the story of the Olympic Games from ancient to modern times, and describes the symbols, music, medals, motto, people and events.

40,000,000 Christmas Puddings! That's a lot of Pudding!
Josef Essberger
As the year draws to a close, people in Britain tuck in to one of their favourite traditional recipes.

Homestay for Language Holidays - and More
Jim Porter
The benefits of staying with a family when studying English abroad - or even when not studying!

Language Holidays - What are they and Why?
Josef Essberger
The benefits of learning English on a Study Abroad program.

Improve your English through Reading
Josef Essberger
How to make progress by reading.

"Ghoti" = "Fish"
Josef Essberger
English is not phonetic. Why you can't tell how to pronounce a word by looking at it.

Job Letters in English
Josef Essberger
How to write letters of application to go with your CV or resume.

Tips for Language Learning
Susan Ernenwein
Here are some suggestions to help you practise your language skills.

Famous Quotations
Josef Essberger
A "quotation" is usually a short text - perhaps one or two sentences - written or spoken by one (usually famous) person and often repeated or at least known by others.

How to Make Progress in English through homestay
Christine Robbins
Living with your teacher.

Chatting in English
Josef Essberger
How to practise your English by chatting online.

What's IN a Preposition?
Josef Essberger
When is a preposition not a preposition?

Self-Study = Distance Learning
Stephen Orr
How computers and language learning software are giving learners more options.

Grammar is your Friend
Josef Essberger
How grammar can help you to learn a language more easily.

Letter Writing
Josef Essberger
A guide to writing letters in English.

Millennium - 2000 or 2001?
Josef Essberger
When does a century change?

Josef Essberger
Internet abbreviations, codes and lingo.

Your CV or Resume in English
Josef Essberger
How to write your CV or resume in English.

Better Homework, Revision & Examinations
Josef Essberger
Tips for making progress.

Word and Sentence Stress - The Key to English Pronunciation
Josef Essberger
Why stress can help your pronunciation.

Practising English outside School
Josef Essberger
How you can still make progress even when you're not at school.