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English Language Preparation

Resources to help improve English proficiency while preparing for TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or other standardized English language proficiency tests are provided in the table below. Some give practice in reading, writing, speaking, and listening while others are focused on one skill in particular.  

Resource Description 
American EnglishLanguage resources for teaching and learning American English and American culture
BBCLanguage exercises based on news stories 
Breaking News EnglishLanguage exercises based on news stories 
British CouncilLanguage lessons 
Dave’s ESL CaféLanguage exercises and information – all skills 
Grammar lessons
DuolingoLanguage exercises at an intermediate level – all skills 
EAP FoundationAcademic language exercises and information 
English ClubLanguage resources 
Eva Easton’s American English PronunciationPronunciation information  
The Learning Network – NY TimesLanguage exercises based on news stories 
Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening LabLanguage exercises – focus on listening 
U.S. Department of State – American EnglishPromotion of English language resources through U.S. Department of State
Voice of AmericaLanguage exercises based on news stories 

Participation in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is another strategy for improving English language proficiency as well as good preparation for taking courses taught in English. The following MOOC providers have free and fee-based courses on a wide range of topics.