Free English Lessons

Learn Eng­lish for free online. Down­load free audio lessons to your com­put­er or mp3 play­er and start learn­ing Eng­lish instant­ly. To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our com­plete col­lec­tion of Free Lan­guage Lessons.

  • Basic Eng­lish 1: Ele­men­taryMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Learn basic Eng­lish for every­day sit­u­a­tions and improve your lis­ten­ing skills with this online Eng­lish lan­guage course. From King’s Col­lege Lon­don.
  • Basic Eng­lish 2: Pre-Inter­me­di­ateMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Devel­op your basic Eng­lish skills for use in every­day sit­u­a­tions and build more con­fi­dence in your read­ing and lis­ten­ing skills. From King’s Col­lege Lon­don.
  • The Eng­lish We Speak iTunes Free — Web Site
    • Each week, the BBC looks at phras­es used in the Eng­lish lan­guage.
  • Amer­i­can Eng­lish Speech Web
    •  The OLI Amer­i­can Eng­lish Dialect course from Carnegie Mel­lon sup­plies the nec­es­sary rein­force­ment of dialec­ti­cal struc­ture, audio, pro­duc­tion tech­nique and pho­net­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tion for each sound.
  • 6 Minute Eng­lish — iTunes Free — Down­loads — Web Site
    • Learn and prac­tice use­ful Eng­lish with the BBC.
  • Bet­ter @ Eng­lish — iTunes Free — Feed
    • Focus­es on con­ver­sa­tion­al Eng­lish, with an empha­sis on idioms and slang.
  • Busi­ness Eng­lish: Finance and Eco­nom­icsMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From Ari­zona State, this course helps stu­dents learn Eng­lish using com­mon busi­ness sit­u­a­tions in finance and eco­nom­ics.
  • Busi­ness Eng­lish — iTunes Free
    • Learn the Eng­lish you will need to func­tion effec­tive­ly in an Amer­i­can busi­ness envi­ron­ment.
  • Con­nect with Eng­lish YouTubeRelat­ed Course Infor­ma­tion
    • Fea­tur­ing the sto­ry of Rebec­ca, an aspir­ing singer on a jour­ney across Amer­i­ca, Con­nect With Eng­lish offers 50 fif­­teen-minute video pro­grams that will teach Eng­lish as a sec­ond lan­guage to high school stu­dents, col­lege stu­dents and adult learn­ers. Pro­duced by WGBH Boston.
  • Effort­less Eng­lish — iTunes Free — Feed
    • An Eng­lish pod­cast that gets sol­id reviews.
  • Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage — iTunes Free — Feed
    • A very well liked col­lec­tion of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the col­lec­tion.
  • Eng­lish for Aca­d­e­m­ic StudyMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Pre­pare to study at uni­ver­si­ty, explore the qual­i­ties of a suc­cess­ful stu­dent, and learn key vocab­u­lary in an aca­d­e­m­ic con­text. From Coven­try Uni­ver­si­ty.
  • Eng­lish for Busi­ness and Entre­pre­neur­shipMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in learn­ing more about busi­ness Eng­lish and the glob­al busi­ness econ­o­my.
  • Eng­lish for Busi­ness Net­work­ingMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton. Intro­duce your­self in Eng­lish, keep a con­ver­sa­tion going, and leave the con­ver­sa­tion. Write pro­fes­sion­al emails to make new con­tacts and fol­low up with peo­ple in your net­work.
  • Eng­lish for Career Devel­op­mentMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in advanc­ing their careers in the glob­al mar­ket­place. In this course, you will learn about the job search, appli­ca­tion, and inter­view process in the Unit­ed States, while com­par­ing and con­trast­ing the same process in your home coun­try.
  • Eng­lish for Health­careMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • Devel­op your lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills for a career in health­care and learn new health­care vocab­u­lary in Eng­lish. From King’s Col­lege Lon­don.
  • Eng­lish for Jour­nal­ismMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in devel­op­ing the skills need­ed for a career in mod­ern jour­nal­ism. In this course, you will explore print and dig­i­tal media through authen­tic read­ings and video lec­tures, while expand­ing your vocab­u­lary and increas­ing your abil­i­ty to read, research, and devel­op local and glob­al news sto­ries.
  • Eng­lish for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­o­gy, Engi­neer­ing, and Math­e­mat­icsMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia, this course is designed for non-native Eng­lish speak­ers who are inter­est­ed in improv­ing their Eng­lish skills in the sci­ences.
  • Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion in a Glob­al WorldMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • In this course, you will improve your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion skills and learn about speak­ing Eng­lish in today’s glob­alised world. From Vri­je Uni­ver­siteit Ams­ter­dam
  • Gram­mar Girl — iTunes Free — Feed — Web Site
    • Gram­mar Girl pro­vides short, friend­ly tips to improve your writ­ing. Whether Eng­lish is your first lan­guage or your sec­ond lan­guage, these gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion, style, and busi­ness tips will make you a bet­ter and more suc­cess­ful writer.
  • Speak Eng­lish Pro­fes­sion­al­ly: In Per­son, Online & On the PhoneMOOC/Online Course
  • Tricky Amer­i­can Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tionMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From UC Irvine: In this course, you’ll prac­tice the sounds of Amer­i­can Eng­lish that might some­times be con­fus­ing. You’ll prac­tice both con­so­nant and vow­el sounds.
  • Tu Ingles! - iTunes Free — Feed — Web Site
    • “Tu Ingles” is designed to help Span­ish-speak­ers improve their ear for Eng­lish. The week­ly pro­gram fea­tures drills of verb con­ju­ga­tion, inter­views, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speech­es and oth­er record­ed spo­ken mate­r­i­al from famous Eng­lish speak­ers.
  • USA LearnsWeb Site
    • A free web­site that helps adults learn Eng­lish online by pro­vid­ing engag­ing videos and edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties. Built by the Sacra­men­to Coun­ty Office of Edu­ca­tion, with fund­ing by the U.S. Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion and the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion.
  • Write Pro­fes­sion­al Emails in Eng­lishMas­sive Open Online Course (MOOC)

To learn more lan­guages, please vis­it our col­lec­tion: Learn Lan­guages for Free: Span­ish, Eng­lish, Chi­nese & Beyond.

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