Learning English on the Internet

Learn English follwoing useful skills and using the best resources to help you practice those skills. The resources will also increase your English input. Don't forget that inputting authentic English you will also improve your output - think about how you learnt your first language.


Free Online Materials
Enter your name and email and I will send you free study materials, including audio file and video, to improve your English from the comfort of your own home.

Site Design: This site has been divided into the four main skills of English - reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Please click on the navigation bar on the left to access them.


If you are interested in IELTS exam information, skills, and practice please visit our sister site.




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Mike's Favorite Links

For free online help with the IELTS exam. If you require IELTS writing correction or you want to practice speaking for an ielts exam over SKYPE.

If you are studying at univeristy and need to get your essay edited.

If you are applying for a job and need to write or edit your resume

If you want to read free books or have a story published.


My suggestions for students learning English

The equation for your learning is time x effectiveness, so the first thing you are going to want to do is devote a lot of time to your study.



Research shows that regular study is more effective than infrequent large chunks of study and this is a big reason why online study is a good choice. So try to find frequent opportunities for study, even if the time is short. In my personal efforts to learn Chinese I have found novel ways to learn amidst my hectic teaching schedule. Some of the things I did include reading on buses, listening to mp3s while doing housework, watching Chinese movies and doing language exchanges.



The effectiveness of your learning can be influenced by many factors and research shows that we have individual differences in our learning styles. What it all boils down to is that you need to find what works best for you personally. Some suggestions I would make would be to try to make your learning enjoyable, use different media (reading, listening, visual media), use a variety of activities, and be focused on your study – don’t try to study whilst watching TV.!


About Mike Wattie

I have been teaching English as a second language for over 10 years in Taiwan and Australia, in language centre’s and universities. My area of specialization is teaching students how to pass the IELTS exam. I particularly enjoy teaching IELTS because I find it challenging to teach students the necessary skills and strategies that they need to pass, and I also find that my students are highly motivated – this is a joy for a teacher! Recently, I have started to try to fulfill one of my lifetime ambitions – to have my own business and work from home. In this anytime anyplace world, true freedom is about being able to choose where and when you work. As a student you can share my lifestyle, with my website you can study whenever you want and wherever you want.