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Part One: For ESL and All Learners:

English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources, Handouts and Exercises

From OWL the online writing lab at Perdue University many different materials for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers, which include resource pages, handouts, and exercises. Over 60 handouts and exercises concerning grammar are available in the grammar handouts section.

Grammar Safari

From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Intensive English Institute includes special documents collected for ESL study, provides any grammatical explanations for what you find and hundreds of examples of any particular English words you choose, used in authentic communication. Offers activities and practice assignments.

Using English

UsingEnglish.com is a general English language site, specializing in ESL (English as a Second Language) with a wide range of resources for learners and teachers of English. Different varieties of English are used; there are contributors from the United States, Canada, Pakistan and non-native speakers, but much of the site uses British English as it was set up in the UK. 

Grammar Quizzes

From the City University of Hong Kong a group of interactive quizzes color coded by difficulty blue, green and red. Answers can be checked but not explanation is included.

Business English Grammar Lessons

Free site maintained by Pearson Brown founder of Cours D’anglais a school in Lyon, France includes examples and interactive exercises.

English 4 U

Free site maintained by Herwig Rothländer based in Austria. The site includes interactive exercises, crossword puzzles, and quizzes from English speaking countries.

English Learner

Free site maintained by Eleke Mathe a Hungarian who teaches English in Budapest, includes beginner, intermediate and advanced level grammar, crossword puzzles hangman quizzes, and reading exercises. Please note that this site uses British English spelling and grammar.

English Grammar Online

Includes English grammar reference, writing, study tips and exercises. 

Grammar Bytes 
Linked through University of Central Florida Writing Lab. Handouts, exercises, and quizzes.

Big Dog's Grammar

A bare bones guide to English with good, basic explanations from Big Dog Site developed and maintained by Scott Foll, retired English professor with Ph.D. from Florida State University.

The Guide to Grammar and Writing

Great site for grammar and writing sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation Hartford, CT. Try “Word & Sentence Level” and “Ask Grammar, Quizzes, Search Devices” It’s a very extensive, very detailed and complicated website, the definitions and examples are backed up by exercises and quizzes, which reinforce the work.


A free site for ESL learners, but fairly uncomplicated and straightforward. Follow links on the left side to nouns, pronouns, etc. This is British site.

Blue Book of Grammar

Commercial site for book with both free and subscription resources including more than 24 free quizzes in interactive format with answers. This site is pretty good. Some of the explanations are different from your book, and include some different rules. Go to “Grammar Rules” on the left column.

Grammar Mechanics

SAT grammar test


Part Two: More Serious Resources:

Study Guides and Strategies

Web site is authored, maintained and supported by Joe Landsberger as an independent educational public service. Collaborative projects are developed across institutional, cultural and national boundaries. Minimal Graphics and advertising.

Skills & Style Handbook

Hosted by Sheboygan Falls High School, Sheboygan, Wisconsin this site offers a detailed outline of the 5 Paragraph Essay Format.

The Five Paragraph Essay

The information you need to learn how to write the essay as well as some writing prompts to help you develop skill.

Outline of the Five Paragraph Essay

Outline of the five paragraph essay site maintained by Glendale Community College

Writing Center online Tutorial

Great site for grammar and writing, handouts, etc. maintained by Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

10 Most Common Grammar Errors—and How to Avoid Them

Textbook Site for the Evergreen: A Guide to Writing, maintained by Houghton Mifflin Company

English Works!

Maintained by the English department at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. A great site for English Grammar Exercises

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Created by Chuck Guilford who has thirty years experience teaching a variety of university level writing courses. He holds a Ph.D. in English and is an emeritus associate professor of English at Boise State University, where he has taught composition, creative writing, and literature classes at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Writing Tutorial Services

WTS includes a series of pamphlets each one dealing with a specific writing situation available in PDF versions. Site is maintained by Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


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