Included on this page:

  • Word studies (looking up and practicing new words, irregular verbs)
  • English in Context:  Listening (sometimes combined with other skills)
  • Grammar and Writing opportunities
  • Test preparation (eindexammen, IELTS, enz.)
  • Helpful tips and advice

Word Studies

Google Translate (App,, website) – Please, only look up ONE WORD AT A TIME!!!  Also, it is very important that you check all of the possible translations and select the one which best fits the text you are reading.  And remember, Google is a computer, not a dictionary!  (Need something even more reliable?  I recommend the van Dale.)

(Advanced) English Learner’s Dictionary (App, website) – These are my current favorite dictionaries.  The definitions are clear and include references to both American and British English.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary (App, website) – This is a nice, easy to use American dictionary with simple definitions.

Quizlet.com (App, website) – make your own vocabulary lists and practice them.  My advice is to practice your words for about 5 minutes at least 2-3 times every day.  40-50 words per week is a reasonable goal for most people to learn with this amount of practice.  If you want to learn more words, then you will need more practice sessions each day. 

WRTS.nl (App, website) – make your own vocabulary lists and practice them using the “meerkeuze toets” feature available in the paid version of the website/app.  My advice is to practice your words for about 5 minutes at least 2-3 times every day.  40-50 words per week is a reasonable goal for most people to learn with this amount of practice.  If you want to learn more words, then you will need more practice sessions each day. 

Irregular verbs apps and games:

English in Context:  Listening (sometimes combined with other skills)

ESL-Lab.com  Although this website is very old-fashioned and full of adds, I really love it for the content!  The audio clips are recorded by native speakers (mostly American English) who speak quickly and naturally for 2-4 minutes.  Idioms and a 5-question quiz are included in each exercise, which keeps things a more realistic, even for the beginning student of English!

British Council Magazine: 
For adults at all levels (includes transcripts and other excercises)
For teens (at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels)
For kids (including lots of other activities that connect to these fun songs and stories)

BBC Learning English (App, website) – listen and read about recent events, as published by BBC News



Grammar explained + extra practice

Present Perfect vs. Past Simple explained on YouTube

Have you found something you’d like to share?  Email me a link via the contact form on this website and I will consider posting it for others to reference!


Grammar and Writing opportunities

English Grammar In Use (App, eBook) – This is an electronic version of the English Grammar in Use book by Raymond Murphy.  The explanations are thorough and clear,  and the exercises challenging as well as enlightening.  If you only need to work on a specific topic, I believe it is possible to download the contents for free and then buy access to the chapters you need.  The content of the app/eBook is identical to the printed textbook.  (Many of my students prefer to buy the textbook with eBook code.)

Nu beter Engels (App, website) – This app offers short daily quizzes with answers at 3 different levels for students of any background.  There is also an explanation for the answers, so you can learn why things are said in certain ways.  

Change A View – This website’s goal is to promote positive and constructive debate about anything and everything.  I see it as a great place for my students to practice their written English!  So find a thread that interests you and join the conversation!

Test preparation resources

Eindexammens voor alle niveaus en opleidingen  –  Exammenblad.nl  –  includes information and practice exams for all eindexammens at all levels.  Beware:  the tests generally become a little more difficult from one year to the next, so begin with the oldest test you can find and work towards the current year.

IELTS  –  Free practice tests  This website is massive!  The link I have posted brings you to a page with complete practice tests.  On the left side of the page, you can also find links to specific skills which you may want to practice.

Helpful tips and advice

Are you interested in learning more or do you need some help?  Feel free to contact me about the lesson possibilities!