Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about LearnEnglish? See the list below for our most frequently asked questions. If your question is not here, then please contact us.

Who is LearnEnglish for?

LearnEnglish is for adult learners who want to improve their English language skills online.

Our high-quality learning materials have been specially created by the British Council, the world's English teaching experts.

Can I use LearnEnglish for free?

Yes, all the learning materials on LearnEnglish are free of charge. You don't need to have a LearnEnglish account to access them.

Can I sign up for a free LearnEnglish account?

Yes, if you're aged 18 or over.

With a free LearnEnglish account, you can take part in all the activities in our Learning hub. You can practise your English skills by writing comments, recording yourself speaking and sharing photos.

You'll improve your language level by activating the English you know and interacting with other learners by reading, listening to and replying to their contributions.

By signing up, you also get our monthly newsletter and access to our free online English level test, which gives you an approximate indication of your level. Your test result will help you find resources on our website at your level.

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How do I study with LearnEnglish?

You can also use our Getting started page to find out how to use our website to improve your English.

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Can I take a test to check my English level?

Yes, you can sign up for a free LearnEnglish account and take our online level test to get an approximate indication of your English proficiency level.

You can use the test result to help you find free resources on our website that are appropriate for your English language ability.

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Can I find learning materials for my English level?

Yes, all the learning materials are organised by English level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

There are different types of texts, audio recordings and videos. All the activities have interactive exercises to support your learning and check your understanding.

Use the Find resources for your level page to find content by language level, by section of the site or by topics that interest you.

Find resources for your level

Can I improve my speaking and pronunciation on LearnEnglish?

Yes, but this is limited to watching videos and listening to English to help you notice the language we use in different situations.

To really put your English speaking into practice, you need to speak to other learners and ideally to a teacher who can correct your mistakes and advise you on how to improve your speaking and pronunciation.

Our live online classes offer exposure to different accents, which is essential in a world where English is spoken by millions of people from different countries.

We think this is the best way for our students to be better prepared to deal with real-life situations.

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Can I track my progress on LearnEnglish?

No. Our free resources on LearnEnglish have interactive exercises that give feedback to show right and wrong answers. There is no option to track your progress.

We recommend our online classes and courses to help you measure your learning progress.

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Is LearnEnglish a course?

No, it is not a course. LearnEnglish gives you a wide variety of learning activities organised by level.

There is no syllabus to follow or suggested study plans, and you are responsible for choosing suitable materials for your level.

If you are looking for structured learning through self-study courses, live group classes or one-to-one classes with personal tutors, we offer a selection of online classes and courses.

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Do you offer online classes and courses?

Yes, we offer a selection of online classes and courses to help you improve your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Depending on your budget and time available, you can choose from self-study courses, live group classes and one-to-one classes with personal tutors.

All our classes take place in a safe and inclusive learning environment.

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What can I do if I need more help with my studies?

If you need more help and support with your English studies, we recommend our online classes and courses, where our highly qualified and experienced British Council English teaching professionals can guide you.

Our teachers are experienced in working with students from many different countries and are online teaching specialists.

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