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8 Most Common English Grammar Mistakes We Make
When it comes to language, it’s easy to make English grammar mistakes, even as native speakers.Read More
Is it ‘there’, ‘their’, or ‘they’re’? Do you mean ‘here’, ‘hair’ or ‘hare’? How can ‘flat’ have two different meanings? English is a difficult language to learn, full of strange spellings and weird pronunciations. Why do ‘threw’ and ‘through’ sound the same but spelt differently? Did you know they also have different meanings? Our free English language courses will help you with sentence structure, spelling, idioms and much more to sound like a native speaker in no time.
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What is ‘basic English’? ‘Basic English’ is a very specific form of the English language created in the 1920s by a British linguist. At Alison, basic English means being able to communicate on a simple level so that you can make yourself understood. This section is for beginners who are just starting to learn English. In these courses, you will study everyday phrases and master different parts like verbs, nouns, tenses, adjectives, and adverbs. You will be able to have simple conversations, read basic texts, and write proper sentences. These are important skills if you’re studying, writing research, pitching a screenplay, or applying for a job in English. After you perfect basic English, you can move onto our free courses in the intermediate and advanced levels to increase your skills.
The word ‘intermediate’ means to come between two related things or levels. The intermediate English courses are a bridge between the basic courses and the advanced courses. This section will build on the knowledge of basic English and prepare you for advanced topics. The intermediate courses will help you level-up your English. Your conversation skills will increase and you will be able to have longer and more meaningful conversations with other English speakers. You will also be able to read and understand longer texts and write full paragraphs to express your ideas. Additional verb forms, higher level vocabulary, and new grammar are among the topics covered at this level. After completing the intermediate level, you can move onto our free courses in the advanced level to increase your skills even more.
The goal of many English learners is to speak at a near-native level. When learning a new language, everyone starts with the basics; however, not everyone will continue learning to reach the advanced level. Congratulations on making it this far! This section will review and build on your previous knowledge from basic and intermediate level courses. Advanced level English courses cover the most difficult topics while also deepening your understanding of ones that you have previously studied. At the advanced level, you will be able to watch films, listen to music, and read books in English. You will also be able to converse with other people smoothly and with little hesitation. Topics from previous levels will be explored in depth and you will be introduced to their advanced uses and constructions. Upon completion of the advance, you can continue your study with free specialized courses.
The English you use with friends and family is very different from the type of English you use with clients and colleagues. Depending on what industry you go into, you will have to learn a more formal way of speaking and understand vocabularly specific to that industry (this is called 'jargon' or words that are used in a certain way in a certain field). To help you, Alison has free courses in travel, hospitality, business and even journalism. If you are a second-language English speaker facing a job interview, there is a specialized course to help you prepare.
There is a lot of writing in everyday life. People send emails, write text messages, post on Facebook and create reports for work. Writing doesn't have to use fancy language or complicated words. Good writing means the audience immediately understands what you are trying to communicate. Improving your writing skills can help you in many aspects of your life. A well-written resume could be the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful job application. A strong essay could get better marks in a college class. A kind post on social media could make someone's day better. Let us help you hone this important ability with our free courses.
'Literature' is all the novels, poems, short stories and other works of written fiction. A good way to improve your English is to read English literature. Alison offers free courses that include great writers like William Shakespeare and specific historical time periods, like the Romantic, Gothic and Postcolonial movements. In addition, we can offer you modules on feminist and postmodern writing. After you feel comfortable with reading English, sign up for these free courses to expand not only your vocabulary and general knowledge but also your mind.
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Justine Dalke is the English Language Vertical Manager at Alison. She is a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher and holds specializations in teaching grammar, business English, and test preparation, among others. In addition to her certifications, she has real-world experience and worked as an English teacher and curriculum developer before joining Alison.
Justine has worked in classrooms around the world, teaching students from various backgrounds. Her students have been Japanese, Ukrainian, and Brazilian, to name a few. Her previous experience with diverse learners and their unique first languages makes her uniquely positioned to grow the number and variety of English courses available on Alison.
If you would like to connect with Justine directly, please join the Alison English Learning Group on Facebook. There, Justine posts information about Alison courses, English learning resources, and responds to your questions about the English language.
Nothing. Zip. Zero. That’s right, all our courses in the English language cost nothing for you to complete. Register to create your own Alison account now and begin studying any course you like – grammar, vocabulary, or even specialized English for different industries – today.
English is a universal language because it is spoken across the world. The better you speak, read and write English, the more opportunities open up for you. To improve your English, do as many free English courses on Alison as you like – there is no limit. Then, read, write and speak in English every day, as much as you can. The more you study and practise, the better your English will become. It helps to have someone to practise with in real life. Encourage your friends, family and classmates to take free Alison courses so you can speak English together!
It is good to have a basic understanding of English because so much of the modern world uses it. Most websites on the Internet are written in English, as well as many academic journals. If you want to further your career or work outside your home country, then knowing English can be very helpful.
Some people say it is difficult to learn English because there are lots of rules for spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. There are also many exceptions to these rules that speakers have to remember. If you don’t speak any English, it is much easier to begin with basic courses specially designed to help new learners. Because courses are free, there is no limit to the number of English modules you can do on Alison.
Alison English courses are sorted into six categories, one for each CEFR level. These categories, and their corresponding CEFR levels, are:
Courses with a three-digit number in the name (e.g., Beginner English 101) were specifically developed to align with CEFR standards.