We have provided a list of resources for self-study below.  We will continue to add more resources as we find them, so please keep coming back.  If you have found a website or book that has helped you, please email us at and let us know, we may add it to the list.

English Language Resources

Study SkillsListeningSpeakingReadingAcademic Writing & GrammarGeneral EnglishGames/Fun ExercisesQuick Exercises
UKCISA & Prepare for Success  Helpful information about UK academic culture and tips to help you study.

Prepare for Success  Lots of activities to help you prepare for study in the UK.

Palgrave Study Skills Handbook – Cottrell, Stella (Book)  A very useful book, with advice on managing your time, academic skills and working with others.  The University of Lincoln Library holds both hard-copies and electronic copies of this book.

English Listening  Some features on this website are only available to subscribers, however there is a selection of free resources available.

The Language Doctor  Several helpful videos based on questions about English grammar and usage from international students.

Who on Earth are we?  A collection of programmes about the topics of culture, culture shock and communication between people of different cultures.  Includes downloadable scripts for you to read as you listen.

TEDEd  A  video library designed to support learning.   Practice your listening skills and learn something new –  just use the ‘search’ function to find a topic you are interested in. The library includes a Literature & Language category.

Sounds of English  Improve your pronunciation.

How to Greatly Improve Your English Pronunciation in 8 Steps – FluentU  An article with tips on how to improve your pronunciation.  Completing these comprehension exercises will help you develop your reading skills.

Interlink Language Center  Interactive reading quizzes aimed at upper intermediate level.

China Daily (Online Newspaper) Keep up-to-date with the news in China, Europe the US and Africa while practising your reading skills.

Real Life English:  5 ways to Improve Your English Writing  A great article, proving practice does make perfect!

The Internet Grammar of English  A website and app to help you understand English grammar.

Perfect English Grammar  A website set up by an English teacher with advice on how to improve your grammatical accuracy.

Oxford Grammar for EAP: English grammar and practice for Academic Purposes – Paterson, Ken & Wedge, Roberta (Book)  Recommended by our teachers to help you he functional grammar you need to succeed in your academic studies.


Cambridge English: General English Test  Test your general English knowledge and ability.

BBC Skillswise  Lots of helpful factsheets and worksheets, all free of charge.

Vocabulary Games – British Council Learn English

Quizlet  Search for ‘English’ on quizlet for quizzes, flashcards and audio clips to help you learn new English vocabulary.

The BBC’s 6 Minute English Podcasts are a great way to learn something new quickly.

6 Minute Vocabulary

6 Minute Grammar

6 Minute English (Discussions on a topic)