As of 2015, there are many free online English courses available to help one learn basic English, improve grammar, prepare for ESL tests and expand vocabulary. Alison.com, BBC.co.uk and ExamEnglish.com offer different areas of focus for students to practice English reading, writing and listening skills.
Alison.com is an online learning community that offers standards-based, certified courses in a variety of subjects. Participants can earn diplomas for successfully completing courses such as Basic Online English Grammar and English Language and Literature.
BBC.co.uk offers free lessons through video, audio and text materials. Students can choose to take a full course or follow individual supporting materials.
ExamEnglish.com offers free practice tests for students preparing for the different levels of ESL exams. Experienced examiners create the tests, and students may take a pre-assessment test to determine which level is appropriate for them.