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Learn English with our free English language courses for beginners to advanced level students.

Free English Courses

Including General English, IELTS, Phrasal Verbs, English Idioms and Science lessons.

Teacher Resources

Worksheets, Task Cards, Flash Cards and our printable Summary Charts.

24 Years of Excellence

Rob Woodward has been teaching English around the world since 1997.

Woodward English Courses

Woodward English Courses

General English

91 lessons

Woodward English has created this free online English course that is open to anyone around the world. This course helps you learn English from a Basic level to an Advanced level.

Phrasal Verbs

30 lessons

Our free phrasal verb course helps ESOL students learn the meaning and uses of phrasal verbs in English. This course is ideal for students at an intermediate or advanced level of English.

IELTS Preparation Course by Woodward English

IELTS Preparation

10 lessons

Are you planning to take the IELTS exam to study abroad? Do you need to take the IELTS exam for immigration purposes? Our free IELTS preparation course will help you achieve your goals.

Basic Science Lessons

2 lessons

This free course is aimed at covering topics taught in Science classes at an English-speaking school and will be useful both for native speakers and non-native speakers of English (ESOL students).

English Idioms Course by Woodward English

English Idioms

3 Lessons

Our free English Idioms course helps ESL / ESOL students learn the meaning and uses of common idioms in English. This course is ideal for students at an intermediate or advanced level of English.

English Conversation

14 lessons

In these free lessons, you will learn vocabulary and expressions that will help you to express yourself well during conversations in English. Each lesson is about a specific conversation question.

English Teacher Resources

English Teacher Resources


Large variety of resources for English teachers

Includes: Lesson plans, English grammar / vocabulary worksheets, flash cards, task cards, PowerPoint presentations, 5-minute fillers, classroom signs, word searches, crosswords, our famous English summary charts, and games / activities that allow students to become actively engaged in their learning. 


Used in over 10,000 classrooms around the world

Our English resources have been used in over 10,000 classrooms around the world. They can be purchased and downloaded via the trusted Teachers Pay Teachers website.


Save time doing lesson preparation

We know teachers spend hours every week outside the classroom preparing for their lessons. Our photocopiable resources will save you precious time as they are ready to be printed and used in the classroom.


Help me to help others

Purchasing any of our teacher resources allows me to continue creating more free English language resources for students on YouTube and other social media.


Learn English on YouTube

You can learn English at home or your workplace via our popular YouTube channel with over 574,000 subscribers and 45 million views. You don’t need to travel across town to go to a physical building, you can take our lessons from anywhere where there is an internet connection.

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English grammar lessons by Woodward English

English Grammar


Free English grammar lessons from basic English to advanced English. Includes our famous summary charts and our popular English grammar games.

English vocabulary lessons by Woodward English

English Vocabulary


Free English vocabulary resources including vocabulary lists on a large range of topics (with our summary charts) and our online English vocabulary games.

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We have free courses for English language learners and printable resources for English teachers. We also have articles about the English language and teacher tips.

The window – A short story with vocabulary

The window – A short story with vocabulary

This is a version of Allan Seager’s “The Street,” first published in the London Mercury in 1933 and republished in Vanity Fair in 1934. The Window - A short story There were once two men, both seriously ill, in the same room of a great hospital. Quite a small room, it...

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500,000 Subscribers on YouTube

500,000 Subscribers on YouTube

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has subscribed to the Woodward English YouTube channel. This weekend we recently passed another major milestone ... 500,000 subscribers. THAT IS HALF A MILLION!!!! The number really blows me away (surprises me) because...

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Is the letter Y a vowel or a consonant?

Is the letter Y a vowel or a consonant?

 Is the letter Y a vowel or a consonant? Traditionally, A E I O and U are vowels and the rest of the letters are consonants. See our lesson about the difference between a vowel and a consonant for more information. However, sometimes the letter Y represents a vowel...

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Who are we?

Rob Woodward discovered his passion for teaching English in 1997.

In 2002 Rob and his wife Angélica started a language school in Santiago, Chile and had thousands of students including diplomats, politicians, international CEOs and local TV stars.

We created material for our students and published them online. Other teachers and schools began using our material and Woodward English became very well-known online for its free charts and lessons. We then decided to dedicate our time and knowledge to helping as many people learn the English language online for free.

Now we are based in New Zealand and continue to help the world learn English. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do your English courses cost?

All of our English courses and lessons are completely free and I intend to keep it that way.

Why are Woodward English courses free?

I truly want to help as many people as possible to learn English for free.
In many countries, learning a language can be prohibitively expensive or sometimes just not available at all. There are many people that would like to improve their current circumstances though due to financial restraints, they cannot.
I have seen parents who would like to give their children a better future though cannot pay for English lessons at a language school or with private teachers. I have seen young adults with a lot of potential that don’t have the time to take English lessons on top of what they are already studying.

That is where I would like to help and why I have created these free English courses. They can be used alone as a self study tool or alongside another course you may be doing. Teachers can also benefit by having their students complete parts of these courses at home and then using the language in the classroom (thinking of flipped classrooms here).

However you use our courses, I hope you benefit from what we have created.

How is Woodward English financed?

At the moment mostly via savings. We have advertisements on the website that give us a very small amount of income (please don’t use your ad-blockers with our website). Sometimes teachers or parents purchase our Printable Language Resources in PDF form which helps us a lot.  Some students are members of the paid section of Woodward English on YouTube which also helps. At the moment these cover the costs of hosting though there are other expenses that need to be covered like the (expensive) yearly license for Adobe products (I use Abode Illustrator to create the charts and Adobe After Effects for the Videos) and we use dedicated servers due to the number of people (millions every month) that visit our websites.

Why aren't there more lessons?

Woodward English is not a big company with many people. It is just my wife and I doing what we can when we have time.

If there are any teachers that would like to volunteer some time or contribute material to this course, we would really, really appreciate it.

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