English language and grammar: online resources

Improve your English language and grammar with these useful tools and resources.

English language

  • Academic Phrasebank (The University of Manchester)
    Useful academic phrases and sentence structures to improve your writing. Includes examples for a variety of general language functions, such as being critical, compare and contrast, and describing trends.
  • British National Corpus (Brigham Young University)
    Check your use of English: how does it compare to examples and is it correct?
  • The Academic Word List (AWL) (EAP Foundation)
    Useful academic vocabulary that frequently appears in academic texts.
  • Formal and Informal English (engVid.com)
    A list of words and phrases to help you recognise the formal (academic) and informal ways of saying the same thing.


  • Grammar foundations (LinkedIn Learning)
    Video tutorials to help you apply the basic principles of grammar so you can avoid making the most common mistakes.
  • Grammar tutorial (University of Bristol)
    Information and exercises to improve your understanding of grammar and punctuation.
  • Grammarly
    A tool that checks your use of grammar, punctuation, contextual spelling and style.
  • The Purdue OWL: Grammar (Purdue University)
    Resources to help you use correct grammar in your writing

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