(Reviewed Winter 2010)
Reviewer: Jenny Young
Better English for Everyone is a Philippines based website that is free of charge for accessing. It is a hosting site that takes users to various English reading and grammar sites. It is designed for people in all levels of proficiency and different professions to improve their language skills. On the left side of the home page, you can see the Web sites are categorized into parts of speech in grammar, the four skills, idioms, vocabulary, etc. You can choose any category that you would like to work on by clicking on the category list on the left side. Then, Better English for Everyone will take you to various Web sites, such as college Web sites, or other English learning sites that do not require charges. The authors of this Web site and the linked sites are not specified.
For each category, it provides plenty of website linkages for practicing. Taking “noun” as an example, besides other links, I am given 8 major linkages to Capital Community College, Grammar Monster, English Daily, Learning English online, … Through the Capital Community College Web site, I am taken into a rich lesson of “nouns” and quiz practices. Another example is the idioms section. I am offered self-study idiom quizzes, idiom pages, phrasal verb exercises, etc. I have had a lot of fun doing some of the exercises those Web sites offered. Better English for Everyone offers a free online book library from classical to contemporary readings, from William Shakespeare to Animal Farm. In addition, Better English for Everyone also links beginner learners to various Web sites that suit their proficiency levels. The problem is that I cannot get back to that exact beginner lesson anymore. One thing to keep in mind is not to get overwhelmed by the number of sites it links to. Just stick with some of the major ones. You will get plenty of practices.
Better English for Everyone is a very resourceful site that is truly for everyone and benefits to all English learners free of charge.
Subject Headings: ESL learners, Philippines, reading, grammar