How should I use my dashboard?
Your dashboard shows you at a glance:
- Your current rank; that's the level you have completed
- Your next rank; that's the level you are studying at the moment
- The number of trophies you have earned in each level and in total
- The number of trophies you need to move up to the next rank
- How many free credits you receive when you move up to the next rank
Here, you can also see how many lessons you have already completed in each section of the course, and the results of any final tests you have taken.
Before you get started, take a moment to set your preferences. If you change your mind about your preferences later, just return to your dashboard to modify them.
How should I use my study plan?
Your current study plan is based on the information you entered when you first signed up.
- Check your 'Plan info' to make sure that you have correctly entered your goal, your current level, your target level, and the number of months you are giving yourself to reach your goal. If necessary, adjust these parameters by clicking on 'Change settings' (top right of your screen).
- Your study plan starts one level above the level you have chosen as your current level. For example, if you say your current level is 'Upper Elementary' or 'IELTS 3.5' or 'CEFR A2+', then your study plan will start at the beginning of 'Lower Intermediate' course content.
- It is important not to have any gaps in your knowledge and active usage of your current level before you start studying the next level. If you feel you need to revise your current level, add your current level to your plan. You find this option in the middle of the screen just before your plan starts.
- When you are happy with your plan, click on the title of the first lesson of week 1.
- You can see approximately how long you should spend on this lesson. Make sure you read the instructions carefully to find out how to study the lesson and complete the exercises for maximum efficiency.
- Click on 'Go to lesson' and start.
- When you have completed a lesson successfully, return to your study plan.
1. How many times must I study each lesson?
Plan to work through each lesson two or three times, each time improving your speed of doing the exercises, and your test results. You can do this on the same day or over two-three consecutive days. If you find a lesson challenging, repeat it many times over several days until it becomes easy.
2. Must I score 100% on each test?
Each test has a minimum pass rate of between 70% and 85%. However, we encourage you to always aim to get 100% on every test. The higher you can set your own standards, the more fluent your written and spoken English will be when you complete the course.
Avoid taking a test again without understanding your mistakes and revising the recommended sections of the lesson. If you progress through the material with gaps in your knowledge, the later lessons will be difficult for you. This is because each lesson builds on the contents of previous lessons to take your language skills one step further.
3. Why are further study videos important?
Your study plan shows you when it is time to watch a further study lesson. These lessons give you additional information, examples, and exercises related to the more challenging pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary topics covered in the course. Make sure you watch them several times and take notes until you have fully assimilated the information. These lessons are included in the Silver and Gold study plans. If you have chosen a Bronze study plan, you can unlock these lessons using credits purchased in Store.
4. Why should I download content for offline study?
If you spend a lot of time without Internet access, and these times are suitable times to study English, we strongly recommend that you download some or all of the online content for offline study. You can download video lessons, audio files, and pdf files of written content. This will give you access to your study material anytime, anywhere and helps you to stay on track with your study plan. Gold and Silver members can use the free credits they receive daily to do this. Trial and Bronze members can purchase credits in Store.
5. What are one-to-one sessions included in the Silver and Gold study plans for?
One-to-one sessions will be helpful if you feel you need feedback on your progress and some guidance about your studies. In these 30-minute sessions, your teacher can evaluate your level of English and make recommendations on what you need to revise before you continue your studies.
6. How can I access both offline study and one-to-one sessions?
The most economical way to access both these features is by becoming a Gold member and receiving 150 free credits per month (5 per day). Alternatively, you can choose the Silver membership, which gives you 60 free credits per month (2 per day) for downloads. You can then buy the number of credits you need for a one-to-one session when you need feedback and advice from a teacher.
How should I work through pronunciation lessons?Pronunciation lessons
In pronunciation lessons, you learn about the sounds, stress patterns, and intonation patterns of Standard British English (Received Pronunciation). These lessons help you to develop good listening skills and a clear pronunciation so you can understand native speakers, and so everyone can understand you.
This is how you should work through each pronunciation lesson:
- Start with 'Study':
- Read the explanations.
- Listen and repeat the examples of each sound / pattern out loud several times.
- Go to 'Exercise'.
There are two types:
- Sound recognition to work on your listening skills
- Speaking that uses our voice recognition software to test and improve your pronunciation. Using a high quality set of earphones and microphone:
- Listen to the teacher's model several times.
- Record yourself saying the same thing. Record yourself as many times as necessary until you get a .
- When you have finished all the 'speaking' exercises successfully, listen to the recording of your own voice. This helps build your confidence to speak in front of other people.
- Finish with the 'Test' to check your listening comprehension.
- Start with 'Study':
How should I work through grammar lessons?
In grammar lessons, you learn all the important grammatical structures in English. The example sentences and exercises for different grammatical structures contain common vocabulary and expressions appropriate to the level you are studying. This allows you to learn or review essential vocabulary at the same time. These modules help you to improve all your skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
This is how you should work through grammar lesson
- Start with 'Study':
- Read the explanations and examples, and take notes.
- Watch the video lesson to hear the explanations again with new examples, and take more notes.
- Go to 'Exercise':
- Choose (multiple choice) or type your answer.
- If you make mistakes as you type, our software warns you and helps you to get it right until you get a .
- Press the 'play' button that appears after the to hear the teacher's recording of the correct answer.
- Repeat the correct answer out loud before going on to the next exercise.
- When you have finished all the written exercises successfully, listen to and repeat all the correct answers out loud one more time.
- Finish with the 'Test' to check your assimilation of the grammatical structure.
- Start with 'Study':
How should I work through conversation lessons?
In conversation lessons, you focus on expanding your range of vocabulary and expressions in a variety of everyday topics. The situational dialogues include the grammatical structures that you have studied in the grammar lessons so you can continue to review and practise them in different contexts. As the dialogues are voice-recorded for you, you continue to work on your listening comprehension and your pronunciation too.
This is how you should work through a conversation lesson:
- Start with 'Study':
- Read the dialogue first, and look up the words and expressions that are new for you using the Dictionary / Translation feature.
- Make a note of these new expressions and their definitions. (Use PEN if you are a Gold member.)
- Listen to and repeat each sentence of the dialogue out loud several times.
- Go to 'Exercise'.
- Fill in the gaps from memory to reconstruct the same dialogue that you studied earlier.
- Press the 'play' button that appears after the to hear and repeat the teacher's recording of each sentence one more time.
- Finish with the 'Test' to check your assimilation of the vocabulary and expressions.
- Start with 'Study':
Importance of oral practice in all lessons
To become a fluent and confident speaker, you must develop good listening skills and a clear pronunciation. This can only be achieved through many hours of oral practice. That is why, whichever type of lesson you are studying, we insist that you listen to and repeat everything that has been voice-recorded for you out loud several times. If you fail to do this and only focus on reading and writing, you will only become fluent in written English, but not in spoken English.
How should I use the study tools? (available to Gold members)1. Online Personal Notepad (PEN)
A very useful activity that greatly helps assimilation is making notes for yourself. These personal notes will be an excellent revision tool when you want to review any of your lessons later.
To make this easy and efficient for you, we have added a notepad called PEN in the corner of every page on the platform.
Every time you study written explanations, watch a video lesson, learn a dialogue, do written exercises, or read feedback on a test you have taken, make a note of the important points. As much as possible, try to make these notes in English instead of your native language. To reduce the necessity of using your native language:
Remember to save your notes before leaving the page you are working on.2. English-English dictionary & translation
- If you are studying a grammar lesson, create personal examples of the structure that you are learning.
- If you are learning a dialogue, make a note of new words and expressions in the original context and add their English definitions.
A really good habit to develop is looking up new words in an English-English dictionary instead of a bilingual dictionary. It is alright to use a little translation from time to time to make sure you have understood something, but your goal is to rely on English definitions and context as much as possible.
The Dictionary / Translation feature saves you time by allowing you to find the definition or translation of new words and expressions instantly without having to open additional pages on your device.
Every time you see a word you do not know:
Remember to set your native language as the translation language in your dashboard.
- Highlight the word.
- Right-click, and choose the 'Dictionary' option to read its definition.
- If you are still not sure, or if you need to translate a phrase, then highlight the word / phrase and choose the 'Translation' option.
- When you have a clear idea of the meaning of a word or a phrase, write it down in PEN with its English definition and usage example.
What happens when I have completed my studies?
When you have successfully completed your studies, you have the option of submitting final online tests for an evaluation of your level and recommendations on what you may still need to improve.
If you pass all four sections of the 'Fluent' level test, you will be awarded Anglo-Link's 'Fluent' rank, and receive a certificate showing you have attained the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
To reach the next rank called 'Master' (C2), you need a personal evaluation by the Head Teacher.
What do the 'Fluent' level tests consist of?
There are four types of tests:1. Reading test
In this test, you read an article of about 400 words containing advanced vocabulary and structures. We have introduced 20 grammar mistakes into the text, which you must find and correct. This activity tests both your ability to understand an advanced passage and your passive knowledge of advanced structures, such as relative clauses, inversions, and the subjunctive.2. Listening test
In this test, you listen to the reading of an article of about 300 words, which you must transcribe. This activity tests your ability to pick up advanced vocabulary in a native speaker's connected speech. It also tests your knowledge of finer grammar points such as word endings, articles, prepositions, linking words, and auxiliary verbs. These words are often difficult to hear clearly in connected speech, and it is your knowledge of grammar that enables you to transcribe them correctly.3. Writing test
In this test, you are asked to write 250-350 words on a certain topic. The topics are similar to those found in the writing section of IELTS (test 2), TOEFL (independent essay), and CAE (essay). This activity tests your active usage of vocabulary, structures, and punctuation, as well as your ability to organise your ideas clearly when you write.4. Speaking test
In this test, you speak for one and a half to two minutes on a certain topic. The topics are similar to those found in one part of the speaking section of IELTS and TOEFL. This activity tests you active usage of vocabulary and structures, the clarity of your pronunciation, and also your ability to organise your ideas well when you speak.
Your submitted tests are marked by an Anglo-Link teacher. The pass rate for each test is 80%, and you need to get above 80% on all four types of test to be awarded Anglo-Link's 'Fluent' certificate. Our 'Fluent' rank is the equivalent of C1 on the CEFR scale, 7 on the IELTS test, and the 94-101 bracket on the TOEFL test.
Whatever your score, you will receive corrections and recommendations on how to improve your score.
How do I submit a 'Fluent' level test?
There are two ways to submit a test:
- If you are following a study plan and earning trophies, once you have collected 250 trophies, the 'Fluent Tests' section of your study plan becomes unlocked, and you get one free submission. You can use this free submission for any type of test: reading, listening, writing, or speaking. If you wish to submit more tests, you need to use your credits to buy submission tokens. Each submission token costs 60 credits.
- If you wish to unlock the 'Fluent Tests' section before you have earned 250 trophies, you can do so by using 280 of your credits. By using 280 credits to unlock this section, you get four submission tokens. You can submit any type of test you want with your four tokens. However, remember that in order to receive Anglo-Link's 'Fluent' certificate, you need to get at least 80% on every type of test: reading, listening, writing, and reading.
How many credits do I get per day, and how can I get more?
Everyone gets 10 credits to get started.
- If you are a Silver Member, you receive 2 credits / day (60 / month).
- If you are a Gold Member, you receive 5 credits / day (150 / month).
- You are rewarded with credits every time you move to a new rank.
- You can earn extra credits by answering other members' language questions in the forums.
- You can also purchase additional credits in Store.
What can I use my free or purchased credits for?
You can use your credits for downloads and / or one-to-one sessions with a teacher.
- PDF downloads: 1
- Audio downloads: 2
- Video downloads: 3
- Test submission token: 60
- 30-minute one-to-one session: 175
- 45-minute one-to-one session: 250
- 60-minute one-to-one session: 325
Bronze and Trial members:
- Access to an exclusive video: 20
- Unlock the exercise & test section of a lesson: 5
What kind of support will I have?Peer-to-Peer Support
It is a great idea to post your questions for your peers and also to answer other members' questions. Explaining something you have understood to another community member is one of the best ways of checking and consolidating your own understanding of it.
Your answers are regularly checked by a teacher. If your answer is designated as an 'excellent answer' by us, you will be awarded free credits.Teacher Support
If your language question cannot wait for your peers to answer, you can raise a support ticket for a teacher. Silver Members will receive an answer within 48 hours, and Gold members receive an answer the same day.
If you have a number of questions on different topics, need an evaluation of your level, need advice on what to study and how, or need help with something specific like a test or a job interview, you can use your credits to book a one-to-one lesson with a teacher. Simply visit their calendar to choose the date, the time, and the length of your lesson.