Learn English online with a native British teacher
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Learn English online with a native British teacher

Learn conversational English, vocabulary, English idioms, Business English, preparation for IELTS & TOEFL.
4.0 (17 ratings)
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290 students enrolled
Created by Victor Martins
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 8.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Our focus is on conversation and getting you talking. Even the grammar is taught in a very interactive and verbal manner. Every class includes all the fundamental skills - speaking, listening, reading and grammar. Classes can be tailored to meet any personal objective.
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  • All you need is a computer (a laptop or smartphone will do), good internet connection and a headset. No books or complicated software.

The videos in this course are designed for all levels of English speakers. You can use this course to improve you understanding of English grammar by following along on the videos and completing the downloadable exercises afterwards. Use this course to boost your vocabulary and learn all of the most common idioms in the English language.

Familiarize yourself with the terminology used in the business world and improve your ability to communicate and do business with native English speakers, or improve your chances of landing a job in an English speaking country. Go straight to the topics that interest you, or watch them in the order set out for you.

- Improve your accent.

- Prepare for international certification such as TOEFL, TOEIC and IELTS.

- Learn Business English.

- Increase your vocabulary.

- Improve your pronunciation and grammar.

Who is the target audience?
  • Classes are suitable for all levels and all purposes (business english, exam preparation, beginners to advanced).
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Curriculum For This Course
81 Lectures
Welcome to my course
1 Lecture 00:51
Elementary / Beginners
10 Lectures 01:09:35

Start speaking right away! This class teaches you how to greet people in formal and informal situations, as well as how to respond.

Greetings and introductions

A simple and important skill. Practice the different ways of telling the time in English.

Telling the time

This video explains when it is appropriate to use a number like 'third' (3rd) instead of 'three' (3) and vice-versa. Also, practice saying the date in English.

Cardinal and ordinal numbers

The alphabet is a fundamental part of any language. This class demonstrates the correct sounds for each vowel and consonant. Take the time to make sure you are pronouncing the sounds as they should be, rather than reverting to your native language’s pronunciation.


Learn the difference between a 'main verb' and an 'auxiliary verb'. Then, practice using the verb 'do'.

The verb TO DO

Practice how and when to use the verb 'can'.

Preview 05:57

'Be' is one of the most common verb in the English language. It is also the most irregular. Practice constructing sentences using the verb 'be'.

The verb TO BE

'Have' is an all-purpose verb. It is used in many different contexts. This class focuses on it's basic uses as an auxiliary and a main verb.

The verb TO HAVE

Practice constructing sentences correctly in the simple past and the simple present tenses.

The simple past and simple present

Learn to structure sentences in the present continuous tense, and the different situations for which it is appropriate.

Preview 04:51
15 Lectures 01:36:22

The first of two classes that help you talk about football in English. Learn the vocabulary for clothing, positions, etc.

Talking about football

Learn the different family members and how to describe and talk about them in complete sentences.


Practice using vocabulary related to travelling, vacations, etc.

Preview 06:34

Learn how to give and ask for directions in English. Practice the correct use of prepositions in complete sentences.

Asking for and Giving directions

Practice using vocabulary related to clothing and colours.

Clothes and colours

This class covers vocabulary and sentence structure to help you communicate about the things you like to do in your spare time.

Activities and socialising

Improve your sentence construction while talking about everyday activities. Practice asking and answering questions that are likely to come up in casual conversation.

Games & activities

Learn to talk about nationalities in English using predicate nouns and adjectives. Use them in sentences and learn the flags of the world.


Public spaces, landmarks

Learn how to correctly pronounce different types of food in English and how to use them in sentences.


Practice using vocabulary related to the parts of a house or apartment, and the different types of living spaces.

Preview 07:05

Practice using vocabulary related to jobs and work.


Practice using vocabulary related to cars and driving.


Learn vocabulary related to the weather and seasons.


Learn vocabulary related to music ad Instruments. Practice talking about music using complete sentences.

Lower intermediate
13 Lectures 01:15:23

This class focuses on the correct use of prepositions of time and place.


Learn how to bring your writing to life by varying your sentences. This class explains the different types of sentences and when best to use them.

Types of sentences

Following on from the lecture about types of sentences, this lectures explains the different ways to construct a grammatically correct sentence. Sentences can vary, so not every part that is discussed needs to go into every sentence.

Parts of a Sentence

Conjunctions are a very important part of the English language. Practice using them correctly.


Learn when to use 'a', 'an' and 'the'. Also learn when it is not appropriate to use any article.


Some nouns can be said in plural form and some can't (e.g. water, money). This class will explain the difference and how to construct a sentence around these words.

Count and noncount nouns

When should you pronounce regular past tense words literally and when not? this class will explain and give you some helpful tips. You will learn the perfect pronunciation.

'-ed' v '-d' (Past tense regular verbs)

A few tips that help you learn when it is appropriate to use 'do' and when to use 'make'.

Preview 04:01

The use of these two words can appear confusing to English learners. This video will clear up the confusion and help you practice the correct use.

Borrow vs. lend

The information in this class will help you to describe events and experiences coherently and with a degree of fluency. It will also help you to diversify how you describe events and experiences from different periods in time.

Preview 04:53

This lecture will help you to refine your spoken English by eliminating the use of double negatives. Learn the rule and the exception to the rule.

Double negatives

This is a multi-purpose word. This class looks at the many different contexts in which it is used.


This class explains how to describe the relationship between two or more things. Practice constructing and saying grammatically correct sentences that occur in everyday conversation.

Comparative and superlative adjectives
Common Idioms
7 Lectures 24:53

Sometimes, listening to native English-speakers can be confusing if they use idioms and phrases. This class will look at some of the most common ones that do not mean what they might appear to literally.

Preview 03:54

This is the second lecture that focuses on common idioms.

Common Idioms II

This is the third class in the 'common idioms' series.

Common Idioms III

This is the fourth class in the 'common idioms' series.

Common Idioms IV

This is the fifth class in the 'common idioms' series.

Common Idioms V

This is the sixth class in the 'common idioms' series.

Common Idioms VI

This is the seventh class in the 'common idioms' series.

Common Idioms VII
Upper intermediate
13 Lectures 01:31:43

This class explains the most common groupings of adverbs and how to use them correctly in sentences.


Adverbs can be used rather flexibly in sentences, but there are some rules! Use the tips in this video to improve your speech and writing.

Position of Adverbs

Distinguishing between whether to use 'who', 'whose' or 'whom' can be difficult. Learn how to chose the correct relative pronoun to express what you want to say and how to structure the sentence around it.

Relative pronouns

The present perfect is an extremely common tense in English, occurring in most conversations. It is very important for talking about past events or experiences. This class will show you when it is suitable to use it, and how to structure questions and positive or negative statements.

Preview 06:25

'Get' is another example of a verb with many functions. This class explains its basic use as well as in several phrasal verbs.

Uses of GET

A good understanding of the meanings of prefixes in English makes learning vocabulary easier. You may even find it easier to translate words from your native language (if it has Latin or Greek roots). This class lists some of the most common prefixes, explains their meanings and how they are structured.


Understanding the meanings of the suffixes can help understand the meanings of new vocabulary and increase our ability to express ourselves. This class explains the two types of suffixes and their subcategories with examples of each.


Interaction with other people is a major motivation for learning a language. Learn suitable comments and phrases to use for different situations. Improve your social skills and your English at the same time.

Meeting people and socializing

This is the second class on football. it goes in to more detail regarding the people involved in a football match, positions, strategy, terminology and phrasal verbs.

Talking about football II

This is the second class that focuses on weather-related vocabulary.

Weather and seasons

This class will familiarize you with the vocabulary and phrases needed to find an apartment in an English-speaking country.

Searching for accomodation

Global warming is one of the biggest issues that humanity as a whole must face. Learn the key points and vocabulary related to this topic to enable you to hold a conversation in English.

Global Warming

This is the second class covering useful vocabulary for apartment hunting. Review the phrases and practice forming your own sentences.

Searching for accomodation II
9 Lectures 49:14

Speak and write like a native speaker by using 'discourse markers' (a.k.a. linkers, inking phrases, conjunctive adverbs) to 'fill out' your sentences. Learn which ones are suitable for which situations.

Discourse markers

Sometimes we want are comments to have a specific effect on the listeners. Passive voice sentences are one way to do this. For example, learn how to construct 'softer' sentences that don't offend people by criticising them.

Passive voice

Learn how to identify and construct phrasal verbs. Identify when a sentence is intended to have a 'figuative' meaning rather than a 'literal' one.

Phrasal verbs

Some words can be used both as adverbs and prepositions. Learn how and why it is important to distinguish between these uses.

Adverbs vs. Prepositions

Learn how to correctly structure sentences that talk about something that is hypothetical or possible in the future.

Preview 07:37

Some nouns can be used with both a singular or plural verb (the team is.../ the team are...). This class will teach when and why to use each one.

Subject and Verb Agreement with Collective Nouns

Improve your writing skills and grammar by watching this class. Learn how to correctly place punctuation in your written sentences.

Commas, Semicolons, and Colons

This video will teach you how to correctly structure conditional sentences, clause by clause, using a very basic strategy.

Preview 06:02

Inversion involves changing the order of the words in a sentence, usually putting the verb before the subject at the start of a sentence. This class explains why this is done and in what situations to do so. as well as how to properly structure the sentences.

Preview 04:42
Business English
13 Lectures 01:45:37

Learn the phrases and vocabulary that are commonly used in the workplace in English-speaking countries.

Business phrases

Learn correct telephone manner in English. Communicate clearly and effectively.

Preview 07:26

One of the most important skills in business and normal life is the ability to negotiate. Ensure that language is not a barrier when negotiating by applying the tips and vocabulary in this video.


Learn useful phrases to use at work to improve your communication skills.

People skills

Different cultures and societies have different customs when it comes to CVs and resumes Use the information in this class to ensure that your CV is up to the correct standard when applying for jobs that require English.

Resumes-CVs Covering Letters

Useful tips to help you impress your interviewer, as well as useful vocabulary.

Interview skills

Learn vocabulary related to giving presentations in English as well as tips to improve the quality of your presentations.


This class covers everyday I.T. vocabulary for personal and business use, combined with a reading comprehension exercise discussing 'cloud computing'. Expand your vocabulary and practice your pronunciation.

English for I.T.

Learn the phrases and vocabulary that are commonly used in the workplace in English-speaking countries.

Business phrases II

Learn suitable phrases and vocabulary to use in business meetings.


This class explains the structure within a typical medium-large sized company, with more a of a focus on larger organizations. It also covers the different types of companies that exist, from charities and NGOs to partnerships and firms, as well as the relevant vocabulary.

Business structure

Learn the phrases and vocabulary that are commonly used in the workplace in English-speaking countries.

Preview 06:30

This class continues with more everyday I.T. vocabulary for personal and business use, combined with a reading comprehension exercise discussing viruses. Expand your vocabulary and practice your pronunciation.

English for I.T. II
About the Instructor
Victor Martins
3.9 Average rating
23 Reviews
329 Students
2 Courses
IELTS Instructor, EFL Teacher

Hi, I run an online English language school teaching ESL, Business English, Writing skills and conversational English. I have successfully trained several students to pass the IELTS exam, TOEFL, TOEIC and Cambridge: First (FCE).

My classes use interactive PowerPoint presentations as visual aids and are proven to take elementary level students to a competent, conversational level in less than 6 months. For more advanced students, we utilize Google Docs to practice writing and Skype to work on improving conversation skills.

I have a bachelor's degree from the University of London and more than five years of experience teaching both online and in classrooms.