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About Englicious

Getting started: an Introduction to the site

What is Englicious?

  • an entirely free online library of original English language teaching resources, especially grammar
  • contains lesson plans, exercises, videos, assessment materials, etc.
  • relevant for KS1 - KS5 students and teachers
  • contains a complete grammar of English for reference purposes
  • contains an extensive Glossary of terms
  • closely tailored to the linguistic content of 2014 National Curriculum for England
  • includes Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (SPaG) test practice material.
  • uses authentic ag

About ICEBox

ICEBoxTraditional grammars have relied on ‘made-up’ examples. Englicious is different.

Instead of example sentences like

  • The cat sat on the mat

we have examples like

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Finding and using materials

Searching in the Resources window

New, only in Beta mode!

Englicious has a new powerful search screen. Click on the Resources button at the top of the page to see it.

Getting help

How to get help

Englicious contains a lot of information that we hope will be helpful to teachers.

Privacy Notice

This is the privacy notice for the Englicious website.

It explains in plain English what data we collect on registered users and the lawful purposes we use this data for.

It also explains what you can do if at any time you are unhappy with how we process your data.

A separate page explains about Cookies, which are small bits of data used as part of the interface to Englicious to make it work.

User data is different from cookies. User data is personal data as defined in European law, and we are obliged to process it accordingly.

Resources and Reading

Online resources and further reading


Grammarianism - A Blog for Teachers of English (Bas Aarts)

Slang Lexicographer - A Blog about Slang (Jonathon Green)

Separated by a Common Language - Observations on British and American English by an American Linguist in the UK (Lynne Murphy)

Sentence slot machine - #MadeAtUCL

Use the interactive whiteboard to generate weird and wonderful sentences.

Auxiliary verbs

What is an Auxiliary verb?

In this short video, we look at a special set of verbs, called auxiliary verbs.

Englicious in the classroom

This short 6 minute film introduces Englicious for primary schools.

Englicious is not simply an accurate reference resource for the 2014 National Curriculum for English, but contains many interactive teaching tools for encouraging primary school students to think about the grammar of their own language use.

English Grammar Day 2016

'Grammar is cool, and it is cool to know your grammar'.

A video about the Third English Grammar Day held at the British Library in 2016.

English Grammar for Teachers

This short 3 minute film, produced by UCL Life Learning, introduces the English Grammar for Teachers course for school teachers.

For more information about the course and to book a place, go to the English Grammar for Teachers page on the UCL Life Learning website.

Modal auxiliary verbs

Modal verbs are a special type of auxiliary verb. Watch this short video to learn more.

Nouns, adjectives and determiners

This short film introduces some basic ideas of grammar that everyone should know.

In this film Professor Bas Aarts introduces three basic categories: nouns, adjectives and determiners.

Pronouns, Subjects and Objects

In this film Professor Bas Aarts introduces the ideas behind three more grammatical categories: pronouns, Subjects and Objects

Teaching English Grammar in Context

In this video, we explain about our CPD course for teachers: Teaching English Grammar in Context.


What is a verb? Is it right to call them 'doing words'?

In this short film, Professor Aarts shows the problems with defining verbs as 'doing words' and explains that English has no future tense.


Englicious contains many resources for English language in schools, but the vast majority of them require you to register and log in first. For more information, see What is Englicious?

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