Learn English with Simply Online

The Simply Online English programme is an integrated basic literacy programme that includes both English grammar and reading. It has individual lessons that focus on: reading comprehension (literal), phonics, spelling, vocabulary development, punctuation, parts of speech, sentence construction, word usage, common errors, figurative language and writing skills.

It is not to be confused with English Literature, which is something quite different as this refers to ‘the body of written works produced in the English language by inhabitants of the British Isles (including Ireland) from the 7th century to the present day.’ In layman’s terms, our programme does not touch on the reading and review of novels, plays and poetry.

The Simply Online English programme focuses on those core skills required by all students to learn to read and write English fully, correctly and with style.

The programme is structured to cater for students from the early primary years through to secondary students and adult learners. The lessons have been carefully graded to match students’ capabilities and interests. Within the programme there is significant revision of the more formal grammatical elements so that students can revise and practise their skills.

The programme encourages participation without the danger of exposing students to the stress involved in performing (reading) for others. The more formal Grammar lessons provide instruction in the areas of literacy and language. These lessons fulfill the requirements for the National Curriculum.

The English programme covers the following key components of written English:

Reading Comprehension
Students will develop their literal reading comprehension skills by reading, listening to, and interacting with a variety of text types.

Vocabulary Development
Students increase and use new words and learn how to identify and use figurative language.

This often least-liked topic can make the world of difference to the meaning of a sentence or passage. Students will cover all aspects of punctuation from full stops to the dreaded correct use of the apostrophe.

Parts of speech
Students learn to identify and use various parts of speech from the basic nouns, verbs and adjectives, to the more complex form of pronouns and gerunds.

Spelling skills
Students learn various techniques to improve their spelling, from spelling lists to distinguishing short and long vowel sounds, prefixes and plurals.

Correct Usage
Students will learn to use words correctly and structure their sentences correctly. This includes being able to identify and use comparative and superlative adjectives, the correct tense of verbs: past, present and future, the case of nouns, pronouns and adjectives and eliminate some common errors in spelling and punctuation.

Improved Writing Skills
Students will learn how to improve their writing skills by being able to identify and use phrases including adjectival and adverbial phrases, construct expressive sentences by using adjectives, adverbs, phrases and clauses, identify and use active and passive voice, and recognise the elements needed in writing different types of essays.

Full Topic List for Grammar
This is a summary of the topics covered within the Grammar programme, but it is not a list of lessons, as there are over 2,000 lessons in total.

Click here to see a full list of all topics covered.


Many of the English lessons, although not all, have a Practice option which provides the student and parent with the opportunity to ‘try out the lesson’ – to make sure that this is indeed the right lesson to be working on.

A large part of the Simply Online programme is focused on providing the student with a sense of empowerment over their teaching and learning. For the student to feel in control is an important factor in building confidence, not something that all children feel in the classroom.

English ParacticePractice will expose the student to a range of questions and problems, that they are likely to encounter in the main lesson itself. It’s a great way to assess your child’s current level of knowledge on the selected lesson.

During the Practice, students can choose to have every single question read out to them, which can ease the burden on some students, who struggle with reading and find it tiresome.

Additionally, because this is about assessing and providing confidence, all students will have the opportunity to have a second attempt at each question (in case a simple mistake is made).

Students can also skip any questions they may already know.

The Practice also settles the student before attempting the main lesson and has them focused on the task at hand.

This 5 minute settling time is particularly useful after a long day at school, or after any long activity.


A picture tells a thousand words…

Our Teacher Tutorials are the one-on-one teaching moment of the lesson.

These supporting videos developed by qualified and experienced teachers allow your child to watch and learn about the current topic they are attempting… just like they would in the classroom.

english_tutorial_1Once again, empowering you and your child with control over their teaching and learning is so important. Your child has total control over the teacher tutorial, they can replay or skip to any section as many times as they deem necessary to understand the learning process for the current lesson.

english_tutorial_2If your child ever gets stuck on something in the lesson, or with anything at school or with homework, as a parent you may, or may not, be able to provide the clarification or answer they need – it may be they won’t even come and ask for your help, because at some point you may have said “maths isn’t my strong point”.

With Simply Online they can easily ‘unstick’ themselves by watching the teacher tutorials, and continue with their progress.

It is the access to these teacher tutorials that makes students all over the world refer to Simply Online as “my secret weapon”, because they can have anything learned at school reinforced and re-explained at home at the push of a button.


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Example 4 – Private tutors have always been a popular choice for parents. The cost for a private tutor varies quite considerably but, depending where you live, on average tutors can cost between £20-£30 per hour, per subject, per child. So with this example, a family with 2 school age children, requiring help with both maths & English subjects, would be spending a minimum of £320 per month or £73.84 per week. This amounts to £3,840 per year, every year, to provide a tutor for their children for 1 hour per week, per subject. Once again, This family could of course choose to only use a tutor for one of their children or only pay for only 1 subject, which would reduce the cost.



Example 3Centre based tuition. In this example, a family, with 2 school age children, could choose an alternative centre based tuition option where their children attend for between 60-90 mins per week, which currently costs approx. £45.00 per month, per child, per subject. This family would therefore be spending approx. £180 per month or £41.53 per week. This amounts to £2,160 per year, every year, to provide this form of tuition for their children. They could of course choose to only send one of their children to the centre or only pay for only 1 subject, which would reduce the cost.



Example 2Simply Online. The average size UK family, with two or more children, currently spends £2900.00 on their Simply Online programme, making it £60.42 a month or £13.94 per week. So when you consider that on this basis, the example 2 programme would belong to the family and can be used by multiple children at no extra cost and as often as they need to use it. This would provide the children with a solid foundation, in both maths and English subjects, that would support their learning right throughout their schooling. This represents exceptional value for money compared to all other tuition alternatives for the equivalent level of support.



Example 1Simply Online. Subject to their particular circumstances, a family ‘could’ purchase a basic Simply Online programme outright from as little as £1790.00. This would cover the equivalent of a key stage but would be dependant on a number of factors. To make the programme as affordable as possible to everyone, and because it is a long term learning course design to supplement and support school, it is possible to spread these payments over time, making it £8.36 per week.

Full Topic List for Grammar

Advanced Dictionary Use
Antonyms and Synonyms
Apostrophe – Possession
Auxiliary Verbs
Basic Dictionary Use
Case – Nouns and Pronouns
Colons and Semi-Colons
Commas 2
Common Errors
Common Nouns
Conjunctions – Sentences
English Grammar – Level 1
English Grammar – Level 2
English Grammar – Level 3
English Grammar – Level 4
English Grammar – Level 5
Essay Writing 1
Essay Writing 2
Figurative Language
Homonyms – Homophones and Homographs
Letter Writing
Mass and Count Nouns
Modal Verbs
Participles – as Verbs and Adjectives
Parts of Speech Part a
Parts of Speech Part b
Parts of Speech Part h
Plurals of Foreign Nouns
Punctuation Skills Part b
Regular and Irregular Verbs
Review of Figures of Speech
Sentence Improvement
Sentence Structure Part a
Similes and Metaphors
Simple and Compound Verbs
Spelling Skills
Subject-Verb Agreement
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Variety of Expression
Verb tense – Compound
Verbs – Active and Passive voice
Verbs – Infinitives
Vocabulary Development
Vowels and Consonants