ESL Teaching Resources
A free comprehensive collection of ESL teaching resources for English language teachers working abroad.
Native-like pronunciation is a goal for many ESL students. Having tips and strategies to help them reduce their accent and achieve a more native-like pronunciation is beneficial for any speaking-pronunciation teacher.
Intermediate and advanced students can make great use of debate-style discussions to improve their speaking and conversation skills. This site contains topics and themes for debate, including debate topics designed for younger students.
English Club offers listening and repeating activities for ESL students to practice English pronunciation. There are quizzes and tips on such things as sentence and word stress, and a list of tongue twisters to challenge even the most proficient English speakers!
English Club offers teaching ideas and activities to practice speaking skills from small talk to presentations and public speaking. Negotiation, agreeing and disagreeing, and interview skills are practiced, along with a number of dialogues on a variety of topics.
A collection of video and audio files to practice common English pronunciation and differentiation of commonly confused sounds. Audio files are in mp3 format; videos are in Apple QuickTime format.
Pronunciation lessons in mp3 audio format for beginner through intermediate students with access to a computer. Teachers can download audio files for use in the classroom.
Lessons and activities to teach and practice travel and survival English. Designed for ESL students who will be travelling to English-speaking countries, but the lessons can be incorporated into any beginner or intermediate class with access to a computer.
Topical questions to facilitate conversation formatted for easy printing. Questions and lesson ideas can be modified to suit any level.
A wide variety of speaking activities for individuals, pairs, and groups. Some are simple dialogues and exchanges, others involve filling in the blanks with the appropriate word.
Internet TESL Journal Conversation Questions for EFL/ESL Classes
[+-] Questions and conversation starters for ESL speaking classes.
Interesting conversation starters on a wide variety of topics. These can be used as warmup talks or incorporated into speaking lessons in any conversation class.
Pronunciation exercises for vowels, consonants, diphthongs, and general phonetics. There are printable, audio, and video activities and exercises to help students learn and practice English pronunciation.
Isolation, contrast, minimal pair, and word stress activities to help students practice correct English pronunciation. Also includes links to full lessons as well as the British Council's handbook on teaching pronunciation.
Some roleplaying and drama activities can be modified for beginner students, but most require a greater degree of proficiency with the language to be successful. This site contains links to pdfs of many varied themes and topics for roleplaying and drama activities in ESL lessons.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Idioms section contains links to idiom lists, slang terms from various English- speaking countries, as well as an Idiom Dictionary to help students use expressions correctly and appropriately.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Pronunciation section contains tongue twisters, accent reduction techniques, sentence and syllable stress, and many other pronunciation activities and exercises.
Videos, diagrams, activities, and tips for reproducing difficult or frequently confused sounds in the English language. Students could be invited to practice on their own using the videos on the site, or the videos could be incorporated into a classroom lesson lead by the teacher.
A wide selection of speaking activities that can be used as icebreakers or components of a speaking lesson. Some of the activities are specially designed for pair work.
Speaking and conversation are the most commonly sought skills among ESL students. This site contains scripts and ideas for use in speaking lessons.
Giving a speech can be a nerve wracking experience even for native English speakers. However, speech writing can be excellent practice for more advanced ESL students. Being able to deliver a successful speech in their second language can give a great sense of accomplishment to ESL students.
Surveys and questionnaires are a great way to collect information from your students and to get them thinking about a particular topic. These can lead to class debates, discussions, or speeches.
Role-playing activities, telephone skills, and oral presentation lessons to help students develop their speaking skills and confidence. Lessons range from high-beginner level through advanced.
Contains a selection of movies with plot summaries and suggestions for creating lessons and activities. Intended for advanced students, but the lesson ideas can be modified for intermediate classes with additional support from the teacher.
A wide range of traditional- and multimedia lesson ideas to promote conversation and speaking. Themes include Entertainment, Mysticism & The Paranormal, Natural Disasters, The News & Current Events, Shopping, and Travel.
Speaking on the telephone is different than speaking in person, and different skills are required to effectively convey meaning. In addition, specialized vocabulary is used during telephone conversations. These tips and vocabulary are useful in any business English class.
Tongue twisters can be a fun (and challenging!) way for ESL students of any level to practice pronunciation. Since many tongue twisters focus on a particular aspect of pronunciation, lessons can be tailored around a specific tongue twister. Or, they can be used as a warm-up, cool-down, or other fun activity.
Tongue twisters are a great way to practice pronunciation and phonetic awareness. Students will have fun trying these tricky phrases, and they will get a great sense of accomplishment when they are able to say them clearly and quickly.
Students can listen to the audio on the site and fill out the printable worksheets. A variety of topics and parts of speech are covered.
English Club offers listening activities to practice this all-important skill. There are audio links to stories and articles, as well as activities and tips for students and teachers.
A variety of listening exercises for communicative practice. Some themes include "immigration and customs", "getting to know you", and "asking permission", among many others.
Movies are an engaging way to introduce English dialogue. Not only do students have the language, but they are also exposed to it in a visual manner so they have input from body language, facial expressions, and the scene and setting. This page contains ideas for activities to use during a lesson incorporating movies.
Song lyrics, conversation cards, scavenger hunts, and handouts to help teachers develop lessons to make use of popular English music in the classroom.
Activities to teach everything from brainstorming and essay outlines, through topic sentences to full five paragraph essays. Exercises to practice sentence writing and identifying main ideas are also included.
Essay writing is an important skill and differs from other writing skills in the complexity involved. ESL students preparing for post-secondary study abroad will find lessons on proper essay writing to be very useful as they continue their studies.
Proofreading is a very important writing skill. Instilling good proofreading habits should be a goal for any writing teacher. If students know what to look for, they can improve their own writing. Not only does proofreading lead to an improved finished product, it also helps illuminate some common areas of difficulty. This can help students focus their efforts on the errors they most frequently make.
English Club offers exercises and activities for use in writing lessons to practice everything from true beginner letter formation to advanced essay writing. There are also tips for things like hyphenation and appropriate use of capitalization.
Punctuation is a key element to written communication. Mastering the use of the comma and semi-colon can be a difficult task even for native English speakers. It is useful for teachers to brush up on punctuation as they prepare to teach writing and grammar. This page is a useful resource for teachers and students alike.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Writing section has links to things such as sentence-structure writing practice, essay writing, and even touch typing lessons!
Vocabulary presentation activities, information gaps, and ideas to enhance reading lessons. Primarily designed for intermediate to advanced students, some activities could be modified for high-beginners.
Different writing skills are used for different forms of writing, and emails are no different. This page gives tips to help ESL students write effective, clear emails.
These are not sorted by level, so teachers will have to assess each lesson before attempting to use it in their classes. There are a wide range of topics represented, so it should be possible to find something to interest almost any class.
English Club offers a variety of articles and stories to practice reading. Most contain vocabulary lists to help teachers identifiy and explain difficult or unfamiliar words.
Sample newspaper articles geared for ESL students. The articles have key vocabulary identified, along with definitions, as well as an online quiz. Teachers can opt to transcribe the quiz onto paper to have an in-class, offline quiz to follow the article.
Poetry can be introduced with intermediate and advanced students as a special unit in reading and writing classes. Exposure to other forms of writing is very important in building fluency and reading comprehension. The use of simile, metaphor, and rhyme in many poems helps expand students' understanding of the English language.
These articles include questions on the text. However, they are not divided by level so teachers will have to assess each article to determine whether it is suitable for their particular class and students.
Reading comprehension activities to build vocabulary and understanding in young readers. Selections are available for any level. Site requires free signup to print stories and vocabulary lists.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Reading section has links to written material ranging from short poems to entire books!
Newspapers are an excellent resource for English lessons. This contains ideas for lesson creation as well as tips for teaching vocabulary and other elements of a reading lesson.
These internet scavenger hunt activities each take about 90 minutes and will have students scouring the internet for particular information. Students will enjoy exploring English language websites as they practice their reading skills. Intended for intermediate to advanced students.
Worksheets, lesson activities, exercises, and discussion topics to practice adjectives. Both writing and speaking lessons can make use of adjective activities.
English Club offers a glossary and explanation of grammatical terms as well as lesson activities and quizzes for all grammar levels.
Video-based grammar lessons and exercises on a wide variety of English grammatical structures. Lessons range from adjectives for beginners to complex tenses for advanced students.
Quizzes and Tests on English grammar. Most are labelled with the appropriate level, but care should be taken to ensure the quiz or test is geared toward the correct level of competancy for your class.
Activities and exercises for beginner and intermediate students to practice indentifying the parts of speech, including irregular forms.
Although prepositions are often overlooked in favor of more glamorous verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, they are a very useful and important part of speech. Students must learn how to appropriately use prepositions of time and place.
Flash-based online quizzes that give immediate feedback on correct and incorrect answers. These can be assigned as homework or integrated into multimedia grammar lessons. There are also online puzzles that students can solve to test their skills.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Grammar section has notes, tips, lessons, and handouts for use in grammar lessons.
Printable cards, explanations, and lesson plans for teaching a variety of grammatical structures, including modals, conditionals, clauses, and tenses, in addition to several printable worksheets and activities.
Activities and exercises to build advanced-level vocabulary, including cliches, business jargon, idioms, and expressions. Contains lesson activities to practice common conventions such as saying 'no' and making suggestions.
A variety of activities and exercises to build vocabulary, aimed at beginners. Activities on vocabulary for everyday social situations, as well as dictionaries, word lists, and vocabulary specific to particular topics such as math, sports, food, etc.
English Club offers lists and definitions of common vocabulary as well as phrasal verbs, idioms, and interjections. Vocabulary exercises cover everything from job-specific vocabulary to strategies to learn and recall new words.
A searchable and sortable database of teacher-uploaded lesson activities and exercises. Activities can be sorted by age and level, and searched by keyword.
Video-based vocabulary lessons on a variety of topics from fruits and vegetables to phrasal verbs.
Activities and exercises to build intermediate-level vocabulary, including cliches, idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs. Links to visual dictionaries, commonly confused words, and word lists are also included.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Vocabulary section contains lists, games, quizzes, and exercises to help students build and maintain their English vocabulary.
Thematic vocabulary lessons and activities as well as tips and ideas to elicit vocabulary from students. Also includes picture sets to connect vocabulary to objects.
Bingo cards and activities to teach and reinforce letter and number recognition, including ordinal numbers. Cards are written in a few different fonts to help students transfer their recognition skills.
Kiddles.com contains over 2000 songs, sortable by topic or title. Many of the songs contain playable music that teachers can play directly from the website or download to their own computer to play in the classroom. There are also printable activity sheets for some of the songs.
Puzzles, games, and quizzes are great ways to introduce beginners to new vocabulary and grammatical structures. This site contains a variety of activities that students can do on their own or teachers can incorporate into lessons.
A variety of active and passive ESL games designed for children. These can be used as great icebreaker activities, rewards, or just as a way to break up a long lesson.
Passive and active game ideas to practice a variety of ESL concepts, including grammar, parts of speech, and conversation skills.
Categories are broken down by difficulty, ranging from Parts of the Body (Beginner) to Grammar Study Words (Advanced).
Warm-up conversational activities to introduce an ESL class or to get students of all levels speaking.
Long and short games for all levels, organized alphabetically according to title. These can be used as warmups, rewards, or incorporated into lessons.
Rong-Chang is a frequently updated site with a wide variety of resources and materials for ESL lessons. The Games section contains links to games from brain teasers to vocabulary.
Various conversation, word-recognition, and pronunciation practice games for ESL students. Most games can be adapted to any level.
Classroom and Teacher Resources
Lesson plans and printable cards usable to teach dates, months, and other calendar vocabulary. Includes questions to assess students' learning.
Flashcards to teach basic actions, greetings and goodbyes, objects, animals, weather, time, and many other topics.
Flash cards with the letters A-Z and numbers 1-100 in a variety of fonts to teach letter and number recognition. Also includes exercises and an explanation of how to effectively use flash cards in lessons.
The lefthand sidebar contains links to printable resources for various phonics topics.
Flash cards are useful for teaching vocabulary in any ESL class.
Flash cards and exercises to teach phonics as well as an explanation of how to use the cards in lessons and activities.
Students enjoy rewards and recognition, what better way to give it than with a custom-made certificate? Certificates are printable and customizable for free.
Reading and coloring books on a variety of topics for younger students. Site requires free signup to print images and books.
Flashcards are useful in phonics classes and are an excellent way to connect vocabulary to images. The downloadable flashcards through Sparklebox are full-color and cover a wide range of topics.
Images and pictures can provide good fuel and structure for discussions. Students can be asked questions about what they see, and they can also be asked to write about the images and contents of the picture.
Best used with intermediate or higher level students, this printable crossword puzzle is a good way to practice idioms that have been learned in class.
Images accompanied by correctly and incorrectly spelled words. Students must identify the correct spelling. Practicing identifying the correct spelling of common words helps develop sight reading skill. Site requires free signup to print images and worksheets.
Worksheets with story starters and sentence helpers. Students can illustrate their stories or draw pictures to use as inspiration while writing. Site requires free signup to print worksheets.
Simple, printable, pdf worksheets to practice spelling and phonics for common nouns and verbs. Students can color the worksheets. Site also contains an audio portion so students can hear the words being said.
These downloadable and printable worksheets can be used as warm-up activities, parts of a lesson, or homework assignments. They are mostly vocabulary practice, but can be incorporated into almost any lesson.
A fully searchable and sortable database of teacher-uploaded lesson plans, worksheets, activities, flashcards, and games. Searches can be narrowed by age, level, and type of activity, as well as keyword searches.
Printable worksheets for coloring, introductions, phonics, vocabulary, and other topics.
Links to a wide variety of activities, templates, and exercises on many different ESL topics, including articles for teachers and information on business and other specialized English.
Pre-made and customizable worksheets for use in phonics lessons with beginner students and those who are just learning to read English.
Free printable worksheets to practice reading, writing, spelling, and phonics. Also links to printable puzzles and games.
Worksheets and games to teach vocabulary for everything from Actions to Weather. Primarily aimed at children, but the worksheets can be adapted to any age.
Worksheets and word lists to practice vowel and consonant phonemes, blends, and digraphs in phonics teaching. Site requires free signup to create worksheets.
Printable exercises and worksheets for use in ESL grammar classes. Topics include parts of speech, tenses, as well as modals and conditionals.
Vocabulary worksheets on topics ranging from Action Verbs to Weather and Seasons. Each topic contains handouts and puzzles to study and reinforce vocabulary.
Quizzes and worksheets that can be used as stand-alone activities or incorporated into a lesson. A wide variety of topics and levels are covered.
Puzzles, games, and other language worksheets to practice spelling and word recognition. Site requires free signup to create worksheets.
A wide variety of resources to use in lessons to build vocabulary. Topics include idioms and expressions, visual dictionaries, phrasal verbs, as well as quizzes to test expressions and vocabulary usage.
A wide variety of customizable and printable worksheets for use in any classroom. Spelling tests, vocabulary lists, and grammar quizzes and worksheets can be easily created on this site. A very handy site for teachers looking to create lesson activities, quizzes, or games for use in an ESL classroom.
PDF format downloadable and printable worksheets on a wide variety of topics. These can be used as homework assignments or incorporated into an in-class lesson.
A wide range of worksheets for use with beginner students. All common ESL subjects are included in the over 40 worksheets found on the site.
A wide range of worksheets for use with beginner students. All common ESL subjects are included, and well over 180 worksheets can be found on the site.
A wide range of worksheets for use with beginner students. All common ESL subjects are included, and over 140 worksheets can be found on the site.
Explanations for advanced level grammar including further detail on conditional forms, adverb and adjective clauses, prepositional phrases, verb conjugation, and a variety of quizzes to text advance level English grammar knowledge.
Explanations for beginner level grammar including tenses, contractions, parts of speech, and other grammar, as well as some beginner grammar review quizzes.
From Adjectives to Voice, the Daily Grammar Glossary gives definitions of some of the most common grammatical terms. A useful resource for students and teachers alike.
Information and descriptions of the eight main parts of speech, verb forms, tenses, and expressions. A useful reference site for both teachers and students.
Explanation and dissection of some common English grammar constructions including tenses, adjectives of intensity, asking questions, giving advice, and other structures.
The four types of pronoun (subject, object, possessive, and demonstrative) are outlined with examples of usage.
Teaching grammar can be a daunting prospect for ESL teachers. This page contains definitions and explanations of common grammar. Each concept has a quiz at the end to test your knowledge. This site is useful for teachers and students alike!
This is a direct link to the grammar quizzes that accompany the English Grammar Explanations. Students and teachers can use these to test their knowledge and improve their English grammar skills.
Explanations for intermediate level grammar including the correct use of adjectives and adverbs, action vs stative verbs, appropriate formatting of direct and indirect quotations, conditionals, and common English mistakes, as well as some intermediate grammar review quizzes.
The structure of the past past simple and past continuous tenses are outlined, along with common uses and examples.
The structure of the present simple tense is outlined, along with common uses and examples.
The structure of the present tenses is outlined, along with common uses and examples.
Contains information on identifying and correctly using the parts of speech in the English language. Useful to any ESL teacher as a grammar resource.
Online quizzes to practice a variety of advanced English. Some topics include personality adjectives, idiomatic phrases, English article usage, and listening comprehension.
Online quizzes to practice a variety of beginner English. Some topics include comparatives, countable/uncountable nouns, prepositions, pronouns, etc.
A handy starting point for ESL students. This page has daily quizzes, vocabulary, slang, listening, and pronunciation practice.
Generates a random vocabulary word with each touch of the button. If students don't understand a word, they can click on one of the dictionary links on the sidebar. Teachers can recommend a particular dictionary to suit their class, such as WordSmyth for Children.
ESL Club offers a variety of games to practice English vocabulary and comprehension. Games can be played by students on their own, or the teacher can use them in the classroom with access to a computer and projector.
ESL Club offers online quizzes for students to practice and reinforce language they have learned. Quizzes are a great, informal way to assess student progress and are useful for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
Quizzes to practice English grammar. Grammar skills for all levels are covered. Most are labelled by the appropriate level.
Online quizzes on everything from Adjectives and Adverbs to Vocabulary. Over 250 quizzes in total.
Specific topics such as Business English, Idioms, and Expressions, as well as a number of ESL grammar activities. Teachers can integrate these into a multimedia lesson, or students can explore on their own.
Online games to practice grammar and vocabulary, useful for students and teachers alike.
Online quizzes to practice a variety of intermediate English. Some topics include adjectives + prepositions, adverbs, collocations, as well as specific vocabulary and expressions.
A variety of online grammar and vocabulary quizzes as well as podcasts and YouTube links to audio and video lessons for ESL students.
Students read a passage and select the appropriate preposition or phrasal verb from a drop down list. The reading level required for the activities varies from intermediate to advanced.
Students can test their knowledge and listen to the phrases on the site. Activities to practice prepositions as well as other vocabulary.
Quizzes to practice comprehension on such topics as medical vocabulary, computers and technology, presentations, business English, as well as general reading skills.
Graded tests for business English as well as general reading comprehension. Students can do tests online and see their results as soon as they are finished.
Drawn from a database of over 3000 questions, each quiz asks students 20 multiple-choice questions where they must insert appropriate vocabulary to create grammatically correct sentences.
A variety of popular quizzes from About.com. Students can test their knowledge of such ESL skills as tenses, parts of speech, commonly confused words, and English grammar.
Identical to the Dictionary Flash Cards game above, but broken down by topic, from Adjectives and Colors to Transportation and Weather.
A variety of multiple-choice quizzes that students can complete online for instant feedback. Some quiz topics include colloctations, confused words, idioms, the use of adjectives, prepositional phrases, and many others.
Dictionaries and thesauri are valuable resources for students and teachers alike.
Students and teachers can check back daily to see the word-of-the-day, or they can sign up to have it emailed to them.
A list of 170 English idioms and expressions, divided alphabetically with an explanation of meaning and usage.
Care should be taken when using translation websites, but they can be a useful resource for students and teachers.
Nearly 500 idioms are explained, broken out alphabetically from A-G.
An A-Z list of irregular verbs along with definitions and explanations of usage. The list is also searchable.
Dictionaries and Thesauri are useful for teachers and students alike.
Dictionaries and thesauri are useful for ESL students and teachers alike. It is good to check a variety of resources to compare the wording of definitions and to see what synonyms and antonyms each provides. Students should be shown how to appropriately use these resources, and how to effectively look up words they wish to know about.
Students or teachers can enter a verb or preposition and the dictionary will list all of the phrasal verbs that contain those words. Each phrasal verb is defined. The page also contains an explanation of phrasal verbs and a quiz to test students knowledge.
This pdf outlines the 1500 words of "Globish". These words, and their inflected forms, can be combined to express nearly any thought without overwhelming learners with the entire vocabulary of the English language.
These tips cover professional development as well as practical advice for classroom teaching. It is useful for any teacher, whether new or experienced, to read over the suggestions and advice within.
Many useful tips for teachers approaching an ESL classroom. Tips range from classroom management ideas to specific lesson activities.
Contains lessons and ideas for teaching beginner and intermediate adults, as well as non-literate ESL students.
Adult Education ESL Teachers' Guide (Print Version)
[+-] Orientation, lessons, and tips for teaching ESL to adults.
Link to pdf print version of the Adult Education ESL Teachers' Guide. It contains the information from the site, but in printable format. Contains lessons and ideas for teaching beginner and intermediate adults, as well as non-literate ESL students.
Idioms are non-literal phrases or expressions, and as such can be very difficult to teach. Intermediate and advanced students are usually quite interested in learning the meaning and appropriate use of English expressions.
The British Council runs English language schools around the world. This lengthy manual is a worthwhile read for any prospective or current ESL/EFL teacher.
Props can be incorporated into just about any lesson. They provide a useful connection to the real world and provide structure to speaking and writing lessons. This site gives tips for appropriate prop selection and use in the ESL classroom.
Links to free, printable game and puzzle makers, plus other handouts and resources.
ESL Club offers explanations of the differences between and the purpose of tests such as the TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge ESOL, among many others.
ESL Club offers discussion forums where ESL teachers and students can help one another with questions and difficulties. Vocabulary, grammar, creative writing, and travel advice are just some of the forums available.
Software to assist beginner and intermediate students. These programs can also be used by teachers to assist with tutoring or to be incorporated into lessons or units. NOTE: the software is not free.
Links to articles on many different aspects of teaching English to children, from one-on-one teaching, to large classes, to using games effectively. A good starting point for any new teacher.
Downloadable and printable reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar tests. Also includes examples of placement tests and level-advancement tests for ESL students.
A variety of resources to help ESL teachers. From quick lesson starters to using computers in the classroom, and choosing appropriate materials to speaking activities, teachers of any ESL subject and level can find something useful here.
A wide range of printable materials for use in ESL classes. Resources include stories, posters, printable books, and many others.
As non-literal phrases and expressions, idioms are usually best taught in context with their common usage. Students typically have to memorize the meanings of idioms as they cannot be deduced from the words in the expression. Each idiom as a whole has a different meaning than its component parts.
Games are great for ESL students of any age. Having fun is the best way to learn. Over 20 printable games of various types can be found on this site.
Printable resources divided into the following categories: Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling, Reading, Speaking & Listening, and Research.
Contains tips and suggestions for effectively teaching English pronunciation. Also includes a link to a full PDF manual on teaching pronunciation.
Placement tests, lessons and exercises, games, images, and many more resources that can be used in an ESL classroom can be found on this site. There is also a club with forums and chat rooms for teachers to discuss lessons, activities, and teaching in general.
Includes lesson ideas, conversation starters, classroom management tools, and other tips and hints for language teachers.
This resource is helpful for ESL teachers and more advanced students. It can help identify common errors as well as give some explanations of the rules in play.
Report cards, comments, certificates, awards, spelling lists, and lesson ideas are just some of the resources available on this site. All of them are printable, and many are customizable.
Sentence scrambles, graph makers, puzzle makers, worksheet generators, and a variety of other useful tools for teachers.
ESL Club offers information, tips, and job resources for countries around the world.
Job postings and articles about teaching overseas. Updated daily, this site has links to news articles pertaining to ESL teachers and schools, as well as discussion forums.
Information about the nuts and bolts of ESL teaching. Testimonials, accounts of experiences, tips for living and teaching abroad, as well as job and career listings make this a valuable resource for prospective and current ESL teachers.
Teaching positions all over the world for TESOL graduates. Positions are throughout Asia, the Americas, and the rest of the world. Both paid and volunteer positions are listed.
Mark's ESL world contains job postings and discussion boards for new and experienced teachers. The forums are an excellent place to get advice and suggestions on teaching ESL as well as practical tips for living abroad.
Lonely Planet's online guide to the world. Includes travel advice, detailed maps, travel news, message boards, health information and more. A valuable resource for any traveller.
About.com provides a wealth of lesson plans, ideas, tips, and strategies, as well as classroom and language acquisition theory. Many of the sub-pages are categorized and linked to directly from the Oxford Seminars ESL Teaching Resources page.
A website designed to connect ESL teachers with specific teaching positions around the world and to allow teachers to connect with one another through forums.
A huge number of lesson plans and activities as well as an ESL job search and links to teaching and educational theory.
A wide range of ESL-related websites.
Not all phrases and expressions can be understood by learning the individual words. Idioms are phrases that have a specific meaning when taken as a whole. This site gives explanations of some of the more commonly spoken expressions in American business English.
This page contains activities and lessons to help students master business English, including vocabulary specific to advertising, banking, stocks, human resources, and the legal profession, among many others.
Idioms and expressions can be very hard to understand, so students must be taught the specific meaning and appropriate context and usage for each one they encounter. Business idioms are no different, but there are certain phrases that are more likely to arise in a business environment. ESL teachers of business students would be wise to become familiar with the more common business idioms.
Speaking and writing lessons gear toward business English students. The contexts and vocabulary are specific to business and the exercises are intended for adults who need to practice specific skills.
ESL Club offers sample activities and lessons for teaching Business English. Specific skills such as resume writing and emails are covered, as well as vocabulary related to the business world.
ESL Club offers lessons and activities to teach the language specific to particular work environments. English for cashiers, housekeepers, police, and tour guides are a few of the job categories covered.
Lessons and activities for interview skills, formal greetings, workplace etiquette, and resume writing. Designed for adolescents and adults.
Useful for health care professionals and students interested in health and safety language, these lessons teach common health and safety vocabulary as well as the words and expressions associated with dangers and health risks.
Global Student Experience has contacts in Spain, France, Italy, England, Australia, Argentina, and Mexico for students to travel and study abroad. While there, students may find supplementary work as ESL teachers or tutors.
ESL lessons to teach speaking, writing, and reading skills. Teaching stress and intonation, paragraph writing, and reading context clues are a few of the topics covered by these lessons.
Regularly updated, this site contains lesson plans designed around current events. Each topic is selected to elicit discussion and opinions from the students. These can be used for reading, writing, speaking, and listening lessons.
Downloadable plans using Powerpoint, audio, video, and computer-assisted learning in the classroom.
The lessons are broken down in to Parts of Speech, Parts of the Sentence, and Mechanics. Between these three categories, most common aspects of English grammar are covered.
Grammar exercises, activities, and lesson plans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students.
Reading comprehension lessons, tips, and skills for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students.
Conversation and speaking lessons and lesson ideas for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students.
Pronunciation and speaking lessons, drills, and practice for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students.
Writing workshops, lessons, and lesson ideas for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ESL students.
There is a featured lesson which changes periodically. Other lessons on the site span a wide range of topics and interests, so there should be something to engage almost any class.
A new complete lesson every month to teach various ESL skills. Can be used as a starting point for future lessons.
Lessons to teach, practice, and review grammatical structures and terminology for students from beginner through advanced levels. Each lesson description is labelled with a recommended level.
A large collection of lesson plans, teaching tips, and activities compiled by the Internet TESL Journal. Lessons are organized by topic, so some care should be taken to properly assess the appropriate level for lessons.
A large collection of ESL lessons revolving around and utilizing websites. Lessons are in PDF format and organized by level. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) to view PDFs.
Although not designed for ESL students, these lessons can be adapted for ESL classes. The site also contains sub-categories for Grammar, Reading and Writing, and Spelling and Vocabulary.
Pronunciation and fluency lessons for students above the beginner levels. Aspects of pronunciation such as accent, timing, and stress patterns are covered in these lessons.
Lessons and tips for teaching vocabulary-based lessons on opposites, phrasal verbs, everyday expressions, and the uses of common, versatile words such as 'like'.
A variety of lesson discussion topics and speaking/conversation lesson plans. Lessons cover many different aspects of spoken communication, from telephone conversations to small talk to controversial discussion topics.
Projects are an engaging way to teach target language skills. Some can be done in one lesson while others are meant to be split over several class sessions.
Free registration to the site is necessary to print the lesson plans.
Several ideas and tips for using storytelling in lessons. Stories are a great way to practice writing and speaking in an ESL class.
These short lessons can be built around or used as part of a longer lesson on a related topic. While labelled 'beginner', many are suitable even for intermediate level classes.
A variety of lesson plans for beginner level ESL classes. Lessons cover grammar, asking questions, short writing assignments, and vocabulary building, among other skills.
Lesson activities and plans for teaching pronunciation and speaking skills to ESL beginners. Topics include word stress, social language, and pronunciation guides.
ESL Kids Lab contains beginner level lessons to teach greetings, basic conversation skills, as well as to build vocabulary.
Flash based video and slide show lessons on grammar, vocabulary, and other aspects of English, aimed at beginner level students.
Flash based video and slide show lessons on grammar, vocabulary, and other aspects of English, aimed at high-beginner level students.
Flash based video and slide show lessons on travel, weather, grammar, and other topics, aimed at low-intermediate level students.
A variety of lesson plans for intermediate level ESL classes. Lessons cover conversation skills, grammar, newspaper reading and writing, questioning, and many other skills. Some lessons include a multimedia component.
Lesson activities and plans for teaching pronunciation and speaking skills to intermediate level ESL students. Lessons on English stress patterns, accent reduction, and some for English specific to the medical profession (English for Special Purposes).
A variety of lesson plans for advanced level ESL classes. Lessons cover conversation, debate, writing, and many other skills. Some lessons include a multimedia component.
Lesson activities and plans for teaching pronunciation and speaking skills to advanced ESL learners. There are lessons on business jargon, accents, as well as some common speaking scenarios.
Theory and Research
A large collection of articles, tips, and ideas to help teachers structure lessons, develop curricula, manage classrooms, and keep lessons interesting.
Internet TESL Journal EFL/ESL Articles and Research
[+-] Articles and research papers on many different aspects of ESL teaching.
A large collection of articles and research on teaching ESL, from classrom-specific subjects such as grammar and vocabulary, to broader classroom approaches and teaching methodologies such as CALL (Computer Assited Language Learning) and ESP (Education for Special/Specific Purposes).
An outline of the most prominent behaviorist, cognitivist, constructivist, design-based, and humanist research into how people learn and develop.
Based on Stephen Krashen's research and theories, this page contains a discussion of how to use psycholinguistics when teaching a second language.
Children and adults learn language in different ways. This page outlines some of the key differences between these two age groups as well as some teaching suggestions to create engaging, effective lessons.
Explanation and description of the concepts behind audiolingual teaching, as well as activities and tasks that fit within this teaching approach.
Multiple Intelligence Theory (MIT) has become very prominent in educational fields as teachers are expected and encouraged to take into account the diverse strengths of the students in their classrooms. This site contains information on the different intelligences identified by psychologists as well as ways to make use of MIT in ESL lessons.
Stephen Krashen's Theory of Second Language Acquisition
[+-] An explanation and overview of Stephen Krashen's Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory.
Stephen Krashen is perhaps the most famous language acquisition theorist in the world today. His theories have influenced classroom teaching and approaches all around the globe.
Everyone speaks in a dialect of some kind. While "standard" English does exist to an extent, more often speech is marked by regional, ethnic, and class variation that colors the various dialects across the country and around the world. ESL teachers should be aware of dialectic variation when teaching.