ESL Resources


A Lesson Plans Search Engine may be found at:
(Try ESL in this Search Engine to locate a variety of Lesson Plans)

Activities for ESL Students:
A project of The Internet TESL Journal, this site contains thousands of quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles. It also links to ESL podcasts and videos.

BBC Learning English:
This website takes a multimedia approach to teaching English. Through features such as specially prepared news videos, with accompanying text; an ongoing, animated YouTube series called The Flatmates; and an audio series entitled Keep Your English up to date, BBC Learning English informs and entertains students while teaching them language skills. Although the English used is British, ESL learners and instructors everywhere will find this site of value.

Breaking News English:
This site features lessons based on current news stories. Lessons include the text of the story, along with reading, writing and listening exercises. Lessons and news stories in MP3 format can be downloaded.

CAELA Network (Center for Adult English Language Acquisition):
Funded by the US Office of Vocational and Adult Education, the CAELA Network's mission is to provide high-quality professional development resources and information to ESL teachers, administrators, and others who work with adult ESL learners. Included are briefs and digests, an ESL resource database, a quarterly newsletter, publications for order, bibliographies and a calendar of upcoming CAELA events.

CAELA’s RESOURCE LIST may be found here: 3
Useful for both ESL students and teachers of English, this site provides free lesson plans, games, quizzes and links to the spoken language. It also includes information on grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and business English. On-site registration allows access to the ESL Progress newsletter, ESL forums and chat rooms. I particularly like the IDIOM OF THE DAY feature:

ESL Partyland:
This site features ESL resources for students and teachers alike. Students will find activities, games, quizzes and readings on a variety of topics. Teachers will find lesson plans, handouts, worksheets and other helpful materials. ESL Partyland is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn English with Jokes and Riddles:
Site contains over 300 jokes and riddles involving wordplay appropriate for all ages. Jokes can be viewed sequentially or by topic, and added to "basket" for printing out. "Learn English with Jokes and Riddles" also has presence on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.  Site links to Learn English with Pictures and Audio.

Learn English with Pictures and Audio:
Over 400 words accompanied by pictures and pronunciations. The site features several "Learn English" videos as well. Words included in the site are primarily frequently used nouns.

Links of Interest to Students & Teachers of English as a Second Language:
A list of over 10,000 links for ESL / EFL students and teachers. The student portion of the list includes links to bilingual pages, culture, dictionaries, games, videos and vocabulary. The teacher portion includes links to articles, conference information, journals, newsletters, and teaching techniques and ideas.

Voice of America (VOA) News: Special English:
and: Each day the Voice of America broadcasts a program with news and feature stories in simplified English. Some of the stories are read aloud on TV, with accompanying scrolling script. The English used has a core vocabulary of 1500 words. This site offers transcripts from the radio broadcasts, along with the corresponding audio files, as well as a link to the TV feed. VOA News: Special English is also on Twitter.

"Wordnik is based on the principle that people learn words best by seeing them in context. We've collected more than 4 billion words of text (web pages, books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and have mined them exhaustively to show you example sentences for any word you're interested in." Wordnik also features a thesaurus and a Word of the Day.

Many Things
Many Things is a website offering ESL students and teachers an extensive collection of games, quizzes, and other online learning activities. Visitors to Many Things will find materials appropriate for beginning through advanced ESL students. In addition to games and quizzes, visitors will find listening activities made possible through the use of MP3 recordings. Many Things also offers visitors video lessons on speaking and writing English. Embedded below is an example of the video lessons you can find on Many Things.

ESL Printables is a community for ESL teachers to find and share worksheets and lesson plans. To use ESL Printables you have to be a registered user. Registration is free, but to complete your registration you have to contribute a printable worksheet, lesson plan, or Powerpoint of your own. Every time someone downloads one of your submissions, you also earn points that you can use to download more materials.

Most mobile phones now (Nokia, windows mobile, etc) can take mp3 files and play them... so, iPods not actually necessary.

See also the main website at:
for additional examples of Lesson Plans and ideas for ESL Teachers.

ESL Holiday Lessons provide a comprehensive collection of lesson plans for every major holiday in the United States. The collection also includes many lesson plans for minor holidays.
Contains English Lesson Plans and Handouts.


POWERPOINT PALOOZA: Lesson Plans and Free Powerpoints for Education

English via iTunes:

  • 6 Minute English  iTunes Downloads - Web Site
    Learn and practice useful English with the BBC.
  • Better @ English   iTunesFeedWeb Site
    Focuses on conversational English, with an emphasis on idioms and slang.
  • Business English   iTunes - Web Site
    Learn the English you will need to function effectively in an American business environment.
  • Effortless English Podcast   iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    This podcast gets solid reviews.
  • English as a Second Language Podcast   iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    A very well liked collection of ESL lessons. Over 100 episodes in the collection.
  • English for Spanish Speakers (’Por Fin Aprende Ingles’)  iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    Si usted haya asistido al menos a un curso de ingles, y usted necesita la oportunidad de escuchar al ingles y hablar el ingles, entonces ‘Por Fin Aprende Ingles’ es el podcast perfecto para usted. Presentado por Carla Staufert-Sauvier, una profesora de Mexico, y Jade Lindquist, una profesora de los EE UU.
  • English through Stories   iTunes
    For advanced speakers of English wishing to improve their listening and speaking skills.
  • ESL Business News   iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    A weekly podcast of international business news read in slow, clear English. Listen to the podcast and follow along in the accompanying script.
  • Grammar Girl   iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer.
  • Speaking English Podcast   iTunes - Feed - Web Site
    100+ podcasts focusing on English pronunciation and vocabulary.
  • Tu Ingles! iTunes - Feed -  Web Site
    “Tu Ingles” is designed to help Spanish-speakers improve their ear for English. The weekly program features drills of verb conjugation, interviews, advice about idioms, and excerpts of speeches and other recorded spoken material from famous English speakers.


Thousands of other Lesson Plans at Curriki:
(Must register first to see course content, but registration is absolutely free)

One Example of Teaching ESL from Athabasca University with Complete Lesson Plans:

Many other Lesson Plans in all areas at EDSITEMENT -- from the National Endowment for the

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