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 Strategies
Listening/Phonology Resources

Search tips about listening skills at DevelopingTeachers.com

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 Strategies
Reading Resources

Website offers information on reading strategies with coordinating lesson plans

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 Strategies
Technology Resources

See article, "Create Custom Visuals For Your Students"

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 Strategies
General Resources

Online searchable Merriam-Webster dictionary

Search 37 in-service ideas and strategies for elementary ESL teachers.

Website contains lots of information on specific teaching strategies for K-12

Several cooperative learning strategies are supplemented by graphic organizers and information about small group activities.

A book of techniques, sample lesson plans, activities & resources for teaching ESL

50 Incredibly Useful Links for ELL Educators

Seven Tips for Building Positive Relationships with English Language-Learners

CAL Solutions: Promoting education and achievement of adults learning English

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 Lesson Plans
Grammar Resources

Downloadable basic grammar lessons with handouts.

English grammar quizzes for levels 1-2.

English grammar quizzes for levels 3-4.

Searchable list of American slang with definitions

Links to grammar exercises on various subjects for beginner students to practice; can easily be adapted to the classroom.

Speak-Read-Write.com offers this link to basic English sentence structure.

Guide to Grammar and Writing

Lesson plan on prefixes that can be adapted to the ESL classroom

Adjective/Adverb "Taboo"

Lesson plan for teaching prepositions

Current event lesson plans for low intermediate to advanced students.

Lesson plan on sentence structure

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 Lesson Plans
Reading Resources

Newsweek lesson.

A/B stories. A reading activity for pairs.

Ideas for using authentic texts with low level ESL classes.

Reading and vocabulary lesson.

See article, "A Mixer for the Classroom…"

A variety of reading materials divided into beginning, intermediate, low-intermediate and advanced levels. Could be used in class or for student's independent reading.

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 Lesson Plans
Vocabulary Resources

Beginner lesson plan on a shopping trip.

Ideas for previewing vocabulary.

Ideas for using matching exercises.

Ideas for using conversation card sets.

Internet Picture Dictionary; An online multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students. Reinforcement activities include flashcards, scrambled words and word scrambles. Words can be found by letter or categories.

Alphabetical, searchable list of English idioms and proverbs.

Crossword puzzles for levels 1-2.

Crossword puzzles for levels 3-4.

English vocabulary quizzes using pictures for levels 1-2.

English vocabulary quizzes for levels 1-2.

English vocabulary quizzes for levels 3-4.

Activities and exercises that teach how to pronounce English sounds.

Online lesson to teach beginner students clothing, colors and color patters. Includes a student quiz and vocabulary practice section.

Activity to practice vocabulary associated with professions

Double Jeopardy, an activity in which students must ask a question that corresponds with the meaning of a vocabulary word.

Activity to teach the seasons and season-appropriate clothing.

Activity with vocabulary cards.

Activity called 'Odd one Out' where students pick one word in a group that doesn't belong.

Activity called 'Ring-a-Word' where students circle words as the teacher calls them out.

Review game called 'Beat the Teacher'.

Students invent a story based on the teacher's prompts

A lesson in describing things that gets beginner students comfortable speaking.

Conversational activity to discuss why people live long

Activity in which students guess the animal name taped to their back

Mock photo shoot activity to practice verbs

Activity where students discuss special moments

Activity in which students discuss colors that represent feelings

Body language idioms

Adjectives of character

Pair and small group exercises in which students choose the topics to discuss

Discussion activity to develop group rapport

Students discuss traditions

Students discuss who their favorite people are and why

Students stand in lines and talk

Speaking activity in which students change partners

Sentence starters

Speaking activity in which students determine if statements are true

Lesson plan for a vocabulary building game

DevelopingTeachers.com's list of days of the year around which to plan lessons

See article, "Water to Ice!"

See article, "Up the Waterspout!"

See article, "Practice Speaking Prompts for the Intermediate Low (b) Speaking Test"

See article, "Prompt for Part One of the Beginning Low B Speaking Test"

See article, "Hunting and Gathering English…"

See article, "'Now and Then Charades'-an Activity for the Classroom"

See article, "Strip Sentence Mixer-an Activity for the Classroom"

Variation of hangman.

Another variation of hangman.

Student-created dialogues.

Variation of Simon says.

Vocabulary game.

Questions for intermediate speakers to generate conversation.

Student-created learning games.

Daily, verbal learning log.

Article on teaching and practicing numbers

Lesson plan in word meaning for advanced students

20 Questions interactive lesson for low-intermediate students

List of conversation questions within numerous subjects

List of jokes for the ESL classroom

List of games and activities within numerous subjects

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 Lesson Plans
Listening Resources

Popular song lyrics to print. Music sold separately.

Listening activity in which students make sound effects and mime actions

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 Lesson Plans
Spelling Resources

Practice spelling and vocabulary

See article, "Peer Spelling Dictation"

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 Lesson Plans
Writing Resources

Students write their first thoughts in answer to a question

Students write about nature and the environment

See article, "'Picture Stories' for Writing Instruction"

See article, "Writing From a Model--Interview, Write and Share"

See article, "Quickwriting"

See article, "Peer Editing in Student Writing Lessons"

See article, "Practice Writing Prompt for the Beginning Low (a) Writing Promotional Test (Two)"

See article, "Practice Prompts for the Beginning High Writing Test"

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 Lesson Plans
Technology Resources

Students research New York online and complete a quiz

Article on choosing & using technology in lesson planning

Article on choosing & using software in the classroom

Lesson plans for e-mail and other computer projects for the ESOL classroom

Lesson plans that integrate technology

List of web-based lesson plans

Lesson plans to teach Internet basics

Links to lessons using PowerPoint within numerous subjects

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 Lesson Plans
Civics Resources

Project integrates EL-Civics learning activities into an Even Start family literacy program. The activities are for beginning level ESL students, and the site includes 19 lesson plans.

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 Lesson Plans
Financial Literacy Resources

Curriculum for immigrants

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 Lesson Plans
General Resources

Lesson plans on various subjects by Marti Lane of St. Petersburg, Florida.

A year-long curriculum designed by a Community ESOL project in the UK; for use by tutors; links to accompanying materials.

Using movie previews for various class levels.

Website with activities for pre-literacy ESL students.

Jokes in English for the ESL classroom.

Lesson planning ideas for one-on-one ESL tutors.

English-to-go.com contains teaching material based upon Reuters news articles. Tutors can access lessons, tools, samples and other resources.

Games and activities for various levels within the ESL classroom.

Get to know you questions for the first day of class.

ESL lesson ideas

Contains 5 sets of lesson plans, each set containing 30+ sheets.

Collection of international key-pal projects geared toward children, but can be adapted for use in adult classrooms. Choose a project, complete with lesson plans, and then share your class' results on the web.

Ready to use EFL/ESL lesson plans based on current events with grammar, reading, listening, speaking and discussion exercises. East lesson plan has a MS Word/PDF version that one can duplicate for classroom use. Each lesson also contains an MP3 file of the reading in British English.

Links to short stories followed by questions and answers to adapt to your own lesson plan

Links at this site for sample lessons in many categories

Stories to help with lesson planning

Search for free lesson plans within multiple subjects for multiple language levels and ages

Syllabus for beginner courses without a book.

One World, One People contains various lesson plans and teaching activities

More lessons, games, etc. from One World, One People

Search 30,000 lesson plans, teaching tips and more

A commercial site with free lesson plans and activities

Ready to use EFL/ESL lesson plans

Download and print an instant-lesson plan for the day from DevelopingTeachers.com

Listing of lesson plans for all levels and subjects

A method for evaluating and changing your lesson plan

ESOL lesson plans.

General lesson plans for numerous subjects

Learning activities for various lessons

Helps teachers write focused lesson plans

Helps teachers write focused lesson plans

Book of techniques, sample lesson plans, activities & resources for teaching ESL

Downloadable action photos & accompanying suggested lessons

See article, "Sentence Auction"

See article, "Language Through Art"

A humorous lesson plan

Lesson plan for the movie, The Emperor's Club, for advanced students

Ten ways to turn lessons into games.

A textbook of lesson plans of task based activities

These interactive exercises explain what happens to the trash we throw away

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 Teaching Tips
Math Resources

Book of techniques, sample lesson plans, activities & resources for teaching ESL

See article, "Summer Activities for ESL/CBET Classes," for a list of suggested activities

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 Teaching Tips
General Resources

Tutor's manual on speech production with specific sections on pronunciation, intonation, stress and emphasis; also includes links to handouts and word lists

Tutor's manual/notes on grammar with links to grammar sheets.

10 tips for teaching adults.

Tips from a high school teacher in Japan about stages of a listening exercise.

Tips for activities teachers can do to practice pronunciation with students.

Site for teachers and students to understand how to pronounce English sounds

Site for teachers and students to understand English word stress.

Site for teachers and students to understand English sentence stress and intonation.

Glossary of Second and Primary Language Acquisition Terms; terms and definitions used by ESOL/ESL teachers, trainers and researchers.

Newsgroup for ESOL teachers hosts this site that contains answers to frequently asked questions related to ESL, EFL, TOEFL and more.

ESL Resource Center is a site for students to practice grammar, but this link contains helpful information for teachers who may need to refresh their knowledge of grammar.

Tips and ideas for the first day of class.

Tips on how to work with adults plus, a self-study training guide for tutors; from a program in Washington state.

English Specialist.com offers this link for tables of basic sentence structure.

Tips for tutors to use technology in the classroom.

Tips for tutoring one-on-one

Tips for tutors on what "talk time" is and ideas for conversation.

California's online resource guide for new ESL teachers.

Introductory manual to workplace ESL.

Article on television and tele-visual literacy in language teaching and learning

Tips on teaching second language learners.

English version of the book, Adult English Language Instruction in the 21st Century.

Spanish version of the book, Adult English Language Instruction in the 21st Century.

Article on how reading instruction in ESOL should differ from ABE

List of free books for teachers

What beginning teachers and tutors need to know about adult English language learners

List of activities for younger learners

Activity to review the day's lesson

An activity where students spell with their bodies; recommended for younger learners

Suggested activities to lead into or end class discussions

Ways to communicate and check the meaning of words

Ideas for variety in drilling

Tips on how to correct students

Self-assessment questions for teachers/tutors

Phonemes: what they are and how to use them

Form to complete when giving one-on-one feedback/ error correcting

Techniques to correct students' errors.

Drama activities to include in the classroom.

Tips and ideas for teaching business English.

Tips and ideas for teaching beginner students.

Tips on how to lead small groups.

Tips on lesson planning for small groups.

Answers to some frequently asked questions about teaching beginners.

Input a block of text to find out its complexity, reading level, syllable count and average words in a sentence. Great to analyze web-based material.

Lessons in grammar, slang, idioms, conversation skills, and TOEFL vocabulary.

Word search function and gives definition.

Daily teaching tip at DevelopingTeachers.com

List of teaching tips at DevelopingTeachers.com

Article on tips for teaching beginner ESL and low-level adults

Teaching tips that change daily

An overview of citizenship and tips to prepare students for citizenship tests.

Article on coping with mixed ability classrooms

Adult Education ESL Teacher's Guide; an introduction to for new ESOL teachers; includes an orientation, beginning and intermediate lessons with teacher training modules; also includes a section on teaching nonliterate students

Tables and charts to understand and remember verb patterns and relationships

6,000 most commonly used English words

Samples of some of the most frequently asked questions from the U.S. Citizenship test.

Links to search for ESL Civics education

The Internet TESL Journal
Articles, Research Papers, Lesson Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links.

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 Handouts
Reading Resources

Reading materials/lessons in various subjects with accompanying handouts and dialogues.

Basic reading exercises with handouts.

Language and Literacy.

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 Handouts
Speaking Resources

Handout of questions for a film survey.

Conversation question cards related to travel.

Conversation question cards about shopping.

Discussion questions about natural disasters.

Conversation question cards about entertainment.

Activity to role-play telephone skills.

Activity to practice telephone skills with a partner.

The bottom of the page contains printable conversation questions on various topics.

"The Expert Game"

Downloadable game board for "Treasure Island," where students try to capture treasure from a pirate. For use with intermediate classes.

Mingling activity to discuss questions hung around the room

Students pretend to be famous people and discuss what they did the previous night

Activity in which students give each other pretend gifts; this writing activity can easily become a speaking activity

Students discuss how people meet and put sentences in order to tell a story

Students tell a 5 sentence story by completing unfinished sentences.

Activity in which students have to "find someone who has…"

Questions for students to ask one another

Small group discussion activity about how to use an amount of money

Students have small group discussion about polemic statements

Questions for students to answer in a pair activity

Tongue twister games

Mixer game in which students make phoneme sounds

Activity to develop intonation patterns

Activity to practice the "th" and "t" sounds

Activity to practice long and short sounding words

Activity in which students can say or write the questions to the answers given

Activity to practice speaking to a hotel receptionist

Activity where people have to guess what famous person's name is taped to their back

Activity where students discuss their home cultures.

Handouts and instructions for speaking practice using can, like and to be.

Information exchange activity to share information about a family member.

Pair-work activity about the family.

Story-telling activity in which students ask questions to piece together a story

Game in which students guess whether the speaker is lying or telling the truth

Students find similar sounds in words.

Pronunciation activity in which students differentiate two sounds

Another pronunciation activity in which students differentiate two sounds

Students say words that rhyme.

A variation on the Twenty Questions activity

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 Handouts
Vocabulary Resources

Vocabulary cards related to travel.

Vocabulary cards related to clothes shopping.

Crossword puzzle about food quantifiers.

Matching exercise about natural disaster vocabulary.

Lesson plan with matching game and discussion activity centered on transportation vocabulary.

Speak-Read-Write.com offers this second link to approximately 100 idioms, slang, phrasal verbs, colloquialisms, clichés and proverbs with context examples.

Speak-Read-Write.com offers this initial link to approximately 700 idioms, slang, phrasal verbs, colloquialisms, clichés and proverbs with context examples.

Over 40 sets of free, downloadable flash cards for use with children but could be adapted to any classroom.

Matching activity to learn verbs that go with parts of the body

Activity to build vocabulary associated with the taste of food

Activity to build vocabulary of words that are spelled the same but have different meanings

Activity to practice speaking and vocabulary associated with emotions

Activity to practice vocabulary associated with cooking

Activity to teach ailments

Find words that fit into the poem.

Activity to practice homophones

Activity that helps a student develop his/her own vocabulary

Anagram activity for low and high levels

Activity in which students add a letter to a word to create a new word

Activity to practice vocabulary associated with letters of the alphabet

Choose from an assortment of anagram activities

Activity for beginner students to practice the alphabet sequence and vocabulary.

Word find puzzle about clothes.

Activity about cooking to introduce verbs.

Activity to learn dates and numbers.

Activity to practice spelling words associated with clothing.

Word-find activity associated with food.

Competitive vocabulary game.

Free EFL phonics system used at K12 school with cards for presentation, game cards and handouts. The site is a work in progress, but does contain useful items and tips.

Vocabulary and mime games.

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 Handouts
Grammar Resources

Exercises within various grammar topics to print.

Downloadable basic grammar lessons with handouts.

Reference handout of the most common irregular verbs grouped according to pattern.

Sort the verbs into irregular or regular categories. Low Intermediate level.

Worksheet to practice expressions of quantity. Low Intermediate level.

Adjectives of character, lesson #2

Activity to practice the use of dates

Activity to recognize the different ends of regular past tense verbs

Activity to practice -ing forms

Activity to piece together sentence parts

Activity to practice the present continuous tense

Activity where students place bets on their ability to correct errors in a sentence.

Activity in which students practice present perfect and simple past tenses

Activity in which students use the simple past tense

Activity in which students identify an unnecessary word.

Activity for students to practice prepositions

Activity to teach superlatives

Activity to practice "too" and "enough"

Activity to practice the present simple tense

Competitive activity in which students correct sentences.

Activity where students fill in a missing word

Kinesthetic activity to test for correct grammar

Activity of adjectives to describe work

Mime activity to teach the present simple tense.

Mime activity to practice the simple past.

Word order activity.

Word order activity.

Activity using a pack of cards to practice imperatives

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 Handouts
Spelling Resources

Word scramble game in which students compete to make the longest word

Word arrangement activity to practice spelling

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Listening Resources

Activity in which students respond to particular words

Story-telling activity in which students fill in the gaps

Dictation activity in which students must figure out the ending to a story

Activity for students to listen to a story and respond, thereby helping to write the story

Differentiation activity where students decide which sound goes with which word

Activity to differentiate words in a group

Game based on hide and seek in which students find items hidden in the room

Bingo game to practice listening

Students discriminate between endings of conjugated verbs

"spot the schwa"

Listening activity to teach numbers.

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 Handouts
Life And Workplace Skills

Handouts and lesson ideas for tutors to teach workplace skills.

Lesson on how to check into a hotel

Lesson on how to budget to buy a car

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 Handouts
Technology Resources

Using power point in ESL instruction

Projects using MS Word

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 Handouts
General Resources

Free Printable English Worksheets.

Game - In Choice of the Dragon, you get to be one — as nice or as mean as you want!

Activity sheets for tutors from a community ESOL project.

Handout to use with a musical listening activity; teacher must bring in 4 songs.

Music conversation question cards to print.

ESL handouts and lesson plans for tutors of beginners.

Downloadable cards with characters who live in "Big Town," an imaginary town. Adapt these cards to your own lesson plan to build vocabulary or play the game that is described online.

138 vocabulary flashcards to print for free

Alphabet sheets to print for free

Collection of phonics worksheets to print for free

Collection of thought provoking writing worksheets to download for free

Student's resource section in which teachers can find games, puzzles and more to adapt to classroom activities

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General ESOL Resources

Absolute Beginner English; A syllabus to take students from speaking no English at all, to being able to fulfill basic communication needs.

Great general resource

Searchable index of irregular verbs

Searchable English dictionaries

A commercial site with articles on English language usage

A commercial site with online quizzes for various levels

A commercial site with a searchable glossary of grammar terms

A commercial site with a searchable index of English idioms

A commercial site with a glossary of phrasal verbs

Search for ESL materials about speaking, reading and writing

BBC's site where teachers can find lesson plans, news articles, quizzes, business English resources, English by video and radio, and more

Specific link to Teacher's Resources within the BBC's site for teaching English

Articles and other resources to search

A site to discuss learning English and the English language

Choose from a list of words to find definitions and pronunciation

The Newbury House Online Dictionary

Print resource, published 6 times a year, filled with tips, lesson plans, etc

A vast repository of various resources; see the Teacher section

Website on multiple intelligences and it's implications for ESOL

Search for lesson plans by keyword

Website with downloadable action photos to be used in instruction, includes some lesson ideas

See article, "Integrating Tax Concepts into the ESL Curriculum"

Six areas of language learning.

Animated libraries of the sounds of English & Spanish

English for Academic Purposes website

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