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ESL Lesson PlansWelcome to Teflnet ESL Lesson Plans. Here are some ideas and activities that will help you animate any class. Some of these lesson plans are arranged by level, but you can often adapt them quite easily to another (usually higher) level.

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ESL Worksheets
A range of freely photocopiable, printer-friendly ESL worksheets, including...

  • Talking Point Worksheets
    Discussion-based worksheets, accompanied by handy teaching notes.
  • Topic Worksheets
    Liz ReganNo time to prepare? These ready-to-go, easy-to-teach ESL lesson plans by Liz Regan aren't just ideas for activities - they are complete, ready-to-teach topic-based handouts with teaching notes.
  • Skill-based ESL Worksheets
    Variety of practical worksheets based around grammar, listening, speaking...

ESL Games
Ideas for pair and group games in the classroom.

Classroom Ideas
Suggestions, tips and ideas for lessons in a wide range of categories from Business English to Young Learners.

ESL Activities
Many of these are classic activities used around the world wherever people teach languages. They can be extremely valuable in introducing dynamism and reinforcing the points that you have taught. Lesson Planner

Lesson Planner
All in one place, a selection of constantly updated practical English resources ideal for classroom use

Teaching Tips
These helpful teaching tips are written in plain, jargon-free English.

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