ESL Lesson Plans

Welcome to Teflnet ESL Lesson Plans where you'll find ready-made lesson plans complete with worksheets, handouts, activities and other ideas to help you animate any class. Some of these are arranged by level, but you can often adapt them quite easily to another (usually higher) level.

Talking Point Lesson Plans

A range of discussion-based lesson plans - all available for free download. Each lesson plan is accompanied by teacher's notes and answers.
Floods - Oil - Archive

Topic-based Lesson Plans

No time to prepare your lessons? These FREE ready-to-go, easy-to-teach ESL lesson plans by Liz Regan aren't just ideas for classroom activities - they are complete, ready-to-teach topic-based plans with worksheets and handouts, and accompanying teacher's notes and answers.

ESL Games

Ideas for pair and group games in the classroom.
Ring-a-Word - Categories Game

ESL Lesson Planner

All in one place, a selection of constantly updated practical English resources ideal for classroom use
Daily Idiom - Week in History

Classroom Ideas

Suggestions, tips and ideas for lessons in a wide range of categories from Business English to Young Learners.
Fillers - Grammar - Teaching

ESL Handouts

Printer-friendly handouts for ESL learners. Copyright-free. Download and print out for your English language classes.

20 ESL Teaching Tips

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

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.
Improvisations - Dictation - Funny English

Songs for Teaching English

Special ESL songs by Jonathan Taylor to help in teaching/learning English. Most songs have subtitles and lyrics so learners can read as they listen, or sing along if you/they wish.

Worksheet Generator

Make your own worksheets with the TEFL Net Worksheet Generator. Just tell the Generator what you want. Then print out the worksheet with or without answersheet. Free, instant, online!
Matching - Scrambled - Sorting

ESL Worksheets

A range of freely photocopiable, printer-friendly ESL worksheets, including discussion-based and topic-based worksheets, with handy teacher's notes
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Useful Articles Relating to Lesson Plans

Immersion Role-playing
Going Beyond John and Mary: How to Use In-Depth Role-Playing - Jason White

Teaching with Bingo
Using bingo to teach a variety of lesson points - Glenn Huntley

Tips for Tutoring Adult Students
Methods and Materials for Conversation and Writing Tutors - Eric H. Roth

The Chairperson
A technique to give responsibility, and make English purposeful - Glenn Huntley

Fluency versus Accuracy
The value of fluency in teaching young learners - Stefan Chiarantano

Kids Class Blues
Kiss disciplinary problems goodbye - Dante Cuevas

Examples of words that mimic the sounds they make - Stefan Chiarantano

English is a mongrel language!
Examples of Japanese words borrowed into the English language - Stefan Chiarantano

Dyslexia in the Foreign Language Classroom
A practical guide for teachers - Ania Krzyzak

Top Teaching Banana Skins (and how to avoid them)
Solutions to the top three teaching mistakes - Alex Case

A bag of tricks for the traveling YL ESL teacher
Don't leave home without it - Stefan Chiarantano

Accounting For Style
How an understanding of individual learning styles can pay dividends in class - Paul Meehan

YL Games for L2
Practical games and activities for young learners to test target language - Stefan Chiarantano

Lonely Word Seeks Like-Minded Partners for Possible Collocation
How understanding word relationships is the key to successful vocabulary acquisition - Paul Meehan

SAC Shock!! Tips for Self Access Centres
Students can suffer from "SAC shock" when faced with the choice between just two books - by Alex Case

Helping ESL Students Become Computer Literate
The question is not whether to teach computer literacy but how - Bobbie Crockett

Poolside Interview with Brian Boyd
Josef Essberger of EnglishClub interviews the creator of Grammarman, the world's first and only grammar superhero

20 Presentation Tips for Your Students
Helping learners to give presentations is an excellent way to encourage fluency - Josef Essberger

Using Video Cameras in the Language Classroom
Video is an excellent medium for use in the language classroom - Josef Essberger

How to Use Podcasts for Listening Comprehension - Jason White

The Name Game
A way to get students thinking about pronunciation, using common names - Glenn Huntley

Writing Creatively in Another Language
Even beginner learners can be creative in the way they use language - Gill James

On EnglishClub

Should ESL Instructors Speak Other Languages in the Classroom?
Should other languages be completely banned from the classroom? - Eric Dondero R.

Ingredients for Successful Communicative Tasks
The success of communicative activities is almost always determined by the work the teacher does before the students begin - Steven Tait

NLP and Lazy Language Learning
Thoughts to make life simpler for language learners - Diana Beaver

Speaking Practice through Presentations
Here we consider not so much the presentation as an end in itself as its use for speaking practice - Josef Essberger

Cutting Out Cutting Up: Tips for Lesson Plans
An article for anyone who has ever got tired of having a pair of scissors in their hands - Alex Case