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.
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.
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.
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Matching - Scrambled - Sorting
A range of freely photocopiable, printer-friendly ESL worksheets, including discussion-based and topic-based worksheets, with handy teacher's notes
Useful Articles Relating to Lesson Plans
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
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
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
Lexis - the New Grammar?
How new materials are finally challenging established course book conventions - Paul Meehan
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
Hands off that e-Dictionary!
(Pros and) Cons of electronic dictionaries - Glen A. Hill
Are You Netting the World's best ESL Resource?
You have the world's premier ESL resource at your fingertips - 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
Taking off the Training Wheels
What can students and teachers do on the Internet? - Douglas DeLong