Teaching Resources

Last updated: 27/03/2016

Source: Open Education Database 

Discover a world of lesson plans, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, worksheets and teaching ideas. At this stage, we are able to provide online ESL teaching resources. However, the page is being developed and we are expecting to bring to you more teaching resources for other disciplines such as Business Studies, International Relations and Environmental Studies.

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English Language Studies

Learning a new language is always daunting, especially when that language is as full of weird rules and contradictions as English. Even native speakers sometimes have trouble mastering the nuances of tense and grammar. Fortunately, if you’re originally a non-English speaker, there are a fantastic amount of resources online to help you master the English language. From speaking to writing, these tools will help you get a handle on English and help you in your education and career. Don’t let the size of the task stop you from getting it done. Use these resources and you’ll be fluent in no time.


The ESOL Teaching Skills TaskBook is a professional development resource comprising 40 stand-alone tasks that focus on different aspects of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The ETS TaskBook is a flexible resource that allows schools to provide their teachers with practical professional development opportunities. 


Grammar and Usage

Use these sites to boost your grammar knowledge, from verb tenses to noun placement.

  • Breaking News EnglishThese inventive lesson plans teach ESL by drawing inspiration from recent news and global affairs. Packed with information about word usage, grammar, and more. 
  • ESL-LoungeHundreds of awesome exercises make this site a fantastic tool for students. Parts of speech and vocabulary are classified by difficulty.
  • Purdue Online Writing LabThe OWL is a wonderful repository of practice sheets and linguistic primers for learners at all levels.
  • Dave’s ESL CafeESL teacher Dave Sperling’s in-depth site provides numerous lessons about sentence structure, word use, and more.
  • Label Me! – This resource of printable worksheets is great for teaching new vocabulary. It has images for students to label and, if they’re feeling creative, to expand on (“now draw a mirror on the bedroom wall… now draw a cat under the table.”) These handouts would suit a range of levels, and the site has a hefty selection of holiday-themed worksheets.
Spelling and Pronunciation
These sites will help ESL students learn how to speak or spell the English words they’ve been learning.
  • BBC Learning English: This resource from the British channel offers all kinds of lessons and tips for learning English, including pronunciation, vocab, and grammar lessons.
  • Antimoon: Learn to recognise the sounds in the English language and use correct intonation.
  • English Club – English Club’s talking point worksheets are mini lessons with a huge range of subjects. There are topics like biofuel and kidnapping for your more serious lessons, and topics such as shopping for lighter discussions. Each lesson includes a bit of vocabulary and a dense list of discussion questions related to the topic.
  • Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab– This is a big bank of ESL listening activities. The sound clips have pre and post-listening exercises, and comprehension questions too. Most of the content would suit low-to-high intermediate students, but there are some resources for beginners and advanced learners too.
  • Antimoon: Learn to recognise the sounds in the English language and use correct intonation.

Vocabulary and Writing

Building a vocabulary is one of the most important parts of mastering a language. These sites help students start adding words to their vocabulary, learning how to use them verbally and on paper.

  • Flash Card Exchange: This browser-based tool lets you study thousands of words, create your own flash cards, and sort cards based on category and learner language.
  • 20-Minute ESL Lessons: These audio lessons cover basic vocabulary for a variety of everyday situations, including office life.
  • Vocabulary Can Be Fun: This site offers a variety of entertaining games designed to enhance vocabulary use through interactive play.
  • Pizzaz: This site uses poems and short stories as writing examples and exercises to teach creative writing and usage.
  • About.com English Vocabulary: About.com has a number of resources for ESL including these helpful business vocabulary lessons for several different industries.
  • Aardvark’s English Forum: In the student section of this forum, you can read famous quotations, work your way through novels in English, and do interactive language exercises to understand the written English language better.
  • Vocaboly: Download a free trial of this site’s vocabulary builder and then test your knowledge.
  • Tall Tales– This bank of “did they really happen?” stories has a good selection of offbeat reads about topics like animal heroism and dumb burglars. Some stories have a good deal of supplementary exercises for students.
  • Academic English Cafe– This is a good source for creative writing prompts. As the name suggests, this material is better for high-school or older, as the topics get abstract. It’s high-level but good stuff.


Lesson Plans
  • Using English – This site has a long list of pdf lesson plans for different levels. This is one of the few sites with test prep materials which are crucial for English language learners looking to study abroad. You’ll find IELTS prep lessons and reading exercises based on the Cambridge ESOL. Using English also has printable online quizzes on a mix of grammar-based and general topics. 
  • ESL Galaxy – Here is a bank of over two thousand printable worksheets, mostly for beginner and intermediate students. The materials include games and puzzles, holiday exercises and readings with comprehension activities. There are also free PowerPoint presentations that are mostly suited for young learners.
  • TEFL.net –This site has a simple “worksheet generator” for ESL teachers who need to prep an exercise in a hurry. The site is also one of the biggest resources for lesson plans, ready-made worksheets, reading exercises and games. The site’s “English Planner” section has a fun selection of daily class warm-ups too, such as slang of the day and cartoon of the day. In addition, you’ll find a good library of articles on teaching tips and ESL methodology.
  • BBC Learning English – This is one mega-resource. It hosts grammar, quizzes, lesson plans based on current events and a deliciously British animated series called “The Flatmates” for English learners. It’s a great site if you teach adult ESL classes, as it has sections for teaching business English and lessons framed around practical life skills like renting an apartment and riding the subway.
  • Breaking News English– Here, you’ll find whole lesson plans with vocabulary, discussion questions and more on current event news articles. It’s all for intermediate/high-intermediate learners, but text can be edited and simplified for lower levels. Great material for adults/teens.
  • About.com English Vocabulary: About.com has a number of resources for ESL including these helpful business vocabulary lessons for several different industries.


Other Resources



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