ESL RESOURCES

SAVE TIME ESL LESSON PLANNING

Looking for convenient ways to prepare your ESL lessons? Look no further! I have listed a few of my favorite resources. They will save you both time and energy when planning your ESL classes.

EDTECH TOOLS

My Study Life is a classroom organization platform.

Easel is a digital activity creator for the classroom.

Google Classroom is a platform where classroom assignments can be set.

Jamboard is an interactive teaching platform where classroom assignments can be set..

Seesaw is an interactive teaching platform and LMS.

Showbie is a platform where one can create and complete assignments.

Nearpod – is a platform where one can create interactive lessons and slideshows.

HyperDocs – is a platform where one can create interactive lessons and slideshows.

Genially is a platform where one can create interactive games.

OBS is a screen recording software. Use it for professional high-definition desktop screen and stream recordings.

Classroomscreen is an online interactive whiteboard platform.

Kahoot is an interactive educational platform with review quizzes for multiple subjects.

Blooket is also an interactive educational platform with review quizzes for multiple subjects.

Padlet is an interactive virtual bulletin board.

Canvas is a learning management system. It includes things like quizzes, grade books, and video conferencing, etc.

SlidesMania is a free PowerPoint and Google slides platform with downloadable templates and themes.

Slidesgo is also a free PowerPoint and Google slides platform with downloadable templates and themes.

Epic is a reading platform. It has many books for learners aged 12 and under.

Screencastify is a screen recording tool. It is an extension that works with google chrome.

Arts & Culture is an online platform for learning about art and history. It includes virtual tours of places.

MagicBlox is an online library with numerous reading books for children.

Epic Pen is an annotation tool that can be used for screen recordings, virtual meetings, or lessons.

READY-MADE ESL VIDEOS, GAMES, POWERPOINTS, AND WORKSHEETS

Games4ESL This site is amazing as it has all you need to prepare for your classes in one convenient place. Here you can find PowerPoint presentations with worksheets to match. The site also features ESL video games.

PRE-MADE ONLINE ESL GAMES

Games to Learn English With this platform you have access to ready-to-go vocabulary games and more.

Funbrain This platform has games, books, videos, and much more. It is such a great site for teachers who want their classes to be more engaging.

ESL INTERACTIVE GAME CREATION TOOLS

Educandy Teachers create interactive quizzes/games with this platform. Free and paid versions are available.

Wordwall This site also has great interactive games and quiz creators for teachers. The selection of tests one can make is impressive. You will never have a boring class again. Increase your classroom engagement with this platform.

Interactive scoreboard This is a simple classroom tool for virtual or in-class teachers. Having a scoreboard can aid in making classes competitive, resulting in a classroom of children who are more focused and involved.

A name spinner is another classroom tool that is very beneficial for teachers. Not only can it be used to randomly select student names or teams, it can be used as a topic selector as well. See below.

Random name spinner tool 1

Random name spinner tool 2

READY-MADE VIDEO LESSONS

ESL Video If you like using video in your classes, and if you have little to no time to find content for your upcoming ESL lesson, then this site is for you. This website has a variety of videos to help make your ESL lessons more interesting. Here you will find music quizzes, movie quizzes, TV show quizzes, and listening exercises.

CHANNELS FOR VIDEO LESSONS

These youtube channels/playlists have great educational content for various age groups.

Kindergarten nursery rhymes – 1 (CoComelon)

Kindergarten nursery rhymes – 2 (Little BoBo Nursery Rhymes)

Kindergarten – interactive videos (Bounce Patrol)

Primary school lessons / High school lessons – 1 (Free School)

Primary school lessons / High school lessons – 2 ( National Geographic Kids)

Primary school lessons – 3 (Smile and Learn)

Primary school lessons – 4 (Homeschool Pop)

Primary school lessons – 5 (Kids Academy)

High school lessons – 1 (Happy Learning English)

High school lessons – 2 (TED-Ed)

High school lessons – 3 (Clarendon Learning)

When it comes to the holidays, teachers tend to have classroom parties, play games, or watch videos. If you need videos to fill up your class time, see our recommendations below.

CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Niko

Noddy in Toyland

Caillou’s Holiday

Gekko saves Christmas

The Smurf’s Christmas

Peppa Pig

Mr. Bean’s Christmas

HALLOWEEN MOVIES

Peppa Pig

Mr. Bean’s Halloween

Spookiz

Casper’s Scare School

PJ Masks – Holiday Trickters

READY-MADE POWERPOINT GAMES AND TEMPLATES

PowerPoint Games are great time fillers or for revising vocabulary. This site lets you download PowerPoint games for free. There are also tutorials that show you how to create your own.

READY-MADE POWERPOINT LESSONS, VIDEO LESSONS, AND ESL WORKSHEETS

iSL Collective This popular ESL site is a go-to for your lesson planning needs. Here you will find just about everything you may need to plan your ESL lessons in one convenient place. With so many users uploading to the platform, you will find endless ESL ideas and topics to choose from.

PURCHASE ESL WORKSHEETS

Teachers Pay Teachers This site is great for finding worksheets for various subjects. Most sellers include both the color and black and white versions of their worksheets. Most of the worksheets on the site come with answer keys. A major benefit of using this site for teachers is that you can sell your original worksheets online.

ESL WORKSHEETS AND GENERATORS

Here you can find a variety of ready-made worksheets and worksheet generators. They are great for revising vocabulary.

Super Teacher Worksheets This site has both ready-made worksheets and worksheet generators for your classes.

Quick Worksheets This site allows one to create interactive worksheets. These are great for tests and quizzes.

English Worksheets This is a fantastic ESL site with read-made worksheets. If you are teaching English, there are so many great resources to choose from. It covers vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension. There is no need to spend a long time preparing for classes when you have access to this platform.

Education This site has worksheet generators for various purposes. For ESL their reading comprehension worksheet generators are great.

Quizlet is a survey/quiz/exam maker. This is a must-have tool.

Teach This This is a go-to platform for all things ESL. They have ready-made worksheets for all types of English classes.

Twinkl This is another platform with ready-made worksheets for all types of English classes. They have a plethora of resources to make your classes fun.

iSLCOLLECTIVE On this platform you will find free worksheets, PowerPoints, and video lessons for your ESL classes. This is a definite go-to for those who prefer the no-prep approach to lesson planning.

ONLINE WARM-UP GAMES AND ENERGIZERS

It’s always a great idea to get students warmed up, focused, and ready for class. Energizers and warm-up games are a great way to do this. The sites below have a great selection for you to choose from.

ENERGIZERS

Mural

ESL WARM-UPS/GAMES

TEFL Lemon

ESL Kid stuff

Playmeo

ESL Kids Games

Twinkl

ESL Games

Teach This

ESL Activity

ESL TEXTBOOKS

Oxford University Press has some of the most popular ESL books to date. I have categorized the books to make it easier for you to source what you need.

Pre-school

Young learners

Teens

Adults