TESOL Teaching and Learning Websites

This page contains useful links for English Language Teachers. There are five categories:

  1. News, Articles, Newsworthy Blogs. These resources are a good start for teachers setting up their Personal Learning Network (PLN).
  2. Lesson plans, activities and resources.
  3. Meta-sites. These websites host a vast range of resources for TESOL educators.
  4. Technology for Language Teachers. These resources will help you get established using technology for professional development as well as for teaching.
  5. Resources for Young Learners. These resources are aimed specifically at young learners, a group usually defined by the age range 6-12 years.

(updated 27 Mar 2014)

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1) News, Articles, Newsworthy Blogs

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English Language Teaching Resources Daily

You’ll find all the latest news from around the world on English language teaching here. Jobs, teaching ideas, articles on language, teaching and learning materials, technology for TESOL and opportunities to connect with others.

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Group work and interaction in language learning classrooms

A collection of internet-based resources related to group work and classroom interaction.

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PEETA (Primary English Teaching Association Australia) Resources 

Text essays and video interviews on literacy, knowledge about language and other goodies. Derewianka, Christie, Freebody, etc

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TESOL Academic

Links theory and practice through a series of video webcasts which can be viewed as streamed media or downloaded and distributed for educational purposes.

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An A-Z of ELT

ELT author Scott Thornbury’s blog, updating An A-Z of ELT – an encyclopedia-dictionary of terminology relating to English language and English language teaching. Yours truly occasionally makes a comment!

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What should every ESL teacher know?

This very practical book covers the most important information that a teacher of English as a second language should know. It focuses on practical issues such as how to teach various kinds of classes including one-to-one teaching, teaching small groups, teaching in schools, and teaching on English for academic purposes course. The idea that runs through the whole book is that well designed language courses need to look carefully at learners’ language use needs and so several chapters focus on needs analysis and environment analysis. (Freely available open-access book through Compass Media).

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Demand High ELT

A blog by two seasoned teacher trainers and coursebook writers providing a range of resources that help you answer:

  • Are our learners capable of more, much more?
  • Have the tasks and techniques we use in class become rituals and ends in themselves?
  • How can we stop “covering material” and start focusing on the potential for deep learning?
  • What small tweaks and adjustments can we make to shift the whole focus of our teaching towards getting that engine of learning going?

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Links to blogs by or for English Language Teachers, by an avid ELT blogger.
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Global Issues and Activism in English Language TeachingContains journals, newsletters and article collections that are available online. The first two lists deal with English teaching, while the others contain journals dealing more generally with teaching about global issues, social justice and environmental issues. All of them have extensive, free online archives.
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‘Key Concepts in ELT’ is a feature of the Journal that aims to assist readers to develop an appreciation of central ideas in ELT, and to approach the content of articles from a perspective informed by current debate on aspects of theory and practice.
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Self explanatory!
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DELTA publishers offers new material to support your teaching on a monthly basis, simply register here for access and to receive a link to the latest Delta Download via Delta’s monthly e-newsletter.
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A collection of ELT publications available in pdf to download.  Highlights include the ELT Research Papers series, the Innovations in ELT book series and resource packs for teachers. British Council publications are evidenced-based and address important issues facing ELT practitioners worldwide.
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Tips on integrating pronunciation into your lessons

Self explanatory!

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The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011

Suggestions that can help teachers become more effective in the classroom today or tomorrow.

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Reflective Inquiry

Tom Farrell, leading scholar in the area of TESOL teacher reflective practice, has a website full of useful information. This is a good site for new teachers engaging in a Practicum to do some additional reading on reflective teaching practice.

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Links to some online TESOL journals

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Teaching Reading Podcast

A 15 minute podcast on teaching reading.

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ELT World Online links

An up-to-date list of academic journals in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

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2) Lesson plans, activities and resources

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TES Australia Toolkit for ESL learners

The ESL Toolkit provides over 50 strategies for helping learners of different ages who are learning English as a second language in schools (Years 1 -12). Each strategy is clearly explained and accompanied by an illustration to aid memory. The strategies are non-subject and non-age specific.

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TESOL Research and Methodology booklets

From Cambridge University Press. “These methodology booklets have been prepared by internationally recognized authorities on English language teaching. They have been written to address topics of interest for an international audience of language teachers, teachers in training, program administrators, and anyone concerned with the study of teaching.”

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EFL Classroom 2.0

Extraordinary collection of every imaginable ESL/EFL resource, and helps connect teachers from all over the world.

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The Guardian Newspaper Language Learning Materials

The Guardian (UK) website has a special section for English language teachers offering free classroom materials.  Each month a few new lessons are added to the site. Interesting stories from the Guardian are rewritten for low-intermediate learners or used as authentic materials for advanced learners.

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Australia Network

A mixed and varied site with loads of resources for teaching English with an Australian flavour.

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British Council Teaching English Resources

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/teaching-resources

http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/lesson-plans

On these two websites you’ll find free teaching resources to use in your English lessons. There are lesson plans and activities, complete with worksheets to download, for primary, secondary and adult teachers.

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Film English

A site which promotes the innovative and creative use of moving images in language learning. All of the lesson plans revolve around the use of video and film to teach English. The site promotes cineliteracy, the ability to analyse moving images, and considers cineliteracy as a 21st century skill which our students need to learn. In addition, the lessons promote critical thinking in the language classroom, and  encourage learners to reflect on values while learning a  language.

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The Genre Project

The Genre Project has been a collaborative project with teachers working in year level teams to make decisions around the genre component of our school Literacy Program.

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A Unit of Work Using Genre-based Teaching

This is a good example of a unit of work teaching the genre of Arguing to primary school students, but which would work in many other contexts too, inclusing ESL and EFL.

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Developing Teachers dot Com Lesson Plan Index

Lots of lesson plans with commentary and/or rationale for their design.

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Lesson Stream

There are currently about 50 lessons available on the site for a range of ages and levels. Teachers can review the lessons online and print any necessary worksheets via PDF.

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ESL Games

This site has both printable and interactive games. English learners can practise vocabulary and grammar online in your school computer lab or at home for extra practice.

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Busy Teacher

Downloadable and printable worksheets

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TESL Lessons

The Internet TESL Journal’s lesson bank

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Lesson Skeletons

Some lesson plans that can be used as “skeletons” or templates for your creativity. A terrific site from a great teacher

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English Forum.Com

Resources for Students and Teachers of English

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Sean Banville’s 8 sites and 3808 lesson plans (and counting!)

Lesson plans, handouts, materials, worksheets

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ESLFLOW.com

Loads of teaching activities

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ESL Gold

English Study and Learning materials

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Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

A site devoted to Listening activities for ELT

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Listening Sites for ELLs

Free, accessible, wide range of listening options.

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Breaking English News

Ready-to-print ESL lesson plans based on current events

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Before, During, and After Reading

Instructional Strategies That Will Foster Reading Comprehension

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Learner Interaction in Reading and Writing

Some ways to make reading and writing practice activities more enjoyable and relevant to learners.

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Dictogloss Activity: Procedure and materials for the classroom

Learn about a terrific, integrated skills, interactive activity that focuses both on form and meaning.

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Registry of English Language Teaching Coursebooks

A good way to locate course books for your particular teaching/learning context.

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TEFL Book reviews

 Reviews of books (and occasionally other resources such as software and games) of special interest to English teachers.
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Radioarchive

This site deals primarily with content from the British Broadcasting Corporation, but if you have quality spoken-word material from other radio networks then you can post it here.

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Lesson resources, teaching and learning materials and other useful things for the EFL teacher.
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Pronunciation Central is a blog dedicated but not limited to pronunciation instruction. On the blog, you will find ready-to-use classroom activities and downloads on pronunciation, speaking skills, listening skills and much more.
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Some excellent sites by teachers and academics that provide loads of resources for teaching pronunciation.
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Author Suzanne Munro writes: “Through sharing my lessons in this book, I hope to provide fellow teachers, tutors, home schoolers and parents with the opportunity to help their children succeed with reading and Phonics.”
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3) Meta-Sites

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The Internet TESL Journal Links

Links of Interest to Students & Teachers of English as a Second Language

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TEFL World Wiki

A collaborative project with the aim of providing useful information for TEFL professionals on many aspects of teaching and learning English.

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Dave’s ESL Cafe

Over 3,000 links related to the ESL and EFL teaching world.

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Aussie Educator: English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language is common in the Australian setting with our multicultural nation. Like several resource listings, these are usable in multiple curriculum areas. They cover all areas from flashcard programs to resource directories, musical activities to information about TESL/TEFL. It is a limited selection of what is available.

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The Linguistic Funland

Resources for Teachers of English as a Second Language

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British Council/BBC Teaching English

You can find free classroom materials to download, from short activities to full lesson plans, for teaching kids and adults. There are also articles on aspects of teaching, and free teacher development and teacher training materials.

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One Stop English

Extensive website for English Language Teachers

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ESL Resource Centre

We are a group of dedicated professional ESL teachers and teacher trainers who have realized that there are very few Internet quality resources and materials for teachers of ESL. Each of our staff members has at least 10 years of teaching experience. We are confident that the resources found on our website are far better suited for various teachers needs than anywhere else on the web.

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4) Technology for Language Teachers

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Cybraryman Internet Catalogue for ESL/EFL

Catalogue of ESL/EFL/Bilingual educational websites.

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AusELT Chat

A lively monthly Twitter chat which affords teachers further access to a community of dedicated professionals. The blog provides a focal point for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by posting chat summaries, stimulating blog rolls and valuable links to resources. #AusELT’s chat topics are chosen by participants via a poll on the blog. Topic choice is driven by teachers ensuring discussions are relevant. A secondary aim of #AusELT is to support and recognise innovation and contribution to ELT in Australia and its environs, and facilitate collaboration on further projects.

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ELT Chat live online

Home Page: http://eltchat.com/

Past chats: http://eltchat.com/chat-transcripts/

#ELTchat sessions via Twitter are on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm London time, and 21:00 pm London time and last for one hour. Join English language teachers from around the world to chat about current topics of interest.

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English Video Tweets

Watching and listening to videos is a great way to learn English. On English Video Tweets you can…

  • Find a video to watch using the  topic keywords
  • Read and reply to the questions under each video
  • Ask @inglishteacher a question
  • Share video links with learners and teachers of English

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The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Introductions to more than six dozen web tools for teachers.

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Becoming an eTeacher

A series of videos for teachers who want a practical way to begin their eTeaching adventure but didn’t know where to start.

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LangCanada eTools database

Listing of over 180 online applications that can be useful in a language learning environment: audio, video, animation recording and editing tools; blogging platforms; material builders; collaboration applications.

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Setting up a PLN (personal learning network)

Larry Ferlazzo’s best Ways ESLL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks

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Introduction to Using Twitter as an Educator 

A 13 minute video that shows you all you need to know to set up Twitter and therefore start your PLN.

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Twitter Online Training Video 

Another very good video that will help you get set up and connected to a professional learning network.

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The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter

The name speaks for itself!

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Blogging for ELT

This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool. It gives an overview of blogging websites, suggests why you might want to use them, and gives some practical advice on setting up blogs for use with your own classes.

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Using Powerpoint in the Classroom

A short (7 minute) video on adding Powerpoint to your teaching toolkit.

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Evaluating Educational Apps

A handy web page with downloadable rubrics for evaluating educational apps.

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Foreign Language Software Reviews

Reviews of foreign-language education electronic resources.

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Top Facebook Pages for English Language Teachers

Self explanatory! Get connected with some great groups via Facebook.

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5) Young Learners

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ESLarticle.com is an article database dedicated to teaching articles for the ESL/EFL/TEFL English language teaching community.   It provides a free space for schools, teachers and students to post and share their knowledge and expertise in the area of English language. This section on Young Learners.

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A selection of materials from the renowned publisher of materials for teaching young learners.

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Crazy Animals and Other Activities

This is a book for primary school teachers of English written by primary school teachers of English. (Direct pdf download)

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A variety of resources
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Resources on motivating and managing young learners
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ELT Primary Place

Ideas and resources for the primary English language teacher.

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7 responses to “TESOL Teaching and Learning Websites

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  3. Great list. Lots of useful reading here. Hopefully, my humble blog (proncentral.wordpress.com) will make it to your comprehensive roll one day : ).

  4. Your link to the ‘terrible teacher’ leads to this message: “Sorry, the page you requested was not found.”

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  6. Wow, thanks for putting this list together! Very informational and helpful! I will have to set aside a full day and a large mug of coffee before I look into everything, but it will be well worth it. I so appreciate this! Thank you!

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