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ESL, sometimes called EAL/D, or even ESOL, is common in our multicultural nation. Like several other resource listings, these are usable across multiple curriculum areas.
These resources range from flashcard programs to resource directories, musical activities to information about TESL/TEFL.
Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.
Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
- ESL Resources
ATESOL, ACT. ‘A list of Australian only resources for teaching English to speakers of other languages’.
- ESL School EAL/D Resources
Australian Council of TESOL Associations.
- English Learning Resources
AMES, NSW. ‘The leading publisher of Australian language and literacy resources with approximately 100 titles on current release’. Filter using menu titles.
Education Departments, Boards, Museums, …
- Aussie English
for the Beginner
Published by the National Museum of Australia.
English as an Additional Language
DET, Victoria. Listing of resources. Also consider the Resources page and the Assessment and Reporting page for additional information.
More than 200 resources are listed. Filter using the options on the left.
- AMEP Research Centre - Resources
Macquarie University. ‘To find the resources you need to browse according to the resource type’. Includes a review of Australian resources.
- Bookery Education
‘Australia’s largest online and retail specialist for teachers and students of English as a second language [ESL, ELT, TESOL and TEFL], linguistics and foreign languages’. Fee-based.
- Boyer Educational Resources
‘Resources focus on English grammar, pronunciation, reading, writing as well as listening and speaking skills’. Fee-based.
- ESL Radio and TV
Multiple Programs and related listening activities are able to be accessed, including through the “Categories” listing in the menu at the left.
- ESL-SPIN [ESL Small Publishers Independent Network]
‘We are all English language teachers, writers and now micro-publishers, living and working in Australia, who have joined together to support each other. Explore this site to find out more about us, our resources, and our publishing journeys’.
- ESL Teaching Resources
TES. More than 400 annotated links to resources. Filter levels using options at the left.
- Explore Rhymes Lyrics, Rhymes Songs, and more
Pinterest. Rhymes, lyrics, songs, chants, more.
- Learning English [ABC Australia]
Several programs are screened which will assist with English learning. These include Study English, English Bites and Everyday English.
- Looking Learning : A Visual Dictionary
‘Born out of the sheer necessity to create a language learning tool which is “outside the square” in its formulation. The visual dictionary has a library of over 7 000 word pages plus over 9 600 suffix additions’. Fee-based.
- Massive Open Online English Course [MOOEC]
‘An open online course focused on teaching the English language at all levels. Lessons are organised into established levels of proficiency and approved by a committee of professional English language practitioners’.
- Star Pronunciation
‘Provides online English Pronunciation training to ESL students studying in Australia and overseas’. Fee-based, but there are some free resources on the site.
- Teach Children ESL - Songs, Chants, and Action
Pinterest. Pins for a wide range of options. Pins for other ESL learning options as well.
- The Book Next Door
‘Australian ESL materials for adults and young adults. Photocopiable Australian ESL materials that can be used by teachers and volunteers as ‘extra’ support for learners’.
- Urban Lyrebirds
‘Innovative English language resources that use song and stories to inspire learners and reinvigorate the classroom’.
- 50 Incredibly
Useful Links For Learning & Teaching The English Language
‘Many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective’. USA.
- Activities for ESL Students
Information, resources, quizzes involving English and a number of languages including several Asian ones. One section includes Self-Study Grammar Quizzes about places around the world.
- 34 experts offer their tips for English Fluency
Short, mostly one sentence suggestions. Brief overview and information about each person involved.
- An English
Pronunciation Guide for English Language Learners
‘For many languages, the way that sounds are written are consistent. Once you know the system, pronouncing things correctly can be easy. That’s for most languages, but English is different. Uses one poem. This poem is broken up into 6 section. Each section has a Part A, Part B, and Part C’.
- Basics of English Grammar
‘Developing a solid foundation in English grammar will not only help you create your own sentences correctly but will also make it easier to improve your communication skills in both spoken and written English’. USA.
- BBC - Learning English
‘Teaching English to global audiences since 1943, offering free audio, video and text materials to learners around the world’. Worth visiting. UK.
- Best Image Galleries for ESL Teachers
An extensive collection visuals from Facebook, ranging from Take vs Get, through to Irregular Plurals and many things in between. Part of the Lingholic site.
- Breaking News English
‘Free, ready-to-use EFL/ESL lesson plans on the latest breaking news - in 7 levels. New lessons uploaded every 2 days. Each lesson includes a 26-page PDF containing all skills, activities, a 2-page mini-lesson, 5-speed listening, multi-speed scrolled reading, interactive dictation, 30+ online quizzes’, more. UK.
- Conversity - Conversations about Diversity
‘Conversity is a set of 48 conversation cards, designed to spark conversations about different aspects of diversity. The cards are full of photos, sealed for durability and packaged in a bright, sturdy case. It’s a learning tool that offers a way to have fascinating and sometimes challenging conversations about our differences. Whether it’s cultural awareness in a classroom, intercultural communication, time management or decision making with work colleagues, living together with international home stays, or learning about a new culture as a migrant, Conversity cards make it easier to begin the conversations’. New Zealand. Fee-based but very reasonable.
- Daily Grammar
‘Consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes. Lessons 1-90 cover verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Lessons 91-300 cover the parts of the sentence, such as appositives, predicate nominatives, direct objects, prepositional phrases, clauses, and verbals. Lessons 301-440 cover the mechanics of grammar, which is also known as capitalisation and punctuation’. USA.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe
Stuff for Teachers and Stuff for Students would prove the most useful sections for resources. USA.
‘Educators can simply use these materials for teaching their kids. Video slides, Powerpoint, worksheets e-books, audio readers for helping kids learn English with great ease. Combine fun, total engagement and seriously guard against boredom while learning’. China [in English].
‘Free online English reading practice for learners. Each lesson features a number of quiz questions along with downloadable PDF of the lesson and audio’.
- EduFind Language Resources
‘Free English learning resources is designed to help you study whatever aspect of conversational English is most interesting or important to you at the moment. Improving your English a little each day is the most effective way to learn English’.
- Effortless English Blog and Video
‘Video and blog posts teaching everything you need to know about learning English’. USA.
Free worksheets, collections for sale. Each indicates recommended time/age/type of activity. Fee-based.
- English Activities
‘Select an English topic to start. Each English topic is 10 pictures with its accompanying written text and spoken English recording’. Part of a larger English Activities for ESL learners site. UK.
- English as a New Language - Lesson Plans, New
Briefly annotated links to a variety of sites. USA.
- English as a Second Language
‘Starting point for ESL learners who want to study English through the Web’. Separate online resources, chat rooms, bulletin boards, information about teaching English, more. USA.
- English, baby !
‘Catch the Lesson of the Day for the latest cool English lesson. Search to find thousands of other lessons on hundreds of topics, and have fun with our Vocab Quiz to study our database of over 15 000 vocabulary words’. USA.
- English Banana.com
Free worksheets, books, podcasts, resources, more. UK.
- English is a Piece of Cake
‘If you are looking for free lesson plans and English teaching resources you have come to the right place ! Find lessons for conversation classes, reading lesson plans, ESL listening exercises, lessons that use videos and multi-media, grammar lessons, tips on vocabulary revision, general teaching techniques, as well as ideas on how to write your own lesson plans’. UK.
- English Language
Language information, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, tools, learning English, teaching English, culture, English business and more. Spain [in English].
- English-Language Learners
Discussion points, videos, other resources, more.
- English Page
‘Learn English using our in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises’. Check the main menu for specific areas.
‘We provide ESL books, English conversation activity worksheets, lesson activities, ideas, games, quizzes, discussion suggestions, role plays, interactive learning and lots more for English language students and teachers’. Fee-based.
Education World. Articles, free tools, resources, lesson planning, themes, reviews. Annotated links. USA.
- ESL Games World
‘This site is dedicated to helping teachers by providing fun esl games for classrooms, powerpoint game templates, printable board games, interactive games for classrooms, Games for ESL Kids, Grammar Games, Vocabulary Games, Reading Games’.
‘Over a thousand pages of free information and resources for both teachers and students. All are organised by skill and level for quick and easy access’. Available in a range of languages. USA.
- ESL Kids
‘Flashcards, worksheets, classroom games, children’s song lyrics. Free resource for teachers of ESL kids’. Japan [in English].
- ESL Lounge
Worksheets, board games, flashcards, more. 500+ resources to choose from. Free and Fee-based sections. UK.
- ESL Pages
Directories of resources and information for ESL, EFL, TESOL, TEFL, more.
‘ESL Toolbox supplies English language worksheets for the classroom to help with kids ESL learning’. Units are fee-based but costs are fairly small. New Zealand.
- Free Worksheets
Worksheets in several European languages, with English and another language side by side. Resources not linked to ESL, at the bottom. UK.
- Fun English Games for Kids
‘Find a wide range of free teaching resources that are perfect for students learning English, ESL classes and teachers looking for ideas online’.
A blog covering a range of topics that actually go beyond just grammar. Check not only the blog section but also the infographics and the GrammarCheck and WordCounter tools as well.
‘Grammarly’s powerful algorithms check for contextual spelling, punctuation and grammar errors. For each mistake the software flags, it provides explanation cards to help the writer learn grammar rules through practice and repetition’. USA.
‘More than 800 free English games and activities’. You need to register to access material, but this appears to be free. USA.
- How to Become an ESL Teacher
While not a resources for teaching, it may help understanding what is involved if you decide on this career. It may also help if you are considering taking up such a position in the US. USA.
- How to Learn English
on Your Own - The Complete Method
A five-step plan [with an optional sixth step] which anyone can use. USA.
- How to speak English fluently - 34 experts give
‘I asked a number of the world’s leading language learning experts for their opinions. 34 of them were kind enough to help me. I asked them to answer the following question in 140 or fewer characters : What is the most important thing to achieve English fluency ?’. These were the results.
- ICAL TEFL Teaching Materials
‘This section looks at materials for TEFL/TESOL : books, software and suchlike’. A mix of free and fee-based materials. USA.
- Interesting Things for ESL Students
‘A fun study site for learners of English as a Second Language. Word games, puzzles, quizzes, exercises, slang, proverbs and much more’. Japan [in English].
- LanguageGuide.org English
‘An English vocabulary and grammar guide’. Done in topics.
Resources for ESL children. Check flashcards in particular. Previously listed under the name Boggle’s World.Korea/USA.
- Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day …
An American teacher’s blog where you can ‘catch [him] talking about websites that will help you teach ELL, ESL and EFL’. Some topics are peculiar to the USA, but there are a large number that are universal. Among the sections are those listed below.
All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place
‘I’ve been creating updated thematic lists for Beginning ELLs to take the place of my outdated website. Here are links to all of them so far, and I’ll add new ones as I create them’.
- My Best of Series
Done in topics rather than by time spans. Some cover more than one topic. For example, there is an extensive list of Best Resources pages for different areas.
The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families
‘I thought it would be useful to pull together all the related resources I have on the topic and put them in one “Best” list’.
- The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017
This is the initial 2017 list, but lists from previous years are also available from this page.
- The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 [So Far]
‘Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day’.
- The Best Videos
For Content Teachers With ELLs In Their Classes
‘Many mainstream content teachers have English Language Learner students in their classrooms. And they often are not sure of the best ways to support them. I thought it could be useful to bring together a collection of short videos that they might find useful’.
- The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – So Far
Completed in May 2017. A second site, The Best Videos For Educators In 2017 – Part Two [October] is found here. Not all videos are to do with ESL.
- Websites of the Year
These are listed by year/topic from 2007 to the present.
- LearnEnglish Kids
British Council. ‘We have lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, we have articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about face-to-face courses around the world’.
- LearnEnglish Kids [British Council]
‘LearnEnglish Kids has lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children to have fun and learn English too’. UK.
- Learn English with English4Today
A huge range of resources from grammar to videos, vocabulary to software. USA.
- Learn English with Pictures and Audio
English words and related photographs designed to help develop vocabulary. Now has audio to enhance the other contents. Israel [in English].
- Learning English as a Second Language
‘Browse our grammar glossary and references, join our busy forums, read our articles, download our teacher handouts and printables, find useful links and information on English’. UK.
- Learning English with Laughter
Provides a full curriculum, teaching tips and a wide range of activities. Used in more than 100 countries. Canada.
- Linguapress -Free EFL
English resources for teachers & students
‘Resources include Graded English reading resources; Advanced and intermediate English; articles and short stories in graded and simplified English; accompanied by vocabulary notes and ideas for the classroom; Word games in English; Thematic crosswords in graded English, and other puzzles; An Online English grammar; Other pages with information for teachers and students of English as a foreign language’.
- Mrs Hurley’s ESL
This opens on the Teachers Resources page. Annotated links grouped in topical areas. USA.
Includes jazz chants and other musical activities.
50 ways to use Music and Song in the Classroom
Annotated links from an ESL blog. USA.
- Gettin’ Musical : 5
Great Songs for Teaching ESL to Kids
Need to get your ESL students up and moving ? Your lessons lacking a bit of a punch ? Try teaching through song.
- Jazz Chants
Products are highly regarded. Fee-based. USA.
- Song Lyrics for Teaching English as a Second
‘Songs that Teach Conversational English and English Vocabulary’. USA.
Links in nearly 50 area groupings, that TESOL teachers belonging to the group thought were ‘useful, helpful, interesting or just plain fun’. Not all are ESL. UK.
- One Stop English
‘With over 9 000 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards, onestopenglish is the world’s number one resource site for English Language teachers’. Register for Free, but to access all material it is Fee-based. UK.
- Online Writing Lab
Links to assist the ESL student via the menu on the left. In directories. Links to other sections. USA.
- Power Thesaurus
‘A fast, convenient and comprehensive online thesaurus’. Provides synonyms, antonyms, broader and narrower and related definition words. You can even filter by parts of speech.
- Randall’s ESL Blog - For ESL/EFL Teachers and
‘Share ideas about learning English as a second or foreign language. Study abroad, ESL programs, accent reduction, ESL study Tips … Anything related to learning English and cultural understanding’. USA. Related sites include :
- Daily ESL : Conversation Starters for English Students
‘This site presents short conversation starters or readings that you can study and then try to apply in everyday situations’.
- Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab
‘The specific goal and narrow focus of providing easy-to-use listening activities that can be used on almost any Internet connection’.
- Real English
‘Utilises authentic and unique ESL videos of people speaking real English on streets across the globe’. Fee-based though there is a Free trial subscription. France [in English].
- Resources to Teach English
Fonts, clipart, worksheets, plays, photos, jokes, teacher chat rooms, forums. France [in English].
- Teach Children ESL
More than 1 300 pages of material. Lesson ideas, resources, worksheets, flashcards, games, songs, more. Canada.
‘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’. BBC. Free registration recommended. UK.
- The Writers’ Workshop
Links, with those to journals, news, forums, fun ESL sites and Chatboards, would be the most useful. USA.
15 Video Resources for ESL
‘Enjoy this compilation of useful links addressed toward teachers and students’. Canada.
- English Central
‘Learn English while watching videos !’ Choose from difficulty levels and/or specific categories. USA.
‘Free English video lessons. 311 video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers’.
‘Develop your fluency in English through oral reading’. USA.
- Learn English in 365 Lessons
A year’s worth of short videos. Most appropriate for those starting to learn English. USA.
- Real English ESL Videos
Video lessons covering a wide range of topics from informal greetings through to more complex topics. Each has a specific language purpose. France [in English].
An extensive collection from English Central. Use the “Video” link in the top menu to filter the collection into smaller sections.
‘Use YouTube to improve your English pronunciation. With more than 10M tracks, Youglish gives you fast, unbiased answers about how English is spoken by real people and in context’.
- Yo-Yee English Flashcards for Children
‘Our flashcards come in 3 levels : starter, step-up and speaker. We recommend ordering full sets with 18 core subjects. They are also great for parents who are home schooling their children’. Fee-based. Thailand [in English].