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English as a Second Language is common in our multicultural nation. Like several resource listings, these are usable across multiple curriculum areas. They cover all areas from flashcard programs to resource directories, musical activities to information about TESL/TEFL. Unless otherwise stated they are free.

Remember many sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .

Listed individual resources are suitable for teacher use with all education levels unless specifically indicated otherwise.

Australian Sites

  • 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.
  • Aussie English for the Beginner
    National Museum of Australia. Choose either Flash interactive or HTML presentation.
  • Bookery Education
    ‘Bookery Education is 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. We have the largest range of textbooks, teacher and student resources and language materials in Australasia’.
  • ESL
    Listing by PrimarySchool.com.au. Select from the menu options on the front page.
  • ESL Radio
    ‘A multimedia project produced by staff and students at Monash University English language Centre’. Multiple Programs and related listening activities are able to be accessed.
  • ESL School EAL/D Resources
    Australian Council of TESOL Associations.
  • ESL Units of Work
    ‘The units of work on the following pages were developed by teachers from government and non-government schools in NSW’. Done as part of the Quality Teacher program, they cover NSW Stages 4, 5 and 6 [later primary through secondary]. They also provide Work Units & Resources for Years K-6 here.
  • Looking Learning : A Visual Dictionary
    ‘The visual or picture dictionary ‘Looking Learning’ was born out of the sheer necessity to create a language learning tool which is ‘outside the square’ in its formulation. The visual dictionary ‘Looking Learning’ has at the moment a library of over 7 000 word pages plus over 9 600 suffix additions’.
  • New ! Massive Open Online English Course [MOOEC]
    ‘A collection of free online English lessons provided by universities and colleges. Lessons are organised into established levels of proficiency and approved by a committee of professional English language practitioners providing quality assurance oversight of the content’.
  • Randall’s ESL Blog - For ESL/EFL Teachers and Students
    ‘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’.
  • Resources - EAL Students
    Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria. Listing of resources. You should also consider the Primary EAL Students for further information and resources.

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International Sites

  • 13 Experts Share ESL Learning Advice + Over 70 Online Resources
    ‘We’ve asked some of the best and most active English as a Second Language teachers and bloggers out there to answer three questions about learning languages’ and these are the results. You get many resources as well.
  • 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.
    Primary, Secondary
  • Alpha L2
    ‘Alpha L2 is a computer font that has been developed for script lessons in adult literacy classes. Having Alpha L2 installed on your computer allows you as a teacher to make your own worksheets. Generally, adult literacy students learn to write with printed characters’. Fee-based.
  • BBC - Learning English
    Learn in your own language. Vocabulary from the News, Watch & Listen, Online episodes of a drama, grammar & vocabulary, webcasts, quizzes, Business English, assistance for teachers.
    Brilliant !
  • Boggle’s World
    Resources for ESL children. Check flashcards in particular.
    Primary, Secondary
  • Breaking News English
    ‘EFL/ESL English Lesson Plans & Podcast for studying Current Events and News. Free 13-page, Ready-to-Print Handouts with Downloads & Quizzes. Keep up with the news and learn English - Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking’.
    Secondary, Tertiary
  • Centre for Multilingual Multicultural Research
    Annotated links that are predominantly US oriented.
  • Daily ESL : Conversation Starters for English Students
    ‘One of the best ways to improve communication skills is to become familiar with the language by reading, building vocabulary, and discussing what you study in daily conversations. This site presents short conversation starters or readings that you can study and then try to apply in everyday situations’.
  • Daily Grammar
    ‘This archive contains links to all of our free grammar lessons and quizzes. Daily Grammar consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes. Lessons 1-90 cover the eight parts of speech, which are 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’.
    Secondary, Tertiary
  • Dave’s ESL Cafe
    Resources including unusual ones such as slang information, quizzes, more.
    Primary, Secondary
  • Download-ESL.com
    ‘Educators can simply use these materials for teaching their kids. Even parents with little or no teaching experience can use these materials to assist kids. Video slides, Powerpoint, worksheets e-books, audio readers for helping kids learn English with great ease. These materials combine fun, total engagement and seriously guard against boredom while learning’.
  • efl4U
    Free worksheets, collections for sale. Each indicates recommended time/age/type of activity.
  • EFL Worksheets
    Worksheets for ESL teachers, students. Some free, others fee-based.
    Primary, Secondary

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  • E.L.Easton
    Resources in sections, for teaching English. From quizzes, a great free certificate printer, to what ESL teachers do on their holidays.
  • English Activities
    ‘Select an English topic to start. Each English topic is 10 pictures with its accompanying written text and spoken English recording. There are currently 54 English topics to choose from suitable for children from 5 years old and young adult beginners’. This is part of a larger English Activities for ESL learners site.
  • 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. try their ESL - Reading page for short stories and more.
  • English, baby !
    ‘There are many ways to use Ebaby! Make sure to catch the Lesson of the Day for the latest cool English lesson. Search our English lessons 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’. Join for free.
  • English Banana.com
    ‘English Banana.com is a British publisher of educational materials for teaching and learning English, including the hugely popular Talk a Lot Spoken English Course books. All of our materials are freely available to download from this site’. Includes, books, games, worksheets, quizzes, more.
  • English Central
    ‘Learn English while watching videos !’ Choose from difficulty levels and/or specific categories. Indicated as being in a BETA stage of development.
  • English Club
    ‘In the Learn English section you’ll find everything for students of English, from lessons to games and chat’.
  • English [ESL]
    Resources, exercises, websites, software & dictionaries.
  • English Gateway
    ‘English Gateway offers ESL students around the world a unique way to improve their vocabulary. Learn to express yourself the way the native speakers of English do with our exclusive program. Try a free lesson’. Fee-based for other lessons.
  • English Idioms Daily Blog
    ‘This blog looks at a different English idiom every day - Monday to Friday - and hopes to provide ESL teachers and learners all around the world with some food for thought !’
  • English is a Piece of Cake
    ‘If you are looking for free lesson plans and English teaching resources for intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced and proficiency level English you have come to the right place ! Here you will 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’.
  • English Language
    Covers language information, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, tools, learning English, teaching English, culture, English business and more.
  • English Page
    ‘Learn English using our in-depth English tutorials featuring dozens of interactive exercises’. Check the main menu for specific areas, plus links to dictionaries.
  • English Portal
    Online courses, games and learning. While most is fee-based, some Is free. [Check the right hand side of the main page.]
  • English Portal Community
    Considerable resources to help improve your English language skills [see menu on the right]. If you feel comfortable, you can register to link with people from other countries, to converse and improve your skills. As with any such linkages, be aware of all factors before becoming involved.
  • Englishtag - Resources
    Online courses, games, literature, dictionaries, lessons, courses in specific countries [including Australia], videos, other links, more.
  • engVid
    ‘Free English video lessons. 311 video lessons by experienced native-speaker teachers’.
  • English with Jennifer
    ‘Quality English Lessons Online’. A significant collection of lessons on YouTube. There is a second site called English With Jennifer [2] which has hints, tips, methodology and more included.
  • ESL
    Education World. Articles, free tools, resources, lesson planning, themes, reviews. Annotated links help.
  • ESL1000
    ‘1 000 word English vocabulary drill for Spanish speakers, divided in levels of 100 each and sub-divided into nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions for graduated learning and scoring’. You can also Download it Here.
    Primary, Secondary
  • ESL Galaxy
    ‘Over 2 368 free printable worksheets for ESL lesson plans, ESL Activities; there are more additions every other day. Board Games, Crosswords, Grammar worksheets, Vocabulary Worksheets, Theme or Topic lesson plans, Pronunciation, Survival English, Song and Video Activities, Word Search Puzzles, Festivals & Holiday Worksheets’, more.
  • 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’.
  • ESLGold
    ‘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.
  • eslHQ
    ‘Free ESL Flashcards, Free ESL Worksheets, ESL Jobs, A Complete ESL/EFL Teaching Resource’.
  • ESL Independent Study Lab
    ‘Contains over 250 of the best Internet resources for ESL/EFL students ! All Web sites are clearly annotated. Organisation is by skill area and language level’.
  • ESL Kids
    ‘Flashcards, worksheets, classroom games, children’s song lyrics. Free resource for teachers of ESL kids’.
  • ESL Links - Learning English
    Extensive links listing in multiple sections from Listening to Blogs, Online Forums to Grammar.
  • ESL Lounge
    Worksheets, board games, flashcards, even US based songs. 500+ resources to choose from.
    Primary, Secondary
  • ESL Monkeys
    Sections for teachers, schools, students. Forums, learning resources, teaching materials of all kinds, Job Centre. they also provide access to Free ESL Books for Students in a variety of formats.
  • ESL.net
    Free and fee-based resources, reviews, news.
  • ESL Pages
    Directories of resources and information on ESL, EFL, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, more.
  • ESL Reading
    ‘Learning resources for English language students & teachers’. Audio, on screen presentations, wide range of book types, much more.
  • ESLtoolbox
    ‘ESL Toolbox supplies English language worksheets for the classroom to help with kids ESL learning’. New Zealand. Units are fee-based but costs are fairly small. There is other support for usage.
  • ESL Treasure
    ‘Welcome to ESL Treasure, the best online resource for teaching English as a foreign language ! Anyone involved in the ESL industry, from jobseekers to current teachers need not look any further for information, ideas and assistance’.

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  • Free Worksheets
    Worksheets in several European languages, with English and another language side by side. Resources, not linked to ESL, at the bottom.
  • Ginger
    ‘Ginger Software’s mission is to facilitate error-free writing, particularly for those who use English as a second language, or for those with learning difficulties like dyslexia’.
  • Grammar Hunting : Resources for ESL Teachers and Students
    ‘It doesn’t have to be tiresome to learn about grammar structures. Do you like to play a game of treasure hunt ? This one is a little different so we shall call it a “grammar hunt”. The Internet is certainly a great invention and it’s a vast resource for finding grammar structures for ESL students. By using Google as the search engine, ESL teachers can choose the articles that students need to find. This is an excellent way for the students to improve their grammar skills’. A number of games are included. Part of a larger ESL site.
  • Hello-World
    ‘Lessons, games, and activities to learn English. Listen to native speakers at home with activities especially for children’. Fee-based, though reasonable. It is possible to get a Free Subscription. Details are available on this page.
  • 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’. Check the Selected MP3 Files page for the podcast.
  • LanguageGuide.org English
    ‘An English vocabulary guide’. Done in topics.
  • 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’. He has collected a huge web resource and provides considerable information about sites, meaning you are able to save vast amounts of time finding similar resources. Among the sections are those listed below.
  • Learn English
    ‘It has been my goal to create a site that would help you learn English words easily. There are 40 learning topics to choose from with over 1 500 English words and phrases’.
    Primary, Secondary
  • Learn English with English4Today
    A huge range of resources from grammar to videos, vocabulary to software. Well presented.
  • Learn English with Pictures
    English words and related photographs designed to help develop vocabulary. Now has audio to enhance the other contents.
    Primary, Secondary
  • Learning English as a Second Language
    ‘Large collection of ESL resources for students, teachers, learners, academics. 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’.
  • Listening and Speaking
    Links giving Title, Level and Details for multiple resources from around the world to assist in developing these skills. Covers all levels with an emphasis on higher education years.
  • Livemocha
    ‘Livemocha is the world’s largest online language learning community, offering free and paid online language courses in 35 languages to more than 9 million members from 195 countries around the world’. Join for free.
  • Mark’s ESL World
    ‘Your one-stop mega-portal to everything that’s ESL’. Teacher and Student areas, Forums, employment, ESL Community, ESL Directory and ‘The Lounge’.
    Secondary, Tertiary, Careers

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Musical Activities

Includes jazz chants and other musical activities.

  • Neteach-L
    Nearly 400 links in 50 area groupings, that TESOL teachers belonging to the group thought were ‘useful, helpful, interesting or just plain fun’. Not all are ESL.
  • News Flash English
    Material for learning English, with a Central European flavour. Each lesson consists of up to 30 sections. Similar to the “Breaking News English” site above.
    Secondary, Tertiary
  • One Stop English
    ‘With over 7 000 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 you need to subscribe [£36 per year].
  • Online Writing Lab
    Links to assist the ESL student. In directories. Links to other sections.
  • Oréll Digital Language Lab
    ‘Makes teaching to communicate eloquently in a foreign language interactive and effortless but also makes it fun and quick to learn’. Fee-based.
  • 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’.
    Well presented !
  • 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.
  • New ! Resource Guide : ESL on a Budget
    ‘Some free online resources for adults and children who are ESL students. We’ve also included some websites where you can find a low-cost in-person tutor’. Resource section li nks may be of ost value.
  • Resources for English as a Second Language
    ‘UsingEnglish.com provides a large collection of English as a Second Language [ESL] tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics.Topics cover the spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, EAP subject areas’.
  • Resources to Teach English
    Fonts, clipart, worksheets, plays, photos, jokes, teacher chat rooms, forums.
    Primary
  • Ship or Sheep
    English pronunciation using minimal pairs of sounds.
  • Spoken English
    ‘A free online talking grammar for learners’.
  • Short Stories for Adult ESL
    Information, advice regarding usage. Author recommendations.
  • Star Pronunciation
    ‘Star Pronunciation provides online English Pronunciation training to ESL students studying in Australia and overseas’. Fee-based courses, but there are a number of free resources on the site.
  • Teach Children ESL
    More than 1 300 pages of material. Lesson ideas, resources, worksheets, flashcards, games, songs, more.
  • TESL TEFL
    TEFL sites, resources, Australian and overseas institutions, job opportunities, EFL teacher home pages.
  • The Internet Picture Dictionary
    ‘A completely free, online multilingual picture dictionary designed especially for ESL students and beginning English, French, German, Spanish and Italian language learners of all ages’.
  • The Linguistics Funland
    Kristina Pfaff. Linguistics including a section on ESL. The Resources for Teachers & Students of English page is particularly worthwhile.
  • The Writers’ Workshop
    Links, with those to journals, news, forums, fun ESL sites and Chatboards, would be the most useful.
  • Tongue Twisters
    2 000+ entries in 90+ languages.
  • TEFL Virtual Library
    Kenji and S Kathleen Kitao. Sites that direct you to resources and articles. Not restricted to ESL.
  • Web English Teacher
    Section on ESL/EFL which is good.
  • WordBanker
    ‘Unique and fun way of helping you to study for exams or improve your English Vocabulary. Based on the multi-award winning WordBanker foreign language vocabulary builder’. Download here.
  • 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. This will guarantee a speedy progress. They are also great for parents who are home schooling their children’. Fee-based.

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