Articles and Resources for ESL Teachers

Get inspired and creative with these amazing resources!

Are you an English teacher looking for new ideas and resources? Do you wish to enhance your teaching knowledge and improve your style?

For you I have put together a list of amazing resources for ESL teachers. Links to articles and materials that are free, inspiring and useful. Feel free to contribute and share! Happy teaching!

Teacher Training and Further Development

Links to blogs, articles, videos and webinars

Free Cambridge Course on becoming an ESL Teacher: Free 6 week course from FutureLearn, starting at different times throughout the year. Learn what it means to be a TEFL or English Language Teacher, and start preparing for your first teaching job. 26 inspiring talks from IATEFL

Cambridge Webinars: here’s the schedule for Cambridge’s free webinars for teachers

Giving Feedback: Great Article with 5 tips on giving productive feedback to students by motivating them at the same time!

Reflections on Teaching and Learning – Blog: Great Blog by Lizzie Pinard on Teaching, research, Delta, material development, etc.

Copyright: What exceptions are there for teaching materials? What do you need to know about licenses and copyright?

Resources for English Educators from University of Maryville: Advice on where to teach ESL, requirements, Resources for ESL Teachers, etc.

Get in the Game: The Magic Circle of the Gamified Classroom: Sign up for this free on- demand Webinar from ASCD. From the website: You will discover what gamification is, explore the four kinds of games, investigate the notion of the “magic circle,” and learn why you should care about this instructional technique.

Resources for the Digital Teacher

Resources for Teaching Online lots of links and infos on the digital classroom

Planning online lessons: 19 successful online teachers share their tips and resources for planning online lessons

Tools for the Digital Teacher

Platforms, software and apps for Teaching Online

Zoom: platform for video and web conferencing, the basic plan is free

Appear in: a video collaboration tool that lets you have video conversations, the basic plan is free

Miro: simple whiteboarding platform for cross-functional team collaboration, free basic plan

Awwapp:  an online whiteboard app that makes drawing and sharing easy, free basic plan, simple to use

General Teaching Materials

Materials that can be used in the classroom or for online teaching resources to help you prepare your students for Cambridge exams

Cambridge Free Lesson Plans: celebrating 5 years of official exam preparation materials

Teaching Creatively: Lesson plans for teaching Creative Writing

Applied Linguistics: 10 Guidelines for Pronunciation Teaching

Perfect English Grammar:  a website that clearly explains all tenses and their use including some exercises and additional “premium” material

ESL Games:  a website dedicated to ESL online games for all ages and levels

All things Grammar:  1000+ quality worksheets from A-Z, printable

Tefltastic Blog:  Everything on Tefl by Alex Case: worksheets, teaching tips, specialised vocabulary, articles, etc

We are Teachers:  30 free resources not only for ESL teachers. Materials for young learners in a school environment, guided reading, science, creative arts,….