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47 Useful ESL/EFL Websites And Digital Resources

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This extensive list contains 47 ESL/EFL websites and digital resources that can help English teachers save a ton of time when preparing for lessons.

SPEAKING

1. BBC Learning English

The site is sponsored by BBC and its divided into these topics: General & Business English Grammar, Vocabulary & Pronunciation, Talking Sports, Quizzes, The Flatmates, Community, And For Teachers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/teachingenglish/talkingbusiness/

2. TalkEnglish

TalkEnglish.com offers speaking lessons on Regular, Business, Interviewing, Traveling Lessons, along with new Listening lessons, Pronunciation lessons, Basic Grammar, and Intonation and speed of speaking tips.
http://www.talkenglish.com/

3. TESOL

This is the site for the TESOL International Association. It has many teacher resources such as activities, assessment, lesson plans, teaching tips, virtual seminars and more. You can search by picking the type of resource, audience, and language proficiency level.
http://www.tesol.org/connect/tesol-resource-center/explore-the-resource-center
http://www.tesol.org/docs/tesol-resource-center/73d51d33-0b1f-4b71-8065-

4. Usingenglish

This site includes activities and lesson plans. It also includes specific LP test sample items, so it is good if you are preparing students for these tests, or great for practicing these skills.
http://www.usingenglish.com/teachers/lesson-plans/
http://www.usingenglish.com/files/pdf/bulats-speaking-part-1-topics.pdf

5. ESLgold

Materials, lesson plans, quizzes, online conversation partners, and links for teachers and students.
http://www.eslgold.com/speaking/ss_giving_information.html

6. Digital Story Telling – University of Houston

Teachers can use digital storytelling as a teaching tool in the classroom. Using digital storytelling will assist both the visual and auditory learners. Students can tell their own stories or make up ones of their own and compose them along with pictures, audio, and more.
http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/esl.html
http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/movies/aleyda.wmv

7. Totalesl

An ESL EFL TEFL TESOL worldwide resource for ESL/EFL/TEFL/TESOL jobs, teachers resumes, schools, teacher training courses, private tutors, blogs, lesson plans, activities, and more.
http://www.totalesl.com/
http://www.totalesl.com/video.php?id=19

8. Englishclub

Conversation worksheets, activities, teacher notes for lessons.
http://www.englishclub.com/esl-worksheets/conversation/index.htm
http://www.englishclub.com/esl-worksheets/conversation/TP_Adventure.pdf

9. Linguarama

Business English, offers mini-lessons and worksheets. Look under “Themes” for lessons categorized under very precise headings like management, banking, and marketing. It’s straightforward and best for ESL classes that are intermediate and higher.
http://www.linguarama.com/ps/sales-themed-english/polite-speech.htm

10. Skype in the classroom

Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom. Meet new people, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experiences with teachers from around the world. You can have a language interchange and have real-world conversation opportunity for your students.
https://education.skype.com/

11. EverythingESL

By a teacher for teachers. This site has content based and cultural lesson plans, teaching tips, resource picks and more.
http://www.everythingesl.net/
http://www.everythingesl.net/lessons/favorite_food.php

12. EFL Ideas

Creative resources for ESL/EFL teachers. Role-plays, group activities, communicative activities, video lessons, worksheets, teaching tips.

https://eflideas.com/2019/01/13/esl-communication-activity-science-role-plays/
https://eflideas.com/2018/02/02/picture-based-speaking-activity/
https://eflideas.com/2017/04/14/28-eslefl-conversation-starters-to-spark-conversation/

compound nouns dominoes esl

LISTENING

13. British Council Learn English

This website is sponsored by the British Council and it is for adult learners. It is divided into the following sections: Listen & Watch, Grammar & Vocabulary, Fun & Games, Business & Work, and IELTS.
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/big-city-small-world/series-2-episode-11-date

14. Manythings

The website is divided into the following categories: vocabulary, reading, grammar, listening and speaking. There are songs, quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer assisted language learning activities.
http://www.manythings.org/
http://www.manythings.org/mp/m08.html

15. ESLPod

ESLPod.com provides a great selection of podcasts that are written and read specifically to ESL learners.
http://www.eslpod.com/website/index_new.html

16. OneStopEnglish

Onestopenglish is a teacher’s resource site for English teachers. All materials are written and edited by a team of teachers and authors and are organized into core subject areas. The link sample takes you to the listening skill section, which contains innovative lesson ideas for listening such as an audio soap opera, cinematic listening, live from …authentic interviews, mini-plays, jazz chants, listening lesson plans, and teaching tips. You do not have to be a registered user to have access to these resources.
http://www.onestopenglish.com

17. Voice of America

This is a multimedia source of daily news and information for millions of English learners worldwide. Audio programs and captioned videos are written using vocabulary at the intermediate and upperbeginner level and are read one-third slower than regular VOA English. Online texts, MP3s and podcasts let people read, listen and learn American English and much more.
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/
http://learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-programs-radio-people-inamerica/latest/978/1578.html

18. Eviews

eViews has been designed for ESL to hear authentic English speakers in “natural” conversations. Interviews are recorded at a natural speed, are not scripted, and are spoken by “real” people, not actors. Students are able to practice hearing and understanding native English speakers in a wide range of accents; English, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, etc.
http://www.eviews.net/
http://www.eviews.net/1349/

19. Tefltunes

ESL and EFL teachers thinking about using songs and lyrics to teach English grammar. Includes worksheet and teacher notes for each song.
http://www.tefltunes.com/search/searchall.aspx?name=public

20. Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Bank of ESL listening activities. The sound clips have pre and post-listening exercises, and comprehension questions too. Most of the content would suit low-to-high intermediate students, but there are some resources for beginners and advanced learners too.
http://esl-lab.com

21. Scholastic

Offers teacher resources including student activities, computer lab favorites, interactive whiteboard activities, new teacher support, daily starters, Everything you need for: lesson plans, planning calendar, printables, mini-books, and more.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/commclub/animal_moves_activity/
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bll/nina/home/

22. BrainPop

BrainPOP ESL uses lively, engaging content to teach English to ESL’s. Lessons are built around animated movies and supporting features that reinforce vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading comprehension, and writing skills. New concepts are couched in everyday situations, adding context for learners and helping them master idiomatic and cultural nuances. Versatile and easy to use, BrainPOP ESL assumes no prior knowledge of English, and effectively addresses diverse learning styles.
http://www.brainpop.com/free_stuff/
http://www.brainpopesl.com/level1/unit1/lesson1/

23. Storyline

Online streaming video program featuring Screen Actors Guild members reading children’s books aloud. Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.
http://www.storylineonline.net/

24. Abcfastphonics

This program presents the basics of phonics, including rules for vowels, consonants, and blends along with practice pages. Young children and other beginning readers of all ages can navigate the site just by using the hand buttons. Click and hear the sound of each alphabet letter, consonants, vowels long and short, rules, common words, and more.
http://www.abcfastphonics.com/
http://www.abcfastphonics.com/letter-names.html

Creative storytelling activity for ESL/EFL students

READING

25. GCFLearnFree

GCFLearnFree helps improve English vocabulary with their Reading program. Fun activities and videos will help you master 1,000 common English words. Reading and listening to texts will improve your ability to speak, read, and understand English. You can even choose your native language to learn English!
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/learnenglish
http://www.gcflearnfree.org/reading/play/2

26. American English

American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture. This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers’ professional development and for students in the classroom. Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.
http://americanenglish.state.gov/materials-learning-english
http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/build-fire-and-other-stories#child-360

27. Scribd

This bank of “did they really happen?” stories has a good selection of offbeat reads about topics like animal heroism and dumb burglars. The content reminds me of Reader’s Digest; it’s nothing groundbreaking, but the mass appeal is great for structuring classroom activities. Some stories have a good deal of supplementary exercises for students. Reading articles with vocabulary and follow up questions.
http://www.scribd.com/
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/117748668?access_key=key-25kb6t3j5d1rroeh65nt

28. British Council Learn English Teen

This website is sponsored by the British council and it is for teenagers. The website is divided into English skills practices, grammar and vocabulary, exams, free time, and magazines.
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/english-skills-practice/read-your-level/la-skaters-interviewlevel-1

29. Starfall

You can teach children to read with phonics. Systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
http://www.starfall.com/
http://www.starfall.com/n/comics/lemonade-girl/load.htm?f

30. PBS Teachers

Free Resources for Teaching & Learning for preK-12. Here you’ll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels, thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations. These resources are correlated to state and national
educational standards.
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/
http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/7873/preview/

31. Colorincolorado

Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.
http://www.colorincolorado.org/educators/
http://www.colorincolorado.org/webcasts/reading/

32. Scholastic

Offers teacher resources including student activities, computer lab favorites, interactive whiteboard activities, new teacher support, daily starters, Everything You Need for, lesson plans, planning calendar, printables, mini-books and more.
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/adventure/spanish1.htm

33. Readinglesson

Lessons, stories to read, coloring sheets, and games.
http://www.readinglesson.com/

34. Sesame Street
Sesame workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Our projects bring critical lessons in literacy & numeracy, emotional well being, health & wellness, and respect and understanding to children in over 150+ countries.
http://www.sesamestreet.org/home
http://www.sesamestreet.org/games#media/game_955a4838-3ce1-4029-99f6-e983a3654419

35. Children’s Story Books Online

Illustrated children’s stories for kids of all ages
http://www.magickeys.com/books/
http://www.magickeys.com/books/noblegnarble/index.html

36. Free Reading

Free Reading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program addressing literacy development. Includes a library of lessons in phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The site is also filled with free, downloadable supplemental materials including flashcards, graphical organizers, illustrated readers, decodable texts, audio files, videos and more.
http://www.free-reading.net/
http://www.free-reading.net/index.php?title=Introduce_th

37. Oxfordowl

With over 250 free e-books, Oxford Owl is a free website built to help you with your child’s learning, It is full of great support for reading and math. Extended to provide practical advice and top tips up to age 11 to help you support your child’s reading all the way through their primary school years. Special Kids’ barn area jam-packed with games and fun activities to make reading more fun.
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading/
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/EBooks/Big_Game_Adventure/

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WRITING

38. PaperRater

This website can be an aid for the students to develop their English writing. The site shows most of the grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes. Also, it evaluates the word choice and then gives the writer an estimated grade.
http://www.paperrater.com/

39. Study Zone

The Study Zone is for students of the English Language. The English-language lessons and practice exercises are created by teachers. The site is designed to support our adult English-language learners.
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/elc/studyzone/
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/2cond.htm

40. Academic English Café

Learn English online at your own pace in the Academic English Cafe! English language quizzes on grammar and writing topics, practice with real academic vocabulary, read model essays on many academic topics, listen to authentic English language programs. Quizzes, writing, essays, handouts, and lessons.
http://www.academicenglishcafe.com/index.html
http://www.academicenglishcafe.com/writing-quiz-1.html

41. John Fleming’s ESL Grammar help

College professor’s writing lab.
http://faculty.deanza.edu/flemingjohn/stories/storyReader$22

42. Readwritethink

Provides educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. In this writing section you will find lesson plans, student interactive, calendar activities, and printouts.
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bear-poem-composing-performing835.html

43. TeacherTube

An online community for sharing instructional videos. Educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. Provides anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. Teachers can also post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.
http://teachertube.com/
http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=25156

44. Hubforteachers

The Hub, a new destination dedicated to bringing kids and families together, is partnering with Discovery Education to support teachers with comprehensive lesson plans, activities and a writing contest to inspire storytelling in the classroom.
http://hubforteachers.discoveryeducation.com/storytelling-in-classroom/
http://hubforteachers.discoveryeducation.com/media/pdf/sensory-details.pdf

45. Discovery Education

Provides high quality, dynamic, digital content, interactive lessons, real time assessment, virtual experiences with some of Discovery’s greatest talent, classroom contest & challenges, professional development and more – Discovery is leading the way in transforming classrooms and inspiring learning.
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/index.cfm?campaign=flyout_teachers
http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/WordSearchSetupForm.asp

46. British Council Learn English Kids

This website is sponsored by the British council and it is for kids. The website is divided into six main sections, kids games, listen and watch, read and write, make, speak and spell, and grammar.
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/word-games/make-the-sentences/letter-santa

47. Scholastic
Offers teacher resources including student activities, computer lab favorites, interactive whiteboard activities, new teacher support, daily starters, Everything you need for: lesson plans, planning calendar, printables, mini-books and more.
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/

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The list was compiled by Kalindi Ghiotti,  Mariam Alqarawi, Marla Hollan, University of North Florida

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