Teaching Resources

Activities for ESL Students has over 1,000 quizzes, exercises and puzzles on this Web site to help students study English as a Second Language. This project of The Internet TESL Journal has contributions by many teachers. Many of the resources are interactive.
Awesome Library Languages contains links to information on African, French, Japanese, German, Russian, Chinese, Hindu, Native American, and Spanish languages. Has links to lesson plans and other language resources.
Breaking News English – ESL / EFL Current Affairs Lessons and Plans is ready-to-use ESL current affairs lessons. Each daily lesson contains a still-hot news article, audio file, communication activities, pairwork, discussion, reading and vocabulary.

English Club contains crossword puzzles, reference on the passive voice, regular and irregular verbs. Lesson plans for teachers. Section on the phonetic alphabet.

ESL Gold Homepage brings together the best ESL/EFL materials on the Internet and makes them available to students and teachers alike. These resources are free of charge and are categorized for quick and easy access.

Hello English- Total Immersion, Serious Fun! contains interactive language exercises, games, quizzes, comic strips, and dialogues for several languages including English for non-native speakers. Many of the interactive activities include sound files so that learners can hear the correct pronunciation and inflections. Learners can just use the activities for practice or can complete a free registration and login and their scores will be recorded and saved. Note: The site contains a mixture of free resources and publications for purchase. The free online resources are clearly indicated in each section.

Internet TESL Journal has self-study quizzes, interactive JavaScript quizzes, crossword puzzles, treasure hunts lesson plans, articles, web links, and projects for students.

Teaching with the Web  has a compilation of ideas for using Internet resources as a language teaching tool. Scroll down to find activities for any language. There are also nice teaching resources.

Little Explorers Picture Dictionary with Links A great picture dictionary – click on the word for an enlarged picture and links to more information about the topic – also available in English, Spanish, and French.

Natural Resources

Multilingual Children: Beyond Myths and Toward Best Practices. Current resources on how to conceptualize and implement supports for children who are multilingual are provided in the Social Policy Report.  This report considers issues that range from the strengths of multilingual children who may speak different dialects. Access report at

NCELA (National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition): Is a bimonthly email updates will keep you up-to-date on changes to the NCELA Web site, new resources, upcoming events and other announcements, and provide links to opportunities for jobs, education, and funding related to the education of ELs and the EL community. Sign-up for this listserv at

Early Childhood Instruction Resources: Resources to support teachers of early English language learners is now available on the Virginia ESL web site under Instruction located at

Newest to WIDA Download Library. Virginia has added four lesson planning webinars to the WIDA Download Library to support educators of English language areas in the content area of language arts,   mathematics, science, and social studies. Webinars are available in the State/District Webinar section under Virginia Webinars located at

Resources for ESL for Portuguese Speakers:

Quick Link Resources: 

Colorín Colorado


The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition

The CAELA Guide For Adult ESL Trainers

Professional Development for Adult ESL Practioners (article)

Index of English Language Resources

Free GED Study Guide

“English Daily”:  ESL resources on the web

Curriculum Resources for ESL

Irregular verbs in English (aural and visual vocabulary practice in English)

Larry Ferlazzo’s ESL blog

Article on dual-language program in Silver Spring, MD (Washington Post, November, 2009)

Elementary Language Learning Strategies

Seven Principles of Effective Instruction for English Learners

Raising bilingual children 

Oxford Seminars (for teaching english abroad)

English for Speakers of Other Languages