Updated Oct 7th, 2021 (Free teaching resources)
The best websites to make teaching English online even easier
Free teaching resources are what we all want because we’ve all had to do our fair share of lessons plans and we’ve all had those days where we couldn’t find the right worksheet, grammar lesson, warm-up song, or game to play with the students. Here, you can find all the free teaching resources that you need to make your online classes easier. Throughout the pages, you’ll find: free lesson plans, worksheets, activities, grammar lessons, games, songs, listening exercises. It’s the whole package for online teachers who want to find free teaching materials.
Getting the right lesson plan for your students
All students have a different way of learning and have different levels of English. That’s why it’s important to keep your resources for lesson planning wide and abundant. If you keep a plethora of useful ESL websites to bounce between with your students, you can guarantee that you will always have something ready for any situation in the classroom.
ESL students always need, worksheets, games, grammar practice, English songs for young learners, topic discussions, quizzes, videos for visual engagement, reading assignments, pronunciation, and, of course, powerpoints (PPTS). And teachers need free teaching resources to help them easily prepare classes.
The website below will have everything you need to fulfill any student’s needs for the class whether it be online or in person. However, if you have a specialized English class such as Business English, TOEFL, IELTS, or another niche, you might need to find something more topic-specific for those students.
If you know good websites with free resources for specific niches, please let me know in the comments so that I can add them to the list of free teaching resources.
Best Websites For ESL Teachers (Free teaching resources)
(Free Lesson Plan downloads, Free Teaching resources)
This website is packed with free downloadable lesson plans for your English classes. It has everything from extensive grammar lessons, to basic vocabulary practice. It’s a great site to pull some quick lesson plans for your class when you are running short on time.
(Vocabulary, worksheets, printables, ideas for teachers)
Linguapress has great resources for teachers. The best part is that they have resources for almost all ages. Easy, intermediate, advanced. This website is an absolute goldmine for online materials to make your class run more smoothly.
(worksheets, books, games, lesson plans)
This website was recommended by the actual website owner. I had a look and it was pretty solid so I added it to the list. There are free resources for videos, books, lesson plans, worksheets, and all sorts of cool other materials. It’s great for improving the material you need for your online classes. Give it a try.
This is another crackin’ good website for free online resources. They have it all! Games, vocabulary, writing, listening, you name it. It’s all there and it’s free. They also have it laid out nicely making it easy to find suitable lessons for your students according to their level of English.
This website is great for free lesson plans. They have free resources for children and adults. It’s an easy-to-navigate website and provides loads of interesting materials for your students regardless of age.
ESLFriend has loads of lesson plans and resources for so many things. It goes from test prep all the way to business English on this page. A wide variety of subject material for your classes. Great website with great resources.
islcollective has loads of worksheets, video lessons, grammar practice, and easy navigation for the site. They include a search bar at the top so you can easily search for what you want to incorporate into your day’s lesson plan.
Englishwsheets is a game-changer for vocabulary. Especially for topic-based vocab. They include pictures with all the vocab words making it easy for the student to understand the word with a visual representation. You can also find grammar lessons and reading comprehension on the left-hand side of the page as well.
bogglesworldesl will say “LanternFish” at the top of the page when you arrive. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place.
This place is another gold mine for ESL material. They have everything from flashcards to business ESL on their page. This page is incredible if your students have all sorts of different levels and abilities.
You can find songs for young learners, seasonal English lessons, writer’s workshops, crossword puzzles, and even science. This website makes it easy to grab content and quickly bring it to class as your lesson. It has EVERYTHING!
Breakingnewsenglish is a website made for students who are skilled with reading. This page gives you updated articles about all sorts of interesting news from across the world. It’s a crackin’ good place to screen share the content with your student and have them read it before discussing it afterward.
You can also assign them an article to read for homework and the warmup for your next day’s lesson can be the discussion of the article. You can ask them for their opinion on the article as well as what they found to be most interesting in the material.
ESLdiscussions is another website that offers a wide range of topics to read about with your students that you can later discuss to work on expressing opinions and comprehending detailed information.
This website has over 700 topics to discuss that range from everyday life to controversial subject matter.
iteslj is probably one of the best sites for conversational English. I’ve come across many private students that are simply looking to learn how to have a conversation in English. If that’s the case with your student(s), this is the place to go.
They have loads of topics and each topic has a detailed conversation to practice with the student which can help them become more knowledgeable in their understanding of how conversations flow in English and common questions and answers for English speakers.
Baamboozle has so many games to play with the kids. It would take you years to play all of the games even if you were using this site every single day. I didn’t notice that it uses a lot of energy on your laptop so if you have a zoom meeting, plus this page open, you better have a good internet speed.
I would suggest watching a youtube video for the best games to use from this site in your classroom simply because you could spend hours searching through this site trying to find one. However, they do have a search bar that allows you to look for specific games or specific topics for games.
Wordwall is a great website for creating your own content for your classes with ease. On Wordwall you can simply create activities for your classroom as well as quizzes, matchups, word games, and so much more.
Everything can be used interactively or used as a printout for your class.
GamestolearnEnglish is a super simple website with games that are perfect for building vocabulary and practicing important aspects of English such as tenses, time, and spelling.
This website is laid out in a very simple manner that allows you to find each game by topic. It’s a perfect website for any class whether it’s online or in person. It’s interactive and is a perfect way to let the student have a little fun with their lesson.
FunBrain is one of the best places to find free reading material for your students. A lot of kids want to read books with pictures or popular series. This website is perfect for that. It has loads of reading material including Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Not only does it have an incredible list of choices for reading material, but it also has a decent selection of games you can play with your student in between your reading sessions.
SuperSimple is a great website to help you teach young learners. First and foremost, this is probably one of the best places to get all your easy English songs for children. If you’re tired of going to the same ones over and over on youtube, jump over to SupersSimple and start rolling through the giant list of songs there.
They also have games, printouts for the kids, crafts, and activities. If you’re teaching the little munchkins, this page will be your new best friend.
DreamEnglish has a song for almost everything. I saw this guy’s videos played all over China when I was teaching there. He’s a little weird but he has a way of making songs that are perfect for the kids. I even find those songs stuck in my head from time to time.
He also has great videos made for each song. If there is important vocabulary in the tune, you can bet he has incorporated that prominently into the video. This is a great place to find helpful songs to keep those kids learning English.
ESLvideo some of the best learning videos for ESL students. You can find videos for beginner, intermediate, and advanced. A lot of the videos include quizzes as well to help with engagement for the student, so they aren’t idly watching videos with no sense of direction.
The page is laid out nicely with easy access and easy accessibility for finding the perfect material for your student no matter what his/her level is.
ELLLO is the perfect site for helping your students practice their listening. Maybe you’re sick and your voice is raspy, or maybe you just want to give your students a change of pace with the voices and material.
ELLLO offers loads of listening material with quizzes and scripts attached so that your student can follow up on the comprehension part of the lesson after the listening is finished.
ESL-Lab is yet another great resource for introducing your students to listening practice for their English classes. It has material for all levels and appealing content that will hopefully keep your student’s attention.
They have listening lessons in a broad range of categories stemming from easy to academic. They also include quizzes and other fun practices like useful idioms and culture videos.
ESLflow is a website for teachers that specializes in adding grammar lessons to every aspect of learning. Speaking with correct grammar, listening for adverbs, etc. They have it all.
Most of the lessons have audio added and they have an exercise for just about every topic you can think of. Lesson plans and worksheets are also available on the website.
TeachingEnglish is a crafty website for teachers brought to you by the British Council. On this site, you will find a wide arrange of handy resources that you can use in the classroom. They have grammar lessons, lesson plans, activities, songs, stories, and teaching tools.
The material on the website can be used by children up to adults. There is a little bit for every kind of English learner on this website.
EnglishClub is another one of those hidden gems that seem to have everything imaginable for English lessons. The most unique lesson I found on the page was the pronunciation lessons. Maybe teachers overlook this step in the learning process but on EnglishClub, you can find great ways to implement it into you lesson.
It doesn’t stop there. They have reading, vocab, listening, games, lesson plans, quizzes, writing exercises, and basically everything else you can need or imagine for your class. I highly recommend this one.
EnglishGrammar is a website that lives up to its name. It’s dedicated to providing teachers all the necessary material to teach proper grammar to their ESL students.
Grammar is never fun, let’s be honest. However, it is a necessity when it comes to learning a language. You can find all the lessons you need for grammar here with practice quizzes to check the progress of your student’s understanding of the material.