A good ESL textbook is one of the best foundations for lesson planning. If you
don't have access to a textbook or want to take a break from it, the Internet
offers a wide range of ESL lesson materials. Unfortunately, many of the
materials available are designed for professional teachers in public schools and
colleges, making it difficult to find appropriate materials to meet the needs of
adult learners in volunteer-based programs. The websites below all offer free
ESL lesson plans suitable for adults. Although some are intended for regular
teachers, most of the lessons include teaching instructions, and those that
don't are generally easy to present.
Adult Education ESL Teachers Guide
General orientation to ESL teaching; 11 lessons for beginners, 11 lessons for
intermediate learners, 11 lessons for non-literate learners; most lessons
include teaching instructions.
Free printable lesson plans and worksheets for all levels; registration
Free printable sample lesson plans, worksheets, and picture flash cards for
beginner and intermediate levels; more available with membership.
- About.com Teaching Resources
Many lesson plans and activities for all levels; designed for classes but adaptable for individual
- Handouts Online
Free printable handouts on grammar, everyday activities, business English, vocabulary,
and other searchable topics; categorized by level under "Most Popular;" some instant lessons
designed for regular teachers.
ESL Lesson Plans
Fifteen free printable lesson worksheets with separate teaching instructions; designed for pair work; language levels not specified.
Small collection of sample lessons with printable worksheets and teaching instructions; more available for
- John Korber: One
World, One People ESL Lessons
Many lesson ideas with instructions, some for beginners, mostly for intermediate
level, adaptable for advanced students.