Are you looking for a run-down of the best English teaching resource websites? You’ve come to the right place. Creating good lesson plans is tricky and we want to help you nail it from the get-go. As a newly qualified teacher, you will often understand how to teach a topic but be unsure of the best way to present it. Lesson planning is a skill that you develop over time. We have done the hard work and found the best, most reliable websites to develop the perfect lesson plans, activities, worksheets and so much more.

Top 8 English Teaching Resources

The British Council provides endless resources for teaching ESL. It is a platform for teachers to get inspired and host meaningful effective English lesson resources. Here are 8 websites to add to your bookmarked favorites.

Onestopenglish.com

This free-to-use resource website is a firm favorite of the Premier TEFL academic team. Sign up for a free account. Subscribers can access additional features and all premium resources at no cost. These include access to the entire database of resources. Find online teaching resources and weekly news lessons from The Guardian. You can also discover monthly business features, lessons with songs and videos, games, and flashcards for children. 

Resource access

  • Print & go (no account needed) 
  • Free membership 
  • Premium membership (paid-for) available

Use this website for:

  • Printable lesson plans
  • Videos
  • Flashcards

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Teachthis.com

If you want complete access to all the PDF teaching materials you’ll need a premium account. In this English teaching resource, you’ll find lots of new teaching ideas and games to keep your classes fun and interesting. Every teaching activity comes with a detailed description to help you decide which resource will best suit your needs. Therefore, the materials have been designed to be editable. It can be easily adapted to students from different countries and cultures. Teachthis.com’s teaching resources cover levels of English from beginner (A1) through to upper-intermediate (B2). Remember, not all of the website’s resources are free. In each section one out of six activities/games/worksheets are free. The rest are restricted and exclusive to members, fees are around $1 per week.

Resource access

  • Print & go (no account needed) 
  • Free membership 

Use this website for:

  • Printable lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • Activities

Premium Accounts on Teachthis.com

There are four different types of offer:

  • 3 months subscription is $19.99: Unlimited Access for 1 user. Instant Access to over 1,500 editable and printable PDF ESL activities, games, worksheets, and lessons. In addition, you can access to over 700 Interactive PDF ESL worksheets, breakout room activities, and games. 
  • 6 months subscription is $29.99: Similiar to the 3-month package except at a more economical price and for a longer duration.
  • A 1-year subscription is $39.99: Likewise, this package offers the same as the 3 months and 6 months. Except that you get the ESL essential games ebook 2nd edition free. 
  • A 2-year subscription is $69.99: This package offers the same as the 1 year. Except that you get a free digital download of the entire Teach-This.com library.

Islcollective.com

ISL Collective is an international community of more than a million ESL/EFL language teachers. They share self-made language teaching materials through this website. You can enjoy free teaching resources whether you’re teaching English as a second language (TESL) or foreign language (TEFL) in a school or via one-on-one tutoring. Before accessing any of the documents or worksheets, you have to create an account but you don’t pay, it’s all free. The standard and quality of each document vary on the different teachers that upload the file. You can also find teaching jobs advertised here.

Resource access

  • Free membership

Use this website for:

  • Printable lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • Powerpoint Presentation

Test your English skills

Film English

Allows you to view guides for English language students who want to learn English by watching films. The guides help students to improve their English vocabulary, listening comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, and writing. 

Resource access

  • Premium Membership

Use this website for:

  • Comprehensions
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation

Film English Club membership offers two options: 

Individual Membership: Individual Membership of Film English Club allows one teacher unlimited access to all Film English Club viewing guides. Members get exclusive access to the extensive viewing methodology developed by Kieran Donaghy. Including exclusive access to webinars and on-demand videos, and the use of film and video in language education. Plus, two new viewing guides every week and a 20% discount on all courses at the school for training. This membership costs €80 per year.

Institutional Membership: Institutional membership of Film English Club allows all teachers and students of an institution unlimited access to all Film English Club viewing guides. Members of Film English Club receive the same package as the individual membership but at a different price. It is €140 per year for your school.

Busyteacher.org

This website offers free printable worksheets and lesson plans for teaching English. No matter if you teach kids or adults, beginners, or advanced students, Busy Teachers will save you hours in preparation time and no registration is required. This wonderful English lesson resource provides worksheets, articles, posters, and books all at just a simple click to access. 

Resource access

  • Print & Go (no account needed)
  • Free Membership

Use this website for:

  • Printable lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • Articles

ESL Games

This site is dedicated to helping teachers by providing fun English lesson resource games for young learner classrooms.

Resource access

  • Print & Go (no account needed) 
  • Free Membership

Use this website for:

  • Powerpoint games
  • Grammar games
  • Vocabulary games

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Phonetic Chart & IPA Phonetic Symbols

Phonetic Chart: This is the British Council phonemic chart to help students hear the sounds of English by clicking on the symbols. If you have an iPad, you can install a free copy of the British Council phonemic chart. To use on your device in class or you can download this chart to use on your PC. You will need Adobe Flash Player to use it.

IPA Phonetic Symbols: IPA keyboard allows you to type pronunciations of English words, as they appear in English dictionaries. The phonetic chart and the IPA go hand in hand and complement each other as a classroom resource. The IPA has the symbols for phonology in many other languages on the right-hand side.

Resource access

  • Print & Go (no account needed) 
  • Free Membership

Use this website for:

  • Printable chart
  • Pronunciation
  • Phonics activities

English Club

This site helps you to learn and teach English. You can join the English Club for free. The site offers grammar, vocab, and pronunciation activities. You can listen and learn from audio stories, learn speaking skills, and practice reading and writing to improve your English language skills. 

Resource access

  • Print & Go (no account needed) 
  • Free Membership 

Use this website for:

  •  Pronunciation
  •  Grammar 
  •  Vocabulary 

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