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from Everyday Dialogues
Low Int – Int
Here is a sample from our popular Everyday Dialogues section. Each lesson in this section includes a practice dialogue, a recorded listening, a follow-up activity, and a writing task. In our sample lesson, students practice asking for directions. They listen to the dialogue and then practice substituting related expressions in order to find their way around their communities. This lesson includes review activities that can be used for assessment. Our Everyday Dialogues lessons are suitable for intermediate learners.
from Grammar Stories
At ESL Library, we believe that reading and listening to stories is a great way to learn grammar in context. Each lesson in our Grammar Stories section features two to five stories (with audio) followed by comprehension questions and writing tasks. Check out our sample lesson to see how the simple present and present progressive tenses can be introduced or reviewed through stories.
Here is a sample lesson from our Grammar Practice Worksheets section. This section features beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons filled with useful, everyday language that will boost your students' grammar skills and help develop their fluency. This Modals of Advice sample lesson includes a variety of written drills and group activities on this tricky grammar target. Your students will love coming up with some crazy class rules.
from Discussion Starters
Here’s a sample from our Discussion Starters section. Our Discussion Starters are popular because the topics are current and thought-provoking. They are designed to get even your quietest students talking. In this sample lesson, your students will discuss how minimum wage affects consumer habits and if there should be an international minimum wage. Our Discussion Starters lessons include reading, listening, speaking, and vocabulary tasks with an occasional grammar review. They are ideal for intermediate to advanced learners.
from Historic Events
At ESL Library, we know that teachers want materials about events that shape our world. Here is a sample from our Historic Events section, which features news stories that have captivated the world at various points throughout history. Our sample lesson on Brexit is a topic that is close to home for many ELLs. First, students read about the historic referendum in the UK in which citizens voted to leave the EU. Then they discuss how Brexit will affect language teachers and learners. The Historic Events section features lessons that are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners.
from Travel English
Travel English is a 13-part series that follows the Baxters as they book and take a trip to New York. Your students will learn and review vocabulary and expressions used when traveling in English-speaking countries. In this first lesson, the Baxters are just making plans. By the end of the series, they are on the plane heading home.
Int – Adv
Have a look at a lesson from our Mini-Debates section. This section gives students an opportunity to read about a current event and take a stand on a related issue. In our sample lesson on Video Game Violence, students read about a law that temporarily prevented those under 18 from renting or buying video games containing violent or sexual content. Students debate whether or not video games increase violence. Lessons in this section are suitable for intermediate to advanced learners.
from Word Bank
Lit – Pre Beg
Our Word Bank lessons focus on very basic English words that you would find in a picture dictionary. These lessons are suitable for young learners or adults that are new to English. They can also be used with literacy students. Each lesson includes a picture dictionary, word puzzles, and listening practice. In this sample lesson, student learn words for places around the city. New topics are added monthly.
from Fun Grammar Lessons
This grammar section was designed specifically for young learners. Each kid-friendly lesson is full of pictures and fun activities with grammar notes and exercises on a single grammar target. This sample Simple Present lesson is a must-have for any English teacher of young learners.
from Holidays & Events
Int – High Int
Here is a sample lesson from our Holidays & Events section. This popular section features beginner, intermediate, and advanced lessons to enlighten your students about holidays, traditions, and special events from around the world. In our sample lesson about International Women’s Day (March 8), students read an article about the history of the holiday and complete a variety of tasks individually and in pairs or groups. The lessons in this section include idioms and everyday expressions related to the topic.
from Famous People
Take a peek at a lesson from our ever-growing Famous People section. Each lesson in this section includes a one-page biography, comprehension questions, vocabulary development tasks, and discussion questions. In this sample lesson about Bob Marley, students learn some interesting history about this famous musician. They practice putting a timeline in order, and they discuss how music evolves. You’ll find lessons for beginner to high-intermediate learners in this section.
Do your students need to learn basic grammar structures? Each lesson in this section includes vocabulary development tasks, listening exercises, and speaking activities. Here is a sample lesson for teaching simple past irregular verbs. You’ll notice that there are lots of visuals that will help beginner learners understand the basics. This lesson includes writing practice, a pair information gap, a listening task, and a class survey. The lessons in this section are suitable for beginner to intermediate learners.
from Living in English
Do you teach English to newcomers? Have a look at a sample lesson from our Living in English section. The lessons in this section feature practical vocabulary and skills required for living in an English-speaking country. In this Employment lesson, students survey each other about work experience and read "help wanted" ads. They practice filling out applications and they learn useful personality adjectives to use on a resume or during an interview. The lessons in this section are suitable for low- to high-intermediate learners.
Do you teach English to absolute beginners? Have a look at a sample in this section. Each lesson focuses on a single question and a basic language target. These lessons include ready-made dialogues that your students can listen to and practice with their classmates. This sample lesson gives students practice asking and responding to one of the first questions students will hear in English. It also introduces the letters of the alphabet.
from Simple Sentences
Beg – Low Int
Students need a lot of practice talking and writing about everyday subjects like health, transportation, and daily routines. Lessons in this section feature example sentences, review exercises, and picture dictionaries. In our sample lesson, students learn useful nouns, verbs, and adjectives for talking about the weather. They also learn how to ask and answer questions about the weather. The lessons in this section are suitable for beginners.
Low Int – Int
This reading section features interesting facts about topics that young learners and middle schoolers love to learn about. The lessons are for low-intermediate to intermediate level readers. Each 5-page lesson includes warm-up questions, a vocabulary preview task, a short reading, comprehension questions, vocabulary review tasks, and a listening gap-fill task. This sample lesson on Bicycles includes interesting facts and history that dates back to the Wright Brothers.
from Writing in English
Do your students need writing practice? Our comprehensive writing lessons provide instruction and practice for academic, business, and social purposes. Each lesson focuses on a specific writing skill or type of writing. In this sample lesson, students learn how to use an apostrophe correctly. This lesson covers the two main uses of an apostrophe and common apostrophe errors. You'll find lessons for beginner to advanced learners in this section.
from Functional English
Beg – Low Int
Our Functional English section features lessons for low- to high-intermediate learners. These are designed specifically for learners who are new to an English-speaking country. In this sample lesson, students review questions and responses for providing basic personal information, including names, addresses, and phone numbers.
from Health Matters
Are you covering health topics in class? Here is a sample from our Health Matters section. The lessons in this section are based on modern topics about healthy living and are centered around magazine-style lists. After reading and discussing the topic, students use the model to write their own lists. In this lesson on Sitting Disease, students discuss the importance of movement. Will your class accept the challenge of doing this lesson from a standing position? These lessons are ideal for intermediate to advanced learners.
Int – Adv
Are your students comfortable speaking without a script? Have a look at a sample lesson from our Role-Play section, where you will find scenarios and prompts that encourage learners to use everyday English in real-life situations. In this sample, students practice speaking in a variety of work situations, such as at the water cooler or in a meeting. Our role-play printouts include pair practice handouts, informal Quick Cards, and common, useful expressions.
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Rely on ESL Library for wonderful teaching resources that help you teach a better class. Our ready-made materials are designed for teaching English to teens and adults anywhere in the world. We also have kid-friendly lessons for young learners and middle schoolers as well as lessons for literacy classrooms. We add new materials every month to always keep your classroom content fresh and current.