ESL Teacher and Student Resources

Tools for learners:

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Good online reference for students to bookmark.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Listening quizzes, vocabulary lessons, and more audio resources

Language Guide

English Grammar Lessons

Vocabulary practice by topic with audio  - listening and speaking practice

Activities for ESL Students from the Internet TESL Journal

Thousands of quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language

Interesting Things for ESL Students

There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, vocabulary study, pronunciation practice, listening practice and many other things of interest to ELL's.

The English Vocabulary

For native Spanish speakers, a guide to learning vocabulary words grouped by category

English Language Listening Lab

ELLLO is a free online listening resource of over 1,000 listening activities designed especially for ESL and EFL students and teachers. Most listening activities include images, an interactive quiz, transcript of the audio and downloadable MP3.

Practice Speaking English with Robots

An ongoing initiative of Pasadena College in CA, the ESL Robots Project creates online electronic tutors to help English language learners practice speaking English.


Reinforce beginning-intermediate level vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, reading comprehension with the help of animated movie clips. Free materials and trial available; subscription rates vary.  Excellent enrichment and self-study materials.

Apps for ELLS

Nice reviews from a teacher, and frequently updated

Articles and instructional materials:

Colorin Colorado!

Information, activities and advice for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners

Web English Teacher 

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition, ESL resources

Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher

Larry is an award-winning ESL teacher who also maintains an active blog linked from his site. Talking Point Worksheets

Downloadable activities to stimulate discussion and enhance literacy

Veteran ESL teacher Judie Haynes offers practical classroom tips, lesson plans, and activities for ELLs.

Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom: Reading Instruction

Excellent strategies for providing additional support to ELLs.

Center for Applied Linguistics SIOP Model

Resources to help teachers plan and deliver lessons that allow English learners to acquire academic knowledge as they develop English language proficiency

Illinois Resource Center - ELL Methods Wiki

ESL/Bilingual Resource Guide for Mainstream Teachers, Portland Public School District, Oregon

Practical strategies and tips for teachers and program coordinators

Adapting Texts

Adapted texts reduce the linguistic complexity and increase comprehensibility, providing more frequently used vocabulary, shorter sentences, and active voice.  While adapted texts increase readability, it is important to ensure that ELs continue to be challenged at their grade level, and continue to learn new words, expressions, and sentence structures.  Here are some sites that I recommend for our secondary level teachers to use to locate current events news articles.  They provide teachers with options to adjust the lexile level, making it easy to differentiate text for a variety of learners in your classroom.

ELL Technology Tips

Technology-enhanced programs for English-language learners work most effectively when they:

1. Provide interaction, communicative activities, and real audiences.

2. Utilize task-based and problem-solving activities.

3. Provide “sheltering techniques”—ways to make lessons easier to understand—to support language and academic development.

4. Are student-centered and promote student autonomy.

5. Facilitate focused development of English-language skills.

6. Support collaborative learning.

7. Foster understanding and appreciation of the target and native cultures.

8. Provide appropriate feedback and assessment.

SOURCE: Excerpted from Technology and Teaching English Language Learners, by Mary Ellen Butler-Pascoe and Karin M. Wiburg