7 Useful Websites Every Professional ESL Teacher Should Have Bookmarked

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For teachers looking for educational material to use in the classroom, we want to provide some useful links to help you increase your productivity in 2016!

#01: islcollective.com

This is a one-stop shop for teachers looking for lessons that are print & teach
ISLCollective.com, a site financed by donation only, offers a huge user-fed database of ready-to-rock lesson plans with colorful pictures and illustrations. Free registration and a fast search interface make it a great site to frequent when you need supplemental material or a last-minute lesson.

Membership: Free membership – provide Email address only
Lesson Count:  Total – 49,025 (Microsoft Word or PowerPoint files)
Searchable By: Grammar Point / Vocabulary / Function / Level / Student Type

#02: breakingnewsenglish.com

Perfect for bringing fresh, current events into your classroom activities
Breaking News English features a new lesson every two days on – you guessed it – a breaking news story. A story scales a variety of difficulties (word counts) with a staggering 26-page PDF version or a two-page mini lesson version. You can also find listening (various speeds and accents), vocabulary and spelling quizzes.

Membership: None required – visit and download instantly!
Lesson Count:  Total – 2,018 (PDF format or use-it-online HTML)
Searchable By: Difficulty Level 0-7 / News Story Themes

#03: iteslj.org

Discussion questions out the ying-yang for conversation classes
This site has other lessons but the true jackpot is the bonanza of general discussion questions for conversation classes here. Each topic has well over 15 questions to burn up any one-hour conversation class without a problem. Copy, paste, print, ask, discuss, correct, class finished.

Membership: Free to use
Lesson Count:  300+ Topics (HTML, so copy/paste to Word)
Searchable By: Alphabetical List of Topics

#04: YourEnglishSource.com

We have put together a great team to help teachers and students with all things ESL.
2015 is going to be a productive year for Haps Education Corner & YourEnglishSource.com as we roll out our new section dedicated to our readers who are studying or teaching English.

For Teachers: We have 100’s of lesson plans, teaching tips, e-books and a podcast coming.
For Students: Video lessons, online activities  and an educational take on great Haps articles.

Be sure to join the Haps Facebook Page and YourEnglishSource Facebook Page to make use of all the free content we are generating this year and to tell us what you want to see!

#05: busyteacher.org

Another community-contributing powerhouse
Another mind-blowing compilation of print & teach lesson plans. Look in their “More” menu for some unique things like a word search maker, flash card builder and other ESL website reviews. They advertise their own premium content a lot but still there is so much for free, Who cares?

Membership: Free to use / Email registration to use advanced features.
Lesson Count:  Total – 14,841 (Microsoft Word / PowerPoint / PDF file formats)
Searchable By: Skill / Season / Keyword

#06: usingenglish.com

Perfect for bringing fresh current events into your classroom activities
Beggars can’t be choosers. Well, here they can! Every idiom under the sun is cataloged for search with a simple regular English definition for students. Teachers can compile handouts like idioms used in Australia or idioms about animals. Plus you can use the site’s keyword search to access what you like.

Membership: Free to use
Lesson Count:  Total – 3,757 Idioms (HTML, so copy/paste to Word)
Searchable By: Alphabetical / Category / Country / Keyword search box

#07: eslvideo.com

Listening practice made fun and interesting for students of all levels
This site plays a YouTube video and provides a multiple choice quiz right beside the video. Submit answers and the site returns a score instantly. Register and create your own quizzes with online video content. Your students can email you their results right from the website also.

Membership: Free to use / Email registration to create quizzes of your own
Lesson Count:  Total – 2,500 (online video quizzes with YouTube videos)
Searchable By: Level / Keyword / Newest / Creator / Archive Lists

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