English Lesson Plans Based on the News
Using news articles in your lessons is beneficial for the following reasons:
- It helps create an interesting topic of discussion
- Your learners will likely know about the story (if they follow the news)
- There are some great lesson plans in this area
Breaking News English: A new lesson is posted every two days and each one includes the article adapted to different levels, an audio reading, warm-up activities, and an incredible amount of exercises.
News in Levels: This doesn’t include the activities that Breaking News English has, but there are a lot of articles that have different levels of English and videos to accompany each one.
Newspapers and Blogs: You can obviously use your own articles taken from newspapers and blogs. Additionally, I recommend that you get your learners to send you articles that they find interesting and create a lesson plan around it.
English Lesson Plans Based on Videos / Ted Talks
Teachers love using video in the classroom (click here to learn about how you can embed videos into your online lessons).
Here are some of the best video resources for your ESL / EFL lessons:
Film English: Step-by-step plans based on short videos. There are a lot of lessons to go through and my learners really enjoy these lessons.
TEDxESL: Although the author has stopped publishing new lessons, these lessons are really useful. You can download the lesson plan, activities, and the transcript for each lesson.
ESL Video: It’s not as polished as the other sites, but there are lot of short videos that come with questions you can ask your learners. Some have lesson notes and transcripts.
Conversation Topics and Role Plays
If you teach conversational English, you’ll find the following resources useful:
ITESLJ: Many topics for discussion. This is my go to when looking for conversational topics in my lessons.
ESL Conversation Questions: Another resources for discussions.
ESL Flow: The site’s a little messy, but it has great role-plays.
Grammar Lesson Plans and Resources
The following will help you teach grammar to your learners.
Off2Class: An all-in-one solution for teaching grammar online. Free and paid memberships are available.
About.com: The ESL section has a bunch of grammar lesson plans.
EnglishPage: The place to go if you need grammar explanations and exercises
Perfect English Grammar: Another great resource for explanations.
General Lesson Plans and Resources
These resources have lots of plans on many different areas of English.
ESL Lounge: Free samples and premium resources
LinguaHouse: Lots of lesson plans – limited access with the free version.
Sean Banville: The creator of Breaking News English (above) has a lot of free materials.
TEFL.net: Lots of lesson plans here
Teaching English: More plans!
Busy Teacher: Plans, resources, and activity sheets.