Teaching Materials

Creating good teaching materials for ESL lessons can take a long time. Finding good teaching materials can also be very time consuming. As we believe caring is sharing, we have created this list of (mainly) free English language teaching materials for you to choose from. We have even made them easy for you to find what you need, with each ESL lesson resource listed by order of English language level.

Below you will find English language lesson plans and materials for beginner, elementary, intermediate, upper intermediate or advanced students. You will find teaching materials for listening, speaking, reading and fluency. There are also sharply designed lesson plans with PPT presentations.

All these lesson plans and resource have been tried and tested for the appropriate levels and can be used over and over again for stimulating and engaging ESL lessons. Most of our teaching materials are free to download if you are registered on the website, but there are also a number of complete lesson plans based around well designed Powerpoint presentations that you can buy for less than the price of a large coffee.

 

A1 Beginners
WORKSHEETS, PRESENTATIONS & LESSON PLANS

A1. Magic ‘e’ Lesson PPT
This short lesson helps to introduce beginners to the magic ‘e’ rule of pronunciation.

A1. Prepositions – in, on, at PPT
This Powerpoint lesson introduces beginners to basic prepositions with visual cues and on-screen interactive exercises.

A1. Prepositions of Movement PPT
This Powerpoint lesson introduces beginners to prepositions of movement with visual cues and on-screen interactive exercises.

A1. Conjunctions – Coordinators Lesson PPT (€1.95)
This Powerpoint lesson introduces beginners to coordinating conjunctions using on-screen interactive exercises. The package includes presentations for both A1 and A2 learners.

A1. Countable and Uncountable Nouns – House & Home Lesson PPT
This Powerpoint lesson helps your beginners to understand the basic grammar rules for countable and uncountable nouns using the vocabulary topic of the house and home. The lesson elicits spoken, communicative responses and is full of concept checking exercises and assessment for learning.

A1. Present Continuous Lesson PPT
Complete with visual prompts and on-screen assessment for learning exercises, this Powerpoint lesson introduces beginners to the presents continuous (progressive) tense.

A1. Modal Verbs – Can & Could Lesson PPT
With a variety of visual prompts and on-screen assessment for learning exercises, this Powerpoint lesson introduces beginners to modal verbs for ability.

A1. How do you do – Do & Does Lesson PPT
Introduce your beginner students to the use of auxiliary ‘do’ and the verb ‘do’ with this Powerpoint lesson complete with visual prompts and on-screen interactive exercises.

 

FLUENCY EXERCISES
Read the Teacher’s Blog: Fluency Lessons: How To Practice Fluency in the ESL Classroom‘.

A1. Plural and singular neuter pronoun present simple (fluency) 
A1. Short forms in affirmative and negative with long answers (fluency) 
A1. Demonstrative & possessive pronouns (fluency)
A1. Prepositions of place: in, on, at, under, behind, in front of, next to (fluency)
A1. Prepositions of time with days, months, dates and seasons (fluency)
A1. Coordinating conjunctions Practice (fluency)
A1. Countable & uncountable nouns singular & plural (fluency) 
A1. There is/are… a lot a few, not many, not much (fluency) 
A1. Practicing interrogatives: wh- questions (fluency)
A1. Direct ‘Yes/No’ questions with ‘do’ (fluency) 
A1. The haves and the have nots: have/has/haven’t/hasn’t got (fluency)
A1. Short answers with ‘to be’ and auxiliary ‘do’ and ‘can’ (fluency)
A1. What do you do? – talking about your job (fluency)
A1. Present continuous questions and answers (fluency)
A1. The present simple to the present continuous (fluency)
A1. The empty shop – some/any/isn’t/aren’t (fluency)
A2 Elementary
WORKSHEETS, PRESENTATIONS & LESSON PLANS

A2. The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling

This lesson is based on a charming little animated short about an elderly man who overcomes his fear of falling. Students practice using the past tense and narrating a story with time markers. The vocabulary focus of the lesson is the use of phrasal verbs. 

A2. Adjectives Comparatives & Superlatives Lesson PPT
This colourful and dynamic Powerpoint lesson introduces elementary students to comparatives and superlatives with a range of exercises encouraging speaking and use of the forms.

A2. Articles Lesson PPT
Consolidate elementary learners knowledge of article use with this informative Powerpoint lesson.

A2. Prepositions of Place, Location & Time Lesson PPT
This Powerpoint lesson consolidates how to use the basic prepositions of place and time, expanding on the range of prepositions and their meanings. As always with English Evolution materials, the focus is on encouraging speaking accuracy and fluency.

A2. Modal Verbs – Can & Could Lesson PPT
Consolidate and review modal verbs ‘can’ and ‘could’ with your elementary students using this short Powerpoint lesson that uses a variety of on-screen interactive exercises.

A2. Conjunctions Lesson PPT (€1.95)
This Powerpoint lesson consolidates the use of coordinating conjunctions and introduces basic subordinators. The lesson include a variety of fluency and speaking tasks. The package includes presentations for both A1 and A2 learners.

 

FLUENCY EXERCISES
Read the Teacher’s Blog: Fluency Lessons: How To Practice Fluency in the ESL Classroom‘.

A2. Practicing Interrogatives
A2. Singular to plural & vice versa
A2. Coordinating conjunctions – and, or, so
A2. Coordinating conjunctions – but, because, although
A2. Frequency Adverbs
A2. Using to have’ when talking about meal times
A2. Ask me with ‘can’ (ability)
A2. Can/Can’t long answers (permission)
A2. Present simple to past simple
A2. was / were… ago (short answers)
A2. Ask me with ‘know how to’
A2. Imperatives & simple future with going to’
A2. Simple future questions with ‘going to’
A2. Simple future questions with ‘will’
A2. Simple future ‘will / won’t’
A2. Superlatives & Comparatives
A2. Past simple to past continuous
B1 Intermediate
WORKSHEETS, PRESENTATIONS & LESSON PLANS

B1. Simon Sinek – Millennials in the Workforce (listening)

This listening and discussion lesson is based on a presentation about the issues faced by the millennial generation. The target grammar in the lesson is predicative and attributive adjectives and describing character and feeling. Students will engage in discussion, form questions and practice giving and supporting an opinion.

 

B1. Alone – Post Apocalyptic Scenarios (listening)

In this lesson, which is suitable for high intermediate or B2 students, the focus is on using modal verbs and conditionals to talk about hypothetical situations. Students will watch a short film about an end of the world scenario and try to predict an ending. More than just a listening exercise, students are encouraged to use the target language and be imaginative. 

 

B1. Dawn Maslar – The Science of Attraction (listening)

This is a fun lesson that is suitable for high intermediate or B2 learners. Introducing students to using language to talk about abstract things like love and feelings, this makes for a highly engaging lesson that, aside from assessing listening skills, encourages students to use a greater array of adjectives.

 

B1. Annie Bosler & Don Greene – How to Practice Effectively (listening)

This listening lesson is aimed at B1-B2 students, encouraging discussion around hobbies and leisure activities. Whilst students are introduced to new vocabulary, the focus on the lesson is language to explain. The task based learning exercise involves students preparing notes to give advice and guidance about how to become good at their chosen skill. 

 

B1. Rod Philips – A Brief History of Alcohol (listening)

This lesson plan engages students in the topic of alcohol. It contains tasks that introduce students to new vocabulary followed by a listening exercise and discussion. Students will practice using discussion tags and supporting their opinion as well as learn some fascinating facts about the history of alcohol.

 

B1. Talking About The Future Lesson PPT. (€1.95)
A dynamic Powerpoint lesson plan analysing the different types of future tenses, how they are formed and how they should be used in English grammar and communication. The tasks include a variety of speaking and fluency exercises to help your students get used to structuring and articulating the form with confidence (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B1. Present Perfect Tenses Lesson PPT. (€1.95)
A dynamic Powerpoint lesson plan that includes a range of speaking and fluency activities for you to engage your learners in grammar both online and in the classroom. The lesson analyses the different types of future tenses, how they are formed and how they should be used in English grammar and communication (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B1. Adjective Clauses & Relative Clauses Lesson PPT. (€1.95)
A complete lesson plan presentation covering the use of relative (adjective) clauses and relative pronouns. Suitable for intermediate/upper intermediate ESL students. Includes AOL and AFL tasks and fluency exercises .

B1. How To Use Subordinate Conjunctions PPT (€1.95)
A complete Powerpoint lesson plan for teaching conditionals. This lesson plan includes exercises for both intermediate levels and upper intermediate levels. An excellent resource to help with student writing. Includes interactive, cloze and fluency exercises
(this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B1. How To Use Conditionals PPT (€1.95)
A Powerpoint lesson plan for teaching conditionals to intermediate students, including a Powerpoint presentation, fluency exercises and worksheets
(this bundle includes presentation for both B1 & B2 learners).

B1. Active & Passive Voice PPT (€1.95)
This Powerpoint lesson plan provides an introduction to the differences between the active and passive tense (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B1. What is the Gerund? PPT (€1.95)
This complete Powerpoint lesson plan analyses the differences uses and meaning of gerund and to-infinitives in English. It includes a range of speaking, fluency and assessment activities that will keep you students engaged in what might otherwise be a dour subject (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B1. How To Use Articles Lesson PPT
This Powerpoint lesson plan reviews the grammar rules for using definite and non-definite articles.

B1. Common English Mistakes 1
This is a great exercise for new groups. The exercise asks students to highlight common English errors. By eliciting examples of each of the highlighted errors, students develop an understanding of why it is incorrect. At the end of the exercise, students have an easy go-to guide to all the errors.

B1. Couple Lose Everything When Their Boat Sinks (reader)
A reading exercise with grammar focus on using ‘could’ as past tense and for the hypothetical future.

B1. Giving Smart People Stupid Rules Does Not Make Sense (reader)
A reading exercise based on a personal essay that focuses on work and employment vocabulary, reading for detail and understanding. A great resource for discussion that also includes guidelines on writing a personal essay.

FLUENCY EXERCISES
Read the Teacher’s Blog: Fluency Lessons: How To Practice Fluency in the ESL Classroom‘.

B1. Practicing interrogatives – past, present, future and continuous tenses
B1. Eliciting questions with ‘want’ – the accusative case
B1. Simple past vs present perfect with ‘what about…’
B1. For vs Since – present perfect with verb ‘to be’
B1. Present perfect continuous
B1. How long does it take…?
B1. Talking about the past with used to + infinitive
B1. Modal verbs: must, mustn’t, have to, don’t have to
B1. Modal verbs: should for advice – negative sentences
B1. Present perfect – ever/never been able to
B1. to get
B1. The Passive Tense
B1. Be used to vs Get used to
B1. To be worth
B1. So and such (adverb and adjective)
B1. 2nd Conditional Introduction
B1. Subordinate conjunctions: because vs because of (reason)
B1. Subordinate conjunctions: although/even though (surprising result)
B1. Subordinate conjunctions: even if (condition)
B1. Correlative conjunctions: would rather… than…
B2 Upper Intermediate
WORKSHEETS, PRESENTATIONS & LESSON PLANS

B2. Mia Nacamulli – The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain (listening)

A listening and discussion based lesson plan based on a short video about bilingualism. This short lesson encourages students to consider the advantages of improving their English and facilitates discussion around strategies for improving their English outside of classroom time. The vocabulary featured is quite technical and it is recommended that this lesson be used with either high B2 or C1 learners.

 

B2. Noah Zandan – The Language of Lying (listening)

A listening and discussion based lesson plan based on a short TED Ed. video which discusses the linguistic cues that can help you spot when somebody is lying. There is a fun activity connected to the lesson where the grammar focus is on questioning to elicit information.

 

B2. Adam Ostrow – After Your Final Status (listening)

A listening and discussion based lesson plan based on the TED Talk by Adam Ostrow about the future possibilities of social media. Lesson focuses on hypothetical language, giving and supporting an opinion.

 

B2. Anthony Goldbloom – The Jobs We’ll Lose to Machines and the Ones We Won’t (listening)

This discussion lesson is based around Anthony Goldbloom’s brief presentation about  A.I. and how it will impact work and jobs in the future. Student’s will complete a listening exercise before engaging in discussion on this fascinating and very relevant topic.

 

B2. W. Keith Campbell – The Psychology of Narcissm (listening)

A fascinating presentation that discusses the two types of narcissistic behaviours and how social media encourages these behaviours in modern society. The language focus is compound adjectives and supporting an opinion in discussion. The listening exercises are based on typical IELTS exam questions.

 

B2. Talking About The Future Lesson PPT. (€1.95)
A dynamic Powerpoint lesson plan analysing the different types of future tenses, how they are formed and how they should be used in English grammar and communication. The tasks include a variety of speaking and fluency exercises to help your students get used to structuring and articulating the form with confidence (this bundle includes presentation for both B1 & B2 learners).

B2. Present Perfect Tenses Lesson PPT. (€1.95)
A dynamic Powerpoint lesson plan that includes a range of speaking and fluency activities for you to engage your learners in grammar both online and in the classroom. The lesson analyses the different types of future tenses, how they are formed and how they should be used in English grammar and communication (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B2. Using Conditional Sentences PPT (€1.95)
Teaching conditionals to ESL students is often frustrating. This Powerpoint lesson plan for conditionals covers the use of the four main forms and is perfect as an engaging and active grammar refresher for upper intermediate students.

B2. The Passive Tense and How It Is Used PPT (€1.95)
This complete Powerpoint lesson plan covers the form and function for the passive voice. The exercises not only help students to master the passive form in grammatical detail but also delve deeper into why the passive tense is used (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B2. What is the Gerund? PPT (€1.95)
This complete Powerpoint lesson plan analyses the differences uses and meaning of gerund and to-infinitives in English. It includes a range of speaking, fluency and assessment activities that will keep you students engaged in what might otherwise be a dour subject (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B2. How To Use Subordinate Conjunctions PPT (€1.95)
A complete Powerpoint lesson plan for teaching conditionals. This lesson plan includes exercises for both intermediate levels and upper intermediate levels. An excellent resource to help with student writing. Includes interactive, cloze and fluency exercises (this bundle includes presentations for both B1 & B2 learners).

B2. Common English Mistakes 2
This is a great exercise for new groups. The exercise asks students to highlight common English errors. By eliciting examples of each of the highlighted errors, students develop an understanding of why it is incorrect. At the end of the exercise, students have an easy go-to guide to all the errors. 

B2. Football Legends Tell Homeless They Can Stay For The Winter (reader)
A reading exercise focussing on reading for detail and pronunciation. This lesson plan also contains discussion activities based on the subject of homelessness.

FLUENCY EXERCISES

Read the Teacher’s Blog: Fluency Lessons: How To Practice Fluency in the ESL Classroom‘.
B2. Interrogatives – all verb tenses & conditionals
B2. Ask me – dates
B2. Do vs Make
B2. Modal Verbs: Would you mind… (polite request)
B2. Modal Perfect: should/shouldn’t have
B2. Modal Perfect: may/might have
B2. Modal Perfect: could have
B2. The Passive Tense – review
B2. Double negatives & indefinite pronouns
B2. Reflexive pronouns practice
B2. Subordinate Conjunctions: as if…
Advanced
WORKSHEETS, PRESENTATIONS & LESSON PLANS

How Not To Be Boring (listening)

A listening and discussion lesson plan with several exercises based on a video about what makes people interesting. The grammar focus is attributive clauses using ‘with which’, whilst the general focus of the lesson is using adverbs, adjectives and language for discussing abstract concepts. 

 

Amy Adkins – Why Do We Dream? (listening)

A listening and discussion lesson plan based on a short TED Ed video on the subject of dreams. This engaging lesson focuses on using analytical language to talk about abstract topics such as the meaning of dreams.

 

Jordan Peterson – Does your job match your personality? (listening)

This presentation by renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson provides a great listening based lesson for business classes, particularly for those in management. Focussing on using language to describe character and effective questioning, the lesson includes a role play exercise where students create their own interview questions.

 

Dan Pink – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This presentation explores ideas behind research about what motivates employees. This highly engaging lesson plan, which includes a worksheet on persuasive language, elicits discussion around this fascinating subject. As well as a listening exercise, the worksheet also includes a discussion task with students sharing ideas about improving motivation in the workplace.

 

Clint Smith – The Danger of Silence (listening)

This lesson plan is based on a presentation by American poet and educationalist Clint Smith. Focusing on the use of metaphor and the subject of speaking up for what you believe in. Students are required to use context to work out the meaning and create their own metaphors and similes to describe people, things and abstract ideas and experiences.

 

Thomas Heatherwick – Building the Seed Cathedral (listening)

Thomas Heatherwick is one of Britain’s most inspiring living designers. In his 2011 TED talk, he discusses four of his most innovative projects, including his winning design for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. This challenging lesson encourages advanced learners to utilise abstract vocabulary to talk about creative subjects through a series of engaging listening and discussion tasks.

 

How To Prepare For The Perfect Presentation PPT (€1.95)
A complete lesson plan with listening and speaking activities and useful information handouts for students. This Powerpoint presentation is particularly useful for business and EAP lessons and will help students develop their presentation skills.

The Dangers of Stereotyping People (reader)
An intelligent and socially relevant reading exercise that includes several exercises aimed at developing knowledge of advanced level vocabulary as well as a discussion questions. There is also a section focusing on identification of noun phrases in complex texts.