English as a Second Language (ESL): Lesson Plans, Resources and More
Teaching ESL for children may be easier than teaching adults because children are just beginning to learn the intricacies of English pronunciation, spelling and grammar.
- There are many great books available for teaching English as a second language for children. One for younger students is “Edutainment”; it explores ESL teaching through fun and games.
- We usually avoid recommending sites that are mere directories of links to outside sources. In our Education Web Guides, we make exceptions to this rule for lesson plans and student activities to provide you with as much helpful content as possible. Make sure to approach every directory with caution and evaluate the links before using a tool in the classroom.
Teaching ESL for adults can be especially rewarding because adults are usually more motivated and disciplined when learning English, and may work harder than younger students.
- Don’t get fooled into paying for resources. Although some pay sites offer dependable content, you’re just as likely to find great stuff somewhere else. The Web is full of free resources and we’ll show you where to look.
- If you have access to computers in your room, there are many sites that offer listening exercises and interactive language activities. These can be good for both advanced and struggling students.
The TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is an important tool in helping ESL students prepare for college or advance a career. Students wanting to enter American universities must take the test and many large companies offer salary and promotion incentives for those who prove themselves proficient in English.