ESL Lesson Plans for All Grade Levels

Find helpful resources for teachers of English as a Second Language. Whether you’re teaching kindergarten students, or adult learners, we have ESL lesson plans and activities your students are sure to love. Teach your students about American culture and holidays, find new ways of teaching vocabulary and get the class moving with interactive games and group projects. Also find worksheets and sample quizzes you can adjust to use for your class.

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  • ESL Thanksgiving Lesson Plan: Suggested Discussion Topics & Activities
    Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to discuss the concept of gratitude with students. Sharing ideas of thanks from various cultures helps to explain the tradition of Thanksgiving in the US. Addressing misconceptions of the first Thanksgiving will help teach its history to students.
  • Celebrate the 4th of July in Your ESL Class
    Independence is an American holiday and may need explanation for students of English as a second language. Teach your students about American history and culture while celebrating the Fourth of July with them.
  • English Language For Adults: Witches, and Ghosts, and Pumpkins, Oh My!
    Adults living in the U.S. and learning English may know that October 31 is the observance of Halloween, thanks to the huge commercial market for this particular autumnal holiday. However, they most likely do not know the origins of the celebration, or the various traditions around the day.
  • Getting Into the Action: Verb Activities for ESL Classes
    Verbs are the key to understanding a foreign language, and ESL students are no exception. The next time you are looking for some lesson plans when teaching verbs to ESL students, why not give these a try?
  • Let's Talk Business: Vocab for ESL Students
    Do you want to learn how to effectively teach vocab to ESL students interested in business? It seems like a daunting task, doesn't it? Don't worry. Careful preparation and research will help you, and your students, tremendously.
  • ESL Exercises on the Concept of Time: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    Are you worried that your ESL students are not quite grasping the vocabulary of yesterday, today and tomorrow? Do not panic. ESL games and exercises to teach yesterday, today and tomorrow represent a fun and effective resource for ESL teachers to use to get their students to understand new vocab.
  • English Catenative Verbs: Linking Verbs to Other Verbs
    Catenative verbs form strings of verbs by linking a catenative verb to an infinitive, present participle, or base form of another verb. The following article explains the conjugations and uses of catenatives as well as the difference between catenative verbs and modal or quasi-modal verbs.
  • Vocabulary Games for ESL Students in Senior High School
    Pre-teach synonyms and antonyms, prefix and suffixes before playing these games. The games will help to reinforce what students have learned as well as increase their vocabulary.
  • An Old Favorite: Mary Had a Little Lamb Preschool Theme
    See this oldie but goodie nursery rhyme in a new way! This preschool Mary Had a Little Lamb theme will grab any child's attention with its curriculum rich activities. Various learning styles are reached and little lambs will be prancing with excitement during this theme.
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