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ESL and EFL Resources for Teachers and TESOL Students

Cindy and I studied TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) for one year at Biola University in La Mirada, CA in 2006, in preparatioin to go to Thailand.  We highly recommend their course.  I built this page during our studies there.  Now that we have returned from Thailand Cindy teaches EFL (English as a Foreign Language) to Thai students online with  You can refer Thai students to English Gang Portal Login so they get "Cynthia" for their teacher. 


Christian ESL (English as a Second Language) resources

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Edwards, D. Window to the World (
This curriculum has been created to accompany Campus Crusade's Jesus Film about the Gospel of Luke.

Foreign Language Christian Resources.
Offers Scriptures - Books - Videos - Cross-Cultural Resources in many different languages.

Faith Alive Christian Resources Open Door Ministries.
Open Door offers programs, books, and other resources to help teach ESL.

Faith Encounters Series (
Volume 1, "Living by Faith", is 21 units and volume two, "Believing in Jesus" is 24 units.

Literacy and Evangelism International
Passport series curriculum.

Meads, J. (2001). Joanne's Page for ESL Teachers Using Christian Materials.
The author is affiliated with an ESL ministry at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. She has made several international trips to teach English and she uses the Passport series, written by Martha Lane and Meads has a page called Ask
Marti where you can ask Lane questions and the answers are posted, under four categories.

Payne, Janet. English for Life Learning with Heart and Mind.
Christian ESL / ELT Resources, an annotated list of resources.

Saito-Stehberger, Dana's  ESL Page
The author is a TESOL professor at UCI and Allian International University in Irvine, she is a member of Saddle Back
Community Church. The website offers a lessons page, a teachers page of links, a students page of links, an about me page,
and a ministry page.

Up EnglshTeaching the Bible to New English Speakers
Offers a unique hands-on Bible study approach, coupled with research-based reading lessons with activities



English teaching courses


ACT360 Media (2005) PowerPoint in the Classroom. Retrieved on 3/23/06 from
You can use this site to teach students how to make PowerPoint presentations. They also offer tutorials for other Microsoft Office
products and other teaching pages, including TOEFL preparation.


Common Ground
Provides a cultural perspective that values what human beings hold in common and aims
to improve language skills as well as character.

Oberg, L. Culture Shock & The Problem Of Adjustment To New Cultural Environments Worldwide Classroom Consortium for International
Education & Multicultural Studies
An educational website to help students learn about culture and studying abroad.

General ESL and teaching resources

The abc teach member site is home to several thousand documents that are instantly available to their members for downloading and printing. Membership is $35 a year.

Attendance sheet templates
A to Z Teacher Stuff is teacher-created, and designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. They offer lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials, eBooks, and printable worksheets

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA). ESL resources.

Annotated list of publishers of books and other materials related to ESL.  Excellent English language photocopiable lesson plans based on current news events from Reuters, new stories for English teachers, EFL teachers, home schoolers and K12 teachers. Just print and teach. is a helpful free resource website for teachers, parents, tutors, students, and homeschoolers. They have a HUGE library of printable worksheets for a many different class topics and grade levels.

Easy Teacher Worksheets

ESL City Teachers helping teachers. a href="" target="_self"> Free worksheets, free topics, free flashcards, and free ESL games.

ESL Cyber links

Alongside the printable grammar worksheets, surveys, flashcards, reading comprehension and
communication activities for each level, there are also board games and song lyrics for teachers.
There is also a section devoted to phonetics and the improvement of student pronunciation of English.

ESLResource Center
Provides a wealth of free top quality ESL/EFL materials and resources Learn English: http://www.learnenglishguide.comhow to learn English and how to speak English.

Puzzle Puzzle maker Discovery
A puzzle generation tool for teachers. Create and print customized word search, puzzles using your word
lists. a massive non-profit online library that is well organized and user friendly. It looks like it would be good for doing research since you can search within the books as well as just reading for pleasure.
Free worksheets, activity pages weekly, download 4 free units and 4 free eWorkbooks, software programs, and games.

Teach English overseas. Paid placements available in China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam & Greece
For ESL/EFL learners and teachers: Courses, documents, games, exercises, tests, interactive pages, plays, fonts, clip art, photos, jokes, cartoons, chat rooms, forums.
Free grammar and vocabulary handouts, and a selection of printable PDF lesson plans for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and instructors to use in the classroom or other teaching environment

Wise Old Owl Ultimate Word Games


Fun Brain on the Rocks
Jam packed with fun activities your younger students learning grammar.

Ohio University. Ohio ESL Grammar resources for teachers.
Resources, pedagogy, research, teaching materials and plans for teaching grammar.

Internet activities for students

Color Quiz
A free five minute personality test based on research by psychologists.There are no complicated questions to answer, you simply choose colors.

Earth Trends
A database that is helpful for researching trends in the environment, as well as social and economic.

Yahooligans the Web Guide for Kids.
Lots of teaching and learning resources here.Safe learning exploration for young and old. Tons of cool stuff and it's easy to navigate through too.

Journals and research

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Their download library provides ACTFL documents free of charge. Good for SLA research and to see U.S. ESL standards
Scientific literature some related to linguistics and language acquisition.

Portal to Educational Resource Information Clearinghouse (ERIC), which maintains statistics and data on

JALT Journal
The research journal of the Japan Association for Language Teaching.

Journal of Second Language Writing.
An international journal focusing on second- and foreign-language writing and writing instruction

Lesson Plans for Educators

Oxford ELT Journal
ELT Journal is a quarterly publication for all those involved in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

PAC Journal
Forum for presenting research on language teaching in AsiaA journal for language teachers in Asia, who are members of the Pan Asia Consortium.

USC Linguistics
Links to research articles for a second language acquisition class at USC.


ESLThrough Music

Ohio University. Ohio ESLListening resources for teachers.
Resources, pedagogy, research, teaching materials and plans for teaching listening.

Pollock, E. (2003) Using Mystery Stories in the Language Classroom. Asian EFL Journal (December).
This journal article explores ways that mystery stories can be successfully used to improve language proficiency and linguistic ability, enhancing critical thinking and deductive reasoning. Mystery can make our teaching more interesting.

Rainville, J. Lets Go to the Movies.
Listening activities.


Nichols, D. (2003).What we talk about when we talk about love
MED Magazine monthly webzine of the Macmillan English Dictionaries. This article was on metaphors used to describe love.

Nichols, D. (2003).A Tough Nut to Crack Figures of speech and the language learner.MED Magazine help understanding and using figures of speech.

Mixed delight and amaze you Calving College English Department collection of mixed metaphors by the Calvin College English Department

Metaphor A Language of Metaphors Teacher and student resources to aid in learning, understanding and effective use of metaphors. Many pages of specific information here.

A vast array of cartoon type clip art in multiple categories.

A large selection of pictures for teachers organized by topic and also lesson plans.
They claim to offer 100,000 free pictures for teachers, plus slide shows, domestic and international.


Book Adventure
A free reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 6,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read offline, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by the Sylvan Learning Foundation.

Houghton-Mifflin Education Place Reading and Writing Activities. related to 60 different topics, intended to supplement standard textbooks for native English speaking children but can be adapted for ESLand EFL.

Ohio University. Ohio ESL Reading resources for teachers.
Resources, pedagogy, research, teaching materials and plans for teaching reading


Ohio University. Ohio ESL Speaking resources for teachers.
Resources, pedagogy, research, teaching materials and plans for teaching speaking

Teaching Methods

Best Practice Best Language Teaching Methods
This page contains links to the different teaching methods with videos and pdf documents. Describing computer assisted language learning, task based teaching, simulations, the physical-emotional and cultural approach, and tandem learning. Good for SLA research.

Ellis, Rod (2005) Principles of Instructed Language Learning. Asian EFL Journal Volume 7 (September)
A good journal article for SLA research, discussing rule based instruction versus meaning based.He gives 10 principles of SLA theory.

Jarvis, Huw and Atsilarat, Sinn (2004). Shifting Paradigms: From a Communicative to a Context-Based Approach. Asian EFL Journal Volume 6 (December)
This journal article offers a critical examination of the communicative approach with specific reference to a study of the teaching and learning experiences of a group of Thai university teachers and students

Maleki, Ataillah (2005).A New Approach to Teaching English as a Foreign Language: The Bottom-Up Approach. Asian EFL Journal Volume 3 (April)
This is a good journal article giving an overview of approaches to language teaching. After review earlier approaches the author focuses on the Bottom-Up approach.

Robertson, Paul (2002).Asian EFL Research Protocols. Asian EFL Journal (December)
This journal article describes research in SLA, acknowledging a teacher may become confused as to what approach or theory is going to benefit his/her students.

Textbook evaluation and supplements

Longman NorthStar.
Has a course planner, sample materials, scope and sequence, companion websites with materials for students and teachers.

Pazvant, Ozlem.'s%20survey%20report.docA students evaluation form for textbooks. Comparing a number of popular EFL textbooks, a detailed analysis, with a narrow grammatical focus.

Virtual field trips


Iditarod 2000 Sled Dog Race

Jason Project

Library of Congress Exhibitions

National Geographic Underground Railroad

Odyssey in Egypt

Oregon Trail

Volcano World http://volcano.und.nodak.ed

White House for Kids

Windows into Wonderland (National Park Service)
Take a field trip to Yellowstone National Park and other virtual field trips.


Ohio University. Ohio ESL Vocabulary resources for teachers.
Resources, pedagogy, research, teaching materials and plans for teaching vocabulary.


University of California Writing Institute. Textbooks and other materials for ESLinstructors. materials for instructors to use in designing and teaching ESL Courses on writing.

University of California Writing Institute. Professional resources for teaching writing in multilingual environments. annotated list of resources on multilingual pedagogy for writers.

Ohio University. Ohio ESL Writing resources for teachers.
Resources, pedagogy, research, teaching materials and plans for teaching writing.

Great deals on ESL and EFL textbooks from Some core texts that I recommend are Gateways, New Interchange, and True Colors

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