ESL Lesson Materials

The Importance of Word Stress (in the English Language)

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I’ve come across countless students who have a  decent understanding of English grammar, writing, and vocabulary. However, many of these same students continue to struggle with speaking and have difficulty being understood by native English speakers. What is the reason? They have not taken the time to tackle word stress.   What Exactly Is Word Stress?…

Free ESL Reading Comprehension Worksheets for Your Lessons

Do you need English reading comprehension worksheets to supplement your ESL classroom? Check out some of the worksheets and editable documents on this page. Why Reading Comprehension Is Important Reading comprehension, or the ability to understand the things you read, is a vital component of any ESL curriculum. Students learning a second language may be…

15 Fun ESL Vocabulary Games to Teach Kids and Adults

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What are your methods for teaching vocabulary? Drills? Flashcards? Yuck! Boring! While these can certainly be effective, they can be a quick way to lose your student’s attention if you spend too much time on them in a class. So what can you do then? The answer? Play some fun ESL vocabulary games with them!…

Free ESL Idioms Worksheets & Lists For Your Lessons

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An idiom is defined as “a phrase or an expression that has a figurative, or sometimes literal, meaning” (Source: Wikipedia). Idioms are widely used in conversational English and are a popular subject for ESL lessons. What makes learning English idioms hard for speakers of other languages is that they have to memorize each idiom – there…

Phrasal Verbs – The Best Lesson Plans & Resources for ESL Teachers

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Phrasal Verbs are an intricate part of the English language. While phrasal verbs are quite difficult for TEFL students to grasp, it is necessary to understand them in order to master the language. When I used to teach English, I often found it difficult to find quality phrasal verbs lesson plans, worksheets, and material outside…

20 Engaging Business English Activities and Lesson Topics

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For Business English students, it’s important that ESL lessons are based on the needs of their day to day work. They want to practice situations taken from their real professional lives. Some are: making phone calls, being able to hold and carry on conversations, and preparing and giving presentations.  Coming up with creative activities and finding…

7 Easy ESL Speaking Activities to Practice With Teens or Adults

Every language teacher knows that speaking is a core skill to teach and practice, but sometimes it can be challenging to come up with creative or engaging ESL speaking activities. Let’s dive into seven quick and easy ESL speaking activities you can integrate into your lessons to practice speaking with teens or adults. They are…

How to Use Active and Passive Voice

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Passive voice is one of the most challenging parts of the English grammar for a number of students, and often for a good reason. In some languages, passive voice is not used as often as in English or is used in a different way. For ESL students, the first difficult step is to determine whether…