The Best Resources for EFL Teachers

Your TEFL Org course will have taught you how to put together great lesson plans and activities but you might still be feeling a little nervous about starting your first TEFL job – it’s completely normal! Having quality resources at hand to help you put together exciting and engaging lessons is essential for newly-qualified EFL teachers.

There are so many great resource websites for EFL teachers out there it can be hard to know where to start. The resources listed here cover a wide range of bases, so whether you’re teaching beginners or advanced students, focusing on grammar or conversational English, you’re sure to find plenty of ideas. This list includes some of our favourites – feel free to share your own with us in the comments!

Lesson plans and activities

TEFL Org lesson plans

Designed specifically for newly-qualified EFL teachers, our lesson plans packs have been created by TEFL experts and have been tried and tested.

Teaching English | British Council

Created by the British Council, Teaching English is full of resources for teaching kids, teenagers, and adults, as well as materials and courses for professional development. For more information about professional development for EFL teachers see our blog post.

ESL Brains

ESL Brains (formerly Ted4ESL) publish worksheets based around various videos, including many TED talks. You can browse lesson plans based on topic and level and if you’re looking for some really interesting topics to spark conversation and inspire your students this is a great site to have bookmarked!

Busy Teacher

Busy Teacher boasts 17,300 completely free, printable worksheets for EFL teachers. Whatever the level, whatever the topic, you’ll very likely find what you need here.

TEFLtastic

Not the most attractive or easy to navigate website on this list, but TEFLtastic has over 2000 printable worksheets covering a range of language points and levels.

ESL Library

A large library of lesson plans and flashcards, all very nicely designed. Access to ESL Library materials isn’t free but subscriptions start from as low as under £4 a month.

One Stop English

Like ESL Library, One Stop English is a subscription service priced at £42 annually. It has a database of over 9000 resources, with new materials added weekly.

TEFL.net

You can find lots of information about TEFL in general over on TEFL.net, including job adverts, information about courses and lesson plans as well!

Other resources

The TEFL Org Shop

It’s not always practical – or possible – to print out materials and having a selection of key books by your side in the classroom can be invaluable. Our shop features a range of incredibly useful books, all recommended by our TEFL experts, including grammar books you’ll keep with you throughout your career, texts focused on pronunciation, lesson planning, and more.

EFL Magazine

A magazine for EFL teachers, EFL Magazine publishes interesting articles written by teachers every month and also provides a range of teaching resources.

#eltwhiteboard

This is a great twitter hashtag to check out for inspiration from other EFL teachers. There’s a lot that can be learned from looking at how other teachers use their whiteboards so make sure to check this one out.

BBC Learning English

BBC Learning English is a handy site to help with lesson planning, featuring a number of different courses. This is also a great one to direct your students to as they can work through the courses themselves, perhaps as a homework exercise.

FluentU

A blog focused on language learning in general and a great place to look for tips and tricks to pass on to your students.

English Listening Learning Library Online (ELLO)

A great site for listening exercise material – ELLO has hundreds of recorded discussions using a variety of English accents.

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