Best ESL Lesson Plan websites

Frustrated planning lessons? Make your life easier with this list of the best ESL lesson plan websites. You’ll never have to plan a lesson again.

1) ESL Flow is an amazing website. It’s got hundreds of ESL lesson plans and ideas. It’s easy to search, has detailed printable lessons and covers a wide range of topics.

2) i-to-i teach English abroad is a great source of ESL lesson plans. You can search by level, warmers, fillers, and calmers.

3) Total ESL  has a great search engine to browse through over 150 different ESL lesson plans. You can search on level and type, find the lesson that suits you, and download the word doc.

4) Using English is packed with ESL lesson plans. You can search by level, grammar subject and theme.

5) The Internet TESL journal has an extensive list of over 200 ESL lesson plans. It’s not that easy to search through as they are arranged in a list, but it’s worth scanning through. The categories are first class, business, conversation, culture, games, grammar, internet, music and songs, pronunciation, reading, video, vocabulary, and writing.

6) has ESL lesson plans for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels on reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. You can also find quizzes, conversation, vocabulary, and children’s lessons. It’s easy to search and has a lot of good material.

7)  TEFL.Net has a load of ESL lesson plans arranged by level. They have lessons, games, authentic material, teaching tips, and even a worksheet generator.

8) Simply ESL has quite a few lesson plans if you don’t have much time to prepare. They are short articles but with some imagination you can extend and apply them to your syllabus.

9) ESL Monkeys is full of ESL lesson plans. You have to sieve through some rubbish to get the good ones, but they provide detailed plans.

10) Tefl Jobs Overseas is mainly a job board, however they have a decent ESL lesson plan search engine which is worth a look.

11) ESL flashcards is a great site for, you’ve guessed it, flashcards. Find ESL flashcards about all topics including actions, adjectives, sports, places, time and even Valentine’s Day.

12) ELT games is a decent website for games in the ESL class.

The next ones you either have to pay for or register

13) English-4u you can register to get some lesson plans but have to subscribe to get access to all of them.

14) esl-lounge looks pretty good if you want to pay. It’s only $125 for life membership, he says.

15) esl-library has over 500 lesson plans. Again, they look very good and professional so it might be worth the $55 a year membership.

Updated since writing…

16) English is a piece of cake is a great site too. Check it out for lesson plans on reading, listening, grammar, and vocabulary by Kirsten.

That’s it for now. I’ll be updating the list when I can. Please feel free to add a link below if you know of any good sites. If you want me to add your website to my list then let me know.

26 thoughts on “Best ESL Lesson Plan websites

  1. hey dude, good job. I like your blog, congratulations and best of luck in life!

  2. Hi Barry šŸ™‚ Thanks for the list, I have found it very informative and helpful. I've been teaching English in Poland for 7 years now, and have to say that I really love it. I'm putting together a website with some of my lesson plans, and would appreciate it if you could look at it, and if you like it, to add it to your list:
    Thanks šŸ™‚

  3. HI Kirsten,

    Thanks for the comment. Have added you to the list, been getting a lot of page views so hopefully you'll get some more readers. Let me know how it goes. Good luck.


  4. Hello,

    I lost all my my term planners recently and don't have enough time to type up new ones…. Can anyone PLEASEEEEEEE direct me somewhere where i can get free ESL term planners???? PLEASE SOMEONE HELP

  5. One Stop English is supposed to be good. I haven't used myself. Thanks for all these websites! I am adding them to my symbaloo page!

  6. Hi Barry,
    Great list of sites. I've used a majority of these and am particularly fond of free EFL/ESL lesson sites. is a 100% free ELT resource site with absolutely no registration needed.

    It was started by myself and my wife. We are both teacher in Japan and have begun posting our lessons from the past ten years of teaching in Asia.

    Keep sharing,


  7. Hey Shawn,

    Thanks for writing. Just checked out your site, pretty good. Have you been getting many hits? Some decent lessons on there. Thanks for sharing.

    Good luck.


  8. Thanks Barry,

    We do ok. We have full time jobs, so we do as much as we can on the weekends.

    It's nice when teachers write us to thank us for the lessons. Feels good to know that we are helping the community of EFL/ESL teachers.

    BTW – Thanks for checking us out. Keep up the good work.



  9. Hey Shawn,

    Yeah I know what you mean about helping others out. That's the whole point of my blog too.

    No worries about checking you guys out. Best of luck.


  10. Hi, Barry! I've been looking for great lesson plans for my esl class. This is an awesome list. I've bookmarked it for future reference. Keep up the good job!

  11. Hey Barry. I was hoping you would be interested in checking out my new website – I have free, fully packaged lesson plans that have been successfully tested and adapted. The website is Cheers, Jaq

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