Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TESOL Resources


ESOL Catalogs & Publishing Companies

  • Pearson Higher Ed
    Pearson provides a wide range of higher education products and services as well as workforce training.
  • Pearson Longman (US)
    Resources for English Language Teaching (ELT/ESL/ELL)
  • Multimedia Textbook in Behavioral Neuroscience
    Multimedia textbook in neuroscience; read summaries of language disorders complete with video/audio clips of aphasic patients
  • WHSmith
    Internet bookshop and publishers' catalogs


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ESOL Tools & Lesson Plans

  • The Graphic Organizer
    Graphic Organizers, Mind Maps, Concept Maps are a pictorial or graphical way to organize information and thoughts for understanding, remembering, or writing about. Graphic organizers, mind maps and concept maps are powerful tools that can be used to enhance learning and create a foundation for learning.
  • Strategies and Resources for Mainstream Teachers of English Language Learners
    A review of research on effective instructional practices for English language learners (ELLs) entitled What Teachers Should Know About Instruction For English Language Learners; this report was released late in 2008.
  • Casa Notes
    This site is designed to allow teachers to quickly make, and customize, typical notes that are sent home to parents or given to the students.
  • Vocabulary Builder
    Build your vocabulary with flash cards, dynamic test and games, for SAT, TOEFL, GMT, GRE and more.
  • ESL Lounge
    Free ESL Lesson Materials for TEFL and TESOL teachers. Grammar, reading comprehension, worksheets, song lyrics, board games, pronunciation, flashcards, surveys, role plays and more. Many levels. All free and printable. Also on site: Teachers' forum, TEFL Guide, Student site, ESL links, teachers' embarrassing tales...
  • English Web Guide
    A site with pages for students and for teachers including material to download; There is also a growing exercise page (click on link #2). Be sure to try the crosswords!
  • ESL Independent Study Lab
    This site consists of over 150 annotated links to high-quality websites, organized by topic and graded by language ability. Something for all ESL/EFL students and teachers.
  • Everything ESL
    Another good teacher planning resource
  • Center for Research in Education, Diversity, and Excellence
    An alternative to ERIC 
  • John's ESL Community
    Free class websites, free webmail, quizzes, puzzles, games, tutorial. One of the most comprehensive ESL sites on the internet.
  • Dave's ESL Cafe
    One of the best ESL sites on the web! Check it out!
  • EnglishCLUB.net
    A great site with lots of useful information for students and teachers. Don't forget to play Hangman!
  • Isabel's ESL Site
    Exercises and activities designed especially for secondary students of English: quizzes, tests, comprehensions, activities for several popular songs, etc. Links to specific efl/esl sites and other sites of interest for students and teachers of English. Student writings and projects. Homework assignment.
  • Karin's ESL Party Land
    Teachers can find lots of ideas for lessons and over 10 discussion groups at this excellent site.
  • Nellie's English Projects
    Collaborative writing project ideas on how to integrate technology into the classroom, with resources for teachers and students. 


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Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)  


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Electronic Journals


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General TESOL Resources 

  • SIOP Institute
    In an age of high accountability, The SIOP® Model offers an empirically-validated approach to teaching that helps prepare all students—especially English learners – to become college and career ready.  
  • Kansas State Department of Education
    The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) is a dynamic, dedicated service agency that provides leadership, resources, support and accountability to the state’s K-12 education system.  KSDE administers the state’s governance of education, standards and assessments, special education services, child nutrition and wellness, title programs and services, career and technical education, and financial aid.  
  • Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence
    The Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) Hawai‘i Project promotes educators’ use of research-based strategies of effective practice for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
    NCELA works to support the mission of the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), US Department of Education, in meeting the needs of English Learners in schools.  
  • NCELA Resource Library
    A searchable database of over 20,000 items including research articles, literature reviews, reports, classroom materials, curricula, fact sheets, and multimedia products, to help stakeholders learn about and advance English learner education.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education Resources
    Bilingual/Bicultural Education program provides expertise for students to become leaders in a field of growing importance. Our students develop a critical perspective that allows them to advocate for bilingual educators, administrators, children, and families both in and outside the K-12 education system.

  • National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
    The publication of the revised national curriculum standards for social studies.
  • ESL Standards and TESOL
  • Math Standards and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) developed under the direction of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA).
  • National Science Education Standards
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Linguistic Funland
  • Theories in Learning and Instruction


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Global Perspectives

  • English Forum
    Comprehensive web portal with a wealth of resources for students and teachers of English (ESL/EFL). Interactive Exercises, Message Boards, ELT Bookshop, Good School Guide, Web Directory, World News, Links, Cool Tools and more.
  • The English Global Village
    Here's a really fun place for students to visit! Check out the Cyberworlds for some great activities!
  • The ESL Wonderland 
    Lots of great activities and information for both students and teachers.
  • Global Study
    Guide to international education, including message boards and a directory of English language school websites in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.


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Language Lists

  • Linguist List
    The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world.


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Languages & Literature


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Organizations & Resources

  • TESOL International Association
    TESOL is the largest organization focused exclusively on English language teaching for speakers of other languages.
  • MidAmerica Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (MIDTESOL)
    MIDTESOL works to strengthen the effective teaching of English in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska to people whose native language is a language other than English while respecting their individual language rights.
  • National Association of Bilingual Education
    NABE is a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics
    Applied Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that addresses a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. It draws on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from various disciplines–from the humanities to the social and natural sciences – as it develops its own knowledge-base about language, its users and uses, and their underlying social and material conditions.
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics
    BAAL is a professional association based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics. We have an international professional membership of more than 800 members.

  • British Council 
    In the British Council’s US offices we re-energize the transatlantic relationship and partner with international organizations. Together we work on shared agendas in higher education, the arts and civil society.
  • British Library
  • National Centre for Languages
    The ICC - the international language association provides foreign languages teaching and learning with exchange of ideas and know how.
  • International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
    With over 4,000 members IATEFL is one of the most thriving communities of ELT teachers in the world.

  • Japan Association for English Teaching
    JALT promotes excellence in language learning, teaching, and research by providing opportunities for those involved in language education to meet, share, and collaborate.
  • Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • Linguistics Association of Great Britain
    The scope of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain includes all branches of linguistics – formal or functional, theoretical or descriptive, synchronic or diachronic, social or psychological (or neither), concerned with one language or many.
  • Snunit - Center for the Advancement of Web-Based Learning
    The Snunit Center for the Advancement of Web Based Learning is the largest educational web portal in Israel and the first of its kind: is a leading organization in the field of online education, which aspires to improve personal and social growth within the Israeli society.
  • Summer Institute of Linguists
    SIL serves language communities worldwide, building their capacity for sustainable language development by means of research, translation, training and materials development.


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