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Intermediate Resources

Commonly-Used American Slang

Database of more than 250 common slang expressions organized alphabetically.

Lesson Idea: Pick a handful, discuss the meaning, and then model in regular conversation.

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Great place to brush up on grammar constructions and rationale.

Lesson Idea: Pair with downloadable worksheets from azargrammar.com.

Discovery Education – Free Puzzle Maker

Use your own vocabulary list to create custom word-searches, crosswords, and other types of puzzles.

English Idioms and Quizzes

Your go-to resource for hundreds of common English expressions.

English Listening Lesson Library

English Listening Lesson Library Online with short audio clips and videos, scripted dialogue, grammar discussions, and comprehension quizzes. From beginner to advanced!

Lesson Idea: Select a clip and review the grammar. Listen to the segment and then teach the grammatical constructions involved. Use the grammatical structures to learn about each other. Encourage the student to ask you questions.

Library Book Suggestions for ESOL Students

ESOL book suggestions by level compiled by Librarian and LitNet tutor Vicky Cooper.

Minimal Pairs

Pronunciation of minimal pairs by englishclub.com.

Real English – English Lessons

Videos based on unscripted dialogue accompanied by exercises. From Beginner to Advanced. Choose a level that works for you!

Lesson Idea: Watch the video and answer the questions together. Write a dialogue together using the video as a model. Practice it together. Or ask the student to watch one video and do the exercises for homework.

The Times in Plain English

Current events and news in an easy-to-read format, with the layout of The New York Times.

Wyzant Teaching Resources

Clear and concise descriptions of verb tenses with a comprehension quiz at the bottom. Scroll through the site to explore other tricky grammar questions such as homonyms, “which/that,” and “lay/lie.”

YouTube Channel: Learn English With Alex

Dozens of short videos on common grammar topics, introduced and explained by ESOL Teacher Alex. Each video also has a written transcript that students can follow along.

Lesson Idea: Use these videos as a fun way to introduce new grammar topics or reinforce the goals of a previous lesson.