Whether you require inspiration, lesson plans, resources, pictures or advice on how to teach a grammar point - have no fear…there are plenty of resources available for free on the internet!! It’s important to remember to adapt the things you get from the net to suit your classes needs – remember no two classes are the same! Here are my top 5 websites that I have found useful:
For me, this is one of the best websites around – easy to use and great, professional PDF worksheets you can print off with communicative activities – saves a great deal of time! There’s also teaching tips with each PDF to print. Unfortunately, you do have to sign up – but it is free to do so! What’s more there’s a handy section for advice in teaching in specific countries and schools!
Want to have a look at some professional lesson plans? The British Council is regarded in the TEFL world as the best of the best – have a look at their materials and suggestions to see what you think! There’s a wealth of tips and information on here you know you can trust!
This is particularly good for business students. This is great for up to date information to supplement lessons! Also a great website to encourage learner autonomy (encourage students to go on in their free time!). I can’t say I’m a big fan of the video section on here though!!!
Some activities you have to pay for – but there are still lots of great resources for free on here.
Fancy doing a board game in class? On this website you can find good communicative games. There are some great vocabulary worksheets also that work well in the classroom – click here to take a look. You can even get pre prepared power point lessons on here also!
One of the problems I’ve had over my teaching career has been finding interesting readings (especially for kids!). Recently however I have come across this marvellous website – full of free short stories to download!
Not easy to navigate at first, but there is a wealth of information from conversation ideas to lesson plans. A very easy website to copy and paste from – which makes it easy to adapt and make the exercises into your own! I’ve used a lot of the little exercises for fillers and revision exercises. Just remember to try to do something creative and fun with what you get!
Oh, and there's always Chalkboard of course - but I expect you've already heard of that one ;)