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Ready-to-use ESL Lesson Plans
Are you looking for full ESL lesson plans to teach English in your classroom? On this page you'll find ready-to-use, detailed lesson plans with implemented literature pieces, songs and media. The collection of lesson plans is constantly updated. I'll be glad to read your feedback - use comments at the bottom of the page!
Easy ESL Lessons for Beginners
NEW! Halloween Worksheet *
Getting ready for Halloween celebration? Use this easy unseen worksheet as an ESL activity days before Halloween. It includes a pre-reading exercise, an easy reading text about Halloween, vocabulary exercises and reading comprehension questions. You can create your own exercises based on this text, or download a ready-to-use printable .doc worksheet.
One of the favorite children's holidays is Halloween. Creative Halloween costumes and decorations are ready by the end of October to participate in this after-dark celebration. Preparations include carving pumpkins to make a traditional Jack-o-Lantern, decorating homes and front yards; and inviting friends to the costume parties. On October 31st everyone has lots of fun - children participate in trick-or-treating, teenagers play pranks and adults visit themed carnivals.
Here are some facts from all around the world about this fun celebration:
- Halloween's traditional colors, orange and black, symbolize the fall harvest and dark, evil forces.
- Many pre-Halloween events take place in October, including the impressive Zombie Walk in Toronto, Canada, with over 6,000 people dressed like walking dead.
- Other celebrations related to Halloween are the Days of the Dead in Mexico and Christian All Saints' Day, both celebrated on November 1st.
- Halloween is one of the oldest holidays that people celebrate today with a history of more than 2000 years.
- The name "Halloween" comes from the ancient name of this holiday that was "All Hallows Eve".
- The feast of Samhain, a celebration of Celtic New Year, took place annually on October 31st. Many of Samhain traditions like wearing costumes and masks, making bonfires and asking for treats, now are attributed to Halloween. Superstitious people believe that on Halloween eve you can meet a real witch or a ghost, if you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards. Another belief is that seeing a spider on Halloween means that you'll meet your true love very soon.
Halloween is a fun autumn holiday that is adored by children. They love being scared and to scare others, wearing costumes and carving pumpkins - but most of all they love getting treats!
NEW! Online Halloween Worksheet *
Easy and fun interactive worksheet about Halloween to be used in computerized classrooms. It can be also used as a homework on Halloween or during private lessons with kids. Practice online dictionary and online research skills, read the text about Halloween and create an online Halloween Party invitation! All you need is a computer with Internet connection!
NEW! Celebrations Trivia Game (Customize it!) *
That's a Powerpoint ESL lesson with a fun trivia game about four celebrations: Songkran, Halloween, Bar Mitzva and Eid El-Fitr. The children see a question, guess the answer, and then see if they were right. This ESL activity can be used as a follow-up after reading about these celebrations, or - on the contrary - as a warm-up pre-reading exercise. The content is easily customized - you can change the questions or add your own!
Present Simple Lesson Plan *
This is a full English lesson plan that can be used to teach basic grammar structures to beginners or as an introduction to the English grammar tenses. This lesson plan can be also divided into three parts: 1) teaching regular form, 2) negative form of sentences, 3) questions. There are also time expressions included in the lesson. All you need to teach Present Simple tense in one PowerPoint presentation! This lesson plan is ideal for teaching private lessons, and it can be also used as an online lesson plan.
The lesson aids are:
- Present Simple PowerPoint presentation (can be done on the projector or a SmartBoard);
- graded Present Simple Worksheet to test the understanding of the topic (download the print-out below);
St Valentine's Day Worksheet *
Here's an easy reading comprehension text originally written for EnglishVille.org that can be used teaching about St Valentine's Day. You can create own exercises based on this text, or download a printable worksheet compiled by me.
In many countries lovers can’t wait until February 14th – the day which is called after Saint Valentine’s name. In this day, most wedding proposals are made, thousands of love letters are sent, and people are looking for their “valentine”, their one and only true lover.
Here are some facts about this special holiday:
- One of the origins for this holiday can be Lupicalia – the ancient Roman festival of health and fertility, traditionally celebrated between February 13 and February 15.
- The symbols of Saint Valentine’s Day are doves, heart-shaped outline and a figure of little baby angel with wings - Cupid. Cupid usually holds a bow with arrows that bring love to the hearts of people.
- There were at least 14 people named Valentine who could have given the name to this holiday. They all were martyrs – people who were tortured and burned alive for their beliefs.
- Only in United Kingdom, about 25 million Valentine cards are being sent every year. In USA, the number of greeting cards or “valentines” is more than 190 million per year.
- In Finland, February 14th is called “Friend’s Day” and friends, not lovers, are honored. Also in some Latin countries this day is for “love and friendship”.
- Most popular present for St. Valentine’s Day is a heart-shaped chocolate. Thanks to this tradition, Japanese chocolate companies receive 50% of their annual income around this holiday.
- Private investigators also have their reasons to celebrate St. Valentines Day. They get unusual tasks on this day: many people who receive anonymous “valentines” – love letters without the name of the sender – want to know who sent them.
All in all, this beautiful holiday reminds that spring is close, and air is filled with love. So, just take a pen and a heart-shaped paper, and write one simple phrase to a person you love: Let me be your Valentine!..."
Survey Game! Introduction ESL Worksheet *
Very simple and beginner-friendly English language activity that will keep students busy for 15-20 minutes (depending on the size of the class). All they need to do is just writing names of their friends to complete this fun survey!
School's Back! Ice-breaker Lesson Plan *
This funny and easy-going PowerPoint presentation lesson plan will help you to start a new school year in a lively yet educating way. The lesson plan is short and will take 15-20 minutes. It's focused on the problems that appear when students go back to school, such as coming late, difficulty concentrating in lessons, waking up early and so on, providing funny pictures for every point. As the lesson plan is very visual and just gives the points for discussion, it can be easily adapted to various lessons. The last slide offers five main class rules.
Download an additional printable worksheet that contains a short task. Students should rank the discussed problems according to what they feel - this will also help you as a teacher to know the sensitive points of your students regarding their studies.
Medium Level ESL Lessons for Intermediates
English via Song: LEMON TREE (PowerPoint Lesson) **
This lesson is presented with PowerPoint on the projector or SmartBoard, and is designed for intermediate ESL students. Foloow-up printable worksheet with a lyrics cloze task is also used during the lesson (Listening Skill).
1. Brainstorm it! Students are shown a picture of a lemon tree and figure out words that are connected to the picture, also try to guess the topic of the lesson (you can say it will be a song).
2. Listening to the song. Students watch the video clip (click on the single cover to launch the Youtube) and fill in the worksheet - they should put the verbs into the correct form according to the song.
3. Basic understanding. Students answer descriptional questions about the content of the song (f.e. Who is the speaker? Where does the situation take place?)
4. Students watch another music video for the "Lemon Tree" song and compare it to the previous version. Guiding questions included.
5. Words and expressions - vocabulary task. Students choose two words/expressions out of 7 and explain them as they are used in the text of the song.
6. Song analysis. Questions for deeper understanding of the song, the message of the author and opinion questions.
7. Writing assignment. In 5-10 minutes, students should write an advice to the speaker of the song.