English Teachers in Germany founded by John Sydes (a very interesting bulletin board with advice about teaching and a lot of interesting links).

Dave’s ESL Café (a bulletin board for TEFL teachers):

The Guardian portal for TEFL teachers:,15143,1305756,00.html


Other sites of interest to English Teachers:

Internet Tools

Methodology and Didactic information

TEFL websites and magazines

Lesson Materials

Radio (Audio files)


Corpus searches

Virtual Libraries

Other lists of Links

Various sites of interest


Internet Tools

A site where you can upload, store and share files. You can create RSS feed from your public folders. A great tool for exchanging files with students.

Make your long internet addresses shorter with:

Create your own online list of links for your students:

Make a map for your own web community. The members can insert a picture and you can see where everyone is.

Create online voice message community with

Make a simple webpage with this easy-to-use tool

This site can facilitate the creation of an online course for your students:

Create an online list of Citations at

Try using podcasts in your class. Two excellent sites to start with are:

The best programm to get podcasts of the internet with is Apple ITunes:


Methodology and Didactic information:

One of the best sites on the internet is the Macmillan publisher’s web resource with hundreds of lessons and lots of invaluable advice and free methodology e-books. (requires registration for the free resources link)

The BBC web site for teachers. There are a lot of ideas for and also information on methodology including some free e-books.

Check out the British Council Website for interesting methodology tips for TEFL. Download the British Council Language Assistant Resource Book by Clair Lavery

A private site with interesting learning materials and links to methodology themes

This is an interesting source of information about teaching, with a very good list of published TEFL materials and also links to other sites.

Interesting facts about TEFL and advise about qualifications, grammar and pronunciation:

Interesting site about the English language: World Wide Words by Michael Quinion,

The Thinking Approach (TA) to language teaching aims at an integrated development of both language and thinking skills of learners. The TA project is concerned with the development of educational technologies necessary for this kind of teaching and mechanisms of implementing these technologies with various groups of learners.

Teaching Unplugged. Walking into a classroom without being burdened by a lot of materials. A project created by Scott Thornbury author of “Uncovering Grammar” There is also a Yahoo online community connected to this project.

A very humorous controversial look at the English Language Teaching profession (not for everyone):

TEFL websites and magazines:

An internet portal of information about TEFL including lesson plans:

An Internet Journal for TEFL with interesting methodology articles and lesson plans:

This is the website of a printed magazine, but it has a great archive of articles:

Humanising Language Teaching:

The leading practical magazine for English language teachers worldwide: English Teaching Professional: : An online journal. : Erfurt Electronic Studies in English. "EESE concentrates on English literature and linguistics, but has articles of interest to anyone in this broader field. The current issue 2005 for ex. has a long piece on multiculturalism: "Not just looking at everything through one set of filters": An Interview with Sue Caro, Senior Manager at the BBC Diversity Centre."


Lesson Materials

A good place to start is the wonderful list of links put together by Juergen Wagner

A classic teacher's website: Macmillan publisher’s web resource with hundreds of lessons.

Do you need Conversation Materials? Here is a comprehensive list of interesting conversation questions from the Internet TESL Journal. There are also lessons avaliable

Free lessons compiled by Sean Banville. All lessons are based on stories currently in the news. As the world's news breaks, teach it. Each lesson contains a news article, communication activities, pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises. All lessons are also downloadable in Word.doc and PDF formats. Teachers can easily copy and paste the parts of the lessons they want to use.

If you are interested in creating debates in the classroom, then check out this debating topic database. You can search for a theme and get the pros and cons.

Clip art for lesson plans to enhance boring work sheets.

Lesson plans for TEFL teachers. Themes connected to the internet, music and film.

ESL go is a free English community of ESL students and ESL teachers. We help ESL students learning English as a second language through free ESL classes and free English practice message boards. ESL also provides free teaching ESL activities for TESOL, TESL, and TEFL.

Free English grammar worksheets and printable handouts, for English language and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and instructors to use in the classroom or other teaching environment.

A site for TEFL teacher and students. Grammar, lessons and Vocabulary exercises:

Lots of interesting lesson plans at different levels (requires free registration):

There are also interesting lesson plans available at a variety of levels (requires free registration):

Lessons from the Macmillan “Inside out” series:

Lessons from the Macmillan “Reward-English” series:

Lessons from the Macmillan “Business English” series:

Lessons from the Macmillan “Move Ahead” series:

A web site for developing teachers: Includes some lesson plans:

Lesson plans, language cards and exercises:

A good learner’s site that also has resources for teachers of English.

An excellent site powered by REUTERS that has over 1500 items at 5 different levels, BUT YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM (samples are free):

Free ESL lesson materials and ESL lesson plans. Printable worksheets for ESL classroom teaching. English grammar, pronunciation, board games, esl books, flashcards, board games, song lyrics and more.

You can download printable quiz material and there is a link for students.

A site with a small quantity of worksheets:

An internet portal with lots of links useful to teachers (this site includes a wide range of links to other web resources).

An internet portal with lots of links to materials like quotes and jokes (diverse Content):

Crosswords and Vocabulary games:


Radio (Audio files):

Voice of America: “Special English” section has mp3 files of news that are read slowly. The texts of these files are also available on the web site. Works with Microsoft Media Player:

BBC World Service: You can listen and read news stories from England. You will need to download the RealOne Player OR Real Alternative:

Make you own audio files. An application that runs inside a web page (called an activex or COM object). This web based application will make compressed .wav files that you can save on your own computer
This is a great way of learning vocabulary, as you can record a word or phrase, leave a space to repeat, and then record the meaning in your own language.



Look up a word in Encarta

Online English-German Dictionaries:

Online English-English from Cambridge Advanced learners:

Merriam Webster Dictionary

Speaking Dictionary:

Online dictionaries in all languages:

Catalogue of Slang:

Rhyming Dictionary

Law Dictionary: (online database of words)

Roget's Thesaurus:


A Great Search Engine that can also search quotes:

Banished Words List:

Business English glossary:



Corpus searches:

Online Cobuild Corpus sampler:

Webcorp (the Web as corpus). You can see all the combinations of words on the WWW.

Word Corpus called “Just the word” shows lexical combinations of words (Very useful):

BNC database and word frequency lists by Adam Kilgarriff:

Oxford 3000 most important words

for word frequency information

The Compleat Lexical Tutor:

Vocab Profile:

Webcorp (the Web as corpus:


Virtual Libraries:

The WWW Virtual Library:

The directory of Open Access Journals:

The Internet Archive:

The electronic library (subscription, but free web search)

Classics at the Online Literature Library (complete books)

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or etexts) on the Internet. Our collection of more than 13.000 eBooks was produced by hundreds of volunteers. Most of the Project Gutenberg eBooks are older literary works that are in the public domain in the United States. All may be freely downloaded and read, and redistributed for non-commercial use

A great selection of 17,000 online books

Great books online, fiction and non-fiction books,

This site is here to try to bring real books to people through the Internet.

Free pdf story books:

Cliff Notes has a lot of content for free if you are looking for notes and summaries of books:


Other lists of Links:

An excellent list of categorised links for teachers and students (The best of its kind in my opinion). Compiled by Jürgen Wagner, Landesinstitut für Pädagogik & Medien, Saarbrücken: (German).

This is an internet site with materials for teaching and learning. It operates like a list of web links that are very well structured and brilliantly presented.

Kurt Sester’s Internetadressen für den Englischunterricht:

A long list of sites: http://sitesforteachers/index.html

Quite a lot of interesting sites and well worth looking at:

A list of interesting links from the web site English for academic purposes:

An interactive list compiled with php:

A very useful list of links from the British Council Website:

Sites for Teachers:

There are a lot of links organised into different categories:

This is a brilliant selection of ELT links from David Eastment:

TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL Links. From the TESL Journal (This is a very useful set of links and materials for TEFL teachers):

The Linguist Links has a long list of categorised links:


Various sites of interest:

Examples of Simple Business Letters:



Guide to writing Essays:

English For Academic Purposes:

Free learning Software:

Interesting fact sheets on intercultural differences: : ESL/EFL Directory of Resources for teahcers (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale). Includes a link to 7000 references to vocabulary acquisition. : Sandy Peters' An Online Magazine for learners of English. : Concerned with TESOL in the Arab world. : Thailand. THE NATION JUNIOR. The learners’ spin-off of the Bangkok daily