Teaching resources

Resources for Teachers

Dated February 2021

The teaching group has collected various materials you may find helpful.

If you have any extra resources to add to the list below, or if you have any problems with any of the links, please contact Nicki at richandnicki@hotmail.co.uk.

Teaching on-line

Different platforms to connect with students

  • Zoom
  • Google Meet
  • Face time – if student has iPhone
  • WhatsApp video call

Useful teaching aids

  • Drawing pad
  • White Board
  • Flash cards
  • Pictures

Learning to read

Useful Teaching Books

Library books for Students

Catherine has a few reading books that you can borrow to use as teaching aids. Please contact Catherine on WhatsApp or catherine.hartley@SWVG-refugees.org.uk to arrange to collect or return a book.

Graded Readers

Books that have had the language level simplified to help second language learners read them. The language is graded for vocabulary, complexity of grammar structures and also by the number of words. Beginners to advanced.

Other resources


Please note, some of the websites below require you to sign up or pay a fee to access all the content on the site, but there are many free resources without signing up or paying for anything.


Syllabus / lesson plan resources

Reading resources

Video / audio resources

Teaching beginners and low-level learners

Teaching grammar

Preparing students for the IELTs exam

Other exam resources

Preparing for Trinity College ESOL exams

Medical English / OET preparation

UK culture lessons

Worksheets on various topics

On-line games

TED talks

Additional links from Jane W

Links from this course I attended just prior to lockdown at St Andrews and then online: Education and Training Foundation New to ESOL programme of webinars, hosted by Learning Unlimited.

  • https://esol.excellencegateway.org.uk/esol-refugees
  • https://esol.excellencegateway.org.uk/new-esol-listening-resources
  • https://esol.excellencegateway.org.uk/learners-new-esol
  • https://esol.excellencegateway.org.uk/learners-new-esol-phonics-pack
  • https://www.learningunlimited.co/projects

In no special order, tips I gleaned from co-participants on the course

  • agendaweb.org
  • First Resort & First Resort Extra – Gatehouse
  • englishmyway.co.uk
  • talk-english.co.uk teachabcenglish.com
  • www.liveworksheets.com – Interactive worksheets Liveworksheets transforms your traditional printable worksheets into self-correcting interactive exercises that the students can do online and send to the teacher.
  • steppingstonescic.org.uk – Stepping Stones is an innovative ESOL course, designed for existing staff or volunteers, to deliver much-needed basic English language provision to mums new to English, along with their babies, (albeit) in settings such as children’s centres, schools, libraries, cultural and community centres.
  • https://www.gamestolearnenglish.com
  • https://rewordify.com/
  • https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk
  • en.diglin.eu (phonics; pic dictionary)
  • writeandimprove.com
  • esolcourses.com – avoid copying ads by mistake when reproducing
  • macmillaneducationapps.com – pronunciation app good for student independent use
  • https://esoluk.co.uk/NIACE_pack/Citizenship_materials.pdf

Jane Waller 24.11.20