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ESL Helpful Websites

One of the great things about teaching ESL in this day and age is that there are so many terrific online resources for ESL teachers. Listed below are five of the best, and many of them provide links to other ESL websites.

It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the information on the web, so just spend a few minutes taking a look at the following websites, and see what information might be helpful to you.

This list will be updated regularly, so if you find a website that you think might be helpful to the other VRBC ESL teachers, please email Jay at ESL@VRBC.NET.


This is one of the best-known websites for ESL educators, and it provides a wealth of information. Created by Dave Sperling, “Dave’s ESL Cafe” has an idea cookbook, activities and information about teaching grammar, idioms, pronunciation, and more. It also includes puzzles and podcasts.

When you go to the website, please look on the left-hand side for information that you can use.


This website includes quizzes, games, and lesson plans for all ESL content areas (speaking/listening/writing/grammar/reading). It also provides teaching tips.


If you want to help your students with pronunciation, this website is a great resource. It includes handouts for teachers, as well as activities, exercises, and teaching tips. It shows students how to move their mouths, tongue, and lips to make specific sounds in English. Students can hear specific vowel/consonant sounds and can see pictures of people making the sounds.


This site has a huge list of conversation questions about a variety of topics. The site also includes a “Teacher’s Guide to Using These Pages.”


At this site, you can type in a word, hear its pronunciation, and see its definition(s), part of speech, idioms that use the word, synonyms, and you can discover the origin of the word. The site also offers a “word of the day,” which is probably most appropriate for advanced English learners.