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Do you need help with planning ESL lessons? Then you’re certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know for doing them quickly and easily.

All About ESL Lesson Planning

If you’re looking for help with your ESL lesson plans, you’ve come to the right place. I know that many teachers first go abroad to teach English without any sort of training in teaching English. Employers, especially if you work at a private language institute are often no help.

They often say things like, “You speak English! Just go teach.” Teachers are often left to their own devices when it comes to lesson planning. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it. The good news is that planning a decent ESL lesson really isn’t so complicated.

Keep on reading for everything you need to know about ESL lesson planning.

ESL Lesson Planning Templates

Making an ESL lesson plan is really quite simple if you use these templates. You can use the basics and adapt them to your own purposes. Although these lesson plans are for adults, you can use the same principles as you plan your lessons for children.

I designed these lesson plan templates using the knowledge I gained while taking the CELTA and DELTA courses. Without further ado, here they are:

An ESL Listening Lesson Plan Template

ESL Reading Lesson Plan Template

An ESL Speaking Lesson Plan Template This lesson plan is actually a grammar or vocabulary focused class disguised as a speaking one. “Speaking” alone isn’t really a great lesson objective. You should also include something more substantial such as a specific grammar point or some new vocabulary.

How to Make an ESL Lesson Plan

Check out this short video below for all the details you need to know:

Lesson Plans for ESL Teachers

Maybe you’re kind of like me and have a lot going on and you don’t like to spend a ton of time making lesson plans from scratch. I totally get it and often feel the same way. Check out this post of mine for some sites that I use on a regular basis for ready-made ESL lesson plans.

Top 5 ESL Lesson Planning Sites

Do you have any recommendations? Scroll down and leave a comment with your top picks.

Hot Discussion Topics for University Students

If you teach university students or other adults, check out these two lesson plans I’ve designed about technology, and renewable energy. I call them “hot topics” because my students usually love the discussions we have about them. See this post:

2 Hot Discussion Topics for University Students

Enjoyed these ESL Lesson Plans? 


Then you’ll probably need some top-quality English activities and games to go along with them, right? The book you’ll need to check out on Amazon is 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults.

There are dozens of ESL activities to choose from. Mix things up a bit and keep your students on their toes. They’ll have fun, be engaged, and best of all, learn lots of English!

101 ESL Activities is well-organized into sections: reading, writing, speaking, warm-ups and icebreakers, grammar, 4-skills, etc. to make it easier than ever to plan your lessons. Just go to the section you’re interested in, and you should be able to find what you need in just a minute or two.

If you’re tired of wasting your time searching around on the Internet for the game or activity you need, this is the book for you!

You can get it on Amazon in both print and digital formats. The e-version can easily be read on any device by downloading the free Kindle reading app. Keep a copy on the bookshelf in your office as a handy reference guide. Or, take a copy with you for lesson planning at your favourite coffee shop.

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Have your Say about ESL Lesson Planning

Do you have any go-to resources for how to plan an ESL lesson? Leave a comment below and let us know your tips and tricks.

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