Time Saving Materials and Resources for Adult ESL Teachers 

I know you want to offer your learners the best you can. But finding the appropriate ESL materials for your adult class is time consuming. I have been there myself... 

You see, I have screened hundreds of sources and narrowed my choices to few resources that are worth sharing. 

Here's why. My goal is to help you access premium and ready to use ESL materials for your adult classes. Below are some materials for your teaching repertoire. 

  • Seven YouTube Channels For Listening/Conversations in Adult ESL Classroom
  • Five Sources of Free Materials for Adult ESL classrooms
  • Five Free Online Tools for Adult ESL Classroom​
  • Four Free Vocabulary Channels For Adult ESL Classroom
  • Four Sources for ESL Research-Based Best Principles & Practices

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Top 7 YouTube Channels For Listening/Conversations in Adult ESL Classroom

1- English Conversation by Trung Mai. This is one of the most watched ESL YouTube channels for listening and conversations. Each video generates millions of views. The conversations present real life interactions that happens in a variety of settings. The videos can be used with beginners and low and high intermediate ESL learners. Click here to view the channel.

2- English Conversation. This channel presents real life listening and conversations that happens in a variety of settings. The videos can be a good fit for beginners and low and high intermediate ESL learners. Click here to view the channel.

3- Let's talk DVD by Huyen Mai. It presents real life conversations that happens in a variety of settings. The videos are a good fit for beginners and low and high intermediate, and advanced ESL learners. Click here to view the channel.

4- Chris December (Storytelling Channel). This channel presents stories and conversations with visual supports that simulate real life situations. The videos can be used with low and high intermediate and advanced ESL learners. Click here to view the channel.

5- Learn English through story (Storytelling Channel). Like # 4 this channel also promotes ELT through storytelling. The videos present text/script to allow students to read along with the narrator, if necessary. This channel might a good fit for beginning and low and high intermediate ESL learners. Click here to view the channel.

6- VOA special English by Vetala Sarta. This channel presents world news with subtitles. The videos can be a adapted for low and high intermediate and advanced ESL classes. Click here to view the channel.

7- Daily English: Daily English Conversation. This channel presents every day and listening conversations that can used with beginners and low and high intermediate ESL learners. Click here to view the channel.

Most of the channels share videos that are about 50-minute-long. So I’d suggest teachers select and prepare (pre- during- and post listening activities) for the clips or segments they want to show in their classes.

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Free Materials for ESL Classrooms​ 

1- This page presents a Pre-Beginning ESL Curriculum and teaching materials. The resources can adapted to a variety of ESL contexts. Click here to view the page. 

2- Like the previous page, this one shares a Beginning ESL Curriculum and teaching materials. The resources can adapted to a variety of beginning ESL contexts. Click here to view the page.

3- The Minute English page provides information that helps explain the English language structure. It also presents materials to teach the four skills plus grammar. The materials can be used and adapted to beginning, intermediate and advanced ESL classes. Click here to view the page.

4- ESLFLOW provides materials to teach all the skills and all functions for all class levels. It specially presents downloadable sheets that are ready to be used in the ESL classroom. Click here to view the page.

5- This site presents life-skill lessons for the everyday life. It specifically focuses on EL-Civics and life in the US. The lessons are a good fit for beginning to intermediate ESL learners. Click here to view the here. 

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 Free Online ESL Tools 

1- USALEARNS is a good fit for adult beginning and intermediate ESL learners. It presents a variety of activities for independent study such as: practice English speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, spelling, writing and grammar

2-  The British Council page provides opportunities for ESL learners to work on reading, listening, and grammar. The activities can be adapted for intermediate and advanced learners. 

3- This site presents ready to used activities and  teaching materials (reading, listening, vocabulary, grammar, quizzes)  for beginning and intermediate. Click here to view the page. 

4- The Voice Of America (VOA) site is a good source of news multimedia. It provides news information in formats (videos and text) that allows upper-beginner and intermediate learners to sharpen their reading and listening skills. 

5- ESL-LAB provides a wealth of materials and exercises, especially quizzes, to help adult ESL learners develop and reinforce their listening skills. It is also a great tool for independent study.   

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 Free ESL Vocabulary Channels

The sites below offer you the opportunity to use videos to introduce vocabulary with audio and visual supports. A  word a advice: watch the videos first and select and prepare the clips you want to play for your learners. 

1- Woodward English- present vocabulary videos for all ESL functions for beginner and low and high intermediate ESL learners.

2-AMES836- this channel provides videos to teach vocabulary for all ESL functions. It’s a good fit for beginner and low and high intermediate ESL classes.

3- YoYoTV- also present vocabulary videos for all ESL functions for beginner and low and high intermediate ESL learners.

4- Mark Kulek’s channel provides videos, for all ESL functions, to teach beginner and low and high intermediate ESL learners.


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ESL Research-Based Best Practices

The websites I share below offer resources to educate ESL and ELA teaching professionals. Among the resources are English Teaching  teaching principles and best practices as much as free ESL online courses. Feel free to check them out!   

1- This site provides must know language teaching principles and best Practices that language teachers cannot ignore. Click here to view the page.

2- The LINCS provides evidence-based, high quality online courses and resources for ESL practitioners. Two examples of its online courses are: Teaching Vocabulary and Working with Emergent Readers.

3- The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAELA) makes available a variety of research-based resources on ELT such as bibliographies, articles, books, and online digest.

4- Busyteacher presents teaching strategies and materials to help adult ESL teachers better implement their ESL lessons.

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