Teaching beginners the English language can be a tricky task. Sure, they may know how to say their first name and how they are today, but what then?
The good news is that plenty of resources are online regarding this topic. You can find multiple ESL websites with worksheets for beginner students, whether they are adults or children.
ESL Worksheets for Beginners
Here are 12 places online where you can find ESL worksheets for beginners. Help your students gain the knowledge they need and learn effectively with the following resources:
1. ISL Collective Worksheets
ISL Collective has plenty of beginner worksheets that will benefit your students. Teachers have created these worksheets, so they are not free from errors (unfortunately, I’ve found many mistakes, even in the popular downloads section).
Nevertheless, it’s a great free resource and time-saver for the busy teacher. The worksheets cater to adults and children.
Here’s a quick sample of the resources you can find (among many more options):
2. Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl is a great free resource because they have a free e-book library designed for young learners. You can enjoy reading about the adventures of Biff and Chip, among many other tales!
The e-books are suitable for children and divided by ages: 3-4, 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-9, 9-11. Teachers can also browse by reading level.
They also have free PDF downloads:
3. ESL Kids Stuff
ESL Kids stuff has 1000+ worksheets and craft sheets for kids, available in American English and British English.
They have many free samples to choose from. Teachers can access their entire library for a low subscription fee.
Here are some of their free lesson plans, ready for download:
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4. English 4 Kids
English 4 Kids has a ton of ESL worksheets for beginners. They endorse many websites, such as ESL Kids, Lab, Kiz School, ESL Games World, and ESL Kids, so you can find links to their content.
English 4 Kids has a variety of printable ESL/EFL worksheets, all for free!
5. Teach This
Teach This has bundles of ESL resources for all kinds of learners, including beginners.
There are over 1500 printable files for teachers, and more are always added.
- There is/ There are
- Find someone who
- Articles: a, an, the
- Adjective-noun dominoes
- What’s the weather like
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6. ESL Library
ESL Library has suitable quality lessons that can be downloaded and printed for the ESL classroom.
ESL Library has an array of lessons on all subjects, all arranged in a similar layout style, which offers a bit of consistency.
Each PDF has a student version and a teacher version. Teachers can find the answer key at the end of the PDF file.
- Simple Past – Past Regular
- What’s your Name – Dialogue
- Simple Present
- Prepositions of Place
- Phonics: Letter R
7. Busy Teacher
Busy Teacher has many exercises you can sort through and print. You have to do a bit of scouring to find the most appealing resources, but it’s all entirely free!
It’s useful for finding parts of activities but not whole lesson plans. The best way to use this is to decide what kind of lessons you are looking for (speaking, reading, listening, etc.) and sort by level.
I’d recommend Busy Teacher for classroom teachers who need more ideas or need to fill a bit of time.
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Pinterest is actually a hidden treasure trove for ESL lessons. Who would’ve thought that your favorite place to get inspired by furnishings and home decor could also be used to find fun lesson plans?
You can sort your favorite pins by creating an account and some Pinterest boards. Label the Pinterest Board with “ESL Beginner” and add any helpful resources.
Use the Pinterest search bar to find relevant lessons.
Some lessons I’ve found after minutes of doing a simple search:
- The Simpsons: Comparatives
- Good Morning/ Good Afternoon/ Good night
- Beginners Challenge
9. British Council
The British Council has an array of high-quality, free lessons for teachers. They have an adult learning section suitable for adults learning beginner English.
These lessons are interactive with audio and visual images.
10. British Council: Learn English Kids
The British Council also has resources for kids. These worksheets are free and have other sections where you can print song worksheets and games.
They even have a ‘teens’ section, so you can check it out for all age groups and levels!
Some ESL worksheets for beginners found at the British Council:
Kahoot is a fun game for ESL teaching, and there are plenty of resources to choose from, depending on the student’s level.
Kahoot can be played by many different players or independently. They can be played online or in the classroom. It is a good listening exercise for beginners.
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12. Cambridge English
Cambridge English has lots of PDF downloads for teachers.
You can find many resources on this page to help prepare students for the Cambridge English exams. They can also be used as lesson plans and downloadable worksheets.
13. Crystal Clear English
Crystal Clear English was recently set up to support freelance online teachers with a ready-made curriculum. They have a variety of lessons for beginners, both adults and children.
The lesson slides are interactive and clickable and require screen sharing. Crystal Clear English provides phonic lessons, kids’ curriculums, Business English, and more.
14. English W Sheets
English W Sheets have a similar feel to ISL Collective worksheets. The worksheets are categorized by topic rather than by level. If you want some reading exercises, grammar gap exercises, or additional vocabulary practice, you may want to consider checking out this site.
Best of all, the worksheets are free!
Check out some of their goodies:
How should I teach English to beginners?
- Keep your sentences short and sweet.
- Give them lots of time to practice and repeat keywords several times.
- Show them what you mean by using TPR, props, pictures, drawings, etc.
- Use positive reinforcement by praising them even if they make a mistake, and make the necessary correction.
- Check that they understand the material by asking them concept-checking questions.
There are many ESL worksheets for beginners on the internet. Use the above websites to find activities and resources for the beginner level.
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