There’s a lot of great TEFL-ers creating excellent resources out there.
To help you navigate, I’ve compiled a list of sites, divided into categories, that I hope will help you on your ELT journey.
All sites are free, unless otherwise mentioned.
If you don’t see a site that you really think should be here, please contact me here
General Teaching Sites – Hall of Fame
A huge site, brimming with useful resources, videos, podcasts, blogs, and a thriving community (and tons more), you can spend days on this site (and I have!). Aimed at all ESL teachers and learners, there’s something for everyone, and all for free. An essential bookmark for every teacher.
Another hall of famer, the site is mostly free but has a paid subscription option to access all its content. Don’t worry though, the site is stuffed full of useful, free content for teaching all ages and levels, plus essential reading for professional development.
Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Flashcards
ESL Printables – great community, delivering endless community worksheets. Endless.
Bogglesworld – changed its name to Lanternfish, but has some extremely well-put together resources. Tried and tested throughout the years, and some great roleplay resources.
ISL Collective – another community-driven site, nicely laid out, and with tens of thousands of worksheets for free download.
TEFL.com – the granddaddy of job sites, everyone and their monkey advertises here. Great to get an overview of the job market, and it also has some useful cost-of-living tools.
Dave’s ESL Cafe – not pretty, but because of its age, everyone advertises here after they’ve gone to TEFL.com. Loads of new jobs added daily.
Cambridge ESOL – you can’t argue with a Cambridge certification, and here they are. From the pre-entry level Teacher Knowledge Test, the classic CELTA, and beyond to the Diploma and Masters in TESOL, all the info you need is here.
Trinity College – the Trinity qualifications mirror, to a certain extent, Cambridge’s. Whilst a newer organisation, its qualifications are equally as rigorous and are accepted as such. From the basic ‘gold-standard’ Trinity Cert to Diploma and beyond, they’ll improve your teaching no end. I can personally vouch for their Diploma in TESOL 🙂
HLT (Humanising Language Teaching) Magazine – a great free online magazine, with downloadable archives, a real treasure trove of information.
English Teaching Professional – I also love this one, it comes once every couple of months and is packed with full of relevant articles. Worth the (reasonable) price.
Modern English Teacher Modern English Teacher online is thorough, and comes out once a quarter. Varied articles and reviews make this one a worthwhile read. It’s still not free, though … J
Blogs from TEFL-ers
Oxford University Press Blog – regular and riveting, covers topics from all over the TEFLsphere.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day – incredibly prolific, and a great source of information. I don’t know how he has the time!
Marisa Constantinides– another prolific writer, teacher trainer and all round TEFL-er, an invaluable blog to read regularly.
ELT Jam a higher-level view of the TEFL industry, well-written and articles that make you think on the direction the industry is taking
Vicki Hollett – Great blog, great posts, always interesting
Chia Suan Chong – a great contributor to many other ELT sites around the web, as well on her own blog.
Jeremy Harmer – Great ELT author Jeremy Harmer’s own blog
Scott Thornbury – a now deceased blog, but chock full or articles that are still as relevant as they ever were
Teaching ESL Online – if you are, or want to, start teaching English online, this is site is indispensable. Valuable posts on how to set up, get started, and keep going. Recommended.
Burcu Akyol – great all round TEFL blog
Teaching Village – Teaching Village hosts a series of informative blogs, check them out here!
All of these are good for seeing what others are saying on all aspects of teaching abroad. Be aware though, a lot of people only take to the forums when they have a complaint they want to vent about, so occasionally they can seem to give a skewed perspective!