77 Free TEFL and ESL Worksheets You Can Use Today
No matter how much you enjoy teaching English, having to come up with ESL worksheets regularly can get frustrating. If you’re like me, then you likely just want a list of options that you can reference quickly and print out when you need it (perfect for teaching in China when the copier is almost always broken). Or, maybe you want to make your own worksheets and are just looking for some inspiration on layout and format. This list accomplishes both. We’ve put together 58 free ESL worksheets and organized them by topic so you can easily find one that works for you. Feel free to browse, bookmark, or print them out for later!
Updated September 2018 to include family, conversation, and alphabet worksheets!
ESL Conversation Worksheets
Here you’ll find a wide range of topics that will get your classroom chatting. Students will be able to ask well-structured, relevant questions, hold a conversation with one another, and formulate and express their opinions. While students work on their conversation skills, the also inevitably practice their reading, listening, and comprehension. Speaking is arguably one of the best methods for students to acquire a second language and conversation is a great way to practice speaking the language in a non-intimidating way.
ESL Family Worksheets
All levels and ages of learners can benefit from practicing family-related vocabulary and there are worksheets for all ages and skill levels in this category. You’ll find beginner-friendly worksheets to introduce vocabulary about family and relatives, as well as advanced worksheets that cover more thought-provoking topics such as same-sex marriage and differences in cultural traditions.
These worksheets incorporate all the necessary skills for practicing English: reading, writing and speaking.
ESL Alphabet Worksheets
These worksheets are targeted at a younger audience of English language learners, however, included in this list is also some vowel pronunciation practice that is suitable for all ages. Even a student who has been studying English for years can still struggle with vowel pronunciation, getting them confused with similar vowel sounds. Regularly practicing the vowels can help alleviate frustration in your classroom!
The younger crowd will appreciate these fun activities which not only introduce them to the alphabet but increase their vocabulary as well.
ESL Reading Worksheets
For students and classes with the ability to read and interpret stories, these ESL worksheets offer a great opportunity to reinforce lessons, evaluate comprehension, and work together to answer the questions (for example, you can have the students take turn reading and then pose each question or exercise to the entire class). If you already have a story or book you’re working with, feel free to adapt these worksheets to fit by changing questions, wording, or exercises.
ESL Grammar Worksheets
Many of my previous students learned grammar best through practice and repetition and these grammar worksheets are a great way to get creative with how you reinforce your lessons. Veteran teachers might find it valuable to adjust these to fit their own classes while less-experienced educators may find it more useful to rely on these as the main focal point of their lesson.
ESL Pronunciation Worksheets
Depending on your students’ level of skill, the following ESL worksheets can really help reinforce your pronunciation and phonetics lessons. Used correctly, you are able to not only demonstrate the correct sound but also how it will look on paper in a word or phrase. In the past, I’ve taken one of these worksheets and transferred some or most of it onto the board – this not only encouraged the class to work together in sounding out the words, but made it easy to understand how to do rest of the sheet on their own.
ESL Preposition Worksheets
I’ve found preposition worksheets to be invaluable in driving home the correct use of prepositions. The simplicity of most sheets means they aren’t so intimidating to students and easy to do on their own as they often only require filling out or circling one word or phrase. Advanced learners can use the worksheets that also include the object of the preposition, or you can adapt a more basic sheet to accomplish the same thing.
ESL Worksheets for Beginners
No matter if your students are young or old, all beginner ESL worksheets should be both easy to understand and engaging enough to hold the younger ones’ attention. My recommendation with these is to mold them to fit your lesson – there are just too many options out there to include them all but we did our best to make sure most these were multi-purpose. So, feel free to borrow aspects that work, adjust those that don’t, and try to not lean too heavily on them at the risk of frustrating your beginner students.
ESL Worksheets for Adults
Regardless of their skill level, most adult students will expect a bit more from their ESL worksheets so we have included some more adult topics like idioms, parties, and a science story. The best adult lessons use these sheets as part of the journey instead of the destination – work to incorporate them into your lesson and see if they might spur additional conversation or activities, simply handing them out wastes their full potential.
ESL Worksheets for Kids
ESL worksheets for kids should never be the focal point of your lesson – their attention spans are too short and how they learn tends to be is too varied to rely entirely on a worksheet. Instead, use them during the last few minutes of your class or as homework (depending on their level) and spend the bulk of your lesson using activities and more social interaction to reinforce your material.
ESL Vocabulary Worksheets
ESL worksheets are crucial when looking to reinforce new vocabulary or practice old lessons – the beauty of these sheets is that they can be edited to fit any lesson with minimal effort. Also, if your students are able, consider having them work together on a sheet and play around with pairing stronger speakers with weaker ones to see how it works – these worksheets aren’t too intensive and are great for partner exercises.
ESL Writing Worksheets
English writing is a tough skill to learn but these exercises are aimed at making it easier (or at least more fun). Before handing out these ESL worksheets I’d recommend practicing a few examples on the board (you can even make a game out of it) to ensure everyone understands the instructions. Unlike the aforementioned vocab worksheets, writing takes quite a bit of patience and practice to master so the better your students understand the goal the better results they will have!