Published 6th April 2020

teaching english online

If you’re teaching English online, there are a few situations you might find yourself in. You might be having conversation English lessons with adults, which means there’s really not much lesson planning you’ll be doing since the teaching part will be on-the-spot corrections and language focus. Then you might be teaching for a company which provides you with lesson plans, lesson materials and online apps and platforms with which to teach, in which case you really don’t have to worry about lesson planning because everything is done for you and handed to you on a silver platter. But what do you do if you are not given any teaching materials and your lessons are classroom-based rather than conversation lessons? Here are some top resources to help you teach English online if you’re in a teaching situation like this. 

Resources to Help You Teach English Online
Resources to Help You Teach English Online

British Council

The British Council is a wealth of information. They have both a Teaching English website and a Learning English website and they are both equally useful for teachers. On the Teaching English site you can find Continuous Professional Development articles, as well as lesson plans and materials for all levels and ages. On the Learning English website there are stories, flashcards and interactive games that can be used in your lessons.

Film English

Film English is a free website of lesson plans based on short films. The films are usually only a few minutes long but the lesson plans can easily be used for lessons up to an hour. The films are appropriate for most audiences but be sure to watch them beforehand just to be safe, especially if you are teaching Young Learners! 

One Stop English

One Stop English is a subscription service but there are tons of free resources available on the website too. There are lesson plans, materials and CPD resources. You can search by topic, language structure, language skill or level – but be sure to check the free resources box so that the free resources are listed at the top.

The Internet TESL Journal (ITESLJ)

If you’re ever looking for conversation questions, look no further than the ITESLJ. Though there are also articles, activity ideas and lesson plans, it is the list of conversation questions which are pure gold. Simply click on a topic and you’ll have a whole bunch of good questions you can ask your students if you have a few extra minutes of class time or if your lesson is conversation-based.

Busy Teacher

Busy Teacher has literally thousands of worksheets available for free download. Simply search, choose and download. Busy Teacher has both worksheets and power point presentations – all created by teachers for teachers. Just make sure you check the materials carefully to make sure they are exactly what you are looking for.  

Cambridge English

Another great site is Cambridge English. It has loads of lesson ideas and activities for your learners, as well as webinars for your own Continuous Professional Development. This site is especially good if you are preparing any students for any of the Cambridge exams. 

English Grammar

Your students might not like this one that much but you definitely will! English Grammar offers downloadable worksheets and activities for all things grammar. There is also a downloadable guide to common grammatical mistakes, as well as an online grammar tool. This is a great site to use if your student asks you a grammatical question you’re not sure of!

Luckily for all of us, these are just a few of the hundreds of resources available to us as online English teachers. Do you use any resources that we should know about? Drop us a comment so we can check them out!

  1. I am trying to use busy teacher and do not understand how you download a worksheet as it just seems to show ads. Are you able to help me.

    1. Hi Victoria. If you would like some assistance or have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact our Student Services team. You can send them an email to and they will be more than happy to assist you further.

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