Lanternfish ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans:
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LANTERNFISH contains printable teaching resources for language arts, TESOL, TEFL and ESL.
Young Learner Worksheets:
Basic ESL worksheets for K7 young learners. This section has been much expanded with over one hundred units of young learners' teaching materials.
Teach winter vocabulary with these winter worksheets and activities. Also, check out thewinter young learners or thewinter bingo activities.
An excellent communicative activity with extensive support materials for teaching kids. In theContent Questions Board Gamegame kids answer content questions like What do seeds need to grow?
Word Skills Game
A great word skills game with extensive support materials for teaching kids how to talk about words.
New! This section containsrhyming riddle worksheets that can be used as fun vocabulary review and rhyme awareness exercises. Now there are alsoanagram riddles, homophone riddles, and word morph riddles as well.
Proverbs Communication Activity
Students are given common English proverbs to communicateto other students. Students then take a quiz to test their communication skills.
I need a Ticket to Osaka, Japan?
Students practise purchasing airline tickets from ticketing agentsin this line-up style role-play. Good for tourism English, Business English or false beginners who are planning to travel.
Frog Life Cycle Worksheets
Good content-based ESL with these Frog Life Cycle Worksheets.
Can I Bug You for a Sec?
A role-play where students ask for help solving a puzzle. A good classroom English role-play as students use language to talkabout words.
A Business ESL role-play wherestudents report changes in corporate indicators and explain reasons why changes occurred.
Can I take a message? Telephone English
Students practice taking and leaving message with thistelephone English role-play. There is also a business English version.
A role-play to practice asking someone out to dinner and giving directions to the restaurant. Also, Giving directions II: directions by subway or bus route. And finally, giving directions III: directions by roadmap and suggesting somewhere to go.
Two great activities with worksheets, role-plays, and activities for teaching ESL for movies.
I'm Calling about the Apartment?
A role-play where students inquire about an apartment for rent.
Little Letter Tracing Worksheets:
Younger learners can practice their small letters with these ABC worksheets.
A Visit to the Doctor Role-play
A one hour role-play to practice expressions needed to discuss an ailment with the doctors.
Banking Role-Play I:
A one hour banking role-play that explores the expressions needed to do five basic transactions at a bank: deposit money, withdraw money, cash checks, exchange currency, and pay bills.
How Much Is It?
This shopping unit has an information gap, a survey, and a roleplay . There is also vocabulary worksheets and teaching tips .
Short Conversation Resources
A collection of over thirty short conversation worksheets.
Teaching Effective Communication Through Graded Reading Materials
An article on teaching effective communication to ESL/EFL students. There are a lot of materials prepared for the TEFL teacher in this article.
Students spread rumors to practice their storytelling skills in this loud and stimulating TEFL activity.
Grammar Soccer: Reported Speech:
A grammar activity with extensive resources for teaching indirect reported speech.
Traveling Among Monsters Language Enrichment:
A new series of lengthy units with reading comprehension, pattern practice and vocabulary activities:Traveling Among Monsters.
The Biggleborians: This worksheet combines anthropology and ESL. Useful for teaching the present progressive and the past.
A variety of cloze activities sorted by difficulty.
Irregular Past Tense Verbs
This new section contains materials to teach the most frequently occurring irregular past tense verbs.
Food Chain Worksheets:
Activities and worksheets to teach concepts related to food webs and food chains.
Word Skills Cloze Activties
This section contains worksheet generators for reviewing word skills such as synonyms, antonyms, categories, past tense, and naming.
Job Fair: A Role-play
A new lesson where students role-play job seekers and employer to practice their interviewing skills.
Easy ESL Crosswords
A collection of ESL crosswords put together by Lanternfish ESL:
English Vocabulary Games
A collection of games and vocabulary activities on a variety of themes put together by Lanternfish ESL for advanced beginner to intermediate students:
Teaching Relative Clauses with Massive Comprehensible Input
This section contains 20 crosswords made using a database of clues in the form of relative clauses. There is also a new collection with word skills crosswords.
Describing and Captioning Pictures
A great activity for sentence level speaking and writing. Students describe a picture in as many sentences as they can. There is also a section for young learners now. And now there is a spot the difference section and story questions worksheets.
Initial Sounds and Final Sounds Phonics Worksheets
Over 30 new worksheets that cover the initial sounds of words. There are also some newly addedFinal Sounds Worksheets. Also check out the phonics monsters.
A collection of alphabet worksheetsincluding alphabet mazes, alphabet trains, and big letter coloring worksheets and small letter tracing sheets.
Reading Puzzle Packets
An early literacy tool that can also be used to reinforce sight words and teach grammar and syntax in a variety of themes popular in the ESL classroom.
A role-play for adult intermediate to advanced students. Thought provoking and fun!
A Crash Course for False Beginners Who are about to set off to another country.
Students can survey each other using one of many survey question sheets. There is also a blank template for teachers to make their own.
A new lesson plan in the lesson plan section. A line-up style role-play where students make plans over the telephone.
Superlatives Communication Activity
Students communicate fact cards about the natural world that contain a superlative adjective.
The ESL Science Center:
A monthly web magazine with science articles geared towardsESL learners. This month: Reptiles, Amphibians, Science, Scientists, and Anthropology.
The workshop has moved. Lessons on Weighing an Argument, Building an Argument, and Refuting an Argument.
Ghosts, trolls, and aliens are in the house.Check out the Preposition Flashcards.
Hypothetically Speaking Game:
Hypothetically Speaking: A fluency game for practicing hypothetical speech. A lot of work went into preparing this game for middle/high school students. Enjoy!
Some excellent links to other ESL sites.
The Dolch Sight Words teaching materials are new. As well as thePhrasal Verb Crosswords. The Harry Potter Worksheets.
ESL Business Activities:
Several good ESL business activities are in the Business ESL Worksheets.
ESL Game Boards:
Dozens of Printable Game boardsfor communicative classes.
This sections contains links to all of the holiday worksheet sections:
Information Gap Exercises
The Information Gaps cover topics from shopping to rooms in a house.
Conversation Question Prompts
Themed question lists for free-talking classes.
Learn forest animal names and the conjunction 'and' with this Bingo Game. Now, there are many newbingo games with bingo card generators with topics such as birds, animals, kitchen objects, shapes and colors.
Use opposites to teach vocabulary. This section includes games and worksheets for opposites.
Activities and worksheets with a city theme.
Worksheets and activities to teach insect themes.