The digital era has arrived many years ago and is here to stay and, as such, applies to the EFL/ESL classroom. If you use it properly, you can benefit from the knowledge the Internet offers, and your lessons can be more dynamic and interactive. If our TEFL students get used to the Internet and digital programmes, they will see that these are excellent tools to use in the classroom.
Other digital resources will be excellent reference material for you to check on regularly and add to your professional development.
Whether you are a recently trained EFL teacher or one who has lots of experience, we are sure that these valuable digital resources will make an impact on your students and your career!
1. TeachingEnglish by the British Council
TeachingEnglish by the British Council is a comprehensive education site addressed to English teachers and educators. Teaching English is full of high-quality teaching resources, covering primary education, education for teenagers and adults. In addition, to prompt the professional development of English teachers, they include a wide range of videos, webinars, blog posts, articles, and publications.
Educaplay is an educational site that offers teachers the opportunity to create visually appealing teaching activities, including riddles, crosswords, interactive maps and pictures, dialogue analysis and many more. Created by a Spanish company, the platform is available in three languages (English, Spanish and French). It allows teachers to build their resources and find more in a comprehensive catalogue of ready-made materials (by other users). The site is free though users need to register first. Educaplay is a beautiful educational games generator your EFL students will love!
3. English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLLO)
Elllo is an educational platform created by Todd Beuckens, an English teacher based in Japan. The site offers students hundreds of free listening, reading and vocabulary materials. They usually come in the format of pre-recorded monologues or discussions in which people talk about a specific topic. They also include the script of the conversation, vocabulary information, and a quiz. What it’s interesting about this site is that the content is divided by the language proficiency levels and the speakers come from different countries. Hence, students get used to different English accents.
4. Write & improve
Write & improve, in partnership with Cambridge English (belonging to the University of Cambridge), write & improve is a free platform for English learners who want to improve their writing skills. Students choose which English proficiency level they belong to (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced), and they are provided with a wide number of topics to write a text about. When the text is sent, they provide immediate feedback and allow students to make the necessary changes. Students can also monitor their progress with a graphics system.
5. The EF English Grammar Guide
The EF English Grammar Guide is a platform providing free English resources to improve the student’s usage of grammar and vocabulary. They offer an English grammar guide with the rules explained and vocabulary lists with the most common words in English. Though both the grammar guide and vocabulary lists are not described in context, they are helpful if we, as teachers, need to review certain aspects of the English language or if our students have a question about grammar. The site also offers English idioms, punctuation rules, tongue twisters, and more.
The digital world has opened many doors to TEFL teachers; use them wisely!
6. EBC TEFL blog
In this same blog, we regularly publish a series of content that will help you improve your English teaching skills. So visit us regularly and discover a range of tips and resources like this one that will make your job as a teacher more straightforward, more fun and more effective.