Useful links

I have been compiling this list of useful links over the past few years. I would love to hear of any other links you may have. Please email me or let a comment below and let me know. Thanks!

Lesson Ideas

There are many sites out there which will provide lesson tips, plans and ideas. Some require registration and will ask you to upload your own ideas and plans before you can download. Others will provide them free. Many of these sites will provide materials to practise the four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) and also grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation).

  • BBC provides an excellent one-stop-shop for all things EFL.
  • does many things so well and its EFL resources is another fine example.
  • The Language Point is a great starting point for all things EFL/ELT. They have a daily newsletter with tips, lesson plans and so on.
  • Side Vibe allows you to turn any webpage into lessons.
  • Free English lessons in video form here.
  • From the University of Victoria’s English Language Centre, an excellent self-study resource.




So many sites out there to help you prepare vocabulary lessons; here are a few of the best.

  • Want to know whether it is more common to say needs doing or needs to be doneThis site will tell you. Just type in the word or phrase and it will give you the most commonly occurring collocations.
  • English Page provides a lot of practice for vocabulary too.
  • ESL-Lab may be better known for its listening resources, but its vocabulary section is excellent. It has interactive exercises available too.
  • Confused between the meaning of affect and effect or other confusing words. This site can help you.
  • This site can help you to improve your English vocabulary –

Grammar Here are some reliable online English grammar resources. Also, check some of the sites mentioned in Lesson Ideas section for more grammar resources. There are so many English grammar sites.

  • is very comprehensive and has many downloadable materials.


  • Another good site here.
  • iTunes podcasts offer so much for EFL students too.


Check some of the sites mentioned in Lesson Ideas section for more grammar resources.

And don’t be afraid to try to design your own reading materials from reputable English language sites.

How fast can you read? Check it out here?


Learn real English with the excellent Phrasemix.

This is a great way to get a qualified teacher online.



The most popular and prestigious examinations are:

And of course, you will find a plethora of exam practice sites:

Here is a link to a glossary of terms for the Cambridge examinations.

Using Internet in Class

If you are in a classroom with internet access the following can help you with incidental vocabulary items which may arise in a classroom setting.

  • Google images – try explaining the difference between a screw and a nail – google images does it instantly.
  • It’s a yellow flower – what is? This is!
  • Youtube is another really valuable resource if you have internet access.
  • Click through the following to see how it could help you explain the difference between fall offfall over, and fall down.
  • Want to help your students understand the polysemic swear word fuckYoutube can help.
  • A great site that combine cinemas and learning English is Film English.


  • Want news stories? Want them at your level of English? Here you go!
  • Want another great site with brekaing news stories for English language learners? Here you go!

Useful Links for TEFL Jobs 


Twitter is an excellent resource. Use it! Here is an excellent article on how EFL teachers can use Twitter from Russell Stannard.

And here is the UCC Language Centre’s Twitter page – follow us!


Similarly, Facebook offers much to teachers and learners of English. Most of the sites mentioned in Lesson Ideas have Facebook accounts. Here are some of the better ones:


There are some excellent blogs online. Here is a selection of some really useful and informative ones.

Apps for Learning and Teaching English


Free Toolkit for CELTA