ESL Worksheets & Lesson Packets

These ESL worksheets and lessons can save busy teachers planning time. They also provide useful practice to supplement the lesson’s main activities. They can be especially helpful to teachers who don’t have a textbook, or need to teach areas the text does not cover well.

cover pictures for some ESL Worksheet pdfs: a games packet, The Impact of Disease, Medical Mysteries, Word Roots, Basic Academic Vocabulary, Word Detective, & Learn English with ...CognatesSome ESL worksheet pdfs on EnglishHints

Most ESL worksheet packets include lesson planning suggestions and integrated lessons.

They have ideas for class discussion and games as well as worksheets. 

Some also include links to reading or listening practice or to videos. 

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All are printable pdfs for English language learners from high beginner to advanced.

Most will work in general classrooms for ELL students, or in ESL or EFL classes from 4th or 5th grade up. (They were designed with middle school, high school, or sometimes adult classes in mind.)

Some worksheet packets (like those for prefixes, suffixes, or roots) can also be used for individual study. Others with lesson plans have related packets for individual rather than classroom study.

Using pdfs

To use these ESL worksheets you will need a pdf reader. If you do not already have one, you can download the Adobe Reader for free here.(Be sure to uncheck the McAfee Security Scan if you already have a system you prefer. It conflicts with some other systems…)  

Please remember that these worksheets are under copyright. As the copyright holder, I am giving you the right to use them for your classroom. You may not share or redistribute them without permission. 

(Contact me if your school needs several sets or there’s economic hardship, and we can work something out.)

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  • Academic Vocabulary Worksheets (The page explains why it's important to teach academic vocabulary. It includes a free pdf on scientific method vocabulary and a pdf on goals and words for success. It also links to other pages with vocabulary packets.)
  • Common Phrasal Verbs (explanations, examples, and practice for 7 short lessons. It introduces almost 100 very common phrasal verbs.)

        >> 3 free reading comp lesson plans 

       >> The Word Detection packet teaches inference, prediction, and word analysis skills +. It also provides lots of academic vocabulary practice. The Word Detection bundle includes the packet plus the root and affix packets above.

     >> Medical Mysteries has a unit of lesson plans on the history of diseases. The Impact of Disease in History, a Disease Webquest, or the History of Scurvy are individual lessons from Medical Mysteries.

  • Grammar Worksheets has free individual tense worksheets & paid packets of past tense worksheets. *
  • Free Printable Worksheets links to many of the free individual worksheets above. Many of the vocabulary and quiz worksheets on that page are for advanced students. (Some of them review a lot of vocabulary at once.) *

* Pages marked with asterisks at the end have pdfs for individual study as well as classroom practice. (The Roots+* page is only for students.) 

Using ESL Worksheets for Personal English Study

Many of the packets listed above are designed for classrooms. The ones that have an asterisk (*) at the end also have some pdfs made for individual study.

ESL worksheets can be a useful way to gain confidence with new vocabulary and structures. Remember that the most important practice of all is to use those new words in real communication. 

That’s why teachers often have several lessons on related subjects. Extra lessons review some of the same newly-learned structures and words. It’s also why I give links to related reading or listening materials. Use them-- and practice with someone else when you can (if you are not in an English class).

(See Practice English Conversation and Learn English Free for ways to find a study partner to practice with.)

Try writing your opinion about something new you learn. That will help you remember it as well as increasing your fluency.

The more you use what you learn, the better you will keep it and the easier it will be to improve your English. 

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