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Teaching ESL to Adults

Resources, tips, and strategies for
teaching ESL to adults from an ESL tutor

This website is a resource for teachers and tutors teaching English as a Second Language to adults.

All content is written by an ESL teacher currently teaching English as a Second Language.

It's intended to help teachers—especially new teachers—save time and resources by providing essential English-teaching information in one place.

When I first started teaching English to adults, I spent a lot of time preparing ESL lesson plans; and I mean a lot of time. Because I'm a native English speaker, I'd never had to think about English grammar, idioms, phrasal verbs, time markers, past tense pronunciation, intonation, verb tenses and all the other things that make up the English language. I just automatically used them. I've been using them for decades!

So when I studied for my TESOL certification, I had to start thinking about all of these English language components. I especially had to think about them in relation to teaching English language learners.

At the beginning of my ESL teaching career, much of the time I spent preparing lesson plans was making sure that I thoroughly understood the English language concept I was going to teach. I studied numerous ESL grammar books and scoured the internet looking for help to understand the topics well enough to be able to effectively teach them.

This site is a compilation of the many English language components that I had to learn well enough to teach. Hopefully, it will save other teachers and tutors who are teaching ESL to adults a lot of time (after all, most of us aren't paid for all the time we spend preparing lesson plans!).

The ESL Teaching Profession

Teaching ESL to adults is an extremely rewarding and interesting profession. Since I started teaching English as a Second Language, I've met many incredible people from all over the world. I've learned about cultures, expressions, politics, and social structures that are different from my own.

Every class is an opportunity to help and to teach, but it's also an opportunity to learn and to receive.

If you're thinking about getting into this profession, I've also provided information about how to start teaching ESL to adults.

I hope you will enjoy this career as much as I do.

How I Built This Top Ranking ESL Site

If you're curious about how an English tutor with limited computer experience could build a website that ranks so highly on all the major Search Engines (#1 out of millions of ESL sites!), check out SBI! and you'll learn my secret.

What's in this English Site?

Listed below are the major subjects I've covered so far. You can visit the pages below and they'll offer you other pages about the topic you've chosen.

You can also check out the Sitemap to see a complete list of the pages on Teaching ESL to Adults.

If you want to find specific words or phrases quickly, use the Google search box below to find ESL and EFL info.

How to Keep Current on ESL and EFL

Keep up-to-date on the information I add, including worksheets, cloze exercises, resources for teaching ESL, etc., by adding this site to your RSS feeder. That way, you'll know when I add something new and if it's something that may be helpful to you.

If you're not sure what RSS is all about, click on the little question mark next to "Subscribe To This Site" in the box located up and to your left.

Happy teaching!

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ESL Teaching Tips Ezine
Sign up for ESL Teaching Tips and get a free ebook of 27 Simple Present Tense worksheets for English Language Learners.
ESL Search Engine
Use our ESL Search Engine for an ESL word search on the Teaching ESL to Adults website. Or search Google for more ESL, EFL, TESOL information.
ESL Acronyms
All professions have special acronyms and abbreviations. ESL and EFL are no different. Here's a list of the most useful ESL acronyms for ESL and EFL teachers.
TESOL Certificate Course Criteria
Criteria for choosing the best TESOL Certificate course to help you start teaching English as a second or foreign language.
Duties of an ESL Teacher
Description of the duties of an ESL teacher in universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations, K-12, adult schools, private companies and private tutoring.
Teaching ESL Verb Tenses
When teaching ESL verb tenses to adults, verb conjugation is only the beginning of the lesson. You also need to teach the functions of the verb tenses, as well as each form of the verb tense.
English Past Tense Pronunciation of -ed Endings
English past tense pronunciation is often challenging for ESL or EFL students. Regular Simple Past Tense verbs have three endings: /id/, /t/ and /d/.
Developing Best ESL Lesson Plans
The best ESL lesson plans are learner-centered and focus on the needs of the student. Every lesson plan should have a topic, objectives, study, activities, and an evaluation.
Free ESL Worksheets for Beginners and Beyond
Free ESL Worksheets for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced English students. No membership required to download ESL and EFL handouts and printables.
ESL Textbook Evaluation for ESL Teachers
ESL textbook evaluation and recommendations for ESL and EFL teachers and tutors. The best grammar and pronunciation books and dictionaries. I own and use all of these books regularly.
CELTA Course Locations Around the World
Complete list of Cambridge CELTA Course Locations with contact information. Over 250 CELTA centres throughout over 50 countries. Updated May 7, 2012.
Resources for Teaching Adults ESL or EFL
My personal list of websites and other resources for teaching adults ESL or EFL. All sites provide valuable help for teaching adults English.
Contact Teaching ESL to Adults
Contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about this site. You can also write to me through Facebook below on this page or at
ESL Sitemap for Teaching ESL to Adults
An ESL sitemap with a list of all the articles in this website.
Privacy Policy for Teaching ESL to Adults
Privacy Policy for Your use of this site indicates acceptance of this privacy policy.
Teaching ESL to Adults Blog
The ESL Blog keeps you up-to-date with all additions and changes to the Teaching ESL to Adults website. Visit this page to see what's new.

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