Helpful Online resources for teaching ELLs

Teaching a new language to non-native speakers is one of the most difficult educational professions available, therefore ELL instructors should use all of the assistance they can get!

Thankfully, there are many good ELL and ESL resources available online, ranging from full-service websites to reference tools and forums, all geared to make the process of educating ELL kids a little bit easier and more successful.

Online learning is a great tool that teachers may use to benefit English language learners, whether they attend school remotely or in-person (ELLs). According to research, interactive visual aids and access to classes that may be completed at their own pace benefit ELLs’ learning.

Teachers may develop these learning experiences using a variety of free or low-cost digital tools. Lessons may be recorded as they are delivered online in real-time, allowing students to access the information even when the teacher is not there. Audio, graphics, and videos can also be included in classes by teachers. These materials can provide ELLs with enjoyable, interactive tools to help them review and improve their vocabulary and literacy abilities.

ELLs can benefit from online learning in the classroom at a station put up by the teacher as part of a session in which students cycle around centers or stations. According to research published in the journal Language Learning & Technology, “tablet computers and other mobile technologies are perfect instruments to enhance student autonomy.” Supplemental virtual lessons can assist in differentiating instruction to meet the requirements of ELLs (as well as other students with unique learning needs) who may be at different levels of language competence or require more practice with particular skills.

Edutopia has a few suggestions: 


Many computers allow users to record what is happening on the screen in real-time, as well as record the user’s voice at the same time. Your recording will be preserved as a video file that you may share with students or post to an online learning site. You might also invite students to videotape themselves and share their results with you. Narrated screen recordings may be used by teachers for a variety of tasks, including modeling read-aloud, giving mini-lessons, correcting essays, and teaching students how to perform good internet research. This Digital Trends article discusses many methods for recording your screen.

YouTube Education, which is free and ad-free, curates YouTube material for educational reasons and allows teachers to produce their own content. Essential Literature, which provides clear and brief explanations of popular books, and National Geographic, which contains movies ranging in length from flora and animals to geography and history, are two of the best playlists. Both of these playlists allow you to enable closed captioning so that kids can read the text while watching the video, which is especially beneficial for ELLs.


Here we are outlining some awesome online resources for teaching English language learners. These resources are all available on any computer or mobile device. While certain video-rich materials need a substantial amount of bandwidth, many of these resources automatically adjust to reduced internet rates, making them more accessible to all students. In schools, setting up a station with a few devices that use these digital resources might be beneficial.

1.) Kahoot! 

It is a software application that allows you to create interactive audiovisual learning games, reviews, and evaluations. Students may engage in real-time games against one another from any device by utilizing a simple code. To encourage remote learning during the Covid-19 epidemic, the premium subscription-based distance learning resources are presently free.

2.) Quizlet

It is a digital flashcard tool that many students use for vocabulary learning. Premade study sets can be used and customized by teachers, or they can create their own. The free edition contains advertisements; a premium membership grants access to the ad-free platform.

Newsela provides high-interest current events stories with accompanying visuals and quizzes in up to five different Lexile levels. 

3.) CommonLit 

It is a free website with over 2,000 fiction and nonfiction reading passages that may be searched by title, genre, grade level, literary device, and Lexile level. It also features a growing library of Spanish content. Many texts include leading questions and examinations, and many are divided into units of study.

4.) Duolingo

It is a free language learning program that provides English as second language courses in over 20 first languages. Its adaptive software is meant to seem like a game, and kids may play against themselves—or their friends.

BBC Teach features a large collection of free teaching tools in over 30 disciplines, including adult English learning. It also includes interactive training with high-quality videos and visuals.

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s worldwide organization dedicated to the promotion of British culture and language. Its website has a wealth of valuable connections as well as mobile apps with exercises, games, and audiovisual courses.

5.) Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):

The OWL provides a vast resource of practice sheets and linguistic primers for students of all levels.

6.) Dave’s English Language Cafe: 

Dave Sperling’s comprehensive website for ESL teachers has various courses on sentence construction, word usage, and other topics. It’s one of the top instructor-led English learning websites.

7.) The Movie Guides for English Learners: 

This website examines the English language via the use of popular movie descriptions and idioms. This website is great for ESL students who are interested in American culture.

English for Business: The BBC and the British Council have collaborated to provide lesson plans centered on English for business, including themes such as meeting and negotiation English classes.

8.) Antimoon: 

This website teaches students how to distinguish common sounds in the English language and how to speak with proper intonation.

9.) English-Zone:

 English-Zone allows students to tackle English spelling, such as possessives, verb-endings, contractions, and more.

10.) Cram Flashcard Exchange: 

This browser-based application allows you to study thousands of words, build your own flashcards, and arrange cards by category and native language.

11.) ESL Courses in 20 Minutes:

These audio lessons include fundamental terminology for a range of everyday contexts, including office surroundings and business life.

Vocabulary Can Be Fun: This website provides a number of amusing activities aimed to improve vocabulary via interactive play.

Pizzaz: This website provides writing examples in the form of poetry and short tales, as well as other unusual tasks to educate creative writing and use.

12.) Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students: 

This website does exactly what it says it does: it provides self-study exams to assist students to learn grammar, difficult words, vocabulary, and more.

13.) Vocabulary Quizzes for the English Club:

 These word games range from animals and cuisine to famous statements and American slang.

14.) Exercises in Advanced English Grammar:

This simple website has dozens of thorough quizzes that can be searched and filtered by topic.

ESLPod Podcast: With regular updates and simple classification, this podcast is an excellent resource for ESL students.

15.) LanguageCaster:

Because the great majority of the non-English-speaking world is obsessed with football (or “soccer” to Americans), this language blog and podcast series employ athletic news and analogies to explain English.

Carter Martin

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