EFL - ESL lesson plans for beginners | A1 Mid level

A collection of ESL lesson plans and resources for teaching beginners. These lessons cover some of the fundamental grammar and functional areas of the English language and are aimed at younger learners. All of the activity and game ideas that we include can be used in low-resource classrooms and require little to no preparation time. Each lesson contains a warm-up activity with board work, several classroom activities, games and a collection of recommended free ESL resources from around the web.

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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Alphabet and spelling
LESSON 1

Alphabet and spelling

Practical ESL activities, games and resources for teaching the alphabet and spelling to young learners or beginners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Teaching numbers
LESSON 2

Numbers 20 - 100

ESL activities, games and resources for teaching the numbers 20-100 to beginners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Family tree
LESSON 3

Family and relatives

Free ESL activities and games for teaching family and relatives.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Possessive adjectives
LESSON 4

Possessive adjectives

A collection of practical ESL activity and game ideas for teaching possessive adjectives to beginner-level students.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - this, that, these those
LESSON 5

This, that, these and those

An ESL lesson plan that focuses on the correct usage of the pronouns this, that, these and those.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - There is and there are
LESSON 6

There is and there are

This collection of ESL activities gives students the opportunity to practise using the verb 'to be' to describe their current location.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Have got
LESSON 7

Have got

An A1 ESL lesson plan for teaching 'have' and 'have got' to beginner level students.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Always, sometimes and never
LESSON 8

Always, sometimes and never

This ESL lesson plan is a great introduction to adverbs of frequency for beginners and young learners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Asking for things
LESSON 9

Asking for things

Students learn to make basic requests in this role-play ESL lesson plan for beginners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Describing animals
LESSON 10

Describing animals with 'be'

An ESL lesson plan that teaches beginner level students how to describe animals using the verb 'to be'.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Comparatives
LESSON 11

Comparatives

This beginner level ESL lesson plan serves as a great introduction to basic comparative adjectives.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Comparing ages
LESSON 12

Comparing ages

A collection of beginner level ESL activities and games that give students further practice using comparatives.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Places in town
LESSON 13

Places in town

ESL activity and game ideas to teach the places in a town to beginners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Prepositions of place
LESSON 14

Prepositions of place

This ESL lesson plan introduces prepositions of place to beginner level students.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Directions
LESSON 15

Directions: How do I get to the...?

In this ESL lesson plan for beginners, students practise the functional language related to asking and giving directions.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Likes and dislikes
LESSON 16

Likes and dislikes 1

A collection of free ESL activity and game ideas for expressing likes and dislikes with beginner level students.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Likes and dislikes
LESSON 17

Likes and dislikes 2

Practical classroom activity and game ideas for teaching beginners how to express likes and dislikes in the third person.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Talk about your week
LESSON 18

Talk about your week

Students get the chance to apply some recently learned language structures in this creative ESL lesson plan for beginners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - What's the time
LESSON 19

What's the time

In this beginner level ESL lesson plan, students learn to ask and respond to some simple questions about time.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Daily routine
LESSON 20

Daily routine

A collection of beginner level ESL activities, games and resources related to routine activities.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Clothing
LESSON 21

Clothing

A collection of fun ESL resources that introduce young learners and beginners to the fundimental vocabulary related to clothing.
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