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EFL - ESL lesson plans for beginners | A1 Mid level

Welcome to our 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, although they can be adapted and used with adults. Depending on the class size and level of your students, lessons should take between 60 and 90 minutes. Each lesson plan contains suggested board work, several low-prep classroom activities and a game.

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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Alphabet and spelling
LESSON 1 | Grammar
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Grammar
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 | Grammar
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 | Grammar
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 | Grammar
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Grammar
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 | Grammar
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 | Functional language
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 | Grammar
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
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 | Functional language
Clothing
A collection of fun ESL resources that introduce young learners and beginners to the fundimental vocabulary related to clothing.
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