EFL - ESL lesson plans for beginners | A1 Upper 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 - Introductions
LESSON 1

Introductions

This ESL role-play lesson plan gives students a chance to practise giving introductions.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - What's this
LESSON 2

What's this?

In this lesson plan, students learn to ask and answer questions about their local environment using the correct articles.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Teaching plurals
LESSON 3

Teaching plurals

ESL activities, games and resources for teaching plural nouns to beginners.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Giving instructions
LESSON 4

Giving instructions

This ESL lesson plan teaches beginners how to give basic instructions in English.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - The verb to be
LESSON 5

To be: Short forms

Students are introduced to the short forms of the verb 'to be' in this grammar centric lesson plan.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - To be: questions
LESSON 6

To be: Questions

An ESL lesson plan that gives students a chance to practise asking questions using the verb 'to be'.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Possessive adjectives
LESSON 7

Possessive adjectives

This beginner-level ESL lesson plan serves as an excellent introduction to possessive adjectives.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Possessive s
LESSON 8

Possessive 's

In this grammar lesson plan, students learn how to use the possessive forms of different nouns.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Have got
LESSON 9

Have got

Students learn to work with the short forms of the verb 'have got' in this beginner-level ESL lesson plan.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Have got question
LESSON 10

Have got: Questions

This ESL lesson plan builds on the previous lesson and introduces students to the question forms of the verb 'have got'.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Position of adjectives
LESSON 11

Position of adjectives

In this grammar lesson plan, students learn some of the basic rules around adjective position.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Can for ability
LESSON 12

Can for ability

Students learn to express their abilities to their classmates through these fun ESL writing and speaking activities.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Describing people
LESSON 13

Describing people

This lesson plan contains activities and games for teaching beginners how to describe people using the verbs 'to be' and 'have got'.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Teaching time
LESSON 14

Time

A collection of ESL activities and games that teach beginners how to tell the time in English.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Prepositions of time
LESSON 15

Prepositions of time

In this ESL lesson plan for beginners, students are taught how to use prepositions of time 'on' and 'at'.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Questions about time
LESSON 16

Questions about time

Fun and practical ESL activity and game ideas for teaching beginners how to ask questions about the time.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Present simple
LESSON 17

Present simple

A beginner-level lesson plan that focuses on the grammar of the present simple tense.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Present simple: Questions with do
LESSON 18

Present simple: Questions with do

This grammar-centric ESL lesson plan introduces some fundamental question structures of the present simple.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Prepositions of place
LESSON 19

Prepositions of place

In this fun ESL lesson plan, students learn to use prepositions of place to give richer descriptions of their environments.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - There is and there are
LESSON 20

There is and there are

Students build on what they have learned to combine prepositions of place with the singular and plural forms of the verb to be.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Present continuous
LESSON 21

Present continuous

This ESL lesson plan for beginners introduces students to the grammar of the present continuous tense.
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ESL Lesson plan A1 - Present continuous: Questions
LESSON 22

Present continuous: Questions

Students learn how to form questions in present continuous through these engaging ESL activities and games.
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