Class Dates

ESOL morning classes for the spring semester end on May 11.

ESOL evening classes for the spring semester end on May 9.

The first ESOL class for the summer session will be held on Monday, June 12, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. During the summer, we will offer morning classes only.

Resources: Level 1

Classroom Resources:

Lessons for Absolute Beginners from One Stop English

Absolute Beginner English – 20 Point Program from Thought Co.

HealthPicture stories for Level 1

How to Use Pictures in the ESL Classroom

Tutor Curriculum Guide for Teaching Adult ESL Preliterate Learners from Adult Basic Education, Spokane

Teacher Development:

Working with Preliterate and Non-Literate Students




The key to making grammar memorable is to teach it in an authentic context. In most cases, a teacher can examine the lesson plan for a particular class session and pull out a grammar point to discuss for about 10 minutes.

All Things Grammar contains activities on various grammar topic, as well as resources such as 100 best practices in teaching grammar.

Additional grammar handouts and activities are available at the following links:

Listed below are additional standalone lessons that teach various grammar concepts.

Comparatives and Superlatives – to take the focus off students, the teacher could bring in a series of photographs or realia to compare

Gerunds and Infinitives

Phrasal Verbs

Present Perfect

Forming Questions

Resources for Teaching Adults

CAL Solutions Adult ESL Resources Database

Working with Adult English Language Learners with Limited Literacy

Although some of the lesson plans and materials available from the British Council on Teaching English will need to be adapted for use in Memphis, TN, most of the methods, activities, and other resources could prove to be quite useful.

The links below provide free access to a wealth of useful information and professional development. Each link leads to multiple pages of resources. Use the page numbers at the bottom of the list to navigate through the resources.

Articles on Lesson Planning

Articles on Classroom Management

Articles on Understanding Learners