Free Resources for ESL Independents

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This page is a list of FREE Resources for ELT independents.

We’re big believers in supporting our ELT community around the world.

Teachers can often benefit from different energy/expertise in our classrooms.

Our ELT strengths are around all things creative and getting groups talking!

We know our weaknesses too, and get guest experts in to teach workshops when our skills aren’t enough.

Our ESOL Teachers’ Hub is where you can find all the support we can give.

And help yourself to any of these class plans/sample English lessons

Full Class Plan | Old Churches

English for art and design Tibbermore church interior Outlander

Lesson Plan | Old Churches

A favourite subject of ours as our own language school is housed in a former church!

Full Class Plan | Christmas

Learn English in Perthshire Christmas Magic at Crieff Hydro Language School

Lesson Plan | Christmas

  • Topics for discussion
  • A video advert to watch in class
  • Links to reading exercises
  • A video homework exercise.

Full Class Plan | Museums

a free ESL lesson plan in Art School English - about Art Fund Museum of the Year

Lesson Plan | Art Fund Museum of the Year

With links to great listening sources.

Full Class Plan | Eurovision

Monday Morning English advert - free English lesson

Lesson Plan | The Eurovision Song Contest

With a listening exercise and questions to answer.

Practice Text | Used To / I Use

I used to and I am used to in English grammar

Lesson Plan | I Used to versus I am Used to in English Learning

  • “I use [something] to/for”
  • I am used to”
  • I used to”



We have some GREAT English learning resources on YouTube.

None are ‘lessons’ (there are plenty of those already!)

Instead, they are listening exercises.

We even have a practice exercise for the Present Continuous (use it in class or give it as homework).

ELT Teaching Resources | Film Making

Pickled people in a jar, English language for creative professionals blog illustration

ELT Teaching Resources | The Story of A Film

Great for any creative English learners.

ELT Teaching Resources

Artist Interview | Fiona Jappy

English for Artists Fiona Jappy

ELT Teaching Resources | Artist Interview Fiona Jappy

Trigger warning: touches of themes of remembrance and WW2

ELT Teaching Resources

Artist Interview | Cherie Gilruth

English for Creatives | Designer Cherie Gilruth and Wilma

ELT Teaching Resources | Designer Cherie Gilruth and The Abandoned Trolley Calendar

How designer Cherie Gilruth unites the community to gather mental health support.

How Many Elephants

English for designers English language skills for creatives Everest Summit

English Teaching Environments

ELT Teaching Resources

World Female Ranger Week

World female ranger week poster

ELT Teaching Resources | World Female Ranger Week

How women are fighting wildlife poaching.

Classroom | Physical Teaching Space

international art school applicants - example sketchbook text reads why are living plants important in a learning space

Why Add Live Plants to a Teaching Space

Oh my, so many language schools put plastic plants into teaching spaces. 

This blog is about what LIVE plants communicate to students. 

Classroom | Essential Oils

English tips Essential oils for learning a foreign language the Oily Witch Claire Ottewell

Can Essential Oils Boost Language Learning?

They are not the whole story, but if you can add essential oils to a teaching space and improve memory by even 1%, they are worth it!

I reached out to the Oily Witch, Claire Ottewell, to ask her for recommendations on essential oils for language learning.

This blog is her best advice, which I’m passing straight on to you.


Goal Setting

Notes form the Margins Newsletter graphic with mountain tearing for background - text reads How are your English fish Goal Setting for English Courses

Goal Setting for English Course | Why Draw Fish

It’s an unholy hybrid of fishkeeping, Minecraft, visualization, and ‘can-do’ assessments.

However, it works.

Course-takers self-assess and clearly express what needs to be prioritized in their learning.