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I came to Spain with absolutely zero teaching experience. Before becoming an auxiliar, I took a TEFL class in Madrid where I learned to be comfortable in front of a classroom, to lesson plan and to make worksheets fitting specific topics. Lesson planning, worksheet crafting and PowerPoint planning take a lot of time and effort.
If I’m being honest, the auxiliar position doesn’t require a whole lot of extra work. If you’re organized, plan ahead and know how to use Google- you should never have to make a PowerPoint or handout yourself. (Okay maybe never is a bit dramatic)
Anyway, I don’t like to consider myself a lazy teacher; I like to consider myself a resourceful one. After all, I have a lot of shopping, traveling and eating to do. So why not use all of the resources already out there.
Finding GOOD ESL resources can be hard. Many times I’ve thought I’ve found the perfect worksheet only to be asked for a credit card, a subscription, or an E-mail sign up. So, over time I’ve collected a list of sites that allow you to use their materials no strings attached.
Here are some of my favorites:
Full Lesson Plans
Conversation Topics, Questions & Activities
Original Games & Fun Activities
Grammar & Vocabulary Resources
http://www.toolsforeducators.com/ (worksheet generator)
Reading & Dialogue Activities
A Little bit of Everything
I’ll keep updating this page as I find other resources!
Any other free ESL sites that you like to use?