The EFL Playhouse: A Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers of Young Learners

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ESL and EFL Related Sites

Clip Art for Foreign Language Instructors
A large collection of royalty-free line drawings especially for language instructors hosted by Purdue University; pictures for basic verbs, adjectives, and a wide variety of nouns.

Free ESL resources for kids including flashcards, handwriting worksheets, classroom games and children's song lyrics. Site also allows teachers to create and print their own puzzles, games, worksheets, and so forth.
This is a site that offers some free materials (primarily ideas for games and activities) along with some printable resources (worksheets and flashcards) that are accessible only through paid membership. I've never subscribed to the paid version of the site, but the free content alone is well worth a visit.

ESL Printables
A website full of worksheets, flash-cards, lesson-plans and other resources almost for free. You can download ten printables for each one you send to us.

The EFL Playhouse
A resource site for teachers of English to young learners. Offers games, songs, fingerplays, chants, craft ideas, teaching tips, and phonics activities for the early childhood classroom.

The ELT Two Cents Cafe
Variety of resources for both students and teachers; includes practical tips section for those considering overseas employment.

IATEFL Young Learners Web site
Home page of the Young Learners special interest group of IATEFL; site provides membership information, articles related to teaching young learners, and links to other valuable sites.

The Internet TESL Journal
This site is not specifically for teachers of young learners; however, much of the information it offers can be applied to any ESL or EFL setting; its TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL Links is a must-see!

KizClub: Learning Resources for Kids
This little gem of a website offers literally dozens of free downloadable worksheets, games, and activity sheets. Included are alphabet and phonics resources, thematic materials, story and nursery rhyme patterns, and flash cards.

Masters in TESOL Degree Programs
Helpful graduate site for students interested in distance learning TESOL programs.

Soon Online Magazine
Online magazine designed especially for English language learners utilizes basic English and features articles of interest to young adult and adult readers.
A great resource for job hunters! Features a huge database of jobs the world over, along with news, blogs, and opinion articles related to the ESOL industry.

Early Childhood Education

These sites are not ESL/EFL specific, but they all contain resources that may be adapted to the ESL/EFL setting.

Early Literacy
A collaborative compilation of research, strategies, and resources for teachers and parents. Includes sizeable collection of early childhood poems and action rhymes, grouped according to theme.

Games Kids Play
Rules for more than 250 popular kids games from all over the world; almost any of these could be adapted for ESL/EFL!

Idea Box: Early Childhood Education and Activity Resources
Site features teachers' message board (active), songs and fingerplays, craft ideas, coloring pages, seasonal activities, and more.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
With sites categorized by subject area, this may well be the most organized educational jump station on the Web.

Kelly's Kindergarten
This teacher offers a sizeable collection of printable reading and phonics games, along with directions for traditional children's games, songs, phonics material, and math and science activities.

This teacher's homepage includes a section for other teachers, complete with alphabet activities and a month-by-month listing of suggested themes and activities.

Operated by teacher and literacy coach Victoria Smith, this site is arguably among the best resources on the net for teachers of young learners. It includes detailed information on setting up and managing a classroom, along with hundreds of ideas for theme-based teaching. 

Offers lyrics for hundreds of children's songs, many of them complete with sound files. Browse by title or subject, or search for a particular song.

Little Explorers
A commercial site, features 1,000+ word children's picture dictionary online; entries in English, English-French, English-German, English-Portuguese, and English-Spanish words; graphics intensive, but worth a visit!

Online Children's Stories
Offers links to children's classics, fairy tales, folklore, nursery rhymes, poetry, and more. Use this site to build your own classroom library. (Print out public domain texts, placing a sentence or a paragraph on each page, allow students to read and illustrate, then staple or bind.)

Preschool Education
Includes games, songs, fingerplays, arts and crafts ideas, seasonal material, classroom management resources, alphabet teaching ideas/worksheets, coloring pages, and more.

Preschool Express
Author and educator Jean Warren offers this online newsletter full of ideas for teachers, parents, and grandparents of young learners.

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