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ESLhandout.com was created in 2016 by Daniel Szpunar. It is, and always will be, a place for ESL, EFL, and TESL teachers to get free, downloadable handouts and worksheets.

The content of this website is aimed at, but not exclusive to, ESL (English as a Second Language) students who are university students or adults, and who already understand and speak English but are struggling to move beyond basic English conversation.

Under the guidance of a native English speaker, these handouts should be used to explain to ESL students how common idioms, phrasal verbs, and expressions are used in natural daily conversation.

After teaching at the university level for the last five years in South Korea, I realized that most ESL websites provided handouts that were either aimed at children, and very basic, or aimed at adults, but focused too much on TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, and OPEC. As a result, not very practical in the real world. Hopefully, the materials found on this website can benefit ESL teachers in some way.

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"How will you go to college in America if you can't speak English in Korea?"

Lessons fast, simple, free.

Most of the lessons are based on reoccurring grammatical mistakes ESL students make. Review the lessons with your students and have them practice forming their own sentences.

Explaining the lesson should usually take no longer than ten minutes, and the remainder of the class should be spent asking each other questions pertaining to the lesson and using the materials learned in your responses.

Common Mistakes Even the best need reminders.

After teaching in Korea for several years, I realized that ESL students repeatedly make the same mistakes over and over again. A combination of Konglish and outdated lousy grammar books are much to blame for these reoccurring mistakes.

The Common Mistakes handouts should be used at the end of the class in a playful manner as many ESL students repeatedly make these mistakes and can often feel embarrassed. They are a great way of filling any time remaining in the classroom, and showing your students you genuinely care about their progression as an ESL student.

Topics & Conversation speaking naturally about anything.

Introduce them to phrasal verbs and idioms that are confusing and difficult while talking about specific topics. However, remember the topic is just a way to get them speaking and thinking in English. If the conversation goes off-topic--let it.

I've had the best luck by giving the student the handout on Monday, discussing the questions on Tuesday and reviewing the questions on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, see if they remember the idioms and expressions from the topics. Even as the weeks go by, refresh their memories by using the vocabulary highlighted in pink to reinforce the newly acquired vocabulary.

Articles read, comprehend, explain

While articles are not fun, reading them is one of the best ways for ESL students to improve their vocabulary, focus on comprehension, and explain content in their own words.

ESL students who are majoring in importing and exporting, engineering, and thinking about obtaining a degree in an English speaking country are those who would benefit the best from these articles. Exporters will need experience with understanding legal documents in English, engineers will constantly be researching and reading newly published science journals in English and of course, anyone trying to obtain a degree in an accredited Western university will have to read and write essays in English.

Give your students a few days advance to read and comprehend the articles before you review the articles in class for best results.