Online Teaching Resources For ESL Teachers

Reading Selections:

  1. Airbnb” by AVC
  2. Indo-European Languages – Word Comparisons by Brief Histories
  3. Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, Lines 1-18 by Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. We Shall Fight on the Beaches” by Winston Churchill
  5. Iron Curtain Speech” by Winston Churchill
  6. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (Published 1895)
  7. Robinhood takes its IPO to the masses” > The Economist
  8. Tips For Building A Successful Startup” > Entrepreneur
  9. 18 Countries With Digital Nomad Visas (For Remote Workers)” by Expert Vagabond
  10. Winter Dreams” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost
  12. The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
  13. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
  14. 20 German words AMERICANS USE all the time!” by German Girl in America > Skip first 3 minutes
  15. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway
  16. Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech by Ernest Hemingway
  17. The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway
  18. The Snows of Kilimanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway
  19. 1399 Coronation Speech by Henry IV (Ctrl+F “Fadir”)
  20. Google’s CEO Is Facing Intense Criticism for His Leadership…” by Jason Aten @ Inc. > CNN Video (Skip 1st Minute)
  21. 23 things that are considered ‘normal’ in the US but that the rest of the world finds weird” by
  22. 20 Things You Need to Know About Einstein” by Walter Isaacson
  23. I Have A Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
  24. If” by Rudyard Kipling
  25. Anglish – What if English Were 100% Germanic?by Langfocus
  26. Confused Canadian Investigates AUSTRALIAN ENGLISHby Langfocus
  27. FRISIAN – Sister Language(s) of English!by Langfocus
  28. How Are British English and American English Different?by Langfocus
  29. The Indo-European Connection” by Langfocus
  30. Is English Really a Germanic Language?” by Langfocus
  31. The Scots Language (or Dialect?!)by Langfocus > Favorite: “A language is a dialect with an army and navy”
  32. VIKING INFLUENCE on the English Language!by Langfocus
  33. Why Is English Spelling So Damn Weird?!by Langfocus
  34. Life of Thomas Alva Edison” by Library of Congress
  35. American Pie” (Lyrics) by Don McLean > Classic American song, title incl. > Read together before YouTube homework
  36. Why Walmart Failed In Germany” by David Mcdonald via Medium
  37. The Airbnb Founder Story: From Selling Cereal to a $30B Company” by Jasper Ribbers via Medium
  38. No One Wants 40 Hour Work Weeks Anymore…” by Kele Mogotsi via &
  39. “Chapter I: The Dilemma of Obedience” from Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram
  40. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  41. Thomas Edison (Frequently Asked Questions)” by National Park Service
  42. BRITISH VS AMERICAN ACCENTS!” by Sarah Nourse > Skip first minute
  43. But They Did Not Give Up” by Pajares
  44. Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath
  45. The Roly-poly Pudding by Beatrix Potter
  46. The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies by Beatrix Potter
  47. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter
  48. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  49. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter > Colored illustrations edition
  50. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter
  51. The Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt
  52. The weird reason Albert Einstein was a vegetarian” by San Diego Tribune > Unusual, vocabulary-expanding article
  53. All the world’s a stage” monologue by William Shakespeare > As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7 > Written in 1599
  54. To thine own self be true” scene by William Shakespeare > Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3 > Written 1599-1601
  55. To be or not to be” soliloquy by William Shakespeare > Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1> Written 1599-1601
  56. To be or not to be” soliloquy First Folio PDF by William Shakespeare > Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1> Published 1623
  57. Full circle” scene by William Shakespeare > King Lear, Act V, Scene 3 > Written 1605-1606
  58. Vanish into air” scene by William Shakespeare > Othello, Act III, Scene 1> Written in 1603
  59. Out, damned spot! out, I say!” scene by William Shakespeare > Macbeth, Act V, Scene 1> First performed in 1606
  60. Into thin air” scene by William Shakespeare > The Tempest, Act IV, Scene 1 > Probably written 1610-1611
  61. Brave New World” scene by William Shakespeare > The Tempest, Act V, Scene 1 > Probably written 1610-1611
  62. “Fenris the Wolf” > Perhaps good for teenage boys (Storynory)
  63. “The Ugly Boatman” > More suitable for younger learners (Storynory)
  64. How Celebrities Learn English – 4 Tips from Shakira, Schwarzenegger and Penelope Cruz” by Sarah Li Cain
  65. (+ related video > “Penelope Cruz Interview – Extra: The Language Barrier” by CBS 60 Minutes)
  66. From Frustrated to Fun – How 4 People Found the Motivation to Learn English” by Sarah Li Cain
  67. How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago” by Time Magazine via
  68. To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World” by William B. Travis
  69. How to Plan Your SaaS Marketing Budget and Win” by Maia Morgan Wells
  70. Sjoukje speaking West Frisian” by WIKITONGUES
  71. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  72. Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents – (Part One)” by WIRED
  73. When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats


  1. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (With Lyrics) by Beatles
  2. The Secret Science Of Advertising” by BuzzFeedVideo
  3. Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have now both gone to space…” by CBS News
  4. A review of China’s space dreams from ground zero upwards” by CGTN
  5. Blue Origin NS-14 Launch! (Rocket and Capsule Landing)” by CNET Highlights
  6. The Whole Process Of Making Chocolate | How Do They Do It?” by Discovery UK
  7. 4th of July – 10 THINGS you didn’t know about Independence Day – Kid History” by Kid Explorer
  8. UFOs: Retired Navy Commander Describes His Sighting In 2004” by NBC News
  9. Why 3D Printing Is The Future Of Housing” by NeoScribe
  10. Neil Armstrong – First Moon Landing 1969” by NTD
  11. Why Overpopulation Isn’t the Problem You Think It Is” by Seeker
  12. What yoga does to your body and brain – Krishna Sudhir” by TED-Ed
  13. Social Media Influencers Are Changing The Way Companies Market Their Products” by TODAY
  14. Former NASA Astronaut Explains Jeff Bezos’s Space Flight” by WIRED Magazine

News Sites for Conversational English:

  1. Barron’s
  2. The Drudge Report
  3. The Economist (usable with
  4. Financial Times
  5. Reuters
  6. Time
  7. WSJ (not usable with


  1. Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  2. Middle English Dictionary



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  1. Bill

    Teaching Resources page now up for myself (as notes) and for my fellow ESL instructors. Plan to add extensively to the above as time goes on. Feel free to email suggestions for additions to

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