Essential ESL Teacher Resources: Our Top 5 Must-Haves

ESL resources

Discover the power-packed toolkit every ESL teacher needs!

In this episode, we want to equip you with effective, engaging tools that can revolutionize your teaching approach and empower your ELLs!

1. Phonemic Awareness: Laying the Language Foundation

Phonemic awareness is an essential piece in language learning, and is often overlooked. We recommend Heggerty Phonics, a concise yet impactful daily practice that cultivates students’ ability to recognize and distinguish sounds.

2. Elevate Vocabulary Mastery with Snap Words

Snap Words helps to enhance your students’ vocabulary with high-frequency words presented visually. Designed to cater to multilingual learners and those facing reading challenges, Snap Words empowers students to quickly absorb essential vocabulary, boosting language skills and self-confidence.

3. Accessible Reading via Digital Libraries

Provide accessible and captivating reading materials to your students through digital libraries. Platforms like Reading A-Z, Epic, and Unite for Literacy offer a diverse range of content to engage students with varying interests and language backgrounds. With thousands of books available in multiple languages, digital libraries nurture independent reading habits and can foster a genuine passion for learning!

4. Interactive Teaching Platforms: Engage and Streamline

Interactive teaching platforms such as Nearpod can help you to seamlessly integrate technology, streamlining lessons while making them engaging and responsive to the unique needs of multilingual learners. Check out Flocabulary to enhance vocabulary acquisition with engaging, interactive activities!

5. Equipping ELLs Membership

With a focus on flexibility and tailored support, this resource-rich membership offers SO much to the teacher of ELLs! Your membership includes everything you need for your school year! No need to piece together your curriculum, review games, assessments, etc. It’s all here for you within the Equipping ELLs membership, offering usable, effective, engaging resources for your classroom!

Tune in to the full episode to learn more, and talk to your administration about how to get these resources into the hands of teachers and students at your school!

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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.



Find a variety of best selling resources created specifically with the diverse needs of ELLs in mind.