Resources are provided for all areas of English language learning from grammar to writing, spoken language to spelling and covering all levels. They should be matched with resources found for example, on individual pages such as Poetry and ESL Resources.
We have tried to ensure resources are free to use wherever possible.
Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, grammar, … .
Multiple sections include a Bookshop; Resource Reviews; AATE YouTube Channel; Reading Australia; Online Teaching Resources; 50 Word Fiction; Digital Resources; Links to External Sites; more.
Listing of briefly annotated links to a range of resources, events, a student competition and more.
- Australian Literacy Educators’ Association
Use the Public Resources link to access resources. These include Little People’s Literacy Learning [multiple modules], Phonics Resources, ALEA Hot Topics and more. There are also some fee-based resources available.
- English Teachers Association NSW
You can Search Resources here. There are also links to Professional Development, Events and Shop.
- English Teachers’ Association of the Northern Territory
Members can access a Journal, Professional learning, News and Events.
This page lists resources [free and fee-based] and provides links to each section while you can use their Links page to find resources from other associations and sources.
- English Teachers Association Western Australia [ETAWA]
‘You need to login or become a member to view this content [Resources]’. Other material is available to all
PETAA Teaching Resources
‘Quality online learning resources to support your learning environment’. Most of the resources require membership in PETAA. You can access resources from linked bodies on this page.
- South Australian English Teachers Association [SAETA]
Members are able to access all material while non-members can access most areas with the exception of Members Resources.
- SPELD NSW - Literacy Resources
‘Australian resources designed by AUSPELD to provide a greater awareness and understanding of the impact that the specific learning disabilities can have on students and outline the most effective support, remediation and accommodation strategies available to these students in the classroom’. Fee-based.
- SPELD SA Resources
‘SPELD SA have created free resources, sourced useful websites and provided links to other free resources for you to use when teaching literacy [and numeracy] for those working or living with specific learning difficulties. We hope you find them useful’.
- Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English
Members are able to access all areas, non-members are able to access Events and most Resources.
- Victorian Association for the Teaching of English [VATE]
Multiple resources can be accessed via the Resources link on the top menu.
- EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS, BOARDS, MUSEUMS, CURRICULUM, …
- AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM ALIGNED
- Australian Curriculum English Resources
R.I.C Publications‘With English being a core part of students’ education, it is important that high-quality, reliable English educational resources are available. We have a number of series written directly for the Australian Curriculum strands of English Language, Literature and Literacy. There are also a wide variety of teacher resources, blackline masters and student workbooks that cover specific aspects of the English language’. Fee-based.
- Australian Curriculum English Resources Years 7–10
‘WordFlyers is the result of three years of research and development. The online literacy program is specifically built to address the Language and Literacy strands of the Australian Curriculum for Years 7–10’.
- Australian Curriculum Lessons - English Lessons
Nine pages of links [image, descriptor, year level]. Use the Latest button for ways of viewing the resources.
- Australian Curriculum SA Teachers & Leaders
Resource - English
Resources directed to teachers. Many have video presentations, some discussions, some audio. They all look at the process of working with the curriculum to achieve the best possible results. Check similar usage with other subjects and further Resources using the menu link.
- Australian English Curriculum Resources - Scootle
‘Scootle resources are currently aligned with the Australian Curriculum: English. Use the filters below to refine the curriculum results shown by year level, strand, general capability or cross curriculum priority’.
- Cool Australia - English Resources
‘Teachers, educators and parents of any learning level can access our full library of free resources by simply signing up via our registration page. No payments, no strings attached. Our resources are created by teachers for teachers. They are curriculum aligned, easily adapted and create positive change through action-based education’. More than 700 options in the Science section.
- Curriculum Resources [Australians Together]
‘Comprehensive lesson and unit plans to help you teach the Australian Curriculum and meet the cross-curriculum priorities’. Select resources from the level listings at the bottom of the page. Covers other subjects as well.
- English Australian Curriculum Worksheets
and Teaching Resources [TpT]
Indicated as including nearly 5 000 options at time of update.
- English Educational Resources [Teacher Superstore]
‘Australian Curriculum English teacher resources and student workbooks to help you meet curriculum requirements’. Use the filters on the left or the top to refine your choice from the 390 resources [at time of update].
- English for the Australian Curriculum
‘This resource was a national initiative to support the teaching and learning of English and literacy from Foundation to Year 10, produced in partnership with Education Services Australia and others’. Also check the Supporting resources page for further help. Note that updated Secondary units have moved to AATE Digital.
- English - Sample Units
Select English [K-10] from the subject listing. You can also access Sample Scope and Sequence resources, Sample Work options and a Program Builder from the menu on the left.
- English Work Samples Portfolios [The
Listed by year level showing Above satisfactory, Satisfactory and Below Satisfactory levels.
- F-2 English
Resources for the Australian Curriculum [Twinkl]
This opens to the F-2 resource collection. You can also access other levels. Check the menu on the left for specific aspects, e.g. Interactive Games, Language, Literacy, Literature, … .
- FUSE - English
‘Start exploring resources aligned to the Victorian Curriculum. Find Content Codes in the the More Details section of each resource. This area is being progressively updated’. 200+ resources. Dept. of Education and Training, Victoria.
- National Literacy
[and Numeracy] Learning Progressions
‘Successful teaching and learning to address student needs in relation to literacy [and numeracy] requires the teacher to have an understanding of where the student is now and where the student needs to go next in their literacy [and numeracy] development’.
- Reading Australia
‘Our curriculum-mapped units of work are written for teachers, by teachers, to help you introduce local titles into your classroom. We have 94 primary and 139 secondary resources for a vast range of books, from Australian classics to modern award-winners’. One major criteria is to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum.
- Skwirk - Online Education
‘We know you need more than boring text to learn - so we’ve created animations, videos, games, activities and more to help you develop your understanding, complete assignments and revise for assessments, across English’ and several other subjects. Free trial then a subscription to continue using the system.
- OTHER SITES
- Free Resources [HEA Australia]
A small, free collection compiled by the Home Education Association.
- Fun and Educational Websites for Kids
Listed by a Queensland school. Annotated links to sites for Literacy, also other subject areas. Levels and specific aspects of language are also provided.
Literacy and English
DET, Victoria. ‘Practical advice and high impact teaching practices that improve outcomes in reading, writing and speaking and listening’.
and English Teaching Resources
10 major links leading to further inclusions with descriptions and individual links.
‘Practical advice and high impact teaching practices that improve outcomes in reading, writing and speaking and listening’.
- P-10 English Australian
Curriculum and Resources
QCAA. ‘Select a year level to proceed to curriculum, assessment and reporting resources’.
- GOVERNMENT LINKED BODIES
- Learning Potential Resources
Australian Government. ‘You want to help your child develop their literacy and numeracy skills, but working out how can be tricky. How do you find activities that reinforce and build on the concepts and skills your child will encounter in the classroom ? The answer : this website’. Covers the following : Babies, Toddlers, Preschool, Primary School, Secondary School, more. Language areas include Communication and Literacy with some items in other areas.
AITSL. ‘A teacher leads a meeting of Year 2 teachers in planning explicit literacy teaching strategies to meet the needs of students from diverse language backgrounds. She models a lesson for teachers with a Year 2 class demonstrating ‘Making Connections’ to develop students’ comprehension skills prior to reading and writing a text, by making connections to their world knowledge’. Video presentation.
- NSW Centre for Effective Reading
‘The resources below cover assessment processes and teaching strategies that support all students, especially those with reading difficulties’.
- OTHER RESOURCES
- ABC ENGLISH
- ABC Education Learn English
‘ABC Education Learn English provides digital content to help anyone learning English as an additional language. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced student of English, our articles, video and audio content will make learning English fun and engaging’.
- ABC Kids - Early Education - Language
‘Language and literacy development begins right from the start! Storytelling, listening, talking, viewing, reading, writing, along with a range of other modes of communication including drama and the arts. This collection will spark a love of language and communication in its many forms’.
- ABC Reading Eggs
‘ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities. Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning’. You should also check their large range of apps, as detailed on this page [not all are for the language sector]. Free trial.
- ABC TV Education - English
This opens to the Primary school section, while you can access a range of resources for Secondary schools here. Video presentations.
- Primary English : ABC iview
You can also access similar material for Secondary Students here.
- Australian Teacher – English
This is the English resources page with several downloads. You can also access possible resources from several of the other pages.
- ClickView - English Teaching Resources for Primary Schools
‘Use video to create ‘aha’ moments in your primary English lessons. Video content is useful for teaching many components of English, including grammar and sentence structure. Our collection of primary English videos is constantly evolving in response to your feedback’. Free trial, then you need to subscribe.
- ClickView - Secondary School English Teaching Resources
‘Bring the study of English to life for your students. ClickView offers a huge range of educational videos for use in the secondary English classroom. We regularly produce high-quality, curriculum-aligned videos and add these to the collection. The best free-to-air content is also available ad-free to complement learning and teaching in your classroom’. Free trial, then you need to subscribe.
- English - Australian Curriculum Teaching
Resources [Teach Starter]
‘2 367 teaching resources [at time of update] that will make your classroom buzz’. Yearly subscriptions can provide two different levels of access to the resources.
- Hardie Grant - Children’s Publishing
‘We excel at making books that capture imaginations and encourage reluctant readers. We are the largest Australian owned children’s publisher, and pride ourselves on publishing first and foremost for kids’.
- Keep Kids Reading
‘Very useful for worksheets. They have a particularly good CVC section and it’s all free. Aussie spellings, too !’ Much of the material is free.
- Kidz Book Hub
‘Publishes well know author educators and aims to provide high quality literacy learning materials for teachers, parents and students at the early childhood level and at the beginning reading level in primary schools’. Free trial, then you need to subscribe to continue.
- Kookaburra Educational Resources - English
Primary school level resources are on this page. 300+ resources [at time of update] To access secondary resources in this subject are you need to go to this page, where there are 200+ [at time of update] resources. Fee-based.
- Language and Literacy in Young People
These resources mostly come from research work at Curtin University. They provide both interesting and unusual resources to help specific groups of children with special needs.
- LANGUAGE SOFTWARE and APPS
- Apps – Decodable Readers Australia
‘Each of our phonics apps contain the entire level collection, meaning when you purchase the app, you will have access to all 20 books from that level on your device. Your child will then be able to read their favourite books at home or on the go’. Fee-based.
- Educational apps to help with literacy
development [Source Kids]
‘We’ve done some research and have listed some of the apps that consistently get recommended as being great for helping children with special needs develop essential skills in print awareness, spelling, vocabulary, phonics and writing’.
- Hairy Maclary from
Donaldson’s Dairy on the App Store
Apple. Not Free. ‘The immensely popular Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy is now available as an interactive QBook with wonderful narration by David Tennant [Doctor Who]. It also has video narration in 3 sign languages’ including Auslan.
- Oz Phonics
‘Oz Phonics is an iPad-based reading system that caters for beginning readers and students from non-English speaking backgrounds. In addition to iPad apps, we provide free printable worksheets’. Fee-based.
- PM eCollection eReader
‘The PM eCollection eReader app allows teachers and students to use PM eBooks for independent and guided reading. Watch the video to learn more about the PM eCollection’. You can sample the collection. Fee-based to get full access.
- Reading Comprehension - Autism Apps
Check the What we think section on the page for the FAQs which provides really clear information.
- Reading Doctor®
‘An evidence-based program designed to improve phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Suitable for K-3 students and older students with reading difficulties’. Available online and via apps. Fee-based.
- The Ultimate List of Reading
and Literacy Apps for Children
‘The best apps are structured in a way that children are motivated to play, but also learn at the same time, often without even realising they are doing so. Educational apps and games are developed with children in mind and are a far cry from traditional homework or the spelling or mathematics flash card games of days gone by’. The Scots College. Strong for younger students.
- Top Early Literacy Apps 2020 [Spelfabet]
Here are some ‘of my favourite early phonemic awareness and phonics iPad apps for young children. There is a video showing them being used. In addition, there is a second listing of other early literacy iPad apps [IMHO] worth considering for young children’. There is also a short listing of Beginners’ decodable books which allow children to practice phonics skills.
- Lesson Zone AU - English
Choose Learning Areas — English — then select the specific topic from the options in the Reading, Writing and Listening/Speaking sectors. Requires a subscription to access either individually or from a school.
- Literacy Ideas
‘The purpose of literacyideas.com is to provide teachers and students with a collection of guides, resources and tools to improve literacy levels for all ages and ability levels. Writing guides for all text types, Writing Skills, Reading Skills and Language Skills’. Some sections have additional links to resources in that area.
‘LiteracyPlanet gives educators the tools to create personalised learning pathways that scaffold the literacy skills of every student, no matter their age or ability. It does this by providing tools that easily track results whilst delivering teacher-led instruction that meets their classroom needs’. Free trial then fee-based.
- Literacy Shed +
The “Literacy Shed” component is completely free [see Resources menu item]. If you wish to access the comprehensive unit plans then there is a subscription charge.
- Literacy Solutions
‘Resources to Support the Teaching of Reading and Writing. We offer cost-effective strategies and products that deliver measurable results’.
- Modern Teaching Blog - All Time Favourite Literacy Resources
‘Developing literacy skills in young students is extremely important in the early years and a large proportion of the school day is spent teaching these skills. In this blog, I have compiled a list of my ALL TIME favourite literacy resources that I use regularly in my classroom and explain the different ways they can be used’.
- Pearson Primary Products
3 500+ resources, each clearly described. Fee-based.
- Pearson Secondary Products
150+ resources, each clearly described. Fee-based.
- Phonics Alive !
‘The Phonics Alive ! family is a unique concept in structured Phonics education designed for use in the classroom and at home’. Fee-based but a reasonable price.
- Primary English Resources [Tes]
‘Reading and Writing for Year 1-6. Tes resources has a huge range of teaching ideas and activities for use in Primary English lessons, including Reading and writing worksheets, Phonics flashcards, Guided reading activities and Handwriting worksheets’. Fee-based, but very affordable.
- Primary School Literacy Resources - PLD [Promoting Literacy Development]
‘PLD provides an Australian, evidence-based approach to structured synthetic phonics [SSP] for primary school educators. Aligned with the Science of Reading, PLD’s SSP approach extends from the junior primary years through to upper primary years and thereby facilitates a whole school approach’. The About PLD Literacy page gives further detail. Fee-based.
‘The Online Printable Worksheet Generator. Create literacy, language, ESL, vocabulary and grammar printables in seconds’. Free and Fee-based subscriptions.
- Resources for Teaching English
Resources for Teaching Australia. ‘Browse through our wonderful range of English resources for primary school teachers below. We have a wide variety of worksheets and activities for teaching English in an engaging and effective way ! Nearly 70 items at time of update. Fee-based but quite reasonable’.
- Search Tes
Stated to have more than 4 000 items at time of update. Use the filters on the left to narrow your search - Years, Subjects, School System, Curriculum, Awarding body, Featured, Resource Types, File Types. Fee-based but very reasonable.
- Secondary English Teaching Resources [Tes]
‘English Activities for Years 7 to 12. From Year 7 to Year 12 you’ll find English lesson plans, teaching ideas, PowerPoint presentations and classroom resources covering the entire English curriculum’. Popular topics can be accessed using the buttons below the search box. Fee-based but quite reasonable.
- Story Box Library
‘An online, education resource that has a growing library of Australian children’s books read to camera by well-known Australian identities, e.g. musicians, sport people, comedians, authors, actors etc.’. Fee-based, but very affordable for both families and schools.
- The Sound Way to Reading, Writing and Spelling
‘Cost effective, revolutionary and proven solution to raising the literacy skills of any age group [children, teenagers and adults] … through our complete phonic based, multi-sensory video programs’. Fee-based. May be considered expensive.
- Twinkl - Prep/Kindergarten Writing Worksheets [Foundation Resources]
‘Take a look at this lovely selection of teacher-made resources to help guide your foundation-stage children through their journey of learning to write. These Prep and Kindergarten writing worksheets, activities, and games are a great way of introducing various areas of writing to your children, helping them to become writing masters in no time at all’.
- ALL RESOURCES
- 103 Things to Do
‘Interactive activities that help children become more involved in the stories they read’. Reading Rockets. USA.
- ALPHABET/PRE-WRITING ACTIVITIES
- ABC Printables
‘We have a huge collection of ABC preschool printables to allow pre-k, toddler and kindergarten age children practice in a variety of ways. Alphabet worksheets, cute alphabet puzzles, plus alphabet matching, free letter tracing, cute letter recognition activities and alphabet mats. Simply print the free pages in the pdf files to make learning fun with over 1 000 choices’. USA.
- Alphabet/Prewriting on Pinterest
More than 830 pins [at time of update] for information and ideas.
- Alphabet Worksheets
In addition to the wide range of alphabet worksheets, there is also an extensive series of other aids for English language learning. USA.
- Little Owls Resources
‘ALL resources on this website can be downloaded for free in PDF format. Click on the resource cover images below to find out more’. You can also access their Premium site for a very small fee. UK.
- PreKinders Alphabet Assessment Awards
‘These printable alphabet assessment awards will help you determine which children know letters and also inform parents of their progress’. USA.
- Preschool Tracing Activities
A downloadable tracing book to develop pre-writing skills. Subscriptions for multiple resources available at very reasonable cost. Individual items are fee-based but cheap. USA.
- BBC Teach
‘Free primary and secondary school teaching resources. Our website is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject’. It has a number of specific areas listed in the menu at the top of the page. Similar BBC resource pages can also be found at these Bitesize sites :
- BBC Bitesize - English
‘English skills include speaking, listening, reading and writing’. 15 sections cover all levels of school. [There is also an app for Bitesize]. Several examples are given below.
- English for Adults - BBC Teach
‘Free videos and downloadable worksheets to help adult learners improve their reading, writing, spelling and grammar’.
- BBC Teach - KS1 English
Covers children from age 6-8. ‘Covers Games; Phonics; Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling; Reading and Writing [alphabet, handwriting, understanding texts]; Speaking and Listening; and Types of Texts [types of fiction and Poems]’.
- BBC Teach - KS2 English
‘A phase of primary education for pupils aged 7 to 11. Games; Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling; Reading and Writing; Speaking and Listening; and Types of Texts’.
- BBC Bitesize - KS3 English
Covers children from 11 - 14. Wide range of topics covered from Fiction Texts to Spoken English. Multiple sub-topics within each area.
- Clifford’s Interactive Storybooks
Listen to stories, completion activities, reading games. USA.
- English Language Arts [Edutopia]
‘Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in English language arts’. You might also check this site for Literacy where you can ‘Find and share strategies for helping students read for knowledge, write coherently and think critically about the written word’. USA.
- English Language Help Site [David Appleyard]
‘Key English learning points and recommended references in easily manageable, interlinked compartments’. Part of a network of sites pieced together Strong on Grammar and Vocabulary areas.. Can also be used for ESL. UK.
- English Language Teaching Worksheets
‘English Worksheets for teachers and learners’. Covers Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading and Reading Comprehension. Within each section are listed multiple worksheets, puzzles, etc., for topics within each of those nominated sections.
- English [Teaching Ideas]
‘Explore this section for a huge range of free resources and ideas for all of your English lessons’. [Previously listed under the title of Literacy Reading.] UK.
- English Worksheets Land
Printable worksheets listed by grade level and topics [Abbreviations via Commas, Compound Words and Sentence Structure to Writing Prompts]. Aligned to the American English Language Arts Common Core Standards. USA.
- Free Literacy Resources [SparkleBox]
‘Free printables for phonics, writing, grammar, stories, rhymes and more’. Use the boxes to select the section you wish to work with. Designed for Primary level students. Other areas beside literacy are included in the top menu. UK.
- Get Literacy Resources
International Literacy Association. ‘Browse the resources to find tools, ideas, and inspiration ! Looking for something more specific ? Scan the site for topics using the search feature [next to the magnifying glass above]’. USA.
- GiggleIT Home
International Association of School Librarianship. ‘We invite you to enjoy the creative and informative works by students ages 8-20 collected in regional eBooks on this page. The GiggleIT for Educators section on the home page provides details about accessing the units. The Resources page’ offers a diverse range of resources.
- Grammar Gorillas
‘Select the correct part of speech to complete the sentence. Each time you select the correct word, the Grammar Gorillas get a banana’. Suitable for Years 2 - 6. Check the bottom pf the page for other activities. You can also access further resources via their Reading page. UK.
- Harry Potter Teaching Resources
Activities, ideas developed to use the phenomena to aid language and reading development and enjoyment. Other areas are provided as options - select from the menu on the left. USA.
- International Children’ s Digital Library
‘The International Children’ s Digital Library has thousands of free digital books online. Most are picture books. Books in more than 50 languages are available to download through apps for iPads and smartphones’. Many options to select by. USA.
- Language Arts and Writing Resources [Grades K-12]
‘The subject of Language Arts includes the alphabet, writing, vocabulary, spelling, speech, penmanship and grammar. Our most popular lessons and printables will help your students master these resources. Find alphabetising worksheets, grammar exercises, cursive handwriting practice sheets, creative writing activities, vocabulary drills, pronunciation guides and much more’. USA.
- Language Arts Lesson Plans and Resources
‘This page contains links to lesson plans and resources for teaching reading, spelling, writing, journalism, communication, debate and drama. Resources and lesson plans for poetry and reading as well as children’s and adolescent literature have been relocated to separate sites, but are still accessible from the site index’. USA.
- Language Arts Worksheets
[Teachers Pay Teachers]
Filter the listing by Format, Grade level, Prices and Resource Type. Fee-based but cost appears reasonable though check which currency is used. USA.
- LANGUAGE SOFTWARE and APPS
- 15 Of The Best
Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension
‘Below, in an order of general complexity, are 15 apps for improved reading comprehension, ranging from word and sentence fluency, to recall, to critical thinking skills and to reading speed. Due to the nature of reading and literacy progress, most are for K-5 but dome can be used up to high school in the right context’. They also have a second page - 50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers. Fee-based but variable. Teachthought. USA.
- CAST Universal Design for Learning Book Builder
‘Use this site to create, share, publish and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills’. You need an account, but it says it is free. Check the Notice : box at the top. USA.
- Claro Software Assistive Technology
‘Software for people with disabilities such as print and reading difficulties like dyslexia, to help them achieve all they can’. Works as an app or for both major systems. UK.
‘Free Online Writing Assistant. Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant’. Also available for some browsers.
- Learning with English Games [JumpStart]
‘These curriculum-based games cover important grade and age-specific topics for kids in Preschool to 5th Grade’. Also check the Preschool Games, Reading Games, Educational Games for Kids and Free Games sections. International.
- One Best Thing
Early Literacy with iPad. Personalising Learning for the Primary Classroom. Apple. Free. ‘See how one early elementary teacher creates a range of content targetting sight word recognition and early literacy skills accessible to the students via iPad’.
- Technology Integration Resources
While not specifically for language development, these resources may help you develop resources for use in this field whether it is audio, video, wikis and more. USA.
- Literature Learning Ladders
‘This web project helps users make the connection between theory and practice by exploring online resources related to literacy, themes, literature circles, technology, learning. Although the project is no longer being updated, feel free to explore this online resource’. Multiple sections, each section worth visiting. USA.
- National Council of Teachers of English - Resources
‘Council books, journals, meetings, and Web resources help provide professional support throughout the many stages of your teaching career’. USA.
‘Designed to be language-based, multi-sensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible. Nessy programs are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently’. Fee-based. UK.
- Reading A-Z Program
‘Discover how Reading A-Z’s affordable, easy-to-use teacher resources fill the teaching gaps left by many reading education programs’. USA.
- Reading and Literacy Resources
Compiled by a state department of Education in the US. Links are grouped under a series of topic headings including Teacher and Student Resources, Phonemic Awareness, Books and Stories and Adolescent Literature to name a few. USA.
- Reading Rockets
Strategies, Techniques, books, authors, articles, five streaming videos on areas related to reading and literacy. Research based. USA.
‘Web based service that assists people with written material. We do this by using Text To Speech Technology. Users can generate a clear sounding audio file from almost any written material’. Free [with some limitations] and Fee-based [but reasonable]. USA.
- ReadToday : A Language Learning Platform
‘Read Today ! is an integrated learning system that includes targeted colouring books and free interactive online lessons’. Video demonstration of how the program works. USA.
- Read, Write, Think
‘Access the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction’. Lessons, standards, web resources, student materials. Section for Summer Activities. USA. Sample pages include :
‘Collections feature curated sets of lesson plans, teaching materials and professional learning resources on topics frequently taught in classrooms’.
- Comic Creator
‘The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts [prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature and so on]. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet’.
- Genre Study : A
‘Students explore literary genres by completing a series of genre studies, each spanning two to three weeks. The concept of genres is introduced through class discussion, during which students determine the main characteristics of various genres’. A complete lesson procedure is provided ranging from objectives to assessment.
- Repeat After Us
‘An award-winning online library with the best collection of copyright-free English texts and scripted recordings. Free audio clips provide an excellent resource for students literature lovers of all ages’. Multiple search options. USA.
- Richard Lederer’s Verbivore
While there are other sections, this opens on the Language Links page. Here there are links to a variety of language areas from grammar and language history to rap glossaries and oxymorons. As the author says - ‘This is not a definitive list, and it will continue to grow as I unearth more sites’. USA.
- Sadlier Phonics
‘This proven Phonics program provides explicit instruction and abundant practice for phonemic awareness, alphabetic knowledge, decoding skills, sound-symbol correspondences and manipulating and building words. You will use a variety of learning opportunities - traditional, hands-on and online and inform instruction with multiple, grade-appropriate assessment options’. Fee-based. UK.
‘Shakespeare In Bits brings William Shakespeare’s most widely studied plays to life with an immersive, digital approach. Each title is packed with features to support the study and teaching of the Bard’s works like never before. Signing up gives you instant free access to sample scenes and resources from all plays’. Pricing is available from the site. Ireland.
Free Resources to Teach Your Child to Read. Dolch and Fry Sight Words, teaching sight words, printable sight words [both lists] in multiple sizes, lesson plans, games, more. USA.
- Sight Words [Dolch List]
Online activities; groups from Pre-Primer to Grade 3. Multiple activities, with audio, supportive reactions for correctness, visual cues. Activities use the Dolch words which constitute ‘approximately 50 to 70 percent of any given general, non-technical text’. App now available. USA.
- Songs and Games
This section covers Children while there is a second section for Teenagers and a third for Adults. Use the filters in the top section to find specific topics and resources for any given level.
- SpellingCity - Teaching Resources
‘VocabularySpellingCity’s Teaching Resources pages provide free lesson plan ideas, great supplemental materials and spelling resources for teachers in all subject areas and grade levels’. A Premium Membership carries a charge. USA.
‘Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts [and mathematics]’. Fee-based subscriptions but reasonable. Use the central option if wishing to join. USA.
‘Startwrite, the Handwriting Worksheet Wizard will help teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily’. Video tutorial. Includes NSW, Queensland and Victorian writing formats. Fee-based. USA.
- Story Arts Online
Use the menu in the lower section of the home page. ‘Storytelling in the Classroom; Lesson Plans & Activities; Story Library; Articles, Links; Curriculum Ideas Exchange; Storytelling Store; and Story Arts Theatre’. USA.
The Children’s Digital Library. ‘Our Pre-school Library is full of great activities for you to explore. Choose a theme below to start the fun’. USA.
- Storytime Magazines for Schools
‘Storytime magazine is the UK’s only story magazine as well as having thousands of readers from all over the world’. While the magazine is fee-based, there are free Teaching Resources available as well as a newsletter. UK.
- Teaching English - Resources
‘Find a wide range of practical resources to use in your classroom, whether you are teaching primary students, secondary students, or adults and business students. There are over 400 full lesson plans to choose from, covering different topics and themes. We also have shorter activities, as well as ideas for using songs, poems and stories to help your learners improve their English in engaging, motivating and enjoyable ways’. UK.
- Teachit - Resources
‘Teachit English allows teachers to share resources with each other to avoid reinventing the wheel ! You’ll find varied and interesting approaches to teaching English [at KS3-5] including worksheets, role-play activities, lesson ideas, quizzes, games and drama activities, all carefully crafted and edited by experienced English teachers’. Free and fee-based resources. UK.
- The Literacy Shed
‘Aims to provide exciting teaching ideas for the resources we would love to use if only we had the time to find them. A huge array of short films and animations with teaching ideas and resources’. Check the About section of the More … item in the top menu for further details about the rationale for the site. UK.
- Vocabulary and Word Skills Lesson Plans and
Four pages of annotated links to activities for different aspects of vocabulary. Part of a much larger English resources site. USA.
- Vocabulary Games [Education.com]
Free and Online. ‘Students will love expanding their vocabulary through vocabulary games that teach how to use suffixes and prefixes, as well as the differences between adjectives and nouns. Early literacy concepts games like these show students that play has a place in learning’. Filters allow to you to narrow the search for a specific requirement. Subscription required. USA.
- Vocabulary Games and Practice Activities
‘Vocabulary games can help you remember words and learn the differences between similar words. This page lists online [interactive] or PDF vocabulary games. Vocabulary game sections include Matching Games, quick Word Unscramble Games and Puzzles’. Also used with ESL students. USA.