4 Skills Resources

This is a collection of resources I have found useful for planning lessons over the years. Some resources included lesson plans and materials, and others offer insight on teaching approaches, and language learning concepts.


BBC – 6 Minute English

BBC – Elementary podcasts


Elllo – English Listening Lesson Library Online

English Central – Improve your English with thousands of interesting videos (This guide, Independent English, will help you sign up to English Central)

Listen a minute.com

lyricstraining.com – LyricsTraining is an easy and fun method to learn and improve your foreign languages skills through the music videos and lyrics of your favorite songs.


DreamReader – “Free online English reading practice for learners”

Frequency Level Checker – “This tool can be used to analyze the vocabulary level of a text to see whether it is appropriate for a certain group of learners.  It can also be used to predict what words might cause difficulty for a certain group of learners. It can be used to make study materials for learners.”

Topic-based reading lesson plans (One Stop English)

Reading & Listening

Breaking News English

News in Levels

Reading & Writing

Graphic Organizers – From a K-W-H-L Chart to a Plot diagram, you’ll find the diagram you need to analyze or create your own text.  


How to Teach Writing – Resources for Creative Writing Teachers – by Creative Writing Now

An explanation of the difference between coherence and cohesion by Scott Thornbury: Methodology: Coherence and cohesion

Writing skills lesson plans (One Stop English)

4 Skills and beyond

Algeria TESOL – Lesson plans, activities, teaching frameworks, resources and more.

ESL Flow – Lesson plans and material organized by theme and level.

ESL Galaxy – ESL/EFL lesson plans, materials & activities

Lanternfish ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans – Contains printable teaching resources for language arts, TESOL, TEFL and ESL.

One Stop English – Over 7,000 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards.

Pizzaz – Simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with printable handouts.

Teaching English (British Council)

Teaching Village Wiki – ideas collected by Barbara Sakamoto

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