EFL Resources

Resources for Teachers in Germany

Weirdly, if you look for resources for Teacher in Germany, you mostly find articles on how great it is to teach in Germany, not resources for those teachers in those great jobs. That’s part of what inspired me to make this page.

Stuff I made

  • New Spork City: I wanted my students to read more ‘good’ English to develop their ear for what sounds good. In the end, I had to make my own stories. These range from mundane family situations to absurd work situations, each only one A4 page. Toby’s verdict: You have to read them yourselves before handing them out, but they’re a hit in my classes.
  • Dynamic EFL: I once had an idea so good that I taught myself programming in order to implement it: software that would manage classroom vocabulary and ‘automatically’ create review worksheets. Toby’s verdict: The quality of my vocab review is always the number one thing on my student evaluations. I made this blog to help me get everything else up to that level. (Fair warning: I plan to eventually charge money for the worksheet generator)

Stuff other people make

Weirdly, I haven’t found any other great sites specifically for teachers in Germany. If there’s one you use (or one that you’ve made yourself) please contact me and I’ll add it to the list.

‘International’ (Vanilla) Resources

It feels like most teaching resource sites try to be one-size-fits-all. Being unnaturally large, myself, I’ve grown up skeptical of this approach. Nonetheless, they provide some worthwhile stuff.

Free sites

The internet is full of free sites. Basically, you pay by looking at ads, and I’m not a fan of that. But, they provide resources of various quality for free.

  • Dynamic EFL: Yes, my own site (again), but for the time being you can use it for free to make customized vocabulary review worksheets.
  • BusyTeacher: Tons of resources. Search for anything and you’ll be inundated, but you’ll also be able to find a worksheet. What’s more, you’ll be able to find a lot of “how to teach” articles, which are helpful even if you don’t follow the advice exactly. Toby’s verdict: I’m not big on the inconsistency of the worksheet branding, but if you’re reviewing one topic often, you’ll always be able to find a worksheet you haven’t used in class, yet.
  • ISLCollective.com: A worksheet sharing site. You upload things you’ve made, search for and download things other people have made. Toby’s verdict: I’ve used it enough that I felt it was only fair to upload some of my own stuff. But, again, worksheets are variable and tend to seem too childish to use with adults.
  • All things: This site provides a lot of free (.PDF format) worksheets on various discussion topics, as well as some with a YouTube video or audio to download. Toby’s verdict: I now check this site first when I want to teach a topical lesson. These are not always the worksheets that I use to teach the lesson — I like to be wacky — but they’re great to review the topic a bit later.
  • Learn English Feel Good: I’ve used the worksheets here several times. The content is great, but the presentation is so simple it looks like you’ve made it yourself. That would be fine, but they’re all branded with the site’s logo, so you don’t get the brownie points for ‘making it for them,’ or for great presentation. Toby’s verdict: Great at the last minute, or as models you can emulate in making your own exercises with specific student grammar.
  • ESL Flow: Another site that I’ve only recently discovered, this seems to consist mostly of links to other sites, but it has a lot of great resources arranged by level and topic. Toby’s verdict: I’ve found a lot of things (like this dialogue) that I will be using in my coming lessons.
  • ESL Printables: Like ISLCollective, this is a site that allows you to upload your own worksheets to share or download resources that others have made. This includes a credit system requiring you to share resources that you’ve made before you can download others. Toby’s verdict: The website layout is not contemporary, and some of the resources look quickly slapped together. However, you can find good things there, but you have to look.

Paid sites

There are a ton of sites. Here are those that I’ve found good enough to pay for, at least once, and think you might want to, as well.

  • ESL Library: The gold standard. They have pretty great grammar worksheets and okay discussion topics. The art on the worksheets and the topics seem to suggest that they’re made for kids, not adults. Toby’s verdict: I go to these guys more for the grammar worksheets — if you want to have an intense, structured review their worksheets are well constructed.
  • LinguaHouse: They offer a ton of stuff for free, so you might not even want to pay. Still, they have more generically ‘business’ stuff and formatting and topics better suited to adults. Toby’s verdict: These are great worksheets for leading a conversation. If you add your own magic between activities, they give the feeling of structure and leave the students with something in their hands.
  • Teachers pay Teachers. To be fair, I’ve only just started using this site. But, I’m a big fan of paying for what you use, so I should like the idea. And, the things I’ve used have been very well made. (It’s nice to present students with things that look like time has been invested in them.) Toby’s verdict: I started coming here mostly to find games, and they’ve been great. If you like worksheets set up around a topic (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving), there seem to be plenty of those.

What’s missing?

Is there a site that you think is missing? Have you made something that you think should be here? Contact me and let me know.