LANTERNFISH contains printable teaching resources for language arts, TESOL, TEFL and ESL.


Young Learner Worksheets:

Basic ESL worksheets for K7 young learners. This section has been much expanded with over

one hundred units of young learners’ teaching materials.



Seasonal Links:


Fall Worksheets


autumn vocabulary with these

fall worksheets and activities.

Also, check out the

fall teaching resources for young learners, the

fall bingo,


fall super quiz game.




There are a number of

Halloween worksheets and activities

including Halloween bingo, Halloween flashcards, Halloween videos, and the
Halloween super quiz game. There is
also a Halloween young learners unit.



Super Quiz Game

Generate quiz games for your class with the new

Super Quiz Game



Workplace Interactions
Get your students ready to interact with coworkers in the worplace with these

workplace listening, reading, and vocabulary selections.


Listening Selections

Practise listening with beginner, intermediate, and advanced

listening dialogues.

new! Vocabulary Video Presentations

There are a number of

vocabulary video presentations on topics such as the season,

cooking verbs, and places in a city.



Content Questions

Board Game


excellent communicative activity with extensive support materials for teaching kids.

In the

Content Questions Board Game game kids answer content questions

like What do seeds need to grow?



Word Skills Game

A great word skills game with extensive support materials for teaching kids how to talk about words.



Rhyming Riddles

This section contains


riddle worksheets that can be used as fun vocabulary review and

rhyme awareness exercises. Now there are also

anagram riddles,



and word morph

riddles as well.



Proverbs Communication Activity

Students are given common English proverbs to communicate to other students. Students then take a quiz to test their communication skills.


I need a Ticket to Osaka, Japan?

Students practise purchasing airline tickets from ticketing agents in this line-up style role-play. Good for tourism English, Business English or false beginners who are planning to travel.


Frog Life Cycle Worksheets

Good content-based ESL with these Frog Life Cycle Worksheets.


Can I Bug You for a Sec?

A role-play where students ask for help solving a puzzle. A good classroom

English role-play as students use language to talk about words.


Reporting Changes

A Business ESL role-play where students report changes in corporate indicators and explain reasons why changes occurred.


Can I take a message? Telephone English

Students practice taking and leaving message with this telephone English role-play. There is also a business English version.


Giving Directions

A role-play to practice asking someone out to dinner and giving directions to the restaurant. Also, Giving directions II: directions by subway

or bus route. And finally, giving directions III: directions

by roadmap and suggesting somewhere to go.


Movie Lessons!


great activities with worksheets, role-plays, and activities for

teaching ESL for movies. 


I’m Calling about the Apartment?

A role-play where students inquire about an apartment for rent.


Little Letter

Tracing Worksheets:


learners can practice their small letters with these ABC



A Visit to the Doctor Role-play

A one hour role-play to practice expressions needed to discuss an ailment with the doctors.


Banking Role-Play I:

A one hour banking role-play that explores the expressions needed to do five basic transactions at a bank: deposit money, withdraw money, cash checks, exchange currency, and pay bills.


How Much Is It?



unit has an information gap, a survey, and a roleplay . There is

also vocabulary worksheets and teaching tips . 


Short Conversation Resources

A collection of over thirty short conversation worksheets


Teaching Effective Communication Through Graded Reading Materials

An article on teaching effective communication to ESL/EFL students. There are a lot of materials prepared for the TEFL teacher in this article.


TEFL Grapevine

Students spread rumors to practice their storytelling skills in this loud and stimulating TEFL activity.


Grammar Soccer: Reported Speech:

A grammar activity  with extensive resources for teaching indirect reported speech.


Traveling Among Monsters Language Enrichment:

A new series of lengthy units with reading comprehension, pattern practice and vocabulary activities: Traveling Among Monsters.


The Biggleborians: This worksheet combines anthropology and ESL. Useful for teaching the present progressive and the past.


Cloze Activities:

A variety of cloze activities sorted by difficulty.


Irregular Past Tense Verbs

This new section contains materials to teach the most frequently occurring irregular past tense verbs.



Food Chain Worksheets:

Activities and worksheets to teach concepts related to food webs and food chains.






Word Skills Cloze


This section contains


generators for reviewing word skills such as synonyms, antonyms,

categories, past tense, and naming.


Large Flashcards

We’ve collected all of our

large flashcard sets into one section.



Job Fair: A Role-play

A new lesson where students role-play job seekers and employer to practice their interviewing skills.



Easy ESL Crosswords

A collection of ESL crosswords

put together by Lanternfish ESL:




English Vocabulary Games

A collection of games and

vocabulary activities on a variety of themes put together by

Lanternfish ESL  for advanced beginner to intermediate





Teaching Relative

Clauses with Massive Comprehensible Input

This section contains


crosswords made using a database of clues in the form of relative

clauses. There is also a new collection with


skills crosswords.


Describing and

Captioning Pictures

A great activity for sentence

level speaking and writing.

Students describe a picture in as many sentences as they can.

There is also


section for young learners now. And now there is a

spot the

difference section and


questions worksheets.


Initial Sounds and Final Sounds Phonics Worksheets

Over 30 new worksheets that cover the initial sounds of words. There are also some newly added Final Sounds Worksheets. Also check out

the phonics monsters.


Alphabet Worksheets

A collection of alphabet worksheets including alphabet mazes, alphabet trains, and big letter coloring

worksheets and small letter tracing sheets.


Reading Puzzle Packets

An early literacy tool that can also be used to reinforce sight words and teach grammar and syntax in a variety of themes popular in the ESL classroom.


Juicy Baek:

A role-play for adult intermediate to advanced students. Thought provoking and fun!


Survival English:

A Crash Course for False Beginners Who are about to set off to another country.


ESL Surveys:

Students can survey each other using one of many survey question sheets. There is also a blank template for teachers to make their own.


Telephone Language:

A new lesson plan in the lesson plan section. A line-up style role-play where students make plans over the telephone.


Superlatives Communication Activity

Students communicate fact cards about the natural world that contain a superlative adjective.


The ESL Science Center:

A monthly web magazine with science articles geared towards ESL learners. This month: Reptiles, Amphibians, Science, Scientists, and Anthropology.


Writers Workshop:

The workshop has moved. Lessons on Weighing an Argument, Building an Argument, and Refuting an Argument.


Preposition Cards:

Ghosts, trolls, and aliens are in the house.Check out the Preposition Flashcards.


Hypothetically Speaking Game:

Hypothetically Speaking: A fluency game for practicing hypothetical speech. A lot of work went into preparing this game for middle/high school students. Enjoy!


Web Guide

Some excellent links to other ESL sites.


Other Resources?

The Dolch Sight Words teaching materials are new. As well as the Phrasal

Verb Crosswords. The Harry Potter Worksheets.


ESL Business Activities:

Several good ESL business activities are in the Business ESL Worksheets.


ESL Game Boards:

Dozens of Printable Game boards for communicative classes.


Holiday Worksheets

This sections contains links to all of the holiday worksheet sections:


Information Gap Exercises

The Information Gaps cover topics from shopping to rooms in a house.


Conversation Question Prompts

Themed question lists for free-talking classes.


Bingo Game:

Learn forest animal names and the conjunction ‘and’ with this Bingo Game. Now, there are many new bingo games with bingo card generators with topics

such as birds, animals, kitchen objects, shapes and colors.


Opposite Concentration:

Use opposites to teach vocabulary. This section includes games and worksheets for opposites.


City Worksheets:

Activities and worksheets with a city theme.


Insect Worksheets:

Worksheets and activities to teach insect themes.








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