Learn English with Photos
Easy Lessons and Fun Activities
These ESL lessons cover a variety of subjects that are taught in ESL classrooms. They include bold images with simple vocabulary words and can be shown on interactive whiteboards. Each lesson includes at least one PowerPoint slideshow to reinforce learning. At the bottom of the pages, you'll find free worksheets and crossword puzzles. I'll be adding new material to this section several times each week, so check back often. Teachers are welcome to send requests for new lessons.
Alphabet Lesson - Students need to master the 26 letters of the alphabet before they learn to read and write in English. Beginning level students should practice spelling their first and last names.
Apartments - This ESL lesson teaches students vocabulary words related to finding, renting, and living in an apartment. It includes a PowerPoint presentation.
Art and Art Museums - Artists are creative people who create art. Art museums display artwork.
Babies -ESL Lesson about babies and supplies for newborn infants.
Banks - Banks are a safe place to keep money.
Buildings in the Community - Communities have libraries, schools, post offices, police stations, pizzerias, and motels.
Calendars - Calendars help us organize our time. They show the months of the year and the days of the week. They also show holidays. Using a calendar is an important lifeskill.
Charts and Graphs - Charts and graphs contain information. This lesson covers: pie charts, picture charts, tables, graphs.
Classroom Items - Beginning level ESL students need to learn basic vocabulary words about items in the classroom. This is a great lesson for the first or second day of class.
Clocks and Watches - Clocks and watches are called timepieces. This lesson identifies various types of timepieces.
Clothes - Clothes come in different colors and sizes. This ESL lesson includes a downloadable PowerPoint presentation with basic vocabulary words. The ppt link is at the bottom of the webpages.
Clothes - Sewing Vocabulary - Some people make their clothes at home. Others have their clothes altered or repair by a tailor or seamstress.
Clothes from Around the World - Pictures of native outfits from various countries. International unit.
Colors - Colors are used to describe things. In English, we usually say the color before we name the item. For example: the red apple. This lesson uses basic vocabulary words to teach colors. It includes a PowerPoint.
Common Activities - Common activities are things people do often. For example: cook, sing, listen to music, watch television, etc.
Containers - Containers hold things. Jars, bottles, boxes, etc.
Count by Tens - It's easy to count by tens. This basic ESL lesson teaches ESL students how to count by 10's.
Days of the Week - There are seven days in a week. Saturday and Sunday are called the weekend. The other days are weekdays.
Dentists - Dentists check your teeth for cavities and gum disease.
Employment - Types of Jobs - Jobs have titles. This ESL lesson teaches students to identify various types of jobs.
Environment - Smog, air pollution, water pollution, global warming, and other environmental problems.
Exercise - Exercise is good for our health. It helps us maintain a healthy weight and a healthy heart.
Fast Food - Fast food includes hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos, pizza, and more. Fast food is usually high in fat and high in calories.
Flowers - Flowers have blooms, stems, leaves, and roots.
Fruits - Fruits have vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This lesson reviews the names of common fruits.
Funerals - Funerals honor the lives of people who have passed away.
Geography - Mountains, hills, lakes, rivers, forests, etc.
Grandparents - Lesson and images about grandmothers and grandfathers.
Greetings - There are many ways to say "hello" in English: hi, howdy, what's up, how are ya, good morning, good afternoon.
Healthy Habits - Eating vegetables and exercising help us live longer.
Hobbies - Hobbies are fun. Fishing, dollmaking, sewing, and playing video games are popular hobbies.
House Repairs - Plumbers, construction workers, electricians, bricklayers, and repairmen fix houses.
Household Chores - Household chores are tasks we do to keep our homes clean.
Jewelry - Jewelry is worn by both men and women. Gold jewelry is popular.
Kitchens - We prepare meals in kitchens. Kitchens have refrigerators, stoves, cabinets, and counters.
Kitchenware - Kitchenware includes silverware, plates, cups and saucers, pots, pans, and measuring cups.
Literacy for Work - These workplace lessons will help students gain the vocabulary needed to get, hold onto, and advance in a career.
Meats and Fish - Meat and fish are sold in the meat section of supermarkets. They are sold by the pound.
Morning Routines - Most people follow a regular morning schedule on weekdays. They wake up, eat breakfast, leave the house, drive to work, and arrive at work.
Names -Most people have a first and last name. Some people also have one or more middle names. Names can be long or short, easy to pronounce or difficult.
Numbers - We use numbers to count things and to solve math problems. It's important to memorize your phone number.
Office Work - Office managers and workers need to have good computer skills and good language skills.
Opposites - A fun way to improve your English is to learn opposites, with this ESL lesson.
People - ESL lesson about people and their ages.
Pets - Dogs, cats, brids, and fish are popular pets.
Rooms in a House - Houses have many rooms like the kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, etc.
Season - Autumn or Fall - Fall is the season after summer and before winter. It starts in September and ends in December.
Season - Spring - Spring is the season after winter and before summer. It starts in March and ends in June.
Season - Summer - Summer is the hottest season of the year. It starts in June and ends in September. People swim, hike, and spend time outside during the summer.
Summer School Lessons for ESL - Fun summer themed lessons for ESL classrooms.
Season - Winter - Winter is the coldest season of the year. It comes after fall and before spring.
Shapes and Colors - Shapes include circles, squares, rectangles, stars, diamonds, and more.
Sign Language - American Sign Language uses finger movements and positions to spell out words. It's easy to learn finger spelling.
Stores and Shops - Shoppers have many types of stores to pick from.
Shapes and Colors - Shapes and colors help us describe things. Circles, ovals, squares, and rectangles are some of the most common shapes.
Shoes, Slippers, Sandals - Shoes are worn on the feet. They protect a wearer's feet and keep them warm.
Supermarkets - Supermarkets sell food and other items like laundry detergent, magazines, and shampoo.
Telling Time - What time is it? What time do you wake up? When do you go to work?
Tools - Tools are used to build and fix things.
Traffic Signs and Road Signs - Drivers need to understand traffic and road signs. Signs vary from country to country.
Transportation and Vehicles - People drive cars, take the bus, or walk to work and the supermarket. This ESL lesson reviews types of transportation.
TV Shows - Types of television shows such as the news, cartoons, educational shows, cooking shows, etc.
Vegetables - People should eat three or more servings of vegetables daily. Vegetables are sold in grocery stores.
Washing Clothes - We use washing machines and dryers to wash and dry our clothes. Some people go to the laundromat.
Weather - Weather changes every day. It can be hot, warm, cool, cold, or freezing. We plan different activities for various types of weather.
World Flags - This ESL lesson includes colorful images and short descriptions of flags from around the world.
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