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Introducing Ready-Made ESL Library Folders

October 22, 2020

Do you use Folders to create your own modules or courses? This week, we released our latest feature: ESL Library Folders. You will find these in the Class Prep drop-down menu under Folders. Toggle to ESL Library Folders to find preset folders that you can use for inspiration or to teach a ready-made course. If you've ever wondered what to teach when, these folders are for you!

In each ESL Libray Folder, you'll find: 

  • Teachers' Notes (housed on our blog)
  • Introductory Resources (e.g., Class List, Attendance Sheet)
  • Content (in a suggested order, including lessons, resources, customized flashcard sets, and blog posts)
  • Grammar Tests, Review, or Assessment (not yet available in all courses)

There are three types of ESL Library Folders: 

  • age-based courses
  • level-based courses (for teen to adult)
  • language target- or theme-based modules (more coming soon)

Coming Soon

We have lots of plans in store for this new feature as well as many more courses in progress. The first phase of ESL Library Folders are view-only (you cannot add/delete content or change the sort order). However, in future phases, you will be able to:

  • save an ESL Library Folder to your own Folders to make it customizable (Now available! See Step 6.)
  • share your Folders with other ESL Library members
  • receive Folders from other ESL Library members
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Comments (23)

Nimeh A.(Student)

Hello
ESL library is a great source of teaching materials. It covers the fourth skills. The assessment models are interesting. The exercises provide a clear feed back about the student's achievement.

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Thank you for your comment, Nimeh! We really appreciate your feedback.

Sangeetha C.(Teacher)

That is amazing! Thank you so much for making online teaching so much fun and interesting. Thank you for taking care of the teachers.

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

We're happy that you're happy, Sangeetha! Taking care of teachers is what we love to do.

Sr. Pauline M.(Teacher)

I took a quick look today and found it really interesting. I can't wait until I have more time to view what is there and actually try it.

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

We'd love to hear what you think once you have a chance to try one or more of the courses.

Tara Benwell(Author)

Thanks for your support and encouragement! Please let us know which types of courses you want to see from your ESL Library publishing team.

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Nikki F.(Teacher)

You guys are my go-to for every lesson. I love the content, the digital lessons and specially your how to videos. The only thing I would like to see is assessments that are based on authentic materials and RWTs as we are required to produce these as part of our PBLA teaching practices. Thanks for all your hard work!!

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

Thanks for your comment and your suggestions, Nikki! We often have real-world materials on our minds these days, and will continue to develop more. You may want to check out our Real-World Reading (https://esllibrary.com/resource_categories/128/resources), True Grammar Stories (https://esllibrary.com/courses/129/lessons), and English with the Washington Post (https://esllibrary.com/courses/133/lessons) sections.

Diego S.(Teacher)

Guys, this is great. I remember when I started using ESL Library and got a little confused about where to start. Even today, I still have some trouble figuring out an order of lessons for adult students who are starting to learn the language from scratch. These folders will help me so much!

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Tanya Trusler(Author)

We're so happy to hear that, Diego! There is so much content on our site, and we thought it was important to give some guidance and ideas for creating curricula.

Sally G.(Teacher)

Wonderful

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Celia C.(Teacher)

This is a great idea and is very helpful. I am new to teaching ESL and I can use all the help I can get. Thank you, it is much appreciated. ~Celia

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

So glad you're finding it useful! If you're looking for some tips and tricks as a new teacher, you might also want to check out our Teacher Training Module, which has quick tutorial videos for using various site features: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/212-how-to-use-esl-library-teacher-training-module

Happy teaching!

Arthur M.(Teacher)

Hi ESL Library Team,

I just checked this new feature you guys implemented on the platform. This is just amazing. All the planning and researching time for material can now be saved.

Thanks for that!
Regards,
Arthur Mateus

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    We're so glad you're loving this new feature. We heard many requests from teachers asking for a suggested teaching order and we're happy to be able to provide these ESL Library Folders as a customizable option to help save time!

    P.S. You can copy the ESL Library folders to your own Folders section and edit the content. And if you're part of a group account, you can now also share your own folders with other teachers at your same institution!

    Happy teaching :)

    Elizabeth C.(Teacher)

    I just looked at the FOLDERS. I like the one for Lessons I Have Used. I have three posted, but I have used many this fall. How do I add the ones I have used?

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    Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I'm glad you're starting to use our Folders for organizing your lessons and materials! Let me link you to a couple of Help Docs that might help you master these folders :)

    How to Create Folders:
    https://help.esllibrary.com/article/55-how-to-use-folders-tool

    How to Use Folders: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/217-how-to-use-folders

    Just for fun, I will also mention our Teacher Training Module which has helpful videos here: https://help.esllibrary.com/article/212-how-to-use-esl-library-teacher-training-module

    (Your question made me realize that we need to add our How to Use Folders video to that module...so thank you for that!)

    If you have more questions about how to use folders more specifically, you can post your question here or feel free to email us directly using the Contact Us form at the very bottom of this page :)

    Happy teaching and hope you are staying warm and healthy.

    Rem T.(Teacher)

    I am totally in love with ESL Library. My online academy is thriving thanks to me being able to focus on bringing in students and taking care of my teachers, instead of wasting countless precious hours on reinventing the wheel as far as class materials go! Thank you so much.

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    Lei Kayanuma(Author)

    Hello Rem, it's great that your online academy is doing so well! One of our main goals is to create ready-made content to make teachers' lives a little bit easier, so we're happy to hear this! We will also be creating a few more courses within our ESL Library Folders, so be on a lookout for those :)

    Mauricio G.(Teacher)

    I am really happy using Esllibrary in my classes, but I would like to find more material for basic students, like easy readings or listenings, etc, thanks

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    Lei Kayanuma(Author)

    Thank you for your feedback, Mauricio! We are getting more and more requests for beginner-level reading materials and our publishing team is working hard to fill this gap in our lessons.

    We are currently working on adding a few beginner lessons every month. The new International Women's Day lesson will be beginner level, so please keep an eye out for that in the coming months!

    In the meantime, here are a few lessons that you may find helpful for your beginner classes.
    - Exercise Club (Simple Present): https://esllibrary.com/courses/129/lessons/3397
    - Grammar Stories: https://esllibrary.com/courses/90/lessons (especially simple present)
    - Our Discovery lessons are meant for kids, but the reading level would probably be great for your students: https://esllibrary.com/courses/117/lessons
    - The Famous Lessons (labeled Beginner) https://esllibrary.com/courses/80/lessons
    * Pablo Picasso: https://esllibrary.com/courses/80/lessons/2095
    * Steve Jobs: https://esllibrary.com/courses/80/lessons/1996
    - The Famous Things (labeled Beginner) https://esllibrary.com/courses/82/lessons
    *World Health Organization lesson: https://esllibrary.com/courses/82/lessons/3286
    *Coffee: https://esllibrary.com/courses/82/lessons/3169
    *Black Lives Matter: https://esllibrary.com/courses/82/lessons/3482
    - Holidays (labeled Beginner) https://esllibrary.com/courses/93/lessons

    If you have specific requests or topics that you would like to see for beginner levels, please let us know and we can try to prioritize those as well!

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