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English Teaching Resources

Finding appropriate teaching materials can sometimes prove difficult. Cactus has carefully selected readily available online teaching resources for English including e-books, audio-visual materials, worksheets and lessons plans. These can be used as a useful support for your lessons – use our English teaching resources in your one-to-one and group classes.


Lyrics Training
Audiovisual comprehension with YouTube videos and movies such as “Frozen” or the “Beauty and the Beast”.

TEFL Tunes
Popular songs for teaching English, focussing on a particular tense or grammar structure.

Listening comprehension with tasks and exercises for different levels and topics.


Vocabulary training for in-class activities. Teachers can create an account for free and create their own vocabulary lists which the students can use. They can also invite their students into a group to give them online tasks or provide them with exercises.

Handouts Online
Handouts and worksheets, activities, flash cards, games for vocab, grammar and communication tasks.


ESL Gold
Speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, business, and pronunciation resources.

The Academic English Cafe
Quizzes, videos, writing topics, language games, essay topics and tips.
Easily create worksheets with this worksheet generator – create your own worksheets for any topic, vocab or grammar point.

Oxford Guide to English Grammar
Basic grammar guide and reference for teachers.

Speaking and Communication

English Club
Conversation worksheets on a wide range of different topics.

Printable flashcards, worksheets and games – choose your topic and print out these great flash cards!
Conversation questions to get your students talking – a wide range of topics and some interesting questions.

BBC Learn English
English for adults: audio-visual materials, vocabulary and phrases.
English at University
English at Work
News report
Colloquial phrases and words

Breaking News English
Up to date and relevant news articles for different levels.

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What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

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You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

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