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Resources for short courses

Students having fun in the summer

Onestopenglish is packed with hundreds of bright ideas for your short course, holiday or summer school programme. Take the stress out of preparing for each new set of students with this list of resources that's guaranteed to keep things fun, active and interesting!

We've picked out a selection of resources that we think are perfect for engaging students over a short or intensive English programme. If you're not already a Staff Room member, we've included a sneak preview of our subscription resources.

Listening skills Young learners Teenagers CLIL Skills Culture Grammar and vocabulary News lessons Teaching with minimal resources

Listening skills

Check out our Listening skills section for access to over 200 listening resources, including our series of mini-plays on British culture, authentic interviews in our 'Live from ...' series, original drama with the onestopenglish soap opera, The Road Less Travelled and a selection of serialized Macmillan Readers at all levels.

Young learners

Interactive games and videos for children, as well as Carol Read's Amazing worlds projects, a collection of Experiments from the Science Museum, our young learner phonics series, Onestop Phonics and our Selections series of stories and poems for children - over 1,000 resources to choose from!


We have a wealth of project-based materials to keep your teenage learners occupied and stimulated throughout the week, including our Interactive Atlas with accompanying tips on how to make the most of it in the classroom and the excellent Spot on news lessons for teens. Also take a look at our Teenagers section for more teaching ideas for these hard-to-please students.


Onestopclil offers a whole world of resources for primary and secondary learners. Check out Carol Read’s Amazing world of animals and Experiments from the Science Museum to entertain younger children. Older students can click their way around the globe using the Interactive Atlas and there are plenty of worksheets and fascinating listening exercises to discover in the English across the curriculum section.


Check out our Skills section, including our creative series on Using art in the classroom, for thousands of teaching ideas and downloadable activities for listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, as well as a focus on pronunciation skills. All materials have been written by our team of expert authors.


You will find a wealth of material on people and places in Culture, with City webquests, culture-based news lessons and more. Our mini-plays also offer a slice of contemporary British life and the Live from … series serves up opinions straight from the streets.

Grammar and vocabulary

Grammar activities may not be the obvious choice for summer schools and short courses but they certainly don’t have to be boring! Our Fun withgrammar series can enliven any class. While the Macmillan Dictionary BuzzWord lesson plans will thrill those with a love of learning 21st century words.

News lessons

Our popular news lessons, produced in collaboration with the Guardian Weekly, are published at three levels, weekly for Staff Room members and monthly for free. The lessons cover a wide range of topics relating to current news stories and make for lively discussion with your classes. They are perfect to download and go for that last-minute lesson.

Teaching with minimal resources

Monday morning? No coursebooks? Broken photocopier? Your favourite onestopenglish writers have come to the rescue with a section which is jam-packed with tips and ideas for teaching English with minimal or no resources.

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  • I really enjoy every single moment with onestopEnglish's tips, materials, and lesson plans. These latters are to the point and well organized. thanks a lot for your valuable help.

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