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Resources for Teachers
September 1, 2023


Below are links to websites with practical resources for teachers and students on topics and activities such as English language, teaching grammar, writing guides, professional development, American history and government, STEM, and U.S. culture.

Classroom Visits

Do you want to invite an American diplomat to speak to your class?

We very much enjoy meeting and talking with students. If you would like to have a member of the U.S. Embassy team speak to your class on a topic of your choice, contact us at luxembourgpublicaffairs@state.gov

Common topics include:

  • U.S. history
  • U.S. government and politics
  • U.S. holidays
  • Geography and regions of the U.S.
  • Work of the Embassy
  • Life of a diplomat
  • American culture and sports

English Language

American English Resources: These are free quality resources for teachers from the U.S. Department of State to support English teaching and learning. You can adapt these and include them in your lessons.

  • English Club Materials. If you have the idea of starting an English language club in your school or community, these free resources can help you. You may find a handbook for your own training, and other materials.
  • The Monster Book of Language Teaching Activities. If you’d like to make your lessons more engaging, and involve varied activities, this book (with more than 150 activities) can be a great resource. It’s free to download and share with your colleagues.
  • Facebook Page: You can invite your students to like this Facebook page to get daily content on vocabulary, pronunciation, and other resources to improve their English.

Voice of America – English News and Reading Comprehension. If you’re interested in working with news, or reading comprehension with your students, you can use VOA’s Learning English website. Here you’ll find up-to-date news, with quizzes at the end, video lessons, and pronunciation tips.

American Rhetoric. Full text, audio, and video database of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century and some Hollywood movie speeches

Professional Development

For  teachers interested in always learning more, improving their practice, and growing professionally. These free resources are helpful for learning about theories, methods, strategies, and even free online courses.

  • American English Webinars. Here’s a list of webinar recordings and their presentations on topics such as pronunciation teaching, the four skills, teaching methods, fun and games, etc.
  • Teacher’s Corner. This is a hub for practical resources on topics like assessment, teaching grammar, professional development, U.S. culture, STEM, different types of learning styles, etc.
  • English Teaching Forum is the premier publication (journal) for English teachers worldwide. It includes helpful and practical articles in different topics, and is open for submissions, and you can access it for free.
  • American English for Educators Facebook page is a community of English language professionals from around the world. Their daily content is intended to help educators develop professionally, find new classroom material, and share experiences.
  • Videos about learning theories and other topics. Watch these videos if you’re curious about learning theories and topics such as motivation, curriculum development, classroom management, feedback in the classroom, tech, grammar teaching, and others.
  • Online Professional English Network (OPEN). This webpage provides massive open online courses (MOOCs) on different topics such as ELT methodology, English for STEM, English for Journalism, and others. These courses are free, and anyone can enroll. You don’t need to contact us, just follow the process on the website! At the end of these courses you earn a verifiable online badge.


  • George Mason University Writing Center. Resources for general writing and writing for academia, business, humanities, and science. The site also provides guidance for research writing, tips on notetaking and reading critically, and links to resources for ESL writers.
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). This website includes various suggested resources, mainly help with writing skills as professional writers, with adult basic education, and for grades 7–12 instructors and students.

American History

  • Library of Congress.  Learning Page by the Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections.

U.S. Government and Civics

  • U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal. Learn about the United States, including American holidays, the American flag, as well as the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. government.

Science & Geography

  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Offering a wide variety of videos and hands-on activities and experiments for home and classroom use to help you get your students excited about environmental science!

U.S. Holidays, Arts & Culture

  • Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A. This book discusses the ten federally-recognized holidays in the United States, as well as many celebratory days. Download as an e-book or as individual PDF chapters.
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum: Resources for Teachers. SAAM’s education resources for teachers use artworks as invitations to explore historical eras, literary themes, and connections to the present day. Contextualized within the people, movements, and stories of the United States, these artworks provide rich opportunities to uncover complexities and perspectives and put new knowledge to use.
  • National Portrait Gallery. The Portrait Gallery has a variety of resources for the classroom that have been developed to complement our exhibitions.

Additional Resources

  • PBS TeacherSource. 4500+ free lesson plans and activities on arts & literature, health & fitness, math, science, social studies, and more.
  • Peace Corps Educator Resources.  Online educational resources based on the Peace Corps experience such as global issues, cross-cultural understanding, the environment, etc.