Literacy Connexus

Happy Friday from all of us here at Literacy Connexus! I know that we’re quickly approaching summer, but it’s never too late (or too early) for a good teaching resource, and today I have a real gem – or three for y’all. Today I will be your Fairy Slide Mother 🧚🏽‍♀️.

If you are like me, right now you are simultaneously impatiently waiting summer AND secretly planning how you can make your classes even better in the fall (or sooner if you bravely volunteered to teach during the summer). If you teach with using PowerPoint or Google Slides, you may also find yourself with a ton of awesome ideas for ESL slide presentations for class, but not enough time (or sometimes energy) to make them as awesome as you’d really like. Or maybe you find yourself with a great need for slides and a slight disdain for technology because as our fearless leader, Lester Meriwether, would put it “How do people do all that anyway?”.

Whatever the case may be, I have three great websites with FREE (any educators favorite price) PowerPoint and Google Slides templates for Teachers and Educators: Slides Go, Slide Mania, and Ditch That Textbook. Now, I will say that these slides are designed for all kinds of educators and so they are not specific to ESL or adult education. So, if you are working with intermediate ESL adult students, unfortunately the drag and drop farm animal slide game is probably not going to be very useful to you.

With that being said, there are still plenty of great slide templates that can be used in all kinds of classes. There are all kinds of templates for things like : classroom tutorials, warm up boards, digital journals, audio themes for class podcasts, planners, and introduction slides. There are also themes like newspapers (great for use with Breaking News English lesson plans), classroom, weather, money, shopping, and games. All you have to do is put in your own content using the free themes, and there you have it interactive, eye catching, fun lessons to present in class and you only had to do half the work! Halfway homemade lesson plans, if you will. All of the pizzazz with only half the effort. I, for one, will definitely be using these sites to upgrade my lessons in the fall, especially since I will most likely remain virtual to continue reaching the population of students who are only able to attend classes because we’re online. I hope that these sites help some teachers add a little sparkle to their lessons, or regain a little free time (ideally both) in their classes to come.

Click on the links below to check out the free slide templates and themes.

If you like this resource, let us know! Interested in seeing more like it, or maybe something specific? Email us at As always, blessings and happy teaching!