Teaching Numbers to Beginner ESL Students

In this post, we will talk about teaching numbers to your beginner ESL students, and the importance of reviewing numbers on a continuous basis. We’ll also introduce two teacher-led lesson plans you can use to get started. Whether your students are just starting to learn English, or you need an easy-to-follow lesson plan for a review class, you and your students will find these lesson plans helpful for their vocabulary development.

ESL teachers always have a variety of students, from corporate professionals to university students. When teaching a new student or group, I always incorporate a numbers lesson almost right away. Numbers can be tricky even for more advanced students and I assure you, your students will be nervous at first!

One of the hardest parts about learning number words in English is the pronunciation – pronouncing these words correctly is key. Numbers like thirteen and thirty sound similar, but the difference is huge! Be creative with these lesson plans and make sure your students are talking and repeating! The goal is to build and maintain their confidence using numbers in English.

Numbers 1

This introductory lesson plan introduces the numbers 1 to 20, using catchy images to help your students remember. Students will also practice using plural nouns (four cups, nine bottles) and the phrase how many to discuss countable nouns.

Teaching numbers to ESL students

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Numbers 2

This lesson plan introduces the numbers 20 to 100. Students will also do basic math to practice numbers out of sequential order.

Teaching numbers to ESL students

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Teaching numbers to ESL students can be lots of fun! These lesson plans are simple and easy to follow, allowing you to get creative. I love asking my students to recite fictional phone numbers and addresses, or to share the jersey numbers of their favorite soccer players. You could even practice talking about ages! The key is to make your students talk because pronunciation is so important when working with numbers. 

Finally, these lesson plans are excellent for a quick review lesson. You can come back to them whenever you feel your students need a refresher so keep them handy!


These practical, easy-to-use lesson plans are ready for your next online or in-person class. Take your lesson one step further – sign up for your FREE Off2Class teacher account to access the homework and teacher notes. Teacher notes provide follow-up questions and explanations – literally taking the guesswork out of teaching! Off2Class also has a vast ESL Lesson Plan library designed for teachers like you. You’ll never be stumped again deciding what to teach next!

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