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  • However, the generic term ‘young learner’ along with many other derivatives is often used in the ELT profession to refer to these learners. This can cause misunderstandings and make it difficult to communicate and share knowledge. To...
  • You can find all the stories at https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories. Here are some tips for using and exploiting the stories in the classroom.A. Activities to prepare children for reading 1. Using illustrations
  • Here are some tips and ideas on how to use the LearnEnglish Kids website for listening practice with your classes.Where can I find listening materials?On LearnEnglish Kids you’ll find a variety of listening materials, including:
  • Engaging young learnersIf learners are engaged in what they are doing they are more likely to learn. Small children need lots of short activities to keep them interested. Try alternating lively ‘stirring’ activities with calm ‘settling’ ones to...
  • Using poetry in the classroom may seem daunting at first, but below you’ll find steps and tips to help you get your learners appreciating and writing poems.Introducing poetry
  • A reason to speakMake sure that the children have a reason for speaking, for example, they need to talk to their partner to complete a picture or to find information in order to make a graph. Think about the questions you ask in class. If you ask ‘...
  • Recording vocabulary Do you encourage your learners to keep vocabulary records? Get them to write new words at the back of their notebooks during class. Check they know how to pronounce each word and have them underline the main stress. They could...
  • Homework is generally part of any English course and is set with the aim of helping children absorb and build on work done in class and to extend their learning time. Doing homework also helps children on their way to becoming independent learners....
  • There are lots of things to make, as well as videos to watch, in the crafts section on LearnEnglish Kids. Preparation
  • A storybook acts as a springboard for a wide variety of activities designed to develop children’s English language skills as well as opportunities to develop the theme or content of the book. In this way, the stories link to children’s learning...
  • Below, you can choose an edition to download or read the story behind RealBook News.The story of RealBook newsAlthough I had been using Real picture Books in the small school I started in Cambodia in 1960s, it was not until I reached Japan in 1970s...
  • Exploring LearnEnglish KidsLearnEnglish Kids is designed for children up to 12 years old to use on their own, with parents and friends or in class. Children learn as they play games, listen to songs and stories, watch videos, and do craft activities...
  • Both offered foreign language teachers of children and teenagers a valuable resource. Since the Magic Pencil website has now closed, we will continue to host the materials here on TeachingEnglish. You can find ideas and downloadable worksheets for...
  • On the LearnEnglish Kids website, you can find a wide range of both modern and traditional songs to use with your students (http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs) together with accompanying worksheets written by our young learner...
  • In the classroom there are many ways of using these writing activities to help children practise their English whilst developing their creativity and imagination. Here are some examples. 1. StoriesBefore writing, ask students to tell you about...