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07 May 2020

Use this lesson in face-to-face or online teaching to focus on food vocabulary and speaking about likes and dislikes.

12 Feb 2016

This can be done over a series of lessons as part of an ongoing project, dedicating each lesson to a different insect, or otherwise as...

12 Feb 2016

Children love units connected with animals and farm animals can provide lots of fun opportunities to practise sounds and phonics.

16 Feb 2012

This is a vocabulary lesson with speaking and listening for very young learners.

15 Dec 2011

This lesson uses the theme of Christmas to develop learners' vocabulary.

18 Nov 2011

This tip is about Christmas and how to integrate it into your lessons. There is also a winter project that includes Christmas as just...

27 Oct 2011

This lesson has some fun activities and language learning tasks based around the theme of Halloween. The activities include singing...

20 Oct 2011

The seasons is a great topic for the beginning of the year as it marks the start of a fresh cycle.

14 Sep 2011

This is the first in a two part series. Here you have a few ideas on how to review days of the week, months of the year and dates while...

31 Aug 2011

This lesson is based around the calendar and helping students to use dates.

12 Aug 2011

This lesson focuses on developing language related to clothes.

22 Jun 2011

Once it starts to get warm you can easily start to talk about holidays and possible destinations with your young learners.

08 Jun 2011

Food is a popular topic in any primary course and has a lot of potential for cross-curricular work.

25 May 2011

This lesson focuses on language to describe classroom objects.

28 Apr 2011

This is a topic which can be spread over a few lessons and one which covers several language areas including food, clothes, biographies...

13 Apr 2011

This is a topic which could be easily spread over several lessons by taking a different person, e.g. firefighter, per week as the focus...

30 Mar 2011

The alphabet can be an easy way of collating new vocabulary and lends itself well to fun activities that will help your learners...

17 Mar 2011

There’s no problem in using and re-using methods that work as primary children need some sort of routine and approaches they are...

09 Feb 2011

This lesson raises awareness of collocations and helps children write their own poems.

26 Jan 2011

In this lesson learners listen to a story about the animals in the Chinese calendar.

12 Jan 2011

This is a lesson designed to help learners understand and remember opposite adjectives. Many of the techniques used here could be used...

17 Nov 2010

When I first started teaching, the schools I worked in had ‘a’ computer that a few classes shared. Here are a few tips for activities...

03 Nov 2010

This lesson helps learners understand classroom instructions and rules.

06 Oct 2010

With very young learners much of what they do in the classroom revolves around them. Before school they are often the centre of ‘their’...

22 Sep 2010

The tendency with primary learners is to treat the class as a whole group and underestimate their ability to work in pairs or in small...

16 Sep 2010

This lesson helps learners to talk about their daily routines.

18 Aug 2010

This is an activity for primary classes based on an adaptation of the famous poem What is Pink? by Christina Rossetti.

07 Jul 2010

Children are often fascinated by machines; the way they work or inventing their own. We are not going to go into the scientific...

09 Jun 2010

Following on from Drama with children 1 here are a few suggestions that will help you integrate drama into your classroom. Many of the...

26 May 2010

For young children and adults alike it can be intimidating to speak a foreign language in front of other people. Even five-year-olds can...

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  • You’ll find that insects are a great basis for teaching several language areas such as colours, numbers, food and body parts. Below I take insect by insect and give suggestions of activities you can develop around each one.CaterpillarsThe Very...
  • Aims Learning farm vocabulary: pig, sheep, cow, horse, chicken, hen, dogs, cat, goat, duck, rabbit, farmer, farm, stable, hay, grass, milk, eggs Learning animal noises: quack, moo, miaow, woof, neigh, squawk, baa, etc Learning greetings language...
  • This lesson focuses on reviewing vocabulary for parts of the body with the well-known song, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, and then goes on to introduce the characters from and tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood.Learners are encouraged to...
  • It includes an introductory song, a focus on clothes words, review and practice of 'has got', and a labelling and colouring activity. There are suggestions for some other follow-up Christmas activities.  Aims To teach or review 'has got' To...
  • The weatherHow do you make a snowflake? This web page is great for teaching instructions: http://www.highhopes.com/snowflakes.htmlMake a snowflake finger puppet. Here you have a rhyme and a puppet to use at the same time: http://www.bry-backmanor....
  • Aims To integrate cultural awareness into the course To introduce / practise Halloween related vocabulary – cat, hat, bat, witch, ghost, pumpkin, black, etc. To work on pronunciation and rhyming sounds To get children used to following simple...
  • Here we take a wider look at how the year is split up into distinct parts. With younger learners you may touch upon the ever-decreasing dividing line between the seasons and how around the world seasons differ. Primarily though stick to the classic...
  • The second article will focus on special days and birthdays in particular:https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/my-favourite-day-2Age: 8-10 years oldAims:Review days of the weekIntroduce/review numbers 1-31Introduce a traditional rhymeWrite a...
  • Aims: To revise the words for days and months. To teach pupils the ordinal numbers we use for the date. To identify dates on an English calendar. To practise listening comprehension of days/dates. Materials:
  • First, learners will do a drawing-on-the-back activity to review clothes vocabulary. Then they do a simple drawing dictation to practise using the present continuous with clothes, and play a game to describe what their classmates are wearing....
  • The beach is always a popular destination and young children can generally, depending on where you are, relate to the excitement and freedom associated with playing on the beach. Why not dress a teddy in shorts, t-shirt, sunglasses, cap, and give...
  • Aims To provide cross-curricular links with nutrition. To practise pair interaction with a short dialogue Some of these activities encourage support at home which will help the parents to become involved in the English their child is learning. In...
  • Learners will learn or review vocabulary for a variety of classroom objects, as well as prepositions of place, in order to be able to describe where things are in the classroom. They will draw, play games and sing a song to practise the language and...
  • Age 10 years old + Materials Photos of members of the British Royal Family Card and pens for posters Access to computers with your class The British Monarchy Before you begin you can ask the class to brainstorm any words they already know to...
  • Aims To raise awareness of the benefits of helping people To integrate cultural references (traditional poems, popular cartoons/storybooks) To introduce vocabulary; a dentist, a firefighter, a doctor, a police officer, a postal worker, a nurse, a...
  • Normally you should introduce vocabulary within a context to make remembering easier but having a whole lesson based around one letter can also be a means of grouping words together. Just remember that every word introduced should still have a...
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  • In this lesson, learners will play a vocabulary game with words associated with Valentine's Day. They will then review language related to Valentine's Day through a simple collocation activity, and read and learn a well-known Valentine's Day poem,...
  • The Chinese New Year is one of the many colourful events celebrated in our multicultural calendar. Each year in the Chinese calendar is named after an animal, and in this lesson learners will listen to the story of how the order of the animals was...
  • Aims To introduce simple adjectives for describing people and things. To match the written and spoken form of simple adjectives. To help the learners remember the words taught using mime and drawing. Materials Flash cards or simple outline...
  • A few years later more computers were introduced with a couple of passable CD ROMs for language learning. The situation today in many places is very different. If you are lucky enough to have a classroom full of computers with Internet access then...
  • This lesson focuses on the use of classroom instructions, establishing discipline and rules at the beginning of a course and learning vocabulary related to classroom materials. Throughout the year you'll be using classroom language and it's...
  • Some of them will be new to the social context of a school and so they will need a gentle introduction to you, their classroom and the children around them. It can be a daunting experience for everyone concerned. To ease them into it you should...
  • The advantages of pair work and small group work Gives learners more speaking time Changes the pace of the lesson Takes the spotlight off you and puts it onto the children Allows them to mix with everyone in the group Gives them a sense of...
  • This lesson focuses on vocabulary to talk about daily routines and using the present simple in the first and third person. First, learners will review telling the time and days of the week. Language to describe daily routine activities will then be...
  • Aims Using poetry as a means to teach English Using English as a means to appreciate poetry at primary level Providing a model for children to create their own poems in English Expanding general vocabulary Materials large sheet of paper, pink if...
  • There will be some factual input with factual information about inventions, some language expansion with kitchen vocabulary, storytelling, inventions, kinaesthetic movements, and where possible computer work.Materialscardboard boxlarge white papera...
  • Aims To put the learners at ease To generate ideas and encourage imagination To introduce adjectives to describe characters  Age: 5 years old and up Materials Cut up squares of paper Soft classical music or sounds of waves for visualisation Mime...
  • Introduction One way of reaching these children is through drama. By giving roles to your pupils they can ‘hide’ behind the character and lose some of their inhibitions. Before actually performing though there are several processes you can go...
  • Aims To introduce new toy vocabulary – ball, doll, computer, teddy bear, toy car, puppet To practise expressions: ‘I like…’, ‘My favourite is…’ To introduce adjectives: big, small, round, square To introduce ‘same’ and ‘different’ To introduce...

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