Teaching kids

This part of the site is for teachers working with children. It offers a range of activities and lesson ideas which are based around online materials from the British Council's LearnEnglish Kids website. Most of the materials can be used either online or can be downloaded and used in the classroom.

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September blog topics 2014


EnglishAgenda podcast interview with Gail Ellis on the power of using storybooks to teach English

This week Rob Lewis interviews Gail Ellis, co-author of 'Tell it Again! The Storytelling Handbook for Primary English Language Teachers', recently republished in its third edition by the British Council.

Celebrating World Teachers' Day: Focus on English as an Additional Language (EAL) - live webcast

Join the British Council seminar team in celebrating World Teachers' Day at this event which will launch the EAL Nexus website. There will be an opportunity to take part in group discussions online and in person on key questions in the area of English as an Additional Language. This event will take place on Friday 3 October 2014, 1730 - 2030 UK time at the British Council, 10 Spring Gardens and live online.

Dave Dodgson: Filtered and distilled - the first lesson

Dave Dodgson: Challenging challenges


Directory of UK ELT Research 2011–12

Compiled by Richard Smith of Warwick University, with Seongsook Choi, Imogen Liggins and Gosia Sky, the Directory of UK ELT Research 2011-12 contains a total of 721 entries from 60 different institutions.


Parents and young learners in English language teaching: global practices and issues in school–home contacts

Caroline Linse, Stephen van Vlack and Oscar Bladas

This paper highlights a little-discussed global issue: the importance of school-home communications in supporting effective language learning by young learners. It draws on eight contrasting contexts: France, Mexico, Spain, Korea, Namibia, Japan, the Philippines and Bangladesh.


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Kids and arts and crafts

There are lots of things to make, as well as videos to watch on LearnEnglish Kids:

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Kids and homework

'I like doing homework!' 'We get too much homework.' 'Homework is really boring.' 'The teacher doesn’t always check my homework.' What would your students say about homework? How can you make it a bit more fun?

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Kids and learning

As well as teaching English to our young learners, we can help them reach their full potential as language learners. Here are some tips and ideas on how to use materials on the LearnEnglish Kids website to help your pupils learn more effectively.

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Kids and listening

Why not use the activities on LearnEnglish Kids for listening practice with your young learners?

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Kids and poetry

Poetry is a great tool to use with your students as it helps practise not only listening, speaking, reading and writing skills all together, but stretches students’ imaginations too.

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Kids and songs

There are many activities which you can use with your learners to exploit songs in the classroom. They can be used with specific teaching points in mind or just for fun to motivate children.

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Kids and speaking

Here are some ideas for practising speaking in class with young learners.

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Kids and stories

On the British Council’s site for young learners - LearnEnglishKids - there are lots of stories which you can use to motivate your students. These stories have been specially written for children learning English and include traditional fairy tales as well as original stories.