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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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...

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

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This lesson focuses on developing language related to clothes.

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

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

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This lesson focuses on language to describe classroom objects.

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

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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...

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

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

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This lesson focuses on food vocabulary and on speaking about likes and dislikes.

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This lesson explores a topic that can genuinely interest and hold the attention of children of a certain age. 

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The Chinese New Year is one of the many colourful events celebrated in our multicultural calendar.

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

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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...

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This lesson focuses on the use of classroom instructions, establishing discipline and rules at the beginning of a course and learning...

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

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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...

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This lesson focuses on vocabulary to talk about daily routines and using the present simple in the first and third person.

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

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

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

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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...
  • AimsLearning farm vocabulary: pig, sheep, cow, horse, chicken, hen, dogs, cat, goat, duck, rabbit, farmer, farm, stable, hay, grass, milk, eggsLearning animal noises: quack, moo, miaow, woof, neigh, squawk, baa, etcLearning greetings language: ‘How...
  • 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. AimsTo teach or review ‘has got’To review...
  • 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....
  • AimsTo integrate cultural awareness into the courseTo introduce / practise Halloween related vocabulary – cat, hat, bat, witch, ghost, pumpkin, black, etc.To work on pronunciation and rhyming soundsTo 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...
  • AimsTo provide cross-curricular links with nutrition.To practise pair interaction with a short dialogueSome of these activities encourage support at home which will help the parents to become involved in the English their child is learning. In turn...
  • 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...
  • Age10 years old +MaterialsPhotos of members of the British Royal FamilyCard and pens for postersAccess to computers with your classThe British MonarchyBefore you begin you can ask the class to brainstorm any words they already know to do with the...
  • AimsTo raise awareness of the benefits of helping peopleTo 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...
  • What should children know about a word?
  • This lesson could be used either with beginners or as revision for learners in their second year of English. It starts with a review of food vocabulary, which can be adapted, and then learners will practise using the structure ‘I like/don’t like’....
  • 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,...
  • 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 decided. They will join in with the story and retell it, then do some follow-up work practising...
  • AimsTo 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.MaterialsFlash cards or simple outline drawings to...
  • 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...
  • Throughout the year you’ll be using classroom language and it’s important for children to be introduced to it very early on so that they can understand what you want them to do. In this lesson, learners will practise both listening to and producing...
  • 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 workGives learners more speaking timeChanges the pace of the lessonTakes the spotlight off you and puts it onto the childrenAllows them to mix with everyone in the groupGives them a sense of achievement...
  • First, learners will review telling the time and days of the week. Language to describe daily routine activities will then be introduced, and learners will answer questions about their own daily routines as well as find out about their classmates’...
  • AimsUsing poetry as a means to teach EnglishUsing English as a means to appreciate poetry at primary levelProviding a model for children to create their own poems in EnglishExpanding general vocabularyMaterialslarge 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...
  • AimsTo put the learners at easeTo generate ideas and encourage imaginationTo introduce adjectives to describe characters Age: 5 years old and upMaterialsCut up squares of paperSoft classical music or sounds of waves for visualisationMimeAlthough you...
  • IntroductionOne 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 through...

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