Children’s English Classes

Children’s ESL Textbook Review – Let’s Go Series

In this article we’re going to review the very popular kids ESL textbook “Let’s Go” published by Oxford University Press. The “Let’s Go” series has over seven textbooks that cover the ages from 3 to around 12 years old. To call the “Let’s Go” series a textbook would be mistake, it is more a suite of Kids ESL resources that are based around the textbook/student book. There is a teacher’s guide, workbook, CD, student cards, full-size teacher cards, wall charts, readers, songbooks, picture dictionary, grammar and listening textbook and finally an interactive CD-ROM. That is quite a lot. In this review we’re going to take a look at the student book, workbook, teacher’s guide and CD. We will go over the other material at a later time in a different review.  

ESL Kids Class Resources Review – Apricot Picture Books

In today’s article we’re going to go over the series of kids picture books published by Apricot. Picture books are an essential tool for any English teacher that has young children’s classes. They are great way to introduce new vocabulary, phrases and basic questions. They are also a great way to calm down an overexcited or chaotic class. Simply said you need a good series of picture books.

An Introduction to Teaching English for Kindergarten Classes

  What to expect Most kindergartens will have an English teacher teach three separate classes. One class is for the four-year-olds, another class is for the five-year-olds and the last class would be for the six-year-olds. As the younger students have more of a problem concentrating for any length of time often the four-year-old classes are shorter than the other classes. I usually teach four-year-olds for about 30 minutes. Then the five-year-olds class will be around 40 to 45 minutes. Last the six-year-old class will be for 50 minutes. Keep in mind that every kindergarten does something a little differently. I have taught at kindergartens that wanted me to teach their one-year-olds and two-year-olds as well. I have also taught at kindergartens that group all ages together. Sometimes ...

English Activities for Kindergarten Classes

Game Progression Game progression here is defined as slowly increasing the complexity of the games and activities after every class. The first time you play a game or activity you are mostly focused on introducing the rules and how to play it. The second time you can add a few extra commands. The third time you can add some responses that you want students to say to your commands. Once your students have a good grasp of all the English that you use in an activity or game you want to slowly increase the difficulty and complexity of that game. With most games and activities you can do this quite easily.   Age Appropriate It’s important to remember that some games can’t be played with the younger students. The young students simply don’t have the self-discipline or listening skills to pl...

Example English Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Classes

Warm Up-The Drill Sergeant Talking Time Color Game Key Point Introduction-Animals Key Point Reinforcement-Animals picture book Key Point Activity-Find It! game (animals) Review Activity-Hide the Card game (colors and numbers) Goodbyes   Warm Up-The Drill Sergeant The most important thing about a warm-up exercise is that it signals to the children that it is “English” time. With “English” time the student should understand that there is a certain way to behave, there is a certain way to do things and there is a certain structure to the class. Also, the students need to recognize that you, their English teacher, is in control of the class and if they do not follow the rules then they cannot partake in any of the games or activities. This is why I think that the &...

Games and Activities for 13-16 Childrens English Class

Game and Activity List   Where am I This is a simple activity that you can play without any preparation or set up. The idea is for one student to imagine they are in a location the other students have to ask questions in order to guess where that location is.   Bull’s-eye This game can help teach how to give directions and a chance to practice various location words.   Chase the Ace This game is based on the classic card game “Go Fish”. You deal out a deck of cards and whenever someone has a set they place it on the table and use the word that corresponds with that set in a sentence. It is a simple, easy game that can be played with kids and adults.   Concentration cards This is a classic vocabulary teaching card game that can be used to teach vocabulary words or other ...

An Introduction to Teaching English to 13-16 Year Olds

The 13 to 16 year-old age range can be difficult for many teachers. These students are not necessarily “kids” and they are not “adults” either. Many games and activities that you have been able to use with younger children will suddenly be considered “childish” by the teenagers in this age group. In order to efficiently teach this age group we need to create a sort of “hybrid” class mixing some aspects of our children classes with some aspects of our adult classes.   What to expect There are many differences with this age group and younger children. This age group will certainly be much shyer and quieter as a whole. You will occasionally see students who have completely different attitudes and emotions from class to class. Some positive ...

Games and Activities for 10-12 Childrens English Class

Teaching children from the ages of 10 to 12 can be very rewarding and tricky at the same time. On one hand, many of these children have started studying English in elementary school and junior high school so they may have a decent foundation of grammar and vocabulary. On the other hand, they are approaching their teenage years, which means that there’s a chance they might be very shy, at times they may have a bad attitude or mood swings. It is at this age group that textbook use will increase compared to younger classes but you can still expect to be using games activities for around half of your class time. This is also an age where children can quickly get bored of doing the same game or activity. All of this presents many challenges for the teacher. The best approach is to experiment wi...

Example Lesson Plan for 10-12 Childrens English Class

In this article you will find an example lesson plan for children’s English classes with students from the ages of 10 to 12.  The idea of this article is not to give you a one off lesson plan that you can only use one time in your classes. The idea is to give you a template that you can use to create other lesson plans. Here, the important thing is the structure of the lesson plan. You may have to change the individual key points or the difficulty of the English that you’re teaching but you certainly can use the same structure regardless of your students’ levels.   Age group 10-12 years old   Preparation 5 minutes   Class time 60-80 minutes   Teaching Key Point Talking about likes and dislikes and favorites “I like/dislike/love/hate ________.” “Do you like ______?” “Do ...

An Introduction to Teaching English to 10-12 year olds

In this article we will take a look at some basic methods you can use to teach your children’s English classes for 10 to 12-year-old students. These classes are very common in English conversation schools as well as many elementary schools. Younger children’s classes mostly involve introducing key points and then practicing those key point using games and activities. Teenager classes also use games and activities but not to the same extant. Teenager classes have more textbook use, example conversations, more reading, more writing and homework. What we need to try to do with the 10 to 12-year-old children classes is create a bridge between the younger children’s classes that mainly revolve around games and the teenager classes that are more similar to adult classes. This is the challenge fo...

Games and Activities for 7-9 Childrens English Class

English students around the ages of 7 to 9 years old are not that different from younger students. They still like to play games and activities but at this age you do start to see certain amount of shyness and timidity from many students. It’s because of this that there are some games and activities that I would not use for this age group that I might with a younger  group. Some of those things would be any kind of songs, dancing or anything that some children might think of as childish. At this age you can start to incorporate more complicated activities but you will have to constantly monitor the students in the class to see if those activities are popular or are effective.   Shootout! This is a basic game that focuses on having the children verbalize the various vocabulary that the...

Example Lesson Plan for 7-9 Childrens English Class

Age group 7-9 years old   Preparation 5 minutes   Class time 60 minutes   Teaching Key Points Various commands (listening practice) Basic question and replies Alphabet writing practice “Where are you going?” “I’m going to _______” “Is he/she going to ________?” “Yes, he/she is.” “No, he/she isn’t.” Vocabulary Words Hospital Supermarket Bus stop Department store Post office Restaurant Library Park Train station   Lesson plan Greetings- Warm-up-Drill Sgt. Question time- Short writing practice- Textbook/vocabulary/sentence introduction Related game-find it Textbook/vocabulary/sentence introduction 2-related to first part Speaking test-yes/no questions Review-English road Goodbyes   Step by Step Greetings I am going to start the class by greeting the students when I wa...

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