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Do you ever feel you’re teaching on autopilot?

Do you ever feel you’re teaching on autopilot? Do you find yourself repeating the same old activities over and over? Are you too busy teaching - to plan lessons? You're not alone. It's no easy task preparing lessons that guarantee children will stay focused and motivated. And unfortunately, there is no "go to" secret to saving time creating exciting lessons. However, DRAMA can be used [...]

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ENGLISH DRAMA GAME OF THE WEEK – Rooms of the House

ENGLISH DRAMA GAME OF THE WEEK Introducing young learners to the Rooms of the House can be a tricky topic. Children often get the rooms and pronunciation all mixed-up and I don’t blame them - I would too! Bathroom – Bedroom Dining room- Sitting room …..arghhh!!!😫😱 Here’s a surprisingly simple MIME game to help children learn and memorise new vocabulary in just 8 mins! The [...]

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How do you build a child’s confidence in English?

There is no doubt that it is simpler to teach and boost confidence in children who are naturally extrovert and who readily jump in and try new things with zest and enthusiasm. But what about shy or introverted children? How can we encourage them to become confident communicators, presenters, leaders?  It’s a challenge we teachers face daily, especially when some children would prefer to jump into [...]

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Trial English Language Lessons – Can Be Scary

It’s that anxious time of year again – the start of a new school term. Many of you are probably already in full flow organising trial lessons for prospective new students. I personally still find trial lessons stressful - mainly because there are no guarantees: Children will actually show up and participate in the trial session Children will enjoy themselves enough to want to come [...]

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English language learning is serious play

I was once asked by a dad of one of my pre-schoolers when I was going to start introducing the verb -to be and -to have. I responded that I was already doing so in every single lesson. He looked at me confused and assured me that his child couldn’t yet repeat the verb -to be. I explained that I wasn’t teaching his child the [...]

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Always be prepared for the unexpected when teaching children ESL

When I first started teaching children English and Drama I completely underestimated just HOW MUCH planning and didactic materials were needed to teach a 60-minute lesson. I remember holding one of my very first lessons teaching a group of 6-year olds and feeling super-confident that I had more than enough material to last the lesson - only to run out after the first 15 minutes! [...]

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