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ESL Drama Games and Stories

Are you looking for new activity ideas and storybooks to introduce to your children? One of my children’s favourite storybooks is The Color Monster: A Story about Emotions by Anna Lienas. Do you know it? It’s a beautifully illustrated pop-up storybook and the simple language makes it ideal for introducing or reviewing colours and emotions with young language learners. As a fun follow up activity to [...]

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Preparing a mini performance

Just before Christmas  my 5-6 year old language learners presented their own “mini Christmas show” to families and friends. 10-minutes of sparkling Christmas songs and chants that ended with all the children showering paper snowflakes on our young protagonist, dressed up as a Christmas tree! I always get so excited seeing children performing and putting into practice their language skills with such merriment and enthusiasm. But, [...]

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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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