What is your opinion about smartphones in the classroom? Smartphones are glued to your kids’ hands, right? If they are able to, they would play, snap, record all the time. Usually teenagers spend their free time in this way; however, the trend is also visible among students who are 9-10 years old. School rules In my school, we have no phones policy. Phew…...
Sometimes things around you seem to be awful and you are fed up with everything. Bad weather? An argument with someone you care about? Terrible behaviour of your children? Lack of coffee and sweet snacks? Horrible boss’s mood? I bet all of us have worse days. When everything is falling apart. With the autumn long evenings, this state of mind may come...
Yes, I do. Yummi! I bet all of teachers know the famous song with compilation of food items called ‘Do you like broccoli ice-cream?’ with all its versions from SuperSimpleSongs. The melody is very catchy and the simple structure ‘Do you like…?’ can be easily grabbed by your students. This is amazing way to sneak a little piece of grammar...
The idea of theme books and how to create your own story Have you got any idea for your next lesson? I bet your head’s full of wonderful ideas, but how about adding a book or a short story to it? Books about... I am a great fan of showing books which have something in common with the topic is in progress...
 What’s next? I have done a chapter from a coursebook and what’s next? Should I move on to the next one without any special activities or shall I assess the students somehow? I bet you have done plenty of observations during this month (or whatever amount of time you devoted to cover the chapter) about your students’ progress, and I hope...
How to teach 'I like/I don't like' + food? Let's have a project. The best way to teach anything is to personalise it and let students have fun while doing activity and learning. Materials? Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I asked pupils to cut out pieces of food they like and don't like from supermarkets' leaflets and bring them to the lesson devoted...
Inspiration can strike you anywhere you are! Look around, there are lots of things that you may find interesting or worth trying to use in your classroom. Some things can be use right away, but others may need changing and personalising. Such a situation happened to me about three years ago. I attended a course in young learners’ phonetics with a...
Starting a new school year with new bunch of kids. Children like pretending and playing. Sounds cliché? Maybe. Young learners’ teacher should be aware of all stages of children development and their cognitive abilities while planning lessons. I recommend some methodology books in which teaching young learners’ phenomenon is precisely described. The list of my recommendations will be at the end of...
Again and again and again Being a teacher in YL classroom means that you talk almost all the time. 'Stop doing this', 'Be quiet, please!', 'You need to...', and of course you have to repeat yourself like 1000 times when it comes to explaining what pupils need to do. I thought -  No more! I tried to apply the rule 'Ask three before...
Catchy? Nice? Give it a try! All course books have their own songs and chants attached and ready to use. I do like my course book but not every song is catchy or understandable for my students. Some of them have great lyrics but melody and tune may not speak to YL's ears. That's why, I am constantly looking for...