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...
Information gap activities One of my main goals is to teach pupils to use the language freely and communicatively. I do not always expect them to use grammatically correct forms. If the message is conveyed, I am glad, so are they! There are examples of worksheets I created to practice communication. They are based on the material from the course book....
Entertain your pupils with some seasonal songs. They help children acquire the vocabulary connected with special days, holidays and celebrations. Some festivals are common and similar all over the world, but some are celebrated only in the English-speaking countries. By means of songs you can show your students a little bit of culture and ignite their interest in different countries. Worth...
Extending is good I really like extending topics from my course book. Combining children's knowledge of the world and foreign language is my priority. I usually look for an opportunity to show some real world that is unknown to children. We sometimes compare things from different countries with our familiar ones. The brainstorm and inspirations This time, I took the topic of...
DIY puzzles All kinds of toys are engaging to students. They love to manipulate objects, play with them and collect them as a reward or part of a challenge. I thought of my own educational toy, so I created puzzles almost 3 years ago. I had an access to the amazing accu-cut machine which helped me with cutting the right shapes....
Decoding the world Reading is one of the four main skills in any language. I believe that teaching it should be entertaining, yet not so demanding for the young learners. Especially, that this will be done in the second language. Children should have fun with it, and they also ought to feel the real need to learn this challenging skill....
Help encouraging cooperation Have you ever experienced unwilling to cooperate students who were unhappy to work with others? I guess so. Constant arguments and annoyance can be discouraging for even the most incredible teacher. Needing something to cope with such situations I started reading some teaching English methodology books and I came across choosing sticks. Name sticks or number sticks? Nice management...