Category Archives: Teaching young learners

The simple but effective marking scheme I use in all young learner classes

It might well be a sign that I’m “doing a Tony Benn” (= actually becoming more left wing as I get older), but I increasingly avoid the competitive giving of points in YL classes, and absolutely refuse to get dragged … Continue reading

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Using blocks/ stacking games blocks to practise language

I forgot to say this in the article I just published on the topic, but this is one of my favourite games in one-to-one young learner classes, because I’m often genuinely worse than the students at stacking blocks, plastic cups … Continue reading

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Vietnam bans teaching of English in regular pre-school classes

Actually, it’s all foreign languages, but I’d already made the title of this post too long trying to avoid the inaccurate title of the original piece: Ban on teaching English to pre-school children raises controversy Actually the policy seems quite sensible … Continue reading

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Thinking again about running around games

I’ve probably been more guilty than anyone of spreading the idea that students can both run around screaming and learn effectively, but I’ve recently decided it’s almost impossible to combine the two. I feel especially bad if anyone copied my idea of … Continue reading

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Review of new course Super Minds – the unedited ranty version

If you want to more carefully thought through and edited version, you’ll have to read the July edition of Modern English Teacher magazine. I think this more direct response to the materials also has its merits though…  This is mainly … Continue reading

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The main reason why I don’t like teaching kids

One major reason is that I have a constant feeling that I should know more about what I’m doing. My employers and people like MET and Macmillan who’ve published my ideas on teaching young learners seem perfectly happy with my … Continue reading

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Activities for this/ that/ these/ those

Updated 14 May 2018 All these links now also on the index page on this topic here. Related pages Plural nouns page It is/ They are page Articles on teaching this/ that/ these/ those How to teach this/ that/ these/ … Continue reading

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Some more nice games for It is/ They are

I did these with plastic animals, but you could do similar things with plastic cutlery, body parts, classroom objects, etc etc. How many doing what where? With the rest of the class’s eyes closed, one student or the teacher hits … Continue reading

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30 young learner index pages now totally updated

Index pages for 7 textbooks and 23 language points, including worksheets, flashcards, stories, songs and online games: Young learner games, worksheets, songs, stories and flashcards pages

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New worksheets for English Land 1 and English Land 2

These books are the American English versions of Pearson’s English Adventure and follow a fairly standard syllabus of colours, numbers, toys, clothes, basic adjectives etc, so hopefully useable for all kinds of other courses too. Arranged here by how generally useful … Continue reading

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