Category Archives: pre-school/ kindergarten/ very young learners

Mix and match (TEFLtastic Classics Part 43)

This has been by far the most popular activity in my young learner classes recently. I’ve often used the classic picture book (Do You Like) Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?, in which the top and bottom halves of the page are … 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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First lesson ideas

As promised (surprisingly!) have just made a new page with 17 links to worksheets and articles about new classes, including (very) young learners, exam classes, Business, ESP and adult General English, including my two new articles on the topic: First … Continue reading

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Should my English teaching school be a pre-school school?

As I promised/ warned, here is the first of a series of blog posts which will just be newly-edited articles of mine from elsewhere. This one is responsible for the closest I’ve ever got to a claim to fame – … Continue reading

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New EFL articles November 2010

As I am currently between jobs, the top articles are to make the rest of you unemployed too by making students suddenly realise how much they can do with conversation exchanges or self-study instead! Articles for students Activities for conversation … Continue reading

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English for preschool/ kindergarten/ very young learners

I’ve always thought of myself as a Biz/ ESP specialist, what with having a specific qualification in it (LCCI something or the other, they keep changing the name), publishing a long forgotten Biz photocopiable book and doing a fair bit … Continue reading

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The best LearnEnglishKids songs for very little kids

As chosen by Ms Y Case, aged 12 1/2 months (not too young to Rock’n’Roll!) My own, rather different, views on the British Council’s song selection will follow in the next post. As always with the LEKids site, all songs … Continue reading

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L1 in the very young learner classroom

L1 in the classroom is always a controversial topic, but with very young learners I think it is much clearer than with other age ranges and levels. Basically, my policy is always that I will only speak the students’ language … Continue reading

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The number one most important thing you need to know about teaching very young learners

My candidate is “A complete lack of interest the first time you do something is absolutely no predictor of how much they will like it the second, third and one millionth time”, but I’d love to hear other people’s suggestions. … Continue reading

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Writing and reading

As it says in the article, The Big List of CPD in ELT that I linked a couple of posts ago was inspired by reading the (excellent but somehow difficult to imagine anyone buying) book The Developing Teacher. I originally started … Continue reading

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