YL LESSON PLAN – Daily routines and question formation

January 2021 – Online lessons with Young Learners are challenging for many reasons: apart from problems with internet connection, tired eyes and the demotivating fact of not being really together with their peers, it also forces kids into a very passive sitting life style. You need to consider that kids are usually not really comfortable with opening different types of documents (pdf, doc, etc.) and it is also difficult for the teacher to monitor their written work (checking for spelling mistakes, for instance). In this post, I’d like to propose a lesson plan to teach daily routines to kids online, giving some suggestions how to make them move and become engaged. The lesson plan bases on Cambridge University Press Fun for Movers and uses exercises from page 82-83.

Online English lessons and coding with YL (Part Three)

January 2021 – This is the last part of a three-post serie, giving suggestions on how to use Scratch codes in teaching English to Young Learners (above all in online lessons). In the first part, I describe simple animations to revise numbers and prepositions of place, while in the second post, mazes were proposed to practice giving directions and question-answer animations. This time, I invite you to adventure into the Scratch world of quizzes and stories.

Online English lessons and coding with YL (Part Two)

January 2021 – In my previous post, I suggested that teachers giving online lessons to YL try out some alternative tasks using the programming language Scratch. This coding program was customized for elementary school students to introduce them to the universe of algorithms, sequencing, variables and others. So the main aim of the Scratch project is to teach coding to pupils. However, Scratch could come in really handy when giving online English lessons to Young Learners. In Part One, you can read about how to practise numbers and prepositions of places with Scratch animations. In this post, I’d like to propose ways to practise giving directions and asking vs. answering questions – hidden in coding.

Online English lessons and coding with YL (Part One)

January 2021 – As many of my colleagues, I ended up teaching completely online nearly a year ago. With teen and adult classes, the switch to online lessons was surprisingly smooth. However, things were not as easy with Young Learners (YL). Mainly, because parents – among them myself – were worried about how much time their children spent in front of different screens and secondly, because my students were used to lessons full of movement and games. We desperately needed inspiration. It came from one of the many Future Learn courses.

GRAMMAR: TO BE – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to present and structure different forms of to be (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: to be; Vocabulary: animals (or any other A1 vocabulary field); Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

GRAMMAR: HAVE GOT – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to present and structure different forms of have got (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: have got; Vocabulary: animals and their body parts (or any other A1 vocabulary field); Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

GRAMMAR: CAN – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to present and structure different forms of can (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: can; Vocabulary: animals and actions (or any other A1 vocabulary field); Length: 30 min+; Preparation time: 10 min; Material: presentation and downloadable flashcard (external link).

YL: HOME-MADE LISTENING EXERCISE – ANIMAL DEFINITION GAME

BULLETPOINTS: Level: Pre-A1, A1 (Starters, Movers); Age: Young Learners; Group size: any; Aim: to train student’s ability to listen for keyword and identify animals or the order they are mentioned; Skill: Listening; Grammar: has got, can, to be; Vocabulary: describing animals; Length: 30 min; Preparation time: 10 min (print worksheet, think of sentences); Material: worksheet attached.