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.

YLE – SPELLING AT YL STARTERS, MOVERS AND FLYERS

December 2020 – When preparing YL for an exam with a written part, special attention must be paid to spelling. Children are usually exposed to English at a very early age and they might be familiar with a wide range of vocabulary in English. However, being able to write these words takes time, since their mother tongue needs to be prioritized.

Project-based teaching: Fashion Show & Masterchef Junior

After more than 10 years of classroom teaching (mostly to adults, but also young learners, YL), I was pretty fed up with coursebooks. As I mentioned in my last post series about Mini Heroes, I started teaching English to kids at home, in the room I use for my home nursery in the mornings. In addition to my two boy groups, I managed to set up a mini-group with 8-9 year old girls and could start with a very exciting course: a course based on projects. Let me explain to you what it means.

TIPS TO SURVIVE AND ENJOY YL CLASSES

INTRODUCTION This year I’m on maternity leave, well not officially, since in Italy mothers are requested to re-enter their jobs 3-4 months after their child’s birth, but let’s say, I’ve become a freelance mummy-teacher. What does that mean? In the morning, I started running an English home-nursery, while in the afternoon, I started teaching kids. On Wednesdays, I have lessons with my Mini Heroes, 6-7 year old boys (only boys). Obviously, my lesson planning is completely different from my good old lessons to adults and I usually need a shower after a lesson with them, but being their hero-teacher is the best price on Earth. It’s not a traditional classroom course. We do our lessons in our playroom in my home, using my kids’ toys. But most of the activities I tried with remarkable success and/or results are simply to be introduced even in a classroom. 

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: AUXILIARY DO – HOW TO PRESENT AND PRACTISE IT WITH YL

BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1 (Movers); Age: 7-10; Group size: any; Aim: – to elicit and present the use of auxiliary ‘do’ (positive, negative, question form and short answers); – to enable students to actively use the target language; Skill: speaking; Grammar: do as an auxiliary; Vocabulary: furniture; 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.

YL FLYERS: FUTURE TRACING MEMO-GAME

BULLETPOINTS: Level: Flyers (A2); Age: 7-12; Group size: any; Aim: to activate previously learnt future forms; Skill: writing (tracing) and speaking; Grammar: going to and present continuous for the future; Vocabulary: birthday; Length: 30 min; Preparation time: none; Material: worksheet attached.