A cute way to introduce the English only classroom to preschool children

man on phone with surprised expression
10 May Shelley Vernon 5 Comments

Some teachers are concerned that they will alienate their students if they only speak English during lessons. To prevent this a certain amount of tact is required. For example, here is a cute way of introducing 'English-only' in the classroom.


Thanks to Esther Cannard for sharing this trick, which may help other non-native English teachers at the beginning of all English classes, and any teachers wanting to install an English-only teaching environment


"I pretend to receive a phone call from my sister Betsy who lives in the United States. I excuse myself then go outside, but I keep the door open. At this point, you can say some things like "Hi Betsy, how are you? That's good. I am in a class right now. I will talk to you later. Love you, bye." Then when I come back into the classroom, I am only able to speak English until my sister calls me back at the end of the lesson. The first time I did this I acted surprised that I could not speak French anymore. I even started to speak English really fast as if to be out of control, but then I settle down and say to the class, "boy I really hope Betsy remembers to call me back.""


It really works well even with the older children, they think it fun, and if I don't do the phone call, they will ask. The younger ones really believed it at the beginning and were wondering what would happen if my sister forgot to call me back at the end of the lesson or if the battery died. You could see the looks on the students' faces as if to say 'would I be speaking English all day long?'


Feel free to share the post with your teaching friends and give us your ideas in the comments below.


All the best

Shelley Ann Vernon

For fun preschool games, stories and songs please click on this link.


Hi .shelly i really appreciate your help for teachers .i need your help for more strategies for secondary english teachers best regards nadia
Hello Nadia, Thanks for your comment and question. Yes, you are most welcome to join my mailing list for secondary school. I'll send you games, samples, ideas...for all sorts of topics relating to teaching teens and adults. If you look on my home page and scroll down a bit you'll find a big banner where you can put in your name and email. (I absolutely respect your email address.) Then you will get a confirmation link to click - that email might go into your spam. This step is to prevent a load of spammers from adding people to the list. Then you should be good to go! All the best, Shelley
Thank you for sharing. I am certainly going to try it out.
Sounds like an interesting idea.
It sounds Good! I’ll try it. Thank you for this tip

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