children acting Hetty and the Lion with masks

Free song and lion mask

Hetty and the Lion – Part Four ESL song and songs activities Welcome back.  This is the fourth in this series of games, a story and activities to teach preschool children English. If you have missed the first three parts – which are essential – here they are: (If you bought stories 1 to 10 …

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Writing Race

Easy, fun writing game for grammar or vocabulary Dear Teacher, On this page is the game Writing Race – it’s a GREAT game!! This is an easy, fun writing game, which you can use with small to medium class sizes. You need some room between desks in class, or you could play in a space. You …

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Lucy goes to school ESL story

School story

A fun story for vocabulary at school, for children ages 6 to 10 Dear Teacher, Thanks for coming to this page to receive your fun free story all about SCHOOL.  Your school story is here, in several formats to satisfy different classroom set ups and needs. 1. Here is the story, with audio by native speakers. …

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Fill in drill

Easy, fun, no-prep grammar game I hope you had a chance to try out Rhyming Challenge and Persuasion – two great games for intermediate to advanced students. Here is a speaking drill game for beginners to intermediate levels. This is excellent for drilling grammar and coaxing shy students into speaking in a reassuring context. When I used this in …

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Get your students talking with this fun discussion game From Shelley Ann Vernon Dear Teacher,  I hope you had a chance to try out Rhyming Challenge with your intermediate to advanced students. Here is a fantastic speaking fluency activity, also for intermediates to advanced students. There are also important tips here about communication for all speaking activities. …

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Rhyming Challenge

A free sample ESL speaking drill from Shelley Ann Vernon’s book of ESL Classroom Activities for Teens and Adults.

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How to teach a child English

It is common for parents to want their children to learn how to speak English, whether as a second language, or even a third or a fourth. The biggest challenge for everyone, even for teachers, is knowing how to go about making it fun so that children want to learn.  Keep reading and I’ll show …

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Teaching preschoolers English

Making your life easier teaching Preschool and Kindergarten children. Preschool children can learn a foreign language without really trying. They soak it up like a sponge! However, you as the teacher must facilitate the learning process and really make it happen. To do that, you need to know how to engage young learners. Here are …

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About teaching with ESL games

Make your life easier with games for ESL, EFL, ESOL & TESOL teachers Teaching children 6 to 12 years of age places diverse demands on teachers because: their social skills develop rapidly, they cooperate and sharethey like competitions and gamesthey seek out friendshipsopen up to friends about their emotionspay more attention to teamwork Teaching English …

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