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ESL CLASSROOM LANGUAGE

2 Aug

Many years ago I found these friendly images and I decided to scan them to transform them into posters. I used them to decorate the “English corner” I had in the classrooms of the school I first worked at.

 If you have an English classroom or an English corner in the classroom where you teach ESL, these posters are useful to help your pupils remember the most common classroom language.

At the beginning of the scholar year I used to ask my pupils to help me decorate them. This way, since they have been involved they tend to remember and use them better.

Another option is to print them out in a smaller size and make a mini book for each of your pupils. My pupils love making mini books, specially when I let them staple the pages together 😀

DOWNLOAD POSTERS HERE

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[What to do on the last days of class]

17 Jun

I love the website busyteacher.org, it offers all sort of resources for teachers. My favourite section in the web is the articles one, it has really helpful ideas! The plus side, is that there are many articles focusing on ESL, which is even more helpful for me 🙂

I am about to start my last week of the scholar year, I cannot believe how quickly it all went! Some of you might be in the same situation; therefore, when I found this article with ideas for the last lessons I thought it would be nice to share it in here.

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The end of the year is a special time for any class. Students may have a tough time focusing on getting through the final days of school, but there is a lot you can do to keep them engaged.

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Where to find what an ESL teacher needs!

17 Feb

We could spend hours surfing the net trying to find the best materials and activities for our lessons. Therefore, after 12 years of teaching English as a foreign language I have a collection of my favourite websites. Besides, I have all these websites organized by catergories. I consider myself quite an organized person!

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Next, I would like to share the websites I use the most and I think they are better for saving us time:

Preschool resources:

Songs and Rhymes:

Stories and tales:

Printables ready to go:

Smartboard resources:

Video lessons:

Reading activities:

 

I hope to have been useful 🙂

 

The 60 Most Useful English Idioms

14 Nov

They say that when you are able to joke or use idioms in a foreign language that is the sign that you are fluent at it.

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tired-of-idiom1.Beat around the bush: It is used when you avoid the main topic.

2.Cry over spilt milk: It is used when you complain about a loss from the past.

3.Take with a grain of salt: It is used when you don’t take what someone says too seriously.

4. Cut Corners:  It is used when you do something bad to save money

5. Devil’s Advocate: It is used when you present a counter argument

6. The Best of Both Worlds:  It is used when you can enjoy two different opportunities at the same time.

7. Speak of the devil: It is used when you are speaking about somebody and that person turns up at the moment.

8. Once in a blue moon: It is used when an event doesn’t happen too often

9. When Pigs fly: It is used when something will never…

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Famous people who HAD TO learn English

12 Nov

I always tell my ESL students how useful learning English is going to be for their future. Here there are some clear examples of how learning English helped some celebrities.
Thank you for this interesting post Aiyshah 🙂

The FUTURE of Learning

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Though many ESL students are not that familiar with the western celebrity scene, I’d like to put forward some of our well known American celebrities today just as a motivator that even the rich and famous needed to learn English to get ahead.

These stories have been taken from different website and the sites are recorded below for more information go to those sites.

1. Jackie Chan (originally from China)

Possibly the best thing about laughter is that it reads the same in every language! Known for making everyone laugh in too many comedy films to count, Jackie Chan was actually a movie star in China long before he made his way to America. Born and raised in China, it makes sense that Chinese is his first language. Mr. Chan is another celebrity who spent time learning English, which he is fluent in today.

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First time teaching ESL to very young children?

5 Aug

Teaching very young children can be either the best experience in the world or the worst, it all depends on you and what your expectations as their teacher are.

I have to admit that when I started teaching ESL to 3-5 year old children I was only 21 years old and I had no experience with them at all. Not just as a teacher but neither in my personal life. I did not have any young siblings or cousins and I had never worked as a babysitter during my teen years.

However, I found out it was easy for me to connect with them and they seemed to like me and enjoy my company. I am aware I was very lucky because it could have been a desastre due to my lack of experience with very young learners. I always say to myself this is a gift given to me and I am very grateful for that.

During my first years teaching I learned a lot from my experienced workmates and from my pupils. This is why I would like to share with those teaching ESL/EFL to very young learners for the first time some of tips so you avoid frustration thinking you are not a good teacher.

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TIPS FOR ESL/EFL TEACHERS DEALING WITH VERY YOUNG LEARNERS FOR THE FIRST TIME:

  • For many of them it may be the first time they hear a person speaking in English. Do not take it personal if they ignore you at first.
  • Some pupils may not be keen on joining you when you suggest activities and that is ok. Whenever they feel ready they will join you.
  • Using soft toys or puppets as your “teacher helper” will be very useful because they can relate to them.
  • Praise them as much as you can, even if it is for very little things they have achieved (e.g. understanding commands, listening to a story, dancing to a song, …)
  • Little children love having classroom routines, it makes them feel secure. Therefore, it is important you always start and finish the lesson the same way. (e.g singing a Hello Song and a Goodbye Song, greeting each other, speaking about the weather, counting how many we are in the class, …)
  • When your pupils are able to follow the classroom routines without you having to say anything, it already means a lot!
  • Do not expect them to express themseleves in English, they will probably use their mother tongue and that is ok. Little by little they will add English words and short sentences in their vocabulary.
  • The more movement activities you add into your lesson plans the better. In general, pupils spend many hours in class sitting down and they will appreciate the chance to move around.
  • Storytelling is essential and I have not met a single child who does not like listening to stories.  It is magic to see how they are able to follow sequences of events and get the general picture of what is going on (having visual support is basic).
  • Little children love partying, this is a good excuse to help them learn a little bit about the English culture through celebrating some festivities as part of the lesson plan.

 

I remember panicking the previous days to my first teaching experience, so I hope to be helping some fellow teachers who feel as lost as I was. We have a lovely profession but it can be very taugh, too. Therefore, I try to help as much as I can sharing my knowledge and experience 🙂

 

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