Here's an activity to get kids putting comparative and superlative forms into practice! I've done this activity many times and it's always been very popular. It's a great way to let your students go wild (see what I did there?) and get creative. Students read a short text about an (invented) animal, then create their… Continue reading A Mad Safari for YLs
Summer suitcase mingle for YLs
This lesson plan might come in useful if you're teaching summer courses with Young Learners! I tried out this lesson before the pandemic, so I'll show you what I did then, and how I adapted it to be photocopy-free and online-friendly to use with my groups this year. Language point and vocabulary: possessive pronouns (mine/yours/his/hers… Continue reading Summer suitcase mingle for YLs
Online games in a paperless classroom
My school's policy on sharing materials and photocopies at the start of the 2020-2021 school year was simple: don't share anything, don't give handouts. Easier said than done when you don't have a lot of time to digitalise (digitise?) resources you've spent several years building up. Despite an abundance of online resources and tools that… Continue reading Online games in a paperless classroom
Breathe your way to sanity
Picture the scene. It's Monday afternoon, about 5.15 pm. I can hear the distant shrieks of my 8 year-old Young Learners about to enter the building. They know, because they have been told on MANY separate occasions, that there are lessons going on around them as they come in, so it's definitely NOT OK to… Continue reading Breathe your way to sanity
Keep ’em in line!
One of the first things I was taught when I faced a classroom of Young Learners was that they needed a system: one that would be appealing enough to get them to stick to the class rules, and would motivate them throughout the year. I made an absolute mess of this in my first year,… Continue reading Keep ’em in line!