Basic English

Basic activities for students with some English

Activities on this page are suitable for beginning English speakers who have some English language skills. Typically students are able to cope with basic English activities when they are familiar with some classroom instructions, colors or numbers. Students should be able to use ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and should have previous experience of communicating with an English speaker and working out meaning from visual clues, context and key words.

Simple phonics

A nice, basic and easy-to-use printable phonics activity for beginning readers and writers.


London-themed literacy on the tube

A whole collection of resources and printables for setting up a tube station in your classroom. Includes vocab cards, a printable book, links to videos, writing activities and more. Aimed at emergent readers and writers.


The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Ideas and resources for using this British classic to teach vocabulary and present tenses to young learners Includes retelling activities and vocabulary cards.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Use this engaging children’s classic to teach reading comprehension and caterpillar life cycles to young learners.


Build an Elephant

A dice and drawing game.


How many?

A quick and easy game to help children practice number vocabulary and early math skills.


Picture dictation

An adaptable activity for reinforcing vocabulary.


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