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Literacy on the tube

The London Underground is 150 years old this year! You don’t have to be London-based to take advantage of all the learning opportunities a tube topic has to offer. Overseas students will be able to experience a little bit of life in London, and students anywhere will be able to compare London transportation with modes … Continue reading

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

This beautiful classic story is ideal for English language learners as both the book and the animated adaptation are completely wordless, allowing students of different language levels of enjoy the story equally. The lesson plan covers several activities which you’ll probably want to split up over a few days of teaching. If, like me, you … Continue reading

All about vowels – activities and a song for young learners

Metalinguistic knowledge (knowledge about language) is important for all children, but especially for children learning English as an additional language. I use these activities to introduce very young children to the basic alphabetic categories they will encounter throughout their schooling. I’ve used the song and activities with children aged 3 – 7. They all seem … Continue reading

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This book by Eric Carle is truly a classic. I’ve never taught a class who didn’t love it! It’s really a teacher’s dream as it can be used to teach food vocabulary, days of the week and numbers, as well introducing caterpillar life-cycles. The lesson plan focusses on enabling comprehension and retelling of the story. … Continue reading

Use Angry Birds to teach adjective and noun use

My Korean kindergarten students LOVE Angry Birds! Each day they bring in Angry Birds backpacks, badges, lunchboxes, pencils, toys… They hardly had any prior English knowledge but they could all recognize and say Angry Birds! One day I was cleaning the board, narrating what I was doing, when one student heard the word ‘board’ and … Continue reading

How many?

This quick and simple game uses basic counting and math skills. Requires minimal resources and no prep time! This activity can be adjusted in difficulty for students of different levels. How many? Lesson plan


This lesson teaches a vital classroom management word – stop! The basics of this lesson are suitable for very young students with no English experience. Older or more experienced students will learn important classroom verbs such as write, read, play, tidy up, count, and talk. Stop! Classroom lesson plan (including lyrics to the ‘dance and … Continue reading


Learn the students’ names while building their confidence! This lesson is useful for students who are very young, or have no experience interacting with native speakers. Names 1 lesson plan Editable name mats (MS word) Editable name badges (MS word)

I am the music man

Use the song ‘I am the music man’ to teach vocabulary of musical instruments, as well as some adjectives. The activities in this plan can be adapted to suit students of varied ages and abilities. The ‘conductor’ activity is good for building classroom control, motivation and attention among younger learners. ‘I am the music man’ … Continue reading


This lesson starts with the absolute basics – teaching your class to say hello and goodbye. It also works as a good ice breaker for working with young children, even if they already know some English. ┬áLesson plan contains enough activities to keep a class of K – 2 learners occupied for an hour. There … Continue reading

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