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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

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

Literacy with leaves: activities to accompany ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert

I just tried out this lesson with a class of 2nd and 3rd graders who come from very linguistically diverse backgrounds. It went really well! The students were really enthusiastic and they produced and shared a lot of great leaf vocabulary. You could do these activities with students who have hardly any English knowledge and … Continue reading

Five versions of Woosh: a game to improve word recognition and fluency

Recently I’ve been reading a lot of research about how re-reading builds students’ fluency and confidence, and how this has a great knock-on effect on their learning in other areas. Re-reading books is great, but I wanted to give students more variation of activities. Playing Woosh requires students to read the same sentences or words several … Continue reading

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