Activities for students with no prior English knowledge
- Where do you start when your students don’t even know how to say ‘hello’?
- How can you manage a class of preschool students who are not familiar with the routines of a classroom?
- How can you communicate when students don’t speak a word of your language, and you don’t speak a word of theirs?
On this page you’ll find resources for teaching very young students, beginning with the absolute basics – how to gain the attention of the class, and how to begin communicating with them. Click the thumbnails for more information.
Use Angry Birds to teach adjective and noun use
A really easy lesson to get beginner students combining adjectives and nouns.
Teach your very young students this most important word
A super-easy activity that helps young children to open their eyes to the words around them
Basic activities to help you learn the students’ names, and to help students to become comfortable with saying their names, and seeing their names written in English. A good starter lesson for very young students.
Basic activities to help young children to write their name in English
Very basic activities to teach ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’
A craft activity to teach introductions
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Simple activities to accompany this familiar song
A fun rhyme, with activities to build confidence in speaking and pronunciation of ‘th’ and’sh’
Activities to accompany the song ‘I am the music man’
Easy activities to practice shape vocabulary
Use the story of Elmer by David McKee to teach children about color vocabulary. Materials for several lessons.