Teaching Tips, Games & Ideas

Find a comprehensive guide to teaching English to Young Learners from this page. There are articles, games and ideas which are used across the world in teaching young learners.

Articles: Read from Experts in the Teaching Field

Articles by: Shelley Vernon (Author of several kids materials at www.teachingenglishgames.com )

The reason we suggest you read Shelley's articles are simple. Shelley Vernon is a fantastic kids writer, author and teacher whose ideas, teaching tips and games will help transform you into a very successful teacher of kids.
  • Why Children Learn Faster with English Language Games
    There is nothing that engages children more than teaching English through play. Indeed a bored class will take in less than half of what a teacher says and retain none of it. Whereas an attentive, interested and involved class, learning through fun English Language games, will take in 100% of the lesson and retain up to 80% of it. Using language games in class has got to be one of the most exciting ways to teach children English.

  • How English Games Help Children Learn
    There are many ways to teach ESL/TEFL to children but one of the most exciting and rewarding ways to do it is by using games. Games not only engage the children, but also teach through play – and most of the time the children don’t even know they are learning until the time comes to show their knowledge! It truly is possible (and almost necessary) to create a classroom where the students not only learn but also truly enjoy their time there.

  • How to Teach a Child English One to One
    How to make one to one teaching fun, whether you are a teacher with private pupils or a parent wanting to teach English to your child in a fun way.

  • Teaching English Tips to Stay in Control of a Large Class
    Teaching English with games is becoming standard through out ESL classrooms of the world. This is good news, because children love to learn through games, and become much more motivated students as a result. However games often make children excited, and if you have a large class you need a few things up your sleeve to bring the class into line immediately if things get a little over-heated. Here are some tips and ideas to help you.

  • Motivating Young Children to Learn English: Keeping Their Attention without Giving Them Gifts
    Young children are often eager, almost too eager. The problem arises when they are eager to do things other than what you’re trying to teach them. Here are six top tips to keep them interested in class and motivated to do what you want them to do.

  • Motivating the ESL Class: It's Not Just a Sea of Faces
    Large ESL classes can be intimidating and sometimes daunting, but with a few tweaks to how you plan for your English classes, you can make the large class seem smaller for both you and the students.

  • Teaching Grammar with Fun Learning Games
    Why teach children English grammar with games? Research is showing that this is an excellent way to do it. What kind of games work best? This article answers those questions and is written for those teaching English as a second language to children.

  • How to Effectively use Games in the Preschool and Elementary ESL Classroom
    Things to consider and watch out for when teaching children ESL with games. Make sure the children are stimulated and learning without the chaos games can sometimes cause.

  • Making ESL Learning Fun in the Pre-K or Preschool Classroom
    Preschoolers are cute, funny and often eager to learn, but they are also energetic, active and difficult to keep on any particular task for more than a few minutes. Two of the best Pre-K teaching tools are ESL stories and games. Using games, stories and songs for young children will make your classroom fun and exciting and your pupils will absorb and learn English quicker and more efficiently than if you use traditional teaching methods.

  • Using Stories in the Preschool ESL Classroom
    Do you want to start using stories in the preschool ESL classroom but don't know where to start? There are many great pre-k activities for ESL classrooms, including games, but it's also very important to not discount the power of stories. Whether you're reading a classic book, making up a story as you go along or designing one specifically for a particular lesson, you'll want to be sure to include a story in the preschool ESL class each day.

  • ESL Learning Styles, How to Implement Them and Have Fun
    Understanding learning styles helps a teacher reach his or her students more effectively as well as making lessons much more fun and varied. This article describes different ESL learning styles and gives concrete examples of how to use them in class so teachers always have something up their sleeves at the right time!

  • Classroom Games for Different ESL Learning Styles
    It can be a challenge making grammar and vocabulary fun. However understanding ESL learning styles opens up a new world of possibilities to the ESL teacher, helping him or her connect with the students better, teach them more effectively and liven up the lessons significantly!

  • Discover How To Appeal To Your ESL Students' Learning Styles
    Enrich your ESL lessons with an understanding of learning styles and how to implement activities that appeal to all styles. Traditional teaching methods tend to neglect kinesthetic and tactile learning styles and are often dry. Find out what you can do as a teacher to reach out to all your students and be a more effective teacher, while massively enlivening your classes.

  • Transform Your Teaching By Tapping Into Different ESL Learning Styles
    An exciting article on the benefits of tapping into different ESL learning styles and how this makes teaching more fun and effective. Teachers create a closer bond with students and students are able to learn and retain language better.

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