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Children's ESL English Lessons, Games and Activities


    Video Games - Young Learners Lesson Plan
    If there is one thing that young English learners and ESL classes have in common around the world, it's their passion for playing video games. Taking cue from this passion for video games, this lesson is devoted to getting them to talk about video games - but in English!

    Short Writing Topics
    The idea of this exercise is to get students to quickly write about a topic they choose (or you assign). These short presentations are then used in two manners; to generate spontaneous conversations on a wide range of topics, and to take a look at some common writing problems.

    One topic of discussion is sure to be popular no matter where you are in the world: food! One of the most important things that your students need to learn for traveling is food vocabulary. This lesson focuses on building vocabulary and then having students use the vocabulary by preparing one of their favorite national dishes.

    Young Learner's Writing Workshop 1 - Basic Essay Writing Style
    First in a series of four lessons is designed to help students become familiar with writing an essay in English. The first lesson is designed to give students an overview of basic essay writing style. The final three lessons focus on developing skills that are used when analyzing texts as the basis of their essays.

    Young Learner's Writing Workshop 2 - Developing a Character Analysis
    Once students have decided what they need to write about, they often have a hard time actually developing the material to include in the essay. For this reason, this interview format exercise develops ideas about various characters which can later be used to help them write an essay.

    Young Learner's Writing Workshop 3 - Using Themes to Relate to a Story
    Students now have a better understanding of the various characters in the short story or book. Students can now deepen their understanding of the work at hand by analyzing the most important themes of the book and how the character would relate to those themes based on their previous work.

    Young Learner's Writing Workshop 4 - Getting Ideas Organized
    This final lesson in this series helps students put their observations into written form by asking them to fill out a questionnaire. Students can then take these replies and incorporate them into their final essay.

    Musical Dictation
    Helping young learner's spell can be made fun by introducing music into the mix. This simple dictation exercise builds on the idea of musical chairs.

    (re)Introducing Phrasal Verbs to ESL Students
    Getting students to come to terms with phrasal verbs is a constant challenge. This lesson takes a two pronged approach to helping student learn phrasal verbs. It begins with a reading comprehension, which is peppered with phrasal verbs and concerns young people getting into trouble, which is sure to get your students telling some of their own tall tales. Next students have a brainstorming session for students to create lists of phrasal verbs to share with one another.

    Helping young learners come to terms with stereotypes, and recognize that stereotypes do contain some truth, but also can not be applied across the board, is central to this lesson. The lesson also helps them improve their descriptive adjective vocabulary while they discuss perceived differences between nations through stereotypes.

    Simon Says
    A fun, classic young learner's game is "Simon Says". In this classic game, one student tells the other students what to do by beginning: "Simon says ... touch your nose / count to five , etc. ". If the student says "touch your nose" and the students perform the command they are out. Of course, this game takes a lot of attention on the part of the teacher.

    Board Games
    In this variation on "Simon Says" students break up into small groups and play a board game following commands similar to those of "Simon Says". After the students have completed the game, they create their own board game using commands they have created on their own.

    Cops and Robbers Tag
    This game helps young learners work on various objects vocabulary and practice the use of the present perfect while having some fun and blowing some steam off.

    Recognizing People
    This activity has young learners work on the present continuous form while at the same time increasing their passive vocabulary skills of descriptive adjectives through recognition. You will need a number of magazines, perhaps two or three per group, for this activity.

    Young Learner's ESL EFL Songs
    This feature contains the texts to a number of young learner's songs focusing on building various basic language skills. While these songs may be used for pre-schoolers in a native English speaking environment, they are very useful for helping older students learn English as their second language.

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