British Council - Learn English sites
Learn English with Pictures and Audio
ETAI - English Teachers' Association of Israel
ESL Games World
Agenda Web - Free English Exercises
Starfall - learn to read
Tools for Educators
Rebeats - Learn English with song clips
English words structured to help kids learn
Understanding Learner Outcomes Through Educational Games
Teaching Unplugged - Activities
Using Songs and Games - link to workshop summary
Making English Lessons Relevant
English is a Language - It's everywhere and connected to every subject, which makes easy to find a topic that your students will find interesting.
Start out by asking some questions. These questions can reinforce grammar and syntax while allowing students to talk about themselves and learn about each other. To make it interesting and get their attention, add some rhythm, or start with one of these opening songs:
Hello Everybody - for 3rd-6th grades, from English is More Fun
Let's Talk - for 4-6th grades, from English is Fun
Let's Talk More - for 6th grade and up, from English is Fun as You Advance
Find out what interests them, and build lessons around these subjects. Let each student become an expert on a different subject and then present what they learned to the class, however they choose. Teach songs that they like (but review the lyrics first), watch a game and let them take turns being sportscasters, have them write a story and act it out. For more advice on planning lessons around your students, see the article Teaching Unplugged at the link below.
While singing songs in class, point to objects or pictures as you say them rather than translating the songs. Examples - I Love You, This is a House, Ready for School, Riding in a Car, Tell Me What You're Wearing, What Color is the Flag
Many songs have obvious movements that go with them. These involve children in the lesson and help them absorb the language. Examples - One-Two-Touch Your Shoe, One Big Circle, The Ball Goes Around, What We Do, Spin the Dreidel.
Other songs involve more acting - for you and/or the children. Examples - The Weather Rock, Animals Everywhere, Riding in a Car, Happy Birthday to the Trees, Purim is a Happy Holiday, Four and Ten.
Worksheets - Feel free to download and copy for classroom use.
A Long Short Walk
(From English is Fun as You Advance)How Do You Do That?
(From English is Fun as You Advance)Speak English
(From English is Fun as You Advance)You Sing, I Sing
(From English is Fun as You Advance)
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