For Teachers

 

Start the year right: 

 

Build confidence:

 

  • Start by convincing students that it's easy to understand English. I play a simple game in rhythm in which I give commands in English such as clap your hands, jump, raise your finger, etc. while doing the actions. Simon Says is also a fun game for this purpose.
  • Sing in English. Choose a repetitious song, so that students only have to repeat a few words a time after you sing them. I have a few available in my online store - One Two Touch Your Shoe, A-B-C-D, Ready for School.

  

Learn their names:

 

  • For younger children, the song Good Morning/Good Afternoon includes the question "What's your name?". Children can also ask each other.
  • Ask "Whose name starts with B?" . Have them stand up and say their names, and ask the class if they're correct. Repeat for other letters.
  • Before Rosh Hashana - Each child throws a ball to someone else and says "(name), Happy New Year".
  • If that's not appropriate they can also say "This is a ball and it's going to ..."

 

See what they know and remember:

 

Categories – any age, change vocabulary according to the level 

·         Begin a rhythm.

·         Say "Who can name some (colors, animals, healthy foods, adjectives, etc.) such as (give an example)".

·         Each child has to name a word from that category in turn.

·         Depending on the group, you may eliminate any child who can't think of a word on his turn, or who repeats a word that someone already used.

 

ABC Game – 3rd-6th grade (must know the alphabet and some vocabulary)

·         Choose one child to say the ABC silently, another to say "stop".

·         When the second child says "stop", ask the first child at which letter he stopped.

·         Children must bring you an object beginning with that letter.

 

Word Game - 6th grade and up

·         This game can be played between two students at a time or among the entire class.

·         The first student says a word in English.

·         The next student must say a word that begins with the last letter of the previous word.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Aharon  052-3903306