Start the year right:
- 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.
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