Learn how to make teaching ESL to preschool children magic and fun..!
"Get exciting results using these brilliant games, activities and stories so your 3-5 year old children love learning English"
Hello and welcome. My name is Shelley Ann Vernon. Thank you for visiting this page and I want to tell you that you have come to the right place if you are looking for fresh fun ideas to bring magic and natural learning to your ESL preschool classroom or nursery.
Here you can discover how to ensure your children learn English effortlessly using simple proven techniques that will absolutely make your job more fun and satisfying.
These tips are for you if you are teaching 3-6 year old preschool children, beginners in English as a second language in small to medium-sized groups.
If you are teaching older children only then please find out more here: 6-12 years olds.
From: Shelley Ann Vernon
Dear Preschool Teacher,
Do you feel daunted by the prospect of teaching English to 3-6 year old children? Do you have enough fresh ideas to be the most inspiring teacher that you possibly can?
Given that preschoolers have a very short attention span you are going to need a fresh idea about every 5 minutes! You also need to know how to turn games and activities into language learning opportunities so that the children learn to understand and speak English.
Some teachers think that it is enough to keep their preschoolers busy. I see teachers asking how they can fill the time in class. Well you can do better than just fill in time. If you do not have any experience, don't worry! With the right ideas and approach you will succeed.
Fun Learning English - the Natural Way
If you are in a situation where you take preschoolers for a few sessions during the week only then you do not want to be making time-consuming arts and crafts during your language lessons. The children will be doing that anyway outside of your language class.
I want to stress that arts and crafts are wonderful valid activities, but that they should not be the main focus if you are there to teach English and you only have limited time.
For example if the children have a half hour time slot for English then you should not spend more than 5-8 minutes of that half hour on colouring or cutting type activities. There are far better ways to impart a practical knowledge of English to the children if you have limited time to do it.
You need a battery of games, activities, stories and ideas up your sleeve so you can stride into class looking forward to being rewarded by great results and happy faces.
You will be able to have the satisfaction of putting on presentations to parents and the school or nursery where the children show off all that they have learned, and you will be the envy of other teachers who do not know about your secret methods!
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I was fortunate enough to discover these exciting teaching methods when I started teaching English to children. This was after obtaining two degrees at university, in languages and music, and using my TEFL qualification teaching teenagers and adults around the world.
I used to spend HOURS preparing lessons, searching around for fun games and ideas to liven up my teaching and give my pupils enough time for communicating in English with listening and speaking activities.
While doing my degree in music I was also teaching language to young children, and I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar by a brilliant music teacher. This lady made teaching the theory of music to preschoolers a cinch! That is quite a feat when most adults do not know the difference between a crotchet and a quaver.
I was so inspired by her methods that I immediately started adapting them to my language classes. I was so impressed with the immediate results I obtained using these methods that I expanded and developed them substantially, in the knowledge that this was an exciting way to teach children.
Since then thousands of teachers have been using my ideas and their testimonials and thank you comments speak louder than any words I could say.
Proven, tried and tested ESL Preschool Ideas
The children are sooo enthusiastic!
Hello! It was just to let you know that I am enjoying all the stories and that the children are soooo enthusiastic especially with the follow-up activities.
It has been a great help!
Natalie Sannino, teaching in Barcelona
This teacher is saving time and feels less stressed!
Thanks Shelley. Your resources are already saving me heaps of time and lessening the anxiety from having such a hectic and mixed teaching schedule. I'm teaching kindy, elementary and middle school.
Anthony Bennett, South Korea (3-5 and 4-12 teaching resources)
Children love you!
And here is a little note I got from one of my 5-year-old pupils. Heather Smith, Canterbury, UK. learning English with EFL games
Teachers love them! Firstly I should say how fantastic I think the ebook and resources are, I use them for every lesson and the kids love it, when I arrive for the class they are clamouring to know what games they will be playing this time...
Claire Wilding, Spain
Teachers do have some potential problems to face when it comes to teaching preschoolers English as a second language. Here are some of the problems many preschool teachers have:
- Preschool children have a VERY short attention span fun english game
- Preschool children will forget things quickly
- Preschool children may not be fully confident in their own language
- Some of your preschool children may not be motivated to learn fun learning
- They may be fearful easy ESL game
- Pre-school children develop at very different rates so you are sure to have a mixed ability group
- You need a LOT of ideas to keep their attention
- You need real language learning techniques and not just time fillers to keep the children busy
- Preschoolers can be easily overwhelmed
How to Best Teach Preschool English Language Learners
As a solution to these challenges use the things on the checklist below for guaranteed success in teaching English. These are the things that children love to do and you can use them as a vehicle for learning to gain instant results.
- Chop and change your games and activities every 5-10 minutes.
- This is vital because preschool children need variety as they get bored easily and have a very short attention span.
- Vary the pace during the lesson, mixing up excitable games with quiet ones. You do not want your children getting bored but you do not want them getting over-excited either, so vary the pace according to the mood and keep the children on their toes but not over the top.
- Repeat, review and revise. Use short games to review vocabulary and phrases you have taught earlier in the term and the year. If you neglect this, the children will have no recollection of the language you have covered!
- Make your lessons playful and full of physical movement. The children will enjoy them more, be more motivated and remember the language better.
- Teach in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with plenty of encouragement.
- Avoid competition with preschoolers. It can be stressful and overwhelm them. Play games where everyone wins, or where you do not single out a winner.
- Encourage and support your young learners. Never tell them they cannot do it, they are no good at it or that they have failed. You could put them off wanting to learn English for life.
- Bring in puppets or teddy bears and have the puppet introduce the new vocabulary for the lesson. If you do not have a puppet you can make one from a paper bag, or by sewing a couple of buttons on a sock.
- Use chants, rhymes and songs. These are great for movement and frequent repetition of vocabulary and phrases. Check the CD of songs that goes with this programme.
- Do not burden your preschool children with reading and writing – leave those for when the children are older. Preschoolers are still learning to write in their own language. There is plenty of time for that later.
- Concentrate on listening and understanding, building vocabulary and the acquisition of short phrases.
- Concentrate also on speaking practise, starting with single words and short phrases, and gradually moving onto longer sentences and questions.
- Avoid abstract concepts and concentrate instead on concrete real items that the children understand and relate to. For example start with familiar topics such as colours, numbers, greetings, animals, fruit, food and drink, families, body parts, shapes, clothing, the weather, days of the week and short everyday sentences and phrases. Teaching these topics using games activities and stories will engage your preschoolers considerably more than learning phonics and the alphabet!!
- Use please and thank you and be positive. The human mind cannot actually process negatives - try not thinking of a blue monkey - you can't help it - you think of one! Rather than telling children off and telling them what not to do focus on positive behaviour. If John is interrupting Jane look at Jane and say, I am listening to Jane now.
- Be prepared - practise telling the stories before you go into class and have your picture flashcards and materials ready. This will allow you to be relaxed and to enjoy the class and the children rather than frantically trying to organise your materials while the children become restless and bored.
- Mix up active participation and listening. If the children become restless do something active.
- Be flexible. If something is not working then change the game or activity.
- Involve shy children too - give them a central role and help them come out of their shell.
- Bring in real objects when you can, such as clothes to dress up in, or props for acting out little plays or stories. When you cannot bring in real items use whatever objects are available in your class, and use colourful pictures of real items in the games.
- Use stories. Stories are a fabulous resource for preschoolers, who will want to hear the same tales told over and over again. We all love stories - just think of the worldwide popularity of the movies. You can use games and activities to teach the key words in the story, inspire the children with colourful illustrations to help them understand, and act out parts of the stories or the whole story afterwards with role plays, games and make believe.
Here are ten great reasons to use stories to teach preschoolers English:
- Children love them
- The story can be the focal point of the lesson, giving meaning and context to odd words and phrases learned in isolation.
- Children can absorb the structure of language subconsciously as well as hear familiar words they know.
- Preschoolers will be happy to hear the same stories over and over again which is fantastic for revision and absorption.
- You can use the stories as a base for fun activities in class.
- A useful message can be contained in the story, aside from language learning
- Using stories gives you another method of putting language across and will lead to more variety in your lessons.
- You can use stories as quiet time in between boisterous activities.
- Stories, along with songs, allow children to hear and understand far more English than any other method.
- Enhancing story telling with gestures, actions, colourful illustrations, relevant games and role-plays increases language retention and acquisition, and makes for some really fun lessons. This is logical as you will be repeatedly reviewing and practising the same language as well as making it real through play.
Preschool ESL resources for fun learning
- To help you with the above guidelines I have created a tremendous resource for preschool ESL teachers. This is just the ticket for you to be able to teach effectively with the fun and variety that preschool children need.
- Access an abundance of preschool activities and games and never be short of an idea again. There are one hundred games which include several hundred ideas to teach English to your preschool children in fun ways.
- Choose from lively games to quiet ones to keep your children under control yet give them the variety that they need to be stimulated during your lessons.
- Games make learning fun so your class and children are willing participants and not just there because they have to be.
- Choose from listening and comprehension games and vary and reinforce with communicative speaking games.
- Make use of hundreds of ideas for vocabulary acquisition and revision.
- Remember that repetition is the mother of skill. These preschool ESL activities incorporate repetition as part of the natural learning process.
- Hundreds of ideas to make learning words and short phrases and sentences fun and varied.
- Many games and activities include movement so the children learn through what is known as the total physical response. There is a corpus of research which shows that this is necessary for preschoolers if they are to enjoy lessons and learn effectively.
- Activities games and ideas are included that you can use while chanting, singing or saying nursery rhymes.
- The games and activities do not involve competition so your preschoolers will not become stressed or overwhelmed. Everyone plays and takes part in harmony.
- Use the bonuses provided including illustrated stories especially written for the ESL preschool English language learner. There are TWO levels of text, one for complete beginners and one for children who have been learning English for a year or two.
- Teach any language you like using hundreds of flexible ideas provided
- Very little preparation is needed for these ideas so you will have more time for your own personal life.
- You can easily control the children by switching to calming games when you need to calm everyone down or throw in an exciting game when you want to pick up the pace. Variety is the key and with over one hundred games you are spoiled for choice.
These games are really super for preschoolers and guaranteed to help you with your lessons. The digital book of games could easily sell for 47 dollars according to the internet marketing experts, you can have it today for only 39.95 US Dollars. And that's not all, check out these GREAT bonuses that come with the games!
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Super Bonus Included!
Ten Stories with Fun Colour Illustrations
This fantastic bonus is included with the e-book of preschool teaching games and activities. I have created ten stories which are especially written for preschool English language learners.
Vocabulary and language is introduced gently and progressively using a combination of new language and revision of what has gone before.
This makes these stories a perfect ESL teaching resource because not too much language is introduced at one time, so even three year old language learners will understand and learn from these stories, gradually building on their vocabulary.
Each story is fully and beautifully illustrated in colour so the children can listen and understand easily. You can see examples of the pictures from the different stories below, as well as the language that will be learned and reviewed from that story.
The first story introduces seven animals and the greeting, "Hello, how are you?" "I'm fine thanks" and "I'm hungry". The animals are all cute and friendly looking and use the same language throughout the story.
The second story introduces a few more and includes the animals from the first story. The children will learn and animals and practise counting to ten as Anna goes to the zoo, sees the animals and counts how many there are.
The third story revises counting and introduces colours as Archie jumps round a course of colourful jumps on his pony, and things do not always go as expected!
The fourth story revises the greeting from story one, and colours and animals. Some new words from nature are introduced such as grass, flower, pond and path, plus the short phrases "Is that you?" and "No, it's me". There are some really fun games to play with those phrases.
The fifth story involves a group of ten cute little ants which are marching down a path, and which drop off to sleep one by one in different places. This revises the word ant, all the numbers and the colours from stories two and three, the nouns from story four and introduces some new words plus the short phrases "I'm tired" and "falls asleep".
The sixth story stars a very cute cocker spaniel and revises several the nouns from stories four and five and introduces action verbs such as run, shout, walk and chase.
In the seventh story the cute cocker spaniel chases some ducks and loses her master. This story revises vocabulary from previous stories and introduces more action verbs.
Story eight involves an ant which has a hard time getting his teddy bear to go to sleep. Again there is a mixture of revision and new words and phrases, including some more action verbs and "I'm tired" and "I'm not tired". "The kids absolutely adore stories 1-10. The big favourite here is the bear with his own teddy bear, they think that's really funny and ask for this story over and over (though by now it's THEM telling ME the story!" from Genevra Keywood, teaching in Spain"
In story nine Hetty invites a lion to tea. This story revises greetings and some vocabulary from previous stories, and introduces fruits and the question "would you like some …?"
And story ten introduces the days of the week and Gerard the Giraffe who eats far too much. You can use the numbers 1 to 7 if the days of the week are too hard. The story also revises the vocabulary from story nine.
The stories on their own are really lovely, and they all have adorable characters or a cute twist at the end that appeals to preschoolers, and adults too for that matter!
Pre-teach language with fun games before telling the story
You can also play games and activities before the story to introduce the key vocabulary. And after the story you can have the children act out the characters while you read the story again, play games using the illustrations.
Full details and descriptions are provided for pre and post story games and activities. This means that you do not have to spend time coming up with your own ideas as they are already included.
There are enough pre and post story ideas here to keep you occupied for many lessons, and this is IN ADDITION to the one hundred games in the e-book of games.
As well as the story-related games and activities you can play before and after the story-telling itself, there are tips on the different things that you can do while you are telling the story. This will vary depending on whether it is the first time you are telling the story or if the children already know it well and keep requesting to hear it again.
The better the children know the story and the words involved the more they can participate in the telling of the story and be actively involved rather than just passively listening.
Let's hear from a few more teachers so you know you too can be really successful with these stories:
She couldn't stop the children from memorising all the lines! ...And they still remembered it weeks later!
I have taught the first three storied already and the children loved it. They loved it so much that they memorised all the lines. I did not ask them to memorise the lines, it was their idea and you know how hard it is to make a little kid memorise the lines you want him to.
I really like the way you make the sentences for the stories, in form of patterns. It is the best way for the international students to learn English.
And, I forgot to tell you, the students not only memorised the patterns but they remember it well even after a few weeks.
Mihaela Coclea, Yantai, China
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Super Bonus 2! Flashcards in Colour to Teach Vocabulary
I have also created an essential extra. In order to pre-teach key vocabulary before reading a story, and to revise it in games afterwards, you will need picture Flashcards of the target language, as it is not always possible to have real or model items to hand.
These are IN ADDITION to the story illustrations and you can use these for introducing new words and reviewing them. I have had these drawn and coloured by an artist and you will be able to download and print them off.
This way you will have everything you need for the lessons - all the ideas and the materials combined, so you will not have to spend any time or money on that.
I hope you will be keen to introduce your preschoolers to the delightful characters in the stories, as well as have fun playing the many games in the e-book. The stories and games complement each other perfectly for imaginative fun lessons where your children will be listening and speaking English and really enjoying it.
Super Bonus 3! Special Report on Teaching Twos
This is a twenty-five page report dedicated to teaching two year olds which I compiled after receiving feedback from 250 teachers.
It is so motivating to read all the ideas that it makes you want to get into a classroom right away to try the fun activities immediately!
Although this report is dedicated to teaching two year olds ALL the ideas also work with three to five as well. So this is excellent for you even if you are not teaching twos, but you are teaching three to five.
This excellent preschool teaching resource is priced very reasonably because I want teachers around the world to have value for money and be delighted. I did invest thousands of dollars in the creation of this package – notably for the drawings. I don't need to go on about the value of this product because it is self-evident and many teachers have told me it is at a price they cannot refuse.
I've seen other downloadable story products on internet for more than double what I am charging, and the pictures were not nearly as nice. So here is today's price, pending an inevitable increase, 39.95 US Dollars!!!
Bear in mind that I do offer a 60-day guarantee so if you are not completely and totally satisfied you can ask for a refund.
I am sure you will love it, but the guarantee is there so that you can try this teaching resource out at no risk to you.
So download your digital ebook "English Language Games for Children aged 3-5" with TEN Colour Stories and Vocabulary Flashcards
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Shelley Ann Vernon
Teaching English Games
PS I know your preschoolers are going to be motivated to learn English with you when you use these fun methods, and that you never be short of ideas.
Included for only 39.95 US Dollars:
- 129 Preschool English Language Games. Value 29.97 Dollars
- Ten stories specifically written for ESL preschoolers with beautiful full colour illustrations. Value 39 Dollars.
- Games and activities especially written to use before, during and after telling the story to pre-teach and revise key vocabulary and language. Value 12 Dollars.
- Tips and ideas to use during the story telling itself.
- Original colour flashcards to use in games to pre-teach or revise vocabulary. Value 12 Dollars.
And remember if you are encouraging and your lessons are fun and varied, with plenty of movement, changes of pace and fresh new ideas, then you will certainly have success with your English teaching.
Even better, you will be responsible for helping your preschoolers associate fun to learning, which will help them throughout their lives in all their endeavours.
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