Learn How to Make Teaching ESL to Preschool Children Magic and Fun!
Get exciting results using these brilliant ESL games and activities so your 3-6 year old children will 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 nursery or young primary school classroom.
Here you can discover how to ensure your children learn English effortlessly using simple proven techniques that will 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.
Dear Pre-school & young Primary school 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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Achieve Results Twice as Fast
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.
Her methods so inspired me 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 ESL games for kids, 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
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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)
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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
- 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
- They may be fearful
- 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.
- And last, but definitely not least, use stories. Stories are a fabulous resource for preschool children, who will want to hear the same tales told over and over again. A curriculum of stories for beginners is available on this site.
- 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.
Preschool ESL resources for fun learning
- To help you with the above guidelines I have created a tremendous resource for preschool & young primary 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 & young primary 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.
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Toddlers don’t like to be organised into games so you need a different approach, just as varied, but different, and this report tells you what to do, and how to do it.
Teachers have classed this report as the best toddlers resource they own. The reason it is so good is that over 250 preschool teachers contributed ideas to it, ideas that deliver in the classroom and also when teaching toddlers at home.
It is so motivating to read all the ideas that it makes you want to get into a classroom right away and try the fun activities immediately!
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- I know your pre-school & young primary kids are going to be motivated to learn English with you when you use these fun methods, and that you will never be short of ideas.
- 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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