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Regardless of your position in the field of education or how much you love your work, scheduling in time to revitalize yourself is key in preventing burnout and promoting a positive attitude. When the scales weigh too heavily on the side of work, it can manifest in things like a short temper with loved ones or feeling shortchanged when Sunday night rolls...

The Young and the Restless

  Teaching a Junior Class for the First Time It’s their first day of school, as your new pupils rush to their seats in anticipation of what they are going to do. Some are more timid than the rest, while others literally have no clue as to the logic of their presence there. You can see the curiosity on their faces as to why they should attend yet another...

Christmas Video Facts

  This is a great simple activity to practice their reading and writing skills while talking about some unusual facts about Christmas.  Activity Time:  15 mins Level: Teens and Adults Intermediate + First put your class in pairs. Tell them to write the following information on a piece of paper or on their notebooks. Make sure...

ELT 2021 Influencers: Evangelia Vassilakou

Evangelia Vassilakou has a BA degree in Philosophy from Deree College, The American College of Greece and an MA degree in Applied Linguistics from Hellenic American University with a high distinction. She has also been nominated as a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics (HAU). Evangelia is a committed and goal-driven educator with 20 years’ experience in...

Xmas Conversation questions

208087 1777x1346 christmasclassroom  Over 25 different questions to get the class talking about Christmas.   Level: Teens and Adults all levels.   • Did you enjoy last Christmas? Why? • How do you celebrate Christmas? • What is a traditional Christmas like in your country? • Do you decorate the outside of your house for Christmas? • Do you eat a turkey dinner for...

Together we can!

Young learners (Primary Students) are curious, they want to create, explore, to question about the world! We have to help them explore! In this article, we will discuss some tips in order to create meaningful lessons for our young learners. If you want curious students, be curious yourself! Start planning your own questions about the world, search for...

A game of Christmas Taboo

Christmas Taboo main Christmas Taboo is a simple game you can play in class to revise Christmas vocabulary. The aim of the game is simple; each person takes a card and they must describe the word on the card without saying or using that word or any of the additional words written on that card.  Level: Young learners and teens.    

Methods and Techniques for Young Learners

  A number of principles can inform the following approaches to teaching young learners. Build teaching around activities and physical movement. Link language learning to physical activities by having children use and hear English for making things, drawing pictures, completing puzzles, labelling pictures, matching words and pictures, playing games, acting...

Looking out for new teaching resources for your Junior classes?

What often urges language teachers to look out for new teaching resources is their concern whether the new materials ‘out there’ are more appropriate for their junior learners, centred on their own interests, backed up by other components or more attractive in terms of visuals. More preoccupations stretch from whether their activities take less time to...

Graded readers in ELT: the benefits and ways of using them

graded readers  Graded readers or ‘readers’ are books that contain language adjusted to the level of the learner. The language is graded for vocabulary, complexity of grammar structures and also by the number of words. They are made to cater for all levels from beginners to advanced.  Graded readers can help learners build their confidence in reading, and...

Never lose contact with your inner child!

Teaching junior classes! Some of us love it, others dread it. In the latter case, kindly abstain from ever getting involved with it, lest you discover that it is not the nightmare you feared it would be! No, dear colleagues, I am pulling your leg. Whether you find it is worth your energy or you prefer to teach older students, it is entirely up to you to do...

Teaching Materials and Young Learners

The enormous amount of existing materials for the teaching of English to young learners might lead us to think that everything has been invented and nothing is left to be discovered in EFL. But when you are in a real classroom working with children you realise that not all existing materials are equally successful in the class. Why is that? Why do children...

Following the Child: Pre-School EAL and Why Montessori Had the Answers

Pre-School English as an Additional Language is notorious for the inexplicable challenge it withholds for us, teachers. Yet, phonemes and morphemes are the simplest units of language. Still, those feel impossible to teach to 3-year-olds.  The answer lies in the medium. Pre-school children are ready to acquire even more complex entities than phonemes...

Presenting and teaching English vocabulary via Semantic Feature Analysis grids and matrixes (SFA)

Presenting and teaching English vocabulary via Semantic Feature Analysis grids and matrixes SFA  Text by: Evangelia Vassilakou  Traditional vocabulary instruction focuses on pre teaching either difficult or low frequency vocabulary. This can cause students to stop reading a text because of unfamiliar words. On the contrary, Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) departs from a traditional vocabulary approach and effectively develops...

The energy chants & rhymes bring to teaching

Rhymes and chants bring energy and joy to the learning experience of kids, add variety to our teaching materials and practices and help the class bond. Rhymes usually tell very short stories in verse and are the bread-and-butter of early child literature. When children act rhymes out, they imagine the characters and paint pictures in their minds of the...

How To Engage Young Learners

We know that the essential ingredient that enables motivation to facilitate deep student learning is engagement. And as educators, we are very aware of how important it is for our learners to be engaged. Engagement has been defined as the extent to which students are connected to what they are learning, how they are learning it, and who they are learning...

Teaching Young Learners: You Belong!

When teaching young learners there is one thing I want them to feel; safe. Vocabulary, grammar, and skills are important. But nothing really matters, if our students do not feel comfortable in their learning environment, if they don’t feel safe making mistakes, if they don’t feel comfortable using the language. So, my first and most important advice for all...

Foreign Languages and Pre-Primary Students. Are We Overdoing It?

It comes as no surprise that the demands of our ever-developing society would at some point leave its mark on the generations which will succeed us. The necessity to harness a young individual’s true potential with the purpose of integrating it into the global machine has already taken its effect, as schools constantly update and enrich their syllabuses...

Lack of vocabulary=lack of extensive reading

lack of extensive readingThe approach to building basic vocabulary involves identification of the most basic vocabulary, the benefits of extensive reading, the strengths of explicit instruction in vocabulary and the importance of using word notebooks and dictionaries. English-language learners (ELLs) face a learning paradox: on one hand they need vocabulary to be able to read...

Make learning fun

Fun, fun, fun! This is one factor that really matters to kids. And that goes for kids on the playground as well as those in the classroom. Many educators believe that kids learn best through play. And what is true of English-speaking children, in this case, will also be true of English-learning students. Here are some ways you can make learning more fun...

The factor of anxiety in Young Learners' classes

The factor of anxiety in Young Learners classes  As English teachers, we’re almost always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to stimulate our language learners. It was ELT author and researcher Stephen D. Krashen who gave us his Affective Filter hypothesis of Second or Foreign language acquisition. (Krashen – Terrell, 1983)   His hypothesis states, that conditions which promote low...

Turn to the Child and Shed Expectations

Classifications generate expectations. The expectation is a risky state of consciousness, as it sets precarious standards. It’s easy to lose sight of what is important when assessing against quantitative grids. Classification of learners according to age groups is convenient and cost-effective. A question on the reliability of this categorization is an...

How young is too young to learn a Foreign Language?

HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG TOO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE  Quite often in a monolingual family we are confronted with the dilemma of what is the appropriate age for our kids to start learning a foreign language. Should they first be exposed to a new language as early as kindergarten or should we wait until the first years of primary school, when our little ones try to master the written form of their mother...