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The Power of Narrative, Part 2

  by Terry Phillips   Developing speaking and writing Last time we talked about how narratives get students motivated and actively reading or listening. But they can also be used as a springboard for developing speaking and writing. The most obvious link to speaking practice is role play, in which students act out scenes that […]

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by Terry Phillips   Why should we use narratives with language learners? The use of continuing stories in ELT coursebooks has fallen out of fashion since I came into the business – sorry, profession – in the 1970s. This seems to me to be a great shame. Narratives are very powerful as a language learning […]

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Is it a frog? Ask and answer about animals and insects! カエルかな?動物や昆虫について質問して答えましょう!   In this week’s video, let’s look at some animals and insects your child might see when you visit the pond! Then we can use them to practice asking and answering some yes-or-no questions.   今週の動画で池に行けば会えるかもしれない動物や昆虫を見てみましょう! Yes またはNo で答える質問の練習に使えますよ。   Classroom Tip During […]

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Throw and Flip    Place flashcards face down around the edge of the table or in a circle on floor. Have one student roll dice and count the corresponding number of flashcards around the table or circle. Flip over the card stopped at. Introduce the target language.  T: It’s a (strawberry). What is it?  S: […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Sight words are words that appear over and over in the English language. Some of these words can be sounded out, but many cannot. When children can recognize these words immediately “on sight,” their reading speeds up and they gain fluency. This makes the entire reading experience more enjoyable […]

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Learn English by Moving Your Body! 体を動かして英語を覚えましょう!   Moving around and dancing are great ways to make studying English fun and memorable. Try it with this week’s video!   体を動かしたり踊ったりしながら英語を学ぶと、とっても楽しく記憶力もアップします。今週の動画でやってみましょう!   Classroom Tip My Body Wiggle can be use with Happy Valley Student Book 1, Unit 7. Enjoy dancing with this fun song that reviews […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   The type of four-letter words your child needs to learn are frog, plan, drip, went, send, cast, or fast.   For kids to feel confident about reading, they need a plan to figure out new words. As the adult, you are not only teaching how to read specific words, […]

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  Stop   Student chooses a flashcard. Mix it with the other flashcards. Hold the cards and flip through them so the students can see them. When the students see the chosen word, they yell, Stop. Everyone chants the word four times, getting progressively louder or quieter.   生徒がフラッシュカードを選びます。そのカードを他のカードと混ぜます。先生がすべてのカードを持ち、生徒たちに見えるように1枚ずつひっくり返します。生徒は自分が選んだ単語が出たらStopと叫びます。その単語をみんなで4回チャントします。その際、徐々に声が大きく、あるいは小さくなるようにします。   Stop and Touch   Just […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Reading their first book is a big and exciting step for your child. Having the fun of reading a book, making friends with the characters, finding out what happens to them – these are all things that bring joy for your child. With a solid phonics foundation, your child […]

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  Let’s practice basic numbers with this week’s video!   今週の動画で基本の数字を練習しましょう!   Classroom Tip After last week’s video, work more with counting and even trying to match the numbers they hear to the numerals. Play games, like having a student choose a flashcard, then hold up as many fingers. Other students have to find the […]

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