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by Terry Phillips   It is not easy to find readers which actually teach reading. But you don’t have to buy readers if you are prepared to do a bit of work yourself. In fact, as an experienced teacher of young learners whose first language is not English, you can probably produce better readers than […]

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  Whispers   Students and teacher sit in a circle. Teacher holds up a flashcard and whispers the target language to the student next to them.  T: It’s a (clothing). The first student takes the card from the teacher, passes it to the next student and whispers the vocabulary to them. The card is passed […]

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It’s a bee! Let’s learn some animal words! ミツバチだ!動物の単語を覚えましょう!   This week’s video teaches words for some animals that your child might see in their daily life!   今週の動画では日常生活で見かけるかもしれない動物の名前を教えます!   Classroom Tip This song goes with Happy Valley 1 Unit 8 vocabulary. Do the It’s a Chant and use this in place of the CD […]

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by Terry Phillips   Continued from Part 1   Myth 3: You only need to control for vocabulary level to make a reading text comprehensible So let’s forget adapting native speaker readers. Graded ESL/EFL readers from UK publishers are certainly strictly, almost pathologically, controlled for vocabulary. But English is a syntactic language, so unless there […]

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  What’s in My Bag?   Put the target language flashcards or student book stickers into a bag (you can also put small objects into the bag). Sing to the tune of the song “Skip to my Loo”, “Bag, bag, what’s in my bag? Bag, bag, what’s in my bag? Take a look, look and […]

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by Terry Phillips   I have been in language teaching for over forty years, working as a freelance ELT author for the last 30 years. During that time, I have written support materials for graded readers but never actually written any myself. I did not think there was a need for any more graded readers. […]

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Yes! No! Practice these basic answers with Kinka and Pinka! イエス!ノー!キンカとピンカと一緒に基本の返事を練習しましょう!     In this week’s video we use a song to practice the most basic words for answering questions, yes and no.   今週の動画では歌を使って一番簡単な返事、イエスとノーの練習をします。   Classroom Tip The Yes, No Song is great for working on answering Yes/No Questions. Use it with Unit 8 […]

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  by Terry Phillips   Presenting and practising tense grammar in context A narrative can be written in present tenses. In fact, it should be, for students when they are starting to read. We do not want a learner to have a first encounter with a verb in the simple past, since so many frequent […]

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  TPR Game   Give a series of action commands. Students do them in the order they heard them. T: Turn around, jump and run.  Get progressively more difficult, adding more and more actions to the sequence.   先生が一連のアクションを見せます。生徒はそれを聞いた順番通りに行います。 T: Turn around, jump and run. 徐々に難しく、アクションの数を増やしていきます。   Treasure Hunt   Students sit with their Student […]

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  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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