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Learning English should be fun! One way to make it fun is by using Fun Card English. These decks of cards let students practice conversation or grammar while playing a game! Most students already know how to play using these cards (think Uno), and any students who aren’t familiar with the game can learn it […]

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  Pictionary   Place flashcards face down in a pile in the middle of the room or table. Teacher picks up the top card. Choose 1 student to come up and look at the card. Give them a piece of paper or whiteboard to draw the card.  S1: What is it? S2: It’s a dog. […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Beginning reading can be a time of great excitement and anticipation for your child, or a time of anxiety and concern, as he or she enters into this brand-new skill called reading. Having the necessary skills is essential for your child to have a successful first reading experience.   […]

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  It’s a kinkajou! Practice a common phrase with Kinka! キンカジューだ!キンカとよくあるフレーズを練習しましょう!   “It’s a” can be a difficult word combination for young children to master, but it’s very common in English. Get some practice with it and have fun at the same time with this week’s video!   「It’s a」は、小さな子供には難しい単語のコンビネーションですが、英語ではよく使います。今週の動画で楽しみながら練習しましょう!   Classroom Tip The It’s […]

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by Gio Panizzon   If you missed Part 1, read it here!   Strategy Two: Connecting phonics to real books   Once students understand sound/symbol relationships, the next step is to guide them to understand that these relationships are in interesting and entertaining books. Imagine teaching the /p/ sound. Now, chase down a copy of Kevin […]

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by Gio Panizzon   At the age of five, I had to relocate to a new school right in the middle of the school year. All of a sudden, everything was much more difficult, and it was evident that I was far behind my classmates, as I couldn’t read and I couldn’t spell.   I […]

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  Musical Flashcards   Place the same number of flashcards as there are students face down in a circle on the floor. Students stand in a circle around the cards. Choose the “magic” card (e.g., doll). Play a song from the Student Book CD. Stop the music and have each student stand on a flashcard. […]

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  After talking to teachers in Japan for many years, we have realised there is a gap in the resources available, particularly for very young learners in kindergarten and up.   To that end, we have searched far and wide on our travels in Japan and abroad to help liven up your lessons, with materials from fun […]

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  It’s a Circle! Let’s Practice Shape and Toy Words! まるだ!形とおもちゃの単語を練習しましょう!   With this week’s video, children can learn or review vocabulary about shapes and toys, as well as simple sentences using “it’s a”.   今週の動画では形とおもちゃの単語、そして「it’s a」を使った簡単な文を練習しましょう。   Classroom Tip Before doing this chant, play the It’s a Chant video to warm-up. Then, as you […]

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  Try playing these simple variations of well-known card games with flashcards! よく知られているカード遊びのシンプルなバリエーションをフラッシュカードで試してください!     Memory Game     Lay 3-10 flashcards (depending on students’ ability) on floor face up, producing the target language as you lay each one.  T: What is it? S: It’s a (fruit). Students try to remember all the cards on the […]

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