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If you would like to follow a totally structured curriculum for the age group of 6-7 year olds, then use these stories with lesson plans, worksheets and board games.  Click here!

It’s always a good idea to send some worksheets home with the children so parents can see what you are covering in class, they like to feel involved.  This particular set of stories prepares children specifically for the first level of Cambridge English tests.  That said the topics are standard to all examination boards.  The first set includes: talking about yourself, name, age, what you like, where you live, hair type, colours, animals, food, places, school and sports.

The stories with worksheets and board games are here if you want them.  These are specifically for age 6 and up and follow the curriculum set out for the European A1 level (CEFR). Click here. It also reassures parents if you tell them you are following a curriculum that is on Wikipedia!

Alongside using these stories use easy plays and skits for beginners.  Be sure to perform at least one each term to parents.  You’ll win them over as soon as they see your results for themselves!  Watch the videos on my website to see how much children love learning in this way.  Notice how each play uses constant repetition of the key phrases.  This makes it easy for pupils to learn the skit by heart.

A major error when teaching plays is to use scripts that are too advanced and have pupils learn them by rote in a stilted fashion.  Using a basic repetitive script allows pupils to learn key phrases and vocabulary through classroom games and then put the skit together from memory.  Not only does this lead to ALL pupils knowing ALL the lines as opposed to only knowing their own, but it leads to a more satisfying, natural result.

Visit the link to see two demo videos and find a FREE play script: www.teachingenglishgames.com/eslplays.htm

Each term do a 20 minute show with vocabulary games in action where kids show off all the words they have learned with you, a song or two with actions and a skit or two if the group manage to learn two of those.  That is a hit with parents and you will make them feel included, but also reassured that they are not wasting their money and time with you, instead they will be confident in your abilities and tell their friends about you.

Email me, Shelley Ann Vernon, with any questions here: info@teachingenglishgames.com

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