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ESL Website Review: Lanternfish


Lacking resources? Work at a school which expects your to teach English...with nothing? Lanternfish is a great website that I've been using recently. It has plenty of free materials, games, lessons plans, and songs to help you plan your lessons with kids and adults. Read more to learn more about their great stuff.


Teaching Tip: Color code your card game sets


Ever made multiple sets of the same card game for class and then messed them up? Ever finished playing only to fine one lone card sitting on the floor after class? Instead of having to go through every single set to rearrange your cards, why not print each set on a different colored piece of paper or cardboard. It's super easy to print, and makes telling each set apart 100x easier.


The Importance of Repetition


Many students who live in a non-English speaking country may have few opportunities to speak English outside of class. Their only exposure to English may only be their one hour class once a week, which means it may be difficult for students to retain and remember English words and grammar. Therefore you need to continuously repeat the same words and questions again, and again, and again, and again, in order to make them stick. This does limit the amount of new material that they can learn in a year, but it will benefit the students in the long run. Check out this article to learn more about how to use repetition and keep your lessons fun and interesting.

Song: Is, am, are




Here is a great chant and video to help students remember the difficult "I am, you are, he is, she is." Grammar in English. It's a great chant to do in class without the music too!

Teaching Games


Want to use more games in class, but don't know how? Having trouble getting the kids to play properly? Check out this great guide on teaching games and help the kids have more fun when learning English.



Teach kids to read with Starfall.com


Starfall is a great free website which has tones of online stories, quizzes, songs, and worksheets to help children learn how to read. It's aimed towards English speaking children who may have reading difficulties, but it's great for ESL learners as well.


Game: Pass the Pens




A great easy game that you can play to help the students practice asking questions and giving answers. It's a great warm up game for any class.

Age: 6+
Class size: 5+
Materials: Two different colored pens (Or two objects that they can pass around) and a CD player


Song: What are you doing?




A great easy song from Dream English that practices actions like drinking, eating, walking, dancing and the phrase What are you doing? It's a great addition to any kids class, and it's a great way to get your students moving and learning English at the same time.

Speech Contest Training


If you teach English you may inevitably be asked to judge, or train students for a speech contest. If can be a little difficult or confusing if you have never done it before, and you may be given very vague expectations. Therefore I've written some great tips on how to help students train for their speech contest.

Assigning Homework



Many teachers prefer not to assign homework because they find the preparation and marking troublesome. Unfortunately many students who live in non-English speaking countries have few opportunities to practice English outside of class. They may also only have one class a week, so they can quickly forget your lessons and have difficulty keeping up. Therefore homework is a great way to help retain material and help them practice English outside of class.  Some schools may already have set homework that you must give the students, but here are some great homework ideas for if you find yourself on your own.