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Hello Kitty ABC song

Why not make the ABC song more exciting with this great Hello Kitty ABC song video. It was a big hit with my kindergarten classes. It also goes a bit slower than the regular ABC song, and makes the L M N O P easier to understand for English learners.  

Vote on where you would teach English

What area of the world would you like to teach English?


Work From Home With English Phone Lessons

Are you interested in teaching overseas but don't want to leave your home country? Daily call is Japan's largest telephone company. Get paid to make calls to English students in Japan.

It's also a great option for teachers living in very rural areas where it may be difficult to pick up extra work.

A lot of the lessons are short, some even five minutes, so it also seems great for any English teacher who wants to pick up another part-time job, but doesn't have enough time.

You can apply here on their website
Daily call homepage

Teacher Interview

Are you interested in appearing in one of our teacher interviews? It's a great way to talk about your own experiences, and it's also a fantastic way of promoting yourself, business or blog. I regularly share each interview on the Kids ESL Facebook, Twitter and Pintrest a few times a year, so it's a great way of promoting yourself to hundreds of followers connected with ESL. It's also a great way to talk yourself up to future employers when apply for a new job

Check out the below example and contact me today at contact@kidsesl.net
Here are some example questions, but feel free to add your own.

Please tell us about yourself.
How have you enjoyed teaching overseas in the country you worked in?
What are the positive and negative aspects of living in this country?
What advice can you give to new teachers interested in teaching in this country?
Have you had the opportunity to travel?
What are your future plans after returning home, or moving on to another country?
Do you have anything which you would like to promote?
A picture of yourself, school, students, or a nice picture you have taken of the country you work in would also be great!
Teach ESL in your home country? That's also great. I would love to hear about your experiences as well.
Here is an example of an interview done with an English teacher working in Japan.


Work in Japanese public schools with Interac

Interact is a great way to experience working in a public school in Japan as an assistant English teacher. It's also a great alternative if you fail to get into the popular JET program. I've done some research about this company and talked to many teachers, so read more to learn the pros and cons of working for Interac.

Kids ESL on Twitter

Please feel free to follow Kids ESL on twitter for the latest news, games, jobs, and advice on teaching English to children.

Rosetta Stone

Today I would like to introduce a great piece of learning software known as Rosetta stone. It’s known throughout the world, and it’s great for personal use, in a language school, or to recommend to any student who’s passionate about English.


Game: Rock Paper Scissors Battle

This is a great game to help reinforce vocab and grammar by using the popular game Rock Paper Scissors.


Adjusting to a foreign workplace.

If you decide to make the decision to work overseas, adjusting to a foreign workplace can be difficult. In most cases there are other English teachers who you can relate to and ask for advice, but if you’re working at a regular school as the English teacher, you may be the only foreigner in the school or town. You may also be the only person who can speak English. This can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. If you are having trouble coping with your new environment here are some tips to improve your work life.

Learn English with Frozen

The recent Disney movie Frozen was a huge success with had thousands of people singing Let it go all over the world. I too was assaulted by a bunch of Japanese six year olds in the hall the other day who promptly began singing a Frozen song. They had learnt it at their English Cram school.

You too can utilise this movie to help your students learn. Kids will naturally pay attention and try to learn something that interests them, so why not utilise their love of Disney movies to teach them English.

Click read more to see how you can use Frozen in your English Lessons.

Song: I like Chicken

An easy to understand song with a great video and catchy tune which helps reinforce food the grammar point, “I like.” And “I don’t like.” Click Read more and scroll to see the video.


Teacher Interviews Japan: Dani

Here at Kids ESL I plan on interviewing many different ESL teachers. Reading about other teachers and their experiences in a great insight into the ESL teaching world. Our first interview is about Dani and her experience teaching English at a cram school in Japan

Please tell us about yourself.

Hi! My name is Dani Hadaway and I’m from Lafayette, Indiana, USA. I studied East Asian Cultures and Languages at Indiana University with a focus in Japanese as well as minoring in Linguistics and Modern Dance. I have always had a passion for languages and love incorporating movement as a teaching technique in class. My senior year of university I taught creative dance to a mentally handicapped second grade class at a low-income school. Afterwards I decided to pursue my teaching career in Japan. Besides teaching, my passions include running, writing, the outdoors, and animal rights.


This game is great for children who can’t sit still and concentrate, and it’s a great way of burning small children’s energy and teaching them English at the same time.

Song: The Clothing Song

A great song and video which helps reinforce clothing vocabulary and the difficult “He,” “She” and “it.”


Scary Flashcard Game

A game to play with young children which helps reinforce new words, and will have them running in terror.


Free up your Smartphone bill with a Freebit Smartphone

Freebit in Japan has just released a 2000 Yen a month unlimited internet SIM free smartphone.


Secret Card Game

Theme: Games

This is a super simple and great game that I made up with helps reinforce the grammar structure “Do you have a….”


A great way to keep over stimulated students busy after they finish their work is with a word search. Read more to see how you can utilise word searches in your English class

How much is it? Pop version.

Theme: Songs

If you’re students are struggling with those important phrases such as “How much is it?” “It’s….dollars.” Check out this great video which will have them singing and dancing “How much is it?” in no time.

Teach Abroad through Reach To Teach

Theme: Jobs

Reach To Teach helps you find an ESL teaching job with a reputable school that meets our standards for high quality English teacher positions in destinations all over the world.



Find Work in Japan on Ohayo Sensei

Theme: Jobs

This is a great website that I always use when looking for work in Japan. Click on "Pick up the current issue" to check out new job listings around Japan. The Newsletter is published twice a month, and I highly recommend reading and apply to new jobs as soon as the new issue is released.


Card Slap Game (Karuta)

Theme: Games

I'd like to introduce a popular game in Japan known as Karuta. It's a big hit in Japanese classrooms and I'm certain that your students will be addicted in no time.

Dancing Korean Man

Theme: Songs

I discovered this guy’s videos while searching for videos for my private student. This Korean man takes dialogues from the English textbook for Korean Elementary school students and turns it into song and dance. It’s great for if you’re working in Korea, and it’s simple and easy enough to teach any student. Teach them the dance as well and it’s a great way to help your students remember English. Click read more to check out more by this man.

ArirangPod ESL Song] This is my family for ESL class
This song is from English language Text book 2011 in Korean public shools


Theme: Teaching Tips
A great way to motivate small children is with stickers. These are like crack to small children, and those three year olds will jump through hoops of fire to get even one. Click Read more to see some great ways that you can use stickers in the classroom to motivate small children.

Improve Your English

How can you teach English when your own writing is full of mistaks. Check out this great video about common mistakes in English writing.



Theme: Games

If you're looking for a game to help reinforce vocab words or if you have a spare few minutes before the end of class, why not pick up a piece of chalk and play pictionary with your class.

Learn Another Language

Theme: Misc

If you're teaching English as a second language it doesn't hurt to have a go at learning another language yourself. You gain a better understanding of what you're students are going through, and it's also a useful skill.

If you're currently living an working in a non-English speaking country I would highly recommend learning as much of the local language as possible. It will make your daily life a lot easier, and you'll get so much more out of your overseas experience.

1st Person Daily Activities

Theme: 1st person daily activities

Here's a great video about 1st person daily activites that I showed my kindergarten students. They thought it was hilarious. The words and grammar are quite simple and easy as well.

Dave’s ESL Cafe

Theme: Jobs
Dave’s ESL Café is a great website where you can find job listings from all over the world. From Shanghai to Dubahi you can find ESL jobs in a wide range of countries. I think it’s great for people who want to travel around the world. I’ve heard good things about this website, but just remember to do conduct proper research on the company that you’re applying to before jetting off to Beijing.

Create Name Plates For Students

Theme: Teaching tips

 A great way to help the students how to remember how to write their own names is to make them create name cards for themselves. If you make them place it on their desk every lesson it’s also a great way to help you remember their names, and you can call them out if they’re not paying attention in class, and praise them when they are doing well. They’ll also find writing their names on their worksheets a whole lot easier.

Here is a good example of one at  enchanted learning.com http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/name/nameplate/

Work for ECC in Japan

Jobs: Work in Japan
If you’re considering living and teaching overseas I’ll be introducing and talking about different companies that you may consider working for. Today I’ll be talking about an English chain school which is quite popular in Japan there days, also known as ECC.

Great Website for Worksheets

Websites: Esleslprintable.com

Here is a great website that I always use when looking for worksheets for my private students at the last moment. It’s all completely free and you can search by theme and student level.

Check it out by clicking here. http://www.eslprintables.com

Phonics Song - Preschool Prep Company

Theme: ABC

This is a great video that I show the kids to help learn phonics and reading. Some of them even began doing impressions of all the different letters.

Find Work in Japan

Jobs: Gaijinpot

This is a great website that I always use whenever job hunting for work in Japan. Applying to jobs is really easy and there are even ones you can apply to from outside the country.

Song: This is my family

Theme: Family

Song: This is my family.

Here's a great song I found from a company called 'Busy Beavers' I think it's great for explaining different family members to kids. I think it's best to show the kids the song once, then go though slowly and explain the different works, and they make them sing it together with you a third time.