Teaching Children The Weather in the ESL Classroom

May 23, 2011 at 6:20 am | Posted in Children's Classes, Children's Songs, Education, Elementary Class | Leave a comment
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Repetition is important when teaching young children. Actions are also really important, as many children learn with their hands, as well as by listening and speaking. In this fun weather song video, I use actions and words to teach the basics of weather in English. My students have a lot of fun with this song, and I hope yours will, too!

To share this video, copy and paste the following link: http://youtu.be/XcW9Ct000yY


5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Finger Play

May 20, 2011 at 12:34 am | Posted in Children's Classes, Education | 2 Comments
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I have been having a lot of fun lately in my children’s English classes teaching the 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed finger play. It is fun, simple, repetitive, and a bit silly. The kids love it! You can start out by teaching the phrases very slowly, and have the students repeat after me. Check out how I do the play in the video below. If you are watching this with your students, feel free to pause after the phrases, until they learn them. They will probably pick this up very quickly, as kids just love this! Enjoy, and always have fun in your classes. That way your students will, too!

Hong Kong Board of Education

March 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Education | 2 Comments

It’s not everyday you get an email from the Education Bureau of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China! At least not for me. So needless to say, I was pretty pleased when the Education Bureau kindly contacted me to ask for permission to refer their teachers to the Dream English Website.

I am happy to be recognized by an organization such as this, and hope their teachers find the materials useful. I am also happy to hear everyday from all of you around the world who keep emailing me to say thanks. The support you all give me and Dream English is inspiring me to work even harder. Thank you all!

Australian Charity for Children of Vietnam

March 2, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Education | Leave a comment

image0023 I recently received an email from Alison of the Australian Charity for Children of Vietnam (ACCV). She is doing great work and it states on her website that “Our goal is to build an organisation that can offer relief to the children of Vietnam and give them assistance in breaking the poverty cycle.”  She wrote to tell me that she will be using some of the Dream English songs in her English class for students her charity is helping. The goal of her classes is to teach English and IT to give the students future employment opportunities. She also mentioned that many of the students are blind. I am really happy to have even a small part in what ACCV is doing, and look forward to hearing more about the program as it progresses.

To me some of the best kind of work you can do is work that educates people, and empowers them to make a better future for themselves. Please take a minute and check out the ACCV website here, or the ACCV blog here.

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