English Teaching Children

Activities for Teaching English to Kids: Aged 6-12

More advice on teaching English to kids

English Teaching Children - To teach in Japan is to take on a challenge. Teaching English in Japan to children is that much more. Japanese children are great, but it is a whole new ball game when it comes to teaching English to them, as compared to teaching Japanese adults.

Japanese children are very flexible in what they are willing to do to learn English, so that is a huge plus. There are so many activities you can choose. They also have a lot of energy. Yet they are surprisingly busy too, so coming to your English class may be yet another thing they have been forced by their parents to do. So if you can make your class fun, while learning English, the children and the parents will be happy.

Educational Software I recommend:

Jump Start

I recommend any of the Jump Start software for the children in your English classes. I have used this software with my students and with my own children, and it is very, very good! You can get it by grade level, and you can get specific topics like phonics. They are all very well done!

Eigo Media

Eigo Media`s Finding Out (Fredo no Boken in Japanese) is also great for teaching phonics, or reinforcing it, in a very fun way. David Paul`s philosophy is to make things fun while learning. I couldn`t agree more!

Living Books

Is a very good series of interactive story books on CD-Rom. It will enhance the experience of students, especially reluctant ones, while they learn to read and follow along with the text. Another good way to reinforce the phonics.

English Teaching Children - The Clue Finders Software

Is another series that is much like Jump Start or Reader Rabbit. Fun educational activities by grade level, covering all topics. Great for "returnees" - Japanese that have lived abroad, or Japanese kids that are "doubles," -from a biracial marriage.

Pictured below, our two youngest children.

ESL Activities for teaching children

by Kevin R. Burns

English Teaching Children - Question/Answer Tag

I like to have active classes and I take the kids outside whenever I can.

Indeed one of my most popular activities with children is this one.

Each week I pre-teach a new question and example answers. ie) Where do you live?

I live in ___________.


What`s your favourite colour?

I like ______________________.

After a few weeks the children have learned a few questions and a few answers. In a short while they will have built up quite a few questions and answers.

You can do this activity outside (weather permitting or inside if space permits. In a class of 6 two people should be "it."
In larger classes, many students should be "it."

When the student(s) who are it touches another student, she or he must ask that student a question, the student touched answers, and then he or she is then it. They must count to 5 or 10 to give the person a chance to get away.

So it is simply a game of tag, where you ask questions everytime you touch someone. The person touched must answer. The children absolutely love it! And it is a great way to reinforce questions you have pre-taught them in a very fun way. Classes with lots of energy can burn it off, while practicing English.

I usually play too. I have found that the parents seem to enjoy it as well. I think most Japanese parents are aware that if their child is enjoying class, they will want to continue to study English.

Vocabulary Teaching

If the neighbourhood is safe enough and your school allows it, take the children outside to teach them new vocabulary. Point out things like a house, a car, the sky, a tree or a flower to them.

Then you can follow this up with a TPR (Total Physical Response) activity ie)
Teacher: "Show me a flower." etc

Students: point to a flower


Teacher: "Touch a yellow flower."

Students: touch a flower.

Note: Make sure you don`t let anyone get killed. This always makes for a bad classroom atmosphere.

Taking young children five years old and under, outside is probably too risky unless there is a very safe area you can do this in.

Activities like this add to the class, improve their motivation, and make students more open to traditional ESL activities. Activities like these of course can reinforce tradtional ESL activities too.

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