View Using Flashcards With Young ESL/EFL Learners

Using Flashcards With Young ESL/EFL Learners

When I was first training to be an ESL teacher (many years ago!), using flashcards with young ESL/EFL learners was limited to choral drilling exercises to learn vocabulary – which was, frankly, not much fun for anyone involved! The idea of only using flashcards to teach vocabulary in this way seemed very limited to me…

Read More


View Teaching ESL/EFL Online – 12 Low-Prep Activities for Children

Teaching ESL/EFL Online – 12 Low-Prep Activities for Children

Making the transition to teaching ESL/EFL online can be challenging, especially if you’re working with young learners where we know physical contact and interactive play are key to the learning. In this blog we’ve put together a list of the 12 no-prep/low-prep ESL/EFL activities that we’ve been using successfully with our primary learners. We hope…

Read More


View Surviving Lockdown – One Step at a Time

Surviving Lockdown – One Step at a Time

I’ve been living and teaching in the Andalucia province of Spain for four years now and there’s a particular phrase that I’ve heard at least once a day since I arrived: ‘poco a poco’ (little by little/bit by bit/one step at a time). The Andaluz in particular, among the Spanish, have absolutely no sense of…

Read More


View Using ESL/EFL Course Books with Children – Pros and Cons

Using ESL/EFL Course Books with Children – Pros and Cons

Using ESL/EFL course books with children is usually something out of our control as teachers – it often depends on individual language schools and their policies. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to using course books when teaching young learners – and we should always be mindful of not becoming too reliant on them for all…

Read More


View Teaching Children ESL/EFL – Learning from our Mistakes

Teaching Children ESL/EFL – Learning from our Mistakes

Teaching children ESL/EFL can be challenging and often unpredictable! It’s important that we learn how to use our ‘mistakes’ as wonderful learning opportunities, rather than beating ourselves up when things don’t go according to plan. Ellie Romero writes.   “There is no failure, only feedback!” You may already be familiar with this famous quote from…

Read More


View Teaching ESL/EFL to Children – 10 Top Tips for Success

Teaching ESL/EFL to Children – 10 Top Tips for Success

Teaching ESL/EFL to children poses some unique challenges and can feel quite daunting when you first start out – but it’s also hugely rewarding once you get into your stride. Seeing young ESL learners go from knowing nothing, to learning a few words, to using a few simple sentences and then spontaneously speaking English whilst…

Read More


View Self-Care for ESL/EFL Teachers – 12 Top Tips

Self-Care for ESL/EFL Teachers – 12 Top Tips

The holidays are over and ESL/EFL teachers around the world are preparing themselves for a brand new term – and all the challenges that 2020 will bring. Teaching ESL/EFL to young learners can be mentally and physically exhausting – which is why we, as teachers, need to make self-care a priority this year. Ellie Romero writes:…

Read More