Teaching English to Young Learners: Mental State Language

  In the previous video (transcript below), I introduced some ideas about the roles of a carer (teachers, elders, parents etc.) in the lives of young learners and pre-teens.  The term pre-teens refers to 9-12 year olds. These ideas have their roots in the theory of secure attachment. Through teaching English to Young Learners, partContinue reading “Teaching English to Young Learners: Mental State Language”

Teaching English to Young Learners: Anger in our Classrooms

Reflecting on Anger and Classroom Management when teaching English to Young Learners At my age, a lot of memories of being seven-and-a-half have been pruned or locked away. But this memory of being told off at Halloween has always stuck. Why should that be? In this article we look at the effects of anger andContinue reading “Teaching English to Young Learners: Anger in our Classrooms”

Free Mini Workshop: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Language Classroom

ELT Activities I’ve written this free mini workshop for English language teachers in response to my experiences running artists in schools projects and working with visual arts, community and English language learning. Drawing is a way of creating your own content and visual material for the English language classroom and a springboard for teaching EnglishContinue reading “Free Mini Workshop: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Language Classroom”

Artists in Schools Project: Visual Arts and Language

What is the Artists in Schools Project? Many years ago, I worked on a programme to encourage schools to invite artists into the classroom. They would to either do workshops with children, make work on site, or have a longer stint as artist in residence. I believe children learn a lot from simply being aroundContinue reading “Artists in Schools Project: Visual Arts and Language”

Using Storytelling in ELT to Young Learners: The Hands Up Project

Using Storytelling in ELT to Young Learners: The Hands Up Project Nick Bilbrough has been involved in the field of language teaching for twenty-five years. training teachers in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe and is a regular presenter at conferences worldwide. I recently caught up with him at the Image Conference inContinue reading “Using Storytelling in ELT to Young Learners: The Hands Up Project”

Why Everyone Should Teach Teens and Feel Lucky to Do So

Ask any teacher to react to the idea of teaching teens and there will be either a shiver of horror or the exclamation of “bring it on!”. We’re going to find out why teaching teens is a not only a deeply important privilege but how it will also improve your own brain health. We’ll look at the hormonal and neurological changes that take place, and the needs of adolescents, that if met, will make for fantastic relationships and effective learning.

Visual Arts Activities in the English Language Classroom

Many teachers are daunted by the idea of dealing with the visual arts in the classroom, let alone an English language classroom. They often don’t consider themselves as “arty”. Looking at images created by artists can be confounding. In this article, I’ll offer ideas and activities that can be used when working with the visual arts that empower teacher and learner alike.