Motivating the Children’s First ESL Lesson of the Day

esl curriculumYou are ready for them to begin their first lesson of the day. This is their best learning time. They have focused in on an English environment and have had a short time to adapt to the change from their last situation. This first lesson will include the most difficult material to be taught.

It will likely include listening and because listening and understanding are the most difficult, this is the best time to give your oral explanation.

How can you capture every child’s attention?

The first lesson needs to present something of interest.

It might be a song, verse, picture, map, or a video.

Most children are fascinated by machines or electronic equipment.

If you are using a textbook you have purchased it might be effective to display some part of it using the overhead projector.

Children relate to computers. When they sit down at a computer they give it their full attention, no matter what problems they may have.

Perhaps you are wondering how to include boring subjects such as phonics. If your lesson includes a listening phonetic lesson then this is the time to teach it. Using any of the teaching aids mentioned above or any others you may have, move into the difficult content.

Let’s suppose you are teaching rhyming words.

Have the students listen to a funny / interesting verse as you present a related teaching aid.

For Example:

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Click Dances

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Buzz Dances

Explain that Buzz and Click are friends, singing a song as they dance.

We’re glad we’re here

It’s good we came.

We’ll travel far

And play many a game.

See Also:

Our Children’s ESL Storybooks make ESL classes interesting!

Teacher Productivity Power Tips

ESL Storybooks

About brian_mu8dft39

Successful ESL was created out of our first company, Learning English With Laughter which began in 1990 when we, George and Daisy Stocker, traveled to the historic city of Karlovy Vary in Czechoslovakia, to teach English in a private language school. Communism was over and the people were embarking along the road to democracy. There were hundreds of students eager to learn the English Language, but suitable textbooks were non-existent. Consequently, we wrote as we taught, making countless revisions as we listened to the students' special needs. Upon returning to our home in Victoria, Canada, we have adapted the Teen-adult Series to meet the cultural needs of students in a number of different countries. A variety of adaptations have been achieved through contacts with many countries. Thousands of students have encouraged us to use a conversational approach to English that stresses communication in a variety of everyday situations. See our facebook page:
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