Where Is The Lion? New Song and Lesson for your Young Learner English Class

I made the Where Is The Lion? Song to teach animal names, asking and answering “Where?” questions and to practice drawing with shapes and writing. How to teach below the video:

How To Teach

There are three main parts to this video: The song, the drawing, and writing the word lion.

Song

You can start by showing the thumbnail of the video (as seen above) and asking the students what animals they see. If they can not say all of the animals names you can teach them. Then, watch the video. The students will learn the animal names by watching, and if possible singing along. It could take awhile for them to sing along, but try to encourage your students to try.

Drawing

After watching the video one time, go back to the drawing section. Either have your students imitate the drawing in the video, or you can draw on the board and have them copy you. If you draw on the board it can be slower to your student’s pace.

Writing

Next, you can go back to the writing section and have your students write the word “lion.” In the video it is lower case, but if you like you can also teach upper case letters.

At the end of the class the students will have a lion picture, and the word “lion” written to show their friends and family! They should also be able to identify the animals in the video.

End of video question

At the end of the video I ask, “What was your favorite animal from today?” Ask your students and encourage them to answer.

These are my ideas for using this video to make a whole class. You can also use flashcards to teach the vocabulary, and play flashcard games. Be creative and come up with your own ways to make a great class for your students. Happy teaching!

Circle time! A quick tip for your Children’s English class

Circle time! A quick tip for your English class: Make a circle with your students and pass a flashcard around the circle. As the students pass the card they say the word on the card.

For example, pass an apple flashcard and each student will say “apple”, then they pass the card to the next student.

For more advanced students, try phrases like “it’s an apple” or ” I like apples.” Give it a try! This is a great confidence builder for your students. I hope this is helpful! Thanks, Matt

New Wild Animal Finger Family Video with Matt Mini Lesson for Kids English Class

I had a lot of fun making the Wild Animals Finger Family Song Part 2.  We sing about kangaroos, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, and bears! More below the video:

How to use the video in class:

Listen to Dream English Teaching Tips Podcast about this video. Click here!

Start by pre-teaching the vocabulary in the video: kangaroo, monkey, zebra, giraffe, and bear. Also teach the phrases, “Where are you?” and ” I see a monkey.” You can show flashcards with the animals and have your students repeat after you. Then, watch the video and sing the song with your students!

Mini Lesson about Wild Animals

Depending on the level of your students, you can do a few things with the mini lesson. Watch one time, the mini lesson is right after the song in the video. For younger students, have them just watch and listen. For older students, after watching ask the following questions:

  1. What animal can jump? (answer: kangaroo)
  2. What animal can swing from tree to tree? (answer: monkey)
  3. What animal has black and white stripes? (answer: zebra)
  4. What animal has a long neck? (answer: giraffe)
  5. What animal is a bit scary and says roar? (answer: bear)

These are just some ideas to get you started. As always, be sure to come up with your great ideas! Leave a comment on Facebook or Dream English Kids YouTube and let us know what you think about the video! Happy Teaching!

Matt’s Tube Episode #1 Wild Animals, Learn with Songs and Skits

I’m excited to introduce a new show called Matt’s Tube! Great for young learners of English (ESL, EFL) Each show will introduce topics like Wild Animals, Vehicles and more. Students can learn the words through vocabulary practice songs, and skits. Have a look at the first Episode here:

I hope you find this useful in your classes! If you have any ideas for the show you would like us to hear, please put a comment on the video or on the Dream English Facebook page. Thanks for watching! Matt

 

Jobs and Occupations Song For Children’s English Class And Free Song Download

Learning about jobs and occupations like doctor, teacher, firefighter is an important part of English for young learners (ESL, EFL). The Dream English Jobs Song teaches us about important people we might see every day. More below the video!

Key Words: doctor, teacher, pilot, firefighter, pirate
Target Phrase: I see a teacher.

How to teach: If you have been using Dream English, many of your students may already be familiar with the phrase, “What do you see?” Use flashcards to teach the target vocabulary. MES English has great ones. Then ask your students “Who do you see?” and have them answer. You can watch the video before one time to get the students familiar with the song. Then either download the free song and sing it in class, or watch the video. Be sure to do all of the actions with the song!

This song may be a bit different than other jobs songs. I made this in order for children to be able to identify people they might see in books, or in their daily life. You can download a free mp3 of this song here. Full lyrics are in the video description on YouTube. Happy Singing!

Starting classes for young learners in a fun way: Simple Warm-Ups

I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) for several years now, and sometimes at the very beginning of a class I still have to remind myself how to get the class started. Maybe it is a bit of nervousness in front of all the students looking forward to a fun class!

Simple Warm-Ups

I always go for the simple action warm-ups like, “clap your hands” or for younger students “clap, clap, clap.” While saying this I do the actions, and have the students repeat and do after me. There are so many of these; clap, wash your hands, shake your body, jump, brush your teeth, touch your nose, play basketball, play soccer. I could go on forever, and you can to with your great ideas and creativity. Then, I love to keep up the energy with a fun warm-up song like Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, or the new Colors Action Song:

Give some simple warm-ups a try in your English classes for young learners. These ideas are great from ages zero on up!