New Song and Video: Walking, Walking Song

Young learners of English (ESL, EFL) love to interact by saying, “No!” For example, if I hold up a flashcard of a dog and say “banana” the students will either say “no” or “dog”. This always comes with a lot of laughter. The Walking, Walking Song is based on this idea. More below the video:

Give the idea a try. Don’t over do it, but when you are counting numbers for example, when you get to 10 say banana instead of ten! See how your students react.

Lyrics:

 

I’m walking, walking in the park
And I see a dog (No!)
I see a dog (No!)
I see a dog (yay!)
I’m walking, walking in the park
And I see a cat (No!)
I see a cat (No!)
I see a cat (yay!)

I’m walking, walking in the park
And I see a bird (No!)
I see a bird (No!)
I see a bird (yay!)

I’m walking, walking in the park
And I see a bear (No!)
I see a bear (No!)
I see a bear

A bear?
Run! run, run,
run run, run,
run run, run,
run stop, safe!

Great job!

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How to get your students to say, “My name is (student name)” using only English

When I teach young learners English ages 4-6 I do not use any of their L1 (native language). Teaching these students to say “My name is (student name)” can be a challenge. In this post I will talk about one method to teach students without using any props or L1. The basic concept is what I will call modeling. 

Modeling

The definition of modeling in an online dictionary is:

use (a system, procedure, etc.) as an example to follow or imitate.

What I mean by modeling is to get the students to imitate you, but also take the extra step to say the words and actions with your students until they can say it on their own.

Below are the steps I would take:

  1. As the teacher say a few times, “My name is (your name).” So I would say, “My name is Matt.” I would recommend doing this 2-3 times. Your students might try to repeat after you. That is ok.
  2. Next, ask a student to come to the front of the class. Make sure that you know their name. Hold their hand and gently raise it up and say their name. For example, “My name is Sally.” Say it very slowly like My…..name….. is….. Sally. Do not force your students to repeat after you. You are still giving an example. If they are ready they will speak. 
  3. Now try this again with other students. If you have a small class you can do it with every student. If you have a large class, pick a few students each class time. Eventually your students will be able to say the phrase, “My name is (student name).” 

It could take a few days, or a few weeks depending on the students age or level. Be patient, have fun with it. Laugh and smile a lot. I hope this is helpful!

Check out a Video on this Topic:

For more resources and a What’s Your Name? Song click here! 

Total Physical Response (TPR) In the Children’s English Classroom Podcast

I use a lot of actions with language in my classroom. It is an excellent way to get children moving and listening to English, without the pressure of speaking right away. Have a listen to this podcast with my short introduction to TPR:

Total Physical response is a way for language students to acquire the sounds of the language before being asked to speak. I think it is important not to put a lot of pressure on young students to speak English, before they are ready.

Using actions and commands like, “sit down, stand up, touch your nose, spin around” is a fun way for students to get used to the sounds of English without requiring them to speak. When they are ready, they will begin speaking.

I hope this is helpful and gives you some ideas for your classes!

Happy New Year! 2021! Song and Video to Start your Classes

Happy 2021! Let’s start our classes out this year with the Dream English Happy New Year Chant. A great warm-up song to use after a long holiday break. Get a Free Song Download. See below for the video for link.

Happy New Year Free MP3 Chant DownloadClick here.

Check out our Free Downloads page for more songs downloads to get your year off to a great start. Happy teaching in 2021!

Beginner Adult English Chants – Free MP3 Downloads

I am happy to offer Free MP3 download of beginner English vocabulary chants for adult learners (ESL, EFL). Chant download below video:

Food Vocabulary Chant and Learning Video

Click here to download the Food Vocabulary Chant
Right-click to download (Mac users Control-click)

Vocabulary: bread, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, fries,  cheeseburger, hot dog, pizza, salad, sandwich, soup, spaghetti, steak

Jobs Vocabulary Chant and Learning Video

Click here to download the Jobs Vocabulary Chant
Right-click to download (Mac users Control-click)

Vocabulary: bus driver, carpenter, cashier, chef, construction worker, dentist, doctor, pilot, plumber, police officer,  student, teacher, waiter, waitress

Check out more Chants below and Visit our Teach English Plus YouTube Channel for more vocabulary chants!

Visit Teach English Plus on YouTube for: Drinks, Colors, Numbers and more!

Beginner English – Food Vocabulary

Learn 14 Food names in this beginner English vocabulary builder video:

Vocabulary: 

bread, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, fries,  cheeseburger, hot dog, pizza, salad, sandwich, soup, spaghetti, steak

Phrase:

I like bread. Practice saying “I like ….” and a food.

Check out my Beginner English Video Playlist on YouTube. Colors, Numbers, Phrases and more. Click here!

Traffic Light Song – New Actions Song for Children’s English Class

The Traffic Light Song is a new fun action song for your classes (ESL, EFL). It practices the colors green, yellow, red and fun actions. More below video!

How to Teach

Start by teaching the actions that go with the colors: green is go, yellow is slow, red is stop. You can practice all of the actions before your play the song.

Game Idea

Have the students line up on one side of the room. Call out the different colors, for example “green!” and the students have to go. If they make a mistake they are out. For example, if you say “yellow” and they stop, they are out. If you have many students, only have a few go at a time for safety and judging reasons.

Check out the new video on Youtube, song also streaming on Spotify, iTunes and more! Search for “Traffic Light Song Dream English Kids” Happy Singing!

1 Number Song | Today’s Number Song with Matt and Friends

I’m excited to share the new Today’s Number Song video: Number 1. This is a new series. More below the video!

Today’s Number Song: Learning to Count Numbers and Objects

This fun new series introduces the concept of numbers and counting to young learners of English (ESL, EFL). A children’s English class is not complete without some counting. This video teaches the number 1 and counting one apple, one t-shirt, one dog, and one car.

Activity idea: After watching the video, ask your students to find one object in the room and bring it to the front of class. Each student can take turns saying the number 1 and the name of their object. For example, “1 pencil.”

I hope you find this video helpful for your kids English classes.

Happy singing and learning!