I love this time of year! The weather starts to cool, coffee gets tastier, and I really get down to work. I’m starting a new weekly blog post of all of the new songs and videos I’m releasing. I hope some of these will be helpful for your classes and young learners! Here we go:
Learn Some Words Episode 1: Animals.
This special new series from Dream English Kids teaches six words each episode with songs, repeat-after-me, and a quiz. Join Matt, Tunes, Bell and our friend the Pencil in this exciting learning adventure!
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/eHSTJuUpVQs
ASL Phonics Video:
Over the years I’ve received many request to make some sign language videos. I do use a little sign language in many videos, but this is the first time I am using the alphabet. More to come in this series.
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/pI1ZjdZd62o
That’s the wrap up for this week. Please follow Dream English Kids on YouTube and Spotify to get notified of new releases right away. Or, stay tuned for the next What’s New! Thank you for your support! – Matt
New Show on YouTube: Learn Some Words! 😀 Perfect for the ESL/EFL Children’s English Classroom!
Learn Some Words Episode 1: Animals. This special new series from Dream English Kids teaches six words each episode with songs, repeat-after-me, and a quiz. Join Matt, Tunes, Bell and our friend the Pencil in this exciting learning adventure!
Matt has visited classrooms in Japan, Thailand, USA, France, Italy, Spain, and Morocco. Now he can visit your classroom virtually with Zoom!
Virtual Classroom Visits
Matt can Zoom in to your classroom for a 25 minute visit, sing-along and chat with your students. Choose your class favorite Dream English songs, or Matt can help you choose a program. Matt can ask and answer questions from students.
$100.00 USD for classroom visit up to 30 students. Matt can only do a visit if it works with his time zone. For more information please send an email with the subject “Class visit Inquiry” and your country and time zone to
shop @ dreamenglish.com no spaces between like this:
Matt has done teacher workshops in Japan, Thailand, and Spain. Now Matt is doing live workshops online!
Topics for Workshop
Topics can include lesson planning, teaching English with songs, or Q & A about teaching with Matt (No personal questions please). Have another idea for a workshop? Email us and let us know! (email address below)
Minimum 10 participants at $10.00 USD each or $100.00 USD for session. For more information please send an email with the subject “Teacher Workshop Inquiry” to shop @ dreamenglish.com no spaces between like this:
Feel free to email with any questions about an online workshop!
Food is a very important topic in Children’s English Classes (ESL, EFL). The new Favorite Food Song teaches 10 food names. More below the video:
How to Teach
Pre-teach the vocabulary in the lyrics using flashcards, or pictures. Then, watch the video and sing the song with your students.
What’s your favorite food? (repeat)
I like hamburgers
I like hot dogs
I like pizza
I like eggs
What’s your favorite food? (repeat)
I like rice
I like salad
I like sandwiches
I like spaghetti
I like soup
I like cake
What’s your favorite food? (repeat)
After the song, you can practice the vocabulary by asking the students, “What is your favorite food?”
Put the food flashcards on the floor or table. The students ask the teacher, “What is your favorite food?” The teachers answers, “I like pizza” for example. The students who touches the pizza flashcard first wins the round. Ask each students their favorite food so that they all can have a turn answering.
I hope this is helpful! Be creative, and make a great class using your own ideas and I hope this song can be a part of what you do. Happy Singing!
I use sight words, along with phonics, to teach my students how to read in English (ESL, EFL) . Sight Words are commonly used words that young learners are encouraged to memorize by sight. More below the video!
Sight Words Song Series
I started using sight words a few years ago when I wanted to give my students a boost in their reading skills. Phonics are great, but it can take a long time to get students to begin reading. Encouraging students to memorize words that occur often in text help them read faster, and gain confidence in reading.
I chose the words for my song series from the “Top 150 Sight Words” list, with some modifications based on my experience teaching English to young learners. The basic idea is like the lyrics to the song, “Listen. Read. Remember.”
How to teach
Show the students the video, and then on the second or third try ask them to read the words with me. You can also write the words on the board and pre-teach them before watching the video. The list of the words for this video is: the, I, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it.
You can play a simple touch game with the words. Write each word on a separate sheet of paper. Put all of the words on a table and have a group of 2-4 students sit around the table. Call out one of the words, for example “the.” The student who touches the word first wins the round.
The A to Z Letter Songs Album is now on Spotify and iTunes! 26 Songs, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each song introduces one letter and three words that begin with that letter. For example, “A, apple, ant, alligator.” Great for the ESL and EFL classroom!
Song Videos on YouTube
Above you will find the YouTube Playlist with the 19 Today’s Letter Song videos that are now on YouTube. We are currently through letter S. The remaining videos will be uploaded in coming months.
How to Teach
Teachers can use the videos to teach the vocabulary in the song, or simply an alphabet chart and some pictures on the board for the vocabulary. First, teach the vocabulary slowly, and then try to have the students sing along with the song. Be sure to do the actions in the songs, clap, shake, and dance!
After singing the song, have the students sit down and write the letter on a piece of paper. Next, ask the students to draw something that starts with the letter. For example, if you are starting with letter A, ask the students to write letter A and then draw an apple. For younger students, you may need to help and draw an apple first on the board so that they can follow along.
These are just some ideas, be creative and come up with your own!
This is a fun and simple song for your children’s English class (ESL, EFL). Your students will love the fun and silly actions. Have a look at the video before reading the below teaching tips.
My feet are for walking (x2)
Walking fast, walking slow
My mouth is for talking (x2)
talking fast, talking slow
My legs are for jumping (x2)
jumping fast, jumping slow
My arms are for swimming (x2)
swimming fast, swimming slow
Start out by teaching the lyrics to the song. Teach them slowly, and have the students repeat after you. If you are not sure about pronunciation, have the students repeat after me as I say the lyrics at the beginning of the video.
I recommend teaching the actions and lyrics at the same time. This helps the students remember. Practice the walking fast, and slow part. This will be really fun for the students, and get them ready to sing. Finally, give the song a try! If you teach your students weekly, try to sing this song at the beginning of class every week for a month! By the end of the month, I’m sure the students will be singing very well. Encourage the students to sing in a loud voice.
Start a phrase of the lyrics and the students have to finish. For example:
Teacher: My feet are for….
Next, ask a student to come to the front of the class to start the phrase.
Get the song: “My Feet are for Walking” is available on YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify
Children learning English (ESL/EFL) love to introduce themselves in English. Asking the students, “What’s your name?” and having them answer is a daily task in my classes. Here are my top tips for teaching this:
Top 5 Tips for Teaching Children Self Introduction with Name
Introduce yourself first: I always begin by saying, “My name is Matt.” Next, I will invite a student up and after learning their name help them say for example, “My name is Bell.” The students can slowly repeat each word after you.
Use puppets to introduce the idea: I often use small hand puppets that I bought at a local store to model saying, “My name is…” I have a dog puppet, and a cat puppet. I introduce myself by saying, “My name is Matt” then I pull out the puppets. I make a silly dog voice and using the dog puppet say, “My name is Douggy Dog. Woof, woof!” Then I take out the cat puppet and say, “My name is Catey Cat. Meow!” The students start seeing that we are introducing ourselves.
What’s Your Name? Song: After introducing the idea of saying our names, we sing the What’s Your Name? Song. You can get a free mp3 download of that song here. And check out the simple video here:
Game Idea: Have the students stand in a circle. Use a ball, and have the students throw it to each other. The student that throws the ball has to ask “What’s your name?” The student who catches the ball answers, “My name is _____.” See if they can gradually speed up without making mistakes. If the students are younger, ages 2-5, you can have them pass the ball and say their name.
Name and Numbers Quiz: When the students are comfortable saying, “My name is …” you can combine asking the student’s names and a number quiz. I do this in big classes with students ages 4-6. I invite a group of students to the front of the class. I ask, “What’s your name?” and they all answer. Next, I show them a number card usually from 1-10 and ask, “What number?” and they answer for example, “Five!” Then I ask those students to sit down again, and invite another group up until all of the students have had a turn. This is fun, simple, and gives young learners confidence in English!
Tip: Simplify! If something is too difficult for your students, you can always simplify the activity. For example, in the game above if the students are not ready yet to ask “What’s your name?” have them pass the ball and say, “My name is…”
I hope this helps you get your students introducing themselves in English. Happy Teaching! – Matt