I taught an ESL beginners class to kids in Honduras for 2 years. Most ESL children's classes have between 4 to 20 kids... Well, I threw myself into a classroom of 30 to 40 "untamed" pre-school and kindergarden kids! (just to prove my insanity... I even volunteered!!) With no curriculum, no lesson plans, no previous experience and no guidance. I was on my own diving into this fun adventure called teaching English as a Second Language!
I started to search online to get some ideas and I soon discovered that there wasn't much available that would keep these kids engaged. I didn't know how to encourage them to participate in class. So I started creating English language games and other English teaching materials that would motivate my kids, accelerate their learning and make learning English FUN for them! The best part is that during my "adventure", I discovered my life's passions...
For 2 years I saw those kids learn the colors, numbers, animals, basic conversation and much more. An even more interesting thing happened. Siblings and parents knew them too! The kids were going home so excited and motivated that they taught English to their brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents. Even the kids living close to the kindergarten would come stand by the fence to hear the lessons!) My teaching sphere got bigger without me realizing it.
That’s the moment it really hit me, the games and songs were not just a tool to teach kids but were a very powerful tool to reproduce and multiply my teachings and big love, without me being there.
The reaction was great, at the end of 2 years, parents were asking me if I would open a language school to continue with their kids education. Now, maybe you don’t know this, but Honduras has one of the lowest levels of education in the world. So when parents were willing to pay me to teach their kids… it was a shocker. Especially because money was scarce.
I must confess that it took me another 6 months to finally launch my English language school.
I procrastinated launching my ESL school to the point that a financial crisis left me and my husband without a house, without a job, without savings but with the biggest burst of motivation we’d ever had.
Mission Impossible: Open my English school in 2 weeks and get enough students to pay for rent, groceries and a fridge or go sleep under the bridge!
I want to let you know that in only one year, we had over 1,000 people contacting us for English classes, I opened a 2nd classroom and hired another teacher and two of my competitors closed their schools - Kids preferred to come to my school.
As a result of my success I decided to share some of my games, activities and tips with you. So let me present to you the constantly growing list of games and activities that we use in my school. In my book "ESL Games for Kids - Proven Ideas for Teaching English Through Listening Exercises, Fun Activities and Games" I have organized them by subject and sprinkled in a lot of the tips, tricks and overall philosophy that makes our school grow so fast.
Use them wisely, have fun with them, modify them, adapt them, combine them or do what you please. I only have a little favor to ask of you. If you use these games and activities please share your experience with me on Facebook, on Twitter or Youtube and tell others how it went. You can get it on Amazon Kindle or on my site (for a special price).
Feel free to tell other ESL teachers about it. I’ll be forever thankful!
Keep LEARNING, LAUGHING and LOVING!
PS: Make sure to connect online, stay tuned and we’ll let you know as soon as more cool stuff is available! I hope these ESL exercises will be invaluable to you and all the beautiful children you are blessed to teach!