Teach English Vocabulary without a Textbook
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Teach English Vocabulary without a Textbook

Teaching children the way they learn
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Created by Kara Aharon
Last updated 9/2019
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This course includes
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Songs, games and other activities designed for young EFL and ESL students.
  • Address the needs of students with different strengths and weaknesses, including those who need to be active.
  • Incorporate a variety of informal teaching methods into your lessons, including music, physical movement, social games and crafts.
  • Have a bag of tricks to add to your lesson plans or use on the spot.
  • Teach vocabulary in context along with additional knowledge.
  • There are no prerequisites for taking this course.
  • To use these ideas with your students you will need some simple props which can be obtained at any toy store as well as some type of music player.

Get all of your students involved in lessons that use songs, games, action and laughter to create meaningful learning. For this course I use animal vocabulary since it's a subject that is taught at various levels and lends itself to a wide variety of fun activities. The games and ideas can easily be transfered to other subjects.

Resources include song and sound files, printable activities created by the instructor, background research and a summary of the course for future reference.

Who this course is for:
  • EFL and ESL instructors in formal and informal settings.
  • Anyone who believes that children learn best when they are active and use a variety of skills.
  • Anyone who wants students to be engaged, enjoy lessons and remember what they've learned.
  • Most activities are for kindergarten and elementary school. Some are for pre-readers, some involve reading and writing, all are adaptable.
  • Teachers of other foreign languages may find these activities helpful, although they will have to be adapted and some resources won't be useful.
  • If you want your students to sit quietly, listen and write in their notebooks for an entire lesson, this course is probably not for you.
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 30:27
+ Start Here
1 lecture 03:17

Welcome to my playroom! In my opening lecture I'll explain what we're going to do and why.

Preview 03:17
+ Creative ways to introduce vocabulary
3 lectures 05:31

How songs and games help children learn language.

Preview 01:25

Present different animals using an original song, Animals Everywhere, which incorporates hand motions and an opportunity for children to be active. 

Preview 02:52
If you've never used songs in class, this assignment will take you step by step to make sure you're prepared.
Learn the song and use it in class.
1 question

We'll learn a fun game to introduce new vocabulary.

Preview 01:14
+ Active Games
5 lectures 07:16

Understand why it's important to include active games in your lessons.

Preview 00:53

We'll let kids run while they practice the words they learned.

Run to the animal

We'll practice throwing and catching a ball, and making animal noises.

Ball game

When your students can't sit still or you forgot your props, this is a great game to play.


Let students move and see if they know where animals live.

Land or water, farm or jungle?

What is the best way to handle children who can't sit still?

Active Learning
3 questions
+ Let's sit down
3 lectures 05:53

How to use visual activities in language teaching, and a simple way to draw a cat.

Let them draw

This activity combines two guessing games. The first allows children to draw on the board, the second is a variation of the popular "What's missing?" game. "What's missing" can also be played with flashcards or objects.

What is it? What's missing?

Now let children practice their listening skills by identifying the animals they hear. 

Animal Sounds
I'm sure you teach a lot of other subject, so let's learn how to adapt these activities.
We don't just teach animals
8 questions
+ Combine vocabulary and add world knowledge
3 lectures 05:44

Why it's important to combine subjects, along with a simple game to get started.

Preview 01:40

See if your students know where different animals live. This on-line exercise can be used as an opening exercise, a context or follow-up to a lesson about animal habitats.

To use the map open the attached link in Google maps and make a copy so that you can change the colors.

Animal Map

Riddles are fun and challenging. This song introduces some examples and a format for asking and answering. You can also have children write riddles in their notebooks, then pass them around for others to answer.

An audio recording and playback of this song can be downloaded from the resources.

Riddles - Guess who I am?
Don't go into class unprepared. Before you ask your students to create riddles, have a few of your own ready.
Create your own riddles
2 questions
+ Before the bell rings, or the parents show up
2 lectures 02:46

Some ideas for reviewing material in a fun and active way, keeping students engaged until the end.

Pick up and wrap up
Now it's time to plan a lesson using the activities we learned in the course.
Plan an Active Lesson
2 questions

Say goodbye in rhythm, review what we've learned and remember what to do next.

It's Time to Say Goodbye