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Young Learner's Scoop page

On this page there are a selection of materials, articles, lesson plans and other bits and bobs for Young Learner EFL teachers.  

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The DNA Journey

The DNA Journey | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
This ELT lesson is designed around a short viral video commissioned by Momondo, and the theme of nationalities, ethnic groups, racism and DNA.
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) 
Learner type: Teens and adults 
 Time: 90 minutes 
Activity: Watching a short video, making predictions, and speaking Topic: DNA, racism, nationalities and ethnic groups Language: Language connected to nationalities, ethnic groups and genetics, will and going to Materials: Short video Downloadable materials: dna journey lesson instructions
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The Macmillan Summer School Special

Looking for summer activities? Catch up with our Home-School Link author, Aimee Bates, who shared some great ideas for learners and their parents in her last webinar!

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The Seven Best Silent Short Films for Language Teaching - Kieran Donaghy

The Seven Best Silent Short Films for Language Teaching - Kieran Donaghy | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

" As many short films are artistic, they have limited appeal in the commercial marketplace and are funded from diverse sources. To make them easier to sell worldwide, they often contain little or no dialogue, which makes comprehension much easier. As a result, they offer intensely ‘filmic’ experiences, using images and movement, sequence and duration, …"

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

"GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings."


Great game to play to practice directions, modals of speculation, places, countries, the natural world. 

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Today I Rise

Today I Rise | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Language level: Intermediate Upper(B2)  – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Watching a short film, reading a poem, and speaking

Topic: Women, and triumph over adversity

Language: Abstract nouns, poetic language

Materials: Short film, poem and video

Downloadable materials: today i rise lesson instructions     today i rise poem
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Our five favorite fingerplay songs | Super Simple Learning Blog

Our five favorite fingerplay songs | Super Simple Learning Blog | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Fingerplay songs are great for the classroom or at home. In fact, they are great for anytime and anywhere, because the only ‘equipment’ you need is your hands. Kids love to see their hands transformed as they perform the actions. Fingerplay activities engage the creative mind and help with fine motor skill development. And, it’s fun!
Here are five super simple fingerplay songs we think you’ll love:
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Macmillan ELT | Sshh, sshh! It’s story time…

Macmillan ELT | Sshh, sshh! It’s story time… | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

"Stories play a central role in our young children's world, so much so that recent studies show that children as young as three are capable of stepping into the minds of their favourite storybook characters. That is why stories are so essential to the Infant English class. Claire Medwell has some tips for getting the most out of story time with our very young learners."

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Games for question practice

Games for question practice | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Students sometimes get lots of chances to answer questions but here is how you can get them to make some questions themselves! These activities can be used with a whole range of levels.
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Macmillan Gateway: Using and recycling exam strategies

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Complete series of 39 x 3-minute pronunciation videos now available

Complete series of 39 x 3-minute pronunciation videos now available | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
I’m happy to say that the entire series of 39 x 3-minute pronunciation teacher training videos is now available here. The videos are free to watch. You can check the topics and timing on the list b…
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Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream? Activities | Super Simple Learning Blog

Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream? Activities | Super Simple Learning Blog | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Classroom activities to go with the Super Simple Song "Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream?"
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Banksy: artist or vandal? (learn English with pie)

The pie team talk about Britain's spray can maestro. This video is from www.podcastsinenglish.com, the efl/esl site for learners and teachers of English.
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Rachael Roberts - A favourite speaking activity

Rachael Roberts - A favourite speaking activity | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

First, think of a set of 10-12 questions that you don’t mind answering about yourself and your life and write the answers on the board (not the questions). 

The questions will depend on the level and how well the students already know you.

For example, some lower level questions might be:

Where do you live?

How many children do you have?

What countries have you visited?

What is your favourite food?

What are your hobbies?


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Lucky number 6

Lucky number 6 | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
This is a quick simple game that reviews question forms and can be used as a warmer or a filler at the end of the lesson with all students aged 7 – 11.
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The wonder of wait time!

The wonder of wait time! | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

"How would you like it if your students:
  – Gave longer answers?
  – Answered more often?
  – Gave more confident answers?
  – Weren’t afraid to challenge or add to   other students’ answers?  – Were willing to discuss and offer alternative answers?
For all these benefits, why not try new and improved ‘Wait Time’ "


How much wait time do you give you students?

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Why do cats miaow? : a free downloadable lesson

Why do cats miaow? : a free downloadable lesson | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

"A free downloadable lesson, based on a clip from a BBC programme about cats and their behaviour.  This clip looks at how cats communicate with each other and with humans. Students start by looking at some of the ways that different languages describe the way that dogs speak, before looking at some common animal sounds… "

B1 level and upwards

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Seven scientific ways to beat the onset of panic in an exam

Seven scientific ways to beat the onset of panic in an exam | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it

Read the question twice without holding your pen and stick to the plan – these psychology-inspired tips will help your students keep their cool


Do you have students sitting Cambridge exams or Selectividad this month? Perhaps this would be nice to read and discuss in class. 

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Let’s celebrate how language works as well as what it expresses | Letters

Let’s celebrate how language works as well as what it expresses | Letters | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Chris Riddell’s drawings of linguistic elements – graphemes, phonemes, cohesive devices etc – as bizarre and fantastic creatures (Children’s laureate rises to a beastly challenge, 14 May) are witty for sure, but let’s not jeer too loudly.
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Back writing

Back writing | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
This is a good activity for restless younger classes and is suitable for language assistants to use as well as teachers.
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The alphabet of illiteracy

The alphabet of illiteracy | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Advanced (C1)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 90 minutes

Activity: Discussing problems related to illiteracy, watching a short film, reading a transcript, watching and discussing a video

Topic: Illiteracy

Language: Vocabulary related to illiteracy

Materials: Short film, transcript and short video

Downloadable materials: the alphabet of illiteracy lesson instructions     alphabet of illiteracy transcript
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Adrian Underhill - Demand High 2

International House Directors of Studies Conference 2013. Adrian Underhill was kindly sponsored by Macmillan Education. Part of the activity of academi
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Seizing the moment: when to correct students’ spoken language

Seizing the moment: when to correct students’ spoken language | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Assuming you believe that there is some value in teacher corrections (see my last post), the next question might be when to correct. In my initial teacher training, I was taught that the teacher should correct during stages which focus on accuracy, and not interrupt while students are producing language in a ‘fluency’ stage (though…
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Q&A: Assimilation or elision?

Q&A: Assimilation or elision? | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Question: I’m hoping to get help with regards to the difference between assimilation and elision. I know that assimilation is when a sound at the end of a word is modified depending on the first so…
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Doris and the raspberries - Lessonstream.org

Doris and the raspberries - Lessonstream.org | English Teacher's Digest - Young Learners | Scoop.it
Language level: A2 +
Learner type: Teens; Adults
Time: 25 minutes + homework
Activity: Videotelling; Creating a ‘talking head’ video
Topic: Animals on YouTube
Language: Present narrative tenses
Materials: Video + text
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Phonics Song 2 (new version)

"It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet."

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