Hello and welcome to Kids ESL dot com, the exclusive website on the net, providing help to Assistant Language Teachers (ALT’s) teaching English in elementary schools in Japan. Here you’ll find a ton of resources like Games, activities, things to print, skits and lesson plans and much more. And better than that, these resources have been developed, tried and tested in real classrooms, with real kids, here in Japan, over the last five years so everything here is pretty much guaranteed to work. Moreover, you’ll find not just the rules on how to play the games, or instructions on how to do the activities but you’ll also get insights into the individual resources themselves. This means you’ll be able to walk into the classroom already knowing where potential trouble spots may be and you’ll already know what to do about them. And it’s not just solutions to potential problems that the insights bring but also how to get the most out of everything you do in the classroom. This translates into happy students (the kids / customers) which means happy teachers (the boss) and ultimately, renewed job contracts. And the best part is, you get all this for the low price of $1997. Naw, just kidding, all of this ESL kids stuff is free. So choose a menu item below (or above) to get started or continue beyond the menu to learn more about the site and if you’ve got any questions, please drop me a line or leave a comment. I promise to get back to you in a super-timely fashion.
- ESL Classroom Games These games are designed to be played in the classroom. They work well with large groups of kids, are loads of fun and all are sure to get your kids up and using English in a heartbeat.
- Unlike the classroom games above, these games can be played in smaller groups, making them perfect for private schools. Don’t be fooled though, these games do work in large classroom and where appropriate, you’ll find two versions available. One is a home printer version, for small classrooms and in glorious full color. The second version is a copier friendly version that looks good in black in white, for big classes and budget-conscious schools.
- Skits are sadly missing in the world of elementary school EFL and it’s a shame too. Unlike working with adults, children love to do skits and more importantly, skits give that context needed to provide a good foundation for the English your kids learn.
- Here, you find things to support the lessons, games and other activities on this site. Whether it’s monster masks for doing the Halloween skit or paper puppets to do the Three Little Pigs, this is where you’ll find it.
- The lesson plans page is where everything comes together. The plans are modular and provide enough materials to teach a 45 minute class. These plans also provide an entire school year’s worth of material for grades one through six.
- Last but not least, are the articles. Being a bit more free form than the rest of the ESL Kids stuff here, you’ll find useful tips and tricks on everything from class control to what the “real deal” is with that horrid Eigo Noto.
- I live and teach in Kagoshima City, located on the main island of Kyushu. Here, I want to offer tips on daily life and travel ideas if you might be thinking about coming here.
Everything here is free and if there is something you’d like included, leave a comment below.