ESL Skits for Kids
ESL Skits are an activity that teachers use a lot with adult students but in the elementary school classroom, skits are a rarity. Sure there are plenty of songs and games and other things but rarely does one find skits being used on a regular basis. That’s disappointing in a way because, children need skits more than adults. Think about it, adults can afford to travel overseas so they have their own motivation to learn English, but children, being dependent upon parents are often not in a position to see why English could be useful and that’s where the skits come in because they provide the context of using English in ways that songs and games can never touch. How often if a child’s life will they have the opportunity to meet monkey’s jumping on a bed, or an itsy bitsy spider? Here, the English is rote and meaningless sounds. Having children, “go shopping,” using English, turns the curriculum into an activity of communication. The meaning is easy to understand and with the right types of skits, it’s wicked fun.
These skits for kids here, draw upon a few principal ideas. They are repetitive. Repetition is the Mother of all learning as they say but more than that, it provides the foundation on which the context can stand. The skits are focused. This means that the scripts are limited to the vocabulary being studied. The skits are short, lasting no more than 5 minutes and preferably less. At the elementary-school level, activities need to be fast to maintain short attention spans, but they also need to support each other; these skits do. Finally, these children skits are comical. By staying on the lighter side of life, attention levels will be high and your children will be eager to try them too. In fact, it’s better that academia suffer a little in order that the language stay interesting. Unlike science or history, English is a means to communication and not something that should exist only in a classroom between bell rings. So have a look around and give my ESL Skits for kids a try
Swimmy can teach kids how to introduce themselves in English.
The Swimmy Hello Skit, is a short sketch that let’s kids introduce themselves using the paper cutout characters they made in a previous lesson and of course, this skit goes with the four Swimmy Lesson Plans. On the face of it, introducing yourself might not seem so interesting but where there’s a will, there’s a way and we’ve managed to work a little humor into the skit. So with that in mind, let’s jump into the dialog
Swimmy Skit Dialog:
ALT: [holding the Swimmy paper cutout and darting around the front [...]
The World Weather Forecast Skit, mentioned on the Weather Lesson Plans page, is a fun activity. Bold statement? Maybe if you’re Al Gore but if you’ve got any sense of humor at all, and you should be showing it in the classroom, there are all kinds of opportunities to turn this skit into a real comedy treat. More on that later. Of course, though, there has to be some educational value right, I mean, all work and no play makes Jack a dull but, but all fun and games, make Jack stupid. This skit teaches children how to talk about [...]
Five years old and still going. I've been using this magic box for teaching colors and shapes for over five years now. Each side is a different color.
The Birthday Skit teaches kids about how to say Color and Shapes in English, but, there’s also a twist of magic thrown in and we’ll get to that in a minute. Like the other 2 person plays on this site, humor plays a big role here, so you’ll really want to ham it up. Now the magical twists. Like any birthday, this one has presents too, only ours is rigged, or in other [...]
What’s Your Name is the easiest skit in our curriculum and is the one our first graders, start out with. In a nut shell, the kids get to learn how to introduce themselves in English by saying their name and shaking hand, which in Japan, is a huge cultural difference e.g., hand shaking vs bowing. Another cultural difference is the custom of name order or first name, last name vs, last name, first name, the latter makes me shudder with army flashbacks… anyhoo… In the animation below, Chicken and Cow, show you how the skit goes and after that, there’s [...]
The ESL Counting Skit takes children on an adventure in an African safari to learn how to count numbers. At first it seems like maybe there are no animals there, but after a bit, some start to mosey by. “Oh, zebras! I wonder how many there are?” Yup, everything is going just fine, that is, […]
The ESL Shopping Skit, or shopping dialogue for British readers is a versatile skit that works well with a wide variety of grades and even the first-grade students can do this one. And not only will it work with many ages, it’s also flexible in that you can use this skit to teach about fruits, […]
The Communication Strategy Skit, isn’t a set script, but rather a strategy for teaching new vocabulary to children by breaking the fourth wall. Through this skit, children learn that A., never give up, B., nonverbal communication, I.e. Gestures and drawings, can facilitate verbal communication, and C., foreign people aren’t scary. Because this skit isn’t a […]