Category Archives: Young Learner Activity

Directions Game

I added a game to the Resources page that practises giving directions. I use it especially with Junior/Senior High School kids. Usually the language of┬ácommands is introducted, understandable enough, with giving directions around town (turn left at High Street). The … Continue reading

Posted in Small Class Activity, Young Learner Activity | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Activity: Finite as negotiation

Here’s an activity adapted from Jones’ ‘Functional Grammar in the ESL classroom’ but one I’ve used especially for Junior High young learners (or possibly false beginner adults). It features the Finite as a resource for arguing a proposition, and some … Continue reading

Posted in Young Learner Activity | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Activity: I wish I could fly

Here is a quick and simple activity for Elementary or Junior High students that highlights the importance of stress for New information. It followed on from a lesson using “I wish…”. First, at the top of the whiteboard, write the … Continue reading

Posted in Expression, Young Learner Activity | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Activity: TPR, Directions and Interpersonal Semantics

Recently, I’ve been spending more time with lower level learners on the Interpersonal semantics of exchange. This is a short activity that tries to highlight the differences between giving/demanding information and giving/demanding service in a more physical way. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Content: semantics, Young Learner Activity | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Activity: verbal and relational clauses

Here is a quick activity I often do with young learners or lower level students. It’s a quick way to highlight the difference between relational and verbal clauses. All you need is two sets of animal cards (or any semantic … Continue reading

Posted in Ideational function, Small Class Activity, Young Learner Activity | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment