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Fifty Ways to Teach Young Learners

Teaching English as a second or foreign language is full of challenges: How do you hold students’ interest? How do you ensure that they get enough practice to really learn? Teaching young learners—children—presents unique challenges. Teachers are often looking for age- and level-appropriate activities.

This book presents ideas and techniques appropriate for young learners, divided into sections for Vocabulary; TPR, Songs, and Chants; Flashcards; Grammar; Combination Activities; and Holidays. Several of the activities are illustrated with photographs from the instructor’s own classroom.

The Fifty Ways to Teach series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students learn English. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students’ lives more rewarding and successful.

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Lesley Ito

Lesley-ItoLesley Ito has been teaching English to children for over 20 years in Japan. She has given teacher training presentations all over Japan, and is also a writer of ELT materials. Since 2006, she has been the Teaching Director at BIG BOW English Lab, a private language school for children in Nagoya, Japan, with a unique cross-curricular focus.


This short book is an excellent resource tool for anyone teaching young children. The fifty ideas presented are innovative techniques that can capture a child’s imagination and make learning an enjoyable and fun experience. They provide opportunities for class participation and are excellent vehicles for developing enthusiasm as you move into a new area of study. — Al DeSantis, Amazon reviewer

Lesley Ito has many years of experience teaching children in Japan, and it shows. Although the activities in this book are simple on the surface, they are well explained and cover a wide range of lesson types. Some take an existing game like Simon Says or Memory and give it a twist, others focus on specific phrases or vocabulary items like the months of the year. Teachers who approach this kind of book looking for that one specific lesson they need for tomorrow will no doubt be disappointed; however, insightful teachers will find many ideas here which can and should be adapted to their own situation. Besides, at $0.99, it’s less than 2 cents per idea. Can’t beat that! — MRB, Amazon reviewer

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