Thursday, 7 February 2013

ESL Kids Corner... + Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!...I didn't need to look harder for another cause for celebration haha.

So my ESL class celebrates the Chinese new year this week - they've been counting down the days and making sure I know it! Ha! So I've created a unit based on the Chinese animals zodiac signs. The unit is a 46-page bundle which includes activities on introducing and reinforcing the months, days, seasons and years. It is suitable for grades 1-3 and for ESL learners of all ages. Here is a snap shot of the unit:

This week, we used the Sorting Seasons Center. Before we started the activitiy, I brainstormed the seasons on the board. I drew a cloud over each main season, winter, autumn, spring and summer. This normally activates students' learning and prior knowledge. Following the brain storming initial activity, I handed out the page of seasonal pictures for each group. Here is the picture:

Students were then instructed to cut out the pictures in groups and discuss what each pictures signifies. Students start organising the pictures under their respective season (this is the part where you will need to be all eyes to respond to questions). Then, make sure that you instruct them to place the cards on the sheet without gluing it just yet - in case they've made mistakes. 

Finally, the students are to record a sentence about each picture seen in all the seasons. This is an individual task. This will be a great actvity to help reinforce essential skills. 

If you would like to see the full Chinese Zodiac Themed unit, it's here

Now for the freebie this week, it is for ESL students. I will be posting a unit on starting ESL students for kids and another for adults but in time. It's been crazy busy lately but until then, I couldn't resist but post a freebie to see how much everyone responds to it. It's is a freebie which can be used as an ice breaker or starting the lesson.

 It introduces students to names and how to have a basic conversation in English to introduce themselves. Here it is!

Finally, hope you've enjoyed this post and a happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrate it! Until next time. :)


  1. Your blog it too cute!!! I love your logo! :)


  2. I agree with the tip of not trying too hard to imitate the way of speaking. Aside from it's annoying, I think it will just blow their chances. Thanks for sharing.

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