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And the best part: It works even if you're a complete newbie to teaching ESL online to kids

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I sat down so time ago to organize the ESL level 1 curriculum for kids. Is over 170 lessons too much or not enough for this level? 

 

I wrote enough lessons to get students to the next level. It is based on students ability not the yearly calendar. It is to get students to the next level. This curriculum was tested and adjusted based on real classroom teaching. 

 

Beginner ESL Lesson Plans 

(ESL Curriculum)

 

These are beginner ESL lessons plans (ESL Curriculum) for teaching ESL online to kids.This online ESL curriculum is designed to focus on speaking, sight words, grammar, spelling, and phonics while preparing students to build and gain fluency.

 

The fundamental principle behind this curriculum starts with getting students to speak in complete sentences. Furthermore, building vocabulary, understand of what was read, and at a high level of competence.

 

By doing this, the student begins to build confidence and start to talk more freely within the classroom. Once you build that strong bond with your students that is when you see them piece everything together. They will start expressing themselves at their own discretion.

 

Using external resources to tailor the ESL curriculum for each of your students creates a semi-customized curriculum. This is really how you can personalize your online ESL program for each student.

 

Based on English-language learner on Wikipedia. There are many factor that play a role in a students success as an English language learner. “The instruction and assessment of students, their cultural background, and the attitudes of classroom teachers towards ELLS have all been found to be factors in ELL student achievement.” Please keep these factors in mind when you review what you do in the classroom. 

 

Introduction to ESL for Beginners

This Beginner ESL Lessons Plans series starts with kids that know their ABC’s but have only started learning phonics. This student is still struggling with simple sentences.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How are you

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 1

Lesson 1# How are you?

Aim: To practice the greeting “How are you?” 

Vocabulary: happy, sad, fine, mad, good, and sleepy.

 

Lesson 2# How old are you?

Aim: To practice “How old are you?” 

Vocabulary: five, six, seven, eight, and I don’t know.

 

Lesson 3# Colors

Aim: To practice “Colors” 

Vocabulary: pink, red, and blue.

 

Lesson 4# Colors

Aim: To practice “Colors?” 

Vocabulary: green, orange, and yellow.

 

Lesson 5# Colors

Aim: To practice “Colors?” 

Vocabulary: black, purple, and brown

 

Lesson 6# ABCs Review for (A-F)

Aim: Overall comprehension check for (A-F)  

Vocabulary: ant, apple, alligator, bat, bird, bicycle, and banana.

 

Lesson 7# ABCs Review for (G-M)

Aim: Overall comprehension check for (G-M)

Vocabulary: goat, garlic, guitar, muffin, mouse, and monkey. 

 

Lesson 8# English Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 7 lessons.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 9# ABCs Review for (N-S)

Aim: Overall comprehension check for (N-S)

Vocabulary: pig, panda, pepper, seal, snake, and star.

 

Lesson 10# ABCs Review for (T-Z)

Aim: Overall comprehension check for (T-Z)

Vocabulary: table, tiger, tomato, tongue, fox, ox, x-ray, and ax.

 

Lesson 11# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the material for this unit.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 12# Sight Words

Aim: To practice the “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: a, and, away, big, and blue.

 

Lesson 13# Word Family

Aim: To practice the “Word Family (at)”

Vocabulary: cat, bat, mat, fat, hat, and rat. 

 

Lesson 14# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice “Nouns – People” 

Vocabulary: He, She, drummer, baby, girl, boy, mother, and cowgirl. 

 

Lesson 15# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice “Nouns  – People 2” 

Vocabulary: nurse, singer, doctor, chef, and police officer.

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “Our Story”

Aim: To practice reading “Our Story”

Vocabulary: red, play, balloons, tree, yellow, and run.

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “The Cup”

Aim: To practice reading “The Cup” 

Vocabulary: mom, cup, kids, like, see, and tea. 

 

Lesson 18# Math Lesson “1-20”

Aim: To practice counting “1-20” 

Vocabulary: spelling numbers, triangles, lemon, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, kiwi, pineapple, oranges, and bananas. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

fine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 2

Lesson 1# What is it?

Aim: To practice the “Letter A – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: ant, apple, and alligator.

 

Lesson 2# What is it?

Aim: To practice the “Letter B – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: bat, bird, bicycle, and banana.

 

Lesson 3# Numbers

Aim: To practice counting “Numbers 1-5” 

Vocabulary: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. 

 

Lesson 4# ABCs and 123

Aim: Comprehension check for phonics sounds (C-F)

Vocabulary: cat, dog, egg, fox, and numbers 1-6.

 

Lesson 5# Five Little Monkeys

Aim: To practice the “Letter M – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: muffin, mouse, and monkey.

 

Lesson 6# English Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 7# The Pink Pig

Aim: To practice the “Letter P – Phonics”

Vocabulary: pig, panda, and pepper. 

 

Lesson 8# Is it big? Is it small?

Aim: To practice “Big and Small”

Vocabulary: big, small, baby, elephant, bird, whale, dinosaur, bee, and ship.

 

Lesson 9# Is it fat? Is it thin?

Aim: To practice ” Fat and Thin”

Vocabulary: fat, thin, hippo, rhino, snake, dog, and grasshopper. 

 

Lesson 10# Are they the same or different?

Aim: To practice “Same and Different”

Vocabulary: birds, lemons, kangaroos, nuts, robots, peas, leaves, carts, and marbles. 

 

Lesson 11# Triangles & Circles

Aim: To practice “Triangles & Circles”

Vocabulary: triangle, circles, cone, pizza, clocks, pie, and buttons. 

 

Lesson 12# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the material for this unit.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 13# Sight Words

Aim: To practice the “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: can, come, down, find, and for. 

 

Lesson 14# Word Family

Aim: To practice “Word Family (an)” 

Vocabulary: pan, man, van, fan, ran, and can. 

 

Lesson 15# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice “Nouns  – Places” 

Vocabulary: house, restaurant, zoo, police station, ice cream shop, mall, library, and school. 

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “My Little Pet Bat”

Aim: To practice reading “My Little Pet Bat”

Vocabulary: little, bat, name, hill, hair, and pet. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “A Man and The Hat”

Aim: To practice reading “A Man and The Hat” 

Vocabulary: box, hat, net, on, they, and man.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

bike

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 3

Lesson 1# It’s a fast car! Letter C

Aim: To practice the “Letter C – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: car, carrots, cat, and candle. 

 

Lesson 2# It’s the donut man! Letter D

Aim: To practice the “Letter D – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: dog, desk, duck, and door.

 

Lesson 3# It’s a goat! Letter G

Aim: To practice the “Letter G – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: goat, guitar,  and garlic. 

 

Lesson 4# It’s an iguana! Letter I

Aim: To practice the “Letter I – Phonics”

Vocabulary: ink, iguana, and igloo.

 

Lesson 5# Family

Aim: To practice the “Family” 

Vocabulary: he, she, they, mother, father, brother, and sister.

 

Lesson 6# What can they do?

Aim: To practice the phrase “What can they do?” 

Vocabulary: brother, sister, he, she, read, play, swim, jump, eat, and sing.  

 

Lesson 7# English Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 6 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 8# What do you see?

Aim: To practice the phrase “What do you see?”

Vocabulary: big, small, airplane, bee, bicycle, triangle, circle, square, and rectangle. 

 

Lesson 9# Few or Many?

Aim: To practice ” Few or Many”

Vocabulary: few, many, boxes, sheep, carrots, ice cream, cake, cars, bananas, seagulls, peppers, dogs, and candles. 

 

Lesson 10# E is for Egg

Aim: To practice the “Letter E – Phonics”

Vocabulary: elephant, egg, eggplant, and escalator.

 

Lesson 11# L is for Lion

Aim: To practice the “Letter L – Phonics”

Vocabulary: triangle, circles, cone, pizza, clocks, pie, and buttons. leaf, lion, ladder, lazy, and light. 

 

Lesson 12# Pattern Time

Aim: To practice “Patterns”

Vocabulary: clap, roll, jump, run, shapes, dance, football, kick, drums, animals, bike, 

 

Lesson 13# Sight Words

Aim: To practice the “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: funny, go, help, here, and I. 

 

Lesson 14# Word Family

Aim: To practice “Word Family (ag)” 

Vocabulary: flag, wag, rag, sag, bag, and tag. 

 

Lesson 15# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 8 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All 

 

Lesson 16# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice using “Nouns – Places”

Vocabulary: hospital, store, park, pizza restaurant, playground, school, swimming pool, and market.

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “Sad Cat”

Aim: To practice reading “Sad Cat” 

Vocabulary: dad, cat, fun, big, bed, and sad. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vroom

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 4

Lesson 1# What do you see? Letter S

Aim: To practice the “Letter S – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: seal, snake, star, and snow. 

 

Lesson 2# What do you see? Letter T

Aim: To practice the “Letter T – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: table, tomato, tiger, and tongue.

 

Lesson 3# I have two hands.

Aim: To practice  “Body Parts” 

Vocabulary: eyes, nose, elbows, hands, fingers, legs, and feet. 

 

Lesson 4# Look at my shirt!

Aim: To practice “Clothes”

Vocabulary: shirt, pants, scarf, hat, and shoes.

 

Lesson 5# Look at my jeans!

Aim: To practice the “Letter J – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: jacket, jar, jeans, and jam.

 

Lesson 6# I have a rabbit!

Aim: To practice the “Letter R -Phonics” 

Vocabulary: rat, ruler, robot, and rabbit. 

 

Lesson 7# English Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 6 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 8# Where is the key?

Aim: To practice the “Letter K – Phonics”

Vocabulary: key, king, kettle, and kite. 

 

Lesson 9# Where is the ox?

Aim: To practice the “Letter X – Phonics”

Vocabulary: fox, ox, ax, and x-ray. 

 

Lesson 10# Sight Words

Aim: To practice the “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: in, is, it, jump, and little.

 

Lesson 11# Word Family

Aim: To practice “Word Family (ap)”

Vocabulary: cap, nap, sap, map, tap, and gap. 

 

Lesson 12# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 4 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 13# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice using “Nouns – Animals”

Vocabulary: bird, cat, dog, frog, fox, horse, lion, and panda. 

 

Lesson 14# Review Sight Words & Word Family

Aim: To practice “Sight Words & Word Family (ap)” 

Vocabulary: in, is, it, jump, little, cap, nap, sap, map, tap, and gap.

 

Lesson 15# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice using “Nouns – Animals” 

Vocabulary: snake, tiger, dolphin, giraffe, whale, rabbit, dinosaur, and koala bear. 

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “Fixing the Car”

Aim: To practice reading “Fixing the Car”

Vocabulary: car, sit, fast, fix, all, and down. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “We Study”

Aim: To practice reading “We Study” 

Vocabulary: study, spell, large, sentences, America, and play. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

scarf

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 5

Lesson 1# It is the biggest! It is the smallest!

Aim: To practice “Big, bigger, the biggest, small, smaller, the smallest” 

Vocabulary: dog, horse, elephant, baby, kitten, fish, laptop, scooter, jet, and van. 

 

Lesson 2# My Five Senses

Aim: To practice the “Five Senses” 

Vocabulary: see, hear, taste, smell , touch, flower, ice cream, teddy bear, cookies, and pasta. 

 

Lesson 3# It’s an octopus

Aim: To practice the “Letter O – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: octopus, owl, otter, and ostrich. 

 

Lesson 4# I have a necklace!

Aim: To practice the “Letter N – Phonics”

Vocabulary: notebook, newspaper, nurse, and necklace.

 

Lesson 5# The yogurt is in the fridge!

Aim: To practice the “Letter Y – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: yogurt, yo-yo, yam, and yak.

 

Lesson 6# The zebra is in the zoo!

Aim: To practice the “Letter Z -Phonics” 

Vocabulary: zebra, zero, zipper, zucchini. 

 

Lesson 7# I can cook in the kitchen!

Aim: To practice the “Rooms in the House”. 

Vocabulary: house, apartment, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, sofa, bed, and soap. 

 

Lesson 8# Too Small – Too Big!

Aim: To practice the “Too Small & Too Big”

Vocabulary: cat, horse, computer, camera, dog, bird, hamburger, fish, elephant, yurt, jacket, shoes, and hat. 

 

Lesson 9# Who is he? Who is she?

Aim: To practice the “He & She”

Vocabulary: doctor, builder, waiter, chef, nurse, singer, teacher, and waitress. 

 

Lesson 10# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 9 lessons.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 11# Sight Words

Aim: To practice “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: look, make, me, my, and not. 

 

Lesson 12# Word Family 

Aim: To practice the “Word Family (ad)”. 

Vocabulary: sad, pad, dad, bad, mad, and had. 

 

Lesson 13# Grammar Nouns

Aim: To practice using “Nouns – Things”

Vocabulary: house, flag, chair, crayons, scissors, socks, apples, and books. 

 

Lesson 14# Review Sight Words & Word Family

Aim: To practice “Sight Words & Word Family (ad)” 

Vocabulary: look, make, me, my, not, sad, pad, bad, mad, had, and dad.

 

Lesson 15# Reading: I see 1 tiger

Aim: To practice  “Reading – I see (1-3) __” 

Vocabulary: van, tiger, car, zebra, monkeys, socks, yaks, and kids . 

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “Mother Helps”

Aim: To practice reading “Mother Helps”

Vocabulary: letter, mother, page, answer, show, and learn. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “The New Place”

Aim: To practice reading “The New Place” 

Vocabulary: place, year, sound, know, picture, and work. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 6

Lesson 1# Where is the teacher?

Aim: To practice “Where is the ___?” 

Vocabulary: teacher, classroom, doctor, hospital, waiter, restaurant, chef, and kitchen. 

 

Lesson 2# It is vanilla ice cream!

Aim: To practice the “Letter V – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: vet, vegetables, vase, and vanilla. 

 

Lesson 3# It is a watermelon!

Aim: To practice the “Letter W – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: wallet, watermelon, water, and wind. 

 

Lesson 4# She is a queen!

Aim: To practice the “Letter QU – Phonics”

Vocabulary: queen, quail eggs, quilt, and question.

 

Lesson 5# I have an umbrella!

Aim: To practice the “Letter U – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: uncle, underwear, ugly monster, and umbrella. 

 

Lesson 6# English Assessment!

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 7# I see your feet!

Aim: To practice the “Letter F – Phonics”. 

Vocabulary: feet, feathers, fire, and forks. 

 

Lesson 8# I have a horse!

Aim: To practice the “Letter H – Phonics”

Vocabulary: horse, hamburger, hat, and house. 

 

Lesson 9# I can ride the fast train!

Aim: To practice  “Transportation”

Vocabulary: plane, school bus, boat, and train. 

 

Lesson 10# I see the blue sky!

Aim: To practice “Transportation Highways”.

Vocabulary: road, track, sky, and water. 

 

Lesson 11# The girl is the slowest

Aim: To practice “Slow, slower, the slowest”

Vocabulary: bus, bike, run, smart car, sloth, scooter, tractor, and snail.  

 

Lesson 12# The jet is the fastest

Aim: To practice ” fast, faster, and the fastest”

Vocabulary: car, train, airplane, jet, falcon, runner, cheetah, snowboarding, motorcycle, horse, and in-line skating. 

 

Lesson 13# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 6 lessons.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 14# Sight Words

Aim: To practice “Sight Words” 

Vocabulary: one, play, red, run, and said. 

 

Lesson 15# Word Family

Aim: To practice  the “Work Family (ig)” 

Vocabulary: big, pig, wig, dig, mig, and rig. 

 

Lesson 16# Reading: What do you see?

Aim: To practice “Reading”

Vocabulary: eagle, alien, ape, bat, old man, boy, girl, and unicorn. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “In the Sea”

Aim: To practice reading “In the Sea” 

Vocabulary: white, sea, mile, lights, thought, and city. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dog hat

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 7

Lesson 1# The alien is scary!

Aim: To practice “Long Letter A – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: ape, alien, apron, and acorn. 

 

Lesson 2# The eagle can fly!

Aim: To practice the “Long Letter E – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: eagle, eraser, ear, and eel. 

 

Lesson 3# I like ice cream!

Aim: To practice the “Long Letter I – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: ice cream, iceberg, island, and ice. 

 

Lesson 4# I like colorful oval eggs!

Aim: To practice the “Long Letter O – Phonics”

Vocabulary: oval eggs, old man, oatmeal, and ocean.

 

Lesson 5# I don’t like UFOs!

Aim: To practice the “Long Letter U – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: UFO, unicycle, unicorn, and uniforms. 

 

Lesson 6# English Assessment!

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 7# I like apples and candy apples!

Aim: To practice  “Fruit”. 

Vocabulary: apples, candy apples, oranges, orange macaroons, lemons, lemon meringue, bananas, chocolate bananas. 

 

Lesson 8# I like potatoes and French fries!

Aim: To practice the “Vegetables”

Vocabulary: tomatoes, tomato sandwiches, onions, onion rings, carrots, carrot soup, potatoes, and French fries. 

 

Lesson 9# I like cheese and cheesecake!

Aim: To practice  “Dairy”

Vocabulary: mike, milkshakes, yogurt, yogurt desserts, cheese, cheesecake, butter, and butter cookies. 

 

Lesson 10# I like bagels with cream cheese!

Aim: To practice “Bread”

Vocabulary: bread, jam, banana bread, butter, croissants, chocolate croissants, bagels, and cream cheese. 

 

Lesson 11# I like steak and hamburgers!

Aim: To practice “Meat”

Vocabulary: steak, hamburgers, fish sandwich, fried fish, pork chops, bacon, chicken sandwich, and fried chicken.  

 

Lesson 12# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: car, train, airplane, jet, falcon, runner, cheetah, snowboarding, motorcycle, horse, and in-line skating. 

 

Lesson 13# Sight Words & Word Families

Aim: To practice “Sight Words & Word Families (at & an)

Vocabulary: a, and, away, can, come, down, bat, mat, hat, cat, pan, man, fan, and ran. 

 

Lesson 14# Grammar Action Verbs

Aim: To practice “Action Verbs” 

Vocabulary: swim, ride, walk, run, play, sing, dance, and jump. 

 

Lesson 15# Sight Words

Aim: To practice  “Sight Words” 

Vocabulary: see, the, three, to, and two. 

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “Plant a Tree”

Aim: To practice reading ” Plant a Tree”

Vocabulary: girl, plant, mountain, grow, children, and watch. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “The Boy on the Farm”

Aim: To practice reading “The Boy on the Farm” 

Vocabulary: boy, farm, animals, house, small, and right. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ice

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 8

Lesson 1# My Favorite Season is Summer!

Aim: To practice “Long Letter A – Phonics” 

Vocabulary: spring, summer, fall, winter, flowers, beach, leaves, hike, fish, bike, swim, surface, water park, haunted house, pick apples, ski, ice fishing, snowboarding, and snow. 

 

Lesson 2# It is cold in winter!

Aim: To practice “Seasons & Weather” 

Vocabulary: spring, summer, fall, winter, rainy, warm, sunny, hot, windy, cool, snowy, and cold. 

 

Lesson 3# I wear a shirt and shorts in summer!

Aim: To practice “Spring, Summer, & Clothes” 

Vocabulary: spring, summer, hat, light jacket, long sleeve, shirt, pants, long dress, socks, rain boots, overalls, shorts, shirts, sandals, dress, skirt, and swimsuit. 

 

Lesson 4# I wear a coat and scarf in winter!

Aim: To practice the “Fall, Winter, & Clothes”

Vocabulary: jacket, pants, shoes, hooded sweatshirt, sweater, jeans, high heel shoes, coat, winter hat, gloves, scarf, and boots.

 

Lesson 5# I ride my bike in spring!

Aim: To practice “Spring Activities” 

Vocabulary: spring, run, pick flowers, play basketball, and ride a bike. 

 

Lesson 6# English Assessment!

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 7# I swim in summer!

Aim: To practice “Summer Activities”. 

Vocabulary: swim, play soccer, play beach volleyball, and pick raspberries, 

 

Lesson 8# I pick apples in fall!

Aim: To practice “Fall Activities”

Vocabulary: fly a kite, play flag football, play in the leaves, and pick apples. 

 

Lesson 9# I have a snowball fight in winter!

Aim: To practice ” Winter Activities”

Vocabulary: snowball fight, snowman, sledding, and snow angel. 

 

Lesson 10# I want to eat Hawaiian pizza!

Aim: To practice “Spring Foods”

Vocabulary: pineapple, Hawaiian pizza, tomatoes, tomato soup, carrots, carrot cake, mangoes, and mango dessert. 

 

Lesson 11# I eat strawberry ice cream in summer!

Aim: To practice “Summer Foods”

Vocabulary: peaches, peach pie, corn, popcorn, strawberries, strawberry ice cream, cucumbers, and pickles.  

 

Lesson 12# I eat pumpkin pie in fall!

Aim: To practice “Fall Foods”

Vocabulary: sweet potatoes, sweet potato fries, apples, apple pie, cranberries, cranberry sauce, pumpkins, and pumpkin pie. 

 

Lesson 13# I eat cherry pie in winter!

Aim: To practice “Winter Foods”

Vocabulary: pears, pear pancakes, cabbage, cabbage soup, cherries, cherry cake, grapefruit, and grapefruit tarts. 

 

Lesson 14# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 7 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All 

 

Lesson 15# Word Family

Aim: To practice  “Word Family (in)” 

Vocabulary: chin, fin, pin, thin, win, and twin. 

 

Lesson 16# Sight Words

Aim: To practice ” Sight Words”

Vocabulary: up, we, where, yellow, and you. 

 

Lesson 17# Grammar Adjectives

Aim: To practice “Adjectives” 

Vocabulary: stinky, wet, tiny, huge, pretty, ugly, bright, and dark.

 

Lesson 18# Reading Lesson “Tell Father I Found the Page”

Aim: To practice reading “Tell Father I Found the Page” 

Vocabulary: why, work, father, read, book, and new. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

basketball

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unit 9

Lesson 1# I am Gino!

Aim: To practice “I am” 

Vocabulary: I am, Daniela, Gino, Mike, Kelly, dance class, taxi, basketball class, bus, carrot store, train, vet, scooter, bus, turtle, kitten, fish, rabbit, bird, and sub. 

 

Lesson 2# Where does she go!

Aim: To practice “He, She, & It” 

Vocabulary: he, she, it, clothing store, subway, toy store, van, house, foot, they, we, park, scooter, restaurant, and unicycle.

 

Lesson 3# He-She-It

Aim: To practice “He, She, & It” 

Vocabulary: old man, girl, chair, hamburger, chef, builder, man, doctor, nurse, old lady, singer, teacher, woman, hamburger, alien, yo-yo, flower, and pumpkin.

 

Lesson 4# I-You-We-They

Aim: To practice “I, You, We, & They”

Vocabulary: boy, mom, fireman, girl, dentist, musician, tourist, soccer player, clown, dancers, brothers, friends, and inline skaters.

 

Lesson 5# I’m eating candy!

Aim: To practice “I, He, She, & They” 

Vocabulary: cereal, eggs and toast, pancakes, fruit, pasta, soup, fried rice, fried chicken, sushi, beef, fish, pizza, candy, nuts, cookies, and ice cream. 

 

Lesson 6# English Assessment!

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 7# I have a new watch!

Aim: To practice “A word”. 

Vocabulary: cat, van, zebra, goat, stick, watch, map, kite, lemon, rabbit, toy car, and nose.

 

Lesson 8# That is an owl!

Aim: To practice “An”

Vocabulary: ink bottle, ugly frog, alligator, alien, otter, elephant, ape, owl, egg, ox, igloo, and apron.

 

Lesson 9# I like the blue lake!

Aim: To practice “The”

Vocabulary: sun, moon, sky, grass, dress, shoes, cake, ring, window, lake, ocean, and street. 

 

Lesson 10# I have slime and cars!

Aim: To practice “And”

Vocabulary: doll, bike, hat, necklace, scooter, shirt, slime, socks, cars, Legos, shoes, balls, candle, pen, puppy, cake, paper, and teddy bears.

 

Lesson 11# Do you want chicken or fish!

Aim: To practice “Or”

Vocabulary: book, jacket, sheep, toy, coat, horse, day time, night time, chicken, snow, fish, rain, milk, balloons, corn, juice, clocks, and peas. 

 

Lesson 12# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 13# Word Family

Aim: To practice “Word Family (ip)”

Vocabulary: clip, dip, rip, drip, zip, and skip.

 

Lesson 14# Sight Words

Aim: To practice “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: all, am, are, at, and ate.

 

Lesson 15# Grammar Subject

Aim: To practice  “Subject” 

Vocabulary: baby, child, man, woman, robin, squirrel, brother, and sister. 

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “The Building”

Aim: To practice reading “The Building”

Vocabulary: building, class, ten, circle, carefully and strong. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “A Trip with Friends”

Aim: To practice reading “A Trip with Friends” 

Vocabulary: sun, friends, ship, waves, rock, and wind. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Unit 10

Lesson 1# I have to laugh but I want to cry!

Aim: To practice “But” 

Vocabulary: but, dog, pork, brownie, in, sweet, hot, out, sour, cold, laugh, stay, good, cry, go, bad, black, white, large, small, hard, and soft. 

 

Lesson 2# Are you a baby!

Aim: To practice “Ages” 

Vocabulary: baby, he, she, boy, girl, they, babies, child, children, teenager, teenagers, adult, and adults.

 

Lesson 3# I will feed the sheep!

Aim: To practice “EE words” 

Vocabulary: bee, teeth, sheep, seed, meet, green, free, tree, sleep, jeep, feet, beep, sweep, feed, and week. 

 

Lesson 4# The beans are cheap!

Aim: To practice “EA words”

Vocabulary: heat, meat, neat, seat, beat, leaf, beak, beans, cheap, clean, cream, dream, mean, neat, and please. 

 

Lesson 5# I paid for the gray clay today!

Aim: To practice “AY words”

Vocabulary: bay, day, may, pay, say, way, play, stay, gray, yay, sway, lay, clay, tray, and pray. 

 

Lesson 6# English Assessment!

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons. 

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 7# The plane has plastic wings!

Aim: To practice “PL words”. 

Vocabulary: place, plus, play, plane, plan, please, plow, plug, plum planet, pliers, plant, pluck, plastic, and plenty. 

 

Lesson 8# The fresh fruit was frozen!

Aim: To practice “FR words”

Vocabulary: fruit, fry, frozen, free, fresh, frost, friend, fried, front, from, frog, freeze, frown, french fries, and fright. 

 

Lesson 9#  A snake was slithering in the snow!

Aim: To practice “SN words”

Vocabulary: sun, moon, sky, grass, dress, shoes, cake, ring, window, lake, ocean, and street. 

 

Lesson 10# Why does the white whale have a wheel?

Aim: To practice “WH words”

Vocabulary: whale, what, wheel, when, where, which, while, whip, why, white, wham, wheelchair, whine, whimper, and whirl. 

 

Lesson 11# He has a thorn in his thumb!

Aim: To practice “TH words”

Vocabulary: think, thumb, this, that, thin, third, thorn, three, throw, the, they, these, thief, thud, and thank.

 

Lesson 12# English Final Assessment

Aim: To do a comprehension check on the previous 5 lessons.

Vocabulary: All

 

Lesson 13# Word Family

Aim: To practice “Word Family (it)”

Vocabulary: kit, bit, sit, fit, hit, and pit.

 

Lesson 14# Sight Words

Aim: To practice “Sight Words”

Vocabulary: be, black, brown, but, and came.

 

Lesson 15# Grammar Verb

Aim: To practice  “Verbs” 

Vocabulary: run, eat, walk, dance, drink, sing, paint, and throw.

 

Lesson 16# Reading Lesson “I am Happy with my Job”

Aim: To practice reading “I am Happy with my Job”

Vocabulary: job, store, beautiful, winter, brother, and happy. 

 

Lesson 17# Reading Lesson “Farmers and Their Dances”

Aim: To practice reading “Farmers and Their Dances” 

Vocabulary: farmer, dances, legs, region, members, and Europe. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I was thinking about questions that I ask my students on a daily basis. I ask them questions during the warmer, almost on every slide, and at the end of class.

 

Why do I ask them so many questions you might be thinking?This helps to relate the material to the ESL students life. It helps to create the bond with each student. It makes them feel like you have a vested interest in them and care. You want to make sure you have a bucket of questions to ask them. 

 

ESL classroom warmers help to build the community for your students. It helps them relax so they can show themselves in the classroom. This resource Soul to Soul – Teacher to Student explains what you could do to build a community and relaxed environment for your students.

 

Another alternative is to use poetry as a warmer. Based on the article, Poetry in EFL Classroom, “Poetry is language used in a particular ways which involves rhyme.” Rhyme should be used in your lessons to give them a nice flow. It makes is so your lessons aren’t boring and flat. 

 

Here is my list of 305 ESL questions to ask kids:

 

About Me

1# How old are you?

2# What is your favorite color?

3# What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

4# When is your birthday?

5# Do you live in a city, town, or village?

 

After School  

1# What do you do after school?

2# What would you like to do after school?

3# How do you get home after school?

4# How long does it take you to get home after school?

5# If you could pick one after school class which one would it be? Why? 

 

Age

1# What is your age?

2# What is your (mom,dad, brother, sisters)s age?

3# How old is your (grandma, grandpa)?

4# Do you have a pet? How old is your pet?

#5 How old is your best friend?

How old

Animals

1# What is your favorite pet?

2# What is your favorite farm animal?

3# What is your favorite wild animal?

4# What is your favorite animal that lives in the sea?

5# What is your favorite animal that lives underground?

 

Bedroom  

1# Do you have your own bedroom?

2# Do you have a big or small bedroom?

3# What do you like about your bedroom?

4# What is your favorite thing that is in your bedroom?

5# If you could change one thing about your bedroom what would it be?

 

Big/Biggest

1# Who is the biggest in your home?

2# What big animal do you like?

3# What big thing do you like?

4# Is your school big or small?

5# Who is bigger you or your friend?

 

Birthday  

1# When is your birthday?

2# Where do you have your birthday party?

3# What kind of birthday cake do you want?

4# How many people do you want to invite to your birthday party?5# What do you want for your birthday?

 

Books

1# Do you like to read?

2# What kinds of books do you like to read?

3# What is your favorite book?

4# How many books do you have?

5# Do you read books every day, week, or month?

 

Class

1# What is your favorite class?

2# What is your least favorite class?

3# Who is your best friend in your class?

4# How many students are in your class?

5# Tell me about your class teacher. 

 

Cleanliness

1# What is clean in your house?

2# What is dirty in your house?

3# Is your bedroom clean or dirty?

4# Who cleans your bedroom?

5# What do you clean in your house?

 

Clothes  

1# What are your favorite clothes?

2# What are your favorite colored clothes?

3# What clothes do you wear in (spring, summer, fall, winter)?

4# What clothes don’t you like?

5# What is your (mom, dad)s favorite clothes?

 

Colors

1# What is your favorite color?

2# What are your parents favorite colors?

3# Show me something that has your favorite color on it?

4# What color don’t you like?

5# What’s your best friends favorite color?

Colors

Cook  

1# Who cooks in your home?

2# What is your favorite cooked food?

3# What is your favorite uncooked food?

4# Do you like to cook?

5# Can you cook?

 

Days of the week  

1# What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

2# What days do you go to school?

3# What days do you play with your friends?

4# What days do your do your hobbies?

5# What days do you stay up late?

 

Desserts

1# What is your favorite dessert?

2# Do you like ice cream or cake?

3# Do you like hot or cold desserts?

4# What is your favorite flavor dessert?

5# Do you like sweet or sour desserts?

 

Exercise  

1# What exercises do you like?

2# What is your favorite exercise?

3# Does your mom or dad like to exercise?

4# What exercises do you do at school?

5# What exercises do you like to do with your friends?

 

Family  

1# Do you have a brother or a sister?

2# What is his or her name?

3# Is your brother or sister younger or older than you?

4# Who is in your family?

5# What do you do with your family?

 

Fast/fastest

1# Who is the fastest at your school?

2# Are you fast or slow?

3# Who is the fastest in your family?

4# Which one of your friends is the fastest?

5# Which fast animal do you like? 

 

Fat/Fattest

1# What animal is the fattest?

2# What animal is not fat?

3# Do you have a fat pet?

4# What can make you fat?

5# What is something that is fat?

 

Favorite Foods

1# What is your favorite food?

2# What is your least favorite food?

3# What is your moms or dads favorite food?

4# What is your favorite food to order at a restaurant?

5# What is your best friends favorite food?

 

Favorite Things  

1# What is your favorite thing?

2# What is your favorite thing to do?

3# What is your favorite thing to hear?

4# What is your favorite thing to see?

5# What is your favorite thing to touch?

 

Fears

1# What land animal are you afraid of?

2# What sea animal are you afraid of?

3# Are you afraid of scary movies?

4# Are you afraid of monsters or aliens?

5# What bug are you afraid of?

 

Feelings  

1# How do you feel most of the time?

2# How do you feel on holidays?

3# When do you feel sad?

4# When do you feel happy?

5# How does your mom or dad feel most of the time? 

 

Few/Many

1# What do you have many of?

2# What do you have a few of?

3# Do you have many or a few relatives?

4# Do you have many or a few friends?

5# Do you have many or a few books?

 

Fly

1# What animals fly?

2# Which animal do you like that flies?

3# Which animal do you not like that flies?

4# If you could fly where would you go?

5# Do you like to fly in an airplane? 

 

Friends

1# Who is your best friend?

2# How many friends do you have?

3# What do you do with your friends?

4# How do you pick a friend?

5# How do you help your friends?  

 

Fruits

1# What is your favorite fruit?

2# What is your least favorite fruit?

3# What color is your favorite fruit?

4# Is your favorite fruit sweet or sour?

5# How many pieces of your favorite fruit can you eat?

Fun   

1# What do you do for fun with your friends?

2# What do you do for fun with your family?

3# What do you do for fun by yourself?

4# What is the most exciting place to have fun?

5# What is a fun toy that you like to play with?

 

Future 

1# What do you want to be in the future?

2# Where do you want to live in the future?

3# What do you want in the future?

4# What will computers look like in the future?

5# What will cars be like in the future?

 

Greetings  

1# How are you?

2# How are you doing today?

3# How’s it going?

4# How are you today?

5# What’s up?

 

Have you ever….  

1# Have you ever climbed a tree?

2# Have you ever jumped a bike?

3# Have you ever let off fireworks?

4# Have you ever watched a scary movie?

5# Have you ever traveled outside your country?

6# Have you ever eaten a bug?

 

Hobbies  

1# What are your favorite hobbies?

2# What is your favorite hobby? Why?

3# What hobby do you like to do in the (spring, summer, fall, winter)?

4# What hobby do you like to do by yourself?

5# What hobby do you like to do with your friends?

 

Holidays  

1# What is your favorite holiday?

2# Which holiday don’t you like?

3# Which holiday do you travel on?

4# What do you like to do on a summer holiday?

5# What do you like to do on a winter holiday?

 

Home

1# Do you like in a house or apartment?

2# What do you like about your home?

3# How many rooms does your home have?

4# How many people live in your home?

5# What do you like to do in your home?

 

If Questions  

1# If you had no homework and classes what would you do?

2# If you had lots of money what would you do?

3# If you had a super big house what would you do?

4# If you could travel somewhere where would you want to travel to?

5# If you could do anything with your friends what would you want to do?

 

Last Weekend/Last Week  

1# What did you do last weekend?

2# What was something fun you did last week?

3# Did you visit anyone last week?

4# Did anything exciting happen last weekend?

5# Did anyone visit you last weekend?

 

Location

1# Where do you live?

2# Where do your grandparents live?

3# Where do you want to live when you get bigger?

4# What place do you want to travel?

5# Where do you like to go to the beach or mountains?

 

Meat

1# Do you like meat?

2# What meat do you like?

3# Do you eat meat for breakfast?

4# What meat don’t you like?

5# What meat do you like to eat at a restaurant?

Meat

Months of the Year

1# What month were you born in?

2# What is your favorite month of the year?

3# What months does it snow?

4# What are the summer months?

5# What month was your mom or dad born in?

 

Money 

1# Do you get money?

2# Do you save or spend your money?

3# What do you want to buy with your money?

4# What cost a lot of money?

5# What does not cost a lot of money?

 

Movies

1# Do you like to watch movies?

2# Do you watch movies at home or in the cinema?

3# What kind of movies do you like to watch?

4# What kind of movies don’t you like to watch?

5# What is your favorite movie to watch?

 

Music  

1# Do you listen to music?

2# What is your favorite music?

3# What is your least favorite music?

4# What music does your grandma or grandpa listen to?

5# Do you listen to music during the holidays?

 

My City  

1# Do you live in a city?

2# Is your city or town big or small?

3# What do you like about your city?

4# What don’t you like about your city?

5# What do you do in your city?

 

Numbers  

1# What is your favorite number?

2# What is your least favorite number? Why?

3# What is your mom or dads favorite number?

4# What do you have a number of?

5# What is a unlucky or lucky number?

 

Pets  

1# Do you have a pet?

2#Do you want a pet?

3# Do you want a small, medium-sized or big pet?

4# What color pet do you want?

5# Why don’t you want a pet?

 

Seasons  

1# What is your favorite season?

2# Why do you like (spring, summer, fall, or winter)?

3# What do you do in (spring, summer, fall, or winter)?

4# What do you eat in (spring, summer, fall, or winter)?

5# What season don’t you like?

Summer

School

1# Where do you go to school?

2# Do you go to a big or small school?

3# How do you go to school?

4# Do you like school?

5# How many classmates do you have?

 

Shapes & Sizes  

1# What is your favorite shape?

2# What is your least favorite shape? Why?

3# What shape is your bedroom?

4# What size is your bedroom?

5# What size is your classroom?

 

Shopping

1# Do you like shopping?

2# What do you like to go shopping for?

3# What don’t you like to go shopping for?

4# Where do you like to go shopping?

5# Who do you go shopping with?  

 

Sleep  

1# What time do you go to bed?

2# How many hours do you sleep each night?

3# Do you take a nap on weekends?

4# What time do you wake up in the morning?

5# Do you sleep in a big or small bed?

 

Slow/slowest

1# Are you slow or fast?

2# Who is the slowest at your school?

3# What is the slowest animal?

4# Who is the slowest in your family?

5# Who is your slowest friend?

 

Small/Smallest

1# Who is the smallest in your family?

2# What is the smallest animal you like?

3# What small thing do you like?

4# Is your home big or small?

5# Who is smaller you or your friend?

small

Sports

1# Do you like playing sports?

2# Do you like watch sports?

3# What is your favorite sport?

4# What is your least favorite sport?

5# Who do you play sports with?

 

Superpower

1# Do you want a superpower?

2# What superpower do you want?

3# What superpower would you give to your best friend?

4# What superpower don’t you want?

5# If you could give a superpower to someone who would you give it to?

 

Thin/Thinnest

1# What animal is the thinnest?

2# What animal is not thin?

3# Do you have a thin or thick pencil?

4# What can help you to stay thin?

5# What is something that is thin?

 

Time

1# What time do you go to school?

2# What time do you come home from school?

3# What is your favorite time of the day?

4# What is your least favorite time of the day?

5# What time do you eat (breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack)?  

 

Transportation

1# How do you go to school?

2# How do you go to the park?

3# How do you travel during the holidays?

4# What is your favorite type of transportation?

5# What is your least favorite type of transportation?  

 

Travel

1# Do you like to travel?

2# Where do you want to travel to?

3# What is your favorite place to travel to?

4# What is your least favorite place to travel to?

5# Who do you like to travel with?  

 

TV 

1# Do you watch cartoons on TV?

2# Which cartoon is your favorite?

3# Do you watch movies on TV?

4# Do you like action, funny, scary, sad, or fantasy movies? 

5# What is your favorite show on TV?

 

Vegetables

1# What is your favorite vegetable?

2# What color is your favorite vegetable?

3# What shape is your favorite vegetable?

4# What is your least favorite vegetable?

5# What vegetables do your mom and dad like to eat?

 

Weather

1# What is the weather like today?

2# What is your favorite weather?

3# What is your least favorite weather?

4# What is your grandma or grandpas favorite weather?

5# What do you like to do during your favorite weather?

Helping online ESL teachers is my passion.

Daniel Anthony DiDio     Happy Teaching ?

 

I was thinking last night. What are the best resources someone could use to build a killer curriculum?

 

It is overwhelming to plan out an entire curriculum but you want to make sure you’re not missing anything. You need to include sight words, grammar, word families, phonics, reading, writing, speaking time, math, songs, and some rhyme.

 

You want to make sure you have repetition but that it is not boring. Add some music to your curriculum. This is excellent article on how music therapy has helped ESL kindergarten students in the US. 

 

An example, you are teaching apple but instead of having an apple on a slide add an apple pie. It makes it more interesting plus creates conversation.

 

You can ask your student: Do you like apples or apple pie? Do you like candy apples? Do you like red or green apples? You can go in many directions. Remember to relate the slides to the student’s life. 

Fruit

Which sight word lists are best for beginner ESL students?

 

I use the Fry and Dolch Sight Word Lists. I use Dolch sight words as the main words for my ESL curriculum.

A dolch word study has concluded, “These findings are consistent with previous literature and offer further insight into the learning of sight words by this population. Interactive games proved effective with children; they learned quickly over a relatively short time exposure.” This would be great for homework before a lesson. 

 

I use the Fry sight word lists for the reading sections. Also, I use both lists when creating general content for the curriculum. It creates a good balance for the curriculum.

 

The Dolch Sight Words list includes 220 words and 95 high frequency used nouns. It contains 80% of words in children’s books and 50% of words found in adults writing.

 

Pre-K Dolch Sight Words: a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you

 

Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words: all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes

 

First Grade Dolch Sight Words : after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, when

 

The Fry Sight Words is a more present-day list. It is the most common 1,000 words to appear in reading material for Grades 3-9. It would equip a kid to read 90% of words in a typical book.

 

Fry Word List (1st 100 words) : a, about, all, an, and, are, as, at, be, been, but, by, called, can, come, could, day, did, do, down, each, find, first, for, from, get, go, had, has, have, he, her, him, his, how, I, if, in, into, is, it, like, long, look, made, make, many, may, more, my, no, not, now, number, of, oil, on, one, or, other, out, part, people, said, see, she, sit, so, some, than, that, the, their, them, then, there, these, they, this, time, to, two, up, use, was, water, way, we, were, what, when, which, who, will, with, words, would, write, you, your

 

Fry Word List (2nd 100 words) : after, again, air, also, America, animal, another, answer, any, around, ask, away, back, because, before, big, boy, came, change, different, does, end, even, follow, form, found, give, good, great, hand, help, here, home, house, just, kind, know, land, large, learn, letter, line, little, live, man, me, means, men, most, mother, move, much, must, name, need, new, off, old, only, our, over, page, picture, place, play, point, put, read, right, same, say, sentence, set, should, show, small, sound, spell, still, study, such, take, tell, things, think, three, through, too, try, turn, us, very, want, well, went, where, why, work, world, years

Which grammar points do ESL students need to learn?

 

Below is a list of grammar points that you can teach. Go to Amazon.com. Type in “Grammar for Kids”. Take a look at some of the book’s table of contents. This will give you a good idea of what to teach I would buy a few books that you can download and this will give you a starting point for your grammar lessons.

Simple Present – Be

Singular & Plural Nouns

Articles 1

Subject-Verb Agreement 1

Pronouns 1

Questions

Simple Present & Present Progressive

Simple Present Vs. Present Progressive

Parts of Speech

Adverbs of Frequency

Adjectives

Prepositions of Time

Prepositions of Place

Simple Past

Count Vs. Non-Count Nouns

Quantifiers – Many & Much

Articles 2

Quantifiers – Some & Any

Adverbs of Manner

Prepositions

Subject-Verb Agreement 2

Simple Future

Pronouns 2

Gerunds & Infinitives

Modals of Advice

First Conditional

Equative, Comparative & Superlative Adjectives

Comparative & Superlatives – Adjectives & Adverbs

Present Perfect

Present Perfect Progressive

Modals of Necessity & Obligation

Second Conditional

Complete Sentences

Conjunctions

Tag Questions

Past Progressive

Future Progressive

Verb Tense Review 1 – The Simple Tenses

Passive Voice

Causative Verbs

Third Conditional

Past Tense Modals

Adjective Clauses

Adjective Phrases

Direct & Reported Speech

Embedded Questions

Adverb Clauses of Time

Adverb Clauses of Contrast

Past Perfect

Past Perfect Progressive

Subjunctive

Future Perfect

Future Perfect Progressive

Verb Tense Review 2 – The Perfect Tenses

 

What word families are best?

 

Here is a list of the most common word families. Enchanted Learning has a great list of the most common word families.

 

The 37 most common word families in English (according to Wylie and Durrell) are: ack, ain, ake, ale, all, ame, an, ank, ap, ash, at, ate, aw ay, eat, ell, est, ice, ick, ide, ight, ill, in, ine, ing, ink, ip, it, ock, oke, op, ore, ot, uck ,ug, ump, unk.

 

Look at some material about word families on Teachers Pay Teachers. Th e free resource above might be enough.

 

I cross-reference Enchanted Learning and two other reference books. Next, I look at the word family lists and pick the words that are best for my students. Here is an example of a word family lesson I have created for my ESL curriculum.

 

Don’t forget about phonics.

 

An excellent resource for phonics is readingbear.org. I use it and Youtube to review phonics material before I start creating each phonic lesson. Here is the phonic lesson I have created for my ESL curriculum for beginners.

 

Also, Jolly Phonics is great because it shows a picture and how to create each sound. An example, it shows a snake for the letter S. Action: weave your hand like a snake making an S shape saying sssssssss. Set 1: s, a, t, p, i, nSet 2: ck, e, h, r, m, dSet 3: g, o, u, l, f, bSet 4: ai, j, oa, ie, ee, orSet 5: z, w, ng, v, oo, ooSet 6: y, x, ch, sh, th, thSet r: qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar

Reading is king.

 

Reading is so important. I use reading during the warm via a song. I have a reading session in each lesson. Also, I have an ending song or poem. I have increased the reading section of the curriculum.

 

Finally, I created two lessons per unit that are reading lessons. Here are two examples: one is reading in a normal lesson and the second is a stand-alone reading lesson. I will post my full reading lesson below. This should give you a good starting point for your reading lessons.

 

Don’t forget the Rhyme or Spicy!

 

Look at your lessons and after you teach them. Are your lessons flat or boring?

 

You need to spice them up a bit with some rhyme. You can use Rhyme Zone to add a little bit to your lessons. I add a little rhyme to the beginning and end reading sections of each lesson. 

 

Elementary student lessons need to have a strong foundation but they also need to be fun. Bring your teaching touch and flair to each lesson. Put your own spin on your ESL curriculum for beginners.

He has it

How to put your spin on the curriculum to make a “Killer Curriculum”?

 

Your teaching experience and your teaching style are why students pick you to teach them. I chit chat students to fluency. I use the talking sections to learn more about my students. I bring in the vocabulary they have learned into the speaking sections. I make each lesson about them and their life.

 

This is why my curriculum is different from others. I bring my passion to the curriculum. You need to bring your passion to create the curriculum for your students.

 

Many teachers create their own curriculum. We are doing the same thing.  Bring  your personality and excitement to your curriculum.

Have fun!

Helping online ESL teachers is my passion.

Daniel Anthony DiDio     Happy Teaching ?

 

I’m sitting here at my desk and wondering should a teacher create an ESL Curriculum for beginner students?

 

The most nerve-racking sound I hear is your bank account going down to nothing. Plus, the time needed to create a solid ESL curriculum. In my experience of creating a beginner ESL curriculum of over 170 lessons. It will cost you $7,500 – $11,500 to create it per level. So if you create 5 levels it will cost $37,500 – $57,500.

 
For most teachers, it doesn’t make sense to create their own ESL curriculum. Unless they are going to sell it to other teachers. It takes a lot of time and energy. They could spend that time with their families, on other activities, or teaching more.
 
You will need to determine:
 
1# What are your goals?
 
Do you want to teach? or Do you want to create a curriculum?
 
In my experience, it is hard to do both. If you are teaching private students then you will need to do some type of marketing to get those students. That takes time to build up. You want to put the process on autopilot and that does not happen overnight.

How many hours will it take?

 
It will take you time to get the photos, structure the format of each slide, test it with real students, and then tweak it. For me, this process takes 2-3 hours per lesson. You can outsource the lessons to get the basic structure down but that will increase your cost. You will need to do the final version of your curriculum.
 
You can get photos that a free for commercial use with no attribution required. For this, I use Pixabay or Pxhere.
 
You will need to come up with a structure for each type of lesson. This takes time and will add to your cost when creating the first level of your ESL curriculum. Once you do this, the time needed to create each lesson will go down.
 
Planning out each unit is important to creating an ESL curriculum. You will need word lists, sight words, grammar, word families, etc.
 
You might use a combination of them both. It is a lot of planning work for each unit and level.
 
I created a lesson on “How old are you?”. It is for 30 slides. I have about 30 different photos of the lesson. If each slide takes 5 minutes to create then you are looking at more than 2 hours. That doesn’t take into account teaching it to a real student. Plus making your final edits to the curriculum.

Why will it cost so much?

 
It is my hourly rate. For example, if you make $20 per hour and it takes 3 hours to complete a final version of each lesson. It will you $10,200 to create that level.
 
If you outsource the work it will still cost between $12-$20 per lesson. You will still need to give your own personal touches to it. You could do it for around $7,500 if your hourly rate is at or below $15 per hour. For me, it cost me more to outsource it because I still spend the same about of time on it.
 

Will students benefit?

 
Based on my experience, you can create an ESL curriculum that has a positive impact on your students. You can see the progress that they are making. You should be teaching your private ESL students with a curriculum.
 
Do not use PDF books to teach. I have done that in the past with an ESL company that I worked for. They can’t keep the students.
 
A structured ESL curriculum for teaching ESL students online is a must. The offline ESL books are not a good substitute for an online ESL curriculum. The ESL books are not engaging for ESL students.
 
Having a core curriculum can provide a framework or structure to your program. It provides a standardization of what will be taught for each level. But you need to add other supplementary resources to make a customize experience for your students. This is an article to backup the findings. “Making Decisions About ESL Curriculum”. 

Examples of ESL curriculum:

 
Here are some ESL curriculums that you can use to teach your students. They are basic curriculums you will need to add much more time preparing and adding to those lessons.
 
 
The powerpoint slides are pictures of fruit with the names of the fruit. They do have some ESL games and some worksheets. It goes into detail about what fruit he or she likes. You still would need to add in warmer slides, reading sections, a song, and talking slides.
 
It does have the basic vocabulary but you would need to build upon it so that your students get results. It is a good starting point. It is not enough content to make a full curriculum out of it for your students. It would still take a lot of work.
 
It would still take about 2 hours to create each lesson.
 
It has 105 lessons. This curriculum would give you 35 weeks of lessons if you taught that student 3 times a week.
 
Cost: Free
 
 
The ESL curriculum has videos, flashcards, and worksheets. It seems like you could create a very good curriculum with it. I would piece it together in a powerpoint lesson. It would still take you some time but it would be fun for students.
 
It looks like you should have some content for homework too.
 
It should take under 1 hour to create each lesson.
 
It has 2 levels so far.
 
Cost: Pay per book
 
 
It would be more modular-based like Off2Class.com. Off2class would be a better starting point. It is more geared toward teenagers and adults. They do have some beginner lessons but not for the absolute beginner. It starts out around level 4 and geared to 11-15-year-old students.
 
You could tweak the lessons and content for younger students.
 
It should take you under 1 hour to create each lesson.
 
Off2class has over 600 lessons.
 
Cost: $8 – $107 per month
 
 
This is my curriculum. It is an ESL curriculum for absolute beginners. It has over 170 lessons for level 1. It is more of an integrated curriculum. You would still need to create your own homework and a few props. It is a solid curriculum to keep your student base and see improvements in your students.
 
This ESL curriculum would give you 56 weeks of lessons if you taught that student 3 times a week.
 
Cost: Pay per month per teacher
 
 
It is a good curriculum with around 90 lessons total for all levels. This would save you a lot of time in the beginning but at some point, you will need to create more lessons.
If you teach a student three times a week then you would finish everything in 30 weeks.
 
This would get you up and running to start teaching your own students.
 
Cost: $60-$190 per year
One of these might be a good starting point for your ESL curriculum for a beginning student. You could use these while you are building your curriculum. You might decide to use one of them are your full-time ESL curriculum.
 
This gives you are a starting point to think about which direction you want to go in.
 
It comes down to what is your passion and goals? My passion is teaching ESL online to students. I felt like I needed a solid curriculum to do that. I couldn’t find a good ESL curriculum for beginners. That is why I created my own curriculum to teach kids.
 
It is a grind to teach and create your curriculum at the same time. You will need to decide if that is the direction you want to go in. It might take you 3-5 years to create 4-5 levels for your students.
 
It is hard work but in the end the reward of creating a customized ESL curriculum for your students. Something that you can use for years to come.

Helping online ESL teachers is my passion.

Daniel Anthony DiDio     Happy Teaching ?

 

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