Books for Teachers of English to Young Learners

Practical Classroom English by Hughes, Moate and Raatikainen (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194422796

Comprehensive catalogue of classroom procedures and activities to help teachers in planning lessons.

Especially useful for Content and Language Integrated Learning classes.

Discussion points, activities, and exercises. Audio CD of classroom extracts, and additional online resources.

Ideal for self-access work, whether in a group or individually.

Intended mainly as a teacher resource, but can also be used as part of a training programme.

Storytelling with Children by Wright (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194372022

Exploits children's natural love of stories by using them to develop an awareness of the sound and feel of English, and an understanding of language points.

Presents a wide variety of ideas for using stories to teach English to children.

Includes a selection of ready-to-tell stories, although the activities can be used with any story.

Provides photocopiable worksheets.

An extremely useful book for those working to develop language skills with children.

Grammar for Young Learners by Lewis and Mol (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194425896

This is an enjoyable grammar activities book to supplement course books. It strengthens grammatical accuracy in an enjoyable and interesting way. Activities focus on key grammatical points for young learners. Contents organized by communicative goal (e.g. talking about the past), cross-referenced to grammar teaching point (e.g. past simple). It includes activities for different learning styles. It promotes critical and creative thinking skills and language awareness. There are photocopiable worksheets for many of the activities.

Creating Stories with Children by Wright (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194372046

This book offers a wide variety of original ideas and activities for helping children to tell and write stories in English.

It encourages creativity, confidence, and fluency and accuracy in spoken and written English, as well as teaching creative writing skills.

It includes numerous photocopiable worksheets and 'easy-to-draw' pictures by the author.


English for Primary Teachers

by Mary Slattery and Jane Willis (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194375627

A handbook of activities and classroom language.

The book aims to build teachers' confidence in their ability to use English effectively, at the same time as providing advice and techniques for primary English teachers. The book is written in an accessible, easy-to-follow style and encourages a positive attitude towards using English in the primary classroom.

The first unit asks teachers to reflect on the processes of language learning, to examine ways to create effective learning conditions in class, and introduces them to the study methods used in the book. The units follow the processes of natural language acquisition and the pattern of school education, so the order is: listening activities, speaking activities, reading, and writing. A free CD gives examples of classroom language from real classrooms, with pronunciation exercises.

Teaching English in the Primary Classroom

(Longman Handbooks for Language Teachers) by Susan Halliwell

ISBN-13: 978-0582071094

Part 1 identifies priorities for working with young learners and suggest strategies for teaching.

Part 2 offers guidelines for creating or adapting work programmes and explains how English can be cross-curricular.

Includes a Practical Activities section at the end of each part for further exploration.

Cross-Curricular Resources for Young Learners by Calabrese and Rampone (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194425889

Many primary schools across the world are introducing Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

This resource book for primary teachers provides appropriate, easy-to-use resources for teaching subjects through English.

  • Clearly explained, motivating activities.
  • Attractive photocopiable worksheets.
  • Age-appropriate subject materials.
  • Language suitable for primary children's level of English.
  • Organized by theme.

Drama with Children by Sarah Phillips (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194372206

Provides practical ideas for introducing drama activities into the English class, including mime, chants, puppets, role play, and short plays.

Shows how the use of drama can improve both speaking and pronunciation, and can also help children to develop self-confidence and express their imagination, personalities and creativity.

Demonstrates how activities can be integrated into day-to-day teaching, as well as providing inspiration for performances at open days or end-of-term shows.

This book is packed with great ideas for using drama in the EFL classroom. Starting off with simple introductory chants and songs, it goes on to full sketches and plays for the classroom. There are lots of ideas which can be adapted for different group sizes and ages. There's also a whole section on puppet making and telling stories with them.

Games for Children by Lewis and Bedson (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194372244

A fresh and enjoyable collection of games for children aged between 4 and 11, including card games, board games, physical games, and co-operative and competitive games.

Gives helpful guidance for teachers on integrating games into the English syllabus, classroom management, adapting traditional games, and creating new games with children.



Young Learners by Sarah Philips (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194422079

The book is based on the principle that English lessons form an integral part of a young learner's whole education, and that the teacher has a wider responsibility than the simple teaching of the language system.

Practical ideas are provided for a wide variety of language practice activities, including art and crafts, drama, games, storytelling and songs.

There are helpful hints for teachers new to young learners (age 6-12 years).

Writing with Children by Reilly and Reilly (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194375993

This book offers guidance on introducing and developing writing skills with young learners. It teaches the Roman alphabet, letter shapes and names, and word recognition.

It provides a framework for developing writing skills at word, sentence, and text level. It encourages the idea that words can be used creatively and that writing can be fun.

It provides opportunities for children to practise a wide range of writing skills.

Teaching Young Language Learners by Pinter (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194422079

Pinter's book integrates theory and practice in an accessible way, filling a gap between theoretical books and resource books. It provides information on background issues as well as classroom techniques, with an emphasis on practical advice and guidance. There are clear examples, tasks, and recommended further reading. It illustrates the differences between teaching different age groups. It suggests ways to undertake small-scale action research in primary language classrooms. It is recommended for training courses and is also suitable for practising teachers.