A staple in my classrooms, as you will have guessed, is the matching game, otherwise known as pelmanism, otherwise known as Memory. Whatever you call it, it’s easy to teach kids, they like the competitive nature of it, and if they get too competitive, you can always use the cards for other, more gentle pursuits! […]
A file containing 5 sets of various alphabet and phonics cards, with some suggestions for use with young learners. Alphabet and phoneme memory card sets
A set of matching activities to support vocabulary acquisition with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Students in Malaysia currently have to do a big exam at the end of their primary schooling. Happily, this is being changed in the new curriculum, but that still leaves the older students having to write an exam that is generally way above their capacity, and far removed from their daily lives. One part of […]
Makan-makan, eating together, is an important part of the Sabahan cultural landscape. In the morning, I get asked, “Have you eaten already?” Teachers eat together constantly through the day, and share whatever they have. Last week, I practised fruit and vegetables with a Year 6 class through a “Sudat makan? Already eaten?” discussion and a […]
Animals are useful first vocabulary where I live – the kids are always trying to tell me about pets at home, or the fact that a dog has just wandered into the classroom, or that they like fish but not cats because you can eat fish but cats are a bit furry. Here are some […]
Memory games are useful in the EFL classrooms – they use different skills to make sure kids really retain the vocabulary you’re teaching. They are reading the words, they are remembering words from a picture, they are saying the words, and they are listening to their teammates speak. These games also help to make large […]