Posted by: Miranda Flynn Legge | February 21, 2011

Peter, my new bilingual teaching assistant….what a squawker!!

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Get children actively involved in English lessons using a little English friend. A great teaching assistant!

Greeting “Peter” and introducing him to your class:

  • Hello Peter!
  • Good morning Peter!
  • Peter, where are you?
  • Peter ? there you are!
  • How are you today?
  • (Ask the children to say hello)

Ask “Peter the Toucan” some general questions:

  • What’s this?
  • What’s that?
  • What’s your favourite food?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • Where’s your pen?
  • Where’s your red bag?
  • Which do you prefer – the red or the green?
  • Which do you want?
  • Why are you happy/sad/tired/angry?
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Responses

  1. Dear Miranda,
    I`m an EFL teacher in Germany . I love your body language while telling stories to children in English or Italian.
    Thank you for letting me share your ideas. Actually I`m teaching at a special school for children with learning disabilities. They love to sing and move at the same time. The movements help them remember words and phrases. I will try to play some games I found here.
    Thank you!
    Iris

  2. Hi Iris
    Thank you for your kind comments and I’m really happy that I can be of some use to your teaching.
    I find that it’s not always easy reading books to young children in English. I tend to feel restricted and obliged to follow the text word for word and it’s often difficult to judge the childrens’ interest or lack of it.
    I started introducing story flashcards and props as they are great for drawing in an audience, maintaining eye contact and encouraging group involvement . And to make the story really “active” and “tactile” I sometimes bring to class dressing up clothes or simple hats and masks that the children can wear and physically contribute to the telling of the story themselves .
    Happy teaching !
    Miranda Flynn Legge

    P.S Please drop us a line if you have any tips and suggestions you would like to share for teaching English to children with special needs .


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