Fun ways to celebrate the end of the year in your ELT classroom

Are you looking for some smart ways to usher in the summer? Are you wondering how you can show that you are proud of your students' accomplishments and give your English learners a memorable sense of closure?The end of the school year should be a time of celebration. So, make it epic and give your students a great send-off that will celebrate their learning! E-planet is here to help you to wind down, have a real blast and keep the festivities both fun and educational!✔️ A Fun MuralInvolve your students in a fun creative process and help them to understand that creativity should go hand in hand with teamwork. Choose a wall in your ELT classroom or language school and encourage your English learners to write their names and the date with a motivating quote. Whether you want to encourage your class to work harder, dream big or make the world a better place, there are so many quotes that are sure to inspire your students! Another great idea is to ask them to create a unique 'Tree of English Knowledge'. What's that? Well, you just help them leave their fingerprints on a wall... and there you have it; each fingerprint seems like a small tree leaf! This mural will certainly catch the interest of parents, teachers and other students. And it will be a lasting memory of your class! Tip 💡 Every blank wall is a canvas that is waiting to be filled. But if you don't want a permanent mural, you can use coloured chalk. Just make sure to take a picture of your students' temporary artistic creation! Chalkboard paint is the perfect way to transform a wall with minimal effort. Searching for a less expensive, easier and paint-free method? Chalkboard rolls and panels are what you're looking for! ✔️ A Student Success SpotHave your students been doing a lot of writing this year? Then a great way to celebrate is to create a 'Student Success Spot': a wall on which your English learners can proudly put their best work on display! Tip 💡 Celebrating student success is always motivating for all English learners (young and old)!✔️ A Memory BookReading, writing and art in one project? Yes, please! Motivate your young students to reflect on the past year and create a fun memory book using some of the following prompts: I was good at... | I wish I was better at... | My Proudest Moment Was... | The Best Thing I Learnt Was... | My Favourite Memory of my English Teacher | What I’ll Miss Most | Sweet Notes from my Classmates | A note from my English Teacher | My Goals for Next Year | A note to my future self. Memory books can be great keepsakes of a fun school year that is about to come to an end. And students can spend the last day filling in each other’s memory books. Tip 💡 Say yes to a student-teacher selfie and send your English learners home with another special memory from your year together! And don't forget to make silly faces together for a memorable snapshot!✔️ An Awards CeremonyImagine an impressive event or an Oscars-type ceremony, where your students will be given awards that will be based on your students' characters, achievements, talents and positive traits, e.g. The Most Avid Reader | The Best Debater | The Biggest Techie.Ready to roll out the red carpet for your English learners? Before planning a great ceremony, bear in mind that there are many free digital certificates and awards online that can make your life easier! Tip 💡 What about acceptance speeches? That's a great idea if you want to help your students to practise their public speaking and presentation skills, understand the importance of body language and become more confident speakers. This activity is ideal for teens and older students, since it’s an open secret that almost all English learners are extremely nervous before oral exams!✔️ A Summer Bucket ListA wish list of things to do is always a good idea. Ask your students what a bucket list is and encourage them to write their own list! Explain that they should set realistic goals and give them some ideas, e.g. Places I'd like to visit | Books I want to read | People I'd like to see | Skills I want to learn. So, it's time to bring a bit of summer sunshine into your ELT classroom! What will be on your students' bucket list?Tip 💡 A summer bucket list is the perfect way to practise conditionals (e.g. If I have the chance, I will definitely do that) and modal verbs (e.g. You don't have to be an adult to do that).✔️ A Unique Celebration All young students love dressing up. So, why not offer them a themed experience? Plan a British-themed celebration and let them impress everyone with costumes inspired by the English language and the United Kingdom! For example, they could use red uniforms and bearskin hats to dress up as the Queen’s Guards! Or they could come as their favourite British celebrities! Of course, there is only one possible colour scheme for your British party: red, white and blue. And Britain’s rich culture and interesting traditions can give you the ideal starting point for brainstorming fun decoration ideas. In addition, you can encourage your students to focus on crafts, games, songs and recipes or snacks that are associated with the U.K.Your English learners could also compile an end-of-year playlist with favourite English songs. So, get ready and let the party begin! Tip 💡 Have your students write down their favorite memories of this school year on strips of paper. Slip their notes inside balloons, inflate them... and have your students burst the balloons and share the written messages aloud at the end of the party!Ready for a mind-blowing celebration? One last thing: Take a quick look at the inspiring TED Talk 'Every Kid Needs a Champion', given by Rita Pierson. As she says, teaching and learning should bring joy. And every child deserves an adult who insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. You can do this. Bring joy one more time to your ELT classroom, celebrate your students' achievements, show everyone that you've made a good team this year and motivate your English learners to keep learning!...

June 20, 2022

Teaching Business English: Myths & Facts

Do you feel intimidated at the prospect of teaching Business English? Do you know in what ways teaching General English is different from teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP)? Are you familiar with the most suitable approaches and the latest trends in Business English teaching? Sometimes it can be difficult to disentangle myths from facts. But identifying and debunking the unrealistic expectations and myths that are associated with teaching Business English can help us to meet our students’ needs. That's why E-planet is here to help! Are you ready? Even some long-held beliefs may be called into question. So, let’s get down to business! Myth #1: You have to be a business expert Fact: A usual misconception about Business English is that the teacher has to be a business expert. But that’s not true. Your students are already professionals in their fields. They don’t need any business advice. They need someone who can help them improve their English and understand how they can use their skills in a business context – and that’s where you come in! You are the expert in the field of foreign language teaching who can help them climb the career ladder, achieve their ambitions and become better professionals in their field of expertise. Myth #2: Teaching Business English is dull Fact: Teaching Business English does not have to be deadly boring! Do you find listening to people about their chosen fields dull? Teaching Business English is interesting for you because you gain new knowledge about different fields of expertise. In addition, the fact that you are not a business expert makes it easy for you to ask several questions and help your students to easily practise their speaking skills! Moreover, as a Business English teacher, you have the chance to interact with students at different stages of development and from all walks of life. And Business English is certainly interesting for your students because they know that they need to improve their skills. That's why you don’t have to grab their attention; they are already interested in what you teach! Myth #3: You don’t teach Business English to low-level learners Fact: Even pre-intermediate and intermediate learners of English need to know how to prepare a well-written CV that will maximize their chances of getting hired, how to make a brief presentation, what they should include in a written invitation to a meeting, in what ways they should answer a business phone call... Low-level learners also need to increase their confidence, learn how to use English in day-to-day work activities and become able to communicate effectively in the international workplace. When teaching Business English to low-level learners, focus on role plays, conversations and a variety of realistic situations that are similar to the students' real-life work circumstances. Understanding job profiles and having good overall communication skills can also be a huge advantage in today's business world. There are many great Business books and endless online resources that can help you to get your low-level Business English students ready for working life! Myth #4: You have to focus on endless vocabulary lists Fact: While it might be tempting to give your students endless vocabulary lists to memorise, that’s not what they need. What they do need is to learn new vocabulary in realistic contexts (for example, a job interview, dealing with a supplier or a customer, emails, business trip reports, etc.). Bear in mind that many students can’t understand the difference between formal and informal English. They may not be familiar with the standard conventions when writing a business text and they don't know how they can make their messages more effective. Even intermediate and upper-intermediate learners of English need help in order to gain a better understanding of the English language in the field of business. Myth #5: You don't have to teach grammar Fact: Business English is more than jargon. And grammar is as useful as a business suit and a briefcase or a laptop bag!Although your students may have memorised lots of grammar rules, they need to understand them. For example, your students should know how to use the passive voice in order to shift the focus from the person doing an action to the action itself. They should also be familiar with the conditionals if they want to negotiate successfully. Myth #6: Higher-level learners don't need Business English lessons Fact: Once your Business English students reach a B2-C1 level of English, they know that they can perform well in an international work environment, and that’s why they may not be as motivated as you would expect. In addition, they may be bored and tired after a long day at work. So, what they need is motivation and a teacher who can help them understand that Business English lessons open up new career opportunities and offer a competitive advantage that is essential to survival in the international job market. Knowing General English does not mean that they can talk about business trends, handle business negotiations or understand the strategies and key language they need for writing on social media platforms. Convince them that success in business is about confidence. And help them to become inspired to go the extra mile.So, there you have it. The thought of teaching Business English should not be a daunting prospect. Follow our advice and tips and you’ll get the hang of it after your first lesson!For some practical classroom ideas, check out these 5+1 ways to become a better English teacher. And if you want to find more useful tips for teaching English, inspirational guidance and free resources, check out our Resources for English Teachers....

May 23, 2022

Celebrating English Language Day

You do know that English Language Day is celebrated on 23 April, right? But why? Well, this day has been chosen because it is thought to be Shakespeare’s birthday and the anniversary of his death.If you are wondering how to celebrate this special day with your students, E-planet is here to help! Take a break from your usual routine and dedicate a fun lesson to the English language!Our EFL Classroom English Language Day is a great opportunity to create a positive learning environment. Just help your young students to create a unique and eye-catching ‘English Classroom Rules’ poster with this helpful worksheet: Our English Classroom Rules! In this way, your English learners can familiarise themselves with the rules and practise their reading and writing skills. Can you think of a better way to decorate your EFL classroom? British English (What else?) Do your students realise that there are many varieties of English? For example, Londoners live in flats and New Yorkers live in apartments. A sidewalk in the U.S.A. is a pavement in the U.K. British people have biscuits with their cup of tea or coffee, but Americans eat cookies. Americans go to centers (not centres) and theaters (not theatres). Encourage your students to understand and embrace the differences between British and American English (you could also add Australian English to the mix!). Our blog post British and American English: We speak the same language, right? is here to help you! Another great idea is to focus on the entertaining side of learning English with fun and mind-blowing facts about the language we all love. For example, most English learners are impressed when they learn that Monday gets its name from an old Anglo-Saxon word which means ‘the moon’s day’ and that in Ancient Britain, girls who were born on Mondays were given the name Mona as this was the Old English word for moon. And all young learners have fun when they try to pronounce ‘pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis’, the longest word in English! Let our blog post 10+1 Facts About the English Language… that will make you say ‘Wow’! inspire you!Discovering Shakespeare's World How much do your students know about the most famous playwright? Do they understand the impact that the Bard – as Shakespeare is often referred to – had on modern-day English? Ask your students to make a list of words and phrases that Shakespeare invented and are still used today. Have your younger learners create a poster about Shakespeare’s life or his most popular plays.You can also take a look at the Teach Shakespeare site and search for resources that will help you to teach Shakespeare by play, theme, language or character.Happy English Language Day! How are you going to celebrate this day? Leave a comment and share your inspiring ideas with us!...

April 19, 2022

5 Winning Strategies for Motivating English Learners

Motivation is one of the most important factors in language learning. And just like any other skill, it can be developed. That’s why having some super engaging activities, ideas and strategies in your back pocket is always a good idea. If you are trying to come up with ideas for inspiring and motivating your English learners, here are some proven strategies!🔖 Gaining knowledge by experienceHave you ever noticed the buzz of excitement when children in a science class do experiments and projects? Well, all students enjoy hands-on learning and creative activities!When we hear the word ‘experiments’, our minds go immediately to subjects like physics and chemistry. And when we think of the word ‘creativity’, we usually imagine art and music classes. But hands-on, creative learning activities can be brought easily into all EFL classrooms. Just motivate your students to create something new: an essay, a story or a poem, a stimulating piece of art or an attention-grabbing construction project!🔖 Embracing pop culture Imagine that you want to help your students practise the past simple tense. Will they be more interested in a boring gap-filling exercise or in that outrageous outfit their favourite actor chose to wear yesterday? Will they eagerly focus on a poem or on the lyrics of a popular song?Bringing pop culture into the equation will help you to keep your students engaged and willing to learn. When keeping English learners focused on what you’re teaching seems like a herculean task, grab their attention with pop culture elements that will help you to build a bridge between what is taught in your classroom and what happens in life.🔖 Using digital toolsAll children, teenagers and adults can easily view English learning as a necessary step in order to access the digital world. In other words, they are motivated to learn English because they want to use technology. So, pull out the big guns: smartboards, computers and smartphones! Making use of technology and combining text, image and audio can always make a lesson much more interesting. And online activities are great allies when teaching English. For example, a WebQuest can motivate all learners (whether they are 8 or 28 years old!). You cannot expect your students to be motivated if they only do endless grammar and vocabulary exercises. Technology can be much more empowering! 🔖 Taking advantage of the competitive spiritNo matter how old we are, we all love competitions and games that help us to beat our peers! That’s why including an element of competition will motivate your students.Fun educational board games, quizzes, crossword puzzles and other fun activities transform learning into play and help your students to revise what has already been learnt and practise their skills in an effortless and motivating way. 🔖 Creating a friendly environmentAvoid overcorrecting and undermining students’ confidence. Bear in mind that praise can work wonders in your classroom. That’s why you should celebrate all the small achievements of your students. Positive reinforcement is essential!Creating a high-quality classroom environment can also spur creativity and help students to feel more motivated to engage in the learning process. Rethink your classroom design, create a horseshoe-shaped formation or flexible clusters and add a splash of colour and motivational posters with success quotes. Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference in a classroom environment!And don’t forget to share your enthusiasm! As Steve Jobs once said: ‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do.’ Think back… When you were a child, how did you feel about a boring lesson and a demotivated teacher? If you get excited about your lesson, your passion will motivate your students. It’s as simple as that!...

March 30, 2022

ELT & International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day (IMLD), on 21 February, is a day to celebrate linguistic diversity and embrace multilingualism.Well, we all know that children who are fluent in their mother tongue can learn another language in a much easier way. But we often fail to realise how much the language we use influences our view of the world and the ways in which we communicate.Children and teenagers who are exposed to many languages start seeing things from a different perspective. We perceive and navigate the world through our senses, but we make sense of it through our intellect, which is fundamentally influenced by language. That’s why every language is a window into a new way of thinking! Older students who learn a new language understand their own language and culture better through comparison. And as scientists unlock more of the secrets of the brain, they’re learning that speaking many languages has benefits that extend from childhood into old age. For example, the more languages we know, the less likely we are to experience memory loss or decline of our other mental skills!👉 2022 IMLD: Technology & Multilingual Learning The theme of the 2022 International Mother Language Day, Using Technology for Multilingual Learning: Challenges & Opportunities, raises the potential role of technology to advance multilingual education and support the development of quality teaching and learning for all. Well, let’s admit it: as time goes on, we notice that it is nearly impossible to do any kind of learning without the implementation of technology. That’s why at E-planet Educational Services we are strong advocates of blended education, a method of education that allows students of all ages to combine the traditional classroom setting with self-paced online sessions. That’s why we take advantage of the digital world and embrace e-learning, m-learning and the different ways in which technology can contribute to the learning process. That’s why we firmly believe in effective and flexible education that caters for all learning styles. UNESCO organises a webinar on 21 February, which will focus on enhancing the role of teachers in the promotion of quality multilingual learning and reflecting on the technologies that support multilingual teaching. You can register for the useful webinar here: Webinar – 2022 IMLD.👉 ELT Classroom Ideas How are you celebrating International Mother Language Day this year? Are you wondering how you can transform your ELT classroom into a garden of languages? First of all, get ready to shake things up! To fully reap the benefits of a language celebration, it is essential to involve every student in your ELT classroom in a fun way. For example, you can ask your young students to think of English words that actually come from their mother tongue. To add a little bit of extra excitement, turn this activity into a game and see a smile on the faces of your little learners! You could divide your students into two or three teams, give them a time limit and explain that each team has to come up with as many words as possible.You can also find interesting online activities that will encourage students to learn more about their mother tongue and multilingualism. A good example is the World Language Map (by the University of Manchester) that helps children to explore the different ways in which people speak across the world!Your older students will appreciate tips and tricks on translation techniques. Well, they’ve certainly understood that literal, word-for-word translation often simply doesn’t work! For example, in English they could say that they ‘sit’ an exam, but could they do that in their mother tongue? Help them during their English language learning journey with our Top Translation Tips & Tricks for EFL Learners!Free online resources will also motivate them to explore the importance of languages. For example, they can watch this interesting TED Talk, in which Lera Boroditsky, a cognitive scientist, explains how languages shape the way we think!Happy International Mother Language Day celebrations from all of us at E-planet Educational Services!If you liked this, you might also like to read the article: Learning Foreign Languages – Is It Really a Question of Age?...

February 21, 2022

Teaching English: Tips for Private Tutors of ENGLISH

Whether you are new to the world of private tutoring or an experienced English teacher looking for ways to improve and become the successful educator you’ve always wanted to be, E-planet is here to help! Are you ready? Time to GET, GO & GROW!📌 GET organisedPrivate tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. But starting and getting organised isn’t always that easy... That’s why a new online platform, which has been especially designed for tutors of private lessons, is here to cover your needs!The E-planet Platform provides a host of free materials: weekly and monthly course plans, a series of supplements, access to the teachers’ books you need and a special panel to help you monitor each student’s progress. You can easily store the detailed information you need about all your students, keep records of their scores, check who is using the e-learning program and keep track of online midterm and final tests. Cool, right?Our user-friendly platform is already operating for European countries and it will gradually become available all around the world.📌 GO the extra mileAlways be willing to go the extra mile for your students. As you get to know them, you will find out that there are things they are passionate about and make their eyes light up. Each time they mention a hobby, a favourite film or a new book they’ve read, they offer you an opportunity to prepare an activity tailored to their interests. That’s how you will know what materials and topics to choose in order to make your lessons much more interesting for your students at every stage of their English language learning journey. Our Seasonal Activities & Topical Resources can also help you make learning motivating and enjoyable with ready-to-use materials and active engagement activities for learners of different ages, levels and interests.And when you notice your students getting bored, try a quick game, a quiz or brain teasers. Nothing kills the desire to learn more than boredom, so always be ready to shake things up! Remember that you are the one who creates the routine and chooses how to respond to student behaviour. When learning in a classroom, everything is busy and fast-paced. On the other hand, learning with the help of a private tutor, affords time for a much more personalised and fun approach. Take advantage of it! You could also use educational board games for children or adventurous games for teenagers and adults from time to time to add a little bit of unexpected fun and create a positive and uplifting atmosphere!📌 GROW your student baseConsider specialising in a particular field. For example, teaching Business English could make you stand out. In general, bear in mind that there is always demand for experts who can successfully teach English for Specific Purposes (ESP).Think outside the box. With nearly half of the world’s population using social media platforms, they’re a natural place to reach new students. Gather real-world data and learn from what other teachers do on social media. Create engaging content that students will like, comment on and share. Consider current trends and think: What do people want to view these days? For example, Instagram stories and live streaming have become quite popular. Can you incorporate these trends into your social media routine?Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? Share your thoughts below!If you liked this blog post, you might also enjoy reading this one: 5+1 Ways to Become a Better English teacher....

January 27, 2022

Time Management& Learning English

Do you have a problem with procrastination? Do you often make up excuses for not studying enough? Do you believe that you can’t make the most of your time? Do you start off studying English but you always end up doing something else? Well, you are certainly not alone. We’ve all been there! The good news is that we can share some useful tips… So, how can you make sure you have enough time for learning English? Let’s get down to business! 💡Setting Achievable Goals Most students tend to leave important tasks until the last minute. But you should always remember that the timeline toward reaching your goals should always be realistic. Rome was not built in a day. And success can’t happen overnight. So, bear in mind that you are not a superhero! The more realistic your study plan is, the more achievable it will be. Trust us, you won’t suddenly start studying for at least 3 hours a day (no matter how committed you are to learning English, chances are you won’t keep your promise!). And when exams are just around the corner, you won’t be able to study everything (no matter how hard you try!). Find out what else you should try to avoid when learning English! 💡The Pomodoro Technique Have you ever heard about the Pomodoro Technique, a smart system that can help you to manage your time? Set a timer for 25 minutes. Start studying. When the timer rings, take a break for 5 minutes. Simple, right? The Pomodoro Technique helps you to separate your time into periods of intensive work and short breaks. So, just start studying and then give yourself a little reward. Get yourself something to drink or eat, stretch your legs, listen to a song you like and clear your head. After your short break (that will increase your ability to concentrate on your next task), reset the timer and repeat the process. Ta-da! You’ve just understood why every second of your time counts! * extra tip: Our business workshop, Time Management, can give you a host of useful time management techniques and tools. 💡 Avoiding Most Distractions From social media to Netflix, you may be faced with many distractions that can easily derail your progress. Many students tend to underestimate how much they are distracted by what’s going on around them. Well, distractions are everywhere. But if you can stay focused when you study, you use your time much more effectively. Turn off your mobile phone. Stop checking your emails and those app notifications. Use noise-canceling headphones. Hang a ‘Do not disturb’ sign on your door. * extra tip: Some background music may help you relax and concentrate, but it should not be too loud. 💡 No Dead Time How would you entertain yourself when commuting, waiting for an appointment or in a mind-numbing queue? If you master the art of taking advantage of your dead time, you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn! For example, in the age of smartphones, listening to English is probably the easiest thing to practise for a few minutes every day. Even just five to ten minutes can be much more beneficial than you think. Listen to a podcast. Watch a YouTube video. Listen to an English song you enjoy. * extra tip: You could also use flashcards that help you to revise useful information and vocabulary. In addition, crosswords and brain teasers in English are great if you want to expand your vocabulary. And reading an interesting article or blog post is a classic and time-tested way to sharpen your language skills! Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? 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December 28, 2021

Don’t Say It! (5+1 things English teachers shouldn’t say in the classroom)

What shouldn’t we say in the classroom? How can we motivate our students and keep them enthusiastic about learning English? When we know better, we do better. So, let’s get off on the right foot!❌ That’s wrong!We all know that positive reinforcement is essential, right? So, negative remarks won’t help!*What to do: If you ask a question and a student’s answer is wrong, don’t focus on that or provide the answer yourself. Give the student the chance to self-correct. Peer correction can also help to create a positive classroom atmosphere as your English learners realise that you are not the only source of correction and that they can also learn a lot from their classmates. Bear in mind that all students intuitively appreciate teachers who create a supportive and non-threatening atmosphere in the classroom.❌ Do you understand?Well, we really shouldn’t ask our students if they have understood what we’ve just explained. Most students will just say ‘yes’ even if they haven’t understood anything at all!*What to do: Check for comprehension with the help of a game, a crossword puzzle, a quiz or another fun exercise. Help your students put what they’ve learned into practice and grasp a deeper understanding of the English language! Using books with engaging, playful and creative activities can be a great source of inspiration. ❌ You’re so lazy!We’ve all heard parents and other teachers say that children and teenagers nowadays are just getting lazier and lazier. But that won’t certainly somehow magically teach our English learners what it means to try more and study hard!*What to do: Firstly, always remember that you can’t make people behave better by making them feel worse! If your students seem bored and lethargic, they may need a different approach that fits their needs in a better way. Remember that you are the one who creates the classroom routine and chooses how to respond to student behavior. So, be willing to make the necessary changes in your own classroom to create the learning environment children and teenagers need to thrive. Keep being supportive and always keep an optimistic attitude about the outcome. Moreover, bear in mind that if some of your students seem lazy or have to be constantly reminded what to do next, they may deal with a learning disability that is impeding their progress in English.❌ Because I say so.Well, it’s true that these four words can roll off our tongues really easily… But we do know that ‘Because I say so’ won’t work – at least not for long!*What to do: Always make an effort to explain, no matter how tired you are!❌ I’ve already answered that question.Our role as teachers is to motivate our students to ask questions and seek answers. There is no such thing as a stupid question. And it doesn’t matter if we’ve already answered a question!*What to do: If necessary, go over the same points again and again. Do not overwhelm your students with long and complicated sentences when giving instructions or explanations. And always remember to apply the KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) design principle in your EFL classroom (especially when teaching English to newbies)! ❌ Your brother/sister/fellow student is better than you.Comparisons can only lead to trouble. Using other people as great examples may seem like a smart way to inspire our students, but it usually leads to resentment, jealousy, and less effort.*What to do: Praising the effort of a student usually motivates him/her to try harder. in addition, your English learners should have a good idea of your expectations, so you can talk in general about what all students ought to do to make their work stand out.Do you have anything you’d like to add to this list? 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November 25, 2021

How to Teach Your Students about Climate Change

Devastating wildfires. Prolonged droughts. Stifling heat waves. Intense hurricanes. Do you find yourself wondering how can you explain the tough reality of what is going on without terrifying young students? Are you looking for smart ways to draw attention to climate-related issues and spark some interest in the hot topic of climate change? Are you undecided as to which materials to use with your students? E-planet is here to help! Let’s encourage the next generation of climate leaders to change our world!📌Using appropriate resourcesThe first step is to find the right resources. Outdated books and obsolete information will not help. When it comes to climate change, you don’t have to be an expert; however, you have to rely on ESL books which offer high-quality and stimulating content.It’s also important to use age-appropriate materials. The feeling of powerlessness and fear when learning about major environmental problems, known as ecophobia, is a phenomenon that no teacher would like to face, so don’t scare young learners with information that might overwhelm them!Tip: Take a look at our creative Resources for English Teachers in order to find some free, innovative and ready-to-use materials on climate change. And don’t forget to explore our inspirational Seasonal Activities section for smart ideas that can help your students learn more about environmental protection and celebrate World Environment Day!📌Taking advantage of technologyThere are also many free online games, quizzes and amusing activities, which you can use in order to help your students to understand climate science in a fun and engaging way. For example, if you are teaching English to young learners, you can take a look at NASA's Climate Kids website, which tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. What does global climate change mean? What is the greenhouse effect? What is happening to the oceans? Time to find out…📌Connecting learning to real lifeThe next step is to connect climate change to the real world. Well, it’s true that this topic may seem abstract and intangible… So, what can you do?Challenge your young students to find at least three ways to use less power on a daily basis. Ask older students to consider how their daily actions contribute to climate change. And remember to connect climate change to real stories and people, like Greta Thunberg, the well-known climate campaigner.Tip: Motivate your students to work together with their peers and don’t forget to incorporate teamwork and multiple projects in your lessons. For example, your English learners can give presentations to other students or work on poster campaigns and group art projects, while practising their English at the same time!📌Making a differenceMake sure your students stay hopeful about the future and help them to understand that we can all take action against climate change.Your goal is to inspire them, not scare them! Emphasise that we are not powerless.Challenge your students to influence others; for example, can they persuade their families members to adopt eco-friendly habits, like recycling and reusing single-use plastic items? A smart idea is to inspire them to engage in social activities, like a school recycling program.Ready to empower your students to make the world a better place? 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October 05, 2021