Fun Phonics Collaboration

Beki Wilson from Fun Phonics Spain with a snake puppet

At the end of this month, we’re going to be working with Fun Phonics Spain as part of the Early Literacy Series.

TESOL Spain 44th Annual Convention

john Harrop TESOL-Spain Puppet Session

Just getting ready for the 44th TESOL Spain Convention.  Of course, it’ll be different this year, as it’s going to be virtual … hope to see you there!

Using Shadow-Puppets in Class

Tiny homemade shadow-puppet theatre

Being able to make and use shadow puppets really adds something to your teaching toolbox. We go from making a simple shadow-puppet theatre to putting on a full performance!

Monkey Puzzle Lesson plan

Monkey Puzzle children's performance, all wearing animal masks

Here’s our ‘Monkey Puzzle’ lesson plan, based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, published by Macmillan Children’s Books 2000. 

Lesson plans for Japan-themed projects

Primary students find Japan a fascinating country.  As it has such a rich history, especially art, there are so many different projects that you can do with primary school students.

Using Puppets to teach about Africa

Mask-making workshop for teachers

There are so many ways of using puppets to teach about Africa and inspire interest in younger learners. And lots of other ways too, such as making masks & drums.

Animal-Themed Lesson Ideas

Charlie playing with a cat

There are thousands of really cool and engaging animal-themed lesson ideas that you can use your puppets for.  Kids of all ages go crazy for animals!

Using Toys as a Speaking Stimulus in ELT

puppet playing with dinosaur puppet

Using toys as a speaking stimulus works really well with early-years students. They love being involved with class preparation, especially if that involves their favourite toys!

EFL Definitions of Terms: A Glossary

EFL and CLIL are full of acronyms and abbreviations!  So I’m going to reread my posts, highlight any I haven’t fully explained, and link them to this glossary page here! 

Origami finger-puppets

Making origami finger puppets helps students follow simple instructions, learn by doing, learn about fractions and keep focused in class.It’s a good TPR lesson, it can be used for maths too, and it focuses the mind.