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Our goal is to improve EFL teaching in large primary and kindergarten classes. We offer articles, workshops, observations and teaching resources.

Hi there! My name is Will and I'm an American living in Vietnam. I have 10 years of experience teaching EFL to young learners and very young learners in Asia. At first I was a poorly trained teacher who struggled in the classroom. I couldn't find the concepts I needed to help me on-line and I didn't have access to teaching books. Over the years I eventually got trained and I've also gotten the opportunity to manage, observe and train more than a hundred teachers, most of whom were in the first years of their teaching career. Observing hundreds of lessons, providing feedback, and helping solve teaching problems was an invaluable experience for me. In the last few years I've focused on working in public primary schools and kindergartens with large classes of 20 to 45 students. These environments can be really challenging for new teachers - they were for me! Helping new teachers has been incredibly valuable to me because I feel I've helped tens of thousands of students through them. Now I want to share my knowledge across a wider audience. I'll be posting daily teaching tips as well as developing workshops for teachers located in Ho Chi Minh city. As time goes by I hope to make teaching and learning English a better experience for even more people. I've seen the power of great English skills in my personal life and I've also felt the joys of teaching a great lesson. Please help me in my quest to spread teaching skills by liking, sharing, and commenting on my posts with your ideas, suggestions and questions. Thanks!

Mission: Our mission is to provide practical teaching tips and training for new English teachers in public primary schools and kindergartens.

[02/06/20]   Due to the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak in China as well as other countries and continuing efforts to contain it, we've decided to hold off on announcing future public workshops in February. We will reassess at the start of March to see if are lower and attendance would be sufficient.
We're sorry for the delay. We hope everyone stays safe & rates of infection start to drop as efforts take effect.

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Use Intro Mind Maps as EFL Ice Breakers - Star Teacher Training

Each year I often got new classes after the Tet holiday in public schools. Even this late in the school year it's important to take a little time and introduce yourself to your curious new students. Intro Map Maps are a great way to quickly engage your students & gauge their abilities. Give it a look and get ready for when schools reopen.
And stay safe with the recent coronavirus outbreak! Wash your hands between classes & don't touch your face.
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starteachertraining.com Intro Mind Maps make great EFL ice breakers for primary students in large classes. Use them to quickly introduce yourself and assess your students' levels.

Chúc mừng năm mới! Happy Lunar New Year to everyone. 😀 Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. We'll see you soon with more articles, workshops, and other projects in the year of the rat! 🐭

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Simple Flashcard Listening Games for Large ESL Classes - Star Teacher Training

It's a new year and time for some new EFL activities! 😄
Here are two simple listening activities that work great in young learner classes both large and small. Give them a try and let me know how they go! ☺️
https://starteachertraining.com/large-esl-class-flashcard-listening-games/

starteachertraining.com Flashcard listening games such as Hands on Heads and Flashcard Groups are great for involving all your students in learning and having fun while learning.

November 2019 Ninja Teacher

Here are a few shots from our workshops with an excellent batch of teacher trainees at Ninja Teacher. It was great working with all of them. They asked insightful questions and participated like champions. Great job everyone!

Here are a few shots from our workshops with an excellent batch of teacher trainees at Ninja Teacher. It was great working with all of them. They asked insightful questions and participated like champions. Great job everyone!

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EFL Lip Reading Practices Pronunciation - Star Teacher Training

How can you help your EFL students with their pronunciation without breaking out the phoneme charts every lesson? One quick and easy activity is EFL Lip Reading. It's great for large classes of preschoolers, primary schoolers and beyond.
Check out this article for tips and more!
https://starteachertraining.com/lip-reading-esl-lessons/

starteachertraining.com Using EFL Lip Reading is a great way to get young students in large classes to focus, practice their pronunciation and review your lesson's content.

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A Marvelous EFL Memory Activity: Magic Eyes - Star Teacher Training

Looking for an engaging and easy to organize activity for your students? Here's one that uses & builds memory skills while getting the whole class to speak. It's called Magic Eyes 🤩 and it'll enchant your whole class! 😄
https://starteachertraining.com/magic-eyes-efl-memory-activity/

starteachertraining.com Magic Eyes is an EFL memory activity that's great for large preschool and primary school classes. Children love testing their memories and chanting.

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Settle and Succeed with Coloring Dictations - Star Teacher Training

Your games & activities in large classes don't all have to be active and exciting to engage your young students. In fact, some quiet, settled activities can do wonders for their focus and learning. One of my favorite is Coloring Dictations! 😄 Click and read to get some great tips and tricks to do these successfully.
https://starteachertraining.com/efl-coloring-dictations/

starteachertraining.com Coloring Dictations are great activities for calming and focusing EFL students in preschool and primary school. Read more about these excellent settling activities and how you can use them to improve your students' listening skills - even in large classes.

Teaching Preschool and Public Primary EFL Workshop

We had a great workshop with more than thirty teachers in November. There was lots of great participation and many great questions. It's really exciting to see such an engaged and eager group of EFL teachers from around HCMC and beyond.

We had a great workshop with more than thirty teachers in November. There was lots of great participation and many great questions. It's really exciting to see such an engaged and eager group of EFL teachers from around HCMC and beyond.

Another great group of teachers! It was a real pleasure meeting and working with all of you. 😃
Keep up the great work & be the best teachers you can be! 😊

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The Only ESL Board Game You'll Ever Need - Star Teacher Training

Here's an endlessly adaptable board game that is great for students 8 and up. It can work for any target language you want and you don't even need dice to play! 😄 I've used it in classes of 15 to 45 kids and my students have had tons of fun using English and playing the game. Check it out!
Free download, too! 🤪
https://starteachertraining.com/esl-board-game/

starteachertraining.com This simple ESL Board Game works with a wide variety of English language topics and levels. Get your kids speaking and having fun while saving you time.

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Get ESL Students Speaking with Speed Speak & Listen Quick - Star Teacher Training

Getting a class of 45 Grade 1 EFL students to speak with each other can be terrifying...but it's important to try and get it right. Speed Speak and Listen Quick are two simple games new teachers can use to get even whole classes of four-year-old children to speak with each other. 🤩
Read more to find out how and learn some extra tips to be successful. 😄
https://starteachertraining.com/esl-students-speaking-speed-speak-listen-quick/

starteachertraining.com Get your ESL students speaking with each other at almost any age and even in large classes with Speed Speak and Listen Quick.

October Workshop with Ninja Teacher

Here are some photos from my work with Ninja Teacher trainees in October. It was another group of promising new teachers. Good luck everyone!

Here are some photos from my work with Ninja Teacher trainees in October. It was another group of promising new teachers. Good luck everyone!

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Spelling Dictations are the ABCs of EFL Success - Star Teacher Training

They might seem old-fashioned, but Spelling Dictations are a great activity for young primary students.🙃 Get your students all involved in practicing a useful testing & life-skill while having fun with this simple, low-resource activity. 😄
https://starteachertraining.com/spelling-dictations-esl-activity/

starteachertraining.com Spelling Dictations are a great ESL activity for building listening, spelling, and vocabulary skills for young learners in large classes.

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Slap the Board Needs an Upgrade - Star Teacher Training

Slap the Board is a terrible game for large public school classes and it doesn't deserve its popularity.😱
If you've played this game in a class of 15 or more students it's time to pause and consider other options.🤔
Read below for some issues with the game and ideas for replacements. 😄
https://starteachertraining.com/slap-the-board-efl-listening-game/

starteachertraining.com Slap the Board (Fly Swatters) is a popular but problematic EFL/ESL listening game. Read below for ideas to upgrade this game and improve your lessons.

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EFL Chanting is Fun for Kids. It's True! - Star Teacher Training

Need a fun technique to get classes of 45 children speaking?
Perhaps you should check out chanting! 😄 It's the underappreciated sister of singing songs. Rhythmic chants are adaptable, age appropriate, and enjoyable for children three to eleven years old. Try them with vocabulary, language chunks, and even Q&As. 🤩
https://starteachertraining.com/efl-chanting/

starteachertraining.com EFL chanting is a great option to get preschool and primary school EFL students speaking, moving, and practicing their pronunciation and memory skills.

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Kids Love Vocabulary Drilling with Emotions - Star Teacher Training

Don't let your vocabulary presentations bore your students to tears. Quickly engage them with this fun & useful technique that will put a smile 😃, a grimace 😠, or a frown 😟 on their faces. 😅
https://starteachertraining.com/emotions-vocabulary-drilling/

starteachertraining.com Vocabulary drilling in EFL doesn't have to be dry and dull. Use Emotions Drilling to better engage your students in the presentation phase.

Here are some photos from our latest collaboration with Ninja Teacher! It was great to once again work with a promising group of teacher trainees. Good luck to all of you in your new teaching careers! 😄 #NinjaTeacher

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Bingo is an ESL Listening Activity for All Seasons - Star Teacher Training

Looking for more ideas that will get everyone happily involved in a listening activity? Try Bingo! This game was popular in all of my primary classes and with all of my teachers as well. 😄
It works great with all sorts of topics, ages, and ability levels and the prep won't crush you.
https://starteachertraining.com/esl-listening-activity-bingo/

starteachertraining.com Bingo is a useful and adaptable ESL listening activity for large and small classes. Students can make their own cards for a variety of topics and language.

It's always great to be back at Apollo English and working with their excellent teaching team👩‍🏫👨‍🏫. Have a great school year everyone! 😄

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Drill Sergeant is an Easy EFL Activity for All Ages - Star Teacher Training

When you're teaching EFL to children in preschool and primary school it's crucial to remember they have to MOVE. Giving them a chance or two to move their bodies, even in a 35 minute lesson, goes a long way towards improving their behavior and learning. Drill Sergeant is a great way to bring movement, multi-sensory learning, and fun into your large-class lessons. 😄
https://starteachertraining.com/drill-sergeant/

starteachertraining.com There’s an easy EFL activity that changed my life as a preschool and primary teacher years ago. It made my lessons active, involving, and fun. It was flexible and didn’t require me spending valuable time at the photocopier. I could play it with any size class – I even once did it with 1,000 st...

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This EFL Listening Game Involves Everyone: Flashcard Safari - Star Teacher Training

Sometimes the simplest games are the best, especially at the start of the school year. Flashcard Safari gets all of your students moving and involved - and without any sticky balls or fly swatters. 😄
https://starteachertraining.com/efl-listening-game-flashcard-safari/

starteachertraining.com Flashcard Safari is an EFL listening game that gets your who class involved and moving. It's great for large preschool and primary school classes.

Here are the photos from last week's Teaching Preschool EFL workshop. ☺️

[09/03/19]   Huge thanks to all the teachers who came to the Star Teacher Training workshops in August! ☺️
We had 160 teachers attend at least one workshop and some came two, three and even up to five times! 😃
Best of luck to all of you in the new school year! I hope to see you again. 😄

A final photo for our final group of August, and what a great one to finish with! 😃
Thanks for your awesome participation & energy. Have a great school year! 😄

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Three Tips For Starting a School Year in TEFL - Star Teacher Training

The new school year is starting up. Here are a few key tips to remember as you're preparing your first lessons. 😀

starteachertraining.com Starting a school year as a new EFL teacher in large classes can be a real challenge. Check out these three tips to start off on the right foot.

So many new and familiar faces! So many games and activities! So much potential! 😄
We had another great workshop last week with 30 teachers from around Saigon & beyond. Teachers learned nearly 20 age-appropriate games & activities for public primary students.
Great job everyone! It was a real pleasure working with you yesterday. 😀

Here's a shot from today's great group of teachers.
More to come later today! 😃

Here are some more photos from today's Classroom Management for Large Preschool & Primary School Classes Workshop. 😃

Just finished another great workshop with an awesome group of teachers. You all did a wonderful job discussing & working together. It's always a pleasure to train groups like yours! 😃
More pics to come soon 😄

Thanks to everyone who made it through the rain and dreary weather to our Teaching Public Primary EFL workshop yesterday! It's wonderful to see so many familiar and new faces at these workshops. I hope to see you all again in the future! 😀

We had a wonderful workshop with a large group of passionate & engaged teachers yesterday. Lots of great small group discussions and questions. Here's to a great start to the new school year! Great job everyone! 😃

We had another great workshop with a wonderful group of foreign and Vietnamese teachers. It's always encouraging to see passion and interest to learn and improve. Awesome job everyone! See you again soon 😃

Here are some quick shots from today's Teaching Public School Teens EFL workshop. We had a great group of 30 teachers from a variety of backgrounds and some wonderful discussions and ideas. Good luck in the next school year! 😄

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Show, Don't Tell with Demonstrations in EFL Instructions - Star Teacher Training

Show, Don't Tell with Demonstrations in EFL Instructions to Succeed with Large Classes
https://starteachertraining.com/demonstrations-in-efl-instructions/

starteachertraining.com EFL Instructions can easily confuse or lose students in large classes. Demonstrating activities with these key tips will help everyone have fun learning in class.

Here are some photos from last week's collaboration with NinjaTeacher.
It's great to see another group of excited new teachers discussing ideas and learning techniques they'll use in the future. It was a pleasure working with you guys! 😄
#NinjaTeacher
https://www.facebook.com/ninjateacher/

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Teaching Preschool EFL Numbers for Age 4 to 5 - Star Teacher Training

Teaching Preschool EFL Numbers for Age 4 to 5 can be a ton of fun for you and your students with these activities and ideas.

starteachertraining.com Teach preschool EFL numbers to 4 year-old children more effectively with these milestones and ideas for activities.

Teaching Public School Teens Workshop

This was our first-ever Teaching EFL to Teens in Public School workshop. We had a great group of new and early-career teachers from The Dong Tay.
There were a lot of great discussions in pairs and small groups. Teachers left with some new ideas & principles for classroom management, lesson planning, and activities for large classes for secondary and high school students.
Great work everyone!

This was our first-ever Teaching EFL to Teens in Public School workshop. We had a great group of new and early-career teachers from The Dong Tay.
There were a lot of great discussions in pairs and small groups. Teachers left with some new ideas & principles for classroom management, lesson planning, and activities for large classes for secondary and high school students.
Great work everyone!

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Two Truths and One Lie for Public Primary School - Star Teacher Training

Sometimes the simplest activities are among the best. One of these is Two Truths and One Lie. This activity is great for practicing writing and listening skills. It's also student-centered, flexible, fun, and even low-prep! I always keep this activity in my bag of tricks and it's come in handy more times than I can count. How to Play This game is super-simple to play. [ 771 more words ]
https://starteachertraining.com/two-truths-and-one-lie-efl-public-primary-school/

starteachertraining.com Two Truths and One Lie is a great activity for large EFL classes. Introduce yourself or get students writing and listening in this low prep activity.

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Don't Make This Common EFL Instructions Mistake - Star Teacher Training

One EFL truth is that clear instructions are critical for effective lessons. You could prepare the best activities ever and still completely fail if you don't get your instructions right. And one mistake that I've seen new and experienced teachers making over and over is using polite speech when telling students what to do. This common EFL instructions mistake ruins lessons from preschool to primary school and beyond. [ 359 more words ]
https://starteachertraining.com/dont-make-this-common-efl-instructions-mistake/

starteachertraining.com This common EFL instructions mistake ruins many lessons by confusing children. Yet many new teachers do it in their preschool and primary classes.

Our Story

Hi there! My name is Will and I'm an American living in Vietnam. I have 10 years of experience teaching EFL to young learners and very young learners in Asia.

When I first started I was poorly trained and I struggled in the classroom. I didn’t know how to manage my students or help them use the language I was attempting to teach. I also couldn't find the support I needed on-line. It was a long, hard process of stumbling in the dark to find my way.

Fortunately, I eventually received real training and I also got the opportunity to manage, observe and train more than a hundred teachers, most of whom were in the first years of their teaching career. Observing hundreds of lessons, providing feedback, and helping solve teaching problems was an invaluable experience for me to grow and learn in my own skills.

In the last few years I've focused on working in public primary schools and kindergartens with large classes of 20 to 45 students. These environments can be really challenging for new teachers - they were for me! Again, though, observing and guiding new teachers forced me to improve my own skills. This work proved to be incredibly valuable to me because I feel I've been able to help tens of thousands of students through them. Now I want to share my knowledge across a wider audience. My plan is to regularly post teaching tips as well as develop workshops for teachers located in Ho Chi Minh city. As time goes by I hope to make teaching and learning English a better experience for many more people. I've seen the power of great English skills in my personal life and I've also felt the joys of teaching a great lesson. Please help me in my quest to spread teaching skills by liking, sharing, and commenting on my posts with your ideas, suggestions and questions. Thanks!

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