Chris Roland

Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online

Turning enjoyment into engaging language practice during internet-based lessons at primary level

Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online is a textbook full of advice about transitioning classes online, online safety and best practice, and how to manage your online classroom, with a wide range of creative and practical lesson ideas and tips about teaching English live online to young learners.



The Teaching English series offers a mixture of methodology and practical ideas for teachers of English as a foreign language. The Teaching English Online series complements the main series, offering a mixture of methodology and practical ideas to get teachers started on an online platform, and to support them in creating and delivering dynamic and creative lessons whether they are teaching solely online or in combination with physical classes.

Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online aims to provide ELT teachers, directors of studies and academic managers with advice about making the transition to teaching online, including: examples related to the author’s own experience, online safety and best practice; managing your online classroom, dealing with stress and supporting learners; adapting traditional tasks and making the most of the online medium. The book includes a wide range of colourful activities and numerous illustrations and examples from actual online classes. Throughout, the goal is to help make lessons enjoyable for both teacher and learners. The emphasis is on low-tech, low-prep lessons with maximum results, whilst keeping the focus clearly centred upon the goal of increasing children’s familiarity with and ability to produce words and sentences in English.

In Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online the author examines how many principles of best practice (as covered in the recently-published Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom, Chris Roland, Pavilion Publishing, 2020) from face-to-face lessons translate to online teaching. The author highlights what teachers will need to approach a little differently, and looks at where the new medium allows us to do things that we could not do so easily before.

In a similar way to the other titles in the Teaching English and Teaching English Online series, this book can be used for self-study, as guided reading on more structured training courses – where the three boxes for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter (Questions for Reflection, Things to Try and Things to Share) can be used as the basis for group discussion – or for trainers preparing their own sessions at an in-house level.


This book is designed for teachers of English language who work with young learners and who are teaching live online or are using hybrid learning.


ISBN: 978-1-913414-85-6

Publication date: 11 December 2020


1. Key principles for teaching Young Learners online
– Classroom management
– Language teaching and content
2. Online safety
– Access to lessons
– Our learners’ data
– Physical well-being and harmony at home
– Clips and appropriacy
3. Teaching live online: set up, management and support
– What online classes are like
– Small gains that make things run more smoothly
– Classroom management
– Stress
– Support
4. Creative live online teaching
– Fun and structure
– Guessing games
– Conversion activities and counting games
– Flashcard-based activities
– Class mascots
– Dictations
– Songs
– Responsive planning
– Predictions and preferences
– Clips
5. Evaluating online lessons
– The criteria outlined
– Suggested criteria descriptors
6. Final thoughts

Downloadable resources:

(available online only)
1. Ready-made messages
2. Microphone code visuals
3. Keyboard literacy measure
4. Keyboard literacy measure results table
5. Counting coins
6. Dictation pattern key
7. ‘Monster numbers’ conversion activity
8. Supporting key for ‘I like…’ activities


Chris is a teacher, trainer and ‘ideas man’, well-known for his lively but practical sessions on the international conference circuit. He has taught in both the private academy sector and mainstream education system in Spain as well as holding posts with the British Council in Damascus and Barcelona. He works with teachers across a wide range of contexts. These include in-house training for ELI, the language school where he is based in Seville; intensive courses on methodology for Lexical Lab, London and tutoring on Trinity Diploma courses for Oxford TEFL, Barcelona. He is a regular speaker at events organised by TESOL Spain and has a close working relationship with APPI, the association for teachers of English in Portugal. He has recently made repeat appearances for Teachers for Teachers, Ukraine, and has been co-moderator at the ELT Trends conference in Moscow. He is the author of Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom (Pavilion Publishing, 2018) and Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom (Pavilion Publishing, 2020) and has contributed many articles to Pavilion ELT’s magazines: English Teaching professional and Modern English Teacher.


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