Recently I gained my first true beginner young learner. A 7-year-old German speaker that I was going to teach online. I naturally started with the subject pronouns, before moving to basic sentences using the present simple. Off2Class didn’t yet have any subject pronoun lesson content in its library so I had to develop some. I’ve since used the Subject Pronouns content several times and the lessons have been very successful.
Teaching subject pronouns in English can be challenging. One obvious challenge is that unlike most languages we use the same subject pronoun for the second person singular and plural. The pronoun it (and its use for things vs people) can also create challenges, especially when referring to animals and pets, weather, time and temperature (she/he/it?). And, once we introduce object pronouns, there is often confusion between subject and object pronouns with a similar form.
Our approach to Subject Pronouns!
We begin our lesson with discovery slides where the teacher guides the student through each subject pronoun:
After learning each subject pronoun individually, we offer a summary, especially designed for students encountering the pronouns as a review exercise:
Due to the necessity of learning of subject pronouns early in ESL, we offer the student plenty of opportunity to practice the pronouns in example sentences:
Next we move into freer practice, where the student selects the appropriate subject pronouns for sentences. We also emphasize it and the distinction between singular vs. plural pronouns and pronouns used for people vs. things.
I hope you enjoy our subject pronoun lesson plan. So far I’ve had a lot of success using it with my young learners, and I hope you will as well. As always, let us know how it goes!