A-Z Scripture Lesson for ESL Students

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When I started teaching English to Speakers of Other Language, I began to look out for methods that is doable and easy to follow. This video inspires and encourages me to build ESL content based on the Scripture. This can be used in Sunday School, TESOL class, EAL/ESL and for children.

I think it is doable to memorise 3 to 5 verses a day, this can fill a one-week plan. If you are planning a short mission trip to teach English and want to include the elements of Bible in your teaching, try this out! Play the video to inspire your students. You can convert this into a lesson plan for teachers, too! See below the lesson plan. I have trascribed out for your use :>

A – Ask and it will be given to you … (Mt 7:7)
B – Be kind to one another… (Eph 4:32)
C – Cast your care on the Lord, and He will sustain you… (Ps 55:22; 1 Pet 5:7)
D – Do not be anxious about anything… (Phil 4:6-7)
E – Every good and perfect gift is from above … (Js 1:17)
F – For it is by grace you have been saved through faith …(Eph 2:8-9)
G – God is our refuge and strength and present-help in trouble … (Ps 46:1-2)
H – He alone is my rock and my salvation … (Ps 62:2; 6)
I – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made… (Ps 139: 14)
J – Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
K – Know that the Lord is God, it is He who made us… (Ps 100:3)
L – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul. (Deut 6:5)
M – My soul find rest in God alone and salvation comes from Him. (Ps 62:1)
N – Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)
O – Oh God, you’re my God I earnestly seek you. (Ps 63:1)
P – Praise the Lord, oh my soul all my innermost being praise His holy name… (Ps 102:1)
Q – A quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight. (1Pet 3:4)
R – Rejoice In the Lord always, and I’ll say it again, rejoice (Phil 4:4)
S – Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne. (Rev 7:10)
T – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean unto your own understanding (Prov 3:5)
U – Under His wings, you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield. (Ps 91:4)
V – Very truly I say to you, the one who believes will have eternal life.(Jn 6:47)
W – We are more than a conquerors through him who loves us. (Rom 8:37)
X- May I never boast except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… (Gal 6:14)
Y – You are the light of the world. (Mt 5:13-16)
Z – Zion hears and rejoices… (Ps 97:8)

Lesson Plan A-Z

Alphabets are the basic elements to for English language learners. Traditional ways of learning A-Z is by memorising the order through singing, writing and speaking. This lesson plan is inspired by the video showed on Daily Mail. Link to that post:

You may prepare a series of lessons for beginners based on the Scriptures.

Since learners’ needs are different, generally age is the main differentiation factor, I have prepared a separate lesson plan for children and adult.

Children 7-11+/Beginners

Objectives: Children will be able to recognise the alphabets from A to Z in the right order, read out the letters in alphabetical order.

Lead-in: Teacher prepared flash cards A to Z in capital letters (side by side), eg. A  a

Games suggestions:

Skills: Reading, & Speaking

Arrange cards in order (stick a number on each card to assist the weaker ones). Divide the children in two teams. Shuffle the cards, let each team member draw their own cards. When one team arrange their cards, the other team be the timer and checker. The team takes the shortest time to complete the task wins.

Skills: Writing & Listening

Intermediate/Advanced (adult) learners:

Objective: Students will be able to recite the short sentences from A to Z (each week 5 to 10), three weeks to complete.

Students will learn the first letter is in capital letter.

Preparation: Teacher to prepare flash cards with the scriptures and the sentence, emphasised on the first letter and make it big.

Lead-in: play the video and encourage the students that they can do just like the boy in the video.

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Activity: 

(Speaking) Ask them to choose their favourite alphabets and read out memorise them. Play the video again or several times. Have a competition. See which team can complete reciting all the 12 alphabets and the verses win.

(Reading/writing) Prepare the print out of all the words from A-Z, each student to Identify the verbs from the Scriptures, ask them to circle them or label them with the short form : v. for verb; n for noun,… etc.

Divide them into teams, ask them to write out all the verbs from the paper. Teach them how to identify verbs, nouns and adjectives or adverbs. Ask them to write out all the verbs from the paper in a set time. Have fun watching them compete.

Tips for teahing adult learners (believers):

  1. Reference to Bible Scripture in their language.
  2. Have a little reward for the winning team – stickers for children, chocolate for adults,… etc.

P.S. Assess students’ reponse along the way and improve on the lessons, you can expand these ideas to many more lesson topics. Have fun!

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