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Space ESL Club

Now featured on ALLSCHOOL, Mr. Paul is teaching a ten-lesson series on Space with each lesson lasting at least 50 minutes. $15 per class, per student, and no more than 4 students in a course. (One-on-one rate is 200RMB per class)

Lesson No. 1

What’s in our Solar System?

This lesson will answers questions about what’s beyond our home planet like what the stars, sun, and moon are.
Children are naturally curious, and we think they’ll be inspired by the science and mysteries of the galaxy. Teacher Paul has a cosmic collection of resources for children about Space and the solar system.


No. 2 Mercury

This lesson is packed with information about Mercury, the smallest planet in the Solar System and the closest planet to the Sun. This presentation is packed with incredible photographs and high quality illustrations of Mercury.
Teacher Paul will give some background information about the planet, such as its size, its distance from Earth, what its surface is like, and how it came to be named after the Roman messenger god. A profile of the planet Mercury is also included, which contains some fascinating facts such as the length of a Mercurian day and the huge inconsistencies in temperature on the opposing sides of the planet.
This lesson also contains information about the spacecraft that NASA have sent to study Mercury, such as theMariner 10 spacecraft, the MESSENGER probe and the BepiColombo Mission that is still underway. These slides explain how NASA has been able to discover more about Mercury, including what it is made of.


No. 3 Venus

This lesson is full of facts and information about Venus, the second-closest planet to the Sun in the Solar System. Teacher Paul’s lesson is great to use for covering the topic of space, the Solar System and Earth-like planets, as there are lots of interesting things to learn about Venus contained in this lesson.
First we’ll learn basic facts about Venus, including its high temperatures, its dense atmosphere, its size relative to Earth, and how it came to be named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. There are also some interesting pieces of trivia about Venus, such as the fact that Venus spins the opposite way to all the other planets in the Solar System, and the fact that a day on Venus is longer than a Venusian year.


No. 4 Earth

This informative lesson about Earth is the ideal way to begin your teaching on a topic about space and the planets – and what better way to start than with our home planet of Earth!
Find out lots of interesting facts about the Earth and the Moon, learn about lunar exploration and see some beautiful photographs of the planets themselves.
What could be more exciting than studying our place in the universe and how our planet supports life? There are so many mysteries left to discover – we hope children will be inspired by the achievements of scientists and astronauts so far in our Earth lesson.


No. 5 Mars

No. 6 Jupiter

No. 7 Saturn

No. 8 Uranus

No. 9 Neptune

No. 10   Why Pluto Isn’t a Planet and Course Review

A Whale of an ESL club

We’ll travel under the sea and learn what lives in the ocean. We’ll learn the oceans of the world and how aquatic animals under the sea have adapted to their habitats. It’s an underwater adventure where you’ll learn animal names and interesting facts about each animal.
  • Learn interesting facts about aquatic animals
  • Improve speaking in complete sentences
  • Discuss and debate the unknown under the sea
  • Discover ways we can save our oceans
  • Speak more fluently about our oceans and animal life
  • Reinforce your learning with oceans games and quizzes
  • Retell a story, make predictions, and compare each story to your own life
 2  per week


Lesson No. 1

What lives in the ocean?

Fun facts about ocean animals

Here are some fun facts you may not have known before about ocean animals:
-Dolphins sleep with one eye open to keep an eye out for predators.
-An Electric eel can produce enough electricity to power around 10 light bulbs.
-Male seahorses can give birth and are the only animal that can do so.
-A shrimp’s heart is located in their head.
-Turtle’s actually live in every continent, except for Antartica.

We will learn about:

No. 2

Oceans Of The World
This Oceans of the World review is excellent to test your children’s knowledge on the different oceans around the world.
It perfectly complements geography lessons, as they will learn the names and locations of the seven continents and five oceans, before Mr. Paul tests their knowledge. They will learn to take some notes and use an Atlas, so they can take all the information in. The Oceans of the World PowerPoint Quiz includes eight different questions which children must answer using their Atlas to help. The slides are interactive, so children must pinpoint which ocean the question is referring to.


No. 3    Ocean Habitats

What is an ocean habitat?
The ocean habitat consists of smaller, more specific ocean habitats that are home to a range of marine species.
Ocean habitats are normally divided into two sub-groups, coastal habitats and open ocean habitats.
Some ocean habitats are much warmer and more shallow (coastal), whilst others are deep, dark and cold (open ocean).
Animals such as seahorses, clownfish, and sea turtles all live on coral reefs, which would be considered a coastal habitat. Even corals themselves are animals! These areas have kelp forests which provide food and shelter for the marine life there.

No. 4    Layers of the Ocean:
Sunlight Zone – 90% of all ocean life lives here because the Sun can reach this layer.
Twilight Zone – Up to 1000m below the surface of the ocean and creatures that live here have big eyes to help them navigate.
Midnight Zone – It is pitch black in this layer and the creatures that live here produce their own light to hunt their prey.
Abyss – 75% of the ocean bed is in this layer and only invertebrates can survive within the freezing temperatures.
Trench – Up to 11,000m below the surface of the ocean and can only be explored using specialist scientific equipment.


No. 5   Underwater Animal Adaptations

What adaptations do underwater animals have?
Underwater Animal Adaptations will introduce children to six animals that are adapted to live in the aquatic biome.
Children will learn how the Remora fish, the Stonefish, the giant Pacific Octopus, the Stickleback fish, the Comb jellyfish and the Anglerfish are adapted to survive in their habitats.
Students will get a brief overview of the aquatic biome and the difference between freshwater and saltwater habitats.
Does the glowing bulb of the anglerfish in Finding Nemo exists?
Indeed it does! When the main characters pass through the darkest part of the ocean, they notice small glowing lights which are then revealed to be several anglerfish trying to eat them.
Anglerfish use this feature to attract their prey.
What is a biome?
A biome is a large region of Earth with a specific climate and living creatures.
The aquatic biome is the largest on our planet, taking up about 75% of the surface of the Earth.


No. 6    Under the Sea Food Chains


No. 7   Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

No. 8   Reviving Our Oceans

Free Talk Conversational English

These speaking challenges for ESL pupils are great fun for the classroom, helping you develop your speaking skills. Idioms, speaking challenges, English games, and conversation starters are throughout the lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Improve conversational English
  • Improve speaking in complete sentences
  • Learn everyday English idioms and expressions
  • Tailor your speaking towards different audiences
  • Discover new social skills you didn’t know you had
  • Learn to listen actively for survival English

Default Teaching Software

Class Language
Ages 5-11 and 12-18

Guided Reading

Guided Reading is a powerful and efficient way to differentiate and meet the specific needs of your English learner. It gives children a chance to problem solve with new texts in a safe environment. The purpose of Guided Reading is to help children become independent, strategic readers. Teacher Paul will understand and notice your learner’s reading behaviors, and will support and give them exactly what they need to move forward. Guided Reading supports a child-centered approach to instruction. In Guided Reading with Teacher Paul: -Students can be successful at reading whatever their level. When we understand how reading develops, we can provide the scaffolding needed for their future growth. -New learners deserve to be taught at their level. Guided Reading is differentiated instruction at its best. All children deserve access to instructional level texts through which they can be guided to read. -Students are responsible for their own learning. Guided Reading asks children to read the text on their own with some teacher support. -Teacher Paul notes the areas where they need assistance and provides strategies to scaffold them toward independence. Providing children with the necessary tools for success fosters confidence, motivation, and a sense of responsibility. -English language learners can learn to understand their individual strengths and weaknesses, and they can create action plans for improvement. -Students will be supported as they take on more challenging texts. During Guided Reading, children read from the same instructional level texts. These are texts that they can understand, but that still provide them with some challenges and opportunities to problem solve. -Guided reading is an opportunity for children to learn in a more comfortable, supportive setting with peers who are in need of the same skill. Guided Reading is a time to teach a skill that a group of children need to move forward in reading.
  • Learn story structures
  • Improve speaking in complete sentences
  • Learn literary terms and practice writing with prompts
  • Convey ideas with fluency
  • Listen actively for survival English
  • Have pronunciation corrected in an encouraging way while reading
  • Retell a story, make predictions, and compare each story to your own life
 1  per week

Business English Conversation Class

Business English is sometimes overlooked by second language speakers and may be one of the most important aspects to conducting international business or preparing to live abroad. This course is designed to help intermediate and upper-intermediate learners of business English improve their business vocabulary. It is for people studying English before they start work and for those already working who need English in their job. Apart from improving your business vocabulary, this course also helps you to develop the language needed for important business communication skills. Topics include: Work and jobs: What do you do?, Word combinations with ‘work’, types of work, and ways of working. Next, we will talk recruitment and applying for a job. What are the selection procedures and skills and qualifications needed? Finally, we will discuss education, training, and finding the right person with the right skill set. Clear learning goals, vocab and topics are given before and after each class.
  • Improve business communications
  • Understand international attitudes
  • Utilize business idioms
  • Convey ideas with fluency
 1  per week