I thought readers might, or might not, be interested in seeing the schedule I use for teaching thematic units to my English Language Learner Beginner classes.

You’ll find a growing list of “Best” lists I’m developing to support each one at All My Thematic “Best” Lists For Beginning ELLs – In One Place!

This is typically the sequence I do each year (more or less):


SEPTEMBER: School, Describing People & Things (colors, clothes, numbers, size, age, weather, body)

OCTOBER: Data/Information (seasons, dates, calendars, time), Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving)


DECEMBER: Home, Holidays again

JANUARY: Food, Friends & Fun (Hobbies, Sports)

FEBRUARY: Money, Community

MARCH: Jobs & Careers, Animals

APRIL: Feelings, Art & Music

MAY: Health, Writing A Story